LG 42LA690V

LG 42LA690V 42" Smart 3D television

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"Nearing the top of LG's ranges, this television has almost everything you could desire! What's it missing? Virtually nothing - there's

no built in web cam and the refresh rate is a little lower than on the top end models, but look at that price! Well worth considering."

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The LG 42LA690V is a great looking television at a bargain price - but does it match up to its competitors?  It's certainly got superb picture quality, with solid black levels and crisp, clear details. 3D performance is good, with 4 pairs of glasses included, and the set will do a reasonable job of 2D to 3D conversion.

With almost all new televisions bulging with Smart features today, it's become a battlefield for manufacturers.  LG have spent a good deal of effort making sure their offering stands out from the crowd with an exclusive deal with the new NOW TV service from Sky. This lets you access Sky's huge range of movies and sport, as well as several of the most popular digital channels for a montly fee. Add this to the old standards like BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Netflix, Blinkbox, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Skype (optional camera required) and LG have provided a great line up of connected apps. The TV will also act as a media hub, supporting a huge range of audio and video formats, which you can play from USB, or using DLNA from your computer or network.  You can also use a Miracast phone or tablet to share your content.

With 3 HDMI ports and a good range of other video and audio inputs and outputs, you should be able to connect up your other equipment with the minimum of fuss.  If you have a spare USB hard drive, you can also connect this to the TV to enable recording of your favourite programmes.  A genuinely capable television at an entry-level price point.

Tech Spec

General

Model 42LA690V
Range LA690
Warranty 1 year

Display

Screen type LED
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen size 42 inches
Refresh Rate 400 Hz
Is it HD? Yes, Full HD
Curved screen No
Is it 3D? Yes
3D type Passive 3D
Converts 2D picture to 3D Yes
Television tuner Freeview HD, Satellite

Sound

Speaker Configuration Integrated stereo speakers
Number of channels 2
Power per channel 12W
Total power rating 24W

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI connections 3 in
SCART connections 1 in
Composite connections 1 in
Component connections 1 in
Optical connections 1 out
Aerial connections 1 x Aerial input, 1 x Satellite input
PC connection via HDMI
USB connections 3, To playback from USB sticks, To playback from USB hard drives, To record to USB sticks, To record to USB hard drives

Networking

Is it Smart? Yes
Web Browser Yes
Catch Up services BBC iPlayer
Pay video services Lovefilm, Netflix, NOW TV
Video calling Skype, Optional camera available
Internet services DLNA (stream from your own computer), Facebook, YouTube

Accessories

Remote Control Remote control included, Apple app available, Android app available
3D Glasses supplied? 4 pairs
Stand included Yes
Wall bracket included No
Camera included No, optional camera available

Power Rating

Energy Rating A+
Annual Power Consumption (kW/year) 76