THE BEST 3D GETS SMARTER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Last year, we had ranked the LG LM8600 as the best tele­vi­sion above 40 inches. We reached that de­ci­sion, peg­ging it above the Samsung Smart TVs, be­cause it had a great 3D qual­ity, which was what you were pay­ing the money for.

This year, LG is try­ing to re­tain its spot at the top with the LA8600 range of “Pre­mium CIN­EMA 3D smart TVs”. We tested the 55-inch ver­sion of the tele­vi­sion and were look­ing for what the new fea­tures. Yes, 3D was still as stel­lar as last year and we think this re­mains the best in class even to­day. The first thing you no­tice, or don’t no­tice, is LG’s now-trade­mark thin bezel. This gives the screen a free flow­ing feel as if it was un­bounded.

The pic­ture qual­ity is re­ally good, with­out or with­out the 3D. This LED Plus TruMo­tion 240Hz screen gives solid blacks and shows no ghosts even with fast mov­ing vi­su­als. As we said, the 3D is good. It works bet­ter with stereo­scopic con­tent and the 2D to 3D con­ver­sion is mostly adding depth and not throw. The sound qual­ity is re­ally good and you will sel­dom have to go be­yond the halfway mark on the vol­ume. There is vir­tual sur­round too, though we could not feel a big change in sound qual­ity here. Since this is a smart TV, one of the first things you do in the set-is con­nect to a wire­less or wired net­work. This TV can also con­nect to your PC. The LG Smart World gives ac­cess to hun­dreds of An­droid apps and the unit has a 1.2GB Dual-Core CPU with 2GB DDR to make them run.

This is a good choice if you have the money to splurge for a com­plete en­ter­tain­ment so­lu­tion.

—NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

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