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LG Electronics 42LN5400 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV (2013 Model)

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  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Motion Clarity Index: 240 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Direct LED)
  • Smart Functionality: No
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 38.1'' x 22.3" x 3.1'', TV with stand: 38.1'' x 24.7'' x 9.2''
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Digital Audio Out (optical)
  • Accessories Included: TV Remote
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Product Information

Size: 42-Inch
Technical Details
Brand NameLG
Item Weight22.9 pounds
Product Dimensions38.1 x 9.3 x 24.7 inches
Item model number42LN5400
Specification MetEnergy Star
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Best Sellers Rank #17,667 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight31 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableFebruary 28, 2013
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Technical Details

Size: 42-Inch
  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model: 42LN5400
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 4.3
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Product Description

Size: 42-Inch


LG's LN5400 delivers stunning picture quality. With LED backlighting you get amazing brightness, clarity and color detail. And, Full HD 1080p has almost double th pixel resolution of standard HD so you see detail like never before.

LN5400 1080p/120Hz LED TV LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV

You won't believe your eyes. LG’s LED technology delivers amazing brightness, clarity and color detail.

LED Backlighting
TruMOTION 120Hz.

TruMotion 120Hz technology lets you see sports, video games and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur. Now your TV can keep up with your fast- moving entertainment.


This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You’ll see details and colors like never before.


Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they're on) modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.


Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature. It’s not actually magic, but it will sure seem that way.


With our Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy.

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Screen Size Class 22", 24", 26", 29" 32" 32", 42" 42", 47", 50", 55", 60" 32", 39", 42", 47", 50", 55" 60" "42", 47", 50", 55", 60" "42", 47", 50", 55", 60" 47" 50" 55" 47" 55" 60" 47" 55" 55" 60" 84"
Resolution HD 720p
(22" :1080P)
HD 720p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p UHD (4K)
LED Backlighting Direct LED Direct LED Direct LED Direct LED Direct LED Direct LED Direct LED Edge LED Edge LED+ Edge LED+
(60" Direct LED w/ Dimming)
Edge LED+ Edge LED+ Edge LED+
Refresh Rate 60Hz 60Hz 60Hz 120Hz 120Hz (27, 32", 39": 60Hz) 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 240Hz 240Hz 240Hz 240Hz
Cinema Screen Design                
LG Cinema 3D (passive 3D)            
Dual Play            
LG Smart TV        
Google TV              
Built-In Camera  

Wi-Fi® Built-In

Dual Core Processor        
Magic Remote w/Voice         Sold Seperately Sold Seperately Sold Seperately QWERTY
DLNA Certified/WiDi        
Smart Share via MHL
Smart Share via NFC      
HDMI Inputs 1 (Rear) 2 (1 Rear, 1 Side) 2 (1 Rear, 1 Side) 2 (1 Rear, 1 Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 4 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 4 (Side) 4 (Side) 4 (Side)
USB Inputs 1 (Side) 1 (Side) 1 (Side) 1 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side) 3 (Side)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The picture quality is excellent and sound is very good.
J. Barrett
Extravagant for a kids bedroom, but perfect for a living room.
Jamie Hawley
No trouble ordering it even came a day early than expected.
Jean F. Theirrien

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266 of 289 people found the following review helpful By J. Berry on September 14, 2013
Size Name: 42-Inch

120Hz (This can be a con as well, see below) - There is a review stating this is not a 120Hz panel, it is.
IPS Pannel - This is the type of LCD it is and IPS delivers better, truer color.
Excellent viewing angel - Someone stated it has a poor viewing angle. I don't know what that person was looking at but this is not true for this LCD.
Inexpensive - This is a very good bang for the buck TV.
Great for bright room. There is a review that states this is TV is poor in bright rooms.
Great for gaming - There is a review stating this panel is poor for gaming. Actually this TV has very low latency and as such there is little lag in the TV responding to movement in games.


120Hz can't be turned off. This can make movies seem too real, what is known as the soap opera effect. It bothers most people and with most 120Hz TVs this can be turned off. With this TV it can not. LG could release a firmware that has the option to turn this off, but don't bet on it. This effect is not negative in most TV shows (except dramas), sports and games.
Poor for dark rooms. I think this is due to the 120Hz and strong contrast. Again I think this is just for things that are affected by the soap opera effect. It becomes worse in the dark.


Only 2 HDMI ports - If you need more than 2 you may want to think about getting yourself a receiver or Home Theater in a Box
Sound - If you need better sound you may want to think about getting a receiver or Home Theater in a Box
Not a Smart TV - If this is important to you look elsewhere.

Overall most will be happy with this TV. If you are sensitive to the soap opera effect then look elsewhere.

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By stabbim on November 24, 2013
Size Name: 47-Inch Verified Purchase
First, my use case, which may not match everyone:

1. I wanted a quality display. This meant 1080p and direct LED backlighting, not edgelit.

2. Ideally I needed low latency, as this TV will primarily be used for gaming. In particular, Forza Motorsport, a game in which I already know input lag causes problems for me - I recently tried to play using a wireless controller after having used a wired one for years, and that caused me to drive like someone who'd never played before. So this quality in particular was critical. Needed a game mode or some way to disable image processing.

3. I couldn't care less about smart TV features. I have several game consoles, a Chromecast, and if needed can hook up a PC easily. I have no need for the TV itself to do anything other than be a display. I don't even really need speakers, as everything goes through the surround receiver.

4. Again due to the receiver, I don't have any need for lots of inputs. One HDMI port is enough.

So, how did it stack up?

1. Excellent. Now that everything's calibrated, I can honestly say this is the best looking display that I personally have ever used. The difference in contrast between this and an edgelit LED display is surprisingly noticeable.

2. Again, excellent. The first thing I did once the TV was up and running was play some Forza Motorsport 4. With game mode turned on, there is no discernable difference between playing on this vs. my PC monitor (which is a good reference because it does no image processing whatsoever).

3. None of that Smart TV crap here. You might be wondering why not having features is a good thing, regardless of whether I use them. Answer: price.
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77 of 92 people found the following review helpful By gamer_mike on November 11, 2013
Size Name: 42-Inch
LG Electronics 42LN5400 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV

Design - Plastic stand and cabinet material. Nothing special compared to most models but does the job. The thin bezels helps the look of the TV.

Sound - TV provides plenty of volume and the software features help overall sound quality. On the downside, it sounds like mono rather than stereo. I recommend getting a sound system for it.

Backlighting - The direct LED backlighting makes this TV very bright and looks pretty good in well lit rooms. However, the deep blacks are not dark enough for low lit rooms. Also, the backlight is slightly uneven but but that's normal for LED TV's. If this is a concern, I recommend buying a plasma display.

Viewing angles - It has wide viewing angles. After 40 degrees, picture gets dimmer. That's pretty good for a LED TV.

Refresh rate - This is a tough one. Despite what other reviewers said, this TV is 120hz. However, the motion interpolation (TruMotion) is set to low at the factory and the menu will not give you an option to turn it off or make the settings go higher. This is a good thing because it minimizes the "soap opera effect" when watching film base movies and drama shows. There's still some motion blurring on content that run below 30FPS but any video or games running 48FPS or faster look really good.

Connections - 2 HDMI 1.4 inputs will get you by. The 1 USB port is a plus but it's only good for photos and music, not video or software updates. Good internal digital antenna too.

Input lag - This TV is one of the best TV's for gaming due to its low input lag. I read somewhere that it measures at 8.3 ms.
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