LG has enjoyed a rather mixed start to its 2012 range, with its mid-range LM660T and LM670T models greatly impressing, while its flagship LM960V model proved a bit of a let down. So we really don’t know what to expect of the 47LM860V we’re looking at today.
As its model number suggests, the 47LM860V sits between the midrange LM660T/LM670T models and the LM960Vs. In fact, it’s LG’s premium edge LED model (as the LM960Vs use direct LED ‘Nano’ technology). This is a very promising fact given how much we liked the mid-range edge LED models - especially as the 47LM860V’s employment of LG’s MCI 800 motion processing engine should sort out the slight motion blurring issues that were slightly troubled its cheaper, MCI 400 siblings.
The LG 47LM860V also justifies its higher price by sporting that big trend of 2012, dual-core processing. This should allow greater accuracy and operating speed for the set’s picture processing, as well as enhancing the performance of the TV’s Smart TV online platform.
The 47LM860V is aesthetically different to models lower down LG’s range too, chiefly because it uses a cute new two-legged - sorry, ‘Floating Metal Wing’ - swivelling stand design. It’s actually the main TV body that’s the real supermodel though, thanks to its remarkably slim bezel and the fetching application of a metallic silver finish to the bottom edge, offset tastefully by LG’s logo at its centre.
With the TV turned off, the set’s bezel looks extraordinarily thin - just a single mm of silver. Switched on, a further 9mm of black bezel becomes visible, but this doesn’t remotely dent the 47LM860V’s status as one of the prettiest TVs we’ve ever seen.
The LG 47LM860V is extremely well connected. As well as the four HDMIs that are becoming increasingly de rigueur on high-level TVs, it has three USBs for playing back multimedia files or recording from the integrated Freeview HD tuner; a D-Sub PC port; a LAN port; and built-in Wi-Fi to make adding the TV to your network as easy as possible.
The network connectivity serves two main purposes. First, it lets you surf LG’s Smart TV online platform, and second it lets you stream video, photo or music files from a connected PC or, rather excellently, Mac. It’s possible to get other brands of TV to talk to Macs too - Sony’s latest Homestream software, for instance, does the job pretty well. But for us LG’s integrated solution is by far the easiest we’ve come across.
LG’s file compatibility is second to none, with DivX HD included among the accepted formats. As for the aforementioned Smart TV system, it has become a seriously content-rich affair over the past few months.
Online video services
As usual with a TV, it’s the video content of the Smart TV platform that interests us most, so it’s great to find this now boasting the likes of the BBC iPlayer, NetFlix, LoveFilm, Acetrax, Youtube, BlinkBox, ITN News, Redbull TV, CineTrailer, LiveSport.tv, the Cartoon Network, LG’s 3D streaming ‘channel’, iConcerts and Viewster. Other app highlights include Twitter, Facebook, Picasa and the vtuner internet radio tuner.
There are all manner of far less substantial apps to rummage through as well, though you have to look mighty hard through these before you come up with anything worthwhile. Personally we’d happily see LG ditch some of this ‘chaff’ and keep its online offering focused on the good stuff. But at least the second-tier stuff is tucked away this year in an easily-avoided sub-menu.