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LG 42SL9000 42in LED LCD TV review

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With its arch-rival Samsung doing very nicely thank you very much with its range of edge-LED TVs, the only surprising thing about the arrival of LG’s edge LED debut, the 42SL9000, is that it’s taken so long to get here.

So let’s hope LG has used the time well to really hit the ground running with this exciting new technology.

The Korean brand has certainly managed to impose its reputation for cheapness on the 42in 42SL9000, with the set’s sub-£1,000 asking price managing to match at launch the price Samsung is now asking for its roughly equivalent UE40B7020 many months after it first appeared. So we wouldn’t be entirely surprised to find the 42SL9000 becoming even cheaper in the run up to Christmas.

LG is also well known for its design prowess, and this, too, carries through - with knobs on - to the 42SL9000. For starters, as you’d expect given its edge LED technology, it’s remarkably thin - less than 30mm. In fact, wouldn’t you just know it, is actually a fraction of a millimetre thinner than Samsung’s latest edge-LED TVs!

Also easy on the eye is the almost glass-like nature of the set’s finish, the way the mostly black bezel fades into grey along its bottom edge, and the fact that the screen and bezel exist on the same plane, rather than the bezel sitting proud of the screen as usually happens.

There is one annoying thing about the 42SL9000’s design, though - and it owes its existence purely to the ‘imagination’ of LG’s global marketing department, which has clearly been supping too much mulled wine in the run up to Christmas.

For in a fit of extreme optimism, LG has decided to describe the 42SL9000 in its marketing materials as Borderless, Frameless or Seamless (depending on its mood), despite the fact that the 42SL9000 is precisely none of these things. Its bezel is reasonably slender, sure, but to suggest that it’s somehow non-existent or even, more importantly, more slender than the bezels offered now by numerous rivals is just plan disingenuous.

Anyway, having got that off my chest, this is where I intend to let the matter lie. After all, the 42SL9000 is very attractive in its own right, and can hardly be held responsible for the excesses of the marketing department.

Wil

December 9, 2009, 2:24 pm

Good review as per usual John. I'm in the market for a new TV and find your articles a useful tool.


This TV would have been great had it not been for the lack of an Ethernet port. Why is it so hard for TV makers to understand? We want to stream movies. There is a big future for connecting TV to your network/internet. Anyone releasing a TV that ignores this demand is quite plainly stupid.

Metalex

December 9, 2009, 6:35 pm

Any chance you could introduce input lag figures into future reviews? This is an extremely important consideration for gamers. Just look at AVForums to see how many people want a TV that has low input lag.

Ash 3

December 9, 2009, 7:04 pm

nice review, as another person who is searching around for a new tv, i seem to be drifting towards an LED LCD tv, and on this basic, who has the better offering, this LG tv or the samsung series 7/8?

ChrisC

December 10, 2009, 1:36 am

Anyone in the market for a telly shouldn't follow Metalex's advice and visit the AVForums - you'll always find someone with what they think are deal breaking negative comments on every single model and you'll never be able to make your mind up!!!





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smodd

December 10, 2009, 7:35 am

Im dying of waiting the new LED Samsung XL2370 Monitor review, cuz i prefer monitors to TV sets but this one should it have no dark bars at all so you can attached another tv set right next to it and increase the view size with a videocard with dual DVI output...21/9 any1?

Shichibukai

December 10, 2009, 10:32 pm

I like, if only someone would send me on from Christmas XD

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