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INTRODUCTION After my old TV giving up the ghost, it was time to purchase a new one. I decided this time to go for a brand name that I trusted, and this product does not let the LG name down at all. DESIGN The TV looks really modern and it is very slim, and lightweight. When I was carrying the box through the shopping centre, I realised my suitcase is often heavier! This is great, particularly if you want to wall mount your TV, it's not hard to lift it and put it in place. The black surround is narrow, which means you are not adding inches of plastic to your TV set, this is really important for me, as the space where I put the TV is just wide enough to accommodate around 33 inches! FEATURES When purchasing my TV, it was important to have the two HDMI Connection ports, and this is available on this TV. For me, having a SKY HD subscription I wanted a full HD tv, or a native 1080p setup, and this is the case on the LG. When you turn on the TV, it connects to the HDMI Input within a few seconds, but it is very easy to flick through the inputs, to change to your Games console or DVD player. I really like the menu system on this TV, all the options are very clear and straightforward to use. There is inbuilt freeview, which I do not use, but it seemed to pick up a good range of the available channels. PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY The sound on the TV is excellent, and often I find level 12 to be loud enough to watch the news or a film. The picture quality is very good from most positions. If you are sitting looking at the TV Straight on, you'll enjoy fantastic picture quality, but it deteriorates as you pass about 120 degrees, I noticed the quality to appear to 'white'. It's not too much of a problem for me, but in some situations or home set-ups, it might be. SUMMARY For just over £275, you cannot go wrong! It's a great price and you get a good quality and easy to use product for the price.
It was a couple of years ago now that, whilst still at college and working hard at my part time job I decided to spend my wages on a treat in the form of a new television. I had a look around and eventually decided to play it safe and go to Argos. I knew I wanted and 1080p television and I wanted it to be 32 inches but other than that I just wanted something to look good. I decided upon the LG 32 LD 550 which fitted what I wanted and being a brand name I trusted I knew I couldn't be going that wrong. At the time the tele cost about £350 however it has since come down in price and is now about £270. On getting the TV out of the box I was pleased with how it looked, it was easy to set up, just a get it out the box and plug it in job. The surround of the tele is black gloss which looks very smart and sleek; it's about 3 inches wide which in my opinion is just the right size for it to be, although now it's becoming popular to have no surround at all. There's a silver trim at the bottom of the tele with a downwards curve where the on/off switch is, this switch isn't actually a button but a touch sensor and to use you just swipe your hand past. I really like this feature as it's a bit different and gives it a bit more of a modern feel. The television base is again, black gloss but it can be mounted onto the wall with a bracket. The remote it functional but looks a little bit old fashioned when compared to the TV but obviously this isn't a major issue. When turning the TV on I was pleased with the picture quality, it's very crisp and clear and a lot better than my previous TV. There's freeview built in which is always useful as it saves having an extra box on the TV stand as well as extra cables, the picture was good as I said before but I couldn't test the HD quality. There's two scart input points and two HDMI input points, I never used to need this many but since getting Sky I'm glad it's available. The HD channels on Sky look great on the screen and although the picture was good anyway with the HD upscaling it's better still. We also have a PS3 which can be used with a HDMI cable; this is where the two sockets come in as we don't have to mess around with cables when changing from TV to gaming. For the price I'd say this television is more than good enough for the average television watcher or gamer. The screen is big enough for us, although with all the new technology coming in we're hoping to buy a 3D TV before Christmas and this model will be moved into the bedroom. The TV looks good switched off but it looks even better when switched on, the picture's great and for under £300 you can't go wrong.
A couple of months ago I decided it was time to buy a large screen television. I have purchased large screen TV's in the past but each time returned it due to initial dissatisfaction. My main requirements for the TV were: it should cost no more than around 300 GBP, include native 1080p, hdmi, VGA and manufactured by a known brand. This television seemed to tick the boxes so I ordered it off the internet. Upon removing the television from the box, I was satisfied with the build quality and design. On one hand this TV is not exactly your state of the art Loewe Spheros but neither is it as bad as an unbranded LCD. The design is very good, just the bezel and housing of the TV could have been slightly better quality but for 300 GBP one can't complain. Switching on the TV, the television provides a very good image. Connecting the TV to a PS3 via hdmi at native 1080 standard DVD playback is extremely good, the TV also has 100hz so films looks smoother. Tested the TV with HD content and again it doesn't disappoint. Since I use the PS3 for all media playback I haven't tested the scart input or any other devices. The PS3 does all the hard work in scaling to the television's 1080p input so why bother with anything else. The results may not be so optimal just plugging in a standard DVD player. Connecting the PC via the hdmi input and the DVD playback was quite poor, however this was probably the fault of the PC. Finally I tested out freeview. I don't watch TV but thought I would check it out. The results were sub standard but again this is mostly due to the low bitrate of freeview. A freeview stream tends to be around 2mbps. On the other hand a DVD that has been encoded properly has a bit rate of around 8mbps. If you are looking for a budget TV of reasonable quality that doesn't look like it came from the Argos catalogue, you cannot go wrong with this.