This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: LG 42LB1DR

About Video Transcript

First Look: LG 42LB1DR

1:45 /

While the 42-inch LG 42LB1DR's unique built-in DVR will appeal to those who want to ditch the cable box, its disappointing picture quality and single-tuner DVR limit its appeal.

[ Music ] >> I'm Senior Editor David Katzmaier from CNET.com and I'm with LG?s 42LB1DR. This is a 42 inch LCD TV with a built in DVR. Course you wouldn't notice from looking at the set. From front looks like any other LCD TV on the market. From the side however it is a little bit thicker but all though you can still hang it from the wall. If you don't hang it from the wall you can take advantage of this built in swivel on the stand here, the included stand is glossy which matches the frame around the TV right here. And of course, the speakers to either side do make it a little bit wider than a lot of other LCDs which have bottom mounted speakers. The built in DVR is a 160 gigabyte hard drive that can record 15 hours of HD or 66 hours of standard def programming. It can record via cable, antenna, or analog inputs, although only the cable and the antenna can accept the high definition. There is even a built in EPG from TV Guide so you can go head and schedule recordings that way and also go into the menu and delete recordings and view everything else that you could with a normal DVR. Unlike other DVRs, unfortunately you can only record one live program at once so you can't actually switch channels to another channel and watch another live program while something is recording. Unfortunately, the TVs video quality aside from the DVR functionality was a little bit, left a little bit to be desired. Its black levels were not quite as good as it should have been, there was also some uniformity issues, some bright spots on the screen. Of course, that can vary from sample to sample. We were impressed however by its picture adjustability which also enabled us to zero in on the color. So the color actually of this TV was pretty good. Although the overall picture quality was disappointing compared to other LCDs out there. Anyway that's a quick look at the LG 42LB1DR and I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:01:44 [ Music ]

New releases

Imperial Star Destroyer joins growing fleet of 'Star Wars' drones, Ep. 197
4:35 March 26, 2015
This week on Crave, we navigate crowds while staring at our phones, catch space junk with fish nets, and ogle a new "Star Wars" taking...
Play video
Birdly uses VR, a fan and your flapping arms to simulate flight (Tomorrow Daily 151)
28:21 March 26, 2015
On today's show, Ashley and Khail check out bird-flight simulator Birdly (complete with hydraulic flapping arm mechanism), a father...
Play video
Expect the new Apple TV at WWDC 2015
5:28 March 26, 2015
Reports point to a a brand new Apple TV in June; we take a look at an Apple Drone concept; and the App of the Week is Memoji Keyboard....
Play video
A too-small oven stymies Electrolux's gas range
2:03 March 26, 2015
Electrolux's mid-price 30-inch Gas Freestanding Range with IQ Touch Controls has entry-level capabilities.
Play video
2015 Kia Sedona
5:39 March 26, 2015
Brian Cooley test-drives the Kia Sedona minivan and offers his take on how it stacks up against its rivals.
Play video
Xiaomi Yi Action Cam is way better than its price
1:25 March 26, 2015
The Yi's video quality and shooting options are well above other cameras in its class, but you'll need to bring your own accessori...
Play video
Facebook's new features and Twitter launches Periscope
2:58 March 26, 2015
Facebook lays out new features, Twitter launches a Meerkat hunter and Steven Spielberg gets the call to direct "Ready Player One."
Play video
What's coming and going on Netflix for April 2015
1:37 March 26, 2015
On April 1, Netflix is giving a lot of movies the axe, no joke. Not to worry -- here's what's replacing them.
Play video