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LG 55LM660T - Features and 3D Performance

John Archer

By John Archer
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LG 55LM660T

Summary

Our Score

9/10

User Score

Review Price £1,800.00

Interface and Smart TV

A further big boost to the LG 55LM660T’s ease of use comes from its redesigned onscreen menus. The Smart Hub screen used to provide a jumping off point to all your sources looks lovely in new, higher-resolution clothes, presenting huge amounts of information and options without looking cluttered or confusing.

We also greatly appreciated the relative ease with which LG’s new set recognised both the PC and Macs on our network versus last year’s sets.

In terms of the content now available through LG’s Smart TV service, it’s pretty vast. We counted around 150 apps in total. However, at least three-quarters of these are more or less completely pointless. Just as well, then, that LG has tacitly acknowledged this by separating apps into Premium (as in, stuff you might actually want to use) and less useful generic ‘App’ listings.

LG 55LM660T

There’s also a dedicated folder on the Smart Hub for accessing 3D video content from LG’s online 3D channel. Again much of this content is pretty cheap and cheerful, but there is the odd gem if you care to seek it out.

Among the premium services are LoveFilm, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, AceTrax, Blinkbox, Twitter, Facebook, and BoxOffice365. So it’s fair to say the TV doesn’t sell you short where video streaming sources are concerned.

Picture settings

LG has done its usual good work when it comes to providing you with adjustments for the 55LM660T’s pictures. The set is endorsed by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), meaning there are fulsome gamma and colour management tools, as well as a couple of presets an ISF engineer could use to optimise the TV for your room conditions.

What’s really exciting about the 55LM660T, though, is that all LG’s customary flexibility is attached to a clearly high-quality core panel. A combination that results in some excellent picture quality.

3D performance

The star of the show is the 55LM660T’s 3D performance. Regular readers will know that we’ve not always been convinced by LG’s passive 3D system, especially when it’s used on really large screens like that of the 55LM660T. But on the evidence of this TV, it seems like our previous issues may have had more to do with problems in the panel driving the technology than the passive technology itself.

Right away, for instance, you’re attracted to the intense colours and brightness of the 3D picture, making the dark, dingy images associated with some active shutter 3D engines look like some dirty bad memory.

This brightness means, moreover, that dark scenes are replete with the sort of shadow details commonly crushed out on active 3D systems, while the sense of depth to 3D images is impressive. The image’s vibrancy seems to add more distinction to the different ‘layers’ and depth markers within a 3D frame.

LG 55LM660T

Thanks to the use of passive rather than active glasses, the 3D image doesn’t flicker at all, even if you’re watching in a bright room. The passive nature of the glasses also means that we found ourselves able to watch 3D on the 55LM660T over longer stretches of time without feeling knackered.

3D image quality

The 55LM660T’s 3D pictures also look natural, direct and involving, and crucially we felt less troubled than we were on last year’s equivalent model by either the horizontal line structure or reduced resolution issues associated with the passive approach. Sure, you can still see some jaggedness in bright curved edges, or over small, bright objects. And yes, the existence of this line structure does make pictures look a little less than full HD resolution at times.

But this does not mean 3D pictures on the 55LM660T don’t look sharp and detailed. They most definitely do. Especially as the panel inside the TV is good enough to ensure that for the most part it delivers on passive 3D’s ‘no crosstalk’ claim.

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Badgerio

April 10, 2012, 3:49 pm

Is there a specific game mode that reduces the input lag at all?

Mik3yB

April 10, 2012, 7:21 pm

@ Badgerio. Yes there is a mode, no it doesn't reduce lag. It says so in the review in the Input Lag section -

''And the 55LM660T continues this theme, taking in the region of 100ms to show pictures - even if you use the provided 'game' preset.''

craigb182

May 6, 2012, 9:11 pm

A fantastic television by the looks of things. I can't wait for the release of the LG OLED TV.

tedmathew90

June 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

Craig, I can't wait either. I've been thinking about their OLED TV almost every day.

clinton4s

July 3, 2012, 1:49 pm

I think LG TVs are a good fit especially for family use. Like you said, this model comes with 4 glasses and each extra pair costs only £5~10 which is remarkably cheaper compared to active 3D glasses. I also like its design. And LG knew how to utilize the design to enhance their picture quality.

frankeinsteinfink

July 11, 2012, 7:34 am

I totatlly fell in love with the design, when I saw it online. However, after seeing in it in person and actually watching the quality images of the TV, I knew it had to be in my living room. Now I am proud owner of it and now it brings the family closer when having movie nights. The kids love the 3D and since the glasses are affordable we bought spare ones.

marburybary

July 11, 2012, 7:39 am

This thing looks like a painting on the wall. Not only is the design absolutely elegant, but the quality on this TV beast is spectacular. The girlfriend and I rarely go to the theatres when we have all picture perfect and sound quality at home now.

bushdaman86

July 18, 2012, 1:37 pm

The LW series were alright but the LM series are amazing. The cinema 3d development brings true 3d to polarized glasses. The design has to be a key point. The bezel is minimized and stylish stand make quite a statement. Motion resolution is spoken to be limited but I haven't faced any kind of issues so far. The price of LM670T is also worth the quality. The rival TV Panasonic TX-L47ET50 is unparalleled price wise.

bushdaman86

July 18, 2012, 1:45 pm

The flicker free 3d tv is one of the best experiences. The comfort zone viewing far outweighs any shuttle glasses. There is less stress in to the eyes and it is sensational blur free. The great feature that I really am pleased is the 2d to 3d conversion. I get to watch any channels 3d. Having some friends over for dual play is off the hook. It allows you to view full screen. Some loss of detail in darker areas is shown on the picture but overall since the black level is deep and rich, it is able to be covered. The quality of a smart TV is all shown on this set.

andrew369s

July 18, 2012, 2:03 pm

I love the LM660T. It has great watchable passive 3d. The 2d HD picture is also an outstanding feature. The bezel-free design makes it outstanding, and it has one of the best smart tv system. Smart system provide comprehensive online feature for variety of enjoyable experience. There are some negative in 3d line structure but it is not something that can be pointed out daily. I would buy this right away if possible.

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