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LG 55LW980T review

Does LG's 55-inch flagship LCD TV live up to the hype?

LG 55lw980t

LG has clearly put a lot of work into getting good audio out of the 55LW980T's svelte form. In fact, it sounds more potent, dynamic, clear and well-rounded than any number of much chunkier sets, and in doing so produces a soundstage that feels equal in scale to the substantial images the 3D TV produces. Impressive.

Value

There's no getting around the fact that the £2,500 you need to buy the LG 55LW980T is a substantial wedge of money. Especially when Panasonic's outstanding TX-P55VT30B can be found for as much as £200 less.

But then in a way it's an alternative to Panasonic's active 3D model more than just a rival. So if you're persuaded by the passive 3D argument, a couple of hundred quid probably won't seem like much to worry about - especially if you've got enough money to be thinking about buying a TV that costs more than £2,000.

Ease of use

In most ways, the LG 55LW980T is very easy to use. Its on-screen menus are graphics-rich and extremely legible, and the Home Hub screen that provides access to all of your inputs, online sources and TV controls is surely a template for the way all TV menus will look in the future.

Also commendable is the LG 55LW980T's provision of not one but two remote controls: a perfectly pleasant 'standard' one and a rather groovy 'Magic' one that enables you to access features on the TV simply by pointing the remote directly at them or waving it around, like some kind of WiiMote. Only more useful.

It's good to find, too, that if you feel intimidated by the LG 55LW980T's extensive suite of picture calibration tools, the TV carries a decent Picture Wizard feature that guides you through the basics of picture optimisation.

The only significant usability problems are that the Smart TV menus are a bit sluggish, and you can only access the TV set-up menus by first navigating to the Home Hub screen.

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 FamilyLW980T
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameLG
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ErP
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29 kg
Backlight TechnologyNANO Full LED
Operating Power Consumption157.81 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand831 mm
Width with Stand1265 mm
Depth with Stand284.50 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height760 mm
Width1265 mm
Depth27.5 mm
ColourBlue, Black
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLW980T
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model55LW980T
Product Name55LW980T Television
Manufacturer Part Number55LW980T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

55" CINEMA 3D Smart TV with Nano Full LED, freeview HD, 7 pairs of 3D Glasses, built in Wi-Fi and Magic Remote included
Welcome to the Next Generation TV from LG. The flagship LW980T CINEMA 3D Smart TV series provides the ultimate in home entertainment with the finest picture quality with NANO FULL LED technology. The LW9 series offers the best of 2D, 3D and Smart TV and comes complete with 7 pairs of 3D glasses, built-in WI-FI and a Magic Motion Remote Control. CINEMA 3D is the Next Generation 3D with the most comfortable viewing experience to share with your friends and family. Prepare yourself to be entertained.

Package Contents
  • 55LW980T Television
  • Remote Control
  • 7 x Pairs of 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)23.80 kg