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LG 42LF65 Design & Operation

by Vincent Teoh
30 June 2007

Setting up the LG 42LF65 was easy – the tabletop stand was already attached and required no further assembly out of the box. The almost-rectangular base of the non-swivelling stand covered a decent amount of surface area, providing stable support for the LCD TV.

The matte screen on the LG 42LF65 was framed by a polished black bezel which I must admit was less reflective than some other recent examples. A thin grey strip along the bottom of the bezel separates it from a finely pored speaker grille that slants slightly inwards below the screen.

Around the back, the quality of the material used and the finishing did nothing to extinguish LG's budget image... let's just say that I've seen better. Taken as a whole, I wouldn't go so far as to say that the appearance of LG 42LF65 was inspiring, but I'm sure most people won't mind its presence in their lounge.

Connections

Rear Connections
Rear connections: 2 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 component, 2 Scarts, digital optical audio out

Side Connections Control Buttons
Side connections: S-video & composite
Control buttons

On-Screen Menu

The sensitive tactile feedback on the remote and quick response time on the television meant that exploring the on-screen menu on the LG 42LF65 was a breeze. The following photos illustrate some of the more important submenus:

Picture Mode User Mode
User modes offer more flexibility
Adjusting contrast, brightness & colour

Colour Temperature RGB
Choosing the colour temperature
Setting RGB white balance

XD Engine Mode Advanced Picture Mode
Toggling various XD Engine components
Cinema for reverse 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown

Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)

Functionally the EPG on LG 42LF65 could best be described as "no-frills", but what was most disappointing was the blurriness of the text, which looked decidedly out of place on what was supposed to be a high definition television.

EPG

Infrared Remote Control

Remote Control

LG 42LF65's remote control has a glossy front surface, which may ultimately prove to be a fingerprint and dust magnet. The buttons are well-sized and responsive, and its weight lends a sense of reassuring sturdiness when held in the hand.

Because I didn't see any option for backlight control in the on-screen menu, I thought that the [Bright] button (just beneath the [Power] button) on the infrared remote would do the job. No such luck: to my dismay, this merely altered the black level on the screen, in effect duplicating the brightness control function in the on-screen menu.

Background Noise

Unfortunately, the moment I plugged the power cord into the socket at the rear of the LG 42LF65, I was greeted with a high-pitched whine. Move around the front and the whine was less noticeable, but still audible if you have a pair of sensitive ears like mine. Interestingly the whine decreased markedly once the TV was powered on (I tested this with the internal speakers muted), so this was really only a problem on standby (for my review unit at least). My solution? Pull the power cord off the back of the HDTV when you're not watching it... you'll help save some energy and the earth as well.


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