LG 32LE7900 review

Even with a price reduction this LG LCD can't compete against the class-leading sets. It's not a bad TV, its rivals are just too strong Tested at £850.00

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Our Verdict

If you’re a fraction off the pace in a race like this, you’re nowhere – and the LG can’t seriously trouble the front-runners

For

  • Stylish looks, fine finish, sizeable spec
  • ergonomics
  • bright, dynamic images

Against

  • Pictures are soft when they should be crisp
  • black levels only so-so
  • expensive despite price-cut

Earlier in 2010 we looked at LG's 32LE7900 as being representative of the new wave of smaller LCDs.

Sure enough, it saw off some of 2009's veterans – but still came away with four stars. “Rather expensive,” we sniffed when confronted with the £1000 price-tag. Well, the LG's down to £850, which you'd think would help its chances. But it's down a star too. Let's explain.

There's no denying the 32LE7900's showroom appeal: it's slim, thanks to its LED backlighting, has diverting crackle-red accents to bezel and stand, and packs in a stack of features such as FreeviewHD reception, 100Hz motion processing and DNLA streaming.

Bright and punchy, but a bit soft
The first minutes of a test drive are equally encouraging. The LG's got the biggest, clearest on-screen menus around – set-up is as swift or as in-depth as you dictate – and the remote handset is simple and logical, too. All that on-line content is easy to get at and to navigate.

Off-air reception, whether standard- or high-definition, is characterised by bright, punchy images with a brisk colour palette.

Motion is handled confidently, and contrasts described well, but dense patterns cause the '7900 some anxiety.

There's a softness to skintones and textures, too, and those with flaky FreeviewHD reception will find the LG less determined to retain a signal than some rivals.

That softness carries over when the LG upscales a DVD of Infernal Affairs. While the film's plentiful black tones lack the out-and-out depth of others we've seen, images are stable and movement is tracked smoothly.

The colour balance is slightly toubling, too: while skin textures lack a touch of detail, skintones aren't entirely realistic.

Detail to the fore with BD
Detail comes to fore with a switch to Blu-ray content, mind you, which is just as it should be.

Much-needed crispness is introduced to the picture, and the 32LE7900's TruMotion 100Hz processing proves more successful here than in any previous LG we've tested. Some much-needed black depth is added to images, too.

Throughout, sound is open but thin – the kind of presentation acceptable only to TV manufacturers.

So, while it's no lemon, the 32LE7900 falls some way short of 2010's most impressive screens.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesLE7900
Product LineINFINIA
Product NameLG 32LE7900
Product Model32LE7900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number32LE7900

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand22.1 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate14.80 kg
Width with Stand78.6 cm
Weight Approximate11.70 kg
Height with Stand55.6 cm
Width78.6 cm
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Depth4 cm
Height50 cm
Dimensions50 cm (H): 78.6 cm (W): 4 cm (D)

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption79.40 W

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Internet AccessYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes