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LG 37LE5900 review

John Archer

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LG 37LE5900
  • LG 37LE5900
  • LG 37LE5900
  • LG 37LE5900
  • LG 37LE5900
  • 37LE5900 37" LED TV (1920x1080, 100Hz, Freeview HD, HDTV, LED Backlight)

Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

The 37LE5900 is one of the most startling TV propositions we’ve come across for quite some time. Why? Because it manages to combine 37 inches of edge LED picture technology with a price of under £600. In other words, LG appears to be out to rewrite the TV pricing rulebook once again. And in doing so, it could just see 37LE5900’s selling like hot cakes. Provided the set is actually any good, of course.

It looks nice, anyway. Or at least, it looks like something worth more than £589, chiefly thanks to the extreme glossiness of its bezel, the infusion of a subtle tinge of red into the bezel’s extremities, and the fact that the set’s edge LED lighting enables it to be extremely slim: just 39.9mm off its stand.

It has to be said that the 37LE5900 lacks some of the glamour of LG’s Infinia design, which start with the LE7900 models – mostly because the 37LE5900 doesn’t enjoy Infinia’s sheer, one-layer fascia design. But if the 37LE5900 can hold its own in performance terms against the LE7900s, we’re pretty sure plenty of readers will be more than happy to accept a little design compromise in return for the 37LE5900’s strikingly low price.

Especially since the 37LE5900’s feature count seems surprisingly uncompromised for such an affordable TV. You only have to check out its connections to start to appreciate this. For as well as an extremely respectable four HDMIs, you get a bounty of multimedia support in the form of a D-Sub PC port, two USB ports, and an Ethernet port.

The USBs go much further than the simple JPEG support you might expect for the 37LE5900’s money, too. For they can also play MP3 audio and even DivX video – including HD files. Excellent.

The USBs can be used, too, to make the TV Wi-Fi via an optional USB dongle, which is why it’s particularly handy that LG has provided two USB ports.

The Ethernet port had to be included on the 37LE5900 because the set has a built-in Freeview HD tuner. But LG has again gone beyond the call of sub-£600 duty and made the Ethernet also able to access files stored on a DLNA PC, as well as providing an interface with LG’s NetCast online platform. Excellent.

Or at least it would be excellent if the NetCast service had more content on it. For after dutifully checking on our 37LE5900 review sample to see if LG has added any new services since last time we saw the service working, we’re sad to say nothing has changed. You still only get YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather.com portals, leaving the service looking streets behind what Samsung, Sony, Philips and Panasonic are doing right now. Here’s hoping LG can grips with adding more service providers sooner rather than later.

Chris 14

October 9, 2010, 1:26 pm

You do get the option to turn off local dimming on the 42" and presumably larger versions. However it is similarly ineffective as you found on the 7900 series. I can't see edge dimming ever being more than a clever bodge to try and get round LCD's lack of black. It works well in certain scenes but for a sensitive viewer it causes more problems than it solves. Less sensitive viewers probably don't notice the light black levels in the first place!

lemongalaxy

November 19, 2010, 4:45 am

I have the 47" version of this TV. As the previous comment states, localised LED dimming can be disabled on the larger models (although I personally think it's fairly effective). The contrast ratio on my TV seems very good unlike the reviewed 37" (as long as the power saving features are left disabled). It is important to note that LG recently updated the firmware and added BBC iPlayer, Facebook, Twitter, Google maps and several other content streams to Netcast. I was initially very disappointed with the Netcast offering but it is now greatly strengthened. Overall I am very impressed with my 47LE5900.

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