Welcome to the next generation of 3D TVs!
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.)