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LG 55LM660T review

LG's latest passive 3D TV is its best yet

The 55LM660T makes a heck of an impression right from the off, thanks to a stunning design that at least rivals and arguably betters the impact of Samsung's 'zero bezel' models.

It's also got all the connections you need for today's multimedia-obsessed world, including built-in Wi-Fi, and comes equipped with a beautifully presented, content-enriched version of LG's Smart TV service.

Then there's LG's passive 3D system, supported on the 55LM660T by the inclusion of five pairs of glasses included free in the box.

In many ways the 55LM660T is great fun to watch, too. Its 3D pictures are bright, colourful and relaxing, and its 2D images avoid some of the pitfalls of last year's LG range.

There are still a few problems though, including minor motion flaws, visible line structure over 3D pictures, rather hollow black colours at times, and enough input lag to trouble gamers.

We liked

The 55LM660T's design is nothing short of spectacular. And the same can often be said of its pictures, at least with bright, sharp, colourful HD and 3D sources. 3D in particular is great fun to watch.

The TV's operating system is very good too, and its multimedia features are excellent and very easy to set up and use.

We disliked

The screen suffers more input lag than gamers might feel comfortable with, and dark scenes can look a bit low on shadow detail. There are motion issues too.

Finally, the passive 3D filter causes signs of horizontal line structure over 2D and 3D pictures - though this isn't really a big problem from a sensible viewing distance, and would likely scarcely be noticeable at all on a smaller screen.

Final verdict

LG's ambitions to overhaul its Korean rival as the world's favourite TV brand are once again writ large on this early 2012 model. Its design is a belter; its feature count is massive and, for the most part, genuinely useful; and best of all its pictures are a big improvement over last year's equivalent models.

There are just enough problems around to make us yearn for LG's upcoming higher-specced TVs, but considered for what it is, a mid-range model, the 55LM660T remains for the most part a very attractive TV indeed.

Also consider

If you want an extremely affordable active 3D 55-inch alternative to the 55LM660T, then you could consider Toshiba's 55WL863 - a TV on sale for as little as £1200 in places. This set does suffer with crosstalk, though, and its online service is way behind LGs.

If you want a nearly crosstalk-free active 3D option, there's the Panasonic P55VT30. This uses plasma technology and so isn't as bright as the LG model, but it's a superb TV in a darkened room. Bear in mind, though, that it's due to be superseded soon by the P55VT30.

Passive alternatives are available from Panasonic (in the shape of the ET5 series), Toshiba (the VL863 series - though this doesn't go up to 55-inch), and the Philips also size-limited PFL7666 series. But it's worth bearing in mind that all of these TVs use passive 3D panels sourced from - you guessed it - LG.

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 FamilyLM66
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Brand NameLG
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED Plus
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption73 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 Stand795 mm
Width with Stand1232 mm
Depth with Stand331 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height723 mm
Width1232 mm
Depth33.1 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital
Product SeriesLM66
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesFlashback, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model55LM660T
Product NameCinema 3D Smart TV
Manufacturer Part Number55LM660T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Cinema 3D TV
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.

Comfortable 3D Glasses
CINEMA 3D TV technology makes LG 3D glasses* the pick of the bunch in terms of comfort, light weight and affordability, bringing home movie viewing to a whole new level.

Package Contents
  • Cinema 3D Smart TV
  • 5 x 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)21.30 kg