This year’s 6th LG Smart TV series enjoys great popularity due to its elegant design and Smart and 3D features that we find on most models of the series from L620 to L691.
Today we will talk about the 42LA640 LG model a TV that we recently had the chance to test. Design wise, the frame is a bit thicker than the higher models of the series but the stand shape is the same as what we are accustomed to. This year’s LG is either to your liking or not. There is no middle way. The color that was chosen is black but there is also the silver alternative 42LA641.
As for its connectivity we have 3 USB ports one of which ensures the smooth functioning of an external hard drive. We also have 4 HDMI connections which are enough in our opinion and even an LG satellite antenna jack. On 640 we have (except the integrated DVB-C) a DVB-S satellite tuner which allows us to get HD TV channels and much more by simply connecting a satellite antenna/dish to the TV.
Let us talk a bit about the image quality on the LG LA 640.
The contrast and brightness are pretty good and the fast pictures are fluidly rendered by means of 200 MCI –similar to the 200 CMR offered by Samsung. We ran several sporting events and the images are rendered smoothly without giving us a fast forward sensation.
However, there are some problems with rendering the colors properly. The blue tones need to be adjusted manually, as they are very intense and even affect the white areas. The black level is good, but the brightness of the screen is lower compared to the rival models such as F6400 from Samsung or Sony’s 42W650.
What can we say about the 3D cinema on this model?
LG LA 640 offers the same technology that we have grown accustomed to in the last years. The package includes passive 3D glasses ready to offer us a cinematic experience in our own living room.
With MCI (Motion Clarity Index) activated we viewed some 3D material/samples. The effects are deep and the viewing angles are not a problem anymore for the new model. Although the technology used by LG doesn’t allow full HD rendering of 3D materials, we didn’t feel this was an inconvenience even at a close distance (less than a meter away).
2D-3D conversion does not work miracles, but it can be interesting when watching movies that have exciting action scenes. If you purchase the glasses separately there is also the Dual-play option that allows each player to have a complete view of the screen on certain games run on consoles. Double gaming fans will surely be delighted.
An improved Smart TV .
As the title says, LG went to great lengths to provide us with a series of popular apps on their Smart TVs which run quickly on access. LG 42LA640 is no exception.
The Dual-Core CPU was necessary for apps such as Deezer or Facebook which are factory pre-installed. In the picture below you can see the standard app package provided, but we can install dozens of other apps according to our preferences.
Running apps is satisfactory, we don’t have long waiting times and the browser loads quickly even complex pages full of media elements. Compared to Samsung’s Smart Hub we can say that there aren’t any visible differences in speed, only the preinstalled apps have been selected more to our taste.
The multimedia player and Live TV (which includes the installation? /recording of TV shows on an external hard drive) are also available on this TV. Speaking of media player, LG has bought the DTS license so 42LA640 will run off an external memory any video file be it AVI , DivX , MKV or MP4 without having problems on video or audio . It did freeze however, while running a VOB file and required restarting the TV. The same movie ran perfectly on a Samsung F6400, so we obviously still have work to do.
Overall we think it is a very good price-quality ratio.
Having the same options as a Samsung 40F6400, LG, comes at a much lower price. Although the picture doesn’t impress that much it is acceptable for most users.
Focusing a bit more on adjustments we are sure you can get the details and colors of your liking. The Smart side of the TV was designed better in terms of speed and preinstalled apps, and the 3D pictures run on this TV give you the same feeling as an evening at the cinema.
If you are more demanding you can opt for the higher models LA660 or LA691 which come with bonuses on the image part and with the famous Magic Remote – one of the most innovative TV gadgets.