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LG 42LG6100 review: LG 42LG6100

The Good Ground-breaking and gorgeous design; amazingly cheap for what it is; well connected; solid performer.

The Bad TruMotion processing can cause problems; HD pictures don't look as sharp as desired; slightly disappointing sound.

The Bottom Line Having become accustomed to paying a healthy premium for ultra-thin TVs, LG's extremely reasonable 42LG6100 is a pricing revelation. It looks absolutely gorgeous too, and doesn't even perform badly, considering how cheap it is. In other words, we expect it to attract quite a following

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7.5 Overall

The 42LG6100 marks the first time LG has managed to produce one of the ultra-thin -- or 'Super Slim', to use the company's own terminology -- LCD TVs that are currently all the rage. But are the set's slender proportions the only thing it's got going for it?

The 42LG6100 really is a gorgeous TV. For starters, its slenderness -- it's just 45mm deep -- is extremely striking, especially as the shallowness is consistent over seemingly the whole of the TV's rear. There's no unfortunate bulge as there is on JVC's LT-42DS9 set.

Also adding distinction to the 42LG6100's rear is its high-gloss, bright red finish, providing a striking contrast with the glossy black of the impeccably stylish fascia. There's even a big transparent circle under the screen that can be illuminated in red, or alternating white and red if you're feeling really flash.

Once you've recovered from the extravagant aesthetics, you'll also be impressed by the TV's connectivity. As well as an impressive four HDMIs, the set sports a USB port able to play JPEG and MP3 files from USB storage devices.

It's worth noting, too, that the 42LG6100 has a tuner input. Why is this important? Because some other ultra-thin TVs, like those released by Hitachi, can't fit a tuner within their slimline bodies, entailing the use of an external tuner/switching box. In this respect, the 42LG6100 is as innovative as it is gorgeous.

The 42LG6100 also caught our eye with the amount of video-processing technology it provides. There's LG's XD Engine system for boosting colours, black levels, detailing and noise reduction; 100Hz for doubling the image's refresh rate; and TruMotion, which interpolates newly calculated image data frames to make motion look more fluid.

The 42LG6100's elegant, graphics-heavy, on-screen menus also contain enough tweaks and adjustments to allow the TV to be professionally calibrated by an Imaging Science Foundation engineer, if you wish.

So far, the 42LG6100 has done absolutely nothing to explain why it costs only around £650.

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