The Good The relatively inexpensive LG LV5500 series evinced accurate colors and solid video processing. Its Smart TV Internet portal is well-designed with a solid selection of streaming services, and LG includes a Wi-Fi dongle. The secondary motion-sensitive remote provides a cool, easy-to-use control option.
The Bad The LG LV5500 series isn't able to dig as deep into the blacks as some competitors and evinced some blooming and loss of shadow detail. Screen uniformity and off-angle viewing were below par. Its external styling is underwhelming. The LW5500's Smart TV lacks Pandora, and its browser and search is next to useless.
The Bottom Line The LG 47LV5500 is a decent performer at its price level and features a great Smart TV package, but paying a little more for a different model would reap big rewards.
LG Infinia LV5500
We tend to give prominence to the "hero" models here at CNET, but there is an expectation that some of the technology found in high-end TVs will appear in some form in middle and lower-end sets as well. The LG LV5500 is a midrange TV that doesn't quite hit its marks. It's just slightly less expensive than the, which we really liked, but falls well short of its picture quality. The LV5500 is one of the least expensive LED-based LCD TVs on the market, and still manages to pack in an excellent Internet suite and a cool motion-control remote, but it's simply decent and not spectacular.
Series information: We performed a hands-on evaluation of the LG 47LV5500, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series. All sizes have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.
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