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LG LH5700 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 23, 2016 at 03:13 pm
LG LH5700 Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
6.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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5.4
Movies
6.9
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
6.7
Video Games
5.1
HDR Movies
4.0
HDR Gaming
5.8
PC Monitor
Type LED
Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 60 Hz

The LG LH5700 is a budget 1080p TV. It has slightly below average picture quality when viewed from in front, but performs better than most other TVs when viewed at an angle. It handles motion very well due to the low response time. It also has low input lag and the smart features and apps work well.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed Usage

Slightly below average for mixed usage. Picture quality when viewed from in front is slightly worse than the competition. At an angle, performs quite well. Motion is handled well with little blur.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
5.4 Movies

Poor movie performance in a dark room. Native contrast ratio and uniformity are below average. Doesn't support features to improve picture quality such as local dimming.

See our Movies recommendations
6.9 TV Shows

Slightly above average for watching TV in a bright room. Picture quality is slightly worse than average, but doesn't degrade as fast as other TVs when viewed at an angle. Can't get very bright to combat glare, and faint rainbows can be seen around reflections. Smart platform works well for casual watching.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.0 Sports

Better than average for watching sports. Picture quality is slightly below average, but performs quite well for those with wider seating. Motion performance is great due to low response time. Can't get very bright to combat glare.

See our Sports recommendations
6.7 Video Games

Slightly above average video game performance. Picture quality is slightly below average. Feels responsive due to low input lag and has quick response time which is good.

See our Video Games recommendations
5.1 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR. Picture quality is slightly below average. Can't get bright highlights and doesn't support a wider color gamut.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
5.8 PC Monitor

Below average for a PC monitor. Only a 1080p TV, so no support for higher resolutions. Supports chroma subsampling for clear text. Feels responsive, due to low input lag. Motion is handled well.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 5.4 Movies
  • 6.9 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 6.7 Video Games
  • 5.1 HDR Movies
  • 4.0 HDR Gaming
  • 5.8 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Low input lag
  • Contrast and colors are retained at an angle
Cons
  • Can't get very bright
  • Poor dark scene performance
  • Bad uniformity

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Test Results

Design
6.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The TV features a basic design, very similar to other budget LG TVs such as the UH6100. This isn't a bad thing, as it will look alright in any room. The borders and stand are made of plastic, which is quite shiny but collects fingerprints. The back has a textured finish.

Design
Stand

The stand is almost as wide as the TV. It is made of plastic, but supports the TV quite well.

Footprint of the 43" TV stand: 8.6" x 28.5"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is also quite simple. It won't turn heads but doesn't look bad. It has a textured finish, similar to the LG UH6100. If wall mounted, some of the inputs will be difficult to access.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.71" (1.8 cm)

The borders are of an average thickness and are made of plastic.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.03" (7.7cm)

The LF5700 is quite bulky when viewed from the side. The bottom of the TV sticks out a little bit more, and is the widest point. If wall mounted, it will protrude a little.

Picture Quality
6.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1418 : 1

The native contrast ratio is below average for this TV. The LG LH5700 use an IPS panel which usually have a lower contrast ratio when compared to TVs that use VA panel. This one is in the higher end when compared to other IPS TVs though.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The LG LH5700 does not have a local dimming feature, the video is posted for reference only.

6.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
203 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
229 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
229 cd/m2

The peak brightness performance is not really good. Situated just above the 200 cd/m² range, it will be okay for a dark room, but will certainly not be enough to fight the glare of bright lights or from a window during the day. Since this TV does not have a local dimming feature, the brightness remains the same no matter what is shown on screen.

N/A
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A

This TV does not support HDR.

5.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.882 %
50% DSE
0.240 %

The LH5700 has poor gray uniformity. It uses a direct lit backlight and suffers from the same problem often seen in similar TVs where you tend to see darker and brighter spots where the LEDs of the backlight are situated. In that case, it is not as bad as we have seen before with other budget LG TVs, like in the case of the LH5750, but it is far from perfect. Dirty screen effect will be present in certain type of content, like in sport or in video games with uniform color background, but since the majority of the dark and uneven zones are located more on the outskirts of the screen, the dirty screen effect will be minimal.

6.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
LCD Type
IPS
Color Shift
22 °
Brightness
29 °
Black Level
75 °

The viewing angle is good for this LG TV. At 30 degree, it is superior to VA panel TVs but does not surpass the best IPS TVs out there or the LG OLED TVs. Colors remain the same even at a wide angle and the contrast ratio starts to go down when viewed from a very sharp angle. This will be a good choice for people with a wide seating area.

6.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.545 %

The black uniformity is below average for the LH5700. Clouding is present on almost all the screen just leaving the 4 corners dark. That being said, it is nothing unusual for an IPS TV and this one is far from the worst. When watching normal video content, the clouding is not really noticeable and should not cause a real problem here.

9.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

When displaying our gradient test picture on the LH5700, we can see that it can display up to a 10 bit color without any banding or any specific color tone problems and the final picture is very smooth.

7.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
5.97
Color dE
4.521
Gamma
2.27

Prior to calibration the result is average. There are issues with the white balance and the gamma curve is quite far off our target of 2.2.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.33
Color dE
1.7412
Gamma
2.21

Similar to other LG TVs, the LH5700 has a 20 points calibration system which works well to reduce errors in the white balance. Unlike the white balance calibration, the color space calibration is less useful and is not really responsive. After calibration, the colors remain a bit off with a dE of 0.33, but for most people this is a very good result. You can find our calibration settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Low quality content such as DVDs look good. Details are preserved and the image looks quite sharp.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content such as cable looks good. Features appear clear and crisp.

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

At the native resolution of 1080p, higher quality content such as blu-rays appear sharp.

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

The LH5700 is a 1080p TV, so does not support a 4k input.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
74.71 %
DCI P3 uv
86.07 %
Rec 2020 xy
52.63 %
Rec 2020 uv
58.78 %

Although there is an option for an 'Extended' color space, there is no wide color gamut support. It is good enough for Rec. 709 content.

4.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
53.946 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
30.228 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
39.307 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
22.058 %

The LH5700 has a poor color volume which is only suitable for Rec. 709 content. It can't produce very saturated colors, especially at low luminosity levels.

0.8
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
6.597 %
IR after 2 min recovery
2.318 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.980 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.487 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.103 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.000 %

The LG LH5700 has some pretty strong long-lasting image retention. In our test, the retention lasted until the 8 minutes of recovery, which is a bit long when compare to other IPS TV. This is not a very good score for people looking to use their TVs as a PC monitor, since the retained image might be visible when changing content or input.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Reflection
1.9 %
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss

Performs quite well with reflections even with some lights in the room. Some faint rainbows can be seen around direct reflections. Reflections appear large and diffused, but this works to reduce the intensity.

0
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No
2D to 3D
No

The LG LH5700 does not support any 3D type.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
8.6
Motion
Motion Blur
Response Time
12.3 ms
Overshoot
4.0 ms

The response time is quite good. Even with fast sequences, the moving objects appear clear. Some overshoot can be seen following the logo. The backlight uses PWM flickering to dim.

2.8
Motion
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz
BFI
No
BFI Frequency
120 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
No

7.1
Motion
24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
No

The LG LH5700 can play 24p content without judder without any special settings needed, so movies playing from DVDs, Blu-rays, USB drives and from streaming apps all play smoothly without any judder. Unfortunately, movies playing from 60p or 60i sources like cable/satellite/set-up boxes do present judder and there is nothing that can be done in the setting the fix this. For most people this is not noticeable. Note that TV shows are not affected by this.

0
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The LH5700 doesn't support any motion interpolation features. Those who enjoy the soap opera effect won't be able to achieve it with this TV.

Inputs
8.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
33.9 ms
1080p With Interpolation
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
34.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
32.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
N/A

Input lag is good on the LG LH5700 TV. With an average of 33ms even when on calibrated settings, this TV will be good for the average gamer. For those looking to use this TV as a computer monitor will also be pleased, at only 32.4ms of input lag when the PC input icon is selected it is also very good.

2.0
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No

The LH5700 has a native 1080p @ 60Hz panel, and so cannot display any higher resolutions or refresh rates. It does support chroma 4:4:4, which is enabled by changing the input icon to 'PC Monitor'.

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 1 (shared)
Composite In 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
No
Dolby Vision
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth No
ARC Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 No
HDCP 2.2 No
CEC Yes
MHL No
Variable Analog Audio Out No

Sound Quality
5.4
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.24 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.74 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.30 dB SPL
Max
85.3 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
169.51 Hz

Poor performance overall. Frequency response is sub-par, especially at moderate to high volumes where compression and pumping will be present. Additionally, maximum loudness and low-end cutoff are also poor, even for a TV.

6.1
Sound Quality
Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
0.030
Distortion @ 80
0.060
Distortion @ Max
0.062

Average harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 75 is relatively low. The rise in distortion at 85 and maximum volume isn't too much either. However, achieving this is not too difficult since the TV doesn't get very loud and doesn't produce much bass either.

Smart Features
Smart Features
Apps

There is a wide variety of apps you can choose to install from the LG content store. All the most popular apps like, YouTube, Netflix, hulu and Amazon Video are available and also much more lesser known apps.

8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS 3.0

The LG LH5700 comes with the same WebOS 3.0 used in the majority of LG TVs and you can expect the same performance and ease to use. Unlike the higher end LG models, this implemented version of WebOS 3.0 lacks the on screen pointer and it is married with a basic remote. Besides this difference, the app ecosystem remains almost the same and includes all the big streaming apps like Amazon Video, Netflix, hulu, YouTube and you can expect apps to be well maintained and to be up to date. You can also access your own videos and photos stored on an USB drive. Like the LG LH5750, this TV has only 2 HDMI and this could present some problems for people that have a wide variety of devices that use these specific ports. You can fix this issue by getting a HDMI switch.

0
Smart Features
Ads
Ad-free
No
Opt-out
No

Smart Features
TV Controls

The controls are located below the logo on the bottom of the TV. They are fairly easy to access, even if wall mounted.

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

Includes a basic remote, similar to other LG TVs such as the LH5750. It is fairly simple to use.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Cable management strap
  • Manual

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 24 W
Power Consumption (Max) 40 W
Firmware 04.10.03

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 43" (43LH5700). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 49" (49LH5700).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG LH5700 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model Warehouse
43" 43LH5700 43LH570A
49" 49LF5700 49LH570A

Compared to other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: LG UH6100 (43UH6100). Bottom left: Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 (D50-D1). Middle: LG LH5700 (43LH5700). Top right: TCL FS3800 (40FS3800). Bottom right: Sony W650D (KDL40W650D).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG LH5700 is a budget 1080p TV in quite a competitive market. When viewed from in front or in a dark room it has below average picture quality. As such it doesn't really stand out from the competition, but may be a good choice for those with wider seating and on a budget. Keep this in mind when viewing our recommendations below.

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