"Great Design, Great Picture, Remote Needs Work!"4.5 starson by JessopCG11
Pros: + Super thin
+ Sleek modern design
+ Excellent 3D and passive glasses
+ Decent stereo speakers
+ Lots of options for picture control
+ Wireless and wired WiFi
+ Tons of apps and customizable channels for streaming
+ Blu-Ray movies look super
Cons: - Color calibration takes time
- Colors on some shows especially non HD channels look muddy
- Magic Motion remote is a bit of a pain (should be both a regular remote and have the option to be Magic
Summary: LG is one of the top electronics makers out there and they make great products. I'll be comparing this TV to my Samsung 46C8000. I have read that it takes brand new TV's a little time to break in and most will need further calibration later. My review is for the last few days of using it and will update in in a few months. I'm no expert but just have a passion for great picture quality and try to do research online to help my reviews.
The design of the TV is great. The image almost goes to the edge of the screen. It reminds me of the new Apple iMacs. The TV, is of course very thin, and unlike my Samsung there is more metal in the body of the unit. The layout of the HDMI and other ports are in the same spot on the left (when viewing the TV). After unboxing the TV, you have to attache an attachment that screws to the tv itself. After doing that you can attach it to the stand, which I had problems with on the inner left corner, the screw just didn't want to catch. I finally got it though but there may be a manufacturing issue with the drill hole.
After getting the TV all plugged in and situated, I started the initial setup which was very, very easy. There is a great step by step guide that walks you thru the process using the "Magic Motion Remote" (which i'll get to later), and also gets you setup on your wifi too. Once the setup was done I began viewing some shows that I watch all the time to get a sense of the picture quality to begin my calibration. Out of the box the settings wer ok but definitely needed some adjustments. If you have any THX labeled dvd, there is an audio/video calibration test that does a decent job to get you started in calibration. So, after I did the tests, I did some final tweaking to get it to where I was happy with.
In comparison to the color and sharpness of my Samsung, for this review purpose, I'll rate the Samsung as a 10 and give the LG an 8. I'm sure the TV can be tweaked more by a professional but most of us like to do it ourselves and do not want to pay someone. The samsung is definitely sharper and had better overall skin tones. It also did NOT suffer from compression distortion from the signal. I have Directv and use a good HDMI plug that gave me great quality on the Samsung. I do notice that on the LG that faces have a slight blur to them especially in the eyes and also most text looks jagged. The Samsung out of the box had a much sharper image but needed a few days worth of tweaking to really get the picture quality perfect for my liking. The LG was a little easier in that regard but I can say that the Samsung's image quality does still look better to me. I will continue to make adjustments as I see fit during the TV break-in. There is a built in "Picture Wizard" that guides you through the process to calibrate your TV but I found that in my opinion I still needed to really tweak it more using the expert setting where you can really get in there and change each color value specifically like reds, green, blue, magenta, cyan, yellow, green.
For audio, there are many settings too like virtual surround etc. I liked that unlike my samsung that has a mono speaker on the back of the unit, LG has stereo speakers on the very bottom and gives it a much better sound. It does make the unit stick out further if your wall hanging because they stick out, but only slightly, most won't even notice his. The over all sound is ok, its no 5.1 or 7.1 but most would understand that.
The Magic Motion Remote....well if you've played a Wii, its almost the same exact thing. The remote is just like moving the Wii controller with the arrow pointer to where you want to go/select on the screen. It takes time to get used to and I found that it wandered around the screen making me point it to the floor or ceiling to reach the top or bottom of the screen. I believe your supposed to shake it around to re calibrate the positioning. The select button on the remote is like a mouse wheel and I found it to be too small for my finger and it doesn't really feel like a button so half the time i'm pressing it, it didn't work. I also find that if you put the remote on the sofa near you and you move the motion will activate the mouse (being it works on motion) and then you get the big arrow pointer in the middle of your screen. It gets very frustrating when this happens. I also found that when I was adjusting the image quality you have to keep moving the remote to keep it active or it will time out and you have to start all over again. I much preferred LG's user interface its very Apple iOS inspired and very easy to figure out.
There are also set settings that you can tweak a little but I always go right for custom. There is also an option if your a gamer where you can have 2 players play separate screens using a special pair of glasses that are NOT included.
3D....even though i've complained a little about the color not being up to MY likings, the 3D is very, very good!. I watch the 3D all the time on my Samsung and there is always ghosting and the battery powered glasses make everything much darker. The LG glasses are lightweight and light tinted. No battery either! you can even use some of the movie theater glasses and it will work. The kit comes with 6 pairs and they are so comfortable not only on your face but on your eyes. I tested them out with Avatar and did a comparison with the Samsung and while they were close, the winner in my opinion was the LG. Reasons were that the glasses didn't make the movie darker and that they were lightweight and you don't see that flicker that the active glasses give. The tv also has links to online movies that are free for various 3D shows, most were underwater ones but they are fun to watch. My Directv has a few channels that are 100% 3D and are great to watch. Oh and unlike the active glasses you do not have to be right in the center of the tv to get the full effect. The LG passive glasses let you sit almost anyplace the tv is viewable and you still get the effect.
LG has a ton of apps and other streaming content via wifi or wired. It has all the usual netflix, Facebook, hulu stuff so if you have accounts then your set. Blu-Rays looked amazing on this TV too. Although I watch more satellite tv, the blu-ray's really did look stunning and if your more a movie buff you'll be very happy. There also a ton of options for this Smart Tv including photo albums, and connecting your tablet, pc, mac, usb drive to the tv.
The manual was not really a manual. It had no descriptions of all the hundreds of functions and adjustments this TV has on it. What is trumotion or what is mpeg de-noise? Some of us know what they are but many do not and would like to have the manual in front of you to read what things do while making adjustments. There are descriptions of all of these things in one of the onscreen apps. It breaks everything down for you and some of the selections even have a pop out bubble with the info but for me I don't want to have to go thru menu's and screens to find something and then have to go back to another menu to implement the adjustment. I like having the manual in front of me so I can work simultaneously.
If your looking for a brand new tv with all the bells and whistles and that has amazing 3D with passive glasses, I think that you will be super pleased with this TV. You will have to do a little calibration on the picture quality but its quite easy.
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I hope this review is helpful.