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LG 32LS5600 review

A budget TV that gets the basics right Tested at £299

Our Verdict

Good pictures, sound and TV tuner: this is a budget TV that gets the basics right


  • Good Freeview tuner
  • USB input
  • DLNA connectivity
  • Decent sound
  • Good pictures


  • No Freeview HD or smart TV apps
  • Black levels not faultless
  • Patchy backlight

LG has been making headlines for slim and smart top-end televisions recently, but the company first made in-roads into the TV landscape with more affordable sets. So do its entry-level models have the same attention to detail as the top dogs in the roster?

Out of the box this LCD/LED set looks perfectly acceptable. Solid enough in terms of build quality and with a pedestal stand that feels nicely put together, it looks the part.

We’re impressed by the features on offer here. The LG S5600 is a Full HD resolution, 100Hz set, with three HDMI inputs, a USB input capable of playing videos, and a digital optical audio output. There’s also an ethernet connection for connecting to the internet and streaming media.

LG 32LS5600 review: No smart TV

There’s no smart TV functionality however. And the standard definition Freeview tuner doesn’t give you access to any of the Freeview HD channels.

Elsewhere, the TV does its best to feel like any other in LG’s wider range. It’s not the latest LG interface, rather it has the last-gen look, with easy-to-access picture and sound settings.

And there is plenty of potential for tweaking. There’s an eco mode (which for best results we steer clear of), plus motion processing (we opt for low) and dynamic contrast (low) options.

LG 32LS5600

LG 32LS5600

LG 32LS5600 review: Performance

The LG performs well with live TV. Standard-def Freeview channels look sharp and show good levels of detail. Colours are natural, avoiding overly bright shades, and skin tones are realistic. The picture is largely free of any digital noise and the sound quality of the speakers is pretty good, avoiding the harsh sound of many flatscreens.

Switch to DVD and it’s more of the same. The sharpness of the picture and the level of detail are impressive for such an affordable TV, while motion is largely smooth.

The darkest black levels aren’t as solid as we’ve seen elsewhere, and the backlight is a little uneven, but we’re largely impressed. Feed in HD content and the LS5600 happily conveys the extra information for a better picture.

LG 32LS5600 review: Verdict

We don’t expect a great deal from a £300 TV and while this LG isn’t packed with features what it does pack is great performance. Crucially, there’s a strong Freeview tuner, good sound and sharp, detailed pictures. Seems LG still knows how to make a budget TV, then.

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General Information

Product SeriesLS5600
Product NameLG 32LS5600
Product Model32LS5600
Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameLG
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number32LS5600


Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassA
Energy Consumption per Year60 kWh
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption41 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand20.4 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate9.70 kg
Width with Stand74.6 cm
Weight Approximate8.30 kg
Height with Stand52.7 cm
Width74.6 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Depth3.6 cm
Height46.2 cm
Dimensions46.2 cm (H): 74.6 cm (W): 3.6 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesMotion Clarity Index
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyLED
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Network and Communication



RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound


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


DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationRoHS


Limited Warranty2 Year