LG delights us with yet another impressive TV – the LG 42LM3400. Coming with a 42-inch Full HD LED-lit display, the LG 42LM3400 is a great pick if you’re a movie enthusiast. Since no movie enthusiast is happy without a solid dose of 3D, you’ll be happy to find out that the 42LM3400 also comes with LG’s renowned Cinema 3D feature, bringing you in the middle of the action. Get the LG 42LM3400 with 4 pairs of 3D glasses for only £398.00 from tesco.com. Also available at:

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LG 42LM3400 Review – Is Premium Really Worth It?

It’s TV season here at Dealizon UK, as we’ve had numerous TVs in for reviews lately. The latest TVs we reviewed were mostly budget middle-sized TVs and, while we were quite impressed with their performance, we wanted to look for a similar-sized TV coming from a known brand and see if it’s really worth the extra money. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the LG 42LM3400.

In terms of design, the LG 42LM3400 is not very different from the budget TVs we previously reviewed but the build quality is net superior, with ‘no squeaky joints’ or cheap materials; thumbs up for the LG so far, but let’s see if the 42LM3400 can beat the budget TVs at image quality as well or it’s all just about the looks.

As we expected, the images displayed by the 42LM3400’s 42-inch display were simply impeccable but, surprisingly, we couldn’t see major differences between the LG and the budget TVs at a first glance. That changed pretty quickly, however, because as soon as we came across some fast-moving scenes, the LG 42LM3400 clearly showed its superiority. Responsible for this is the LG’s Triple XD Engine, the same image engine you find in high-end LG TVs, providing a motion clarity index of 100Hz. Putting it in layman’s terms, the LG refreshes an images twice as often compared to simpler TVs that have a refresh rate of only 50 Hz, resulting in a more fluid motion with no ghosting or image blur.

We proceeded to the 3D functionality, where the LG was an incontestable leader again. LG’s Cinema 3D feature did its job perfectly, delivering realistic 3D images with incredible depth even when we used simple 2D content. Thanks to the upscaling function of the 42LM3400, we could get a 3D effect on all content, with adjustable image deepness, which turned out to be a fun experience. Another thing we liked about the LG TV was the Dual Play, a nice feature that allows two players to enjoy full screen gaming simultaneously.

A disappointment of the LG 42LM3400 was its built-in standard Freeview tuner and not the HD version. Even though this is not the end of the world, we consider that it is an important feature, especially in a TV that belongs to the premium category.

Drawing the line, we’re not saying that those budget TVs are bad, because they’re not; what we’re saying is that the LG 42LM3400 is better so you truly get what you’re paying for.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • TV Model – LG 42LM3400
  • Screen Size – 42-inch
  • Display – 1920 x 1080, Full HD, LED, 3D
  • Cinema 3D
  • Motion Clarity Index – 100Hz
  • Triple XD Engine
  • 2D to 3D Conversion
  • Audio – two 10W speakers with Infinite Surround and Clear Voice 2
  • Intelligent Sensor
  • USB Playback
  • Tuner – built-in Freeview
  • Connectivity – USB2.0 x1, HDMI x3, LAN x1(for Modem), PC-In x1, Digital Audio Out x1, Scart x1
  • Accessories – 4 pairs of 3D glasses


 

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