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The First Ever TV with Passive 3D – LG LW650S Review

The new LG LW650 is the first widely-available 3D TV to use passive 3D technology.  Rather than using battery-powered active 3D glasses, it uses smaller, lighter passive glasses which don’t need recharging.  That’s a big draw for many viewers in itself.

The TV uses an IPS display backlit using LEDs around the edges.  Other features include support for DLNA 1.5, online services, 200 Hz motion interpolation and a media player that can read content from USB drives.



Attractive results in 2D and 3D

Accurate colours: average deltaE of 1.7

Powerful Trumotion 200 Hz mode

Light, comfortable 3D glasses

Low energy consumption: 94W



Contrast ratio not quite perfect (1186:1)

Some crosstalk visible in 3D films

Media player doesn’t support M2TS or MTS files



The LG LW650S is the first TV to offer passive 3D technology to the general public, and the results it produces are natural and easy on the eye.  The resolution is limited to 1920 x 540 pixels in 3D, so you’ll need to sit a little bit further back.  The picture in 2D is very good, with only a slightly weak contrast ratio letting it down.

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