Last year, LG put passive 3D televisions into a number of English pubs for the express purpose of showing 3D sporting events. Caught up in the frenzy, while lacking this hotel-based push, Australia followed with a couple of three-dimensional broadcasts of its own.
Fast-forward 12 months, and while the commercial networks have cooled their boots on 3D, an LG passive TV has finally made it to these shores. Though the hype may have died down, there are some excellent reasons to consider this model — and 3D is just one of them.
The LG 47LW6500 continues the sleek black look of previous TVs, and features a "borderless design" with a single sheet of glass across the front. The edging has a clear plastic rim, though we're not so sure about the faint fleck of blue in the bezel.
But it's the remote. Oh, the remote! That's the star here. We think this is the start of a beautiful friendship. The truly magical Magic Motion pointer is a Wii-mote-style pointer that looks great and works wonderfully.
The LG LW6500 is a smart TV that includes video-on-demand via BigPond TV and Movies, a handful of apps (so far) and a web browser. The bundled Magic Motion remote (AU$79 separately) makes navigating the LG home screen a breeze, and works even when the plug-in USB receiver is out of your line of sight.
But it's "Cinema 3D" that LG seems to be the most proud of, and the LW6500 is certainly unique in the market. Unlike other systems, the 3D smarts are built into the TV and not into the glasses, which means that the glasses are the cheap part. Unlike other TVs, then, the LG bundles four glasses in the box, with more available at just AU$19 for two pairs. The 3D system covers most types of 3D including 2D-to-3D conversion. Just be aware that, as this is a passive system, it effectively halves the resolution to 540i when viewing 3D content.
Other features include: onboard Wi-Fi connectivity; extensive file support with streaming via DLNA and third-party system "Plex"; and a 200Hz mode.
Connections include four HDMI 1.4 ports (one with ARC), two USBs, VGA, one component and one composite. The TV comes with an Ethernet port, and wireless is optional.