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Embrace the new

LG’s latest 3D TV is the first of its kind with convenient and battery-free 3D glasses.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2011 17:53 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani

Although 3D televisions have been around for the last one year, they’ve had their fair share of problems — the biggest one being the bulky ‘LCD shutter’ glasses. They are quite heavy and uncomfortable to wear over long hauls. Also, such glasses work on button cells or need to be charged via USB.

Cinema 3D, a new range of 3D TVs by LG, uses glasses with simple polarising lenses that are very similar to those used in anti-glare sunglasses. Such glasses put lesser strain on the eyes and are brighter and clearer compared to their heavy LCD shutter counterparts.

The TV in question is the LG 47LW6500. This 47-inch, LED-backlit LCD screen supports 3D visuals and can play video at a full-HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. LG’s gracious enough to provide four 3D-ready polarising glasses — other brands only offer a single pair — with additional pairs costing Rs 1,500. Once again, other brands like Samsung and Panasonic sell their LCD shutter glasses for anything between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

Slim design The LW6500 is eye-catching. It has an understated design with a sleek frameless finish and touch-sensitive controls on the lower right panel. The design is so seamless that the TV blends into the background when you’re watching a movie. This makes for a distraction-free experience.

The back panel has been similarly executed. With as many as four HDMI ports in addition to the usual assortment of inputs, all cables are plugged in from the side and not perpendicularly. This is particularly helpful if you want to wall-mount the display, as the protruding cables won’t interfere with the wall.

A hotbed of content too is on offer, such as apps for Picasa, YouTube, Google Maps, games, and local apps for Hungama and NDTV. All this is accessible from the Home Dashboard feature in the main menu. It also makes sense to pick up the optional Magic Motion remote control for Rs 2,500. Like the Nintendo Wii controller, you merely need to point the control at the screen and select the content of your choice. However, there’s a bit of lag when you do so.

For the perfectionists, you can fine-tune the visual settings right down to the colour temperature and individual RGB and CMY colour settings. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, then selecting the ‘Cinema’ mode under Picture settings, offers a well-balanced setting for watching movies.

Great 3D imagery LG’s got a big winner with its 3D performance. The glasses are effortless and the 3D experience is engaging. The TV’s colour accuracy is good, however there’s some backlit bleeding (hazy, white patches) that’s especially noticeable during dark scenes.

What we like Engaging 3D visuals
Lots of additional content

What we don’t Backlight bleeding
Confusing menus

Verdict
For a price of Rs 1,39,990, the LG 47LW6500 blows the competition out of the water when it comes to 3D. The pricing is appropriate and the four pairs of 3D glasses are the icing on the cake. Although 3D titles in the market are limited to fewer than 10, you simply can’t wrong at this price.

Rating: ****