LG 42LD490 - 42" Widescreen 1080p Full HD LCD Internet TV with built in Freeview HD - £377.38 Delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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banned#1
Based on the dozen other postings for this telly over the course of the year to date this is a good price. Should go hot. Nice find for a decent TV.
#2
Great price for the spec
#3
Mayby John Lewis may price match with 5 year guarantee ? http://www.johnlewis.com/231188573/Product.aspx?s_kenid=4e667485-983c-2fc8-4a71-00000d6ec5f1&s_kwcid=ps334022

Price match form http://www.johnlewis.com/help/nkupricematchform.aspx

Edited By: roister on May 16, 2011 21:16
1 Like #4
From John Lewis website = please ensure that the retailer you’re reporting has a high-street shop, and is not online only.
Rang Currys about same tv thinking they would price match ... :(
What is Amazon like for customer service if anything goes wrong ?
#5
Great TV. Voted Hot.
#6
Im so tempted??
1 Like #7
robs
What is Amazon like for customer service if anything goes wrong ?


Amazon are AMAZING!
#8
I bought this TV from Amazon late last year for £390 and at this price itt is a steal, The picture is brilliant and the usb is very usefull for watching films. Totally reccomend it.
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#9
is there a long delay when changing channels?
#10
K1LLER HORNET
robs
What is Amazon like for customer service if anything goes wrong ?


Amazon are AMAZING!


I second that!!
#11
Agreed Amazon customer service is the best. Hot deal.
There's something missing from this thread, though....where are the "it's not 100hz" geeks?
#12
cold it's not 600hz
#13
I can not tell that it is not 100hz it just gives a great picture.I dont use the freeview hd very often as i have Virgin Media set box connected,by the way a blu-ray picture is superb.
#14
Not 100 hz! Also not LED!

Whats the sound like, probably external speakers required. Good set for the price though.
#15
I heard it takes a while in between channel changes and standard def viewing is a little crap.
2 Likes #16
Down to £369.99 new and with free delivery if you look carefully on Amazon in the other sellers!!!!
#17
Any 20" version looking for somthing for my pc desk? But hot.
#18
Hot deal, am very tempted
#19
I got this TV when it was £390 late last year, great set, great picture, internet TV works a treat, not sure what else is on offer but this is a great TV, Freeview HD was what swayed it for me.

F1 and champions league final in HD, can't wait.
#20
http://www.hd-freeview.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LG-42LD490.jpg

Its a belter, nice thin edging around... ummm the edges!
#21
A bit like Marmite according to the reviews on Amazon. Going to see this one in action at a local store before making a judgment.

Great price though!

Edited By: Hightower777 on May 17, 2011 01:44
#22
Picked this up about two weeks ago from John Lewis for 425 price matched against Richer Sounds. Very happy with it.
3 Likes #23
The LD490 has an MStar processor. It suffers from the panel 'lottery'. You will get either an A-MVA or S-IPS panel, but you won't know which until you've bought it.

To avoid the panel lottery, & get superior picture quality, consider the Toshiba 40RV753. It contains a Samsung S-PVA panel & Toshiba's own processor, which is superior to the MStar in the LG.

Review here http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/toshiba-40rv753-40rv753b-20110118924.htm 'Highly Recommended'.

£349 from Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/1000119403/Toshiba-40RV753-40-LCD-Full-HD-1080p-TV.aspx?ref=googleppc&loc=ggl4_Toshiba_40RV753
#24
dooper
The LD490 has an MStar processor. It suffers from the panel 'lottery'. You will get either an A-MVA or S-IPS panel, but you won't know which until you've bought it.

To avoid the panel lottery, & get superior picture quality, consider the Toshiba 40RV753. It contains a Samsung S-PVA panel & Toshiba's own processor, which is superior to the MStar in the LG.

Review here http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/toshiba-40rv753-40rv753b-20110118924.htm 'Highly Recommended'.

£349 from Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/1000119403/Toshiba-40RV753-40-LCD-Full-HD-1080p-TV.aspx?ref=googleppc&loc=ggl4_Toshiba_40RV753



But read this first
#25
cannyscot
But read this first


I'm not currently a subscriber to Which?, so cannot read the review online... will have to go to Library to see if it's in the May issue of Which? Mag.

They describe it as an LED TV, which it isn't. What score did it get?


Edited By: dooper on May 17, 2011 08:56
2 Likes #26
Panel lottery nightmare, best to read up ono the panel lottery find out the correct serial number and head to your local richer sound to check if they have stock and get the right panel at price match. Needs to be IPS panel for best picture quality
#27
I bought this model from Amazon in December for £440. Its a superb TV, and this is a great price.
#28
dooper
The LD490 has an MStar processor. It suffers from the panel 'lottery'. You will get either an A-MVA or S-IPS panel, but you won't know which until you've bought it.

To avoid the panel lottery, & get superior picture quality, consider the Toshiba 40RV753. It contains a Samsung S-PVA panel & Toshiba's own processor, which is superior to the MStar in the LG.

Review here http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/toshiba-40rv753-40rv753b-20110118924.htm 'Highly Recommended'.

£349 from Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/1000119403/Toshiba-40RV753-40-LCD-Full-HD-1080p-TV.aspx?ref=googleppc&loc=ggl4_Toshiba_40RV753

Downside with this is it doesn't have Netcast, which the LG TV does. Personally, I wouldn't buy a new TV without internet connectivity now.
2 Likes #29
PRINCETOPMAN
Down to £369.99 new and with free delivery if you look carefully on Amazon in the other sellers!!!!


...it's worth paying the extra £7.39 to order via Amazon directly IMHO....
2 Likes #30
The picture is average, with resolution and colour accuracy being just satisfactory. And there are a few minor niggles such as the picture being too soft, smearing noticeable and a green tint to contend with, too. HD viewing is also average and a yellow tint is visible. Movement is not smooth and most of our experts felt that a noticeable judder was a major issue. Unfortunately the viewing angle is poor - the picture fades badly when watched from an angle.

While we normally find sound quality a bit disappointing on flat-panel TVs - they're just too slim to fit decent speakers - this Toshiba manages an average performance. It has a wide but uneven frequency response. There is some sense of stereo, but also an audible hum from the set.

This isn't the easiest set to use. It's OK to set up but it isn't straightforward to get the best picture quality setting. You have to head to the Picture menu and browse over two pages of advanced settings to sort it out - lots of options with no on- screen detail to help you along.

Using the TV is a pain - mostly due to the uncomfortable remote control, whch is long, wide and heavy. The buttons are poorly placed and badly labelled. An intrusive and busy Now & Next and a daunting EPG don't help, either. The set comes with a stand, and is suitable for wall mounting but you will need to buy the brackets separately.There is a decent array of features and functions including a Freeview HD tuner. There are two Scart sockets for connecting standard-definition kit, both of which support the high-quality RGB signal. And you can connect the TV to a hi-fi or surround-sound system using the digital optical output. Both S-Video and HDMI inputs are located so that you can easily connect either a camcorder or games console. And there is an accessible headphone socket. There are four HDMI inputs, one of which supports a PC. This set is Blu-ray compatible, and the REGZA-LINK system allows you to use one remote to control compatible equipment connected via the HDMI sockets.

You'll find two USB slots for viewing JPEG files via memory stick or HDD. The second USB slot can also be used for a wi-fi adaptor. A w-fi connection is available with a wi-fi USB adaptor, but you need to buy it separately from the manufacturer. The DNLA connection lets you play media files by ethernet or wi-fi connection (in which case you'll need the adapter mentioned) - but there's no internet access.

Power consumption is respectable for a set this size at 84 Watts when it is fully on with optimum picture settings. This can be reduced with either the eco mode or the light sensor mode. It isn't possible to blank the screen when listening to radio in order to save energy, though. Standby power consumption is respectable at 0.14 Watt.

Pros: Acceptable sound quality, two USB sockets, moderate power consumption

Cons: Picture quality could be better, not easy to use, wi-fi adapter sold separately, no internet access
#31
I have had this tv since nov. Its a great tv with isf calibration, good quality and freeview hd is great. Netcast is v good. Last time I got richer sounds to pricematch and then bought the 5 year guarantee on top of that.
#32
cannyscot
dooper
The LD490 has an MStar processor. It suffers from the panel 'lottery'. You will get either an A-MVA or S-IPS panel, but you won't know which until you've bought it.

To avoid the panel lottery, & get superior picture quality, consider the Toshiba 40RV753. It contains a Samsung S-PVA panel & Toshiba's own processor, which is superior to the MStar in the LG.

Review here http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/toshiba-40rv753-40rv753b-20110118924.htm 'Highly Recommended'.

£349 from Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/1000119403/Toshiba-40RV753-40-LCD-Full-HD-1080p-TV.aspx?ref=googleppc&loc=ggl4_Toshiba_40RV753


But read this first

I wouldn't take too much note of the Which report. I've just bought the 40RV753B TV from Amazon and their review comments are far too negative. Their comments on the remote control are just silly - its fine. I can't reconcile their comments on the picture quality and they are contradicted by the review here. Then they criticise it for having to buy a separate WiFi dongle, but then you do with most TVs?

I'd say the Toshiba 40RV753 is much better than Which give it credit for. It was available for £349 from Amazon, but not anymore. Hotukdeals post here


Edited By: dumbrill on May 17, 2011 12:42: Typing error
#33
dumbrill
I'd say the Toshiba 40RV753 is much better than Which give it credit for. It was available for £349 from Amazon, but not anymore. Hotukdeals post here

Also worth saying that the Regza_Link function allows the remote to control the PS3, ie good for when you're watching DVDs, etc. And it's DLNA function works OK as well.
#34
cannyscot
The picture is average, with resolution and colour accuracy being just satisfactory. And there are a few minor niggles such as the picture being too soft, smearing noticeable and a green tint to contend with, too. HD viewing is also average and a yellow tint is visible. Movement is not smooth and most of our experts felt that a noticeable judder was a major issue. Unfortunately the viewing angle is poor - the picture fades badly when watched from an angle.
While we normally find sound quality a bit disappointing on flat-panel TVs - they're just too slim to fit decent speakers - this Toshiba manages an average performance. It has a wide but uneven frequency response. There is some sense of stereo, but also an audible hum from the set.

This isn't the easiest set to use. It's OK to set up but it isn't straightforward to get the best picture quality setting. You have to head to the Picture menu and browse over two pages of advanced settings to sort it out - lots of options with no on- screen detail to help you along.

Using the TV is a pain - mostly due to the uncomfortable remote control, whch is long, wide and heavy. The buttons are poorly placed and badly labelled. An intrusive and busy Now & Next and a daunting EPG don't help, either. The set comes with a stand, and is suitable for wall mounting but you will need to buy the brackets separately.There is a decent array of features and functions including a Freeview HD tuner. There are two Scart sockets for connecting standard-definition kit, both of which support the high-quality RGB signal. And you can connect the TV to a hi-fi or surround-sound system using the digital optical output. Both S-Video and HDMI inputs are located so that you can easily connect either a camcorder or games console. And there is an accessible headphone socket. There are four HDMI inputs, one of which supports a PC. This set is Blu-ray compatible, and the REGZA-LINK system allows you to use one remote to control compatible equipment connected via the HDMI sockets.

You'll find two USB slots for viewing JPEG files via memory stick or HDD. The second USB slot can also be used for a wi-fi adaptor. A w-fi connection is available with a wi-fi USB adaptor, but you need to buy it separately from the manufacturer. The DNLA connection lets you play media files by ethernet or wi-fi connection (in which case you'll need the adapter mentioned) - but there's no internet access.

Power consumption is respectable for a set this size at 84 Watts when it is fully on with optimum picture settings. This can be reduced with either the eco mode or the light sensor mode. It isn't possible to blank the screen when listening to radio in order to save energy, though. Standby power consumption is respectable at 0.14 Watt.

Pros: Acceptable sound quality, two USB sockets, moderate power consumption

Cons: Picture quality could be better, not easy to use, wi-fi adapter sold separately, no internet access

Thats obviously the Toshiba review then? - would be more helpful if it stated that at the top of the post.
Think i will go for the LG as John Lewis are doing it for £479 at the moment with a 5 year warranty and doubt they would put themselves at risk of having a tv with only so-so reliability on their shopfloor without being confident that they won't have to pay out in the 5 years (on the majority of those they sell). So I am willing to take the risk of getting it for over £100 cheaper but only a 1 year Warranty, especially as the 2 people i know who own it highly recommended it to me already!
#35
dumbrill

I'd say the Toshiba 40RV753 is much better than Which give it credit for. It was available for £349 from Amazon, but not anymore. Hotukdeals post here


Agreed - the 40RV753 is a complex beast which requires time, patience and a certain amount of knowledge to set up properly, and the hit & hope approach of doing it by eye is unlikely to work well. I doubt very much if Which bothered to use a colorimeter before pronouncing their judgement.

If anyone's considering the Tosh, check out Nielo's calibrated settings here - they probably won't be exactly right for all circumstances (most people will probably want to bump the backlight up a bit for example), but they'll likely be pretty good as a starting point for people who don't have access to a colorimeter.
#36
The Which? review of the Toshiba differs so much from the http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/toshiba-40rv753-40rv753b-20110118924.htm review, that it's hard to believe they're both about the same TV.
#37
Great price - just too many bad reviews...
#38
rob585
Panel lottery nightmare, best to read up ono the panel lottery find out the correct serial number and head to your local richer sound to check if they have stock and get the right panel at price match. Needs to be IPS panel for best picture quality
So how do you check which panel you have? I've seen another comment about the "panel lottery" on this thread which was posted previous on this website but can't see any hard information anywhere to back this up or indicate what type is on the set.
#39
kevb22
Think i will go for the LG as John Lewis are doing it for £479 at the moment with a 5 year warranty and doubt they would put themselves at risk of having a tv with only so-so reliability on their shopfloor without being confident that they won't have to pay out in the 5 years (on the majority of those they sell). So I am willing to take the risk of getting it for over £100 cheaper but only a 1 year Warranty, especially as the 2 people i know who own it highly recommended it to me already!


Before you spend a lot of extra cash on an extended warranty, see this first http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/insurance/cheap-free-warranties

Also, when your LD490 is 3 years old, it will be a fossil by 2014 standards, & you will be replacing it with a much better specified yet cheaper model, so why bother spending so much cash on a 5 year warranty?
#40
Does anyone know what ya can get on the Internet TV part of this TV via LG Netcast?

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