The LG NANO75 2021 is an entry-level 4k NanoCell TV. It runs the latest version of LG's webOS interface, which has a huge selection of apps. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 inch to 86 inch. We tested the 65 inch model, which has an IPS-like panel, but we expect the 50 inch and 70 inch models to have VA panels, and the 86 inch model is a bit more advanced. The models with IPS-like panels have wide viewing angles, but low contrast. Unfortunately, it's not very bright, it can't display a wide color gamut, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature. It's not very feature-rich, either, as it can only remove judder from certain sources, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1.
The LG NANO75 is an okay TV for most uses. It's decent for watching sports or TV shows during the day thanks to the wide viewing angles, and it has low input lag for gaming. Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for a dark room for watching movies, as it has low contrast, no local dimming, and inadequate black uniformity.
The LG NANO75 is a disappointing TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has sub-par contrast, no local dimming, and inadequate black uniformity, so blacks look gray in a dark room, and there's some blooming around bright objects. On the plus side, it upscales lower resolution content well, and it can remove judder, but only from 24p sources or the native apps.
The LG NANO75 is a decent TV for watching TV shows during the day. The image remains accurate at an angle, so it's a good choice for a wide seating arrangement. The smart interface has a great selection of apps, so you're sure to find your favorite content. Unfortunately, it can't get very bright and has just decent reflection handling, so glare can be distracting in a bright room.
The LG NANO75 is a decent TV for watching sports. It has wide viewing angles, great if you have a wide seating area or like to watch sports with a group of friends. It also has decent gray uniformity, but there's some dirty screen effect that can be distracting. Unfortunately, it's not very bright and has just decent reflection handling, so glare can be distracting, and it has just a decent response time, so fast-paced games tend to look a bit blurry.
The LG NANO75 2021 is an alright TV for playing video games. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, but its response time is just decent, there's distracting flicker in all modes, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like VRR. The 86" model has a 120Hz refresh rate, so it's likely a bit better for gaming.
The LG NANO75 is a sub-par TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has low contrast, no local dimming, and inadequate black uniformity. It also can't get very bright in HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut. On the plus side, it has decent gray uniformity, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and the native apps.
The LG NANO75 is an alright TV for playing games in HDR, mainly due to its okay gaming performance. It has fantastic low input lag and a decent response time, but fast games can look a bit blurry. Unfortunately, HDR adds almost nothing, as it can't get very bright, has low contrast, no local dimming, and inadequate black uniformity. The 86 inch model has a 120Hz refresh rate, so it's probably a better TV for gaming.
The LG NANO75 is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has decent viewing angles, so the sides of the screen remain accurate, and it has fantastic low input lag for a responsive experience. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly from all supported resolutions, which is important for clear text from a PC. Unfortunately, it can't get bright enough to overcome glare, and it has just decent reflection handling.
The design of the TV is pretty basic. The borders are a bit flatter than the LG NANO80 2020, and they're metal, which gives it a slightly more premium look. It looks a bit like the higher-end LG NANO90, but with a less premium feel.
The stand only has one position, and it's pretty wide, so you'll need a wide table for the larger sizes. It raises the TV high enough of the table to be able to place most soundbars in front of the TV without blocking the image. The feet support the TV fairly well, but there's still a bit of wobble.
Footprint of the 65 inch stand: 45.7" x 10.7" x 2.4".
The back is a thin, smooth metal panel that doesn't really stand out in any way. The inputs face to the side, which is nice if wall-mounted. There are two hooks on the back of the TV for cable management.
The two removable hooks on the back of the TV add about 0.4 inches (0.9cm) to the total thickness of the TV. Without them, the TV is about 2.3 inches (5.9cm) thick.
The LG NANO75 has decent build quality. The exterior frame of the TV has a lot of metal components, which is nice, but it doesn't feel as solid or as premium as the LG NANO90. The large back panel has a bit of flex to it, but this shouldn't cause any issues.
Unfortunately, as expected for an IPS-like panel, the LG NANO75 has sub-par contrast, so blacks look gray in a dark room. This can vary a bit between individual units.
Note: The 50 inch and 70 inch models likely have VA panels, so we expect them to have much better contrast.
This TV has disappointing peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough for a dim viewing environment, but it can't overcome glare in a bright room. There's no variation in brightness with different content though, which is nice.
We tested SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark space, night)' Picture Mode with Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50', and Panel Brightness set to 'Max'.
If you want the brightest image possible and don't mind losing some image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid' with Adjust Contrast set to '100' and Auto Dynamic Contrast set to 'High'. We measured a peak brightness of 277 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how it compares to other TVs with a local dimming feature.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how it compares to other TVs with a local dimming feature.
Unfortunately, the LG NANO75 has poor peak brightness in HDR. It's not bright enough to deliver a very impactful HDR experience, and it doesn't track the EOTF accurately, as most scenes are dimmer than the should be. Strangely, small bright highlights are dimmed a bit. On the other hand, the brightness rolls off early, well before the TV reaches it's peak brightness, ensuring no clipping of bright highlights, which is nice.
We tested it in the 'Cinema' Picture Mode with Brightness and Contrast at their max setting, and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50', with all other image processing disabled. The 'Vivid' Picture Mode is slightly brighter, but it's not a noticeable difference.
If you find HDR too dim, setting Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High' and enabling HDR Tone Mapping increases the brightness of most scenes, but the EOTF rolls off later, the overall peak brightness is about the same, and there's some clipping in really bright scenes.
The HDR peak brightness is identical in Game mode.
The LG NANO75 has decent gray uniformity. There's noticeable dirty screen effect throughout the center of the screen, which can be distracting when watching sports or browsing the web. The corners are darker than the center, but it's not too bad. In near-dark scenes, this TV has much better uniformity, but there are still some noticeable issues. Gray uniformity can vary between units, so let us know in the discussions if you get one that looks better than this.
Unfortunately, the LG NANO75 has inadequate black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout and looks blue due to the low contrast ratio. There's no local dimming feature to improve black uniformity. Black uniformity can vary between individual units.
Note: the 50 inch and 70 inch models likely have VA panels, so we expect them to have better black uniformity.
The LG NANO75 has a decent viewing angle, making it a good choice for a wide seating arrangement. We expected the viewing angle to behave similarly to the LG NANO80 2020 and the LG NANO90 2021, but instead we found it to behave more like the entry-level LG UP8000, with a spike in accuracy at around 50°.
Note: The 50 inch and 70 inch models likely have VA panels, so we expect them to have worse viewing angles.
The LG NANO75 has decent reflection handling. It has a semi-gloss finish that reduces the intensity of direct reflections a bit, but it's not bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room.
The LG NANO75 we bought has great accuracy out of the box, but this can vary between individual units. White balance is great, with no significant issues, and most colors are displayed accurately, but reds are a bit off. Unfortunately, the color temperature is quite cold, giving everything a bluish tint, and gamma is off. Dark scenes are over-brightened a bit, and everything else is a bit too dark.
After calibration, the LG NANO75 has fantastic accuracy. White balance and color accuracy are significantly improved, and any remaining issues aren't noticeable. The color temperature is still a bit cool, but gamma is very close to 2.2.
You can see our recommended settings here.
The LG NANO75 uses an ADS panel, which is similar to IPS. It uses an RGB subpixel layout, which is great, as it improves text clarity when used as a PC monitor.
The LG NANO75 has a decent color gamut. It has great coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content. Even though LG's NanoCell TVs are usually known for their wide color gamut, coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is limited, and it can't display a wide color gamut.
Unfortunately, the LG NANO75 has sub-par color volume. It can't fill out either color volume due to the incomplete coverage of the color gamut. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well, and bright colors aren't as bright as pure white.
The LG NANO75 has surprisingly excellent gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding, especially in grays and greens, but overall it looks good. There's a Smooth Gradation feature to smooth gradients and reduce banding, and it does a good job with a 'Medium' or 'High' setting. We don't recommend leaving it enabled as it causes a loss of fine details.
There are no signs of temporary image retention on our unit, but this can vary between individual units.
Although some IPS-like panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.
This TV has a decent response time, similar to the LG NANO80 2020. There's some overshoot and inverse ghosting in dark transitions. Unfortunately, there are image duplications due to the permanent, low-frequency backlight flicker.
Unfortunately, this TV uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, so there's flicker at all backlight settings, even at max. The low flicker frequency causes noticeable duplications in motion, which can be distracting.
The LG NANO75 doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature. It always flickers at 120Hz due to the backlight's PWM frequency, which causes image duplications.
The LG NANO75 has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the appearance of motion. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to work very well, as we noticed artifacts even in slow scenes. There's significantly more blur in fast-action scenes, and due to the panel's 60Hz refresh rate, it can't interpolate 60 fps content. The 86 inch model has a 120Hz refresh rate and a better processor, so it might have a better motion interpolation feature.
Although this TV has a decent response time, it's slow enough that there's very little stutter. Movies can still appear to stutter a bit, especially in slow-panning shots, but it's not very noticeable.
The LG NANO75 can remove judder from sources that can adjust their output frame rate to 24p, or from the native apps. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder from sources that send a 60p/i signal, like most cable boxes and some streaming sticks.
The LG NANO75 has a limited 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support a variable refresh rate (VRR). The 86 inch model has a 120Hz refresh rate, but doesn't appear to support VRR.
This TV has fantastic low input lag, as long as you're in Game Mode. There's no noticeable difference between gaming in 4k or 1080p, which is great.
This TV accepts most common 60Hz formats, and it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly in all of them, which is important for clear text from a PC. Like many 4k 60Hz TVs, it will accept a 1080p @ 120Hz signal, but since the panel can only refresh at 60Hz, it simply ignores every second frame.
This TV supports most of the base features of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support HDMI 2.1, most sizes can't display a 4k @ 120Hz signal from either console. The 86 inch model is a bit of an exception, as it appears to have two HDMI 2.1 ports, and should be able to display a 4k @ 120Hz signal from the recent consoles. Unlike higher-end LG TVs, it doesn't support Dolby Vision. It also has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when a game from a compatible device is launched, ensuring the lowest input lag possible. Like many 4k @ 60Hz TVs, the Xbox Series X thinks that it supports 1080p @ 120Hz, but when selected it simply ignores and skips every second frame.
Unlike higher-end LG TVs, most sizes of this TV don't support Dolby Vision. The 86 inch model is the only size that does, and it also appears to have two HDMI 2.1 ports, unlike the other sizes which have three HDMI 2.0 ports. If you prefer something with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all its variants, then look into the LG NANO85 2021.
Although it doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 inputs, this TV supports eARC on HDMI 2. Despite supporting eARC though, it doesn't support many of the advanced audio formats that eARC normally allows, like Dolby Atmos. According to LG's website, the 86" model does support Dolby Atmos, but not the smaller sizes.
This TV has a decent frequency response. Like most TVs, it has a high low-frequency extension (LFE), so it has almost no bass response and no thump or rumble. Above the LFE, the frequency response is well balanced, resulting in clear dialogue. It gets decently loud, with just a bit of compression at higher volume levels. If you want better sound, see our picks for the best soundbars for movies.
This TV has okay distortion performance. There's some distortion at moderate volume levels, but it's a bit more noticeable at higher levels. This can depend on the content, and not everyone can hear it.
The LG NANO75 runs the same great webOS as the higher-end 2021 LG TVs. The upgraded full-screen interface gives you quick access to trending videos and suggested content, and makes it easy to get to your favorite streaming services.
Unfortunately, like the vast majority of TVs on the market now, there are ads on the home page and on the app page, and they can't be disabled. They're not always present, but when they are they can be distracting at times.
LG's content store has a great selection of apps, and for anything you can't find, it also supports casting from your phone or tablet.
This TV comes with the upgraded 2021 version of LG's popular Magic Remote. There are six quick access buttons at the bottom of the remote; however, the exact streaming services can vary between regions. Both the physical remote and the remote app support voice commands, and you can perform basic functions like changing inputs, adjusting basic picture settings, and search for content.
There's a single button underneath the center of the TV that allows you to turn it On/Off, change inputs, volume, and channels.
We tested the 65 inch LG NANO75, and for the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 43 inch, 55 inch, 75 inch, and 86 inch models. The 50 inch and 70 inch models likely use VA panels, so we expect them to have better contrast and better black uniformity, but worse viewing angles. The 86 inch model is also a bit different, as it features the more advanced α7 Gen4 processor, and it has 2 HDMI 2.1 ports and a 120Hz refresh rate. We expect our other results to be valid for all sizes.
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If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG NANO75 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units.
Our unit was manufactured in July 2021; you can see the label here.
The LG NANO75 2021 is a very basic entry-level 4k TV. It has low input lag and excellent gradient handling, and the built-in webOS smart interface is fast and easy-to-use, with a great selection of apps. Unfortunately, it doesn't really have much else to offer, and it's out-performed by most similarly-priced models on the market.
The Samsung AU8000 and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall the Samsung is much better. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, better reflection handling, and it's significantly brighter. The only advantage of the LG is its wider color gamut, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, but only if you're not in a bright room.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall the Samsung is much better. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, and it's significantly brighter. The only real advantage of the LG is that it has a wider viewing angle, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, but only if you're not in a bright room.
The LG UP8000 is a bit better than the LG NANO75 2021. The UP8000 is a bit brighter, and it can remove judder from 60p/i sources, like a cable box. Other than that, these two TVs are nearly identical, and any measured differences between them can be attributed to panel variance.
The Sony X80J is better than the LG NANO75 2021. The Sony is a lot brighter, the unit we bought has better uniformity, and it has a faster response time. The Sony is also flicker-free, which is great, as the relatively low flicker frequency of the LG can bother some people and cause duplications in motion. The LG can remove judder from the native apps and 24p sources, whereas the Sony can only remove judder from 24p sources.
The Sony X85J is significantly better than the LG NANO75 2021, but they use different panel types, so some people might still prefer the LG. The Sony has much better contrast and better black uniformity, and it's significantly brighter and has a faster response time. The LG has better viewing angles, meaning that it might be a better choice for a wide seating arrangement.
The LG C1 OLED and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The C1 uses an OLED panel, and it has perfect, uniform blacks with no blooming, wide viewing angles, and a nearly instantaneous response time. Unfortunately, this comes with a small risk of permanent burn-in. The C1 is better than the NANO75 2021 in almost every way, but the NANO75 2021 is immune from burn-in.
The LG NANO85 2021 is better overall than the LG NANO75 2021, mainly because it has more features. They each have the same panel type with low contrast and wide viewing angles, and even though the NANO85 has a local dimming feature, it performs terribly and is distracting with dark scenes. The NANO85 is a better choice for rooms with a few lights around because it gets brighter, but it's still not enough to fight a ton of glare. Lastly, the NANO85 has more gaming features like a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and VRR support to reduce screen tearing.
The LG UN7300 is a bit better than the LG NANO75 2021. The UN7300 has much better reflection handling and it's brighter, so it's better able to overcome glare. On the other hand, the NANO75 2021 has a slightly better viewing angle, but it's not a very significant difference. The NANO75 supports eARC, allowing it to pass higher-quality audio signals through to a connected soundbar or home theater.