LG 32LV2500 review
An entry level LED HDTV from LG
The newest LG TV is an entry-level LED HDTV. It promises a lot of good features at a good price, but is it all true? We took this device for a spin and here is our test and review.
First off, the specifications for this TV are as follows: 30.6″ x 19.7″ x 1.6″ (without a stand)/30.6″ x 21.7″ x 9.2″ (with a stand), 11.8 kg without a stand/13.6 kg with a stand, 32″ screen size (31.5″ when measured diagonally), full HD 1366 x 768 (720p class) backlight LED display, widescreen 16:9, viewing angle (178° x 178°), 3 HDMI/ component video/audio / RF / D-Sub 15pin (PC) / PC audio / USB, headphone / digital optical audio outputs, Dolby Digital decoder, Infinite Sound surround system, Clear Voice, 5 sound modes, auto volume leveler, built-in 10W x 2 speakers, 20° table-top swivel stand included, VESA 200mm x 200mm wall-mount compatible, one remote control (unified remote control included), 2.000.000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, Smart Energy Saving technology, Intelligent Sensor, ATSC / NTSC / Clear QAM and Simplink (HDMI-CEC).
Among its features are: batteries, cleaning cloth, manual, on-screen languages (four: English, Spanish, French and Korean), auto tuning, channel add/delete, auto/manual clock, on/off timer, auto off/auto sleep and Closed Captioning.
In terms of design, the latest LG 32LV2500 is bland; the product comes in one color, namely glossy black and is an ungainly device. The transparent fringe is colored in tones of sepia, as are the LED power symbol (that sits in right corner of the TV), the base of the stand’s stem and the front of the said stand. The back includes a cable for cable tying and the ports are all placed in a square indentation that can be found in the bottom right section. All these are sheathed in black metal. The sides of the 32LV2500 model house the secondary ports, since the main controls are situated on the front. The aforementioned ports sit on the left side of the screen; they also include a port used for the A/V.
Touch sensitive technology
The stand of this TV is curved, glossy and also black, with a strange looking silver stem. The stand and the mount have sepia-toned accents. The stand is solid-looking and it can swivel to accommodate new connections that the user may want to add.
The TV comes with controls that are touch-sensitive. Our test showed that the latter are hard to find if the device sits in a dark room; also, they didn’t offer us any tactile feedback in low light. This and the fact that the border and the LED power symbol feature the sepia tone don’t make the LG 32LV2500 a very appealing TV.
Good levels of black
But, on the plus side, the remote control has a nice feel to it: we were especially impressed by the directional pad with its clicking feedback and buttons; the latter are made of rubber and displayed in an easy to use and to remember pattern. This remote is not a universal one, unfortunately; on the other hand, you can use it if you want to control attached devices supporting HDMI-CEC.
The black and contrast levels are great: the screen offers deep, rich blacks and fabulous details. But when we tested for this review the peak brightness, results were not that good: there was not enough brightness with this screen. The uniformity depends on the angle you view the image from: from up close, there were some parts of the screen that displayed different brightness; around the screen’s edges we noticed some dimming.
Medium sound quality
The audio quality is not that great, even when turning the volume up or accessing the surround system mode. The menu looks somewhat overwhelming.
The Intelligent Sensor optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in your room automatically, while the Picture Wizard II enables the TV to self-calibrate with on-screen reference points.
Overall, the new LG 32LV2500 may be a nice addition to your household, but there are much better products out there.
|Annual energy consumption||0|
|Viewing Angle in Degrees||0|
|Contrast Ratio (X / 1)||1000000|
|Hard Drive Capacity||0|
|Digital Image Processing||0|
|HD ready (High Definition TV Compatible)||Yes|
|YPbPr (Component Video)||Yes|
|Audio / Video Front or Side||Yes|
|Weight in kg||0|
|Normal consumption in Watts||97|
|Depth in cm||0|
|Height in cm||0 cm|
|Length in cm||0|
|Reference Furniture Optional||-1|
|Electronic Program Guide (EPG)||Not|
|Number of socket (s) SCART||0|
|Response Time in ms||0|
|PAP (Picture and Picture)||Not|
|PAT (Picture and Text)||Not|
|Number of Slots PCMCIA||0|
|Number of HDMI Inputs||3|
|PIP (Picture in Picture)||Not|
|Power Consumption Standby in Watts||0.99|
|VGA / D-Sub Interface||Yes|
|Compatible VESA Standard||Vesa 200 x 200|
|Streaming Via Home Network||Not|
|LED technology||Led Edge|