LG 26LK330 Review
26" 720p LG LCD TV
Picture and Viewing Features
This is a value oriented 720p resolution (HD but not full 1080p HD) 60Hz small LCD TV that should deliver dependable picture performance at a value oriented price. Everyone is on the the latest and greatest 3D TVs and LED TVs, but dont underestimate some of these excellent little LCD TVs for delivering the best value (along with plasma) in the marketplace.
Viewing angle is usually somewhat impaired and contrast begins to degrade at around 30 degrees off center. But colors are crisp and not oversaturated like many LED TVs.
The picture is not as bright as an LED (thank goodness) that's cranked way up in contrast, but provides plenty of brightness and contrast for 90% of viewing content.
One recent past LG LCD TV received an 93.5 picture rating and editors choice award from us. The picture on some of these LCDs is usually more consistent and uniform with even higher end LED TVs. And for the price they become very compelling offerings as they are cheaper to produce than newer LED backed LCD TVs.
Appearance is not a focal point for these new LCD TVs as they give way to LED backlit LCDs in the aesthetic department. The plastic black gloss bezel is not an eyesore but will not draw any double takes. The framing bezel is about 2" in width all the way around the screen. Panel depth measures around 2.5 to 3".
Internet Applications and Connectivity
The LK330 series does not have LG's improved SmartTV functionality for Internet TV. However, LG does have a SmartTV upgrader device called the ST600 Smart TV Upgrader which would allow you to receive all of LG's new Internet TV features. It is sold seperately.
2 included HDMI inputs should be plenty. 1 Component video input should be sufficient for your favorite older DVD player. ISFccc Ready.
This LG 26LK330 LCD TV does not offer 3D TV compatibility, Internet TV capability, or any of the high end features that increase the price of TVs a lot. We expect very good value for basic viewing. The price must be attractive.
-Jack Burden, Editorial Contributor