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LG 55LE5500 LED LCD HDTV Review

55 in.

Color performance is outstanding, but TVs with nearly-as-good performance that can be had for a lot less.

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Remote Control

Remote Control Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the LG 55LE5500. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the xxLE5500 series. The xxLE5500 series includes the following models: 42LE5500, 47LE5500, and 55LE5500.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Ergonomics & Durability*(8.75)*


The LG 55LE5500 ships with a remote that we've seen with several other LGs. It's long and thin, with a shiny black surface that is easily marred with fingerprints. It's lightweight and well-balanced, for the most part. The most used buttons – the volume and channel up/down buttons – could have been placed lower, because the remote is bottom heavy where the batteries sit.

 

Button Layout & Use*(7.25)*


Nearly all the buttons on the remote control are made of a soft rubber, and the shapes are generally easy enough to distinguish without looking down at them. For whatever reason, the d-pad in the center is made of hard plastic. There are a number of buttons placed in a circle, precariously close the d-pad, and we found ourselves hitting them by mistake sometimes. It takes a little getting used to.

Programming & Flexibility*(1.0)*


The LG 55LE5500's remote can be used with select other LG products that use Simplink, but it's not a programmable, universal remote. 

Other Models in the xxLE5500 Series
This is a review of the LG 55LE5500. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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LG 42LE5500 42 inches LG 47LE5500 47 inches LG 55LE5500 55 inches
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Vizio XVT553SV
  14. Vs Sony KDL-52EX700
  15. Vs Samsung PN50C6500
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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