CNET First Look
LG 47SL80The LG SL80 series' style-first philosophy will appeal to buyers seeking a sleek LCD TV and who don't mind sacrificing some performance.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Senior Editor, David Katzmaier from CNET here, and I'm next to LG's 47sl80. This is the 47-inch member of the sl80 series. There's also a couple of other sizes. This review will apply to every size in the series. Sl80 series is one of LG's more stylish LCD TVs for 2009 and 2010. This set has a really minimalist appearance. Around the edge of the screen, you'll find a pretty thin bezels here. Below that, there's just a slightly wider area where there's these touch-sensitive controls. The entire screen is actually fronted, along with the bezel, by this single pane of glass, so it adds kind of a nice, unified look that's really sleek in person. Aside from that glass, other styling cues on this TV include the two-tone stand, which does have a swivel on it, and this glossy remote control. Around back, the TV has plenty of inputs. There's three HDMI, two component video, and a PC input. The side panel adds a fourth HDMI input. Feature-wise, the LG doesn't have the interactive features found on some other models, but it does have plenty of picture controls. The expert menu provides a plethora of ways to adjust the picture, including a 10-point IRE color system, a color management system, and a whole bunch of other controls that should really please tweakers. It also allowed us, when we took this TV in the lab, to dial in excellent color on this TV. On the flip side, the black level performance we observed wasn't quite as good as lot of the other LCDs we've seen in the market. Its blacks were relatively light, which did tend to wash out the picture, especially when seen in dark rooms. The TV also has a 240-hertz dejudder processing that does reduce some blur in motion, but the trade-off is too much. The dejudder processing creates that kind of video-like look that we aren't big fans of. We would like to see more adjustment, but it's just not available on this TV in terms of dejudder. Finally, it's worth nothing that LG went with a glossy screen. That's partly with this reflective piece of glass here, so the end result is that you do get a lot more reflections than you do on a standard matte LCD screen, so watch out for that if you're looking at this TV In a bright room. That's a quick look at the LG sl80 series, and I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:02:02 [ Music ]