Turning to more prosaic matters at last, the 42LG6000 continues to put a smile on our face by carrying four HDMIs when most rivals are still only offering three. What’s more, these HDMIs offer v1.3 specification with Deep Color compatibility. Connections on offer also include a D-SUB (VGA) PC jack and a USB 2.0 jack, via which you can play JPEG stills or MP3 audio files into the 42LG6000.
In terms of features, aside from its Scarlet design, probably the single most significant thing is its ‘TruMotion 100Hz’ picture processing system. Especially as this 100Hz system isn’t just a simple matter of doubling the PAL refresh rate. For rather than merely repeating the same frame twice, TruMotion actually calculates completely new extra frames that ‘fill in the image gaps’ between the ‘real’ frames to either side.
Another feature of the 42LG6000 LG seems keen to make a song and dance about is its Intelligent Sensor. This can constantly assess the brightness and, apparently, the colour temperature of the area surrounding the TV and adjust no less than five picture settings (brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness and white balance) accordingly. As well as claiming to protect you from eye strain, this feature can also apparently reduce the TV’s power consumption by as much as 62%.
Turning next to a couple of key specifications of the 42LG6000, we find a Full HD resolution and a jaw-droppingly huge claimed contrast ratio of 50,000:1. Inevitably this figure depends on a dynamic backlight system that reduces the image’s brightness during dark scenes to boost black levels – but then such systems are found on practically every other LCD TV too, and precious few if any of them reckon to deliver 50,000:1. At which point we should probably pause to reflect that the contrast ratios quoted by manufacturers are notoriously unreliable…
Moving swiftly on, a quick poke around in the 42LG6000’s onscreen menus uncovers a series of different thematic picture presets including a Game Mode. This goes further than most by not only tweaking the TV’s processing to reduce image lag, but also boosting black levels and enhancing sharpness in response to the fact that gamers often sit nearer the screen than normal viewers. In fact, the 42LG6000’s Game Mode even tweaks the TV’s sound as well, to make it more dynamic and immersive.
Other bits and bobs of note include the latest version of LG’s usually solid if slightly uninspiring XD Engine system (designed to improve colours, black levels, sharpness and motion); an ‘eye care’ feature that can limit the screen’s brightness so that it doesn’t damage your eyes; and a Clear Voice mode that emphasizes dialogue if you’re find it sounding lost in the audio mix.