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LG 42LH50 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review

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It will be easy for the 42LH20 to get lost in the shuffle amongst LG's powerhouse 2009 lineup of HDTVs.

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Controls, Menu & Remote

Remote

The LG 42LH50 remote looks similar to last year and feels good in the hand. The buttons are large, well labeled, and easy to press. The positioning of the navigation/directional pad near the top of the remote felt a bit awkward when we tried it out, but it didn't seem like something that would be difficult to get used to.

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The remote control isn't very different from previous LG models.

Controls

The on-TV controls are well placed on right side of the 42LH50. The large buttons for channel up/down and volume up/down were easy to find and allowed for quick access, which is good because they are the most important controls. The rest of the buttons were a bit small, but they worked fine. The buttons had a smooth, comfortable feel to them and were easy to press. There is no labeling for the buttons on the front side of the television, so you have to turn your head around to the side if you want to know for sure what you're pushing.

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The on-TV controls

Menu

We got a chance to take a quick look at some of the menus on the 42LH50. The structure looked quite simple, with a top menu featuring large icons and smaller, listed menus opening up from there. The top-level options are channel, picture, audio, time, option, lock, network, and input. A good menu is important on the 42LH50, as you'll likely spend a good amount of time fiddling with the network settings and options to configure the NetCast system.

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The top-level menu

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The Network sub-level menu.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion
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