New Features and Functions
New Features and Functions
With the new series of TVs, LG is introducing two new LED-backlit technologies. As coined by them, they are the Full LED Slim and LED Plus. The Full LED Slim is based on white LEDs and are is a design whereby the light source is maintained behind the LCD with a slim LED structure that supports local dimming up to 240 segments - all this while retaining the slimness conventionally seen on edge-LED lit designs. What's in it for you? Deeper black levels, and more uniform picture quality as typically expected of rear-LED lit designs with local dimming, but with a very slim chassis design. Both LE9500 and LE8500 models support the Full LED Slim technology. What's more, these two series are THX certified for their display. They include a THX Bright Room setting that optimizes contrast, gamma and other settings for watching movies under bright ambient lighting. This is in addition to the THX Cinema mode for dark room viewing of movies.
The LED Plus technology used on the new LE7500 and LE5500 models are edge-LED lit designs but with basic local dimming of up to 16 segments, thereby improving picture quality and energy efficiency. Here's how the various new LED-backlit LCD HDTVs from LG matches up with one another:-
|Features / Series||LE9500||LE8500||LE7500||LE5500||LE5400|
|LED-backlit technology||Full LED Slim||Full LED Slim||LED Plus||LED Plus||LED|
|Picture Wizard II||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||-|
|NetCast Entertainment Access - WiFi Ready||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wireless HD Ready||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3D Ready TV||Yes||-||-||-||-|
|Magic Wand remote||Yes||-||-||-||-|
Further focusing on the LED-backlit LED TVs, it's obvious that eventually when costs come down, CCFL based displays would slowly be discontinued in favor of the LED variants. One feature that was actually demoed in last year's CES is TruMotion 480Hz for ultra smooth video quality and eliminating any judders if at all they should occur. It's based on a combination of motion compensation as well as motion estimation and analysis. This will now be featured on the LE9500 series when it debuts soon.
Yet two more important features that are also the domain of the top-end LE9500 model is an immersive remote control called Magic Wand (somewhat reminiscent of the Lenovo A600 AIO PC's accelerometer equipped remote control) and the fact that this model will be the company's first 3D enabled TV outside of home base. The 3D-ready LE9500 series is expected to be available sometime mid of this year.
But fret not, the entire new refreshed range of LED-backlit LCD HDTVs would still have other new features such as being wireless ready (through an optional USB wireless broadband adaptor). And besides the entry-level LE5300 series, all other models will support LG's NetCast for extended entertainment and informational content. NetCast enabled TVs support streaming content from Netflix, YouTube and Napster. You can also buy or rent movie and TV content from VUDU and get informational updates via Yahoo Widgets. New to this list in 2010 is Skype functionality for video and voice calls via the internet. This function is enabled with a new optional camera add-on. As you can see, LG is making the TV as the central entertainment gateway to your home.
Furthering the TV's connectivity options, the full range of LED-backlit LCD HDTVs are DLNA compliant, promoting easy sharing of content from various PCs and other devices at home.