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Christmas Gift Guide

Overview

Side view

Stand detail

Upper bezel detail

Lower bezel detail

Motion remote

My Apps

Inputs

Main picture menu

Expert picture modes

Color management system

Last year one of our most recommended mainstream LED-based LCDs was the LG LW5600 series, which combined very good picture quality with solid features at an attractive price, especially toward the end of the year. As the spiritual successor to that TV, the 2012 LM6700 should be just as good, but it's not. This TV takes a step or two backward from its predecessor in picture quality, with grayish black levels and a glossy screen that hampers its image in bright rooms. Yes, I do like the 2012 feature set better and its styling is an improvement too, but neither of those factors can overcome its flaws.

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The panel measures 1.3 inches deep and seems to hover over the stand.
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The most striking area of the TV lies directly below the screen, where a couch-bound viewer can see a relatively thick bar of metallic plastic hanging above the unique U-shaped ribbon pedestal stand.
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The upper portion of the set is subtler, consisting of a thin ring of silver framing a black strip adjacent to the screen.
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The obsessive-compulsive in me was mildly annoyed that the width of the black strip was narrower along the bottom edge of the screen than along the top and sides.
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LG's cool Magic Motion remote is the only TV clicker on the market that's actually fun to use. The company doesn't include a normal remote with the LM6700; the little wand replaces a standard multibutton remote's cursor with Nintendo Wii-like motion control. You wave it at the TV and an onscreen cursor follows your movements precisely, allowing quicker selection of menu items and easier navigation in general. Responses were swift and the motion control effortless, and I liked the included scroll wheel.
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The menu includes a My Apps bar along the bottom of the screen where you can place shortcuts to menus, functions, and certain apps in any order.
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The jack pack is par for the course, with four HDMI and three USB ports. You'll have to choose between a single component or composite video source, available via included breakout cables, and VGA-style PC input (no breakout required) also makes the cut.
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You can use the motion remote to navigate the menus too, although unfortunately the scroll wheel doesn't work here.
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As usual, LG offers scads of picture adjustments, with two Expert modes in addition to numerous other adjustable presets. The 20-point grayscale adjustment is overkill in my opinion (I prefer 10 points) and didn't work well in testing. Full control of picture options is available for streaming-video sources.
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While the color management system worked OK, it wasn't as accurate as last year's.
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