- Attractive design, easy access AV ports, good performance in 1080p and 720p resolutions, three HDMI ports, HDTV tuner
- Minor image quality issues in all HD modes, degraded DVD playback, no 1080p support over PC connection, too expensive
The LG 42LB9DF is a good mid-range 1080p television which falls short of justifying its high-end price tag.
Price$ 4,199.00 (AUD)
The LG 42LB9DF is a 42in LCD television with a native resolution of 1920x1080. In our tests it performed well in 1080p and 720p high definition but there were some minor pixelation issues on curved edges as well as a little image noise. It is an attractive and easy to use unit, has an integrated HDTV tuner and a wide range of connection options including three HDMI ports.
When looking to buy a high-definition panel, the most important things most people think about is how good the panel looks when playing HD movies, HD games and their existing DVD collection. As such, our testing concentrates on those things as well as how well it connects to a PC considering the growing Media Centre PC market.
The 1080p performance was good but it could have been better. We noticed a minor level of pixelation on curved edges and a little image noise at times. It certainly wasn't overt but when compared to a high-end model running the same test, it wasn't quite up to scratch. The colours and black levels were both excellent, but there was a noticeable level of over-sharpening which caused a halo effect on all edges. This was able to be removed by turning the sharpness setting down to zero; however, overall sharpness is sacrificed in doing so, making the image look a little soft.
In 720p the same aberrations could be seen, though the pixelation was slightly more noticeable. These issues come into play more when playing games than when watching a HD-DVD or Blu-ray film since gaming can have static elements that make things like pixelation and over sharpening more prevalent. On the whole, the high-definition performance is on-par with a mid-range1080p television at this price point.
If you are a crazy film buff like we are, you probably have all you favourite movies on DVD already (and some embarrassing ones). Unfortunately, 1080p televisions are not our friend when it comes to watching regular DVDs. Since the resolution of a DVD is 576i and the panel is 1080p a whole bunch of extra information is being created so the DVD can be watched on the big screen. The LG 42LB9DF is no different. DVD movies are awash with interpolation artefacts, pixelation, image noise and discolouration. If you purchased this TV you could still watch your DVDs, they just won't look that great.
If you are a multimedia junkie and your television viewing revolves around a Media Centre PC, you probably want to know how well the LG looks when connected to a computer. Just for you, we checked it out and found some puzzling quirks that you may get a kick out of. Firstly, the highest stable resolution we could establish was 1400x1050 - a very odd and seldom used resolution. Icons and text looked good at this resolution, although when setting up your PC connection, some time will be needed to properly calibrate the panel as it's not a simple plug and play affair. At default there is a little over-sharpening which we were able to easily remove.
The LG 42LB9DF is a mid-range 1080p television and as such would only be a wise choice if it had a mid-level price. Unfortunately, since the price tag is more expensive than some high-end models, it is hard to recommend purchasing this unit especially considering the fact that its PC and standard-definition capabilities leave much room for improvement.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Google Daydream VR headset
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Surface Pro 4
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Sony shows off its new OLED and LCD TVs, video projector, and Bluetooth speakers
- Sony’s Bravia XBR-A1E OLED could be the first flat-screen TV with sound that doesn’t suck
- Say goodbye to Apple's third-generation Apple TV
- Japan gears up for 8K TV broadcasting
- NHK's latest 8K display is large, thin and beautiful
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSenior Technical Business Analyst - ITMSP - Melbourne CBDVIC
- TPOracle Consultant - CC&BQLD
- FTFinancial ERP Customer SME / Solution Consultant / System AccountantNSW
- FTWintel EngineerSA
- CCOrganisational Change Analyst - Banking/Financial ServicesNSW
- CCFinancial Business AnalystACT
- FTDeveloper/ ProgrammerSA
- CCContract - System Access Administrator - major Telco in MelbourneVIC
- TPBusiness Intelligence Program ManagerVIC
- CCWeb Devops EngineerNSW
- TPBusiness Process Analyst (Newcaslte Based)NSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPInfrastructure Project ManagerNSW
- FTSenior C# DeveloperNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTWeb Developer / Applications AnalystQLD
- FTInfrastructure Architect (Adelaide Based)VIC
- TPSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Project Coordinator - Banking/Financial ServicesNSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperQLD
- CCUnix Systems AdministratorNSW
- CCIT Support TechnicianNSW
- TPService Desk ManagerVIC
- TPe-Learning Developer (Captivate 8)VIC
- FTStorage Solution ArchitectVIC