Summary

Our Score

6/10

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LG RZ-32LZ55 32in LCD TV

We promise we won’t be insulted if you think we’ve cocked things up and run the wrong price for this LCD TV. In fact, the first time we heard the price we couldn’t believe it either. A 32in LCD TV from a big name brand for just £700? Surely some mistake.

But no. We’ve checked and double checked, and the RZ-32LZ55 really can be had from a number of online vendors for £700 – the sort of price that would even be considered cheap on a 26in LCD, never mind a 32in one. So is this the LCD world’s biggest pre-World Cup bargain, or does its price come at the cost of quality?

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First impressions don’t bode well. Where most LG TVs are among the most attractive in the business, the 32LZ55 is at best cheap and cheerful, and at worst flimsy and dull. In short, it looks more like the sort of style-free effort we might expect from a PC cross-over brand than something from an A-list consumer electronics brand.

Things are marginally better when it comes to connections – though we’re certainly not talking perfection. There’s a DVI jack and a component video input for high definition use, and a couple of SCARTs. Plus it turns out that the DVI socket will accept PC as well as video feeds, too.

But it goes without saying that we’d always prefer to find separate PC and digital video inputs so that people who want to attach both a PC and an DVI/HDMI source don’t have to keep switching connections over on the TV’s rear. Three SCARTs are always much more welcome than two, as well, and let’s not forget that more and more LCD TVs these days are starting to offer two digital video jacks rather than just one. Oh well – we guess you can’t expect to get everything you want on a £700 32in LCD TV.

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