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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

Usability

The EPG governing Freeview HD on the LG 42LS570T is excellent, with schedules over two hours for eight channels displayed at once. However, inspecting it completely blocks and silences the live TV channel you're watching.

Instead it's best to use the remote's helpfully centrally placed Info button, which provides more information on individual TV programmes and enables you to change channel while never leaving live television.

The chance to rename each source on the Inputs app is nice, though custom text entry would be better than the generic labels used (such as Blu-ray, Games, Smart Box - though the latter uses an icon that looks uncannily like an Apple TV).

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The remote is nicely laid out, with blue and slightly luminous channel and volume rockers, and easy access to the crucial Home, My Apps and Exit buttons.

It's weighted nicely and has a concave ridge in the back to stop it slipping out of hands.

The virtual brushed metallic skeuomorphism styling of the Home dashboard that recalls Mac OS X won't be to everyone's tastes, but for film fans there's few better GUIs than LG's.

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Stuffed with on-demand movie apps, there's a handy search function in My Apps - an easily accessible tab at the bottom of the main screen - that finds any film.

In our test we found The Dark Knight Rises on Acetrax before we'd even finished typing the first word.

Speaking of which, the LG 42LS570T has an open web browser, too, though it's hardly a highlight. Slow and ponderous, we managed to get a Yahoo! video embedded on a news website to play, but only after a wait of over two minutes.

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As well as being almost addictively easy to use, the file support in SmartShare is comprehensive. Not utterly, but we managed to play MKV, MP4, MOV, AVI, MPEG, WMV and WMV HD files.

Photos are just JPEG, while music is supported in MP3, M4A and WMA formats. Stream from a PC and the support extends to AVC HD, too.

Sound

Audio isn't one of the LG 42LS570T's strong suits. We settled on the Cinema sound setting for the most rounded audio and the occasional depth effect.

Using this, the sound of distant gunfire in The Avengers appeared to come from below, and behind the TV. However, across all modes the bass is lacking.

Value

When it was initially launched, this 42-inch television was at least £100 more expensive, so we hope the price cut for smart TVs is a permanent one.

It certainly helps the LG 42LS570T reach above most of its close competitors when it comes to media-savvy new functions, though that's in no small part down to the inclusion of SmartShare.

One of our favorite features of any modern TV, its ability to seamlessly stream from disparate sources in such a neutral, easy manner is extremely rare, and one that the likes of Panasonic, Sony and Samsung don't get anywhere near.

Granted, the picture quality on the LG 42LS570T isn't of the very highest quality, but with SmartShare, a similarly easy to use Freeview HD tuner (and associated software) amid plentiful connectivity, this £499.99 (around AU$775/US$815)-priced TV is hard to beat on value - though it does lack Wi-Fi.

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