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LG QNED80 2022 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated Nov 30, 2023 at 04:16 pm
Latest change: Retest May 02, 2024 at 12:47 pm
LG QNED80 2022 Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
7.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
7.0
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
5.9
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
7.2
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL QM8/QM850G QLED
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
This TV was replaced by the LG QNED80 2023

The LG QNED80 2022 is the entry-level model in LG's 2022 mid-range QNED lineup. It sits below the LG QNED85 and combines quantum dot technology with LG's proprietary NanoCell technology to display a wider range of colors compared to lower-range models. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 50 to 86 inches, but not all sizes perform the same. It's missing features you would expect from a mid-range TV, like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. It also doesn't have Mini LED backlighting like most of the QNED lineup. Luckily, it has many of the same gaming features as higher-end models, like a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It's been replaced in 2023 by the LG QNED80 2023, but there's almost no difference between them.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The LG QNED80 2022 is a decent TV for mixed usage. It's best suited for watching shows or sports during the day because it can handle some glare in a moderately-lit room. The TV has a nice wide viewing angle, so no matter where you or your friends sit during the game, no one has to deal with a degraded image. The TV provides a responsive feel thanks to its very low input lag and comes equipped with VRR support and 4k @ 120Hz support on two of its HDMI ports. Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for gaming or watching movies in a dark room, as it has a very low contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature performs terribly.

Pros
  • Displays lower-resolution and 4k content without issue.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Edge-lit local dimming causes distracting blooming.
  • Not bright enough to fight intense glare.
7.4 TV Shows

The LG QNED80 2022 is good for watching shows during the day. The built-in webOS smart interface comes loaded with a huge selection of streaming apps, so it's quick and easy to find your favorite shows. The TV has a wide viewing angle that allows you to walk around with the TV on and still enjoy a consistent image. It also has decent reflection handling and good enough peak brightness in SDR to fight off a bit of glare in a bright room. Unfortunately, the processing features on this TV are just okay, so if you watch lower-quality streams or shows on DVD, they aren't as smooth and sharp as they could be.

Pros
  • Displays lower-resolution and 4k content without issue.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to fight intense glare.
7.4 Sports

The LG QNED80 2022 is a good TV for watching sports during the day. It has a great viewing angle, so you and your friends won't fight over the best seat during gameday get-togethers. The TV has a great response time, so fast motion is clear and easy to see, with very little blur around fast-moving balls and players. It also has decent peak brightness in SDR and good enough reflection handling so that visibility isn't an issue in moderately lit rooms. The built-in speakers are mediocre at best, so you'll want to pair it with a good soundbar or home theater system.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Good response time for smooth motion.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to fight intense glare.
7.0 Video Games

The LG QNED80 2022 is a decent TV for gaming. It has a very good response time, so fast motion in games is clear, with very little blur or ghosting behind quick-moving objects. The TV has incredibly low input lag that provides a very responsive feel, and this model also supports advanced gaming features like VRR. It supports 4k @ 120Hz but only has two ports capable of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you are limited with the number of HDMI 2.1-capable devices you can plug in. Unfortunately, the TV is a bad choice for gaming in the dark due to its low contrast ratio and truly terrible local dimming feature. The backlight also flickers at a fixed 120Hz in the lowest latency 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode, which is distracting and causes image duplication when gaming at 60Hz.

Pros
  • Good response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • VRR support to reduce screen tearing.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Disappointing black uniformity.
  • Edge-lit local dimming causes distracting blooming.
  • Fixed 120Hz flicker (PWM) in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode.
5.9 HDR Movies

The LG QNED80 2022 is inadequate for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has a very low contrast ratio, so dark scenes are washed out. The TV does have a local dimming feature, but it's terrible and causes a ton of blooming without making the blacks look any deeper. It has a very good color gamut, so colors in brighter scenes are vibrant and realistic, but the TV doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make specular highlights stand out. Overall, HDR is dull and adds next to nothing to this TV.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Displays a wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Edge-lit local dimming causes distracting blooming.
  • No HDR10+ or Dolby Vision support.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
7.2 HDR Gaming

The LG QNED80 2022 is decent for gaming in HDR, mainly due to its gaming features, as HDR adds very little. It has incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience and a quick response time for minimal blur with fast-moving objects. It also supports VRR and 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the latest consoles. On the other hand, it has a low contrast ratio, a terrible local dimming feature, and low peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights don't stand out, and colors don't pop. The backlight also flickers at a fixed 120Hz in the lowest latency 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode, which is distracting and causes image duplication when gaming at 60Hz.

Pros
  • Good response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • VRR support to reduce screen tearing.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Disappointing black uniformity.
  • Edge-lit local dimming causes distracting blooming.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
  • Fixed 120Hz flicker (PWM) in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode.
8.2 PC Monitor

The LG QNED80 2022 is a great TV to use as a PC monitor. Due to its very low input lag and great response time, cursor movements are smooth and responsive, with little motion blur. The TV displays chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC. It has great uniformity, and thanks to its wide viewing angle, the sides of the screen stay uniform when you're sitting close to the screen. It also has decent reflection handling and good enough peak brightness that glare isn't a problem in a moderately-lit room.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Good response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to fight intense glare.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.4 Sports
  • 7.0 Video Games
  • 5.9 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 02, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Dec 05, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  4. Updated Nov 30, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology updates and to add information about the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated Oct 12, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  6. Updated Sep 21, 2023: We bought and tested the LG QNED80 2023 and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  7. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  8. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  9. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  10. Updated Apr 21, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  11. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  12. Updated Feb 22, 2023: Updated the Differences Between Sizes And Variants section to mention that the AQA variant has a NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) tuner.
  13. Updated Feb 21, 2023: We bought and tested the LG QNED85. We've added a few relevant comparisons to this review.
  14. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  15. Updated Dec 12, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  16. Updated Nov 21, 2022: Review published.
  17. Updated Nov 15, 2022: Early access published.
  18. Updated Oct 31, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  19. Updated Oct 18, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  20. Updated Sep 19, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch LG QNED80 2022, and the results are also valid for the 55 and 75-inch models. The 50-inch version has a different panel type, while the manufacturer advertises that the 86-inch model comes with direct LED backlighting instead of edge-lit backlighting like on the other models. The exact model code varies between regions and retailers. The QNED80AQA variant sold at Costco has a remote that supports NFC and a much longer warranty, and it has a NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) tuner.

In Europe, it's known as the LG QNED81, and the main difference is that it comes with a center-mounted stand. However, we don't know for sure if models outside the US perform differently.

Size Panel Backlighting North America Costco Europe
50" VA Edge 50QNED80UQA 50QNED80AQA 50QNED816QA 
55"  IPS Edge 55QNED80UQA 55QNED80AQA 55QNED816QA
65" IPS Edge 65QNED80UQA 65QNED80AQA 65QNED816QA

75"

 IPS Edge 75QNED80UQA 75QNED80AQA  75QNED816QA
86"  IPS Direct 86QNED80UQA  86QNED80AQA 86QNED816QA

The unit we tested was manufactured in May 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG QNED80 2022 is an okay TV with good gaming features, but compared to the competition, it doesn't offer anything special, and there aren't many reasons to buy this TV. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark, and it has limited HDR performance. You can easily find other similarly-priced TVs with much better performance, like the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED or the Hisense U8/U8H, if you don't mind spending a bit more.

Also, see our recommendations for the best TVs for bright rooms, the best smart TVs, and the best 65-inch TVs.

LG QNED80 2023
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The LG QNED80 2023 is nearly identical to its predecessor, the LG QNED80 2022. The 2023 model is slightly brighter and supports DTS audio formats, so it's a better choice overall, but the differences are extremely minor.

Samsung Q60C [Q60, Q60CD] QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60C QLED is better than the LG QNED80 2022 regarding overall picture quality. The Samsung doesn't have a local dimming feature but has a much higher native contrast ratio, so it looks better in dark rooms, with deeper blacks and better black uniformity. The Samsung also gets brighter, and HDR content looks better in general. The LG does have a much better viewing angle, which can be useful if you regularly watch content in a group setting. The LG is also more compatible with modern gaming consoles, as it supports VRR and 4k @ 120Hz.

LG C3 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C3 OLED is better than the LG QNED80 2022 in every way. The C3 has significantly better black performance, so it's much better suited for a dark room. The C3 also has better color volume, a wider color gamut, and gets brighter in HDR. This leads to HDR content having more vibrant and realistic colors and gives bright highlights more pop. Both TVs support modern gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz, but the C3 has a much faster response time, so it's also a better option for gaming. On top of that, the C3 is better at handling reflections and has a wider viewing angle.

Sony X85K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the LG QNED80 2022. The Sony is much better for watching movies in HDR or SDR because it displays much deeper blacks. It also gets brighter in HDR, allowing colors to look vibrant and highlights to stand out. While both TVs support modern gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz, the LG has lower input lag for a more responsive feel, so it's the better overall choice for gaming.

Samsung Q70C [Q70, Q70CD] QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70C QLED is better than the LG QNED80 2022. The Samsung has a higher native contrast ratio, so it looks better in dark rooms, with deeper blacks and better black uniformity. The Samsung also gets brighter, and HDR content looks better in general.

Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7K is significantly better than the LG QNED80 2022. The Hisense looks much better in a dark room thanks to its higher native contrast ratio and highly effective local dimming feature. The Hisense gets significantly brighter, especially when displaying HDR content, and HDR looks much better overall.

LG UR8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

In most ways, the LG QNED80 2022 is a bit better than the LG UR8000. The UR8000 does have better black uniformity and can display deeper blacks in a dark room thanks to its higher contrast ratio. On the other hand, the QNED80 gets brighter in both SDR and HDR and has a much wider viewing angle. The QNED80 also supports VRR and 4k @ 120Hz, so it's a better choice to pair with modern gaming consoles.

LG QNED85
55" 65" 75" 86"

The LG QNED85 is a significant step up from the lower-end model, the LG QNED80. The QNED85 has much better contrast, with a Mini LED backlight that delivers deep blacks with just a bit of blooming around bright objects. The QNED80 doesn't have any blooming with local dimming disabled, but its contrast ratio is so low that the screen is washed out in dark scenes. The QNED85 also gets significantly brighter, so it can handle more glare in a bright room, and bright highlights in HDR stand out better.

Sony X80K/X80CK
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80K and the LG QNED80 2022 are similar TVs, apart from their gaming capabilities. Both have very low contrast ratios and middling black uniformity, so neither is great for watching content in a dark room. The LG is a much better choice for gaming, as it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR, and 120Hz.

Sony X90K/X90CK
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X90K/X90CK is better than the LG QNED80. The Sony is much better for watching movies in HDR or SDR because it displays deeper blacks and its local dimming feature is significantly better. It also gets brighter in HDR, allowing colors to look vivid and highlights to stand out. While the Sony is better overall for gaming due to its faster response time, the LG has lower input lag for a more responsive feel.

Hisense U8/U8H
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U8/U8H is significantly better than the LG QNED80. The Hisense delivers much better picture quality in dark rooms thanks to its higher contrast and better local dimming. It's also much better for HDR because it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, which the LG doesn't support, and it gets much brighter for better highlights and more vivid colors.

Samsung Q80B [Q80, Q80BD] QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80B QLED is better overall than the LG QNED80. Although they both have the same panel type with low native contrast, the Samsung has a much better local dimming feature that helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes, and it has less blooming than the LG. The Samsung also gets brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms and making highlights pop more in HDR.

LG NANO85 2021
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

Although the LG NANO85 2021 and the LG QNED80 are from different lineups, they're very similar TVs. The main difference is that the QNED80 displays slightly more colors thanks to its quantum dot technology, and it's a bit brighter too. They have many of the same features, but the NANO85 supports Dolby Atmos passthrough and supports Dolby Vision for HDR, both of which the QNED80 doesn't do.

TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
55" 65" 75"

The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is much better than the LG QNED80. The TCL delivers significantly better picture quality thanks to its higher contrast, better local dimming, and improved black uniformity. It also gets brighter than the LG, meaning it's the better choice for watching content in well-lit rooms and makes highlights pop more in HDR.

Samsung QN85A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85A QLED is better than the LG QNED80. Although they each use IPS panels with wide viewing angles and low contrast, the Samsung uses Mini LED backlighting that lets it provide a better local dimming feature with a lot less blooming than the edge-lit local dimming on the LG. The Samsung is also better for HDR because it gets much brighter, has better gradient handling, and displays a wider range of colors.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG QNED80 2022 has a simple design with a silver metallic finish and two V-shaped feet. There's nothing that stands out about its design, but it doesn't look cheap, either.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

The LG QNED80 2022 saw its biggest dip in SDR peak brightness around the 1200-hour mark, but the brightness started to rise again at 2400 hours. By the time the TV hit 3600 hours, the SDR peak brightness had risen to about the same level it had been at when we started the test, and it has remained in that area since.

There has been no noticeable shift in the uniformity of the panel.

Design
Stand

The stand has two V-shaped feet that hold the TV well. They raise the screen high enough off the table that there are 3.31 inches (8.4 cm) of space between the table and the bottom of the screen, meaning most soundbars won't block it. You can also place the feet in a narrow position (see here) if you have a smaller TV stand.

Footprint of the 65" TV:

  • Wide position: 45.9" x 11.7"
  • Narrow position: 16.8" x 11.7"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV features brushed metal and is simple-looking. The inputs are set into the TV, so they're hard to reach with the TV wall-mounted. You can route cables through the feet and clips for cable management. If you have the stand in the narrow position, you can also move the clips to the center to keep the setup clean.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.24" (5.7 cm)

The thickness measurement includes the removable cable management clips, and without them, the TV is 1.77" (4.5 cm) thick.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG QNED80 2022 has good build quality. It's well-built, and there aren't any quality control issues. Although there's a bit of flex on the back panel, and the stand wobbles a bit, neither is of major concern, and you won't notice them once you place the TV.

Picture Quality
1.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
722 : 1
Native Contrast
722 : 1

The LG QNED80 2022 has a terrible contrast ratio. This means that blacks look gray anytime there are bright highlights present. Because the local dimming on the TV generally does more harm than good, our test results are with local dimming turned off.

Although the local dimming feature helps improve the contrast a bit, it does so by raising the brightness of the whites, so dark scenes look even worse. The higher-end LG QNED85 delivers much better dark scene performance thanks to its Mini LED backlight.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

With local dimming set to 'Off', there's no blooming, as the entire backlight is always on at the same intensity. Here is what the same scene looks like with local dimming set to 'High'. Again, it slightly improves the contrast, but at the expense of severe blooming in almost all scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
6

With local dimming set to 'Off', there are no zone transitions, as the entire backlight is always on. For comparison, here's what lighting zone transitions look like with local dimming set to 'High'; there's severe blooming, although it does make contrast a bit better. The local dimming does more harm to the image than good, so we recommend users keep it turned off.

4.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

The contrast and dark details look the same in Game Mode with local dimming disabled. The image and videos above are with local dimming set to 'Off', but here's what the contrast in Game Mode looks like with local dimming set to 'High':

6.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
329 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
304 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
115 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
287 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
411 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
411 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
411 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
286 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
410 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

The HDR brightness isn't bad, but it isn't bright enough to make highlights truly stand out against dark backgrounds. Small highlights do get brighter than larger ones, but because of the low contrast and elevated black levels, they don't pop like on other TVs.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Select Mode: Cinema
  • Panel Brightness: 100
  • Adjust Contrast: 100
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50
  • LED Local Dimming: Off

Enabling local dimming significantly increases the peak brightness of smaller highlights, but the overall picture quality is worse, and there's distracting blooming around bright highlights. Here are photos and measurements of the TV's HDR Brightness with local dimming set to 'High':

  • Hallway Lights: 340 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 318 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 130 cd/m²
  • Peak 2% Window: 489 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 533 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 444 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 401 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 388 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 485 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 529 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 441 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 398 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 385 cd/m²

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
333 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
307 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
118 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
288 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
412 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
412 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
411 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
286 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
411 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
411 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

The HDR brightness in Game Mode looks the same as outside of Game Mode, even if the individual windows are slightly dimmer, but you can't notice any difference. These results are with the same settings as outside of Game Mode but in the 'Game Optimizer' HDR Picture Mode.

6.8
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0304
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0303
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0312

The PQ EOTF tracking on the LG QNED80 2022 is okay. While it doesn't display all highlights the way they should be, there's a slow roll-off at the peak brightness, meaning it preserves details well. However, it isn't as good with content mastered at 4,000 nits because the roll-off happens earlier, so bright highlights are quite a bit dimmer than they should be. When it comes to shadows and midtones, they are displayed dimmer than they should be, regardless of what brightness level the content was mastered at. On the other end, blacks are displayed brighter than they should be, so perfect blacks are unachievable on the TV no matter what the content was mastered at.

The graph above is with local dimming set to 'Off'; here's what the PQ EOTF tracking looks like with local dimming set to 'High'. It's significantly more accurate than with local dimming disabled, but unfortunately, it comes at the expense of massive blooming and distracting lighting zone transitions.

7.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
318 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
323 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
323 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
324 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
324 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
324 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
323 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
323 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
323 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
323 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
323 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The SDR peak brightness on the LG QNED80 2022 is decent. It's bright enough to fight glare with a few lights around but not enough if you have it placed opposite a bright window. There's some variation in brightness between different scenes, but this is only noticeable when using it as a PC monitor, like when you're minimizing and maximizing windows.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Expert (Dark Space, Night)
  • Panel Brightness: 100
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50
  • LED Local Dimming: Off
  • Adjust Contrast: 80

With local dimming set to 'High', it gets a bit brighter, especially when displaying small, bright highlights:

  • Real Scene Peak Brightness: 356 cd/m²
  • Peak 2% Window: 231 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 544 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 486 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 391 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 340 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 230 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 541 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 339 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 339 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 340 cd/m²

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
87.71%
DCI P3 uv
93.49%
Rec 2020 xy
63.81%
Rec 2020 uv
71.09%

The LG QNED80 2022 has a very good color gamut thanks to its quantum dot technology. It has excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it isn't future-proof because it has limited coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space, which is becoming more popular with HDR content. Unfortunately, it has bad tone mapping with the tested 75% stimulus, meaning that brighter colors lose details. However, it's better with a 50% stimulus, as you can see with the DCI-P3 color space here and the Rec. 2020 color space here.

6.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
39.4%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
20.9%
White Luminance
248 cd/m²
Red Luminance
50 cd/m²
Green Luminance
160 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
11 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
177 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
60 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
226 cd/m²

The color volume on the LG QNED80 2022 is not bad. It struggles to display bright colors and can't display dark colors well either due to its low contrast.

7.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.89
Color dE
1.71
Gamma
2.12
Color Temperature
6,760 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

With a few quick setting changes out of the box, the LG QNED80 2022 has good accuracy. Most colors have excellent accuracy as they aren't oversaturated, and the color temperature is close to the 6500K target. However, the white balance is a bit off, particularly with mid shades of gray, and gamma doesn't follow our 2.2 target, as most scenes are too bright.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.36
Color dE
0.66
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,836 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The LG QNED80 2022 is very easy to calibrate, and the results after calibration are nearly perfect, with no noticeable issues at all.

You can see the full calibration settings we used here.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.540%
50% DSE
0.162%
5% Std. Dev.
0.449%
5% DSE
0.073%

The TV has very good gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are a bit darker than the rest, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, but it isn't enough to be distracting while watching sports or using it as a PC monitor.

6.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
1.743%
Native Std. Dev.
1.743%

The black uniformity of this TV is unremarkable. With the local dimming disabled, the entire screen is blue due to the low contrast, and there's noticeable clouding. Although the local dimming helps deepen parts of the screen, there's still noticeable blooming due to the edge-lit dimming zones. For comparison, here's what lighting zone transitions look like with local dimming set to 'High'.

8.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
31°
Color Shift
70°
Brightness Loss
36°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
53°

The LG QNED80 2022 has a very good viewing angle. For the most part, the image remains consistent when viewing from the sides, but you'll notice the screen looks darker at a wide angle.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
0.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.7%

The reflection handling is decent. It's fine if you have a few lights around, like a lamp or dim pot lights, but it isn't ideal to place it opposite a bright window with direct sunlight.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
4.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
6.0
50% Red to 100% Red
8.0
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The gradient handling is mediocre. There's visible banding in most colors, especially the grays and greens, and you'll see this banding in scenes with shades of similar colors, like a sunset. It has a Smooth Gradation setting that helps smooth out the gradients.

7.6
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
8.0
Detail Preservation
6.5

The LG QNED80 2022 has good low-quality content smoothing. There's very little noticeable macro-blocking in dark scenes, which is very good, but unfortunately, it struggles with preserving details.

6.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

This TV's upscaling and sharpness processing is okay overall. Fine details are upscaled well for the most part, but hardcoded text is a bit hard to make out. These results are with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 23

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RGB
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS

Like most IPS panels, the LG QNED80 2022 has an RGB subpixel layout, which is better for PC use than BGR panels because it improves the text clarity, which you can read about here. However, the 50-inch model has a different panel type with a BGR layout.

Motion
7.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.5 ms
100% Response Time
13.6 ms

The LG QNED80 2022 has a very good response time. Motion looks smooth for the most part, but there's still some smearing due to a slower response time with darker transitions.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The LG QNED80 2022 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at all brightness levels. The flicker depends on the picture mode you use, and you can see the differences below. The 120Hz flicker can be noticeable and cause image duplication with 60 fps signals, like when you're gaming, as it flickers at 120Hz in Game Mode.

Picture modes with 480Hz flicker:

  • Expert (Dark space, night)
  • Expert (Bright space, daytime)
  • Cinema
  • FILMMAKER MODE

Picture modes with 120Hz flicker:

  • Vivid
  • Standard
  • APS
  • Sports
  • Game Optimizer
  • All HDR modes

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

This TV has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which you can enable to improve the appearance of motion. It can flicker at either 60Hz or 120Hz, and while it does a good job at reducing blur, there's still some image duplication.

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

The TV can interpolate lower frame-rate content up to 120 fps. It's decent overall with slow-moving content, but significant motion artifacts are present when interpolating fast-paced action.

7.5
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.1 ms

Due to the quick response time, there's some noticeable stutter when watching low frame-rate content like movies. It's especially noticeable in slow panning shots or wide landscape shots.

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 removes judder from any source, including 60Hz sources like cable boxes. For a smooth movie-watching experience, enable the Real Cinema setting.

9.4
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
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR + Local Dimming Yes

The TV supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It supports all three VRR formats across the TV's entire refresh rate range.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
13.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
147.5 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
5.2 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
13.5 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.2 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
13.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
13.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
13.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
147.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
139.1 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The LG QNED80 2022 has incredibly low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming or desktop experience. It's a bit slower than the latest high-end LG TVs like the LG G3 OLED, but still low enough for most users.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The LG QNED80 2022 has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets it support all signals up to 4k @ 120Hz, as long as you're using HDMI ports 3 and 4. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any signal, which helps it display proper text with PCs. If you're using HDMI ports 1 and 2, you're limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you can't use it for 4k @ 120Hz signals with chroma 4:4:4 and 10-bit color depth.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV works without issue with the PS5 as long as you use HDMI ports 3 and 4, as they support the full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

Like with the PS5, there aren't any issues with the Xbox Series X, but you need to use the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports 3 and 4 to take full advantage of it. The TV doesn't support Dolby Vision, so you can get all the green checkmarks except that.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
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)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The TV doesn't support Dolby Vision, so you're limited to watching HDR content in the basic HDR10 format. One of the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports also serves as the eARC port, meaning you can only have one HDMI 2.1 device connected if you have a soundbar or receiver.

Inputs
Input Photos

The power input is on the back left side of the TV.

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
No
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

The TV supports eARC to pass audio formats from a connected player to your home audio system or a soundbar. It supports the vast majority of Dolby audio formats, except for the lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1. It also doesn't support any DTS audio formats, which limits you if you like to watch DVDs or Blu-rays, as they regularly use DTS for their main audio tracks.

Sound Quality
6.5
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.69 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.78 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.85 dB
Max
89.8 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.38 dB

This TV has an okay frequency response. It sounds alright with moderate listening levels, but there's more deviation and compression at its max volume. Sadly, like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass, if any.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.237
Weighted THD @ Max
0.881
IMD @ 80
4.06%
IMD @ Max
19.90%

The distortion handling isn't bad. It's decent with moderate listening levels, but the distortion is worse at its max volume.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS webOS
Version 22
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
6 s
Advanced Options
Many

The LG QNED80 2022 comes with the 2022 version of the webOS smart platform. It's easy to use and it has a few more features compared to past models, like the support of user profiles so each member of your household can customize their profile how they want.

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

Like most smart platforms, ads are throughout the interface, and there's no way to disable them.

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 ton of apps you can download, so you're sure to find your favorite content.

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

The included Magic Remote has a point-and-press feature that makes it easier to navigate through the menu. It has a built-in mic that you can ask to switch inputs, open apps, search for content, or adjust the settings. The remote that comes with the Costco version of this TV has an NFC feature that lets you tap your phone against the remote to cast content, and it's symbolized with the NFC logo on the remote.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button centrally located at the bottom of the TV to turn the power on or off, change inputs, adjust the volume, or switch channels.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Power cable
  • Cable wrap
  • Stand covers
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Consumption (Max) 135 W
Firmware 03.21.05