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LG Showcases 5.9mm Thick TVs


LG Showcases 5.9mm Thick TVs

LG has brought its TVs to new levels of slimness, its latest and slimmest measuring a mere 5.9mm front-to-back (or even back to front), thanks to the development of an improved backlighting system.

The 42in and 47in TVs use edge-mounted LEDs and a proprietary light-guide sheet (LGS), which as you might guess guides light from the LED source to behind the panel to achieve their reduction in size. LG reckons its LGS is about half the thickness of previous alternatives.

The use of LED-backlighting, rather than CCFL, is said to account for a 50 per cent weight reduction. The 47in and 42in sets weight in at 7.3kg and 6.1kg a piece; perfect for mounting on even the flimsiest of walls.

The panels, as well as being super thin, also offer 120Hz processing and have response times of 8ms. That both TVs have a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution goes almost without saying.

No pricing or release dates, alas.


May 19, 2009, 4:57 pm

Me likey. (Me also inevitably unable to afford-y.)


May 19, 2009, 5:16 pm

Does anyone really care if your TV is 5.9mm or 25.9mm thick? I suppose this might be useful if you were to wall mount the TV, but even then the difference between 'thin' and 'really thin' might seem negligible. It just strikes me as a bit of a gimmick...


May 19, 2009, 6:09 pm

@ Chris, I agree with you. It's like megapixels on a camera (or phone to be more precise). Doesn't really matter, it's just what looks good on the box/advert.


May 19, 2009, 6:24 pm

Or as Steve Jobs would put it, '5.9mm thin'...


May 19, 2009, 8:32 pm

how important is response time nowadays? 8ms seems quite high.

also, chunky tv's stick out a far distance from a wall, having a tv sit as close as possible to the wall makes it more like a picture frame, which some people find rather fashionab... *brain just melted*

The Mighty Ben

May 20, 2009, 5:33 am

Remind me, how do you plug anything into such a thin TV?


May 20, 2009, 2:11 pm

If you had such a thin tv, wouldn't you want to specifically NOT hang it on a wall, but rather, place it in the middle of the room, so that people can walk round it and wonder at its thinness? How can something so thin have a moving picture on one side, yet just be black plastic on the other???!!!


June 7, 2009, 12:18 am

The reason I want a 5.9mm thick HDTV like this one is that I can easily lift it and move it from one location in the room to another. That way I can view TV in my favorite corner of the room and put it back to its permanent out of the way location when I'm done. I can't do that with a 42 inch TV that weighs 55 pounds but I can with this LG HDTV since it weighs only 13 pounds.


June 7, 2009, 9:13 pm

@LCD1080 - sounds a horribly complicated arrangement to me. Why not get a motorised stand instead? Moving your TV all the time is only going to end in tears! http://www.trustedreviews.c...


June 11, 2009, 3:19 am

@Gordon - You're missing my point. I want the HDTV to be close enough to my corner chair so that the screen occupies a large portion of my field of view. A motorized stand wouldn't do that. The only thing that might be missing from this particular LG display is a wireless link module that allows the wireless transmission of real-time, HD signals from my cable box to a receiver on the back of the display. That would give me complete freedom of movement in regularly re-positioning the set between two locations in my room.


June 11, 2009, 3:29 am

@LCD1080 in that case you're still missed the point. Instead of paying the huge premium an ultra thing HDTV will set you back buy two high end dedicated TVs for each location. Trust me, regularly moving your TV around is a fundamentally bad idea ;)


June 11, 2009, 9:21 pm

@Gordon - No that wouldn't work either because I don't wish to clutter my relatively small room with two large 42" displays. I don't mind paying a premium for a display that's ultra thin and more importantly one that's ultra light. What's more I'm willing to take the risk of moving the set twice a day on 3 or 4 occasions every week. With a display that weighs only 13 pounds I am certain that I can be gentle in lifting and lowering the set into place thereby minimizing the risk of excessive wear on the electronics. If the TV lasts for 2 years I'll be quite satisfied. This arrangement may not work for you but it does for me and I'm the one who plans on buying the thing.

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