LG NANO85 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed May 26, 2020 at 08:24 am
LG NANO85 Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.8
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8G
6.3
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8G
8.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Sony X80J
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The LG NANO85 is a 4k LED TV in LG's NanoCell lineup. It has decent overall performance with very good out-of-the-box color accuracy, but it doesn't perform well in dark rooms. It has a low contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and its bad local dimming feature could be very distracting at times. However, with an IPS panel, it has wide viewing angles, and it has impressive reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. It has a quick response time, but there's duplication in motion, which could be distracting. Luckily, it has a low input lag, responding to your actions quickly.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The LG NANO85 is a decent TV for mixed usage. It performs best as a gaming TV or as a PC monitor thanks to its low input lag and good response time. It's not the best choice for watching movies in a dark room since it has a low contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and a bad local dimming feature. Luckily with its IPS panel, it has wide viewing angles if you want to watch a show or the big game with a big group of people.

Pros
  • Very good out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Impressive reflection handling.
Cons
  • Poor black uniformity and bad local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get bright enough in HDR to bring out highlights.
6.4 Movies

The LG NANO85 is mediocre for watching movies. It has a low contrast ratio due to its IPS panel and the local dimming feature makes dark scenes look worse by lighting up zones around bright objects. It also has poor black uniformity, but it upscales 1080p content, such as from Blu-ray players, almost as good as native 4k content.

7.8 TV Shows

Very good for TV shows. The LG NANO85 has impressive reflection handling and it has decent viewing angles. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are darker, but it upscales lower resolution content, such as from cable boxes, properly without any issues.

7.7 Sports

Good for sports. The LG NANO85 has a good response time, but there's some duplication in fast-moving content. It has impressive reflection handling and the viewing angles are wide enough to watch the game with a group of friends. Unfortunately, there's some dirty screen effect visible in the center, which could be distracting during sports.

7.3 Video Games

The LG NANO85 is a good choice for video games. The input lag is very low, it has a good response time, and there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. However, it's not a great choice for dark room gaming due to its low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

6.3 HDR Movies

Mediocre for HDR movies. Even though the LG NANO85 displays a wide color gamut, it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR. It has poor black uniformity and a bad local dimming feature, so it's lacking in dark room performance. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

7.3 HDR Gaming

The LG NANO85 is decent for HDR gaming, mainly due to its great gaming performance. It has a low input lag and quick response time, but HDR content doesn't look good on it. It doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights and it doesn't have good dark room performance.

8.3 PC Monitor

The NANO85 is great to use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag, resulting in a responsive desktop experience. The viewing angles are wide enough if you want to put it in a meeting room and it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. It also doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in, so you don't have to worry about the static displays.

  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Movies
  • 7.8 TV Shows
  • 7.7 Sports
  • 7.3 Video Games
  • 6.3 HDR Movies
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming
  • 8.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  2. Updated Dec 10, 2020: Updated the firmware and retested FreeSync support.
  3. Updated Nov 09, 2020: Retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source.
  4. Updated Aug 17, 2020: Fixed an error about materials used.
  5. Updated Jul 27, 2020: Retested the VRR range.
  6. Updated Jul 27, 2020: Retook motion blur photo and remeasured the brightness.
  7. Updated Jul 16, 2020: Fixed a mistake with the flicker frequency.
  8. Updated Jul 07, 2020: Fixed an internal issue that didn't display the HDMI 2.1 inputs.
  9. Updated Jun 30, 2020: CalMAN has confirmed that the LG NANO85 now supports auto-calibration.
  10. Updated Jun 17, 2020: We incorrectly stated that this TV uses a PLS panel. It's actually an ADS panel, which is extremely similar.
  11. Updated May 26, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG NANO85 is a low-end TV in LG's NanoCell series. It sits between the LG NANO81 and LG NANO90 and it's a replacement to the LG SM8600. Its main competitors are the Samsung Q60T QLED, Sony X800H, and the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The NANO85 has a sleek and modern design, but there's nothing special about it that makes the TV stand out. The stand is two separate feet and it doesn't look as elegant as the stand on the LG SM8600. That said, if you choose to wall-mount the TV, it sits flat and looks nice.

Design
Stand

The stand consists of two feet and the left leg (if you're looking at the TV) isn't straight like the right leg. This could be a problem with our unit, so let us know in the discussions if you have the same issue. Overall, the stand supports the TV well but there's still wobble. If you prefer a TV with LG's center-mounted stand, check out the LG NANO81.

Footprint of the 55" TV: 41.5" x 9.1".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

Update 08/17/2020: We confirmed the back panel is made out of metal, and not plastic, as we previously stated. The review has been updated.

The back panel is made out of a smooth metal. The inputs are housed on the back and there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.17" (5.5 cm)

The NANO85 is thinner than the LG SM8600 and won't stick out if wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Update 08/17/2020: We confirmed the back panel is made out of metal, and not plastic, as we previously stated. The review has been updated.

Overall, the NANO85 has an okay build quality. It's made out of both metal and plastic that feels a bit cheap, but it still feels like it won't break and it holds the TV together well. The left leg on the stand isn't straight like the right leg, but we don't know if it was damaged in transit or if it wasn't built properly.

Picture Quality
6.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,558 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
1,697 : 1

Decent contrast ratio. IPS panels like the one on this TV aren't known to have good native contrast, but this is better than most IPS TVs, and it's similar to the higher-end LG SM9500. Still, blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark, and the local dimming feature only slightly darkens blacks.

If you want a TV with a higher contrast ratio, check out the Samsung RU9000.

6.3
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
267 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
214 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
305 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
306 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
306 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
306 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
211 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
305 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
306 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
306 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
305 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.013

Update 07/27/2020: We remeasured the brightness with Local Dimming on 'Medium' instead of 'High'.

Mediocre peak brightness in SDR. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare and it's not very consistent with small, bright objects. If you want a similar TV that gets a bit brighter, consider the Sony X80J.

We measured the brightness after calibration on the 'Expert (Dark Mode)' Picture Mode with Local Dimming on 'Medium', Brightness set to 'Max', and Contrast to 'Max'.

If you don't care about image accuracy and want to get the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid' with Brightness set to 'Max' and Contrast to 'Max'. We were able to get 496 nits on the 10% peak window.

1.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

Bad local dimming. It isn't very effective and makes dark scenes look worse. When there's a bright object that moves across the screen, the dimming zones around the object light up and it's noticeable even during real scenes. Setting the local dimming to 'Medium' helps with this issue, but overall, it gets very distracting. If you want a similar TV with a full-array local dimming feature, check out the LG NANO90.

1.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge
5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
375 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
540 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
485 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
382 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
352 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
348 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
263 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
346 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
348 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
348 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
348 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.034

Update 07/27/2020: We remeasured the brightness with Local Dimming on 'Medium' instead of 'High'.

Disappointing HDR peak brightness as it can't bring out highlights in HDR. It gets brightest when small objects flash across the screen, but doesn't remain consistent with different content.

We measured the brightness before calibration on the 'Cinema' Picture Mode with Local Dimming on 'Medium', Brightness set to 'Max' and Contrast to 'Max'.

If you don't care about image accuracy and want to get the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to 'Cinema' with Brightness set to 'Max', Contrast to 'Max', and Dynamic Contrast to 'Medium'. We were able to get 540 nits on the 10% peak window.

5.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
332 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
546 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
497 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
393 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
358 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
264 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
357 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
358 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
358 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
358 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.020
7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.182%
50% DSE
0.166%
5% Std. Dev.
0.534%
5% DSE
0.106%

Okay gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker and there's some dirty screen effect visible in the center, which could be distracting while watching sports.

5.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.212%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
3.879%

Poor black uniformity. There's visible clouding throughout with backlight bleed in the corners. The local dimming feature only makes it look worse as the entire screen is less uniform as there's clouding at the center where the cross is.

7.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
30°
Color Shift
48°
Brightness Loss
33°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
47°

Decent viewing angle, which is expected from an IPS panel. It's not as good as other IPS panels we've seen so far, but it's better than most LG TVs, including the LG SM8600. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, ideal for a wide seating arrangement.

8.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
3.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.5%

The NANO85 has impressive reflection handling. It handles a moderate amount of light really well but the reflections in a really bright room may be too distracting for some.

7.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.29
Color dE
1.83
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
7,049 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Room)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Very good out-of-the-box color accuracy. The colors are fairly accurate but the cold color temperature gives colors a blueish tint. The gamma follows the curve well overall, but dark scenes are brighter than they should be.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.30
Color dE
1.10
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,592 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Update 06/30/2020: We have confirmation from CalMAN that the NANO85 now supports auto-calibration.

After calibration, the color accuracy is nearly perfect. There are almost no inaccuracies with most colors or shades of gray, and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target. The gamma follows the curve well, but some dark scenes are still a bit too bright.

Unlike the LG SM8600, the NANO85 doesn't have an auto-calibration feature.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The NANO85 upscales 480p content, like DVDs, well without any obvious upscaling artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Like the LG SM8600, the NANO85 upscales 720p content, like from cable boxes, well with no visible artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Blu-rays and 1080p content look almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV displays native 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that doesn't support an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Update 06/17/2020: We incorrectly stated that this TV uses a PLS panel; it's actually ADS, which is technically different from PLS but visually similar.

The NANO85 uses an ADS (Advanced Dimension Switching) panel. ADS and PLS panels perform nearly identically to IPS panels.

7.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
84.67%
DCI P3 uv
90.77%
Rec 2020 xy
62.56%
Rec 2020 uv
70.90%

Good color gamut. It has impressive coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but has mediocre coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

The EOTF curve doesn't follow the curve very well and most scenes are brighter than they should be. In 'Game' mode, it performs very similarly, as you can see here.

If you find HDR too dim, set Dynamic Contrast to 'High' and both Brightness and Contrast to 'Max'. The image is noticeably brighter as you can see the EOTF here.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
77.9%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
39.3%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
58.9%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
29.5%

Decent color volume. Due to its low contrast ratio, it can't produce dark, saturated colors well. This is very similar to the LG SM8600.

7.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.125
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.122
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.111
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.181

Okay gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in the darker shades, and it's noticeable in real content too. Enabling Smooth Gradation improves banding in real content, but doesn't affect the test pattern.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes, which is great.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.

Motion
7.7
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.5 ms
100% Response Time
15.6 ms

Update 07/27/2020: We retook the motion blur picture with the 240Hz flicker. This shows more duplication in motion.

The NANO85 has a good response time. There's minimal blur trail but there's still some overshoot in the 0-80% and 20-80% transitions. Also, there's duplication in motion due to the high flicker frequency, which may be distracting to some people.

6.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
240 Hz

Update 07/16/2020: We incorrectly stated it flickers at 120Hz in every mode except 'Game' mode, but it actually flickers at 240Hz.

This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at every backlight setting. It pulses at 240Hz on every picture mode, but if a PC is connected and it's not in 'Game' mode, it flickers at 120Hz.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's a black frame insertion (BFI) to help reduce motion blur. For it to flicker at 60Hz, TruMotion must be set to 'User' with Motion Pro enabled.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The NANO85 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps, which is known as the 'Soap Opera Effect' and it helps improve motion. In real content, it looks good, except there's some visible artifacting during busy scenes.

To enable motion interpolation, set TruMotion to 'User' and set both De-Judder and De-Blur to their max settings.

7.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
26.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
1.0 ms

Even though the response time is quick, there's not a lot of visible stutter, especially with 60fps content.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The TV can remove judder form any source, such as native apps. This is an improvement over the LG SM8600, which isn't able to remove judder from 24p sources via 60i.

To remove judder, Real Cinema must be turned on from the Picture Options page in the settings menu.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

Update 12/10/2020: We updated the TV to firmware 03.21.10 and checked to see if FreeSync works, and we still experienced some issues with it. With 4k content, it appears to work between 48-60Hz, but there was tearing when we tried to measure the input lag, so we don't consider it as properly functional. There's no screen tearing with 1080p @ 120Hz content, but without the input lag test working, we can't confirm if VRR is functional. Lastly, there are many problems with 1440p @ 120Hz as it would switch itself to 4k @ 60Hz and tear constantly.

Update 11/09/2020: We updated the TV to firmware '3.11.20' and retested its VRR support.

Update 07/27/2020: We retested the VRR support and its range.

This TV supports variable refresh rate technology. However, it doesn't properly work and there's visible screen tearing. It showed up as FreeSync compatible on our Radeon PC and G-SYNC compatible with our NVIDIA RTX 3080 but didn't properly work. We'll retest it if a future firmware update becomes available.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
15.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
79.5 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
15.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz
15.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
16.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
15.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
78.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
86.2 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
5.8 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.7 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.2 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

Update 11/09/2020: We updated the TV to firmware '3.11.20' and retested its input.

Really low input lag. It's extremely low at its native 120Hz refresh rate, and it's fairly low at 60Hz, but it might be too high for more serious gamers. Since its VRR support doesn't properly work, we couldn't measure its VRR input lag.

This TV has an Auto Low Latency mode that automatically switches to 'Game' mode when an Xbox is connected, saving you the hassle of switching picture modes. For this to work, Instant Game Response must be enabled.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Update 11/09/2020: We updated the TV to firmware '3.11.20' and retested it with an HDMI 2.1 source.

All common resolutions are supported, including proper chroma 4:4:4 with a 4k resolution at 60Hz or 120Hz, which is important for reading text while using the TV as a PC monitor. For this to work, the icon for the HDMI input must be set to PC. See the full settings here.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
PS5 can't do VRR yet
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Update 11/09/2020: We updated the TV to firmware '3.11.20' and retested it with an HDMI 2.1 source.

Update 07/07/2020: A previous version of this review didn't list the HDMI 2.1 inputs. HDMI ports 3 and 4 support HDMI 2.1, and the review has been updated.

We're able to confirm with our HDMI 2.1 source that HDMI inputs 3 and 4 support HDMI 2.1.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 3
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (incl. adapter)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

It supports eARC so it can send high-quality Dolby Atmos via TrueHD sound from an external receiver. For it to work, eARC must be enabled from the Sound Output settings. Unfortunately, LG has dropped DTS decoding from their 2020 TVs.

Sound Quality
6.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
80.00 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.12 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.10 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.29 dB
Max
89.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.16 dB

The NANO85 has a decent frequency response. It isn't able to produce a very deep bass, but it gets fairly loud and has a well-balanced sound profile in the mid and treble range. This is much improved from the LG SM8600.

6.6
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.401
Weighted THD @ Max
1.222
IMD @ 80
2.96%
IMD @ Max
8.57%

Decent distortion performance. There's minimal total harmonic distortion at moderate listening levels, but it gets more noticeable at its max volume. If you want a TV with better distortion performance, check out the Samsung The Sero.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS
Version 5.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

The WebOS interface is smooth and easy to use, like on other LG TVs. There weren't any bugs that we noticed.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, this TV isn't ad-free, as ads appear at different times. We saw ads during testing, but we weren't able to get a picture.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The app store has a great selection of apps available and you can cast content from your device.

9.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App LG TV Plus

The NANO85 uses the same LG Magic Remote as other LG TVs. You can use it like a traditional remote or point and press. There are shortcut buttons to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and it has built-in voice control. You can ask it to change inputs, open apps, search for content within specific apps, and ask for the weather conditions. You can also use it as a universal remote with other devices, even if they don't support CEC.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV that allows you to turn it on/off, change inputs, volume, and channels.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Cable management strap
  • Composite breakout adapter
  • User manuals

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 52 W
Power Consumption (Max) 116 W
Firmware 03.01.15

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch LG NANO85 (55NANO85UNA) and we expect our results to be valid for the 49 inch (49NANO85UNA) and 65 inch (65NANO85UNA) models too. The European version, the LG NANO86, comes with a different stand, similar to the one on the LG SM8600.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their NANO85 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Size US Short Model Name US Model EU Short Model Name EU Model Notes
49" 49NANO85 49NANO85UNA 49NANO86

49NANO866NA

 
55" 55NANO85 55NANO85UNA 55NANO86

55NANO866NA

 

65"

65NANO85 65NANO85UNA 65NANO86

65NANO866NA

 

75" 75NANO85 75NANO85UNA - - Release in Sept. 2020

The unit we reviewed was manufactured April 2020 and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: LG SM8600 (55SM8600). Bottom left: LG SM9000 (55SM9000). Middle: LG NANO85 (55NANO85UNA). Top right: Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED (QN55Q70R). Bottom right: Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 (P659-G1).

The LG NANO85 is an improvement from its predecessor, the LG SM8600, and it's a bit better than most low-end LED TVs. Also see our recommendations for the best LED TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best 55 inch TVs.

Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The LG NANO85 is a bit better than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but their differences come down to their different panels. The LG has an IPS panel, so it has better viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel, producing much deeper blacks. Besides that, the LG has better reflection handling and quicker response time, while the Samsung gets brighter and has better out-of-the-box color accuracy.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X900H is better overall than the LG NANO85, but they have different panel types. The Sony has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio and improved local dimming, allowing it to display deep blacks. The Sony gets brighter, including in HDR, so highlights pop the way they should. On the other hand, the LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles. Each TV is supposed to support VRR, but neither TV does.

Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED
55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED is a bit better than the LG NANO85, but they use different panel types. The Samsung uses a VA panel, so it has a much better contrast ratio, while the LG has wider viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. The Samsung gets brighter, has a lower input lag, and supports FreeSync VRR, but the NANO85 has a quicker response time.

LG NANO90 2020
55" 65" 75" 86"

The LG NANO90 2020 is better than the LG NANO85. Being a higher-end model, the NANO90 has some more features, like full-array local dimming. It also gets brighter in HDR, has better built-in speakers, and quicker response time. The NANO85 has a better contrast ratio and better out-of-the-box color accuracy.

Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
49" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is better than the LG NANO85, but they have different panel types with different characteristics. The Samsung's VA panel has a higher contrast ratio, and its local dimming feature is much better, so it's a better choice for watching content in dark rooms. It also gets much brighter in HDR and is a better choice for gaming because its VRR support works, which it doesn't on the LG. On the other hand, the LG has an IPS panel with a bit wider viewing angles, even though the Samsung has an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED is a much better TV than the LG NANO85. The CX is in the high-end of LG's lineup and it has all the features you expect in a premium TV. It's able to display perfect blacks, it has wide viewing angles, great out-of-the-box color accuracy, a very wide color gamut, and near-instant response time. Since the NANO85 has a slower response time, lower frame rate content stutters less.

Sony X800H
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The LG NANO85 is a bit better than the Sony X800H. Both have IPS panels, so they both have low native contrast and wide viewing angles. The Sony gets brighter, has better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and lower input lag. Meanwhile, the LG has much better reflection handling, can remove judder from any source, and has a higher refresh rate.

Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the LG NANO85 score similarly overall but are quite different. The Samsung has a VA panel, while the LG has an IPS panel. The Samsung is better suited for dark rooms due to its higher contrast ratio, and it also gets brighter in SDR and HDR. However, it has worse reflection handling and narrower viewing angles. The LG has slightly higher input lag, but it has better response times, a 120Hz refresh rate, and VRR support to reduce screen tearing when gaming. It also has HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better fit for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

LG NANO81
55" 65" 75"

The LG NANO85 is a bit better than the LG NANO81. The NANO85 has a 120Hz refresh rate and it currently supports HDMI Forum's VRR. It also has a quicker response time, a black frame insertion feature, better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it gets brighter. However, the NANO81 has a lower input lag, better reflection handling, and it has a more premium-looking center-mounted stand.

Sony X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The LG NANO85 and the Sony X80J are entry-level TVs that use IPS panels, although the Sony has slightly wider viewing angles. While the LG has a local dimming feature, it's edge-lit and doesn't perform very well. The Sony, meanwhile, can get a bit brighter, has a slightly faster response time, and has better accuracy out of the box, although that can vary between units. The LG does have better reflection handling and can remove judder from any source. It also has a 120Hz panel and supports VRR; however, the VRR doesn't work properly. In the bigger picture, the two TVs perform similarly.

LG SM8600
49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG NANO85 is a bit better TV than its predecessor, the LG SM8600. The NANO85 gets much brighter, the viewing angles are improved, it has better out-of-the-box color accuracy, it's able to remove judder from any source, and the built-in speakers are better. On the other hand, the SM8600 has a better overall style due to its sleeker, center-mounted stand.

LG UM7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65"

The LG NANO85 is better than the LG UM7300. The NANO85 has improved viewing angles, better out-of-the-box color accuracy, the ability to remove judder from any source, and it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content. The UM7300 has a direct backlight, so it has much better black uniformity and a bit better gray uniformity, but this could be due to panel differences.

LG SM9000
55" 65" 75" 86"

The LG SM9000 is somewhat better than the LG NANO85. They both use IPS panels so they have wide viewing angles and a low contrast ratio, but the contrast is improved on the NANO85. The SM9000 gets brighter, has a slightly lower input lag, and a bit quicker response time, while the NANO85 has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy.

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