The Good The LG CS560 series offers decent color accuracy and saturation. The TV has a matte screen and bright-room performance is better than the LG LS4600's at half the price.
The Bad The TV has terrible black levels and off-axis viewing. The TV suffers from poor uniformity, with large backlight blobs afflicting the upper half of the screen.
The Bottom Line The LG CS560 series is a relatively cheap LCD TV, but its poor image quality means that it cannot compete against other budget TVs.
Relatively cheap LCD TV has poor image quality
LG used to be known as a budget brand, but it has been making overtures in the last couple of years toward the high end. In 2012 its TVs higher-end LEDs are among the most beautifully designed TVs we've ever seen, and for those products its prices are just as much or even more than competitors'. On the other hand, picture quality is one area where the company hasn't made any great strides this year. One of the cheapest models on LG's books, the CS560, continues in this vein.
Starting with the good stuff, the LG CS560 demonstrated excellent color response with saturated and accurate-looking colors. Skin tones were natural and whether displaying a sci-fi cockpit or the deepest woods, the colors of the CS560 looked true to life. Also, the TV is fairly cheap.
On the bad side, the TV has woeful black levels and poor uniformity, issues that are especially visible in a darkened room. You can ameliorate these issues by leaving the lights on (the brighter the better), but that's not a compromise you have to make with other price-comparable TVs from the likes of Toshiba or TCL. While the CS560 is a better deal than the twice-as-expensive LG LS4600, its picture quality issues mean it's not as good a value as many other sub-$500 televisions.