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LG 37LE5900 review

Edge LED lighting in a 37-inch LCD TV for £700 can't be bad. Or can it?

Our Verdict

For

  • Slender and pretty
  • Cheap for an edge LED model
  • Lots of features and connections
  • HD pictures can look decent

Against

  • An indifferent black level response
  • Backlight inconsistency
  • Poor online service
  • Motion blur and colour issues with standard-def

One day all LCD TVs will have LED backlights. LG's 37LE5900 is an edge-lit set that that costs just £700, proving that the technology is getting cheaper by the day and hastening the inevitable demise of creaky old CCFL.

That aggressive price isn't only attraction; there is an amazing set of features crammed somehow into that breathtakingly slinky chassis, including a Freeview HD tuner, 100Hz processing and, most startlingly, access to the Korean firm's NetCast web platform.

Despite its impressive feature list, the 37LE5900 sits in the middle of the current LG pecking order for LED sets. Right above it is the LE7900 series, which introduces controllable, locally dimmed backlights and single-layer chassis designs. Step up again and you get to the LX6900 series with its 200Hz processing and 3D playback.

Moving below the LE5900 series, your first stop is the LE5300s, which ditch the online capability. Down again and you get to 100Hz-free LE4900 series, while the LE3300 sets sit right at the bottom of the LED lineup with their smaller screen sizes, reduced features and more limited connectivity.

LG also does, of course, an extensive range of direct (full) LED TVs – most notably the LX9900 3D range and LE8900 non-3D range – and traditional CCFL screens, including the 3D 47LD950.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLE5900
Brand NameLG
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand630 mm
Width with Stand905 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height568 mm
Width905 mm
Depth39.9 mm
Product SeriesLE5900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model37LE5900
Product Name37LE5900 37" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number37LE5900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG LE5900 LED TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design perfect for hanging on the wall as well as having built in Freeview HD, TruMotion 100Hz and access to your favourite internet content like youtube you will be entertained for hours.

Response Time2.40 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12.80 kg