LG 42LH50 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
It will be easy for the 42LH20 to get lost in the shuffle amongst LG's powerhouse 2009 lineup of HDTVs.
Display Size & Technology
The LG42LH50 we looked at had a 42-inch LCD screen, but the LH50 series is also available in 47-inch models.
The LH50 is available in 42-inch and 47-inch models.
Format & Resolution
The television supports full HD 1080p and has an aspect ratio of 16:9. The maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080.
Brightness, Blacks & Contrast Ratio
LG didn't offer specs for contrast ratio, brightness, or black levels on the 42LH50. The TV doesn't feature the LED backlight display that is a prominent component of LG's LH90 and LHX series of televisions.
Refresh Rate & Motion
The 42LH50 has a refresh rate of 120Hz. It was difficult to analyze motion on the screen, but it generally looked smooth and crisp. LG released a few LCD models this year that featured 240Hz refresh rates—something that should theoretically result in better motion display. The 42LH50 also has a 24p Real Cinema mode.
LG didn't release any specs about the viewing angle of the 42LH50. In our experience with the TV at CES, it appeared that the colors stayed strong at most viewing angles. The image did darken quite a bit when viewed at very tight angles and it lost a lot of brightness at 90-degrees, but that's to be expected from an LCD television.
The 42LH50 offers no special color modes or features. We can't really judge the quality of color on the floor as the TV has been specifically tuned to look as good as possible. We'll take a closer look when we get it into our labs.
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