LG 50PK250 (50″ Plasma TV): Short Review (Updated)

Last week bought LG 50PK250N (N in the end stands for Nordic – it is same as 50PK250 with addition of DVB-C receiver). It is a 50″ Full HD 600Hz plasma TV set with DVB-T/C tuner, two HDMI inputs and two Scarts. It is energy efficient, with max 190W power consumption that can be further reduced by few different energy saving schemes (intelligent sensor, minimal, medium, etc.).

So far I like it very much – picture is sharp, even on SD TV channels, it is not heating the way old plasmas were, and user interface is rather usable, and I do not see any burn-in or “ghosting” issues. Yes, it does not have any multimedia and/or networking functionality, but for me these were non-requirements as I am using my company’s media center which does much-much-much more than any TV in the market can offer in this field (see ClaroVision for more info).

At this moment I can say only three negative things (all of them minor):

  1. I did not manage to calibrate the screen the way I wish yet – white tends to be too “shiny”. I guess I can improve the situation a bit, but, on the other hand, it is probably stupid to expect super-duper picture quality from a 699€ TV (that is how much I paid for it in Gigantti; it was an offer, and now they are more expensive), especially that this issue is not really that bad.
  2. TV channel switching is rather slow, especially on paid channels – it can take 3-5 seconds easily, sometimes more. I wonder how that fits into NorDig requirements of 1.5 sec for FTA channels? :)
  3. There are some annoying usability things with the input switching – I can imagine a bit simpler user interface, both on-screen and remote control, for switching between integrated DTV and e.g. satellite receiver.

All in all, it is a great TV for a good price, and I can definitely recommend it! (with a note, that you should consider if 2 HDMI inputs is enough – for me it is).

UPDATE (2010-09-07) Still very happy about the TV. There is no picture ghosting/burn in whatsoever. Colors are mostly great, except for white – it is too “shiny” and white object lack details, but it is not too critical, at least for me. Automatic light sensor is sometimes (e.g. in the early evening) changing energy parameters up and down, which could get annoying, but it is easily “fixable” by selecting some energy saving profile manually.

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6 thoughts on “LG 50PK250 (50″ Plasma TV): Short Review (Updated)

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  3. Would you mind sharing your picture setting for calibration? I just purchased an LG 50PK250 myself. I tried numerous settings and while each one looks sufficient it is difficult to decide the best. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  4. I went to the ClaroVision website and liked what I saw. It would make a perfect replacement for Microsoft’s MCE, which is clumsy and inflexible by comparison. Why doesn’t the company offer the software to consumers directly? I can’t be the only one who seriously dislikes MCE.

  5. Hi Rod,

    Sorry for a bit delayed reply – somehow I missed your post earlier. Offering our software directly to consumers can be imagined, but there are certain factors that turn it to a rather complicated task.

    One of the reasons – great variety of the end-users’ systems produces same variety of the running environments for certain software, and our software specifically has rather large list of expectations/requirements, for example DVB cards, remote controls/keyboards, codecs, browser, installed plug-ins, etc. There are three possible ways of dealing with it:

    1. Offer a “stripped down” software that does not have such an extensive list of requirements. This option is not too good, as usefulness of such product would be questionable.

    2. Accept this “external” variety, and make our software coping with it. This option would be nice from the end-users’ perspective, but it is extremely difficult to achieve this kind of environment-agnosticism. In fact, it might be even impossible, taking into account the today’s status quo of PC/Windows computing.

    3. Distribute our software together with all its dependencies. This approach suffers from the same issues as the approach number two above – extreme variety of the end-users’s systems will ultimately lead to broken software. For example, someone might upgrade BDA drivers, and voila, digital TV is gone; or someone might uninstall “not needed” piece of software, which was in the list of our dependencies, and voila, our software is not even starting. And this list can go on and on.

    One more reason – our current inability to ensure the needed user experience in case of pure software distribution scenario. It is very easy to get our product up and running after purchase – connect needed cables, switch it on, and you are ready to go! But once you talk about stand-alone software product, you are getting back to the realm of PCs – installers, software dependencies, drivers and their configuration (gosh, we wasted probably half a year on different versions of ATI Catalyst alone, just to get it doing what we need), firewalls, viruses, etc. Also, there are many alternative, mostly free, software products, e.g. Media Portal, and we are not necessarily able to provide sufficiently better level of usability in such circumstances.

    So, sorry to disappoint you, but as you see, there is no easy answer. We are thinking about this option from time to time, but so far we did not come to any favorable conclusion.

    Have fun!

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