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LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV review

John Archer




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LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV
  • LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV


Our Score:


Every now and then LG manages to get something over to us quite a bit ahead of its actual release date. And that's precisely what's happened today with the 42in 42SL8000, a TV not due to go on sale until later this month.

While we always appreciate the opportunity to get stuck into something early, there is a downside. Namely that no 'real world' prices are available for the 42SL8000 yet, so we've had to depend on educated guesswork and a couple of industry contacts to come up with the approximate £1,000 figure given at the top of the review.

But this is pretty much where the bad news about this review ends, for despite arriving with us more or less out of the blue, the 42SL8000 has turned out to be a bit of a star.

The good news begins as soon as you get the set out of the box. For the design is a paragon of slenderness, with a bezel that's barely an inch across on three sides, and a rear end that only sticks out around 50mm - roughly half the butt size of a typical LCD TV.

Couple this thin profile with a typically flamboyant high-gloss, almost glass-like finish, some neat curves around the bezel's edges, and even a flourish of subtle blue colouration along the TV's undercarriage, and the 42SL8000 really does boast impressive shop-shelf appeal.

In typical LG style, though, the 42SL8000 doesn't trade on its looks alone. In fact, it's packed to bursting point with features and promisingly potent specifications.

Take its connections, for instance. They tick pretty much all of our favourite boxes by including four HDMIs, a dedicated VGA computer port, and a USB port that can handle DivX 1080p, WMV, and other video file formats as well as the more typical JPEGs and MP3s.

Hardcore gadget hounds might also appreciate the set's Bluetooth support, allowing you to transfer wirelessly music and photos from Bluetooth phones to the TV. Or else you can listen to the TV's sound via a set of Bluetooth headphones.

The next thing to catch our eye about the 42SL8000 is its 200Hz processing system, provided to increase the clarity and fluidity of motion reproduction. I'm duty bound to point out here, though, that calling the feature 200Hz is a little optimistic, as the TV doesn't actually refresh its screen 200 times a second, like Samsung and Sony's 200Hz TVs do. Instead it uses a 100Hz refresh rate in conjunction with a scanning backlight arrangement, to produce a 200Hz-like effect.

This doesn't mean that the 42SL8000 won't necessarily be able to produce pictures with hugely improved motion, but it does mean we need to be on the look out for artefacts associated with scanning backlights, such as multiple echoes of small moving objects, and flickering over patches of fine HD detail.

Hamish Campbell

September 8, 2009, 12:35 pm

Wow that looks gorgeous.


September 8, 2009, 1:18 pm

that seems very poorly designed. why would you make a super flat screen so you could hang in on a wall like a picture and then have all the big fat cables coming out the back?


September 8, 2009, 2:18 pm

Great review. I'm looking for a new living room telly and this could fit the bill. Just wanted to make a suggestion for your search filtering. Would be really useful if there was an option to select betweem, LCD, Plasma and LED. I'd prefer an LED but there's no easy way to find just those reviews.

Martin 6

September 8, 2009, 2:27 pm

So for about £1000 you get this TV

the Real question John though is:

If it was your money would you go for this TV or the Panasonic TX-P50G10 at £945 delivered from Dixons?

the reason I ask is I am getting ready to buy a nice new TV :)


September 8, 2009, 3:48 pm

@ravmania - LED isn't really a technology on its own though. It's still an LCD, it's just LED backlit. OLED TVs are another thing and won't be priced this competitively for a while yet.

I think the review really undersells just how attractive this set is :)


September 8, 2009, 3:54 pm

Is it me, or does the LG logo seem a bit in your face.. I wish manufactures would get out of the habit of advertising the product you have just bought. Nothing wrong with some sort of watermarking logo, but I hate these in your face shouting from the rooftops, "look at me I'm an LG".


September 8, 2009, 4:32 pm

That is a beautiful looking set.


September 8, 2009, 6:13 pm


I know that LED backlit screens are still LCDs however John does distinguish in the review between the black level response of this TV and LED LCD TVs. Although they aren't a different technology their performace appears superior enough to warrant a distinction.

And it'd help me a lot right now when I'm trying to decide what to buy! Don't want to spend this much on a non LED LCD.


September 8, 2009, 8:16 pm

for sure beauty is in the eye of the beholder but for me this set is ridiculously overstyled. the bravia s-series reviewed here earlier this year by contrast an object lesson in understated design

@martin, the panny seems a much better choice in comparison aswell being futureproof with a built in hd freesat tuner


September 9, 2009, 3:04 am

@Martin I share your sentiments.

Presently you can get LG 50PS3000 for £660-700; Panasonic TX-P50G10 was for £499 over the weekend in PC World (Dixons) & Samsung PS-50B451B for £635-799.

Keep in mind the viewing distance.

Geoff Richards

September 9, 2009, 3:21 am

That must be a typo - the Panasonic TX-P50G10 is a grand's worth of telly. How could it have been £499? Maybe a similarly named model?


September 9, 2009, 3:41 am

How about Divx, mkv etc playback via USB?


September 9, 2009, 3:54 am

No typo. It was in large bold black numbers. Jut to be sure I checked with the staff and that it was not the price for the display model only but an already packed tv set or one delivered. I think it is a discontinued model and hence the price.

Having said that I got my brand spanking new Panasonic DMR-model 250GB HDD-DVD video recorder for about a £100 less than high street and most internet price markup before it was delivered to re-sellers by Pani. To my annoyance a month or so after delivery the same seller dropped the price another £20s or so.

Got other things similarly low priced when just out NEW rather than discontinued - pays to shop around.

How's this WD USB 1TB HDD for £68.99?


September 9, 2009, 7:58 am

I think Enigma is getting confused here maybe the C10 for that price??

Because I feel pretty sure that if a 50" G10 was being sold for that price (half price almost) in two of the largest nationwide chains then it would be plastered all over the internet ...


September 9, 2009, 11:48 pm

David I think Geoff could be right it may have been a typo by the retailer. In which case there are some lucky owners of the tv or some irate Customers.

I just had a look at the spec: Freesat tuner; Native 40,000:1 contrast; 600Hz Sub-field Drive Intelligent Frame Creation Pro etc.

Even for the 10C the £499 was still a very good offer given that the 10C is now £610 at Dixons online.


September 15, 2009, 2:05 pm

@ravmania - I prefer to look at a screen's overall picture. I know you're not saying an LED screen will automatically be better than a non-LED LCD in all ways, but I think the technology is irrelevant; it's only the final picture that matters. Why write off non-LED screens?

Saying categorically that LED LCDs are better screens just wouldn't be accurate. What HiFi did a 42" TV group test recently and the only LED screen in the test came in 4th or 5th for overall image quality.

Not that I disagree that you should be able to group them into a different category if it makes things easier for you, tough...


September 25, 2009, 9:57 pm

Agreed - seems that the term LED is SUPERIOR is this years Noob version of 2008's 1080p is a MUST ... people don't seem to understand that you get good and bad sets no matter what technology and processing is touted as being at work on the product and each have their own individual strengths and weaknesses.

Frank 7

October 8, 2009, 1:22 pm

I hope a review of 42/47SL9000 is coming soon


January 24, 2010, 6:25 pm

Have you noticed that reflaction on the screen-gloss when the background is black....Globally the tv set is AWESOME but that reflaction makes me nervous

Ian Cowley

October 25, 2016, 10:35 pm

Had the lg42sl8000 for 6-7 years now and the PSU popped, been a great TV.
6 years is a good lifetime for an LCD TV right?

Only problem I had was that 200mhz gimmick hoping it would run at 200mhz when i plugged my PC into it. Nope it ran at 60fps, no higher in the PC settings.

So if content from TV and blurays is under 60fps whats the point of 200mhz then?

Otherwise I have been happy with this TV mainly using it with my under TV PC for content.

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