Review Price £1,399.00
If ever a TV had us at hello, it’s the LG 42LM670T. Combine the astonishingly slim (1cm) frame around its top, left and right sides with the gorgeously glistening metallic silver of its still-trim bottom edge, and you have a TV that, if it were a movie star, would surely be Scarlett Johanssen or - no tech sexism here, folks - Bradley Cooper.
Even better, there are clearly brains behind the beauty. This starts to become apparent from even the most cursory examination of the 42LM670T’s connections, as we uncover four 3D-friendly HDMIs, a trio of seriously flexible USBs, a LAN port, a D-Sub PC port, and built-in Wi-Fi.
The USBs can play back a pretty prodigious suite of video, music and photo file types, including the popular Divx HD format, while the LAN and Wi-Fi options support both networking to computers and access to LG’s Smart TV online service.
When it comes to networking, LG deserves major kudos for making it not just possible but easy to stream files form Macs as well as PCs. It’s worth adding, too, that the LG 42LM670T thoughtfully supports both PLEX and LG’s own Smart Share/DLNA networking interfaces.
LG has also taken giant steps forward with its online Smart TV platform. The single biggest improvement concerns its reliability, as during our tests it suffered hardly any of the crashes and slow-downs we routinely suffered with 2011’s Smart TV operation.
This stability improvement comes despite LG significantly revamping the look of its Smart TV interface, with much more high-resolution graphics. This doesn’t just make the menus prettier, either; it also allows more content to appear on screen at once without things looking too cluttered, making LG’s Smart Hub home screen even more efficient a way of accessing all your content than it was last year.
In fact, Samsung is really the only brand that can currently compete with LG when it comes to providing a great TV interface for quickly getting to all a modern homes’ potential content sources.
Actually, it’s pretty handy that LG’s menus are so good at handling lots of content, as the number of apps available via the Smart TV platform is now getting towards 200, when you combine the pre-installed stuff with the extra bits and pieces you can download from LG’s app store. This is an impressive effort, even if a good two thirds of the apps on offer are trivial with a capital T.
As ever it’s the video streaming platforms that rule the online roost - stuff like Netflix, LoveFilm, the BBC iPlayer, Acetrax and even - provided you don’t mind a little eccentricity - LG’s surprisingly content-heavy 3D channel. Certainly there’s more than enough going on in video streaming terms to ensure that you should never be short of something to watch, no matter how much rubbish there might be on the TV’s integrated Freeview HD tuner at any given moment.
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