LG 40LF630V review
|Review: July 2015|
In a nutshell: The LG 40LF630V is a value-for-money TV with excellent WebOS Smart TV functions and plenty of connectivity options. However, the IPS display offers muddy viewing that doesn't impress. We'd recommend it only if the price falls below £400, and even then, only with reservations.
Design & looks
The LG 40LF630V is a reasonably smart-looking TV. It's an entry-level model, but it has a narrow metal-effect bezel surrounding the screen that helps to give it a modern and stylish look. It's a fairly slim TV too. The glossy plastic stand isn't very practical though, as it acts as a dust magnet and is rather flimsy too.
The TV is very energy efficient and has an A+ efficiency rating.
This TV has a 40 inch screen, which is just large enough for a family-sized TV. It's a Full HD display and uses Direct LED backlighting for a uniform, well-lit image. Picture uniformity and brightness are good.
However, whereas most manufacturers have shifted to newer technologies, LG is still using IPS display technology for its cheaper televisions, like the F630V. The main downsides to IPS are that it has relatively poor contrast ratios and response times. This TV is typical of IPS in these respects.
When watching the TV you'll notice that there's a lack of punch in the images, and in particular blacks are missing the depth we'd really like to see. Although the image is bright enough, blacks fade to grey, giving a washed-out feel to scenes.
Motion response isn't the best either, and you may notice blurring as the camera pans or fast action unfolds on screen. It's not a good option if you enjoy sport, gaming or movies.
IPS's key advantage over other display technologies is wider viewing angles, and the F630V definitely offers wider viewing angles than most of Samsung's entry-level and mid-range televisions. At wide angles the picture brightness does fade, but it's less noticeable here than on many rival televisions.
On balance, we can't rate the picture quality of this TV very highly. The lack of contrast and blurring don't make up for the wider viewing angles.
When it comes to sound, the performance of this TV is typical for an entry-level model, which is to say, unimpressive. With two speakers rated at 10W output, and no dedicated subwoofers or tweeters, only mid-range frequencies are reproduced, leaving the sound hollow and lacking depth.
The TV is acceptable for casual viewing of reality TV, soaps, and game shows, but isn't recommended for drama or movies.
One area where this model does well is in its Smart TV functionality. This uses LG's WebOS system to deliver a range of Smart TV services. From catch-up TV to on-demand content and other apps, you'll find nearly everything you could want here.
Catch-up TV services include the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. There's on-demand content from the LG Content store, Netflix and Amazon. You'll also find a web browser, social media, YouTube, and access to apps from the LG Store.
All these services are easily accessed by clicking on the home button of the remote. You can access devices such as a Blu-Ray player, home cinema system, etc, from the same menu.
We have no problem when it comes to connectivity either. There's a choice of built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet to connect to the internet and your home network. A total of 3 HDMI connections are provided for connecting to a Blu-Ray player, games console, and other devices. In addition, there are no fewer than 3 USB ports, plus a wide range of legacy connectors, including SCART, component input, and a digital audio optical output.
The TV is geared up to sharing, with support for network file browsing, and Miracast wireless sharing with compatible smartphones, tablets and other devices.
There's also a built-in Freeview HD tuner.
Conclusion - good value Smart TV
The LG 40LF630 is a step up from most of the LG TVs we reviewed last year, and it does offer excellent Smart TV and connectivity at a relatively low price. However, the TV is hampered by its core function - the ability to display high quality images and sound.
We wouldn't recommend this model if you're serious about the quality of your viewing experience, as there are better options available from other manufacturers. However, if you're not too bothered by that, and if the Smart TV functions appeal, then there's no doubt that this TV offers good value for money. At the time of launch it's priced at over £400, and we'd recommend waiting for the price to drop below £400 if you want real value.
LG 40LF630V features include:
- 40 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
- 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: 45W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 911 x 528 x 55.3 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 911 x 581 x 189 mm
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What is the name of the card that goes in back?
Asked by Deidre
on 26th Apr 2016
Don't have my manual with me.
Does the LG LF630V-ZA TV have a freesat input with a 'threaded' F-type connector - so I can screw my current freesat dish straight into the back of the TV?
Asked by Tel Boy
on 16th Mar 2016
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Average rating from 3 reviews:
Reviewed by Thinker
on 13th Oct 2016
I looked for a multipurpose TV unit that can be used as TV, multimedia base/player/recorder and PC monitor for my nettop PC. This TV is all that, it is not the fastest or the best but I found it as the best price/quality/features ratio unit.
Reviewed by Hunter
on 4th Jan 2016
I helped my nearly 80 year old auntie buy this and as she lives in a very poor freeview area i was somewhat concerned. Imagine my joy when I found out the tv has a freesat hd receiver built in as well which NOBODY thought to mention! If you want to walk away from SKY this is the tv for you good picture and good sound with lots of features. We paid 329 and it was only for the scart input that we did to deal with her legacy devices. To sum up this tv ticks all the boxes especially if you have legacy equipment, nothing disappoints but there is better out there.
Reviewed by Gor
on 13th Dec 2015
Very slow OS, bad detect devices on the network, slow response of some menu items, I am very disappointed, as the previous owner of the Samsung TV, I expect even greater speed since TV has produced 2015, obvious that the memory of device is small for OS.
I hope that with the new software are some things to be better, but in general I'm not satisfied with this TV.