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LG 42LB730V

42" 200Hz Apr 2014
Screen Size HD Type 3D Compatible Refresh Rate Release Date
LG Smart TVs with webOS revolutionise the way you watch and experience entertainment on your TV.Free from the complexities and complications of advanced technology, you can now enjoy Smart TV the... More
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User Reviews Are Excellent

Users have rated this LG TV on average 90%.

Reasonably Priced

Some customers agreed that this TV was good value for money. Eric Portsmouth mentioned in his review of this TV on Amazon “Excellent price from Amazon compared to other high street outlets”. G Force 7 gave this TV a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the LG 42LB730 on Amazon “If you like quality LCD at a great price”. Zippy said in their review two years ago “Great price (2/3rds that of Currys”.

One customer who bought this TV considered that it was a bargain for the price. Zippy said two years ago “Stylish, superb picture, excellant 3D (although the 2x free glasses are cheap and flimsy, invest insome decent metal” .

One customer who reviewed this TV reckoned that it was cheap. Hibou gave this TV a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “Rapid refresh means that fast action is smooth.2) 3D is astonishing due to the "passive" system using inexpensive polarising glasses as in the cinema” in their review of the LG 42LB730.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Alien937 gave the product a very good review score and wrote in their review of the LG 42LB730 “The 3D picture is great; in my opinion LG continues to be the brand to beat when it comes to 3D”. Happyfamily mentioned “Excellent Smart 3D TV” in their review.

Good Remote Control

A few people who purchased it considered that it had a good remote control. Alien937 mentioned in their LG 42LB730 review on Amazon “A Magic Remote and two pairs of 3D glasses” and rated it as excellent. C. Shepherd wrote on Amazon “The web os remote is good and does the job”. In October last year Hibou wrote “Would be much more expensive.3) The Magic remote is the best I've ever used - simple yet powerful”.

Good Picture Quality

A number of LG 42LB730 owners considered that this TV had good picture quality. Two years ago Eric Portsmouth rated it as very good and he wrote on Amazon “Superb picture quality from LG, with excellent sound”. In the same month Max Uk mentioned in his review of the LG 42LB730 on Amazon “The picture quality is good, while the sound is just right, as it comes from 2 tiny speakers placed in the back of the panel”. Last year Mr Sn Procopiou mentioned “The image quality is fantastic and the TV is very versatile, with iplayer”.

Good Smart TV Features

A few customers who bought it agreed that it was good for watching TV catchup services. Max Uk mentioned in his review on Amazon two years ago “Lots of apps to get your preferred catch-up, on demand, music services”. Mr Baz mentioned “Netflix, facebook, twitter, amazon instant video iPlayer”. Mr Sn Procopiou said “The TV is very versatile, with iplayer and the option to play video files off a memory stick/hard drive as well as the usual inputs for bluray players etc”.

A few people who reviewed it thought it was good for watching YouTube on. Dicko wrote “Video of my faults are on youtube” in their review of this TV. Zippy wrote in their review on Amazon “Son loves Youtube on the big screen” and rated this TV as excellent.

Several customers who purchased the product reckoned that it had good apps. Eric Portsmouth said “The only negative is the time it takes to load the apps & access the internet, which I find a little slow”.

A few LG 42LB730 reviewers who bought it concluded that it was good for watching Freeview TV. Mr Sn Procopiou wrote “This is not an issue for me because the reception I get with freeview is excellent and I was not after a particular freesat channel”.

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Easy to Use

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. C M Pelissier wrote in their review of the LG 42LB730 “Brill picture and nice to use with smart control”. G Force 7 said on Amazon “You need a tv that combines quality display with ease of use plus additions like functional passive 3D, web links” in their LG 42LB730 review. Max Uk said in his review of the LG 42LB730 “It is very easy to use and complements the TV well with lot of custom adjustments available”.

One person concluded that the LG 42LB730 was easy to setup. Happyfamily gave the LG 42LB730 a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their LG 42LB730 review two years ago “It was very easy to set up on initial installation”. One customer who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use the menus.

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Good Connectivity

A number of people who reviewed it agreed that it was wifi compatible. Alien937 mentioned in their review of the LG 42LB730 on Amazon “Inside the frame are 2.1 speakers and built-in Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz”. In October last year Hibou wrote in their review “With the classic remote, click "OK" to confirm channel input.4) Web-OS with ethernet or WiFi gives easy access to web-based services such as NetFlix”. Hibou also mentioned “I like to use wireless headphones while my wife is happy with the speakers; we would like to be able to use both together”.

One person who reviewed this TV thought it had a good signal strength. In October last year Dicko wrote in their review on Amazon “After sending very good signal strength figures from the set they had it back again”.

One customer who reviewed the LG 42LB730 thought it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Two years ago Alien937 mentioned on Amazon “On the back pointing sideways are three HDMI ports and three USB ports” in their LG 42LB730 review and scored this TV 5 stars.

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Nice Design

A number of LG 42LB730 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Two years ago Alien937 wrote “The silver metal bar that acts as a stand is simple yet elegant”. In the same month C. Shepherd mentioned in their review of the LG 42LB730 on Amazon “Overall pretty pleased with the set so far”.

Several LG 42LB730 reviewers said that it was a good design. Max Uk wrote on Amazon “Very good TV, with a nice design” in his review of the LG 42LB730. Two years ago R. Kennedy mentioned on Amazon “Great design, great picture quality.” in their review of this TV.

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Good Product Quality

Fourteen people who purchased this TV thought it was good quality. Two years ago Adcjen mentioned “This TV is amazing, picture quality is 10/10” in their LG 42LB730 review. Amazon Customer rated the product as very good and wrote in their review of the LG 42LB730 “Excellent quality 3D and HD”. Dicko wrote “It has always worked from day one without a hitch. Poor quality set exacerbated by appalling customer support” however they only rated the LG 42LB730 1 stars.

Good Sound Quality

Some LG 42LB730 reviewers said in their reviews that it had good sound quality. Mr Baz wrote in his review of the LG 42LB730 on Amazon “Full featured TV with excellent picture and sound + "air remote” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Mr Baz also wrote “The priority being a good picture and sound with smart functions”. Mr Baz also wrote “+ Very good picture clean crisp and clear+ Sound is excellent 2.1 speaker that have a good bass output”.

Nice Stand

Several LG 42LB730 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good stand. Mr Sn Procopiou rated this TV 80 out of 100 and he said on Amazon “It also looks very nice too - I wasn't sure about the funky stand from the pictures” in his LG 42LB730 review.

Good High Def TV

Several LG 42LB730 owners reckoned that the LG 42LB730 was good at displaying high definition TV. Two years ago Alien937 wrote in their review on Amazon “In operation the HD picture is fantastic”. Alien937 also said “Excellent HD/3D picture, decent audio”.

Robust

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Adcjen mentioned “Also the in built sub-woofer is great to, was relay worried about having a LED TV as all the comments about sound levels”. Two years ago C. Shepherd mentioned in their review of this TV on Amazon “If you are looking for a new tv and are going be using the built in freeview functions only” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Happyfamily said in the same month “The built in media player is excellent” in their LG 42LB730 review.

One LG 42LB730 reviewer considered that the LG 42LB730 was strong and durable. Mr Baz mentioned in his LG 42LB730 review “Attach to the back case, make sure you support the TV properly (really a 2 person job to do safely) the stand is robust and strong” and scored it 80 out of 100.

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LG TVs Have Good Reviews

LG is one of the better rated TV brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and LG also has good ratings for its mid-size TVs.

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Good Size

A few LG 42LB730 reviewers who purchased it thought it was thin.

Good Technical Features

One person reckoned that it had good features. Alien937 mentioned on Amazon two years ago “An advanced remote control, built-in Wi-Fi, online features and good looks”.

3D Compatible

The 42LB730 is 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec TVs that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a TV that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the 32LA620[pl_1496423_price], or the 47LB650[pl_2229283_price] both from LG or the Panasonic TX-47AS650[plb_2232474_price].

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Supports Smart TV Features

The 42LB730 supports smart TV features. Most of the other televisions that have been around for more than two years do not support smart TV features.

Other televisions which also support smart TV features that you might also want to consider include the KDL-49WD754[pl_3406082_price], or the KDL-49WD752[pl_3406074_price] both from Sony or the LG 32LA620[plb_1496423_price].

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Has a WiFi Connection

has a WiFi connection

The 42LB730 has a WiFi connection, unlike most of the other TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 42LB730 which do not have a WiFi connection.

Alternative televisions which also have a WiFi connection that you might want to look at include the KDL-49WD754[pl_3406082_price], or the KDL-49WD752[pl_3406074_price] both from Sony or the LG 32LA620[plb_1496423_price].

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Quite Fast Refresh Rate

At 200 hertz, the 42LB730 has a fairly fast refresh rate compared to most of the other TVs that were released around the same time as the 42LB730. Across all the comparable spec TVs that were released more than two years ago the refresh rates range from 50Hz to 1,600Hz, and the average refresh rate is 180Hz.

If you want a faster refresh rate then you might want to look at the UE48H6500[pl_2238175_price] (400Hz), or the UE48H6410[pl_2251813_price] (400Hz) both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

three USB 2.0 ports

Most of the other TVs of this type and age only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, however the 42LB730 has three USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite High RMS Rated Power

The 42LB730 has a quite high RMS rated power (24 Watts) compared to most of the other televisions of this spec and age. The RMS rated power of mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the 42LB730 range from 2W to 80W, and the average RMS rated power is 18W.

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Quite Fast Motion Interpolation Frequency

The motion interpolation frequencies of mid-size TVs that were launched around the same time as the 42LB730 range from 50Hz to 1,800Hz, and the average motion interpolation frequency is 260Hz. At 800 hertz, the LG 42LB730 has a quite fast motion interpolation frequency compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that were launched around the same time as the 42LB730.

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1080p Video Mode

This TV supports a 1080p video mode, which is the most frequently supported video mode on mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Five Sound Modes

The number of sound modes found on the 42LB730 is more than most televisions of this age and spec. This TV has a Music sound mode, which is the most frequently found sound mode found on mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the 42LB730. The sound modes "Game", "Movie", "News" and "Sports" are also found on this LG TV.

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Supports Three Video Formats

The number of video formats supported by the LG 42LB730 is more than most mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently supported video format is MKV, but this video format is not supported by this LG television. The video formats DIVX HD, H.264 and H.265 are also supported by this LG TV.

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Supports Seven Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the 42LB730 is more than most similar spec TVs that have been on the market for more than two years. This television supports an MP3 audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the 42LB730. The audio formats "AAC", "AAC HE", "AC3", "DTS", "EAC3" and "PCM" are also supported by this TV.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Support

Several customers concluded that it did not have good customer support. Dicko mentioned “Flakey Smart TV functions plus Spy TV and Appalling Customer Support”. One customer thought this TV did not have good technical guidance. Mr Sn Procopiou said “The channel order is wrong and TV guide does not usually populate” in his review of this TV.

Inferior Webcam

One person who bought the LG 42LB730 reckoned that it was not good for making skype calls.

Inferior Standard Def TV

One LG 42LB730 owner who bought it concluded that it was not good at displaying standard definition TV. Alien937 wrote on Amazon two years ago “The SD upscaling isn't the best I've ever seen, though it's more than acceptable” in their review of this TV.

Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The 42LB730 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other TVs of a similar age and spec to the 42LB730 also do not have a built-in camera.

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Only Supports Three Image Formats

The 42LB730 has a greater number of image formats than most TVs of a similar spec and age to it. This television supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by TVs of this age and type. The image formats "JPS" and "MPO" are also supported by this TV.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

Like most of the other TVs of this age and spec, the 42LB730 does not feature OLED technology.

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4 Other reasons to consider the LG 42LB730

Average Running Costs

This TV is rated A+ for energy efficiency, and the average 5 year running cost of the 42LB730 is £76 based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 714 mid-size TVs that have been around for more than two years.

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on televisions of a similar age and spec to it. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this TV was released.

Average Thickness

At 55.1 millimeters, the 42LB730 has a fairly standard thickness compared to most of the other comparable spec TVs that have been around for around the same time as the 42LB730.

We compared all the other 55.1mm thick televisions to this TV and we think the LG 47LB730[plb_2233836_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would consider a TV with a thicker thickness then you might want to look at the LG 47LB650[plb_2229283_price] (54.5mm).

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Specification

Display
Screen Size
HD Type
3D Compatible
Refresh Rate
LED Backlighting
Screen Shape
OLED Technology
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Noise Reduction Feature
Motion Interpolation Technology
Display Resolution
Video Mode
Screen Format Adjustment
Aspect Ratio
3D Technology
2D-3D Converter
Display Diagonal
Graphics Resolution
Display Technology
TV Tuner
Auto Channel Search Feature
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner
Smart TV
Smart TV Features
Internet Browser
Timeshift Feature
App
Operating System
Audio
Built-In Subwoofer
RMS Rated Power
Loudspeaker
Built-In Speaker
Dolby Technology
Sound Mode
Audio Decoder
AptX Audio Decoding
Audio Decoding Technology
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Common Interface Connection
Ethernet LAN Port
RF Port
SCART Port
RS-232 Port
Digital Audio Optical Out Port
PC Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
DVI Port
HDMI Version
PC in Port
HDMI Port
Intel Wireless Display Technology
Consumer Electronics Control
Audio in Port
Mobile High-Definition Link
Networking
WiFi Connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
Miracast
WiFi Direct Connection
Management Features
Smart Mode
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
ECO Mode
Performance
Video Format
Audio Format
Image Format
Teletext Function
24p Playback
Digital Video Recorder
Voice Control
Stored Teletext Page
Design
Built-In Camera
LED Indicator
Colour
Peak Luminance Ratio
Ergonomics
Wall Mountable
VESA Mounting Interface
Smartphone Remote Feature
On/off Switch
VESA Mounting
Power
Typical Power Consumption
Standby Power Consumption
Energy Efficiency Class
Input Frequency
Annual Energy Consumption
AC Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Certificates
DLNA Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Thickness
Weight
Weight (with Stand)
Depth (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
Width
Packaging Content
Included 3D Glasses
Desktop Stand
Handheld Remote Control
3D Glasses Included
Quick Start Guide
Manual
Technical Details
LED Backlight

User Reviews

(32)
Reviewed 29 June 2015 by Mr. R. S. Mclean
(Verified Purchase)

Very good.

Reviewed 27 May 2015 by Ben R Mason
(Verified Purchase)

Great Product.

Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Linzi Ashwood
(Verified Purchase)

Very pleased now our son wants one.

Reviewed 29 April 2015 by PMunkus "The Better You Look The More You See"

After spending about three months deciding what TV to get, I settled for this one and so glad that I did. I was going back and forth between Samsung and LG for weeks, but at the end of the day,... Read more…

Reviewed 20 April 2015 by Panny
(Verified Purchase)

Not sure I like this new smart WEB interface. I also have an older LG model which I think I prefer. It might just be me getting used to the new interface.

Reviewed 14 April 2015 by Big Blue
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent TV. Bit slow to load the apps for the Smart TV stuff but if you remember dial-up days a few seconds isn't going to end the world. Need to understand why the BBC iPlayer app doesn't... Read more…

This TV was purchased for a front room, the priority being a good picture and sound with smart functions. I helped set up the TV and will give an overview of the set, compared to a few other TV's... Read more…

Reviewed 17 March 2015 by Abida

Good.

(Verified Purchase)

Excellent choice, this is the second one of these we have bought in the last three years, they just get better functionality wise. SuperbTV.

Reviewed 5 March 2015 by Dicko "gordon_geko_2000" | 9 Comments

Being a Smart TV you want to connect this to the Internet. All the while the TV is on it is then reporting back to LG what you are watching, including the file names of any USB or DLNA content.... Read more…

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £73.71
Electricity cost when on standby £1.83
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Total running cost over 5 years £75.54
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Energy Rating
0.37T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.37 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 10 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lg 42lb730, lg 42lb730v, lg 42lb730v42smart3, lg 42lb730v42smart3d, lg 42lb730v42smart3dl, lg 42lb730v42smart3dle, lg 42lb730v42smart3dled, lg 42lb730v42smart3dledt, lg 42lb730v42smart3dledtv
Barcodes 08806084699336, 08806084699343, 08806084699374, 08806084699398, 08806084720535

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