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LG 47LM860V review

LG delivers a solid if unspectacular premium TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Sensational looks
  • Very watchable 3D
  • Expansive online service
  • Rich 2D pictures

Against

  • Some dark scene problems
  • High input lag
  • It's expensive
  • Very mixed app quality

While LG's mid-range LM660 TVs have generally impressed this year, its flagship LM960V Nano televisions were a letdown. So it's with a degree of uncertainty that we find ourselves today faced with a TV from the LM860V series that sits just one step below the LM960V flagships.

The LG 47LM860V gets off to a cracking start, though, by boasting one of the prettiest designs the TV world has ever delivered. Its frame is outlandishly thin and finished in an endlessly stroke-able metallic finish, while its distinctive 'Floating Metal Wing' stand design is ultra cute, too.

Spec-wise, the LG 47LM860V is also clearly anything but a basic model. For instance, it can play just about every multimedia file format under the sun, either via a networked DLNA PC or USB storage device.

It's also got a vast network of online services, courtesy of LG's latest smart TV engine, while pictures are served via LG's 800 MCI (Motion Control Index) processing. This will hopefully prove handy in fighting the sort of motion blurring problems witnessed on a few LG TVs this year.

LG 47LM860V review

The edge LED lighting system responsible for the LG 47LM860V's pictures, meanwhile, benefits from a local dimming system where sectors of the lighting can have their light levels adjusted individually, to boost contrast.

This being an LG LCD TV, the LG 47LM860V also employs the brand's passive 3D technology, and ships with five sets of 3D glasses (more details on these on the Features page).

Another standout feature of the LG 47LM860V is its provision of a second remote control. This so-called 'Magic' remote can be used to point directly at options on the screen, Nintendo Wii-style, and provides a welcome alternative to the standard remote control.

As mentioned already, if you're feeling really flush you could step up from the LG LM860V to LG's LM960V range, which use LG's direct (rather than edge) LED lighting system.

LG 47LM860V review

Below the LG LM860V sits the LG LM760T, which features a slightly different design - including a distinctive half-moon stand - and loses a few minor features, such as a dynamic colour enhancer, as well as MHL and second TV connectivity

Further down still you get to the LG LM660T series of TVs, which ditch the extra remote control and reduce the picture processing power, but still look great and offer a terrific high-value proposition.

Now, though, let's get back to the job of finding out if the LG 47LM860V is worthy of its premium status in LG's range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLM860V
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerSECAM, PAL, NTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED Plus
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption83 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 Stand701 mm
Width with Stand1063 mm
Depth with Stand302 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height628 mm
Width1063 mm
Depth33.4 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLM860V
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Child Lock, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LM860V
Product Name47LM860V LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LM860V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

SKY'S FIRST CHOICE FOR 3D TVs

When it comes to 3D TV, Sky - the UK's foremost provider of 3D content - knows what its talking about. So it's no surprise that Sky chooses LG 3D TVs to show off its cutting-edge 3D content.

MINIMISED FRAME, MAXIMISED PICTURE

CINEMA SCREEN design makes LG CINEMA 3D TVs the perfect compliment to any stylish home, and with corner-to-corner action from the first minute to the very last, it's the ultimate immersive viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • 47LM860V LED-LCD TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
  • 2 x Dual Play Glasses
  • 1 x Clip-on Glass
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)15.80 kg