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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
>>I'm David Katzmaier from CNET and this is the PK750 from LG. This is a 50-inch flat-panel plasma TV. There's also a 60-inch member of the series. This is LG's mid-line Infinia model, that you can tell its infinia because LG made this single plane of glass here on the front. If you look at it from the side, it looks like its all one piece which is a pretty slick look. The slickness is enhanced by these transparent edges and all-in-all we do like the styling of this TV. Don't forget it also got this swivel stand here. In terms of features, the PK750 is highlighted by its interactivity suite. You can use it to connect to internet services like Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Picasa and a bunch of Yahoo widgets. The TV is also compatible with Skype with an optional speaker phone accessory so you can make video phone calls, that hasn't come out yet so there's no price yet so we didn't really test it for this review. Netflix and Vudu work pretty darn well, however, just like you'd expect, and video quality is pretty darn good. With YouTube, of course, video quality is a lot worse. Yahoo widgets on this TV allow you to check out weather and a lot of other different utilities, but it's a little bit slower than we've seen on some other TVs and the widget selection is not quite as extensive.
Other features on the LG include pretty good connectivity. The back panel has three HDMI, one PC and two component video inputs. There's also a side panel with a fourth component video input and a pair of USB ports. You can plug a Wi-Fi dongle for $80 into one of those USB ports here. It doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi like some of the other interactive TVs we've seen. LG also has plenty of picture settings on this TV. There's a 20-point white balance setting which actually didn't work as well as we've seen in the past. It also has gamma and full-color management system so you can go around and tweet to your hearts content. There's also a whole bunch of different picture presets including two THX modes, you can't really adjust those, as well as a bunch of different power saver settings including a lot of settings that rely on the light sensor built into the TV.
Picture quality on the PK750 was a notch below some of the other plasmas we've tested. On the strong side, it does have pretty good color accuracy, although, again, we really couldn't use those picture setting adjustments as much as we'd like to. On the minus side, its black levels aren't quite as deep as some of the other TVs we've tested, plasma and LCD. It also doesn't have the ability to process 1080p/24 which is found on Blu-ray discs quite as well as some of the other model we've tested but all-in-all it's still a pretty good performer.
That's a quick look at LG's PK750 series and I'm David Katsmaier.
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