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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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Multimedia & Internet

  Multimedia & Internet 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.
{{article.attachments['LG-55LE5500-vanity.jpg']}} • Solid streaming content offerings, including Netflix and Vudu • DLNA support • Yahoo TV Widgets is, as always, awful • Photo, music, and video file playback from USB
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Internet Features*(8.1)*


LG is a little behind the curve on streaming content, mostly due to poor interface rather than a lack of features. The problem, in a nutshell, is that the streaming content features are divided into two partitions: Yahoo and LG's own content partners.

Yahoo's "TV Widgets" suite of apps and content must be very easy or very cheap to license, because its found on several TV's manufacturer's products. Unfortunately, it's awful. It's too slow, glitchy, and offers no content that wouldn't be faster or more engaging on your laptop or phone. Honestly, why would anyone want to see the headlines from news articles without the ability to click and read the rest of the story? We found huge lag times with every implementation of Yahoo internet apps, and we can't wait until either Yahoo gets better or stop trying to ride on Yahoo's brand name reputation.

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*Yahoo internet apps are too slow *

 

LG, like all the TV manufacturers, has penned their own content partnerships. These options are the ones that you probably care about a lot more, and it's annoying that you even have to look at the Yahoo task bar to get to this screen. Netflix, YouTube, Vudu... these are what people want when they're talking about streaming content.

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*LG hides Netflix on the second page of online features *

Sony has run circles around the competition twice now: once by offering the largest suite of video streaming services, then by partnering with Google for the limited Sony Google TV series (read reviews of the 32-inch and 46-inch versions). While the latter is plagued by incomprehensible interface, at least it's a step in an interesting direction. All LG offers in addition to what you see above is some mediocre Flash gaming.

The LG 55LE5500 also offers DLNA home networking capabilities. In an unusual bonus, LG also include Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials, which allows you to connect your Windows PC to the TV to create a simple home network.

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*Flash games: a cheap way to waste some of your time *

 

Photo Playback*(3.5)*


The LG 55LE5500 can play photos from USB mass storage devices like thumb drives. There are lots of options for how to view photos and create slideshows, including the option to create a background music playlist from files stored on the same drive.

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*Photo playback allows you to create custom slideshows *

Music & Video Playback*(2.5)*


The LG 55LE5500 can play several types of video and audio formats that are stored on USB mass storage devices. Be aware that not all content types are compatible, and you may want to give it a test drive or consult the instruction manual before trying to impress the neighbors with your shiny, new TV.

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*Oops. This type of AVI file did not get audio support. *

 

Both video and audio files can be chained together into playlists.

 

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*You can also create music playlists *

Other Media*(0.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 does not support any other type of media. 

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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