LG Infinia 55LX9500


3D is cool, but it's even cooler when you have a TV like the borderless LG Infinia 55LX9500 to enjoy it on. According to LG, this is the first full LED 3D LCD TV in the world, and judging by the visual spectacle we experienced (with beer and chips, no less), we found it hard not to give this telly the highest marks possible.

First, allow us to clarify the term "borderless." True, there's no visible bezel, but it doesn't mean that the LCD panel goes all the way to the edges. There's still a thin frame underneath the solid glass cover, but it's virtually invisible in the dark. This makes viewing 3D movies even more pleasurable, because not only do you have 55 inches of real estate, you also have that illusion of the screen being bigger than it really is.

Images literally pop out of the screen, especially if you're viewing made-for-3D CG [computer-generated] videos. The glasses are snug – although rather plasticky – and would last long enough for a movie or two.

Unlike most 3D TVs available today, the LX9500 does not support 2D to 3D conversion and a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player is required to watch 3D videos. It may sound like a total bummer, but LG says they nixed the feature on purpose because most 2D material are less than satisfactory when converted to 3D. Truth be told, that claim is not so far-fetched as our previous experiences with conversion were pretty much hit-and-miss affairs.

For both 2D and 3D movies, however, the LX9500 can't be beat. The contrast is amazing, thanks to local-dimming technology which turns off the backlight when it's not needed. Colors look amazing in both bright and dimly lit conditions, and even standard-definition (SD) videos were watchable. Mind you, this is a 55-inch full HD screen, so logically, anything less than HD quality should be painful to the eyes.

As big as this TV is, however, it manages to maintain a 1.3-inch (33mm) girth. That may not sound impressive, especially with numerous other TVs getting thinner and thinner, but the fact that this is a full LED TV makes it a cut above the rest. LG claims that such a thin profile is nearly impossible for a full LED TV (because of the fact that 1,200 LED bulbs are spread across the screen) and would only be doable with an edge-lit design such as the Samsung UA40C7000WRXXP 3D LED TV (where the bulbs are only located on the edge of the screen). Through extensive R&D, however, they were able to make it work (yay to the Koreans!).

If there's one niggle we have with the Infinia, it's that the remote control, which ditched infrared for Wi-Fi, is a little sluggish. We had a hard time controlling the menus because we were left waiting for the buttons to respond. If you're the impatient type, you may find yourself wanting to throw the thing right out of the window. If you can handle the lag, however, you will enjoy not having to point the remote to the screen just to control the TV.

At P269,000, is the 55LX9500 a good buy? Of course it is. Even if you don't have the space for it, you could always use it as a bed. Or better yet, you could live in the box it came in. We kid, we kid!

Click here to see the LG Infinia 55 LX9500 in the Buyer's Guide.

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  • Super slim design
  • Seamless front panel
  • Optional wireless connectivity
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  • Sluggish remote control
  • As expensive as a "Subic" car
Bottom Line
  • Stunning images both in 2D and in 3D. A definite must-have if you have the space (and the money) for it
Gold Award
Editor's Pick Yes
Price P269,000
Tech Specs
  • Screen
    • Type: Full LED 3D TV
    • Backlight: LED
    • Size: 55 inches
    • Resolution: 1920 x 2020p
    • Contrast Ratio: 10,000,000:1 (dynamic)
    • Brightness:
    • Refresh Rate: 480MHz
    • Response Time
    • Viewing Angle: 178 degrees
  • Connections
    • HDMI: 4
    • PC/DVI (white): 0
    • PC/VGA (blue): 1
    • Component In: 2
    • Composite In: 2
    • Audio Out: 1 (optical), 1 (headphone)
    • S-Video: 0
    • USB: 2
    • Card Reader: 0
    • Ethernet: 1
    • Wi-Fi: yes with DLNA
  • Size: 49 x 29.3 x 1.3 in.
  • Weight: 67.5 lbs.


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