- Excellent picture quality
- LG Magic Remote included
- Great connectivity (3x HDMI 2.0)
- Fast and easy setup
- Sound not great in large rooms
- Lengthy satellite input setup
- No ITV hub or 4OD for catch-up
Full Review – LG 40UF770V
LG have really brought the fight to TV giants Samsung and Sony with the picture quality on their 1080p Full HD units over recent years and I was pleased to discover they’ve kept the same quality in their 4K Ultra HD panels. Using an IPS panel LG are able to provide vivid, true-to-life colours as well as provide great viewing angles so everybody enjoys a great viewing experience. There was noticeable screen tearing in extremely fast pan shots, however these occurrences are rare and dependant on what programs you are watching, however motion blur was near non-existent making watching sports a delight.
Thanks to 4K Ultra HD being exactly twice the resolution in each dimension (4 times overall), an upscale from 1080p is easy for most units, giving a good quality image. It’s important to remember that despite 4K becoming a new standard, television and DVDs still fall far behind in their native SD resolutions. Thanks to LG’s Tru Ultra HD engine with built-in 4K upscaler, the LG 40UF770V handles upscaling extremely well offering sharp and clear images on nearly all formats. The engine also uses anti-aliasing to smoothen edges when upscaled to 4K which results in images that often appear better than they would have on a 1080p Full HD TV, which was noticeable when placed side-by-side with the Samsung UE48JU6400 we also reviewed.
Whenever I see ‘LED edge-lit backlight’ I always expect to find excessive backlight bleed offering poor blacks and often an uneven patchy feel. Thankfully using LG’s Tru Black control, this panel offers fairly deep blacks, even in lower light, which is a visual treat when watching darker programs and movies. For both PS4 and Xbox One gamers out there, this set performed well on each console, however the ease of upscale on the PS4’s 1080p resolution was clear, with Xbox one a tad behind showing at 900p and 720p in the titles I played, which offered a slightly fuzzier image.
The 2x10W stereo speakers in this LG may seem like somewhat of a standard within most LG units, however the UF770V range is also equipped with a tweeter to provide crisper audio to high tones. Despite the 2x10W drivers, I did feel that the overall volume level lacked when placed in larger rooms, so those hard of hearing or with big sitting rooms may want to budget for an external solution. Volume aside, the quality of the audio was fairly strong, providing audio sufficient to please most users needs, with a pleasant enough sound to play music on also. The main distraction for me was that the sound processor appeared to try and overcompensate for the lack of bass available from the 2.0 stereo system, instead increasing the volume, which left a uneven watching experience in action movies particularly.
Whilst an expected feature of a TV at this price point, the WI-Fi connectivity made setting up this Smart TV extremely easy, with myself able to get online within minutes of opening the box. For those looking to use the 4K Ultra HD panel to its full potential with 4K content from YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime, I would still recommend using a wired connection if it’s available as even with my top-spec router, if chewed up most of my bandwidth leaving little left for my phone and tablet. An annoyance of the TV guide is the loss of sound and picture whilst browsing through channels, which despite sounding minor, became quite frustrating after a few hours of testing. A big plus of this model is the inclusion of LG’s Magic Remote with the TV for free, which is often sold separately at a premium. The remote is brilliant and definitely makes the Smart experience better, however for those without a steady hand it can be tricky to keep your pointer exactly where you want it.
The LG 40UF770V’s quad-core processor paired with LG’s WebOS 2.0 makes for a great Smart experience. The design is great and whilst it takes a little getting used to, after 30 minutes or so I knew my way around the software easily, accessing the features I wanted. A small, but neat feature I found useful was the ability to rename your signal inputs, so no longer am I stuck questioning what ‘HDMI 2’ is, instead say hello to ‘Blu-ray Player’. Whilst not the fault of the LG 40UF770V, rather LG’s Smart softwarte itself, we still don’t have access to the catch-up services ITV hub and 4OD, however the popular BBC iPlayer and Netflix worked without fault. PVR recording is available via USB to an external HDD and this unit will also allow series recording via the TV guide which is a feature often omitted from LG TVs, so it was nice to see it included.