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Hello people, I plan buying a new TV soon. I've decided that I wanted a 42" LG Cinema LED 3D TV (it uses passive 3D technology which means no batteries on the glasses, and less headaches).

The thing is that there is a model which incorporates Smart TV and one which doesn't. Now I want to ask you guys: is the whole "smart tv" thing worth it?. Because I have my laptop just a few centimeters away from me, and I don't think I would be using the TV for internet surfing.

Plus I plan to connect a PS3 into it, so I would already have Netflix available .... but is there any essential or very useful thing that a Smart TV can provide you?

And finally, if the whole Smart TV thing gets muuuch better with the pass of time, I can buy the Logitech Revue which is kinda the "smart tv" part of those TVs and have the same experience?



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I'm not sure but I don't think any TV that has the internet apps built in can actually surf the web. You can only access what the apps allow. Sooooo.......it's really up to you. I don't like to use my TV more than I have to so it'll hopefully last longer since I don't upgrade but every 4-5 years.


What's the price difference between the two?
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I'm not sure but I don't think any TV that has the internet apps built in can actually surf the web. You can only access what the apps allow. Sooooo.......it's really up to you. I don't like to use my TV more than I have to so it'll hopefully last longer since I don't upgrade but every 4-5 years.
What's the price difference between the two?

The price difference is pretty remarkable. Maybe the following numbers will surprise you due to their hugeness, but that's because I live in a third world country where technology is incredibly expensive.

-1655 dolars the model without Smart TV (LW5700)
-2320 dolars the Smart TV model (LW4500)
    
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I'm not sure but I don't think any TV that has the internet apps built in can actually surf the web. You can only access what the apps allow. Sooooo.......it's really up to you. I don't like to use my TV more than I have to so it'll hopefully last longer since I don't upgrade but every 4-5 years.
What's the price difference between the two?

Wrong the LG smart TV's can browse the web

Also the LW5700 is a smart TV not sure what you are thinking (unless you aren't in the US I think there is an overseas version)

I just bought the 47LW5700 from costco which is "120hz" FPR 3D Smart TV (internet apps)

I actually really like the "Smart TV" features. It sync's perfectly with my PS3 Media Server program and also I have a Netflix account so that portion is great. I don't use the web browser built in because I just don't care too. However if you do want to use the web browser then I would recommend the add on LG motion remote so you can type faster but that is $100.

The interface is a little sluggish, but it works.
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What's a smart tv anyway? confused.gif
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What's a smart tv anyway? confused.gif

Internet connected TV's for youtube netflix, hulu yada yada yada

They can also run proprietary apps and such
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Ahhh gotcha. Thanks thumb.gif
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I'm not sure if worth it or not. My friend's family just bought this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QXFHJG

It's internet feature is not very responsive. The keyboard is so small and uncomfortable...it's like using a tiny querty phone to browse through the internet on a big screen.
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The price difference is pretty remarkable. Maybe the following numbers will surprise you due to their hugeness, but that's because I live in a third world country where technology is incredibly expensive.
-1655 dolars the model without Smart TV (LW5700)
-2320 dolars the Smart TV model (LW4500)

With that kind of price difference, there is no way the "Smart TV" is worth it. I guarantee you'll use the features 2 or 3 times and get over it, especially if you already have an infinitely more capable laptop and PS3 available.
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You can always buy the smart TV box later, and for usually much cheaper.

Here in Australia, where I work, I think we have them for $199. And that's in an expensive bricks and mortar store.

LG SmartTV Upgrader box

Obviously, this may not be helpful if it's not what you're looking for, but I thought I'd throw out a suggestion.
For the price difference on those T.V's tho, I'd tell them their dreamin...

But as stated, with a PS3 and a laptop. It's just not needed.
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