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Great TV, Lousy remote,
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This review is from: LG 42LS5700 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV (2012 Model) (Electronics)
I love the TV. The picture is terrific. It has a large number of input ports and it has a tremendous range of video and audio adjustments. It more than meets my needs. The "Magic Remote" is another story. My wife and I hate it. It is slow and clumsy to use. It looks cute and sexy, but it does not fit the hand correctly The buttons you use most are hard to reach. The thumb wheel you are supposed to push down to execute a menu item does not naturally fall under the thumb, so most the time you accidentally hit the mute button. The screen pointer pops up when the Magic Mouse is waved around. Then you try to align that pointer to the menu item you want, but the pointer usually is not in line with the axis of the remote. If you have the remote in your hand and you accidentally move it, you will get that obnoxious pointer on your picture. LG needs to loose that lousy remote. They let cuteness get in the way of functionality. That remote is going to hurt their sales.
I would not have given the TV 4 stars if there were not a work around to this problem. I found out from LG that there is an alternative remote from last year that will work with the TV. I bought a new AKB72914042 LG remote on eBay for $14.99 + CA sales tax, shipping included. That remote has a keypad. It can also be programed to operate your DVD and VHS machines. There is a button right on the remote for most of the functions you want to access instead of having to go through a complicated series of on-screen clicks with the Magic Remote. This remote will access most, but not all the TV control functions. On the rare occasion when it does not, you can always use the Magic Remote.
My bottom line: Buy the TV for the picture, and then buy the alternate remote.
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Initial post: Jun 15, 2012 11:38:11 AM PDT
Just ordered my remote control from ebay for $19.99. Total accessory list for TV now includes Roku box (hate TV Netflix interface), Gefen D/A audio converter w/ Toslink cable and remote control. Total cost of accessories approaching $200.00. Still love set. Thinking about buying a 55' LM5700 also.
Posted on Jun 17, 2012 2:05:54 PM PDT
Thanks for the 411 on the alternative remote. Just ordered one off eBay for $14.99 delivered.
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