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.

Now let’s move onto the main attraction: the 3D. As I mentioned earlier, the new LG Cinema 3D TVs use polarized 3D glasses (like the one’s you fine in cinemas) instead of the battery powered flickering glasses you find in pretty much all the 3D TVs on the market. The same technology is also being used on the PC space where Nvidia is currently dominating the market with their 3D Vision technology which is pretty much the same thing (in terms of how the image is being processed on the glasses).

The advantage of the polarized glasses is very straightforward. Firstly, they’re very light because there’s no built-in battery or LCD glass through which the image is processed. Secondly, polarized glasses are very cheap to buy, meaning additional family members and friends can also enjoy 3D at little extra cost. I should mention that the 42LW5700 does come with four polarized glasses.

Lastly, and most importantly, because there is no flickering of the image going on in the glasses, most people will not be experiencing frequent headaches associated with conventional shutter glasses. I personally know a few friends and family members who get headaches within 10 to 15 minutes of watching 3D content. While watching 3D movies on the LG 42LW5700 they had no complaints whatsoever. Without a doubt the 3D in the new LG Cinema 3D TVs works like a charm.

Do keep in mind that while watching 3D movies from your media player, the image overlap will happen on the menus as well, if you haven’t turned off the 3D effect, as can be seen front he video above.

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  • 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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