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Good: price tag
Bad: burn in and image retention and lack of headphone socket
Comment: Good points in short: excellent picture quality (in dark environment - not so much in bright conditions as it is highly reflective), it's slim, easy to use.
Now, I will focus on the bad points of this plasma that were not mentioned in most reviews I read before I purchased this TV:
> burn-in and image retention
After just a few months of using the plasma ( anything from 5min to 8hours) there appears to be a white burn-in in the bottom left and right corners. To be more specific these are HUD elements from one of Xbox games Bad Company 2 (frame and digits size 3 inch by 3 inch). It's barely visible, nevertheless you can spot it on a grey background. I made LG aware of the problem. They came back with two points: the first is that warranty does not cover burn-in and the second is to run "white wash" which is simply white image which you need to keep on for some time. "white wash" no improvement at all. Now, I was aware of the concept of burn-in before I purchased this plasma and I was particularly careful not to leave still images for prolonged periods. But hey you can't help it sometimes some channels/games will have some still images present for some time - that's the way it is - I bought the plasma to use and enjoy it not to have it off or on 20% of brightness to prevent burn-in. Despite this the screen still suffered. I think this is quite bad that it is so easy to get burn-in on this otherwise good quality product.
> no headphone socket
Might be a problem if you want to use your headphones with your TV but your hi-fi / sound system connected to your TV does not have one either.
The screen is highly reflective. I am aware of the fact that all screens reflect images to some extent but this model is a special one in this sense. You can use it as a mirror in bright conditions;).
The above is the reason why I took away 2 stars (I was tempted to take away 3 stars). Shame about the burn-in! I also have to add that before I bought this TV I read numerous reviews (including CNET's) and I am quite disappointed that none of them warned or mentioned about the highly likely burn in problem - which is very important as it damages your TV permanently. All I read was that "modern" plasmas are not really affected by this problem. Wrong! I would expect that such well known reviewer as CNET would mention this. It just shows how superficial and biased those reviews are.
Good: Picture superb in HD
Bad: Sound not that great
Comment: This TV is superb for the money. The picture on HD is breathtaking, if you take the time to set it up properly. Sound quality is good but there's not much bass. It's useable though.
50" is pushing the boundaries of TV on standard definition, and I struggled to achieve a satisfactory result on FREEVIEW (non- HD channels) This is more a fault of the quality on standard definition than the TV itself.
We previously owned a Panasonic 42" Plasma, and the jump to 50" does make a difference in picture sharpness.
If you are watching standard definition on this TV, to save hours of your own time, try these settings.
Make sure "Energy Saving" is set to OFF.
Set the TV to "expert 1" and then contrast 85, brightness 55, H sharpness 70, V sharpness 70, colour 40, tint 0. Then in the sub menu OFF,OFF, MEDIUM, AUTO, ON, STANDARD, OFF, AUTO, OFF. In the third menu leave everything at the factory settings but make sure the colour temp is set at "WARM"
Good: Huge, clear, good looking, good features
Bad: Slight shadowing across screen
Comment: There's only one thing I don't like about this TV and its shadowing. It isn't that noticeable unless you really look for it most of the time, but when credits are scrolling or bars are on the screen the tele seems to have a darker line ( or shadow ) running all the way across.
Like I say its usually not noticeable, but if you look for it it can get annoying.
Good: I like the fact that I can connect to YouTube to watch 4OD. Freeview HD is another feature which makes this TV amazing. The Germany game in HD!!!
Bad: Would love to go internet via WiFi
Comment: I bought this product once I saw the review on Cnet. I must say that LG have improved their TVs by a million as the quality is amazing. I connected it with my PS3 which makes ProEvo look amazing on it with it's 600 HZ. The price is only £722.
Good: HD pictures,slim bezel,pc gaming no motion blur at all,sd quite good ,thx.
Bad: slight image retention
Comment: this tv can be had for arounf £729 at the moment i cant see a better 50 inch tv anywhere for that sort of money,i am well impressed and might buy the 60 inch version.
Bad: Theres actually nothing wrong with this tv... nothing lol
Comment: This tv can be bought for around £800 and for that price you will NOT find anything as good
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