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Reviewed on Sep 29, 2014

LG LB5600
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.8
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv was replaced by the LG LF5600

The LG LB5600 LED TV is not a good value. The picture quality in both a dark and a bright room is sub-par, even compared to TVs in its low price range.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy at an angle.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio. In a dark room, the blacks are gray.
  • It reflects a lot of light. The picture in a bright room gets washed out by the reflections.
  • Very low input lag. However, it suffers from a little bit of inverse ghosting with fast-moving objects, so it isn't ideal for gaming.

Test Results
Picture Quality 6.3
Motion 7.5
Inputs 9.2
Smart Features 0

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Design

Design
LG LB5600 Design

The LG LB5600 LED TV has the same design as all LG TVs in the 5 series. The borders are matte gray and the TV is slightly thicker than average.

Stand
LG LB5600 Stand

The stand is a big problem with the 2014 LG TVs. It is stable, but it is as wide as the TV itself. You will need a wide table, even for the 42".

Borders
LG LB5600 Borders

0.75" (1.9 cm)

Thickness
LG LB5600 Thickness

2.1" (5.3 cm)

6.3

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
6.0 Contrast
LG LB5600 Contrast
Black : 0.125 cd/m2
White : 100.5 cd/m2
Contrast : 804 : 1

In a dark room, the LG LB5600 LED TV isn't great. The contrast ratio is low, which causes dark scenes to appear dull.

8.0 Black Uniformity
LG LB5600 Black Uniformity

The black uniformity isn't bad, but because the blacks are gray, any small issue is more apparent.

5.0 Gray Uniformity
LG LB5600 Gray Uniformity

All IPS panels in the low and mid level price range seem to suffer from a significant dirty screen effect. You won't see it under normal footage, but it could bother you with sports or panning shots.

7.3 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 32 °

The viewing angle is excellent for an LED TV. When watching from the side, you won't suffer from a significant loss of picture quality the way you might with most other LED TVs.

7.0 Average Room
LG LB5600 Average Room
Reflection : 2.5 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

The LG LB5600 reflects a lot of light. Even a normal room with a few lights causes issues with this TV. The semi-gloss screens of other brands perform a lot better.

7.4 Bright Room
LG LB5600 Bright Room
Max white : 237.8 cd/m2

Don't buy this TV for a room full of windows. You will see virtually nothing. It doesn't get very bright and the TV has a yellow tint under bright conditions.

0 3D
3D : No
Pixels
7.5

Motion

Score components:
7.5 Motion Blur
LG LB5600 Motion Blur

This TV has effective backlight flickering, but the motion blur trail is longer than average. It has slight inverse ghosting; the trail appears brighter than the moving object. Is you watch sports or play video games, you will prefer another TV.

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A
9.2

Inputs

Score components:
9.2 Input Lag
LG LB5600 Input Lag
Input Lag : 27.8 ms

The LG LB5600's input lag is great. It doesn't get much better than this. You won't notice any lag in fast video games.

Side Inputs
LG LB5600 Side Inputs

1 HDMI
1 USB

Rear Inputs
LG LB5600 Rear Inputs

1 HDMI
1 Composite In
1 Component In
1 RF In
1 Digital Audio Optical Out

0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
0 Smart TV

Remote

Conclusion
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6.8Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
The picture quality of the LG LB5600 LED is inferior even to other entry level TVs. It reflects a lot of light and has a low contrast ratio. If you are looking for a budget TV, go for the Vizio E Series or the Sony W600B instead.

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