Recent LG sets have managed to combine good looks with truckloads of features and impressive performance, so we were keen to see whether the remarkably slim, 37-inch, 1080p LG 37LE5900 LCD TV with LED edge lights was able to continue this trend, especially as it's quite reasonably priced at around £700.
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There's no denying this TV's showroom appeal. Not only is it super slim, at just 40mm deep, but the bezel is finished with a smart, glossy black coating that shows a slight tinge of red when the light hits it from the right angle. There's also a row of beautiful touch buttons perched along the bottom right-hand corner of the set.
This 37-incher isn't found wanting when it comes to the range of connections available. There are four HDMI ports (one of which is side-mounted for easy access), as well as component sockets, a Scart connector and an optical-digital audio output. This is perfect for feeding audio from the on-board Freeview HD tuner to a surround-sound amp. The TV also has two USB ports and an Ethernet socket for digital media playback.
LG is leading the charge when it comes to equipping TVs with Internet and media-streaming features, and this set certainly follows suit. The range of Internet services available on the TV's Netcast system is a little limited, however -- you only get access to YouTube, Picasa and the AccuWeather forecasting service.
On the other hand, the TV's media-streaming features are satisfyingly comprehensive. The 37LE5900 is DNLA-certified, so you can connect your PC or network-attached storage unit via its Ethernet port to stream music, photos and videos. DivX and 1080p high-definition support means video playback is especially spectacular.
Like most of LG's recent tellies, the 37LE5900's menus are easy to navigate and attractively presented thanks to colourful icons. The electronic programme guide is also well laid-out and a cinch to use.