HDTV manufacturer LG has recently announced four new LED LCD television models that are currently available in South Korea, but can be expected to make their way to North America in the near future, perhaps early fall.
The four new models are the 22-inch W2286L, 24-inch W2486L, and two 55-inch sets, the 55LH93 and 55LH95. Though the smaller and larger sets obviously differ in many ways, they all feature LED backlighting, as opposed to the traditional cold cathode fluorescent (CCFL) backlighting typically found on LCD televisions. LED backlighting is the hot new trend in LCD televisions, and is seen as an intermediary step between the present LCD technology and the expected OLED (organic LED) technology of the future. In short, an LED-backlit television is the best, most up-to-date technology you can get at the moment, and should be on the top of the heap for the next few years until OLED, which has been notoriously difficult to mass produce, can figure itself out and become available to consumers.
For more in-depth information about LED-backlighting technology, check our our LED HDTV primer.
LG W2286L and W2486L
The W2286L and W2486L are a curious duo. The WW2286L is more a computer monitor than a high-definition television, but can be used as either. It features two HDMI inputs for high-definition connections, as well as a DVI input for digital hookups to computers or laptops. It's also only 20 millimeters thick, so if you're concerned about space and are looking to get the most you can from the smallest devices, the 22-inch W2286L is a good choice. The W2486L is mostly similar to the W2286L, except that it leans much more toward the HDTV side of the equation, with a full HD 1080p resolution. Both models use LED backlights and are incredibly energy efficient.
LG 55LH95 and 55LH93
The 55LH95 and 55LH93 televisions are also quite similar to one another. Both have 55-inch displays, LED backlights, and are around 24 millimeters thick. From early reports, it's not clear how the two televisions are distinct from one another, though perhaps it will become clearer once North American release dates are announced.
The LED technology is nice, and should provide much deeper blacks and brighter colors where necessary. LG claims to have included seven times as many LEDs as their competition, making these models the most versatile LED sets on the market. Another interesting feature on these TVs is the "Wireless HD" capabilities, which allegedly can transmit full 1080p video wirelessly from a video source to the TV, at a distance of 30 feet. By moving much of the TV's image processing and internal components to a wireless box, LG was able to achieve the incredibly thin profile of these models. 42 and 47-inch versions of these models are expected to follow soon, though without the Wireless HD functionality.