LG's LED backlit LCD TVs have flooded the markets by now and they even have two of their 3D models out. We were keen on getting our hands on the borderless TV since it's unlike any other offerings currently available in the market. Instead, LG sent us a 47-incher from their new INFINIA series, the 47LE8500, which is yet to launch in India, and boy are we glad they did so. There is no way to tell what this TV can do just by looking at it. Initially it seemed like just another LED backlit LCD somewhat similar to what Samsung offers currently, but without the TOC d cor. Once this launches in India at the said price (and we sure hope it does) it'll go head on with the Samsung 7 series (UA46B7000) and the Sony NX700 series (KDL-46NX700).
Since this is not yet launched in India and not even up on the India site let me enlighten you about LG's newest INFINIA series. Let's begin with the LED technology used. This particular model comes with a full LED backlight (not Edge lit) with Local Dimming. If a particular scene has a mix of both dark and bright areas, then the LED's around the dark area will dim or turn off depending on the black level needed, whereas the LED's in the rest of the scene will be bright.
This makes a huge impact giving you deeper blacks that come close to plasmas I'd say. This display has also been certified by THX, which ensures the best possible quality. Next up is LG's TruMotion technology that boosts the refresh rate up to 240Hz. This isn't 3D ready, so the native resolution is still 60Hz.
Finally, we come to the best part of the TV, 1080p playback through USB. If you haven't fallen off your chair by now then go see a doctor! Yes, finally we have a higher than DVD resolution support over USB. The TV supports DivX HD, which means you can play movies with resolutions up to 1080p via USB easily, as well as stream it to the TV, since the LE8500 sports a LAN jack and is DLNA ready. In case you're worried about your HD collection being in a different format, not to worry, the TV can handle it just fine.
You can check the rest of the specifications on the last page. Now let's take a look at the TV itself. For some reason, LG didn't send the correct remote, so we had to use one of their generic remotes for their other models. Not a big deal since the functions remain pretty much the same except the shortcuts for USB playback (play, stop, etc) didn't work, so perhaps they are differently mapped.