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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.

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