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3.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic for 3d and movies. Be a little cautious with gaming., October 13, 2011
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This review is from: LG Infinia 47LW6500 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses (2011 Model) (Electronics)
Summary: Great value for a 3D LED set. Passive 3D is much more impressive than I initially thought it would be. Input lag a deterrent for timing-strict gaming.

Bought this TV because of its glowing reviews and it did deliver, as expected.

Picture Quality: Above Average -> Great. It's on par with Sharp's and Vizio's best models. Edge LED lighting leaves a little bit to be desired in terms of artifacts and black/white levels, but I'd be surprised if its noticed by the average viewer. It's does light and colors really well. Local dimming and tru-motion makes movie and TV watching an absolute blast.

Sound: This TV surprising packs some wallop behind its audio. Definitely not surround sound material, but on par with basic soundbars. I was impressed to say the least -- quite possibly one of the best out-of-the-box audio for thin LED TV's.

Passive 3d: The bonafide specialty of this set. LG does not lie when they say they do the best 3d around -- it really is exceptional, even with just using its 2d-3d feature. This can make even Netflix streaming pop out of your screen. And did I mention it can make YouTube videos look absolutely phenomenal? If you're after 3d, I doubt you can get much better than this set for the cost in the foreseeable future.

Gaming: It's fatal flaw. Keep in mind it does have a game mode, and if you turn every feature off, you can get between 20-50ms input lag. While this is acceptable, perhaps even barely noticeable for most casual games such as RPG's, Adventures, etc, it borders between tolerable and annoying for fighting and FPS games where player input timing is more strict. Sadly, I'm the latter type of gaming fan. LG continually patches their TV's though, so if it can get closer to 5ms I'll be perfectly content -- I'll even update this review. But for right now, it leaves much to be desired. The lag is not enough that warrants a return.. at least yet.

Features: Perhaps one of the more feature-rich TV's out there. It comes with the usual suspects like Netflix, Hulu, social media but it also introduces LG apps -- an appstore for your TV. It's kinda gimmicky at the moment, but I can see this being the trend for future TV's. It also has its own self-calibration tool, which is a nice free way to correctly calibrate your TV. Expert picture modes allow you to have access to even MORE picture options, right down to modifying individual color levels. Too bad there's only two expert picture slots though.

Usability/Other items: As feature-rich as this TV is, I hate how it does not have a QWERTY remote control. It makes it extremely hard to search on YouTube or type status messages on Twitter. Moreover, the magic motion controller is a slight help at best, terribly useless at worst -- it's hard to aim the cursor on the right inputs if the buttons are too close together to begin with anyway. The options the TV gives you far outweighs this negative though. Getting 4 free glasses makes this a true out-of-the-box 3DTV too.

Final Score: 3.5/5, rounded down to 3. I would gladly give up some of this TV's features to reduce input lag further, but the TV itself performs very well. If you're in the market for 3d, you really cannot go wrong with this set -- I firmly believe passive 3d will be the trend for future 3d sets. Otherwise, it performs the same/on par with sets in the same price range.

I'll be stress-testing out the TV for the remainder of my 30 day return period, and will update this review with any news.
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Initial post: Oct 20, 2011 12:26:41 AM PDT
I choose the toshiba 47lt515u instad of this lg for the very reason you mention. Game lag in FPS is a noghtmare on Lg. So you know the toshiba use the lg panel matte finish. The difference is toshiba does all their own boards and software. Game lag is way better on the toshiba, right now its 979 here on amazon. Thats a steal, I love everything about that tv and lgs customer service bites. took them 21 days to find me someone to fix tv and they called saying repair shop would be here in 3 days, well lg never authorized the service center. So with the impossible lag and dead hdmi port3 i returned the tv and got the toshiba and I am so happy i did. To me the 3d on the toshiba is even better and fps play with zero lag like they do on my samsung pn50a650 plasma tv! Do yourself a favor and look at the 47tl515u, you will be glad you did. And if your a prime member you can get the tv overnight for $3.99! you dont have to wait to receive the tv shipped by freight.Toshiba 47TL515U 47-Inch Natural 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Net TV, Black

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 12:53:15 PM PST
LUIS COVA says:
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Posted on Nov 17, 2011 2:54:09 PM PST
Player 1 says:
Question...is the gaming lag a product of all the video processing features turned on, like Trumotion? I had this same problem with another TV I had and when I turned it all off the lag was fine. Just curious because I was looking at getting this TV, but most of what I do is gaming.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 5:13:44 PM PST
did they solve the input lag?

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 7:02:22 PM PST
J. Hedgepeth says:
on the model just below this one, 5300, i read a similar problem with this, but someone said if you turn trumotion off it stops the problem

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 9:26:25 AM PST
Amoney805 says:
With Trumotion and local dimming turned OFF there shouldnt be any noticeable lag. Even with FPS.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 2:20:22 PM PST
just wondering still about the lag. Amoney, do you own the tv? THe price is great now but i dont want it if It isnt enjoyable for fps

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 1:37:02 AM PST
A. Person says:
For those asking, supposedly the fix for this is to put your tv in PC mode for that particular input. But thatn just doesn't sound good to ahve to use a mode designed for PC. I don't see how the pic could look good still in that type of mode.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 3:07:42 AM PST
Nukka says:
Has anybody heard anything else about the lag? Ive heard that there was a firware update but I cant find any confirmation?

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 9:08:08 AM PST
D. J. Brady says:
Turn the input to PC mode for gaming. Lag will be gone. Make sure you have the latest firmware.
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