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42-inch 3D TV Now Available From Under £400

When vying to be the cheapest, LG is not a name you'd expect to hear and yet, the Korean manufacturer has launched what is arguably the cheapest mainstream 3D television in the UK.

Available at RicherSounds (opens in new tab), the LG 42PW450T costs a mere £399.95, a far cry from the £1000 or more that the first 3D television sets originally cost.

That said, corners have been cut but not necessarily where you'd expect them. At 42 inches, it is bigger than the original 3D TVs from the same manufacturer, but LG chose to opt for plasma technology and a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels, which is a 4:3 rather than 16:10 or 16:9 screen resolution.

The rest of the specification of this set is on par with what you'd expect from current entry level models. There's Active 3D technology which adds depth (and 3D) to moving content, a built-in 2d to 3d convertor, a 600Hz sub-field, LG's Infinite Surround sound processing and surprise surprise, a Freeview HD tuner, something quite rare at this price.

Designwise, LG went for a Razor Frame design which cuts the width of the bezel to less than an inch. It is also 50 per cent thinner than the average plasma television set.

When it comes to connectivity, the LG 42PW450T is very well equipped with three HDMI ports, SCART and components connections, PC input and a side-mounted USB socket that allows the user to watch DiVX movies.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.