- Outstanding picture quality
- HDR compatible with HDR10/DV
- Deep, true blacks
- LG Magic Remote included
- Sound not great in large rooms
- Limited catch-up TV services
- High price tag
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Full Review – LG 65UH770V
Don’t let LG’s naming conventions confuse you, this Super UHD TV is still using a 4K 2160p resolution display, however in a world at 4K is becoming a benchmark, LG has packed in some outstanding tech to justify their ‘Super’ title. Taking a step up from this model’s predecessor, the LG 65UH770V boasts a 4K Quantum IPS display with ColourPrime Plus technology to display over a billion unique colours. The results are outstanding and straight away it was clear to me that this isn’t just the best LG LED screen ever produced, but one of the best LED screens ever made, with the 10bit panel giving truly outstanding image quality across all fronts. With the price gap between LED and OLED TVs so large, the image quality on this TV really does right the big fight and in my eyes makes the OLED screens simply not worth the money at this point in time.
One of my biggest personal pet peeves is backlight bleed leading to imperfect blacks. Thanks to LG’s ULTRA Luminance technology, your contrast range is expanded through local dimming, giving extra life to the brightest scenes, whilst using local dimming and its True Black panel to provide real blacks that give a great cinematic experience. The 65UH770V is also one of the first TVs to hit the market with support for both HDR10 (High Dynamic Range 10) and Dolby Vision giving you greater access to the latest standards in image quality.
This TV is great for all use cases, with LG’s market leading 4K upscaler giving you sharp images regardless of whether you’re watching SD live TV or watching Full HD Blu-Ray movies. Gamers out there will be pleased to know that minimal input lag and high refresh rates make playing my Xbox One and PS4 an enjoyable experience, with no signs of screen tearing I had seen whilst playing Call of Duty on other LG models. My only criticism of this TV for gaming is that its ability to change from the darkest blacks to brightest whites as mentioned above can cause eye strain if you’re in games that see you moving in and out of differently lit areas very frequently.
To position the LG UH770V series as a high-end TV range, LG have also made some drastic improvements this set’s audio so it can compete with others in its price range. Partnering with sound experts Harmon/Kardon, LG have upped the power to 2x20W drivers which now not only pack a punch worthy of the larger panels like this 65 inch model, but also produces sublime, crisp audio customers of Harmon/Kardon would have come to expect over the years.
The sound isn’t without fault, and as with nearly all TVs on the market, the ability to represent loud bass falls short, but this was only noticeable when I plugged in my own external audio solution for comparison. Despite this, using LG’s ULTRA Surround technology, the two channel system uses intelligent sound manipulation to give an audio experience closer to your typical 5.1 or 7.1 systems, which is done well and particularly pleasant in movies.
When it comes to ease of setup, previous high-end TVs I have reviewed have always proved painful, taking a lot of time and patience to set up their many advanced features and configurations. I was therefore delighted to find that the LG 65UH770V was a real out-of-the-box experience, with the unit ready to go almost as soon as I’d connected it via Wi-Fi. The setup and help menus have seen a large improvement from previous LG models, so it’s great to see LG learning from past mistakes.
Using LG’s latest software, webOS 3.0, you’re in for one of the best Smart experiences money can buy. Having won several awards for it’s Smart platform, it is quite simply one of the best looking, quickest and easiest to use interfaces, whilst boasting tons of apps to keep you busy to your hearts content. The LG 65UH770V’s quad-core processor is lightning fast and will provide some future proofing against software upgrades and larger apps in the future. The only disappointment in the webOS 3.0 is that we still don’t have the popular catch-up services ITV hub and 4OD, however using the Miracast technology, you can simply use your phone or tablet to access these apps and display your screen on the TV over Wi-Fi.
Extra features don’t stop with Smart services on this TV, and one of my personal favourites was the ability to connect my phone via LG Magic Mobile app, using it to easily view pictures, videos and even play music through the TV. A quirky feature is LG’s Magic zoom, where even during live TV you’re able to use your Magic Remote to zoom in to catch a close up of anything that has caught your eye; not a feature I will use a lot, but one I certainly enjoyed playing with. You’ll also see all the usual features you’d expect from a top-of-the-range LG TV such as PVR recording is available via USB and timeshift to pause live television.
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