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LG 42LE4900 review

LG's great value 42-inch edge-LED set has some tasty features, but can its pictures cut the mustard at this price?

Our Verdict

If you've got around £600 to splash on a TV then you could do a lot worse than the 42LE4900. There's a tasty array of features on board and like many of the latest LED-equipped sets its slim, sexy looks will be a perfect fit for any living room

For

  • Bright, detailed pictures
  • Sleek external design
  • Networking & USB playback
  • Detailed picture settings
  • Slick, attractive menu system
  • Price

Against

  • Black level
  • Backlight issues
  • Motion reproduction
  • NetCast's limited content

LG's close links with Sky and its 3D service are well publicised but not everyone is ready (or wealthy enough) to enter the third dimension right now. To that end, LG also boasts a wide range of conventional sets that offer bucketloads of other features without having to pay the inevitable 3D premium.

The 42LE4900 is one such set, offering edge LED backlighting and all the enticing slimness that comes with it, as well as coveted baubles including a built-in Freeview HD tuner, internet TV access, DLNA networking and much more.

That's a heck of a lot to pack into a sub-£600 set, so we can only hope that LG hasn't sacrificed picture quality on the altar of good value.

The 42LE4900 is just one of many non-3D LED TVs in LG's latest range. The 4900 series, alongside the lower-specified 490 LCD range, was launched last year and as affordable sets with built-in Freeview HD, they're part of LG's 'commitment to offering consumers easy access to hi-def content'.

The 4900 range also comes in screen sizes of 32 and 37-inch, making this a range very much aimed at those with modestly sized living rooms to match their modest budgets.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLE4900
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption88.40 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand692 mm
Width with Stand1018 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height627 mm
Width1018 mm
Depth35.3 mm
ColourBlack
Product SeriesLE4900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LE4900
Product Name42LE4900 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42LE4900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG LE4900 LED TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design which is perfect for hanging on the wall. Also on board is built in Freeview HD and NetCast for access to your favourite internet applications so that you and your family will be entertained for hours.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.20 kg