For sheer visual panache, you can’t fault LG’s 47LM670T. With its meta-ribbon stand, miniscule bezel and edge-to-edge glass, it’s a real head-turner. But it’s not just the exterior of this screen that’s slick. See all TV reviews.
The user interface has been reworked, to better integrate the LG’s streaming TV and app portal. The result is an easy to navigate dashboard with swift access to terrestrial TV, apps, video on demand and catch-up TV. Programme listings are accompanied by a live channel window, so you won't miss the action in EastEnders while you find out what's on next. Visit Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX853 3D LED TV review.
Online entertainment options are also good. Joining BBC iPlayer are YouTube, Dailymotion, Acetrax, Blinkbox, Viewster and LoveFilm, among others. Netflix was absent during our trial, but is scheduled to appear. Go to Group test: What's the best TV?
Multimedia file support is first class. The 47LM670T plays all popular video formats (WMV, AVI, MP4 MOV and MKV) from both local USB and networked NAS drives.
The 47LM670T has four HDMIs, plus component, Scart, PC VGA, three USBs, Ethernet, CI Slot, plus a digital optical audio out. Wi-Fi is built-in, alongside WiDi for wirelessly playing video from a compatible Intel laptop.
Unfortunately, image quality is less impressive. The screen offers vibrant hues and appears to have great contrast, but shadow detail and nuance are blotted out; images are just too black. While Freeview broadcasts tends to look 'fizzy', HD looks considerably better. However, motion resolution is limited, topping out at around 800 lines. This translates to characteristic blur when things get a little lively.
3D comes via passive polarisation (Cinema 3D, as LG calls it). A pack of five multicoloured 3D glasses are included in the box. The drop in resolution that Passive brings is balanced by the comfortable nature of this cheap eyewear; a perfect 3D solution for families.
As an offshoot, there’s a Dual Play mode for gamers. This takes a split screen console input and presents it as two separate full-screen images, when viewed through appropriately polarised Dual Play glasses (included). It’s a neat idea, but the breakthrough from one screen to the other can be intrusive.
Audio quality is best thought of as functional; the 20w sound system isn't the best we've heard.