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LG 55LM760T review: LG 55LM760T

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The Good Warm and vivid colours; Good sound quality; Excellent smart apps; top passive 3D performance.

The Bad Black levels could be deeper; Backlight pooling on all four corners.

The Bottom Line There's more to the LG 55LM760T than its impressive looks, including a line-up of smart apps and excellent passive 3D performance. That said, black levels could be better, and when used in a dimly lit room, I could see backlight pooling in all four corners of the screen.

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8.3 Overall

LG has really pushed the boat out with the styling of its new 'Cinema Screen', no-bezel design. The 55LM760T sits in the middle of the line-up of these models and includes 3D support, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and LG's smart TV apps platform.

It will set you back around £1,900.

User interface and EPG

The 55LM760T employs the same user interface as the other models in LG's new range, including the 47LM960V, 42LM670T and 42LM660T. This centres around a home screen (known as the Home Dashboard in LG speak), which is accessed simply by pressing a dedicated button on the remote.

Across the top of this screen is a series of four panels. The first displays icons for the Premium Smart TV apps. The second shows content from LG's 3D online video streaming service. A third has links to apps from the LG SmartWorld app store. And the fourth displays icons for videos shared to the TV from your computer over a network.

Below this is a banner running across the bottom of the screen. Here you'll find icons for a range of stuff including the electronic programme guide (EPG), AV input selection screen, manual and settings menu. You can also add shortcuts for your favourite smart apps here, so you don't always have to jump into the Premium Apps menu or LG SmartWorld to get them.

LG 55LM760T apps
The Premium apps menu is the place to go to access services like iPlayer and Lovefilm.

The home screen is bright and colourful, with funky 3D-style animations. There's also a neat video preview window on the top left so you can keep track of what you're watching when tweaking the settings.

The system is initially a little confusing to use. There are a fair few instances where you can achieve the same thing via different routes. For example, if you want to stream videos to the TV from your PC, you can do this by using the Smart Share panel at the top of the home screen, by selecting your PC via the AV inputs list (it's shown alongside other inputs such as HDMI ports), or by selecting the Smart Share icon in the My Apps list.

It's a similar story when accessing apps as there are two app stores (Premium and LG SmartWorld). Apps can also be accessed both via the banner at the bottom of the screen and by using the Apps button on the remote. It's this lack of consistency that makes it a head scrambler the first time you use it, although after living with it for a while, its logic does become clearer.

Like the other models in the range, this one comes with a Wii-style, motion controller as well as the standard remote control. If you've never used a motion remote before, it'll feel strange at first. When you pick it up, a cursor appears on screen, which you move around by waving the motion remote in the air.

You select icons and other menu options just by hovering over them with the cursor before clicking on the central button to select them, just as you would if you were using a mouse. It works quite well and is especially useful for entering text because you can just point and click at letters on the virtual keyboard, rather than having to endlessly click around to get at the letters you want, like you would using the normal zapper.

This TV's EPG is bright and cheerily presented, with a large font used for channel and programme names. It has a clean, horizontal layout for showing upcoming programmes and is speedy to jump between pages of listings. It does suffer from the same problem as the EPG on higher-end LG sets though -- when you call it up you lose all video and audio from the programme you're watching. It doesn't overlay on top of the video feed or have a video thumbnail window. Other models from Sony and Samsung have this so it's disappointing that LG hasn't followed their lead.

Digital media and Internet features

This set is packed to the gills with smart TV features. It supports digital media payback, USB recording and a whole host of apps.

Thankfully, LG no longer forces you to use the buggy Plex software on your PC if you want to stream your own videos to the TV. The set can still act as a Plex client if you use the MediaLink app, but it also supports standard DLNA servers, so you can use it with a NAS drive to stream video files to it even when your PC is turned off.

For videos, HD MKV files are supported along with the DivX and Xvid formats. It will play JPEG pictures as well as MP3 and WMA music tracks. Naturally, all of these formats can be played locally from USB memory keys or hard drives plugged into one of three USB ports.

DLNA servers show up in the input selection screen.

The TV can record programmes from its Freeview HD tuner to USB drives, but as it only has a single tuner, it doesn't support more advanced features such as recording one show while watching another.

Of most interest is this TV's line-up of apps. Sensibly, LG has split these across two menus. The Premium Apps menu includes the most popular services such as BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Acetrax, Twitter and Facebook, while the LG SmartWorld apps store is where you'll find simple games and apps for information and news services.

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