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42" Full LED TV with Freeview HD, NetCast™ and 200Hz

  • 42LE8900

  • Discontinued Product

Key Features

  • Full LED
  • NetCast
  • 200Hz
Available SIZES:
Screen size (in.) 42
Display Type LED
Full HD (1080p) Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080p
Contrast Ratio 9,000,000:1
TruMotion™ Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Freeview HD Built In Yes
Picture Wizard Yes
Audio Output 10W + 10W
Clear Voice Yes (Clear Voice 2)
Special Features
Intelligent Sensor Yes
Energy Saving recommended Yes
NetCast Yes
Smart Energy Saving Plus Yes
ECO Flower Yes
Third Party Services “Third party services may be changed, removed, or interrupted, without notice, and LG makes no representation or warranty that any content or service will remain available for any period of time”.
Wireless AV Link Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB 2.0 (DivX HD, MP3, Jpeg play) Yes
Dimensions - WxHxD (mm)
SET (w/o stand) (mm) 1013.3 x 645.8 x 34.5
Including stand (mm) 1013.3 x 704.5 x 235.5
VESA Dimensions (mm) 200 x 200
Weight (Kg)
SET (w/o stand kg) 23.1
Including stand (kg) 27.2
On Power Consumption (IEC62087 Edition 2) (W) 94.7
Stand By (W) 0.20
Luminance Ratio (%) 70
Mercury Content (mg) 0.0
Presence of Lead Yes - This television contains lead only in certain parts or components where no technology alternatives exist in accordance with existing exemption clauses under the RoHS Directive
Award isf Certification
Ultra Slim Depth & Narrow frame Yes

What People Are Saying


  • Reviewed by : Home Cinema Choice Jul 01. 2010
    To Infinia and beyond

    To Infinia and beyond: this 4/5-star review of the 47LE8900 starts by indicating that LG is pushing “…the design and specifications of its premium sets to a whole new level, and with its seamless, flush-fitting screens and outrageous nine-million-to-one contrast ratio claims, the Korean company’s TV division looks set to carry on chewing up market share.” The review follows by commenting positively on the TV’s design, its responsiveness, ease of use and picture quality.
    The unit’s price and product shot are included.

  • Reviewed by : What Plasma & LCDTV BEST BUY Jun 24. 2010
    Hi-spec LED panel joins the Korean company's exclusive Infinia range

    Welcome to the upper-end of LG' s extensive TV range and the first of its Infinia-branded LED TVs . The new brand name indicates the Korean corporation's premium lineup which all sport a screen that fits flush with the front panel like an infinity level swimming pool. In addition to the frameless design, they’re also packed with the latest picture- enhancing and media-sharing features, not to mention a Freeview HD tuner.

    Good ticking off

    Short of a 3D module and glasses ,this Infinia set ticks off almost all of the current must-have TV features. It's a full LED panel for starters, which means direct illumination by hundreds of LEDs behind the screen. Unlike the compromised edge-mounted arrangement, this 'local dimming' backlight can highlight specific parts of the screen rather than the whole panel. The unique scanning backlight technology also enables the panel to refresh at 200Hz to reduce motion blur a feature that LG calls TruMotion.
    With four HDMI ports and a PC input there's plenty of input flexibility, while the Two USB ports offer instant access for all your other digital files like photos, music and movies. This will work for flash drives and high capacity hard disks and it seems happy to play AVC HD files and the like.
    Alternatively, you can use the Ethernet port and the TV's DLNA compatibility to stream them via a router, or straight from your PC. LG calls this NetCast, which is also the button for accessing the live web. This is the company's first stab at including Widgets on its TVs and it features just three apps, YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather. Wi-Fi isn't included, but you can go wireless by adding an optional USB dongle.
    After all the noise made by LG and Panasonic about enlisting Skype to turn their TVs into giant video phones, it's disappointing not to see it employed here. LG is saving that potentially brilliant free messaging service for its top end models.
    More significant is the inclusion of a Freeview HD tuner, just like you'll find on all of LG's current generation TVs. This, of course, means three channels of free high-definition programming straight to your full HD screen. The speed at which this set surfs channels and flips inputs is impressive. It's one of the most responsive sets around, which makes zipping around the on-screen menu a pleasure rather than a chore.
    Onscreen menus couldn't be simpler either, with all of your options starting from a refreshingly intuitive tiled homepage. You certainly won't be reaching for the manual with this simple set. The remote looks a little plasticky and certainly isn't as flash as Samsung's iPhone-styled handset, but the logical layout and useful shortcut buttons Add to the general ease of use. The Picture Wizard is also an excellent addition, which helps you calibrate the Screen using a series of test images in a matter of minutes.
    LG has made strides with the picture quality, too. The quoted nine million to One contrast ratio should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it certainly does have impressive greyscale transitions and a well-contrasted image. Darker scenes are clearly resolved.

    Eco warrior

    In eco mode, there's an automatic sensor that kicks in to adjust panel brightness to suit ambient light in the room and optimise the picture. It's an effective way of minimizing the backlight, but there are eight more preset picture modes to choose from .Two of these have even been set to THX approved settings back at the factory; one to suit daylight conditions and one for a darkroom.
    Two more modes allow users with ISF certificates (or curious tweakers) to delve deeper into the picture settings for some very fine tuning.
    Like most large LCD panels, its quite unforgiving of poor quality Freeview material but even this benefits from the direct LED backlight that pumps up the whites and emphasises the dark blacks.
    Flick over to BBC HD and you'll realise why having a Freeview HD tuner is such an advantage. The 1080i signal looks far superior on this super-sized screen.

    Motion sickness

    If there's an area for improvement, it's the TruMotion processor. It's thereto reduce flicker and smooth motion, but neither seems to be a big problem for this latest generation panel and the processor itself tends to introduce soupy distortion around moving objects when set to its highest level. We advise leaving this feature switched off.
    There's also an element of grainy video noise, just noticeable in the backgrounds, that's not evident on the Infinia plasma sets, but it's not enough to distract you from the big picture.
    As is so often the case with these very large and very thin LED panels, the sound doesn't quite measure up to the scale of the picture. LG called in the talents of hi-fi expert Mark Levinson to help tune previous flatpanel TVs and it's produced a fairly clear and melodious tone at very low listening levels. It's when you turn it up that the bass appears to vanish. Clearly a soundbar or some kind of accompanying home cinema system is in order here.
    LG has always priced aggressively, but the new Infinia range carries a premium Price tag. Given the local dimming capability of the panel and the wealth of features on offer though, this is still a fair price.
    But, a TV with a screen this large is going to sink or swim on its picture performance and we think it's a strong swimmer. The Infinia design really shines with this high performance full LED panel behind it

  • Reviewed by : Stephen Withers Jun 20. 2010
    "The LG 47LE8900 is an attractive and well designed display that not only has one of the best out of the box performances I have ever measured but is also capable of a reference quality image after calibration." - 47LE8900 Does LG's new Infinia LCD TV live up to its THX certification and high-end status?

    "The LG 47LE8900 is an attractive and well designed display that not only has one of the best out of the box performances I have ever measured but is also capable of a reference quality image after calibration."

  • Reviewed by : Jun 17. 2010
    The Infinia sub-brand is used to describe the upper-end TVs across LG's LCD, LED and plasma technologies and they're all linked by the seamless screen design. - 47LE8900

  • Reviewed by : What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision Jun 02. 2010
    Smart looks and performance

    It's a nice-looking screen, with its seamless frame and touch-sensitive Buttons that light sequentially when you press the on button .Throw in menus with big, colourful icons and you've got a unit that's nice to look at whatever you're doing. Looking at menus, though, will only distract you for a while- if at all. You'll soon be sending the ' 8900a Blu-ray picture .And this is where it starts to impress .Pop in Inglourious Basterds and the LED backlighting quickly proves its value by showing the opening titles with bright white text and an inky black background. And it soon becomes clear this LG offers one of the most neutral and consistent colour palettes around- the mountains are vibrant and organic, while skin tones have vitality without ever being ruddy. Close-up shots prove the LG is also right at the top of the pile for overall

    " This LG offers one of the most neutral, consistent colour palettes around"

    definition. It revels in retrieving the finest details and imperfections, and, while the TruMotion 2ooHz processing isn't quite as impressive as that of the Sony, It’s only a smidge behind. Switch to Precious on DVD and the LG continues to impress, offering up one of the sharpest and most detailed up scaled pictures of the test. It looks a little richer in its colour balance here compared to its Blu-ray performance. However, although this means it’s not quite neutral, it does stop short of looking over blown, so proves to be a very minor niggle. And if you want to watch actual TV, the' 8900 demonstrates impressive stability and detail, even with poor quality broadcasts, while BBC HD looks absolutely stunning. (We'd turn the motion processor off for Freeview.) The only fly in the ointment is the sound- which is light weight and indirect ,even by flat screen standards. For those who use separate speakers, though, the LG is a superb choice.

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