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LG SL80 series (photos)

The LG SL80 series' style-first philosophy will appeal to buyers seeking a sleek LCD TV who don't mind sacrificing some performance.

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David Katzmaier
David reviews TVs and leads the Personal Tech team at CNET, covering mobile, software, computing, streaming and home entertainment. We provide helpful, expert reviews, advice and videos on what gadget or service to buy and how to get the most out of it.
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LG SL80 series side view

At 1.8 inches deep, the SL80 is one of the slimmer flat panels on the market.
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LG SL80 series remote

LG's improved the remote for its higher-end TVs like the SL80, with backlit buttons and more spacing between keys. Buttons are grouped logically and though we didn't like their similar sizes and shapes from an ergonomic standpoint, we did appreciate that most functions were represented by dedicated keys (aspect ratio being the major exception). There's a prominent button labeled "Energy Saving" that directly accesses said control and a little energy saving graphic to provide enviro-geeks with a warm fuzzy.
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LG SL80 series corner detail

A thin bezel along the top and sides widens a bit along the bottom, where a lighter strip houses touch-sensitive controls.
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LG SL80 series stand

A matching swivel stand provides a metallic contrast to the black-and-gray panel.
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LG SL80 series back panel inputs

The LG's back panel input bay is highlighted by a trio of HDMI inputs and a PC input, which looks a lot like the RS-232 port next to it.
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LG SL80 series side panel inputs

A recessed bay along the side adds a fourth HDMI, a USB port, and an AV input with composite video.
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LG SL80 series quick menu

The quick menu offers easy access to controls like aspect ratio, sound, and picture modes.
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LG SL80 series dejudder setting

LG's "TruMotion 240Hz" dejudder offers just three settings: Low, High, and Off. We prefer Off.
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LG SL80 series: Expert color temperature mode

Extensive picture adjustments include a 10-point IRE color temperature menu--the best in the business.
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LG SL80 series color filter

A color filter can aid in setting the color control.
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LG SL80 series picture quality

Like most other 2009 LCDs by LG we've reviewed, the SL80 series demonstrated subpar black level performance and superb color. Beyond those basics, we noted decent video processing, although we would have liked more adjustment options. The glossy screen tended, as usual, to collect ambient light worse than a matte screen.

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