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LG LF5600 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 02, 2015 at 12:00 am
LG LF5600 Picture
5.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.1
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
4.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
3.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
4.5
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
Type LED
Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 60 Hz

The LG LF5600 is a very basic budget TV that lacks many modern features, like internet connectivity and USB video playback. It doesn't have great picture quality, either.

Our Verdict

5.8 Mixed Usage

It's cheap, but the LG LF5600's lack of features and poor picture quality means it's not a good choice even for buyers on a budget. You should only buy this TV if you want good color accuracy when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy at an angle.
Cons
  • Poor contrast ratio.
  • A lot of reflections.
3.3 HDR Gaming
  • 5.8 Mixed Usage
  • 5.4 Movies
  • 6.1 TV Shows
  • 6.3 Sports
  • 6.4 Video Games
  • 4.7 HDR Movies
  • 3.3 HDR Gaming
  • 4.5 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 01, 2017: Review published.

Test Results

Design
7.5
Design
Style
Curved No
Design
Stand

The stand is stable, but the feet are set far apart, which means you'll need to put the TV on a surface that is about as wide as the TV itself.

Design
Back

The TV's bezel is pretty slim. The TV itself is of average thickness.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.19" (5.6 cm)
Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,026 : 1

This TV's contrast isn't very good. Blacks look gray when you watch this TV in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
5.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
223 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
222 cd/m²
5.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.423%
50% DSE
0.256%

There is quite a lot of dirty screen effect on this TV, and the same dark sides/corners and bright top and bottom edges are obvious here.

6.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
LCD Type
IPS
Color Shift
23°
Brightness
35°
Black Level
75°

The viewing angle for this TV is better than most LED TVs. You'll be able to view it from the side without sacrificing picture quality.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

7.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.019%

There is a huge difference between the brightest and darkest portions of the screen. Very patchy looking.

9.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.9
Color dE
1.528
Gamma
2.06
9.8
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.25
Color dE
0.577
Gamma
2.2
6.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

This TV's upscaling is pretty poor. Low-res images looks blurrier than they do on other sets. For 480p, you should set 'Noise Reduction' and 'MPEG Noise Reduction' to 'High', as well as turning on 'Edge Enhancer'.

6.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p upscaling is also not very good. Same settings used for 480p can help to have a better image quality.

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Native 1080p content looks good.

0
Picture Quality
4k Input
6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
74.36%
DCI P3 uv
81.71%
Rec 2020 xy
53.43%
Rec 2020 uv
59.92%
6.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Reflection
1.9%
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss

This TV reflects a lot of light. Having more than a couple of lights in the room will have a big impact on the picture. You can even see a rainbow around the reflected lights.
This TV's maximum brightness is a bit sub-par, so it's not a good choice for a room with lots of windows or bright lights.

0
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No
Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
6.0
Motion
Motion Blur
Response Time
28 ms
Overshoot
0 ms

This TV has a fair amount of blur, but it shouldn't be an issue when watching TV shows or movies.

2.8
Motion
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz
BFI
No
BFI Frequency
120 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
No
7.1
Motion
24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
No

There is no judder in movies when playing them at 24p (Blu-rays), but you might see some for movies over cable or some streaming boxes.

0
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No
Inputs
8.4
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
29.8 ms
1080p With Interpolation
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
29.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
N/A

This TV's input lag is pretty low in every picture mode, so you do not need to worry about which mode to put it in.

0
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
Inputs
Side Inputs
Inputs
Rear Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 1 (shared)
Composite In 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 0
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
No
Dolby Vision
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth No
ARC No
USB 3 No
HDCP 2.2 No
CEC Yes
MHL No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Sound Quality
5.9
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
6.17 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
6.36 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.01 dB SPL
Max
85.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
95 Hz

The frequency response is poor. The TV doesn't get very loud and at higher volumes pumping artifacts may be present. The bass extension, however, is decent for a TV.

7.4
Sound Quality
Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
0.012
Distortion @ 80
0.018
Distortion @ Max
0.02

This TV produces little distortion, but it doesn't get very loud either. There is some audible "hiss" present when the sound is pushed.

Smart Features
Smart Features
Apps

You can't connect this TV to the internet, and the only media files it can open are photos and music files.

4.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS No
Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

The remote that is included with the TV is very basic.

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 35.2 W
Power Consumption (Max) 64.7 W

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