The LG 42LE4900 Television Review

The LE is an attractive television. The first thing a user will notice is its central ‘Standby’ light above the pedestal, which glows red when activated.

The Swivel Pedestal

Some users may fight their way through wrestling with the 20 degree swivel pedestal in order to get the television facing the required position.

Setup Wizard

Once switched on, the television set has displays a great picture wizard, which allows even novice users to set up the device and correct other settings such as the black and white levels, sharpness and color saturation of the device.

Navigation is provided through a simple tiled interface. There is, however, a secondary Quick Menu which users can use to navigate through a number of option screens. Both menus are intuitive and easy to use. They both consist of clear graphics.

Media Compatibility

The device offers great media compatibility when streaming a number of video files, which include AVI and MKV. File support from USB media is comparable.

Image Quality

The television provides unremarkable image quality, however the LED screen may often provide some problems. The backlight is clearly uneven, with bright peaks at the four corners of the set. Unfortunately the device is unable to resolve fine motion detail form its Freeview HD channel performance.

One thing we also found missing was LG’s proprietary anti-blur TruMotion technology, which leads to limited HD texture in faces and other moving objects. Although the device consists of a Real Cinema anti-judder setting, this still does not resolve the motion clarity.


The device consists of a number of audio settings, which include Standard, Cinema, Music, Sport, Games and LG’s proprietary Infinite Sound mode. The latter attempts to create a surround soundfield from the two downward firing speakers in the TV’s bezel, but miserably fails in doing this.

We were not impressed with the audio quality, which was average on our scale, and expected more from the device.


The device is now available in retail stores in the UK and is available at an amount of £600.

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