LG 47SL90QD review:


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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Deep black levels. Impressive image processing. Bluetooth streaming.

The Bad Poor viewing angles. Sound not up to scratch.

The Bottom Line Boasting excellent image quality and deep blacks, the LG 47SL90QD is a very good LED-based television — it’s just a pity about its shallow viewing angle and lack of audio grunt.

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8.1 Overall


In LG's marketing spiel it describes the SL90 as "a design icon that will be talked about for years to come", but somehow we don't think so. It features a borderless bezel design — which basically means a layer of glass over the entire TV, including where the bezel would normally be. At present all TVs need bezels because they hide the connectors that link the panel to the television's electronics.

The finished model differs a little from the press shots shown here in that the bottom of the bezel actually graduates from black to grey. When viewed up close the graduation is quite pixellated, but from a normal viewing distance it's subtle. Using cutting edge backlight technology affords the SL90 a slim profile of only 30 millimetres — more with the stand, obviously.

The TV comes with two different remotes — a fully-featured model with all the usual trappings, and a cut-down version with large numbered buttons. For grandad.


LG has made a habit of introducing new and interesting features to its televisions, with the standout being the LG 50PS80FD with an on-board digital recorder. This time around the company has capitalised on the wealth of content available on mobile devices and given us a simple way to consume them — via a wireless link to the TV. The SL90 uses an integrated Bluetooth receiver that can display JPEGs and play back MP3s from compatible devices via an A2DP connection.

The SL90 is an edge-lit LED television which comes with a three million to one dynamic contrast ratio (almost meaningless in the real world as no instrument can measure more than a million to one) and a full high-definition resolution (1920x1080 pixels).

Picture processing gubbins include the company's take on motion compensation called TruMotion 100Hz. While other TVs in the range use a 200Hz engine we've found it be fairly disappointing so falling back on an older tech is actually of benefit to this screen.

The TV uses LG's Invisible Speaker technology which enables the bezel to act as a giant speaker supposedly leading to a greater "sweet spot". The speaker system is rated at 2x 10W of power.

Like many of LG's latest televisions the SL90 features an ISF Expert Mode which allows you to tweak the picture settings to suit your space, or you can simply choose between the preconfigured Day and Night television modes. In our experience, the ISF feature is more comprehensive than the competitive THX mode in the Panasonic Vieras.

Apart from the Bluetooth feature, connectivity is fairly standard with four HDMI ports, two component inputs, a single composite input (about time) and an RGB input for PCs. Also included is a USB slot for connecting an external drive and playing back a larger selection of media than Bluetooth allows including MKV and DivX files.

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