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Introduction

With

many TVs we’ve seen this year really upping the smart TV ante with both

their content and interfaces, there’s some serious pressure on LG – the

last of the big-name brands to show its new 2013 Smart TV hand – to

keep up with Joneses. But with enhancements to the amount of content on

offer, as well as lots of new ways of accessing content – including

voice recognition, NFC support, and a brilliant new ‘magic remote it

just might have the answers it needs.

LG Smart TV 2013 – Magic Remote

LG 2013 Smart TV system

Our

first port of call is LG’s new Magic Remote. Shipped free alongside a

standard remote with every new model in LG’s range from the LA660V

upwards, the Magic Remote proves a brilliant alternative method for

streamlining and simplifying your use of the TV’s Smart and standard

features.

Three

key points make the Magic Remote so effective. First, it’s a universal

remote, and so can be used for taking over control of other parts of

your home cinema system. Second, it lets you navigate, Nintendo Wiimote

style, the onscreen menus simply by pointing the remote at the right

part of the screen. More on this presently.

Third, it features a

vastly streamlined button count versus the standard remote, which sticks to the most important functions. Anything else is accessible using the ‘Virtual Remote’ button that brings up an on-screen version of the main remote to access the function you want by pointing at the screen.

The LG Magic Remote’s most eye-catching feature is the scrolls wheel. This

wheel provides you with a brilliantly tactile and extremely fast way of

scrolling through menu lists, as well as allowing you to select options

by pressing it in.

You can even use it to quickly spin through channels

while watching the digital tuner. The only issue we’d have with it is

that it only spins vertically, while some of the menus it works with are

arranged onscreen horizontally, leading to some slightly unintuitive

moments.

The ‘point and click’ aspect of the magic remote really

does work brilliantly. The pointer is activated simply by picking the

remote up or shaking it around a bit, and it responds with outstanding

speed and accuracy to your movements of it. It’s configured, moreover,

so that you can cover the entire area of the screen, from one side to

the other, simply by flexing your wrist. There’s no need for any tiring

full-arm gesture nonsense.

Despite

the small movements needed to cover a large expanse of screen area,

though, the system is precise enough in its responses to make sure that

it’s not at all difficult to finish your motion with the onscreen cursor

perfectly positioned over the option you want to choose.

This

all makes for a much more intuitive way of selecting options from LG’s

graphically rich menus or surfing web pages than using a standard

remote.

LG 2013 Smart TV system

LG Smart TV 2013 – Gesture Controls

It’s

worth adding that LG’s new TVs do also support gesture control using

your hands, like Samsung’s top-end TVs. This is standard on LG TVs with

built-in cameras, otherwise it only becomes possible if you add an

optional USB camera. However, the system isn’t as comfortable or

effective to use as the magic remote, so you’ll likely only ever even

think about it if you’re one of those people who’s forever losing their

remote controls.