LG Cinema 3D TV 42LW5700 Review

By on July 26, 2011
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Welcome to the next generation of 3D TVs!

Good: Brilliant 3D playback; Uses polaroid 3D glasses; No headaches after long viewing; Great 2D to 3D conversion; Easy firmware updates
Bad: Doesn't come with Magic Motion remote control; Doesn't have built-in WiFi
Price: AED 4,899
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

I’m one of those guys who was always excited about the prospect of 3D videos. And while the effect has been less than spectacular in movies, especially cheap 3D effects in movies like Final Destinations and Clash of the Titans, when Avatar finally came out it showed the world what 3D movies can be. Visually speaking.

Now IMAX and even the recent slew of digital projectors in traditional cinemas have had quite a pleasant effect thanks to good quality 3D images without causing headaches. This is thanks to polarized glasses where all the 3D image processing magic happens in the projectors and on the screen; the glasses are simply used to filter out the lights to interpret the 3D image for the user. This is watching a movie in the cinemas is such a pleasant experience, whereas recent HDTVs and even Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology in computers leaves me with a headache usually 40 to 60 minutes in. So any of you who’ve actually been on the fence about 3D TVs, LG has answered with the new Cinema 3D TVs that promise flicker-free 3D images.

The model I received for reviewing was the LG 42LW5700 Cinema 3D LED TV. First impressions were pretty good as the 42″ TV measured a mere 2cm to 3cm from top to bottom. That’s just as thick as 2 DVD cases. While the bezel is as thin as the recent Samsung Smart TV we have reviewed, it was certainly classy with the brushed dark-brown metal frame adorning the top and the bottom of the screen.

I must say that I was disappointed by the fact that the TV didn’t come with the Magic Motion remote control. Not because I wan’t a TV remote control that looks a lot like the Wii Mote, but because the usability of the TV would have actually improved. Most of the menus and icons are presented in large icons that could’ve been easily clickable with a cursor that would’ve come with the Magic Motion r/c. Instead what I got was the typical, over complicated, looking remote control. This, however, was rather smartly designed remote with contextual buttons on the face (e.g. the Quick Menu, 3D menu, etc.)

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Annon

     I didn’t have any actual 3D game to test it with (i.e. Black Ops or Avatar), so the next best thing was converting fr I didn’t have any actual 3D game to test it with (i.e. Black Ops or Avatar), so the next best thing was converting from 2D to 3D   WHAT ????  A REVIEW  ??????????   Phew , well done !

  • Thom

    We just got the LG 55 inch. Passive 3D is the way to go. Buy extra glasses for $4 a pr.
    Added the 3D DVR. We have 3D channels on DirecTV so we’re all set. No regrets.

  • yahya


    You can use your IPHONE as a Magic Motion Remote COntrol , it is very cool. DOwnload the LG Remote from APP STORE.   Connect your iphone to the router , also connect the LG TV to the same network, through network cable or through wireless

  • Muslimnargis


  • Sandeshsawant

    can u suggest the calibration setting for this one ?

  • brenton

    my 5700 will only pick up 10 tv channels whereas my samsung picks up all 28 channels on same antenna why is this

  • Hamedsas

    great blog did do yo self How can I have 1 like this

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