LG 42LF5600 Review

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LG's budget-friendly LF5600 TVs have no smart features or built-in Wi-Fi and only a handful of ports. We could accept those shortcomings for the sake of good picture quality, but the black levels are poor and fast action tends to blur.

The 42-inch LG 42LF5600 (starting at $350, Amazon) is about as simple as a budget TV can be in 2016, with no smart features or wireless support. Unfortunately, it looks like LG cut too many other corners in designing the LF5600 series for the sake of keeping prices low. An LG 42LF5600 review on Reviewed.com http://televisions.reviewed.com/content/lg-42lf5600-led-tv-review notes several shortcomings with the picture quality. The 42LF5600 has poor contrast and screen uniformity, and its shadow detail is lacking. There's also noticeable motion blur during scenes with fast-moving action. The reviewer does credit the TV for good color accuracy and wide viewing angles. This TV also has more controls for fine-tuning the picture than other budget models.

An expert from Rtings.com also pans the LF5600 series, however. Among the complaints: The black levels are too light, too gray, and the brightness isn't as strong as competing models. This reviewer also noticed motion blur at times and says the screen has poor uniformity. He recommends looking elsewhere for a budget TV.

The specifications list for the LG LF5600 is pretty short. This series is available in 32-inch and 42-inch sizes. Both are 1080p LED TVs with 60 Hz refresh rates. There are two HDMI ports and a component/composite port, as well as a USB port capable of transmitting MP3s and JPG photos, but not videos.

The LG 42LF5600 certainly has a low price, but it's not a great buy. Consumers can get a similar size smart TV for about the same price, with more features and a better picture. The LF5600 does have accurate colors and wide viewing angles, but that doesn't make up for its lack of features and shortcomings in other aspects of picture quality.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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