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- LG 55LM9600
- A great TV overall, but smart buyers might want to wait on a price drop.
LG 55LM9600 3D LED LCD HDTV Review$2,999.00
LG's Home menu is where users will find everything they need to operate the major and minor functions of the LM9600. The scroll wheel on the Magic Remote (and the magic itself--motion tracking) make it easy to set up 2D and 3D options, internet connectivity (including wi-fi), video and sound modes, and input selection, as well as the more subtle aspects of brightness, color temperature, and sharpness. The Home menu is also where users will activate or browse through LG's various apps or internet content like YouTube, Netflix, or Hulu Plus.
Their layout presents the necessary components of traditional TV menus, like system settings or input selection, alongside useable apps and internet components in a layout that is both sensible and, for LG, market friendly. Combined with the Magic Remote, they are easy to use and navigate through as well. For a more in-depth look at all you can do with the LM9600's Smart functions, take a look at our article on LG's Smart Platform.
The LM9600's quick menu button allows users to make overarching decisions concerning their TV's operation: input select, system settings, 2D to 3D, and any other feature that should or might be regularly altered within the LM9600's menu system is featured as a small picture along the bottom of the screen, allowing users to view how their changes are affecting what they're watching in real time.
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It's definitely worth noting that the enjoyability (and useability) of all of these features weighs heavily on the intuitive navigation accorded users by LG's Magic Remote. It's simply the best way to navigate TV content when there's so much of it, despite creating a little more wrist work.
You'll find a quick-start guide in the box, but the real, colorful, PDF-format manual is initially available only in PDF format. You can access a copy of it from the TV itself, as well as from LG's website. The manual has pictures, detailed instructions on set-up and troubleshooting, and lists of specifications. The problem with this method is obvious. What if you've got a TV-related problem, but you can't turn the TV on? How do you check a manual on the TV if it's the TV's display that's giving you problems? While most users can choose to download the PDF from LG's website, it's still a problem, which is why we generally prefer to have a copy of the full manual in print, and not just a quick-start guide.
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