Reviewed on Sep 23, 2016

LG LH5700 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
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.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 6.3
Motion 7.4
Inputs 7.3
Sound Quality 5.7
Smart Features 8.5
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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6.5

Design

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.

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"

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.

Borders
Borders : 0.71" (1.8 cm)

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

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.

6.3

Picture Quality

The LG LH5700 has a below average picture quality. When viewed in a dark room, the blacks do not look really deep due to the low native contrast ratio and the lack of local dimming. The gray and black uniformity are both average. Peak brightness is not so good  and here once again the lack of local dimming can't help to make small highlights brighter. The color gamut, gradient and upscaling performance are good enough for normal content with nothing bad to notice. Finally, where the LH5700 is really good is in the viewing angle, where it easily surpasses a big majority of other budget TVs.

6.6 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 480p Input

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

8.0 720p Input

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

10 1080p Input

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

0 4k Input

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

6.8 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 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 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 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 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

The LG LH5700 does not support any 3D type.

Pixels
7.4

Motion

Motion blur performance is very good, due to the low response time. For fast paced content this is a good result. Movies from a blu-ray player or DVDs appear smooth. Those sensitive to judder may notice it when watching movies from another source though. Those who like the soap opera effect may be disappointed by the lack of motion interpolation features.

8.6 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 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
No
BFI Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
No

7.1 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 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.

7.3

Inputs

Input lag is below average, which is good. It provides a similar result regardless of the picture settings. The LH5700 is a 1080p TV and so does not support any higher resolutions. It does support chroma subsampling at the native resolution for those looking to use it as a PC monitor.

8.1 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 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'.

Side Inputs
Rear 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 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

5.7

Sound Quality

Poor sound performance. Frequency response is not good, with issues present at loud volumes. Can't get very loud, even when compared to other TVs. Even a budget soundbar is an improvement over the inbuilt speakers.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

5.4 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 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.

8.5

Smart Features

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.

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.

0 Ads
Ad-free
:
No
Opt-out
:
No

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.

Remote
Remote : Basic

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

In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Cable management strap
  • Manual

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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