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 Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
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
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.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- 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
- CCProject ManagerSA
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)NSW
- CCData Centre Design Engineer - Data Centre - TelcoVIC
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- CCIT Procurement OfficerNSW
- TPSQL DeveloperQLD
- CCCA ITCM / ITCA Engineer with some hands-on knowledge of scripting.NSW
- CCMidrange ProvisioningNSW
- CCADABAS Natural DeveloperNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional ConsultantACT
- TPSenior Java Developer / DevOps - ContractQLD
- CCArcSight Security Engineer - Contract - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- TPSAP Helpdesk SupportACT
- TPEnvironment Specialist(DevOps)QLD
- FTERP ConsultantQLD
- TPMaster SchedulerNSW
- TPImplementation Business Partner - Business ModernisationNSW
- CCProject Manager - Adelaide basedVIC
- CCData Analyst - AutoHaulWA
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)NSW
- CCWPF .NET EngineerNSW
- CCLevel 2 IT Service Desk OfficerQLD
- CCIT Solutions ArchitectQLD
- TPSenior Applications Support OfficerQLD