LG 72LM9500 Cinema 3D TV Review
- It is a big screen TV!
- Good performance with HD content
- Classy brushed metal finish to the bezel
- 3D performance is satisfactory
- Remote layout is a bit cluttered
- Bad with SD content, owing to big display size
For a television that costs Rs. 7,00,000 for the box price, the performance will not disappoint. Add classy looks into the mix, and this will be the true masterpiece in your living room. But actually, this will be more at home in a dedicated home theater setup.
There are big screen televisions, and then there is this – the 72-inch LG LM9500 Cinema 3D television. Fitting it in our test centre was not a problem though, considering we have a big heart!
Design & Build
The LM95 has slightly different finish to what we see with conventional televisions – brushed metal as against the more conventional black, and the even worse glossy black. There is a slight drawback of this kind of finish, but we will get to that in a bit. The positives are that it doesn't catch dust or scratches quite as easily as a glossy black finish. Surprisingly, this colour will sit well in almost everyone’s living room, such is the neutral and universal nature. The table stand also has a similar finish, but with a dash of chrome on the side spine and the neck.
There are absolutely no hardware buttons on the front fascia, but the edges have a slight glass and chrome frame. This isn’t an ultra thin bezel, and we are happy it isn’t, considering it looks so good. Connectivity options can be accessed easily from the left side of the display, assuming you are looking head on at it. Peek back from the opposite side, and you have the controls – power, volume, menu etc. The unique-ish layout means you see the placement labels on the side, and just run your finger around the back in according with the labels. And voila, there are the keys. Slightly difficult to work this in the dark though!
Coming back to the one little drawback with this finish, and it is with viewing this TV in a dark room – the bezel will not blend into the darkness like a black one would. For some, it doesn’t matter, but for others like me, it’ll be a bit annoying. I don’t want a frame like structure around the television all the time.
Overall, the LG LM9500 Cinema 3D TV is built extremely well. It does have considerable amount of weight though, not a surprise. At almost 6 kgs including the stand, you should ideally have 3-4 people picking it up and placing it wherever you desire it to be. A strong table should be a necessary criteria solved beforehand. However, once it is up, it does feel like money well spent. And what better benchmark for that than the eyeballs it grabs!
Features & Specifications
The television that LG sent us for review is the 72-inch one. This is the latest arrival to the Cinema 3D television range. The best thing about it is - the 3D glasses are passive, in more technical terms the 3D technology LG is using is known as FPR (Film-type Patterned Retarder). These are many times more comfortable to wear than active 3D glasses, owing to the slimmer size and lighter weight. So much so that you may, at an uninitiated first glance, may brush them aside as those cheap play toy category glasses! However, they work, and they work brilliantly. LG packs in 6 glasses with the TV – four for 3D playback and two that are 3D dual play ready. What dual play does is let you play multiplayer gaming without having to split the display into two screens, and get the 3D effect for both players.
Since this is a TV in the “internet TV” age, the Home Dashboard will also let you manage the apps and social networking stuff that you would have downloaded on the TV. And also, there is the universal search feature – it will search VOD, YouTube etc. The LM95 is Intel WiDi ready, so anyone buying a third gen Intel Core series laptop or ultrabook will get the wireless streaming experience.
The LM95 will also upscale any 2D content to 3D, on the fly, with detailed settings for managing 3D depth, if you so wish to change that. It is a very good idea, particularly for HD content, but not so much for SD content, as we will explain in detail in the next section.
The magic remote is more like gesturing using the remote, and will be useful when you are browsing the web or any Internet content on the TV. For conventional menu navigation etc., we find the standard remote to be very comfortable.
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