LG 55LA860W review

Close but no cigar – the LG 55LA860W falls down too much in comparisons with class-leading sets, robbing it of the full five stars Tested at £2300

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Our Verdict

Close but no cigar – the LG 55LA860W falls down too much in comparisons with class-leading sets, robbing it of the full five stars

For

  • Stunning design
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Well-handled motion
  • Stable 3D
  • Crisp outlines

Against

  • Slightly soft skin tones
  • Blacks lack detail
  • Whites could be brighter

The LG 55LA860 TV is looking to buck the trend for LG TVs in 2013. Take a look at LG’s TVs from the past year and you’ll find a long list of four-star performers.

While there’s no doubt they’ve impressed us, they’ve been good sets rather than class-leading, and have struggled to compete with the very best the TV world has had to offer in the past.

LG 55LA860W review: design

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W

The LG 55LA860W is hoping to change that. Settling into LG’s 2013 LCD range a few rungs down from the top, it offers an impressive spec list alongside an attractive design.

The design appears to have been honed from last year rather than overhauled, showing off an even skinnier bezel with a new curved stand.

MORE: LG OLED TV now on sale in UK

The LG 860's spec list is a similar story, with subtle tweaks and enhancements favoured over big changes, with a majority seemingly focused on LG’s smart TV offering.

LG 55LA860W review: interfaces

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W

The interface has had a bit of a redesign, though it does keep the ‘cards’ system of last year. This lets you group different apps together on a series of cards and organise them in a way that’s useful to you, via a simple drag-and-drop movement.

It’s a system that works, and while it might not be the most attractively designed interface, it certainly trumps the rather laborious app layout on Sony’s KDL-55W905A.

The point-and-click Magic Remote also gets a facelift, and is now smaller and more streamlined, working well for navigating smart TV menus much faster than with the standard remote control.

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W

Voice control is also offered through this remote and works really quite well. It managed to pick up all the terms we used, searching apps such as AceTrax (alas, soon to close) and YouTube, the web, TV recordings and connected devices.

LG 55LA860W: performance

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W

Smart TV aside, the real proof of a good TV comes in the watching, so we delved into Looper to put the LG 55LA860W’s picture quality through its paces.

We were suitably impressed. The LG delivers a strikingly natural colour palette, working well with all manner of skin tones and giving objects and surroundings a colour balance that feels just right.

MORE: LG launches Curved OLED TV

Outlines are crisp and precise, without being over-sharpened, and the detail and clarity on offer are commendable – it all works together to give an overall impressive and immersive watch.

Change to a 3D Blu-ray of Life of Pi and the results are equally good. The 860W uses passive 3D tech with four pairs of colourful glasses included in the box. Landscapes have good depth (a trait usually found more in active sets) and movement is stable on the whole, only losing its cool in particularly busy scenes or at the very front of the screen when objects are moving towards you.

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W

The active 3D performance of rivals still gives a more convincing effect on the whole, though, providing more roundedness and texture – but for an easy-on-the-eyes passive set, it’s a performance that LG can be proud of.

Switching over to a standard-def channel on the set’s Freeview HD tuner, this LG TV does a fair job of upscaling the picture to something more acceptable, although edges are somewhat softened and some detail is smoothed over and lost in translation.

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And this is where LG’s problems really arise. While on its own terms it’s an impressive package that we’d imagine most would be happy with, it’s in comparisons with the very best that highlight its slight weaknesses. You start to see that blacks could be that bit darker, whites could be brighter, contrast could be improved and detail could be just that bit sharper.

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W

LG 55LA860W review: verdict

There’s certainly no doubt that the 55LA860W is a good all-rounder, and with a price tag slightly lower than its peers it’s certainly one for consideration.

But at the £2000+ price level, it’s up against some terrific competition in 2013, and so falls just short of five star glory.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesLA860W
Product NameLG 55LA860W
Product Model55LA860W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number55LA860W

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassA+
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Energy Consumption per Year123 kWh
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption84 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand31.6 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate26.20 kg
Width with Stand122.9 cm
Weight Approximate23.40 kg
Height with Stand78.8 cm
Width122.9 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Depth3.5 cm
Height72.1 cm
Dimensions72.1 cm (H): 122.9 cm (W): 3.5 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesMobile High Definition Link (MHL), Flicker-free, Motion Clarity Index, Web Browser, Channel Labeling
Streaming ServiceLOVEFiLM, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Eurosport, YouTube
Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyLED
Internet AccessYes
Smart TVYes
Interactive FeaturesVoice Control
WebcamYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wi-Di TechnologyYes

Audio

RMS Output Power24 W
Sound SystemDTS, Dolby Digital, Virtual Surround Plus

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • 55LA860W LED-LCD TV
  • 6 x 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
Environmental CertificationRoHS

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year