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LG 55″ LM9600 Smart TV Review (2012 Model)

By on June 14, 2012
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Guaranteed to cause drooling over design.

Good: Beautiful design, incredible 1080p performance and Magic Remote works well
Bad: 720p content doesn't scale well, some Smart Apps need to be smarter
Price: AED 13,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Controlling the LG 55LM96 can be through the standard remote control or the new version of the magic remote which is a bit like Nintendo’s Wii controller sensing the motion of your hand. The magic remote acts like a mouse on your computer allowing you to select onscreen menus and items. Considering precise movement is a bit hard using the magic remote, LG has cleverly designed the user interface with big blocks to easily select onscreen menu items. Like the traditional remote the magic remote has the power button, volume and channel keys along with navigation keys. A scroll wheel present on the remote lets you scroll web pages up and down with ease, however the lack of a keypad makes it a bit hard to use for inputting letters and alphabets- such as URLs for websites on the browser. You do this through the onscreen keyboard which works as well as an onscreen keyboard would.

Other than the web browser, the LG 55LM96 comes with quite a few other applications as well. You have your basic twitter and facebook clients. I say basic because while you could see your tweets and post/reply to others, you can’t, for example, click on a hashtag or @ to search or send tweets to others. Also, I feel that there is a lot of wasted space in apps- for example, the twitter client on shows 3 tweets at one time on a 55” screen. The following screen shows you some more of the applications present on the LG TV such as Picasa and YouTube.

What interested me more were apps like Al Jazeera and eVision that allow you to stream videos from the internet to your TV. Both of these apps worked well- in fact, any kind of video streaming, including YouTube worked pretty decently with my 16MB connection and I did not notice much pausing or stuttering while watching videos. Other than streaming from the web, the LG 55LM96 can also act as a DLNA client pulling videos from your home network and mobile phones. I actually have the Plex Server running at home which it instantly picked up and listed all my movies and TV shows to view without any configuration.

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