LG 42PG60UD

The LG 42PG60UD is a large improvement on the LG plasma range and will no doubt suit anyone looking for a 720p television with style and quality.


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In the ever-changing fight between LCD and plasma televisions, innovation is the key to winning over consumers. To that end, LG has released a new ultra-thin plasma television which is both aesthetically pleasing and feature-packed. The panel on the 42PG60UD is slim compared to other units on the market, and rather than have a protruding bezel around the viewing area, the border around the screen is beneath the glass. When we heard about a television that "took it to the edge" we were expecting no black border around the viewing area at all. While this isn't quite what we received, we were still nonetheless impressed with the unit as a whole.

Design
The design of the 42PG60UD simplifies LG's past efforts while remaining attractive. Looking at the unit from the side you instantly notice the effort that has gone in to making the unit much thinner than most plasma televisions. Also, the bottom of the panel curves inward where the "hidden" speakers are located. While a subtle design choice, it definitely lends an air of sophistication to the unit.

The 42PG60UD has an integrated HDTV tuner and a wide range of connection options. The rear panel supports three HDMI, two component, and one composite connection as well as a D-Sub port for PC. On the side is a further composite connection together with S-Video and a USB 2.0 port.

Features
The feature set of the 42PG60UD is quite robust with 100Hz technology and easy to use calibration options. The on-screen menu system is intuitive allowing the user to tweak the image without complication. While customised image quality is good for some users, there are also four preset image modes for those that don't want to spend the time required to achieve it. Each is catered to what you are watching and are content appropriate with the exception for the "movie" mode which we felt lacked contrast. The USB port on the side of the unit is used to view images in JPEG format or listen to music in MP3 format (DRM files excluded).

Performance
The 42PG60UD has a native resolution of 1024x768. While it can accept 1080p images via scaling, its native resolution is best suited to 720p media. To test the 42PG60UD, we ran it through a series of 1080p Blu-ray films and 720p video games. We also tested standard-def performance, the LG's 100Hz motion capabilities, and evaluated the effectiveness of the LCD's invisible speaker system.

We witnessed very little interpolation artefacts and 1080p scaling was performed quite well. There was a little vertical pixelation at times, particularly on curved edges but this wasn't a major problem when viewing from a comfortable viewing distance.

At 720p the image quality didn't suffer from any major visual aberrations other than minor correctable over-sharpening. A quick visit to the on-screen menu alleviated the problem. We were particularly impressed with the black levels on this unit which, while not at Pioneer "Kuro" standards, were rich while losing very little image detail. Colours were equally impressive with no overbearing tones.

Naturally, the 576p DVD tests were fraught with interpolation artefacts but no more than expected. There was a little discolouration in background textures but it was not severe and will not impact on the viewing experience. DVD viewers should be more than satisfied by the set's image quality.

The 100Hz motion option worked reasonably well and was not as overt as we have seen on other televisions. It still tended to make the image look a little fake, but it didn't cause any image quality problems to speak of.

Sound quality on the 42PG60UD was excellent with a wide dynamic range and well-balanced sound. While it can't compete with a home theatre speaker system it was definitely a cut above many other units we have reviewed.

Conclusion
The LG 42PG60UD is an excellent plasma television. While it's not quite as advanced as many of the 1080p units on the market today, customers still looking at units in the 720p arena will be entirely satisfied.

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dan
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dan posted a review   

The Good:great picture and sound

The Bad:nothing to cry about

lg make great tv's now and am going to buy the kids an lcd each

 

mak69 posted a comment   

The Good:Easy t use ,hardcore screen,baby proff

The Bad:sometimes flickers when hd signal not strong??

its been great ,bought 8 months ag,not a glitch.
Just replaced it with a normal tv had it 10 years ( still at nans going strong) so isthe microwave and the fridge , good brand reliable yep it sure is .
electronics will go wrong at some time \,just a matter of when .
mak69

huggie
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huggie posted a review   

The Good:good picture when working

The Bad:screen goes black

Screen goes black for a couple of seconds, every 1/2 hour or so, a lot more when watching dvd's. Replaced cable between dvd and tv and it stopped doing it for a while but now it's started again. Would not recommend this tv.

Vardz
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Vardz posted a review   

The Good:None

The Bad:Heap of junk. LG are a disgrace.

TV failed after being switched on for the third time. LG should replace the TV immediately but are fobbing us off. Harvey Norman are trying to be helpful but I have to do all the running around. I will never buy another LG product.

Iwan Schana
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Iwan Schana posted a review   

The Good:Excellent picture quality, even though it is not "full" HD.

The Bad:Black level is not very good - which is typical of more budget oriented Plasma screens - this, after all, is no Pioneer KURO! The white reproduction is also a bit below par - it just can't reproduce a decent, pure vivid white - this has been improved on the new PQ60 - I've seen it myself (compared to an outgoing PG60) and I was well impressed by the difference!

Though far from the "perfect" flatscreen HDTV panel (the again, which one is?!), this particular Plasma TV is excellent value for money - especially considering that I paid a mere $999 for mine last week - it's on a "run out" special price at Harvey Norman - it's being replaced by the equally (if not more) stunning PQ60 - I saw one at Bing Lee this past weekend, sitting right next to a PG60, which it is replacing!

bc
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bc posted a review   

The Good:NON

The Bad:LG didn't want to know about it despite serveral letters

LG...mmmmm would seriously think another brand after my LG blew up ! was told by a repairer that this was very very common with the brand and was going to cost me $1,000 to repair.

FLASH
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FLASH posted a review   

The Good:Great picture and sound

The Bad:2 sec delay on channel change

great tv - like everyone else went to buy a viera panasonic in 42inch and came out with an LG50inch PG60UD. Picture diff side by side was very noticable .Goes great with the LG surround sound system and DVD player

pharben
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pharben posted a review   

The Good:beautiful design;vivid clear resolution
;great sound and many HDMI ports;cheap price now

The Bad:really nothing at all

A stunning design which does draws you into the image. I thought "full"HD would be the obvious choice, but to the naked eye at a fair distance this set is superb

Beaver
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Beaver posted a review   

The Good:Just about everything!!! Fantastic plasma...

The Bad:needed software upgrade from 3.14 to 3.17 to solve slight audio drop-out when using Digital audio through Home Theatre. LG sent tech who fixed within 1 hour of initial phone call.

Went to buy a Panasonic, but this LG, mounted next to the Panasonic, displayed better colours and picture. Spent alot of time comparing the two with an open mind, but the LG won out.

SPD
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SPD posted a review   

The Good:Price, style & performance

The Bad:none as yet

I just purchased the LG42GP60UD after much research, the design, colour, motion and quality is outstanding.


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User Reviews / Comments  LG 42PG60UD

  • dan

    dan

    Rating8

    "lg make great tv's now and am going to buy the kids an lcd each"

  • mak69

    mak69

    "its been great ,bought 8 months ag,not a glitch.
    Just replaced it with a normal tv had it 10 years ( still at nans going strong) so isthe microwave and the fridge , good brand reliable yep i..."

  • huggie

    huggie

    Rating2

    "Screen goes black for a couple of seconds, every 1/2 hour or so, a lot more when watching dvd's. Replaced cable between dvd and tv and it stopped doing it for a while but now it's started again. Wo..."

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