CNET First Look
LG 42LK450While the picture quality of the LG LK450 has its strengths, they're overcome by its grayish reproduction of black.
-Hi, I'm CNET senior editor David Katzmaier and this is the LG 42LK250. This a 42-inch LCD TV. There's also a 32 and 37-inch member of the series. This review will apply to all 3. This is one of LGs least expensive TVs for 2011. It uses a CCFL backlight, which means that it's not the LEDs found on a lot of the higher end LCD TVs this year. Seeing it from the side, you can tell it's not an LED TV. It's a little bit thicker, but still pretty thin. The set's design is really not all that inspiring. Around the bottom, you will the sort of sandy strip, sort of set it off against the glossy black. I told we find the look a little bit uninspiring, but then again it's an entry level TV. Unlike some TVs at this level, the LG does have a swivel stand, however. Feature set on the LK 450 is pretty bare bones. It's the 60 hertz refresh rate, which means that it doesn't have a 120 hertz found on some higher end TVs, not a big loss in our book. The TV doesn't the DNLA streaming found on some Samsung models, but it does allow you to plug in the USB port to the side and look at videos, photos, and music, so that's one little extra. One area where LG didn't scamp was the picture settings. There's a slower picture presets in addition to a 10-point gray scale and full color management system. So, if you tweak in this TV, you will find all the controls found on many higher end televisions. It's a real plus at this level. Around back, you will find 2 HDMI, 2 component video, a PC input and a 3rd HDMI as well as a headphone jack around the side. So, I told it's one of the better equipped entry level TVs in terms of connectivity. When we took the LG into the lab we were little bit disappointed by its picture quality compared to some of its peers. The real weakness is its very light black levels when you look at this TV in the dark, you can see the black are relatively gray and they don't have that punch that a lot of the TVs at its price level from Sony and Samsung for example can deliver.