- Elegant metallic design
- Great SD to HD upscaling
- Solid sound quality
- Great value for money
- Requires larger table for stand
- Limited connectivity (2x HDMI)
- Backlight noticeable in low light
Full Review – LG 32LF5610
The LG LF5610 series is equipped with a very similar display to that seen in the LG 42LF652V review we’ve already looked at. With IPS technology and a direct LED backlight, you can expect bright, clear colours on the display. All that is missing from the panel is LG’s Natural Colour technology where an image processor will make colours look even more life-like, however when side-by-side this doesn’t show as a noticeable difference. Sadly the LG 32LF5610 still suffers from untrue blacks in lower light conditions, but when compared to TVs in a similar price point, it favours well with no uneven backlight bleed to be seen.
When the majority of content displayed on TVs still at SD resolutions, SD to HD upscaling is extremely important and this LG performs brilliantly with a near-unrivaled performance, even when compared to my own LG 49UF675V 49 inch 4K TV! The TV has plenty of different picture modes for you viewing pleasure, supporting 8 different pictures modes and will correct aspect ratios from 8 different sizes; great for those watching older TV programs or box sets.
Despite the screen showing some signs of screen tearing in fast moving shots, this was only when pushed to an extreme and for general viewing it is rarely seen. For the gamers out there you’ll be pleased to know this TV perform superbly, despite its lower price point, giving more money to spend on your PS4 and Xbox One titles. A high refresh rate and low input lag gives a responsive feel even in the most fast-paced of sporting and FPS game titles so you’re sure to have a great experience.
This TV once again draws parallels when compared to the LG 42LF652V review when we look at sound, boasting the same 2 x 10W stereo speakers, which is enough to fill even the largest rooms. Loudness isn’t everything though and at this price bracket I would have expected some hollow sound that stumbles when it comes to detailed audio scenes and music, but I was proved pleasantly wrong. For the audiophiles and pro gamers out there, yes you’re probably going to want an external solution like a sound bar/base, but if you’re someone like me that spends most of the time watching your favourite programs, news and the odd film, you can save the money and rely on these solid in-built speakers.
Being a relatively basic TV when it comes to the feature set, you’d expect there to be minimal things to get wrong when it comes to usability, and you’d be right! Fortunately the few things LG did have to get right – the setup, menus and TV guide – they did fairly well and so you can enjoy a quick out-of-the-box viewing experience. Whilst not a shortfall of this specific model, however the entire LG product range, the TV guide can often be a frustration, with it causing total loss of your audio and video for around a second before displaying a smaller preview as you browse the channels; not the biggest issue for some people, but definitely noticeable after a few hours of use!
There’s no surprise that this section is relatively empty, as the LG LF5610 series is intended as a no-frills experience, giving you a great TV panel and not much else. This doesn’t mean that there’s nothing however; the external recording and video playback from USB is a great feature, being able to save your favourite shows whilst you’re out, however this must be done manually for each show and doesn’t support series recording. The biggest ‘extra feature’ here is the lack of them, or more so, that you don’t have to pay for them! Being so cheap means that you can invest your hard earned money in the added devices you really want, whether that be a Smart device, or games console like an Xbox One or PS4.