LG sub-$1000 UHD TV (40UB800T) review

LG introduced the first UHD television in the Australian market, an 84-inch set that carried a $17,999 price-tag. Two years on and the price of UHD has nose-dived, with the 40-inch LG 40UB800T offering the rich resolution at a price south of $1000.

The rise and fall of Sony

The Japanese electronics brand that once dominated that hearts and minds (not to mention wallets) of consumers is not quite as prolific these days as it was back then.

Ohki 42" Full HD 3D TV with PVR

Ohki's 42" Full HD 3D TV with PVR: exactly what it says on the label. For the TV's wallet-friendly $699 price tag, you get a 42in passive-3D LCD TV (no LED backlight, unfortunately), space-age remote control and four pairs of passive 3D glasses. The TV can record free-to-air digital broadcasts once you plug in something for it to record to (a flash drive or portable hard drive, over one of the two USB ports) as well. The price-squeezing comes from Ohki's use of a reasonably low-grade LCD panel, which has implications on overall image quality.

Panasonic VIERA TH-L42U30A LCD TV

The Panasonic VIERA TH-L42U30A is a 42in Full HD CCFL-backlit LCD TV. Three or four years ago this television would have been top-of-the-line, but in 2011 it's just another entry-level flat panel. Its basic specifications mean that it capably handles free-to-air digital and analog TV and DVD movie viewing, but despite good detail levels in ideal conditions the VIERA U30A struggles with high-contrast video material.


The Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX925 is, surprisingly, the smallest model in the company’s top range of LED-backlit LCD televisions. Despite being a 55in panel it’s dwarfed by the gargantuan 65in KDL-65HX925, which hasn’t been released yet but will command a price tag even higher than the 55in’s $4499. The BRAVIA KDL-55HX925 has every feature Sony has built into its 2011 range of LED TVs, so gadget geeks will be spoilt, but the HX925’s glossy design -- attractive and stylish though it is -- means it is not appropriate for watching in a bright room.

LG 47LW6500 Cinema 3D LED TV

The LG 47LW6500 is the first 'Cinema 3D' panel we've had the chance to take a look at -- LG is the only manufacturer in Australia opting for passive rather than active 3D in its LED TVs. The technology promises to get rid of headaches while offering a cleaner and better tri-dimensional experience, and it has cost advantages as well thanks to much cheaper glasses. We loved the 2D picture quality of the LG LW6500 -- it's a great TV for watching Blu-ray movies, although digital TV did seem a bit noisy at times -- and 3D has some legitimate improvements over a Samsung or Sony 3D TV. It's not all perfect, though, with a significant deficit in 3D detail compared to other 3D TVs.

Grundig Misuro GLCD2208HDV LCD TV

The Grundig Misuro GLCD2208HDV is a 22in LCD TV with a built-in DVD player. It's versatile and would make a good addition to a child's room or a cramped home office, but if you don't explicitly need the built-in DVD player we'd go for the Grundig Vanto GLED2407HDC instead for its superior picture quality, better power efficiency and nicer design.


Sanyo's LCD40XR10F is a 40in, CCFL-backlit LCD TV -- it doesn't have the space- and energy-saving LED backlighting of a TV like the Kogan 32in Full HD 100Hz LED TV. It's reasonably attractive for a traditional LCD TV but it is bulky compared to its competitors. It's also a little expensive given its old-school technology -- we think that unless you can find it for a reasonable discount, there are better options available.

Panasonic TH-L32S25A LCD television

Panasonic's TH-L32S25A is a 32in LCD TV improves on the cheaper Panasonic TH-L32X25A with a 1080p Full HD panel that supports 100Hz motion smoothing, and a small range of Viera Cast Web services -- Yahoo7's PLUS7 catch-up TV library, Twitter, YouTube and other functions are available to pass the time when there's nothing on TV.

Sharp LC40L650X LCD TV

Sharp's newest mid-range LCD TV is the LC40L650X, a 40in screen with traditional CCFL backlighting. We think it's slightly too expensive at its recommended retail price for the features you get, but you might be able to find it on sale. It's an LCD television with good picture quality and a useful USB media playback mode, but we don't like the slightly long delay when changing channels.

Panasonic Viera TH-L32X25A LCD television

The Panasonic Viera TH-L32X25A is a 32in LCD television that comes with an iPod/iPhone dock. If you're looking for a small and simple television to function as a digital home entertainment hub, the Viera TH-L32X25A should serve well thanks to its wide range of digital inputs and supported file types.

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