LG's midpriced LED LCD TV not a great value
LG's midpriced LED LCD TV not a great value
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LG's midpriced LED LCD TV not a great value

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Hello there. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET. I'm standing with the LG LA6200. This is a 47-inch LED-based LCD, one of the mid-ranged models in LG's 2013 lineup. There's also a 42, a 50, a 55 and a 60-inch member of the series. It's a pretty extensive series for LG. The LA6200's main step-up features are 3D capability, we'll get to that in a little bit, it's also a smart TV but it doesn't include LG's patented motion remote. It doesn't have that Wii mode sort of motion included with some of the higher end LG TVs. With this, you get a standard clicker. Using that clicker to navigate the smart TV menu systems a little more difficult than if you did have that motion controller. There's just too many icons, a lot of clicking around but of course, once you get to where you're going, you'll find there's plenty of functionality and the smart TV suite doesn't include Amazon Instant however, so that's one big mark against it compared to the other TVs out there. All told, however, the smart TV suite is pretty good, you do get an on-now features if you do by that extra amount however, that allows the TV to interface with your cable box and a searched local listings. You don't get that functionality if you don't buy the $80 remote. So, you might actually consider investing in that step-up remote for the ease of use, as well as the ability to operate these extra features. In addition to its brains, this TV also has plenty of beauty. It's one of the slicker-looking TVs in its price range out there. When seen from the front, it's got a nice, thin silver bezel. The stand allows it to swivel on that stand, also it makes the TV appear to hover above the table. So, all told, a really nice looking television. When seen from the side, it's not as thin as some of the edge-lit LED TVs out there. It's a little bit thicker about the size of a standard LCD TV that's because LG uses direct LED backlight as supposed to edge lighting on this less expensive model. So, it's got the good looks and it's got the brains but the $6200 doesn't perform quite as well as a lot of the old TVs in this price range. The biggest culprit is lighter black levels. That means the TV can't deliver that nice pop and contrast that you see on some of the other TVs we've tested. The blacks are relatively washed out and that leads to some less impact full colors and especially if you're watching in a dark room or watching at dark scene. Another issue is crosstalk with 3D sources, that's a ghosting that we really don't see on too many other passive 3D TVs. So, it's pretty unexpected and results in some of the worst picture quality I've seen on any 3D compatible television. Inputs include 3 HDMI, 3 USB and a component composite video input for analog sources. Also, unlike some 120 hertz TVs, this LG doesn't have quite the motion resolution so the image can look a little bit blurrier if you're sensitive to that sort of thing. On the flip side, it does have very accurate color and the uniformity, again thanks to the direct LED backlight, it's pretty good, so you don't get the hotspots associated with some of the other LED TVs out there. All told, however, the LA6200 is a relatively disappointing performer for its price range, so it's really not the greatest value. That's a quick look at LG's LA6200 series. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.

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