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.