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LG 47LM860V review

LG delivers a solid if unspectacular premium TV

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Best TV 2012

If you want LG's top-level edge LED TV, the LM860V series is it. And the 47-inch LG 47LM860V wears its premium credentials on its sleeve, thanks to a truly sensational design and a feature count that fully embraces today's multimedia needs.

For instance, you can play back a strong range of multimedia file formats via USB or wirelessly networked PCs and Macs, and you can go online with LG's new Smart TV service.

This service is jam packed with content now - some of it even quite useful - and the interface for accessing it all is excellent.

Also excellent for much of the time are the LG 47LM860V's pictures, thanks to their sparkling colours, punchy contrast, excellent sharpness and detailing, and good motion handling. Our only concerns are a few lighting inconsistencies during very dark scenes and the fact that the TV feels a touch expensive.

We liked

The LG 47LM860V is possibly the prettiest TV you'll ever see. Its tiny bezel enables it to fit into a much smaller space than most 47-inch TVs, too. Also very appealing are its multimedia talents, thanks to both the wide range of file formats it can support, its embracement of Macs as well as PCs, and its provision of excellent on-screen menus and a great alternative 'magic' remote control option.

Finally, its pictures frequently look outstanding, at least when showing bright, colourful footage.

We disliked

LG's local dimming system needs work, since it can cause rather over-obvious blocking of light around bright objects. Yet if you turn it off, black levels reduce sharply. LG could do with cutting away the more pointless apps it has to offer too, and the set maybe struggles to justify all of its cost.

Final verdict

Few TVs scream 'buy me' at prospective punters louder than the LG 47LM860V. Aesthetically its gorgeous, and its feature list is everything you could hope for - and then some - from a 2012 premium TV. It performs excellently too for the most part, being particularly in its element with bright, colourful footage.

We can't give the LG 47LM860V a completely unreserved recommendation, though, on account of the issues it sometimes has when showing dark scenes, and its slightly painful price.

But it's still a superior TV that makes us very excited about what LG might unveil at January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013).

Also consider

The main rival to consider has to be Sony's 46HX853. Although an inch smaller, Sony's flagship 2012 model is a stellar picture performer, with groundbreaking contrast by edge LED standards. It's also got much better audio than the LG 47LM860V, and is £250 (about $400) or so cheaper - though it's neither as pretty to look at nor quite as rich in features.

You could also consider saving £250 by getting LG's own 47LM660T mid-range model. This isn't as strong when it comes to handling motion, but is still a good option overall.

Otherwise you could consider Samsung's UE46ES7000 if you fancy a similarly glamorous, similarly specified but active (rather than passive) 3D option, or Panasonic's 47ET5, which is essentially an LG passive 3D panel but with Panasonic's online service and picture processing applied to it.

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