We’ve been using this 3D TV from LG (a review unit from LG Phils.) for close to 3 weeks now — a 47-inch full HD 3D LED TV that came with a Bluray player and 5.1 surround speakers, the kind that can make your 2D movies look 3D (with the 3D glasses, of course).
This super-thin LED TV is among the thinnest we’ve reviewed at just 30.9mm. Of the several variants of LG’s Cinema 3D TVs, the one we got is the mid-range unit. There’s the 55-incher and the even larger 65-inch 3D TV.
Despite the size, the TV was relatively light actually and I was able to set it up on my own without much effort. The stand required a lot of bolts and screws to fix it in place and the display wobbles a little bit (this is actually common with LED displays above 42″).
The squarish frame is solid and consistent, has that black-piano finish and a relatively thin bezel. The large display gets a matte finish to minimize glare and reflection from other light sources in the living room.
Picture quality is impressive. The display has very high contrast, really good color saturation and no noticeable back-light bleeding from the corners of the screen. Images are crisp and still smooth even during fast action scenes that require higher refresh rates.
The set-up also came with 4 3D glasses made up of light plastic and in varying colors. If you want to watch those regular 2D movies into 3D, just put on one of the glasses and enable 3D conversion from the remote.
The set will prompt you which type of 2D-to-3D conversion algorithm to use so just pick automatic and you’re all set. The 3D conversion isn’t that perfect but it works pretty well. Some movies covert well while others don’t — from our tests, the cartoons are the hardest to convert while hi-def movies gave the smoothest and most perceptible 3D image.
While watching a 1080p version of X-Men: The Last Stand, 3D conversion was very evident and characters looked like they pop out of the screen. I also tried it while playing Angry Birds and didn’t get the same effect.
The nice thing about the 3D glasses is that they’re small, light weight and doesn’t strain the eyes too fast. I’m able to finish watching a 2-hour movie without ever trying to remove or adjust the 3D glasses because of discomfort.
The 2D-3D conversion is done so smoothly there’s not much noticeable flickering on the screen and image blurring is minimal even when you take the glasses off and the 3D conversion is enabled.
The TV set came with a Bluray player and a 5.1 surround speakers. I wasn’t able to use the player since I didn’t have any discs at home.
What I did though was hook up my LG Optimus 2X to the TV using a micro-HDMI cable and played some Tegra HD games to see how it scales up. I was also able to play full HD movies from the phone to the TV with great results.
This unit is also a Smart TV so it came with several built-in apps (Twitter, YouTube, Picasa, AccuWeather), a native web browser, as well as local content like ABS-CBN News and IWantTV (you need to be a Sky Broadband or BayanDSL subscriber to be able to get it for free).
Aside from the standard remote control, there’s also a Magic Motion Remote Control (works like a Wii controller) you can use to navigate the menu in Smart TV mode.
47″ LG LED TV (47LW5700)
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 4,000,000:1
Viewing Angle: 178Âº
Response Time: 2.4ms
Life Span: 30,000 hours
2 x USB 2.0 ports
4 x HDMI port
The suggested retail price the the LG 47LW5700 is around Php134,990 but some local dealers offer a lower price of Php110k for cash buyers (includes the Bluray player).