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LG 50PQ30 Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

A lower-end set with decent scores and a really low price for its size.

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Overall Design

We thought the 50PQ30 was decently attractive, but very plain looking. There really isn't a lot about the TV to grab your aesthetic sensibilities and wring out approval. It's a glossy black TV with a slightly odd shape to its stand. The power indicator pulses when it turns on. Otherwise, the 50PQ30 is any old TV set.

Front

The LG 50PQ30 is a basic-looking television. It has a glossy black bezel with an embellishment along the bottom. Towards the bottom right corner of the screen is the sensor and power LED, and you'll also find labels for the controls. These controls are located on the underside of the TV.

Front Tour Image
The front of the TV is quite reflective.

Back

There are two features on the back of the 50PQ30: the spot where you plug in the power cord and a cluster of ports.

Back Tour Image
The back of the TV is relatively featureless.

Sides

The left side of the TV has a handful of ports. The right is featureless. Typically you'd find the controls on the right side, but as mentioned above, they're actually located on the underside of the TV.

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The stand features a convex front and a concave back. The stand allows the TV to swivel. Although it seems sturdy enough, it allows the TV to jiggle around more than we'd like.

Stand Photo
The base lets the TV swivel, but also lets it shake back and forth.

Controls

The controls are actually located on the underside of the display, on the right. This keeps them out of the way, we guess, but we're not 100% sure why LG didn't just place them on the side of the bezel, like every other TV ever.

Remote Control

The LG 50PQ30's remote is a standard remote for an entry-level TV. It has an intuitive button layout and sports large fonts.

Remote Control Photo
This is standard fare for a basic LG.

In the Box

The 50PQ30 doesn't come with much inside its box. You'll fine the manual, the remote, and a couple of batteries.

The TV is pretty easy to assemble. All you have to do is place the TV on its stand and screw it into place. A single person would be able to manage the job if it weren't a gigantic plasma: it's a bit too heavy for just one person.

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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. Samsung PN50B430 Comparison
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50G10 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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