LG LW650T review: A high quality LG panel with great 2D video, but 3D is a mixed bag

The LG 47LW6500 is the first 'Cinema 3D' panel we've had the chance to take a look at — LG is the one of the few manufacturers opting for passive rather than active 3D in its LED TVs. The technology promises to get rid of headaches while offering a cleaner and better tri-dimensional experience, and it has cost advantages as well thanks to much cheaper glasses. We loved the 2D picture quality of the LG LW650T — it's a great TV for watching Blu-ray movies, although digital TV did seem a bit noisy at times — and 3D has some legitimate improvements over a Samsung or Sony 3D TV. It's not all perfect, though, with a significant deficit in 3D detail compared to other 3D TVs.

LG LW650T: Design, connectivity and setup

The LG LW650T is a reasonably attractive LED TV, but its build quality is noticeably inferior to a Sony or a Samsung. The television's plastics just feel a little cheap, although when you're looking and not touching this isn't a big deal. Thankfully the screen of the LG 47LW650T is not as glossy as previous LG TVs or current competitors, which makes viewing in a bright room or in direct light less of an ordeal.

Being a reasonably high-end TV the LG LW650T has a comprehensive range of digital and analog video connectors — we used HDMI for all of our testing, but the TV also has single component and composite video inputs. There's also VGA for connecting older PCs, and a digital audio output for connecting a set of home theatre speakers. Two USB 2.0 ports mean you can connect a portable hard drive or USB flash drive to play back a range of video, audio or image files — DiVX HD, JPEG and MP3 files are officially supported.

Running through the setup of the LG 47LW650T is a simple procedure — connect power and antenna cables, turn the TV on, run through a (quick) TV channel scan, and you're ready to go. We also took the extra time to set up the LG LW650T's integrated Wi-Fi networking, so we could use the TV's Smart TV Web features. You can also use the LW650T's wired Ethernet network port to access the Internet, but Wi-Fi cuts down on tangled cables without compromising connection speed.

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LG LW650T: Picture quality and performance

We were really impressed with the picture quality of the LG LW650T when it came to watching 1080p Blu-ray video. For a panel costing several hundred dollars less than an equivalently sized Samsung LED TV like the Series 7, the LG 47LW650T was able to display a good deal of fine detail in our Terminator: Salvation and The Dark Knight test Blu-ray discs. Being an edge-lit LED TV we found that if any bright white areas were being displayed on-screen, blacks tended to be a little bright and grey. However, this issue is common to almost all LED TVs. Similarly, the screen's colour accuracy is reasonably realistic without sacrificing vibrancy or outright brightness.

LG 47LW650T Cinema 3D LED TV: Specs

  • 47in LED screen
  • Screen resolution 1920x1080
  • Cinema 3D
  • LED-backlit LCD
  • 850Hz motion clarity
  • HD FreeView Tuner
  • Wireless HD, LAN and DNLA ready
  • PC connectivity Yes
  • 9000000:1 contrast ratio
  • 4 x HDMI (v1.4)
  • 2 x AV ports
  • 1 x RGB Scart
  • Sound 20W (2 x 10W)
  • Dimensions 1119 x 684 x 29.9 (without stand)
  • Weight 18.2kg (without stand)
  • 47in LED screen
  • Screen resolution 1920x1080
  • Cinema 3D
  • LED-backlit LCD
  • 850Hz motion clarity
  • HD FreeView Tuner
  • Wireless HD, LAN and DNLA ready
  • PC connectivity Yes
  • 9000000:1 contrast ratio
  • 4 x HDMI (v1.4)
  • 2 x AV ports
  • 1 x RGB Scart
  • Sound 20W (2 x 10W)
  • Dimensions 1119 x 684 x 29.9 (without stand)
  • Weight 18.2kg (without stand)

OUR VERDICT

The LG 47LW6500 has a high quality panel that's able to display good quality video in 2D mode with plenty of visible detail. LG's stand-out approach to 3D, in its passive Cinema 3D panels, is smoother and less troublesome than 'active' 3D, despite a lower effective resolution. LG's Smart TV is every bit as good as Samsung's implementation, too -- this is another TV that does far more than just display free-to-air TV and movies.

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