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.

One of the biggest selling point of the new Cinema 3D TVs from LG is, of course, the flicker-free glasses 3D image. However, I’ll get to that later, for now I’ll be looking at some other features of the 42LW5700. First off, this isn’t just a 3D TV, it’s also a Smart TV. As such, there are a few neat tricks the Cinema 3D TV have when they’re connected online. You can connect the 42LW5700 via a LAN cable, or through an optional WiFi adapter. In this day and age where pretty much every major entertainment media consumption device is coming with built-in WiFi, LG has no excuse to exclude the WiFi adapter from this new Smart TV of theirs.

Regardless, things do pick up once you’re connected. For instance, the first thing you’ll do once you go online with the Cinema 3D TV is to update your firmware. As mentioned earlier last month, these new Cinema 3D TVs have been launched in partnership with Etisalat where two of the ‘premium’ services available are the eLife Video on Demand and the OnWeb services. Sadly I have a Du connection at home, so I couldn’t really test these features out. Still, you can always check out the hands-on impressions of these Etisalat services we’ve posted earlier on.

Next, you have the now standard channels of any recent home entertainment media device, i.e. the access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Cinema 3D TVs also have a built-in browser. The 42LW5700 came with two games and the Media Link app which allows you to connect to any PC or MAC in your home provided you have installed the application on your computer and both your TV and computer are connected to the same router.

Speaking of apps, you will notice that the “LG Apps” icon is greyed out. Unfortunately the LG Apps store isn’t available within UAE yet. I’m guessing LG is still trying to figure out how to receive payments for in-store app purchases. Hopefully the app store is up and running within a few months.

As with any high-end TV nowadays, you will notice that once you venture in the menus, especially the Picture menu, that there is a plethora of settings you can play around with to give you an image suiting your taste. As you can see from the video above, there’s also a section where you can go through a series of tests in order to optimize the image quality. Further fine-tuning can then be done in the advanced settings.

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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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