Solid Per­for­mance

LG 55LA8600


The LA8600 (avail­able in 60- and 55-inch screen sizes) is LG’s cur­rent flag­ship LED TV se­ries. It uses a full HD IPS panel with an edge LED-lit back­light unit, has an 800Hz dy­namic Mo­tion Clear In­dex (na­tive re­fresh rate of 200Hz), does lo­cal dim­ming, 3D, and comes with smart TV fea­tures. To en­sure a smooth user ex­pe­ri­ence es­pe­cially on a multi-task­ing TV, LG has equipped the LA8600 with a dual-core pro­ces­sor.

The LA8600 re­tains LG’s Cin­ema Screen de­sign con­cept, which fo­cuses on bring­ing the user a cin­e­matic view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­sides a slim depth and an ex­tremely thin bezel that cre­ates that float­ing screen il­lu­sion, the LA8600 has some­thing called the ‘Magic Swivel’ stand. The idea is sim­ple, but the re­sult is ef­fec­tive: the metal stand es­sen­tially has tiny roller tracks un­der­neath that al­low you to turn the panel left and right ef­fort­lessly.

There’s no short­age of in­put op­tions, such as four HDMI ports and three USB ports (one of which sup­ports the USB 3.0 stan­dard). The TV is also equipped with two tuners and a Time Ma­chine II fea­ture that lets you record both ana­log and dig­i­tal broad­casts to the 4GB in­ter­nal stor­age or an ex­ter­nal hard drive.

Un­like the LA7400 (and now the DVB-T2-equipped LA740T) se­ries that sits one rung down the lineup, the LA8600 has a built-in, flip-it-up-yourself cam­era for your ‘Skyp­ing’ needs.

An­other ma­jor high­light is the in­clu­sion of LG’s pre­mium Magic Re­mote with back­lit keys. Other than the usual pointer and scroll wheel, you can use ges­tures and voice (the re­mote has a built-in mi­cro­phone) as modes of con­trol.

Smart Share - which lever­ages on tech­nolo­gies like Mo­bile High-Def­i­ni­tion Link (MHL), In­tel Wire­less Dis­play (WiDi), and Mira­cast - works ex­tremely well for shar­ing of con­tent from de­vices like PCs, smart­phones, and tablets to the TV.

Lest we for­get, the LA8600 sup­ports NFC too. In a nut­shell, you can pair your NFC-en­abled An­droid de­vice to your TV sim­ply by tap­ping it to a re­ceiver tag (it’s a sticker that you can stick any­where) that comes with the TV.

Pic­ture qual­ity-wise, the LA8600 de­liv­ers fairly ac­cu­rate col­ors, very good (but not ex­cep­tional) black de­tails, and ex­cel­lent mo­tion per­for­mance. For 3D, LG continues to adopt pas­sive 3D tech, and the TV comes bun­dled with four pairs of light­weight pas­sive 3D glasses and two pairs of Dual Play glasses. For the most part, 3D per­for­mance is ex­cep­tional, with strong depth and flick­er­free im­ages. Sound qual­ity is ex­cel­lent too, es­pe­cially with Clear Voice II en­abled.

All in all, the LG LA8600 gets the nod from us, pri­mary be­cause of its (mostly) good pic­ture qual­ity, ex­cel­lent 3D per­for­mance, and sur­pris­ingly good sound from the built-in speak­ers. Of course, the pretty de­sign doesn’t hurt too. Our only two gripes are the con­trast loss when you’re view­ing from an off-cen­ter po­si­tion and the slight in­put lag in games.

LG has two Magic Re­motes; the one that comes with this TV has back­lit but­tons.

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