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LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV review

John Archer




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LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV
  • LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV
  • LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV
  • LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV
  • LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV


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With Christmas having drained your bank account and the January sales inbound, I thought it made festive season sense to take a look today at what seems on paper at least to be a bargain of gargantuan proportions. In fact, LG’s 47LH3000 is gargantuan in every way. For its LCD screen stretches itself to a movie-loving 47in, and its bezel sticks out a good few inches beyond that.

Of course, with some brands a bezel as chunky as that sported by the 47LH3000 would look amateurish and unattractive. But typically LG has actually used some subtle curves and an ultra high gloss finish to make its TV’s largeness appear a stylish point of difference rather than a budget-induced compromise.

Needless to say not everyone will love the design, especially if they’re trying to get the biggest screen they can into a limited amount of space. But I for one definitely like it. And it certainly fits in with my dear old nan’s theory that getting what you pay for should be at least as much to do with quantity as quality!

Talking of getting what you pay for, it occurs to me that having opened the review by saying what a bargain the 47LH3000 is, I haven’t actually mentioned its price yet. So here goes: we’ve spotted it in store at Richer Sounds for a few pennies under £600. Crazy.

In fact, it’s so crazy that as I took delivery of the TV, I couldn’t help but fear the worst regarding the 47LH3000’s capabilities. Surely even budget maestro LG couldn’t deliver any genuine quality at this sort of price level?

Turning my attention from the set’s bold front to its rear, though, I was pleasantly surprised to find a really solid set of connections. The three HDMIs, for instance, should be comfortably enough to satisfy the digital HD demands of the typical budget TV buyer, while a PC port is on hand for folk wanting the 47LH3000 to double up as a PC monitor.

It’s a pity, I guess, that there are no multimedia facilities beyond the PC jack. The provided USB port turns out to be only for support service upgrades, rather than letting you play your photo and music files into the TV. But rather than get maudlin about this, I’ll just refer you again to the 47LH3000’s price, and move swiftly on.


December 29, 2009, 5:57 am

It is well known that consumer satisfaction is heightened at obtaining something for a lower price than they think it is worth. Is it possible this has occurred here?

Good review, but especially because of the problem above I would have preferred the flaws to be highlighted with more prominence than the glowing praise. I think a consumer would be able to discern a bargain when they see it. Plus I would have liked more comparison to other 47" models rather than "budget TVs".

Otherwise I liked that review, and the price is extremely attractive considering some 42" models cost more than that.


December 29, 2009, 7:09 am

Hmm....maybe a bit too much focus on the value. Even when stuff is cheap, we want to know its problems.

As mentioned multple times though - definately good value!


December 29, 2009, 7:29 am

"Full HD" will increasingly be a very important factor in decisions regarding budget TV sets, if the predicted take up and use of Freeview HD 1080i by the main five becomes a reality.

I now wonder if my choice, much earlier this year, of a budget 50" 720p coupled to a Sky box, mainly for the football and films, was really all that wise, this set reviewed is only three inches smaller but two hundred quid less and has more future.

I'm sure you had a delightful Christmas and I'm confident you have a few more to come.

Paul 16

December 29, 2009, 2:43 pm

what a surprise, another unprofessional review...hilarious quotes like "motion blur reasonably easy to live with"!! and "if you don't believe me go see it yourself"!!!

it really makes me wonder, for which people these reviews are intented for??? i mean really??

Tony Walker

December 29, 2009, 3:25 pm

I am continually amazed and dismayed at manufacturers still putting VGA ports into both televisions and more importantly laptops.

DVI has been around long enough now and including the port not only increases costs, but perpetuates a port that is long past its sell by date.

You'd have to be mad to use the VGA port on a display with this resolution, particularly as the port probably only supports 1366 x 768 and not the native resolution of the panel. Peeps with the smallest iota of sense would just use a DVI-to-HDMI cable and use one of the HDMI ports. Hell, some laptops and PCs now actually come with a HDMI port. Yay!

Nick Ward

December 29, 2009, 3:43 pm

Thanks for the review. Coupled with the BD390, it looks like a great combination for under £1,000.


December 31, 2009, 12:33 pm

and u can unlock USB port on rear side to play mkv,avi,divx,mp3,jpg......

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