LG 47LA6205 47-inch LED TV

NOVO - - PROD­UCT RE­VIEW - Mal­colm J. Gomes

The TV in­dus­try seems to be em­u­lat­ing the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try, in that, over the past few years, both sec­tors have in­tro­duced sleeker, smarter, bet­ter per­form­ing mod­els at sig­nif­i­cantly lower prices than their pre­de­ces­sors. It is in­deed a great time to shop for TV sets, as you will find your­self spoilt for choice. In fact, when you surf the web, if you own one of the later mod­els of Smart TV sets, you are prob­a­bly spend­ing more time surf­ing on your TV set than your PC or Mac be­cause of the larger screen and the ex­po­nen­tial in­crease in HD con­tent now avail­able on the In­ter­net.

One TV brand that was lit­tle more than an af­ter­thought just a decade ago has slowly and steadily climbed up the aware­ness and image lad­der in con­sumers’ minds to now oc­cupy pride of place in the sec­tor. That brand is LG. I am amazed at how of­ten this brand is now men­tioned in so­cial cir­cles when the topic turns to which TV set peo­ple have or what they in­tend to buy.

de­sign | fea­tures

This be­ing the case, I was quite ex­cited at the prospect of re­view­ing the lat­est se­ries from LG, the LA6205 range which com­prises five screen sizes from 42” to 60” with all mod­els of­fer­ing Di­rect LED con­fig­u­ra­tion, 1080p res­o­lu­tion, 3D option, built-in Wi-Fi and 120Hz re­fresh rate. The model un­der re­view here is the 47” with the model num­ber 47LA6205 priced at $1,349.

The set ar­rived in an at­trac­tive car­ton and at just 15.6 ki­los, it is a lot lighter than I ex­pected it to be. I had no dif­fi­culty un­pack­ing and set­ting it up all on my own. This TV set is re­ally easy on the eyes even be­fore you switch it on and has un­der­stated but el­e­gant styling that is sure to lend a touch of class to any room that it is set up in. The steel gray stand is very well de­signed and looks quite chic with its flow­ing lines and sta­ble stance.

The back of the TV has a set of com­monly used con­trols in­clud­ing but­tons to ma­nip­u­late the chan­nel, vol­ume, power, set­tings and in­put se­lec­tion. The rear con­nec­tions in­clude an op­ti­cal au­dio out­put, a com­po­nent video in­put, an Eth­er­net in­put, three HDMI in­puts, three USB in­puts and a stereo au­dio in­put.

The LG ‘magic’ re­mote con­trol im­me­di­ately got my at­ten­tion be­cause it is so small, light and has so few but­tons on it. My first thought was that it would not of­fer much con­trol but I was proven dead wrong. This re­mote con­trol is a great ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when you put a lot of thought into de­sign. A vig­or­ous side-to-side shake of the re­mote brings up the cur­sor on the TV screen and you can move the cur­sor by mov­ing the re­mote side-to-side or up and down.

This new LG TV se­ries uses the di­rect (aka back-lit) LED con­fig­u­ra­tion which has an ar­ray of LEDs ar­ranged across the back of the TV screen. This means that the set has a depth of around 3 inches, which is not as slim as some of the edgelit LED TV sets in the mar­ket. How­ever, be­cause of this con­fig­u­ra­tion, the pic­ture image, es­pe­cially in terms of light dis­per­sion, is a lot more uni­form. This is un­like some of the poorly im­ple­mented edge-lit mod­els where the LEDs are ar­ranged only on the edges of the screen and which, un­like di­rect LED TVs, need a wave­guide to spread the light across the whole screen.

performance

The pic­ture qual­ity on this LG TV is eas­ily the best that I have seen in this price range. The whites and blacks are ren­dered with great ac­cu­racy and that sets the stage

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