LG LH4530 Review

LG LH4530. These price sensitive models from LG give you some decent smart TV options, good preset picture mode settings so that you’re not fooling with calibrations, and a pretty good picture for the money. These little LG TVs can also be used as computer monitors and have a nice ADS panel. The ADS panel has a bit better contrast ratio than the IPS (in-plane-switching) panels, and still has good side angle viewing. LG lists the response time as 8ms which is exceptionally fast so you will not see any input lag.

Picture Quality

LG’s triple XD engine is probably the highlight of the 550D, as it really does a nice job of smoothing processing and delivering crisp image edges. There are not many picture quality high points aside from this. But I do not believe you will be disappointed with the picture quality from this TV for the price. Colors are pretty accurate and I really like the preset picture mode options on this TV. The Cinema, Expert 1 & 2 settings are all good. Black levels are not great and can get washed out at side angles. Color saturation is better than most LED TVs due to the ADS panel.

Design and Appearance

The appearance of the LH4530-P is blocky and square. It’s not an attractive TV with a fairly thick looking frame for the size at over an inch. The mono-neck stand is not attractive either. In appearance the LH4530 has more of a monitor look. However, you can have a very narrow footprint stand to place the TV on.

Value

28″ – $178

24″ – $139

22″ – $147

Value is where the rubber meets the road in the small inexpensive models. The 28” version is $178 compared with the new Vizio 28” D-series model’s $184. There is a trust factor with LG compared to TCL and Hisense, you feel like you’re getting more for the money at the same price.

Quick Specs

  • 28” TV with stand (W x H x D) 25.3″ x 16.9″ x 6.3″
  • 28” TV without stand 25.3″ x 15.7″ x 2.3″
  • 24” TV with stand 21.9″ x 15.3″ x 5.8″
  • 24” TV without stand 21.9″ x 13.6″ x 2.1″
  • Inputs 2 HDMI (2.0 yes), 1 USB
  • Picture Modes- Vivid, Standard, Cinema, Sport, Game
  • 5 watt X 2 output down firing speakers (or 3W X 2 for the two smaller models)

LG LH550B Review

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These price sensitive models from LG give you some decent smart TV options, good preset picture mode settings so that you’re not fooling with calibrations, and a pretty good picture for the money.

Picture Quality

LG’s triple XD engine is probably the highlight of the 550D, as it really does a nice job of smoothing processing and delivering crisp image edges. There are not many picture quality high points aside from this. But I do not believe you will be disappointed with the picture quality from this TV for the price. Colors are pretty accurate and I really like the preset picture mode options on this TV. The Cinema, Expert 1 & 2 settings are all good. Black levels are not great and can get washed out at side angles. Color saturation at side angles is weak as with all less expensive LED TVs. It starts degrading at around 12% off-center.

Direct LED Backlighting

The direct LED backlighting on the LH550B is a little different from the edge-lit variety. First of all, it deepens the cabinet by an inch or two so the LEDs can fit behind the screen. This style of backlighting is normally very bright and produces a bright image. However, with these smaller models the quality of the LED lighting is lower and there is less definition and brilliance. So you lose one of the best traits of LED backlit TVs.

Connectivity Smart TV Features

Even as a budget television, the LH550B has a few connectivity options for playing back content from other sources. The single USB port is located on the side of the TV and accepts a variety of formats. They are: DivX HD, JPEG, JPG, MPO, AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HAAC, AAC, MPEG, MP3, PCM, DTS. That leaves a lot of choice for those that have a library of digital media.

The LH550B is also a Smart TV in that it has the most basic internet options such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube,Google Play Movies & TV). The Wifi connection works well, and initial set up takes around 30 minutes.

Design and Appearance

The appearance of the LN4500 is very understated and it’s not a bad looking TV for the price. The framing bezel is around an inch and I like the appearance of the split feet stand better than the mono-neck stand. However, the split feet stand do require a wider footprint stand to sit the TV on.

Value

Value is where the rubber meets the road in the small inexpensive models. The 32” version is $229 compared with the new Vizio 32” D-series model’s $249. There is a trust factor with LG compared to TCL and Hisense, you feel like you’re getting more for the money at the same price.

Quick Specs

  • 32” TV without stand (W x H x D) 28.9″ x 17.1″ x 3.4″
  • 32” TV with stand – 28.9″ x 18.3″ x 6.5″
  • 43” TV without stand 38.5″ x 24.1″ x 9.1″
  • 43” TV with stand 38.5″ x 22.6″ x 3.8″
  • 8.7 pounds with stand
  • Inputs 2 HDMI, 1 USB
  • Picture Modes- Vivid, Standard, Cinema, Sport, Game, Expert1, Expert2
  • 6 watt output down firing speakers