One of the first LED-based LCDs sporting a passive 3D technology, the LG Infinia 65LW6500 blends sleek styling, above-average overall picture quality, and superior features to attract consumers. However, with so many 3DTVs edging each other out in the still relatively small 3D HDTV market, usually slight flaws like the muted 3D picture quality, along with bottom-line factors such as the hefty price tag, would make even this attractive and well-made television hard to sell.
With a piano black slim body, medium-thickness bezels with transparent edging, squared-off corners and only the barest elements marring the frontage, the Infinia 65LW6500 undoubtedly presents a chic minimalist
look. Perched atop a low-rise swivel stand on a contoured yet delicate-looking rectangular base, the HDTV certainly makes a sleek and handsome addition to most modern home interiors.
LG ships two remotes with the LG Infinia 65LW6500: the standard clicker and the still-improving motion-sensing wand patterned after the Wii game controller. The former has a longish form factor with well-laid out rubberized keys and elevated buttons for volume and channel selection, but the unit lacks the ability to control other attached devices. The motion-based wand, on the other hand, can seamlessly control most applications (except for Netflix) and navigate from one app to the next. Both remotes work well with the redesigned LG menu, which is now Internet-centered with its large icons, customizable buttons and obvious focus on the Smart TV portal.
The Infinia 65LW6500 – a step-up from the LW5600 series with its 240 Hz. refresh rates – handled standard def quite well, exhibiting grain-free images and smooth motions with minimal jaggies, even when resolving up-converted materials. High def sources are also resolved superbly particularly in Cinema 3D mode, rendering natural-looking skin tones and a warm cinematic ambience, although there are barely perceptible black scan lines and tearing effects on 3D objects when viewed close to the screen or in off-angle positions. Generally, though, the depth and fluidity of 3D images in this passive-based screen are more than satisfactory.
Black levels of the 65LW6500 are admittedly not at par with top plasmas, but are sufficiently dark for an edge-lit local-dimming LED 3DTV. The abundant image controls, fairly accurate colors, decent shadow details, good external light filtering, and even screen uniformity altogether result in above-average, flicker-free picture quality that compares well with other high-end HDTVs.
Bannered by LG’s Smart TV portal, the Infinia 65LW6500 brings together an impressive array of entertainment options, from old reliables like YouTube and Netflix, to premium offerings like CinemaNow and Napster, to a wide array of games and apps. The functional web browser allows access to social networking site, and even allows calls via Skype.
Other connection options for the 65LW6500 are four v1.4 HDMI sockets, one 1080p-ready component video input, one analog PC input, one digital audio output, an Ethernet port and two USB ports. Each TV unit ships with four pairs of passive 3D eyewear, but the WiFi dongle entails extra.
LG pours considerable resources in the passive technology, and releases like the Infinia 65LW6500 shows that its efforts are definitely paying off. Buyers would definitely like the HDTV’s solid handling of both 2D and 3D materials, and appreciate the slew of smart features and add-ons that go with this model.
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