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LG 42LE4900 review

John Archer



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LG 42LE4900
  • LG 42LE4900
  • LG 42LE4900
  • LG 42LE4900
  • LG 42LE4900
  • LG 42LE4900
  • LG 42LE4900
  • 42LE4900 107 cm 42" LCD TV (Direct LED - DVB-T MPEG4 - HDTV 1080p - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - 1080p)


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Slinky design
  • Excellent multimedia capabilities
  • Solid HD performer


  • Motion blur
  • Inconsistent backlight
  • Very soft standard definition pictures

Key Features

  • 42in TV using edge LED lighting
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • DivX HD playback via USB
  • NetCast online service
  • DLNA compatibility
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Review Price: free/subscription

In our recent review of Sharp's 37LE320E, we listed a series of rival models that made the Sharp look expensive. And it turns out we could have added the LG 42LE4900 to that list. For despite costing just £529 versus the Sharp’s £600+, it’s five inches larger; uses the same edge LED illumination technology; and also adds the Freeview HD tuner and online services that were both so conspicuously absent from Sharp’s disappointing effort.

In fact, on paper the 42LE4900 is a potentially huge bargain by any standards. Surely there must be a catch somewhere?

If there is, it’s not obvious from the TV’s exterior. In fact, the set is very glamorous, thanks to its sub-30mm depth, polished finish, and tasteful little downlight emerging from the bezel’s bottom edge.

Its connections humble many more expensive TVs too. Four v1.3 HDMIs kick us off, but other notable highlights are an Ethernet port and two USB jacks. Especially as the Ethernet provides both DLNA PC networking and access to LG’s NetCast online service, while the USBs prove able to handle an impressive variety of multimedia files - including DivX HD.

The 42LE4900’s screen is a full HD affair, able to deliver a claimed (though doubtless fanciful) 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The set even provides enough calibration tools to earn an endorsement from the independent Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

These tools don’t, it has to be said, extend to the full colour management system found on models higher up LG’s range - a fact that rather surprised us given the ISF’s usual liking for decent colour management facilities. But you can still adjust, among other things, noise levels, the dynamic contrast engine, skin colour adjustment, and gamma settings.

If all these fine-tuning options scare you, fear not. For LG provides a handy Picture Wizard feature on the 42LE4900 which guides you through picture set up via a series of easy to understand test signals. This isn’t quite as precise as fine-tuning everything yourself, but most people will be more than happy with the Picture Wizard’s results.


February 25, 2011, 2:51 pm

John, can we assume you have completely given up measuring input lag?

Dave Dave

July 3, 2016, 9:51 pm

oh dear!

Dave Dave

July 3, 2016, 9:55 pm

All I can say is that if you see one of these cheap for heavens sake don't buy it! Every one I have had the unfortunate time to fault find on has had a failed main processor board which is not repairable in any shape or form so they are bin fodder! Symptoms include failed HDMI inputs, completely dead processor board apart from the on screen graphics which means no inputs at all on any socket, no sound via HDMI or scart with the audio amps working the list is typical of this manufacturer! And all they do is bring out a new model! Great service guys. Rubbish reliability!

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