LG 32LF630V review
|Review: July 2015|
In a nutshell: The LG 32LF630V 32-inch TV doesn't have the best picture quality we've ever seen, but it's well-priced and has the advantage of WebOS Smart TV and plenty of connectivity options. It could be good as a second TV, or for casual viewing, especially if you can find a good deal on the price.
Design & looks
The LG 32LF630V is the same as the 40-inch model we previously reviewed, but with a 32-inch screen. We like its narrow metal-effect edging and its overall slim design. We're less keen on its glossy plastic stand, which tends to act as a dust magnet. Keep a cloth handy and you'll be alright.
It's a very energy efficient model however, using just 38W in normal use. It comes with a standard remote control and can be wall mounted.
A 32 inch screen feels quite small in 2015, and is best suited for a single person, or perhaps a couple. It's a good size for a gaming monitor, although we wouldn't recommend this screen as a monitor, for reasons explained below.
Let's start with some positives. Picture uniformity and brightness levels are good, as are viewing angles.
OK, those were the positives. Now let's deal with the negatives.
First on our list is contrast. This screen can't match the deep black levels that we've become accustomed to in recent years from the likes of Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. The IPS display simply can't reach those very deep blacks, and that leads to loss of contrast, with an overall greyness and dullness to movies, games and drama.
Secondly, response times aren't the best we've seen. To be fair, this isn't as much of a problem here as it was in the 40-inch model, but it rules this screen out as a choice for gamers or sports fans.
The TV is equipped with stereo speakers capable of reaching 2x10W of power, which is quite normal for a 32-inch TV. The Clear Voice 2 feature helps crispen dialogue, and the virtual surround effect can add a little depth and extra realism, but there's a definite lack of bass on offer. We'd rate the TV's audio performance as average.
The TV is equipped with LG's user-friendly WebOS Smart TV system, which has a lot going for it. The system is easy to use, and is invoked by pressing the home button of the remote. This takes you into the Smart TV menu, letting you pick from a range of apps, as well as selecting from connected devices such as Blu-Ray players, games consoles, etc.
Standard apps include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. There's a web browser, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. You can also access content and additional apps from the LG Store.
The TV scores well for connectivity, with 3 HDMI connections, built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet port. The TV can access video, photos and music from your home network, and supports screen mirroring from compatible smartphones and tablets.
In addition, you'll find 3 USB connections, SCART, component and composite AV connections, an optical output for digital audio, and a headphone jack.
There's also a built-in Freeview HD tuner.
Conclusion - smart TV at a smart price
The LF630V is a smart-looking 32-inch TV with the advantages of excellent Smart TV functions and plenty of connectivity options for hooking into all your home electronics gear. It's easy to use and works well.
The main downside is the muddy picture quality due to low contrast and slow response times. That's a shame, as picture quality is really the primary purpose of a TV, in our opinion. However, for casual viewing, this may not be too much of an issue for some viewers.
Ultimately it all comes down to price. At the time of writing this review, the TV is selling for around £330, which is a fair price, but not particularly attention-grabbing. We reckon that if you can find this on sale for £300, then it will become a compelling proposition.
LG 32LF630V features include:
- 32 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Triple XD Engine
- Active Noise Reduction
- Dynamic Clear White
- Dynamic Colour Enhancer
- Aspect Ratio Correction
- Real Cinema 24p
- Motion rate: 100Hz
- 8 picture modes: Vivid, Standard, Eco, Cinema, Sport, Game, Expert1, Expert2
- Smart TV (WebOS)
- Freeview HD
- Audio: Dolby Digital, Virtual Surround Plus, Clear Voice 2, 10W x 2 sound output
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet x 1, HDMI x 3 (ARC x 1), USB 2.0 x 3, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) x 1, composite x 1, PC Audio Input, digital audio out (optical) x 1, Scart x 1, 2 x RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input), screen mirroring, MHL 2.0, CI slot
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 38W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 734 x 438 x 55.3 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 734 x 483 x 154 mm
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