LG's implementation of its film patterned retarder (FPR) technology resulted in a brilliant shakeup of the 3D industry. In fact, one of its adversaries got so riled up over LG's commercials recently that it tried to pull the stops on them. Lawsuits aside, we believe the Koreans' LW6500 is a much stronger 3D contender than last year's INFINIA range. Physically, the TV sports an attractive slim depth, credit to edge-mounted LEDs with "local dimming" perks. The touch-controls also adds to to the set's overall premium feel. We can't test the full extent of its Smart TV capabilities since its Apps Store and web browser patch will only arrive with the next firmware update. As it is, LG's Smart TV platform is already a reckoning force with its generous suite of news, video, music apps and DLNA benefits. However, it would definitely entice consumers more if LG could secure VOD tie-ups with local broadcasters here.
Visually, the IPS panel is susceptible to clouding issues due to its inconsistent LED back lights. Other than this shortfall, the LW6500 managed to ace most of the tests in HQV and Displaymate. For video playback, its HD and SD performances also fared above average. Our main gripe would be the number manual adjustments required to refine the TV and some of its picture enhancements, like Dynamic Contrast which exhibited odd behavioral traits. On the 3D front, the LW6500 suffers from tight vertical viewing angles, plus a minimum viewing distance before the "scan lines" materialize. To us, however, these are minor grievances compared to a rewarding 3D experience the TV can offer. At S$3499, the 47-inch LW6500 is undeniably expensive. Still, it is worth your greens if a fulfilling 3D TV for the family is what you are after.