LG 65LB7200 Review
65 inch 1080p Passive 3D 120Hz LED TV
by Jack Burden, Reviewer
The 65LB7200 is one of the mid-tier LED TV offerings for 2014 with an appealing host of picture quality features. Local dimming is the most notable of the picture quality features as it helps to boost the overall contrast in images. It is part of the Triple XD picture processing engine and is called TruBlack Control. It uses High Dynamic Range processing to render both light and dark parts of the image.
This shot shows the great amounts of detail seen in both the bright and dark areas of the screen
We though LG's Passive 3D was some of the best performing 3D out there last year. I think it's about as good if not equivalent to active 3D now. The numbers work better for active (1080p to each eye) but when I view the 3D content I cant really tell the difference. The best part is that the glasses are cheap, comfortable, and light.
Smart TV Features - Powered by WebOS
LG has really switched things up this year when it comes to their Smart TV platform. Needed improvement in Smart TV functionality has arrived with the new 2014 LG TVs. The new WebOS operating system for Smart TV function is very fast in load time and selection. The design and layout is simple and much more straight forward than in the past.
Finger Gesture is a new feature using the built-in TV camera. It is limited in use and operation to just a few functions. A small arched menu appears on the screen when you access it with your finger. You can control volume,On/Off function, or input selection but that's it. It just really allows volume adjustment without the remote for all practical purposes. LG hopes to add more functionality to it later. It works reasonably well, but again, you probably wont use it much.
This is the updated look for the Magic Remote accessory. It's got all of the necessary buttons (even an Input button) and a mic button for engaging the voice controls
Magic Remote Control Initial Set up very easy. Shake the remote to get the cursor working, the arrow pops up immediately if you have a hot signal going into the TV. We have always liked the point and click operation of the Magic remote and still do. It speeds section and browsing. This year the new magic remote control has even better voice recognition technology. It works very well to find the programming you are looking for by speaking into the mic on the remote control. A list of potential fits and the various channels appear down the right hand side on-screen. And it finally has an input selection button. This has been a fault that we have noted for the past few years.
Appearance and Design - Wonderful
The LG 65LB7200 continues with the Cinema Screen nearly frame-less design with brushed dark silver sides and thin half inch of black across the bottom. It's nice that the arching stand isn't as wide as the screen itself. That is something we are seeing more and more these days. The stand looks good very curvaceous and sharp with a brushed silver color. It is deeper this year at almost 3 inches at the bottom to accommodate front firing speakers. The overall design is attractive yet low key.
|Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack|