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LG 42LE8500

insidehw.com Editor's Choice avguide.com Recommended flatpanelshd.com Highly Recommended M3.idg.se Recommended
42" 200Hz 34.5mm Mar 2010
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17 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this LG TV. This TV received a "Recommended" award from both Avguide.com and M3.idg.se.

In addition, the expert at Flatpanelshd.com conluded that they would definitely endorse this TV and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and the reviewer at Insidehw.com gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and thought it was superb.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, techtree.com, Mac World and hometheaterreview.com this TV has an overall expert rating of 76%.

Good Picture Quality

A number of customers wrote that the LG 42LE8500 had good picture quality. Expert website Televisioninfo.com said “It didn't get the best results on our picture quality tests— especially its black level, which was significantly brighter than it should have been—” in their review. Expert website Avguide.com mentioned in their review six years ago “The LG raises the bar in terms of picture quality and features for LCD-based flat panel HDTVs” . Five years ago Lcdtvbuyingguide.com said in their LG 42LE8500 review “Superb shadow detail”.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the product had good colour saturation. Expert review site Asia.cnet.com wrote “The LG Infinia 55LE8500 delivers very deep blacks, natural colors and film-like visuals.”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com wrote “Great looking colors due to monster contrast” in their LG 42LE8500 review and scored the product 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Some LG 42LE8500 reviewers who reviewed the LG 42LE8500 agreed that it was good looking. Macworld.com wrote “The LG Infinia LE8500 series TVs certainly qualify as chic, connected HDTVs” in their review of this TV and scored it 4 stars. Expert website Hometheaterreview.com said in their review of this TV “In addition to a great set of features and a stylishly slim form”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com said in their review “Stylish and sleek design” .

A number of customers who reviewed it considered that it was a good design. Expert review site Flatpanelshd.com said “LE8500 has a design with a glass front covering both panel”. One LG 42LE8500 owner wrote that it was smooth. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com wrote in their review of this TV “Entire greyscale is smooth and neutral” and rated the LG 42LE8500 5 stars.

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Good Technical Features

Five customers wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Macworld.com wrote on expert review site Mac World five years ago “With its skinny profile and strong lineup of features” in their LG 42LE8500 review. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com gave it a score of 5 stars and said in the same month “Many nice features, calibrating options”.

Good Connectivity

Several LG 42LE8500 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to connect to the internet. Macworld.com mentioned in their review “Slightly more than an inch thick, these full-array backlit LED TV pack a good collection of Internet services (includi” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Expert review site Televisioninfo.com mentioned in their review “Has some nice features, such as internet connectivity and a 240Hz mode” . Expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned “Delivers a slew of customization options, plus great Internet content--but image quality isn't great” and gave it a score of 70 out of 100.

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com said in their LG 42LE8500 review five years ago “WiFi HD ready (stream Full HD movies), sleek design, good build” . One LG 42LE8500 owner said in their reviews that the LG 42LE8500 was good in terms of connectivity. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com wrote “Abundant connectivity options”.

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Good Product Quality

Three customers concluded that the product was good quality. Six years ago expert review site Cnet.com mentioned in their LG 42LE8500 review “With the excellent picture quality of the local-dimming LE8500, LG challenges other LCD makers for videophile appeal”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com said “Handsome set with good image quality and audio”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com also mentioned “The thin display, loads of features and amazing picture quality make this TV stand out”.

LG TVs Have Good Reviews

On average LG mid-size TVs have good reviews compared to other brands as do all TVs manufactured by LG.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Two customers concluded that it had a good 3D picture quality. Five years ago Lcdtvbuyingguide.com mentioned in their LG 42LE8500 review “The TV is missing 3D technology”.

Robust

One LG 42LE8500 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made.

Good High Def TV

Some customers considered that the product was good at displaying high definition TV. Six years ago expert review site Firstpost.com mentioned “It’s been a while since a full fledged HDTV has made its way to our labs.” in their LG 42LE8500 review.

Good Size

Three people who reviewed the LG 42LE8500 considered that it was thin. Expert website Flatpanelshd.com said in their review “LE8500 is just as slim as most Edge LED models which is quite impressive”. Flatpanelshd.com also said “Quite unique LED conduction from LG that allows the TV to be very slim and at the same time utilize local dimming”.

Good Sound Quality

One LG 42LE8500 owner who bought it said that it had good sound quality.

Quite Fast Refresh Rate

The average refresh rate of TVs of a comparable spec and age to the 42LE8500 is 180Hz. At 200 hertz, the 42LE8500 has a quite fast refresh rate compared to most of the other televisions of this age and spec.

If this TV refresh rate is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the UE46F7000[pl_1588337_price] (240Hz), or the UE40F7000[pl_1494094_price] (240Hz) both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Two Component Video in Ports

Most comparable spec TVs that have been around for more than two years have between one and two component video in ports, including the LG 42LE8500 which has two component video in ports.

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Four HDMI Ports

four HDMI ports

The 42LE8500 is a four HDMI port TV. Most of the other mid-size TVs that were released around the same time as the 42LE8500 have between one and four HDMI ports.

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Quite Thin

The thinnest thickness of TVs of this age and type is 3.5mm and the thickest is 100mm. The LG 42LE8500 has a fairly thin thickness (only 34.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for a similar time to the 42LE8500.

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9 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Some LG 42LE8500 owners who purchased this TV thought it was not cheap. Expert website Cnet.com said “Before you ask, no, 3D is not available on the LG LE8500 series reviewed here--that perk is reserved for the more expensive --but an LED backlight is” in their review of the LG 42LE8500 but in spite of that they scored it 4 stars. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com said in their review “This HDTV is expensive”.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was not good value for money. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com said “Pricey for its screen-size class” in their review although they scored the product 5 stars.

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Does Not Have a WiFi Connection

Most televisions of this age and spec do not have a WiFi connection. The LG 42LE8500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a WiFi connection.

There are a number of alternative TVs which also have a WiFi connection that you might want to look at including the Panasonic TX-L42FT60[plb_1654311_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Smart TV Features

Most mid-size TVs that have been on the market for more than two years do not support smart TV features. The 42LE8500 is no exception to this as it too does not support smart TV features.

There are a number of other televisions which also support smart TV features which you might want to look at including the LG 47LM960[plb_1277857_price], or the Samsung UN46F6400[plb_2124455_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The 42LE8500 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other televisions that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a television that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic TX-L42FT60[plb_1654311_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The LG 42LE8500 does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec TVs that are a similar age to the 42LE8500 also do not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of other TVs which also have a built-in camera that you might also want to look at including the UN46ES8000[pl_1484430_price], or the UE40F7000[pl_1494094_price] both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

The 42LE8500 does not feature OLED technology, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the 42LE8500 also do not feature OLED technology.

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Running Costs Are High

Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the 42LE8500 is £257, which is in the most expensive 4% of all 714 televisions of this spec and age.

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Fairly High Annual Energy Consumption

Across all the comparable spec TVs that have been around for more than two years the annual energy consumptions range from 0.22kWh to 620kWh, and the average annual energy consumption is 76kWh. With an annual energy consumption of 138.23 kilowatt hours, the 42LE8500 has one of the highest annual energy consumptions amongst TVs of this age.

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Very Heavy

Across all the similar spec TVs that came out around the same time as the 42LE8500 the weights range from 3.7kg to 36kg. When compared to other TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 42LE8500 that we have checked, the weight of the LG 42LE8500 of 23 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the LG 42LE8500

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many televisions of this spec and age. 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 Six Years Ago

This TV has been on the market for over six years.

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4 Awards

insidehw.com Editor's Choice avguide.com Recommended flatpanelshd.com Highly Recommended M3.idg.se Recommended

Expert Reviews

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The LE8500 is loaded with extra features (some good, some not) and striking good looks. It is the next to highest end TV produced by LG for 2010 falling just below the LE9500 which has the... Read more…

Full-array LED backlight
240Hz refresh rate
Handsome set with good image quality and audio
Fullarray LED backlight
The thin display, loads of features and amazing picture quality make this TV stand out
Pricey for its screen-size class
Very little printed documentation
Pricey for its screensize class
The glass screen reflects a lot of light and the TV is missing 3D technology
Minor glitches in the firmware, glass panel may be too reflective if not placed well

The LE8500 is loaded with extra features (some good, some not) and striking good looks. It is the next to highest end TV produced by LG for 2010 falling just below the LE9500 which has the... Read more…

21 January 2011

With its skinny profile and strong lineup of features, the LG Infinia LE8500 series TVs certainly qualify as chic, connected HDTVs. Slightly more than an inch thick, these full-array backlit LED... Read more…

The LG Infinia LE8500 Series looks good and delivers a slew of customization options, plus great Internet content--but image quality isn't great, and this HDTV is expensive...

1 October 2010

These days, LED-backlit LCD TVs get a lot of attention, thanks in part to their super-thin form factor. This is especially true for edge-lit LED models. But the real promise of LED backlighting... Read more…

11 September 2010

Insidehw.com

We?ve gone a long, multi-decade way from the appearance of the first black and white TV devices with cathode tubes, over the amassment of colour TVs and analogue PAL and NTSC content distribution... Read more…

6 September 2010

In addition to a great set of features and a stylishly slim form, the 47LE8500 just so happens to be one of the best-looking LCDs I've reviewed. The package will cost you, as the 47LE8500's price...

30 June 2010

Avguide.com

With 240 Hz screen refresh and LED local dimming backlighting, the LG raises the bar in terms of picture quality and features for LCD-based flat panel HDTVs. LG?s latest premium LED backlit flat... Read more…

If you don?t care about 3D and are planning on putting this TV in a dark room, it will make you very happy...

28 May 2010

After being totally blown away by its performance, it all comes down to the price. Is it affordable? LG wasn't able to give us a price since it has not yet hit our shores. But in the US, it sells...

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Electricity cost when switched on £256.38
Electricity cost when on standby £0.61
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Total running cost over 5 years £256.99
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Running this TV over 5 years will generate 1.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 33 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers certified 42le8500
Barcodes 08808992753797, 08808992846284

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