LG 50PG30FD plasma television
Though inexpensive for its screen size, the LG 50PG30FD plasma HDTV lacks features and image punch.
- Very good on-screen menus, low price for its size
- Lacks picture-in-picture
Though inexpensive for its screen size, the LG 50PG30 plasma HDTV lacks features and image punch.
Price$ 3,199.00 (AUD)
The LG 50PG30FD is an inexpensive plasma HDTV with stylish looks. Its design and its range of inputs (including three HDMI ports) will attract attention, but this model's image quality is only average.
In PC World Test Center tests, our judges had a wide range of reactions to the set. It looked quite good when viewed at an angle--as you'd expect from a plasma TV. And I thought the LG 50PG30FD did a very good job with foreground and background detail (especially the latter) on our David Letterman interview clip. My least satisfying LG 50PG30FD-viewing experience was in the NASCAR clip, where I observed some motion blur and fuzziness. Other judges' appraisals were less upbeat. One faulted facial tones; another said that images appeared flat, with colors that didn't pop.
The LG 50PG30FD is easy to set up — with conveniently placed inputs and a setup wizard that asks whether to optimise for home use or store use. Six large icons form the crux of the on-screen menu; I found the menus to be logically organised--and because they were slightly transparent, they didn't block too much of the picture.
The Quick Menu offers even easier access to common options such as the set's picture and sound modes. And the selections that pop up (as icons along the bottom of the screen) when you press the input button give top priority to sources that are currently sending a signal to the TV--a time-saving touch.
But the LG 50PG30FD lacks a number of extra features. It has no picture-in-picture, and no USB or SD Card multimedia capabilities. The minimalist remote doesn't glow in the dark, isn't programmable; and can control only VCR or DVD players that support LG's SimpLink (HDMI CEC) interface.
The LG 50PG30FD finished second among our 50- and 52-inch sets in our overall rankings, thanks in large part to its aggressively low price, but it can't touch the superior design and top-of-line image quality of our number one large-screen set, the Samsung PN50A760. LG's other entrant in this category, the LG 52LG70YD, is superior to the 50PG30FD in almost every way — but it costs $1300 more.
As a pretty good TV at a very low price, LG's 50PG30FD qualifies as a bargain.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
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
- 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
- Japan starts 8K TV broadcasts in time for Rio Olympics
- Android TV's universal search feature finally works with Netflix
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.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 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
- FTService Lifecycle Management LeadVIC
- FTUI DeveloperVIC
- CCIteration Manager / Scrum MasterSA
- CCSecurity Architect Finance Contract Sydney CBDNSW
- TPSenior Business Analyst - HRISQLD
- CCBusiness and Reporting AnalystWA
- FTSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- CCUNISON Analyst Programmer (Contract) FinanceNSW
- FTLevel 3 Managed Services ConsultantNSW
- CCWeb Developer - Financial MarketsNSW
- CCDevelopment Manager / Engineering Manager - Canberra RoleNSW
- FTLevel 1/2 Service Desk AnalystQLD
- TPSenior Test Analyst - Data ReconciliationQLD
- CCProject Manager (Network Roll-Out)NSW
- FTAPI Design LeadVIC
- CCUI DesignerNSW
- FTSystem EngineerNSW
- TPProject Coordinator. Business Process Improvement ProgramNSW
- FTJava DevelopersWA
- CCSAP CRM Technical LeadACT
- CCMid-level .NET Developer/Programmer - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTJapanese Speaking Technical Support EngineerNSW
- FT.NET DEVELOPER | MID-SENIOR LEVEL | MEDIA INDUSTRYNSW
- CCApplication Specialist (Cerner) - Brisbane BasedNSW
- TPFull Stack .NET DeveloperWA