LG 32LC46 review: LG 32LC46

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Stylish; outstandingly rich colours; HD is crystal clear.

The Bad Backlight spillage from the picture's edges; standard definition can look noisy; some colour tones look off-balance.

The Bottom Line Although the 32LC46's generally very likeable picture performance has its appeal reduced by a couple of niggly flaws, the TV still has a lot to offer -- especially as a second-room option -- when you take its ultra-aggressive price into account

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LG is no stranger to the world of the low-cost TVs. After all, it's made more of them than practically any other mainstream brand we can think of. But even by LG's standards, the 32LC46 looks like a bargain, offering 32 inches of excellent picture for under £500. But the price and quality raises just one question: what's the catch?

Strengths
LG's uncanny knack for delivering attractive TV designs hasn't been affected by the need to make the 32LC46 less expensive. Its glossy black bezel is pretty and the silver speaker colour scheme is similar to the vast majority of regularly-priced competitors.

It also keeps pace with many costlier rivals with its connections, including two HDMIs, a component video input and a PC port. In fact, it goes beyond the call of affordable 32-inch TV duty by allowing its HDMIs to receive 1080p feeds of the sort gaining prominence on HD film discs.

This TV continues to punch well above its price weight with its features. For instance, unlike the vast majority of rival sets in the same price bracket, the 32LC46 boasts a dynamic contrast system, where the backlight output automatically reduces during dark scenes to boost black level response. Thanks to this, the 32LC46 claims a contrast ratio of 5000:1 versus figures of around 1000:1 for screens without a dynamic contrast system.

There's a rather sophisticated picture processing engine onboard, too: LG's own XD Engine, with its focus on boosting colours, black levels, motion handling, noise reduction and sharpness. As you'd hope, these sorts of features help the 32LC46 produce images noticeably superior to the vast majority of its budget rivals.

Colours, for instance, look as vibrant, rich and fully saturated as those on some TVs costing nearly twice as much. Colour blends are also surprisingly subtle, with pleasingly little sign of the 'striping' effect that troubles many budget flat TVs.

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Where to Buy

LG 32LC46

Part Number: CNETLG 32LC46

Typical Price: £385.00

See manufacturer website for availability.