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 Comments (0 ) 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

The SanDisk Ultra II is a new low...
2:44 September 22, 2014
Somebody alert the media -- while talking about the new SanDisk Ultra II solid-state drive, CNET editor Dong...
Play video
The Technivorm Moccamaster takes...
2:30 September 22, 2014
While it costs a lot of cash, it's hard to beat the Technivorm Moccamaster's skills of brewing delectable...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 055: A $1 microscope...
24:13 September 22, 2014
On today's show, we wonder what we'd use a cell phone microscope for, discuss the ongoing (and highly entertaining)...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,555: Netflix tries...
29:46 September 22, 2014
Today we're not spoiling anything, unlike what Netflix is trying to do with a random spoiler generator it...
Play video
iPhone sales records and 3D printing...
2:53 September 22, 2014
Apple reaches new records for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch weekend, HTC is said to be working on the Nexus...
Play video
Bose QuietComfort 25: Top noise-cancelling...
2:57 September 22, 2014
With the freshly redesigned QC25 ($299.95), Bose has not only enhanced the sound and noise reduction of its...
Play video
Give your MacBook a makeover
14:49 September 22, 2014
In this episode, learn how to improve your MacBook Pro's performance, add custom art to your laptop lid, and...
Play video
Can RPM Technik improve the Porsche...
8:43 September 22, 2014
Not only are the folks at RPM Technik passionate about restoring and selling Stuttgart's finest, they're also...
Play video