A 42in plasma with a floating design
- Nice colours, sharp image, well-implemented 100Hz mode
- Some minor contrast issues, SD content had some predictable artefacts
LG's latest plasma, the 42in 42PG60, is a nice step up from its past units and is a well-rounded option for users looking to make the jump to HD.
Price$ 1,799.00 (AUD)
With 'floating' designs becoming all the rage in televisions these days, it is no surprise that LG jumped on board with its latest range of plasmas, the PG60 series. We recently took a look at the 42in model, the 42PG60, and were impressed with its performance. It had a few niggling contrast and scaling issues, but it was a well-rounded performer in both SD and HD playback.
As far as the design goes, LG has done a fairly impressive job on this unit. Rather than employing large clear bezels or extraneous glass sheets to give the illusion of 'floating', LG has simply not used any kind of real bezel. There is a simple black strip surrounding the display, giving it an extremely stylish minimalist feel. Furthermore, the design is incredibly thin for a plasma; it is without a doubt the thinnest plasma we've had through the office, which makes it good for those with space constraints.
It also has built-in 'invisible' speakers. They certainly are difficult to spot, and while they obviously don't compare with any separate audio solution, they sound fairly decent and will do until you can do the screen justice with a proper home theatre package.
The 42PG60's performance was also quite impressive. It isn't a full HD panel — it has a resolution of 1024x768. We started by hooking up a Blu-ray player and running some HD film tests. Colours were extremely well balanced, with rich, accurate hues. Black levels, while not as good as on some competing units, were fine in both well-lit and dark conditions. We found the 42PG60 performed well on the whole in bright conditions, which is a common failing of plasma panels.
We felt contrast, while adequate, could have been a little better. There was some detail loss in dark areas; this was particularly evident in our standard-definition tests — we used The Matrix, which is a notably dark movie in parts. A little tweaking of the calibration settings helped to some degree, but it was still noticeable.
Clarity was good in HD, with crisp edges and only small hints of pixilation. There was no noise to be seen and the image was as clear and sharp as on any of the competition.
As it's a plasma panel it also had no issue with fast motion, handling everything seamlessly. It has a 100Hz mode designed to help in this regard, and we found it quite good. It doesn't have the same massive impact as with some companies' products, but it does make a difference. While it won't be for everybody, it is definitely a nice addition.
In our standard-definition tests the 42PG60 wasn't quite as impressive, but that is to be expected for a 720p panel. There were a lot of scaling artefacts and aberrations when running 576p content. Colours, however, were still impressive and from a reasonable viewing distance DVDs looked just fine.
The usual calibration options are present, with both basic preset modes and more detailed settings available. It is also worth noting that the menu itself looks great and is extremely easy to navigate.
Four HDMI ports are included for your connectivity needs, along with several component, composite, S-Video and D-sub ports.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Vizio’s latest 4K TVs make eye-popping HDR more affordable
- Netflix flips the switch on eye-popping HDR video streaming
- Sony’s pricey Ultra video-streaming service goes live today, but you'll need a new high-end 4K Sony TV to use it
- Foxconn to pay over $US6bn for a majority stake in Sharp
- LG releases first flat screen OLED TV in Australia
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSenior .NET DeveloperWA
- CCTechnical WriterACT
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- FTHadoop Operation EngineerNSW
- FTTechnical WriterACT
- CCInteractional Designer-Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchNSW
- CCApplication Server AdminACT
- CCMultiple .Net DevelopersNSW
- CCNetwork AdministratorWA
- CCSr. Net DeveloperVIC
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Linux/Orcale/MySQL) 160531/SA/253Asia
- CCDomain Specialist | Multiple RolesVIC
- CCData Engineer | Real Time StreamingNSW
- CCSenior DevOps EngineerACT
- CCTransition Project ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Network Engineer - NV1ACT
- CCContract Systems Analyst (JAVA/Oracle/Web) 160603/SA/871Asia
- CCSQL DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCData Engineer (Java, Scala, Scripting, Hadoop, Spark)NSW
- CCTechnical Specialist - IP Network Design - Juniper MXNSW
- CCOpen Source Specialist / Senior ConsultantQLD
- CCContract Programmer (HTML/JAVA/SQL) 160525/P/013Asia
- FTAzure ConsultantQLD
- CCSolution ArchitectNSW