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LG 47LA860W review

A hugely impressive user experience makes this 47-inch flagship LED TV fun to use, but it lacks contrast and black levels.

Our Verdict

It doesn't have the characteristics demanded of a great home cinema, but most people will love both its looks and its fabulous interface.

For

  • Easy user interface
  • Excellent motion clarity and detail
  • Handy second screen app
  • Effective upscaling

Against

  • Unreliable Magic Remote
  • Lacklustre black levels
  • Lacks catch-up TV apps
  • Poor EPG

While some brands experiment with voice control on their latest flagship TVs and others offer NFC smartphone pairing, LG has gone for the jugular by presenting the whole darn lot on this 47-inch edge LED TV.

Arguably neither of those features are a must-have - not on any TV - but it's indicative nonetheless of how many dimensions there are to the LG 47LA860W.

Ratings in depth

LG 47LA860W review
LG 47LA860W review
LG 47LA860W review
LG 47LA860W review
LG 47LA860W review

Yes, passive Cinema 3D features - amid plenty of free specs, too - but more decisive are LG's bundling of a pointer-style Magic Remote, packed smart TV pages and the industry's finest digital content arbiter, SmartShare.

Attach a phone or a tablet as a source of video, stream from a Mac or a PC and SmartShare even finds cover art and all kinds of other metadata using its fabulous Plex software.

The LG 47LA860W - with a full price of £1,899 (around US$2,920 / AU$3,160) - also happens to look absolutely stunning. Arguably the best-looking TV we've seen in 2013, the LG 47LA860W has a bezel a mere 8mm (0.3 inches) thick, and a depth of just 35.1mm (1.4 inches).

Add a Freeview HD tuner, USB TimeShift recording and an enhanced dual-core processor that quickens the pace, and the LG 47LA860W looks every bit the flagship TV.

Also available

All smart TVs from LG feature Freeview HD tuners and Cinema 3D, LG's name for the passive FPR form of 3D it exclusively manufacturers.

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Buying Guide
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Other 47-inch televisions in LG's massive stable include the step-down LG 47LA790W (£1,599), which loses the camera, and the LG 47LA740V (£1,549), which has three instead of four HDMI inputs. We've already reviewed the bigger 55-inch LG 55LA740V from this latter series.

If you're after a 55-inch TV, why not head for LG's one-of-a-kind OLED TV, the 55-inch LG 55EM970V? There is one small problem: it sells for £10,000.

Features

If ever there was a manufacturer keen to keep pushing 3D, it's LG. The inventor of the FPR technology that uses the same lightweight 3D specs used in 3D cinemas has filled the LG 47LA860W's box with the things. There are six pairs in all - four pairs of AG-F315 specs, and two pairs of AG-F310DP Dual Play specs, which actually abandon 3D, instead using the technology to create full-screen gaming for two separate viewers at once. Clever stuff.

LG 47LA860W review

The LG 47LA860W is also well stocked with connections. There are four HDMI inputs (all along the side, with one ARC-compatible and one MHL-ready for smartphone hook-up), which will be fine for most users.

They're joined by three USB slots, one of them USB 3.0 spec, though they're all situated very high on the TV's side. All are recessed well away from the side of the TV, so trailing cables shouldn't be an issue. Also up there is a Common Interface slot.

Below is where you'll find feeds for the Freeview HD tuner, wired LAN (although Wi-Fi features, too), a Scart adaptor, optical digital audio out, a headphones jack and adaptors for component video and composite video.

LG 47LA860W review

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So-called 'Premium' apps include Lovefilm, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Livesport, BBC Sport, YouTube KnowHow, Napster, Skype, Blinkbox, Facebook, Deezer, Aupeo, Twitter, vTuner, Crackle, Red Bull TV and EuroSport Player.

However, it's a bit muddled, since the My Apps page actually contains what we'd call widgets, such as shortcuts to the TV's inputs, settings, TV Guide, SmartShare and other bits. There are also links to 3D World and Games World, as well as to LG's online app store.

SmartShare trades files over home networks and from USB flash drives, with MKV, AVC HD, AVI, MP4 and MPEG video files supported in our test.

LG 47LA860W review

We also managed to get the LG 47LA860W to play OGG, WAV and AAC lossless music files, as well as the more common MP3, M4A and WMA, and these files continue to play while JPEG (only) photo slideshows commence.

All of these digital files are divvied up into Recently Played and Recently Added lists by the TV, with the pick presented on the TV's main home page, which is very convenient.

LG's Triple XD Engine remains one of the few that can convert any source from 2D into 3D, though a new feature for this year is Motion Eye Care, which takes the peak off full brightness.

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Also here is an 800Hz Motion Clarity panel that's designed to banish blur, while TruMotion is also on hand to insert guessed-at frames of video to remove judder.

Lastly, it's worth mentioning that the LG 47LA860W has a somewhat limited - but hugely impressive - voice control feature, while a pull-up camera on the top enables you to make Skype video calls and snap selfies.

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 FamilyLA860W
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption64 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
RMS Output Power24 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand694 mm
Width with Stand1059 mm
Depth with Stand269 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year94 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height625 mm
Width1059 mm
Depth35.1 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Virtual Surround Plus
Product SeriesLA860W
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMobile High Definition Link (MHL), Flicker-free, Motion Clarity Index, Web Browser, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LA860W
Product Name47LA860W LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LA860W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationLG SMART TV

LG Smart TV's comes with an improved design, offering greater simplicity and more room for customization.

SMART ENTERTAINMENT

Our Smart platform brings together all your favourite content.

There's catch-up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer, as well as instant access to movies on demand via Sky Movies on NOW TV, Netflix, LOVEFiLM and Blinkbox.
You can also stream live sports via Sky Sport on NOW TV, BBC Sports and Eurosport.
There's also access to music from Napster, plus social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Package Contents
  • 47LA860W LED-LCD TV
  • 6 x Pairs of 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)17.20 kg