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LG 42LE8500

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

Four Industry Awards

This TV is one of the most highly awarded of all the televisions of a comparable type and age.

The editors of Avguide.com and M3.idg.se both recommend this LG television and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites both liked this television. Flatpanelshd.com gave this LG TV a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and Insidehw.com gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and concluded it was excellent.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this television is 76 out of 100 based on twenty expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, techtree.com, Mac World and hometheaterreview.com.

Good Picture Quality

A number of LG 42LE8500 owners who reviewed this TV agreed that it had good picture quality. Six years ago 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—”. Expert review site Avguide.com rated the LG 42LE8500 70 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this TV “The LG raises the bar in terms of picture quality and features for LCD-based flat panel HDTVs”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com rated the product 5 stars and said in their review of this TV “Superb shadow detail”.

Several customers mentioned that it had good colour saturation. Expert website Asia.cnet.com mentioned six years ago “The LG Infinia 55LE8500 delivers very deep blacks, natural colors and film-like visuals.” in their review of the LG 42LE8500 and gave it a score of 4 stars. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com mentioned five years ago “Great looking colors due to monster contrast” in their review.

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Nice Design

A number of LG 42LE8500 reviewers considered that it was good looking. Macworld.com mentioned in their review of this TV on expert review site Mac World “The LG Infinia LE8500 series TVs certainly qualify as chic, connected HDTVs” and gave this TV a rating of 70 out of 100. Expert website Hometheaterreview.com said “In addition to a great set of features and a stylishly slim form” in their review of this TV. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com mentioned in their review “Stylish and sleek design”.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that the LG 42LE8500 was a good design. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars and wrote “WiFi HD ready (stream Full HD movies), sleek design, good build”. Expert review site Flatpanelshd.com said “LE8500 has a design with a glass front covering both panel” .

One LG 42LE8500 reviewer concluded that this TV was smooth. Five years ago Lcdtvbuyingguide.com said “Entire greyscale is smooth and neutral” in their review of the LG 42LE8500.

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Good Technical Features

Some customers said in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Macworld.com said in their review “With its skinny profile and strong lineup of features”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com mentioned “Many nice features, calibrating options” and rated the product 5 stars.

Good Connectivity

A number of customers who bought this TV agreed that it was able to connect to the internet. Macworld.com said on expert website Mac World five years ago “Slightly more than an inch thick, these full-array backlit LED TV pack a good collection of Internet services (includi”. Expert website Televisioninfo.com said in their LG 42LE8500 review “Has some nice features, such as internet connectivity and a 240Hz mode”. Six years ago expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Delivers a slew of customization options, plus great Internet content--but image quality isn't great” in their review and rated it 70 out of 100.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was wifi compatible. One LG 42LE8500 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com mentioned in their review “Abundant connectivity options”.

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Good Product Quality

Three LG 42LE8500 reviewers who reviewed this TV considered that it was good quality. Cnet.com said in their review on expert website CNET.com “With the excellent picture quality of the local-dimming LE8500, LG challenges other LCD makers for videophile appeal” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Five years ago Lcdtvbuyingguide.com mentioned “Handsome set with good image quality and audio”. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com also wrote “The thin display, loads of features and amazing picture quality make this TV stand out”.

LG Has Good Reviews for Its TVs

We calculated the average ratings for all LG TVs and also specifically for LG mid-size TVs and found that in both cases LG had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Some LG 42LE8500 reviewers who purchased it thought it had a good 3D picture quality. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com scored this TV 5 stars and said in their review “The TV is missing 3D technology”.

Robust

One LG 42LE8500 owner reckoned that it was well made.

Good High Def TV

Some people who reviewed the LG 42LE8500 wrote that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Expert review site Firstpost.com mentioned six years ago “It’s been a while since a full fledged HDTV has made its way to our labs.”.

Good Size

Three LG 42LE8500 reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it was thin. Expert website Flatpanelshd.com wrote in their LG 42LE8500 review “LE8500 is just as slim as most Edge LED models which is quite impressive”. Flatpanelshd.com also mentioned “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 customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good sound quality.

Four HDMI Ports Quantitys

four HDMI ports quantitys

The 42LE8500 is a four HDMI ports quantity TV. Most of the other TVs of this age and type have between one and four HDMI ports quantitys.

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Two Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Ins

The LG 42LE8500 is a two component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in TV. Most of the other TVs of this type and age have between one and two component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) ins.

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Fairly High RMS Rated Power

The lowest RMS rated power of mid-size TVs that came out more than two years ago is 4W, the highest is 80W, and the average RMS rated power is 18W. At 20 Watts, the 42LE8500 has a fairly high RMS rated power compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for around the same time as the 42LE8500.

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Quite Thin

With a depth of only 34.5 millimeters, the 42LE8500 has one of the thinner depths amongst televisions of this age. The thinnest depth of comparable spec TVs that are a similar age to the 42LE8500 is 3.5mm and the thickest is 100mm.

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9 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

A few customers considered that the product was not cheap. Cnet.com wrote on expert review site CNET.com “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” although they still gave the LG 42LE8500 a rating of 4 stars. Six years ago Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “This HDTV is expensive”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the LG 42LE8500 was not good value for money. Lcdtvbuyingguide.com wrote five years ago “Pricey for its screen-size class” in their LG 42LE8500 review.

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Does Not Have a Wi-Fi

Like most of the other TVs of this spec and age, the 42LE8500 does not have a wi-Fi.

Alternative televisions which also have a wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Samsung UE46F8000[plb_2149163_price].

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Does Not Support Smart TV

Like most of the other TVs of a comparable age and type to the 42LE8500, the 42LE8500 does not support smart TV.

Alternative TVs which also support smart TV that you might want to look at include the LG 47LM960[plb_1277857_price], or the Samsung UE46F8000[plb_2149163_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Most comparable spec TVs that have been on the market for a similar time to the 42LE8500 are not 3D. The 42LE8500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you want a television that is 3D then you might also want to look at the LG 47LM960[plb_1277857_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The 42LE8500 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other mid-size TVs that came out more than two years ago also do not have a built-in camera.

We think you might also be interested in alternative televisions which also have a built-in camera including the UN46ES8000[pl_1484430_price], or the UE40F7000[pl_1494094_price] both from Samsung.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

The LG 42LE8500 does not feature OLED technology. Most of the other televisions that have been around for more than two years also do not feature OLED technology.

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Running Costs Are High

The 42LE8500 has an average running cost of £257 over 5 years based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 2% of all 670 televisions of this type and age.

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Fairly High Annual Energy Consumption

At 138.23 kilowatt hours, the 42LE8500 has a very high annual energy consumption compared to most of the other TVs of a comparable age and spec to the 42LE8500. Across all the TVs that have been available for around the same time as the 42LE8500 the annual energy consumptions range from 0.22kWh to 620kWh, and the average annual energy consumption is 75kWh.

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Very Heavy

TVs of a comparable age and type to the 42LE8500 have weights of between 1.4kg and 36kg, and the average weight is 10kg. When compared to other TVs that came out around the same time as the 42LE8500 that we have checked the weight of, the LG 42LE8500's weight of 23 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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3 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 the most commonly found HD type on mid-size TVs that are a comparable age 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 Seven Years Ago

This LG television has been on the market for over seven years.

Average High Frequency Rate

At 200 hertz, the LG 42LE8500 has a relatively typical high frequency rate compared to most of the other TVs of a similar age and spec to the 42LE8500.

If you are looking for a faster high frequency rate then you might also want to look at the UE40ES6800[pl_1311193_price] (400Hz), or the UE48H6400[pl_2232459_price] (400Hz) both from Samsung or the LG 42LM670[plb_1308774_price] (400Hz) which also has a higher rating.

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4 Awards

flatpanelshd.com Highly Recommended avguide.com Recommended insidehw.com Editor's Choice 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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