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LG 42LG6100 42in LCD TV
To tell you the truth, I nearly missed LG's 42LG6100. Partly because its model number is so similar to the already reviewed 42LG6000, and partly because if you happen to stumble across it sideways on, you might very well not notice it's there!
For the big news about the 42LG6100 is that it's just 44.7mm deep, making it LG's first true ‘Super Slim' TV.
What's more, its slimness is the real deal. By which we mean that unlike Hitachi's Ultra-Thin TVs. it manages to include digital and analogue tuners within its bodywork rather than requiring an external tuner/switching box. And unlike JVC's Super Thin 42DS9, the 42LG6100's 44.7mm thickness applies to its entire chassis, without the need for any unsightly bulge over a portion of the TV's rear. Not that its eye-catching slenderness is the rear's only appeal, mind you. For it's also finished in a resplendent, high-gloss red that marks the 42LG6100 out as one of LG's Scarlet models.
The TV's stand is an eye-catching, mirror-finished metallic affair, meanwhile, and the fascia is a sharply contrasting high-gloss black, given extra pizzazz by the appearance of a translucent circle in the centre of the bottom bezel that alternates between subtle circles of red and white/grey illumination. Ooh, fancy.
Of course while these flashing lights might seem like manna from heaven to me, breaking the monotony of my endless production line of TVs to review, there will doubtless be people out there who hate such distracting gimmickry with a passion. But if you're one of those people, fear not. For the pulsing light is actually a ‘demo mode' tucked away within the TV's setup menus, and can be switched off as and when you like.
The set-up menus I just mentioned warrant a bit more attention, actually. For their unusually graphic-heavy, icon-driven, high-definition approach generally makes them some of the nicest menus we've come across.
At this point it's time to head back around the 42LG6100's rear. Not just to ogle at it again, but rather to take a gander at its connections. And a very likeable bunch they turn out to be, with four v1.3 HDMI inputs rubbing shoulders with other highlights of a dedicated D-Sub PC port and a USB 2.0 socket for direct JPEG/MP3 playback from attached USB storage devices.
The screen is also a full HD affair, with a great-sounding claimed contrast ratio of 50,000:1. Though before anyone gets too excited by this, LG has often proved to be one of the more optimistic measurers of its own contrast ratios…