Scarlett O’Hara, one of the most memorable film characters of all time, was a beautiful, seductive, feisty woman with a tongue that could cut steel and eyes that could bring a man to his knees. In many ways LG’s Scarlet shares this unconventional beauty, only with a technological twist.
A seductive crimson rear, an absorbing piano black face and a haughty presence; there is no disputing that Scarlet is a sexy creature. We were so taken by her in fact that we have made it office policy to exclude the use of the word “it” in her presence.
Scarlet has a stunning set of figures. We reviewed her 42-inch, LG60 model with Full HD 1080p resolution. She displays a busty 50 000:1 contrast ratio, a petite 4ms response time, a tight 16:9 aspect ratio and a round set of three HDMI 1.3 inputs. In addition she provides onboard MP3/JPEG/DivX/Xvid playback via USB. When watching HD video you can’t help but appreciate her picture quality and the vivacity of the colours (most notable in human flesh tones, the depth of black levels and the true shadow details) on display.
From a usability perspective she is brilliant. She has an ‘Expert Mode’ which allows viewers to completely customise every audio visual setting imaginable. She also offers a number of preset enhanced AV modes such as Cinema, Sport and Game modes.
Her LG80 alter ego is perhaps a little more subtle in her features, with no backlit Power ring, a slightly less busty 30 000:1 contrast ratio, and only two HDMI 1.3 inputs. Once you switch her on, however she transforms, with an impressive 3.1 channel virtual-surround sound system seemingly appearing from nowhere. Right and left channel speakers automatically extend from her sides, while a third centre channel speaker enhances human vocal sounds and lastly a woofer is fitted in her back. In total she outputs a maximum of 50 watts of sound.
LG seems to grasp the consumer need to have hardware that looks as good as it performs, Scarlet being a prime example. RRP on the 42-inch LG60 is R19 000.