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LG 42LS570T review

Great value Edge LED TV with networking and generous connectivity

Our Verdict

As a screen for the living room of someone with loads of gadgets and a penchant for digital media, there is no better value choice than the LG 42LS570T.

For

  • Low price
  • SmartShare streaming
  • User interface
  • Three USB slots
  • Four HDMI inputs

Against

  • Motion blur and lacks contrast
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Awkward HDMI placement
  • Unpredictable brightness jumps

In a pantheon of TVs as vast as LG's, it can be tricky to pinpoint exactly where the sweet spot is. But by balancing smart TV with awesome networking - albeit wired - myriad ins and outs, and a thoroughly decent picture, the 42-inch LG 42LS570T could be just that.

Full HD resolution features on this Edge LED-backlit LCD panel, while the LG 42LS570T also counts a Freeview HD tuner, an element of home networking, digital file playback from three USB slots and a generous helping of four HDMI inputs.

In terms of picture quality there's 200Hz double-scan motion processing, which at this price-point of £499.99 (around AU$775/US$815) is another boon.

LG 42LS570T review

Two features fast becoming defaults on modern TVs are, however, slashed; 3D doesn't make an appearance on this 42-inch television, and nor does Wi-Fi, although a dongle is available from LG.

However, smart TV's holy trinity of BBC iPlayer, YouTube and an open web browser makes the LG 42LS570T a real stand-out at its price.

Looks-wise the LG 42LS570T is nothing special, combining a simple 15mm-wide gloss black bezel with a slightly larger undercarriage. The latter is fitted with speakers and a 11mm-wide grey plastic strip that's designed to look like brushed metal.

LG 42LS570T review

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It's not, but the overall look of the impressive 35.5mm slim LG 42LS570T is at worst inoffensive.

The same may not apply to the desktop stand, which is a little heavy duty, though its central gap proves a great place to store idle TV remotes, or gaming accessories such as a Kinect.

Part of LG's LS570 Series, the 42-inch LG 42LS570T is joined by the 32-inch LG 32LS570T and the 37-inch LG 37LS570T, the latter an increasingly rare screen size that's not likely to last for another year (expect 39-inch screens to replace them due to recent advances in glass-cutting tech).

LG 42LS570T review

In comparison to sets lower down LG's ranges, such as the LG LS5600, LG LS3590 or LG LS3500 Series, these LS570 TVs are the lowest priced sets with Freeview HD tuners included.

If you really can't do without a Wi-Fi module, a variant is available; the 42-inch LG 42LS575T is exclusive to Currys.

The step-down LG LS5600 Series, which encompasses the 32-inch LG 32LS5600, 37-inch LG 37LS5600, 42-inch LG 42LS5600 and 47-inch LG 47LS5600, drops to basic Freeview and also manages just two HDMI inputs as well as a mere 100Hz refresh rate.

LG 42LS570T review

Cue possible problems with motion blur and resolution loss, though these four Edge LED-backlit LCD TVs retain a Full HD resolution.

Low-cost, non-3D plasmas come in HD-ready (the PA4500 Series) and Full HD (PA650T Series), the latter with Freeview HD tuners.

Those looking to go 3D ought to try LG's impressive Cinema 3D sets, the excellent 55-inch LG 55LM660T, good value 47-inch LG 47LM760T and step-up 47-inch LG 47LM860V. And its Active Shutter 3D plasmas - including the LG 50PM670T - are great value big screen options.

LG 42LS570T review

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 FamilyLS570
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.10 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption67 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand660 mm
Width with Stand979 mm
Depth with Stand269 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height593 mm
Width979 mm
Depth35.5 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital
Product SeriesLS570
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LS570T
Product Name42" FULL HD LED Smart TV with Freeview HD and 4X HDMI
Manufacturer Part Number42LS570T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

With Smart TV built in, the LS570 LED TV is your gateway to a world of web-based apps - from catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer, streaming films on demand through LoveFilm or to your favourite social networks like Facebook & Twitter. It will also stream content over your home network or play it from a USB drive. And with freeview HD, you can enjoy free high-definition programming with stunning picture quality boosted by LG's cutting-edge motion processing.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.70 kg