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LG QNED80 2022 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Nov 21, 2022 at 10:42 am
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 21, 2023 at 12:31 pm
LG QNED80 2022 Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.0
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
5.9
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.2
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
This TV was replaced by the LG QNED80 2023

The LG QNED80 is the entry-level model in LG's mid-range QNED lineup. It's a new TV for 2022, sitting below the LG QNED85, and it 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 is decent for most uses. It's good for watching shows and sports in most well-lit rooms with wide seating arrangements because it has decent reflection handling and a wide viewing angle. It's also decent for gaming thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and low input lag for a responsive feel. Sadly, it's mediocre for watching movies in dark rooms because blacks look gray in the dark and the local dimming feature is terrible as it causes a ton of blooming.

Pros
  • Displays lower-resolution and 4k content without issue.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • 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 is very good for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. It displays lower-resolution content without issues, which is important if you watch cable TV. If you stream your content, the webOS platform is user-friendly with a ton of apps available to download. It also has a wide viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent from the sides if you have a wide seating arrangement. Its reflection handling is decent, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare.

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 is good for sports. Fast-moving balls and players look good with minimal blur trail thanks to its quick response time. It has a wide viewing angle that makes it ideal for watching the big game with a group of friends, as everyone sees the same image. It also has decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it isn't bright enough to fight glare from direct sunlight.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • 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 is decent for playing video games. It has all the gaming features needed to take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and 120Hz panel. It also has low input lag and a quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it's a bad choice for dark room gaming as it has low native contrast and a terrible local dimming feature.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • 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.
5.9 HDR Movies

The LG QNED80 is mediocre for watching HDR movies. It doesn't support Dolby Vision or HDR10+, so you're limited to watching content in the basic HDR10 format. Although it displays a wide range of colors, it doesn't get bright enough to make them look vivid and stand out. Sadly, its low contrast makes blacks look gray in the dark, and its terrible local dimming feature results in a ton of blooming.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Edge-lit local dimming causes distracting blooming.
  • Only supports HDR10.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
7.2 HDR Gaming

The LG QNED80 is decent for HDR gaming, mainly due to its gaming features. With HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, you can play games at a high frame rate from consoles. It also has low input lag and a quick response time for a decent gaming experience. However, HDR content looks mediocre due to its low contrast, terrible local dimming feature, and low HDR peak brightness.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • 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.
8.2 PC Monitor

The LG QNED80 is excellent to use as a PC monitor. With HDMI 2.1 bandwidth you can display high-frame-rate signals with chroma 4:4:4 for proper text as long as your graphics card supports it. It also has low input lag that makes your desktop movements feel responsive. It has a wide viewing angle that makes it ideal if you sit close as the edges don't look washed out, and it has decent reflection handling if you have a few lights around.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • 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 Sep 21, 2023: We bought and tested the LG QNED80 2023 and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  2. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. 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.
  4. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. 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.
  6. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  7. 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.
  8. Updated Feb 21, 2023: We bought and tested the LG QNED85. We've added a few relevant comparisons to this review.
  9. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  10. 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.
  11. Updated Nov 21, 2022: Review published.
  12. Updated Nov 15, 2022: Early access published.
  13. Updated Oct 31, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  14. Updated Oct 18, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  15. 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, 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, models outside the US may perform differently, and we don't know for sure.

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 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 too. You can easily find other similarly-priced TVs with much better performance, like the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED or the Hisense 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 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 X90K
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X90K 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.

Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/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.

Hisense U8H
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG QNED80 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
Design
Stand

The stand is two V-shaped feet that hold the TV well. They raise the screen high enough off the table that there's 3.31" (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 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 has a bad contrast ratio. It means that blacks look gray next to bright highlights in dark rooms. 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
10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
6
4.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

The local dimming feature looks the same in Game Mode and remains terrible.

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 results are from after calibration to the 6500K white point in the 'Cinema' HDR Picture Mode with the Panel Brightness and Adjust Contrast each at '100', LED Local Dimming on 'High', and Color Temperature on 'Warm 50'.

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 won'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 is incredible. With content mastered at 600 and 1,000 nits, which is the majority of content, it displays shadows and midtones at their correct brightness. While it doesn't display all highlights the way they should be displayed, 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, meaning even midtones don't appear as they should.

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 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 will only be noticeable when using it as a PC monitor, like when you're minimizing and maximizing windows.

These results are from after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark space, night)' Picture Mode with the Panel Brightness at '100'. Adjust Contrast on '80', Color Temperature on 'Warm 50', and the LED Local Dimming set to 'High'.

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 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 more HDR content will start to use. 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 is decent. 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

The accuracy before calibration is good. 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 off, particularly with brighter shads of gray, and gamma doesn't follow our 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms well, 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 accuracy after calibration to the 6500K white point is fantastic. It's easy to calibrate and there aren't any visible issues with the colors, white balance, gamma, or color temperature.

See our full calibration settings 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 LG QNED80 has 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 is disappointing. 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. Keep in mind that the 50-inch model has a different panel that has a higher contrast for deeper blacks, and the 86-inch model has direct-lit local dimming, so there'll be less blooming.

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 has a 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. Unfortunately, the 50-inch model has a different panel with a worse viewing 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 disappointing. 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
6.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

It doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content from DVDs or SD cable channels.

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

Like most IPS panels, this TV 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 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 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, to reduce persistence blur. It can flicker at either 60Hz or 120Hz, and while it does a good job at reducing blur, there's still some image duplication. Note that the BFI score is based on the flicker frequencies at which it works and not the actual performance.

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

There's an optional motion interpolation feature to bring lower frame rate signals up to 120 fps. Like most TVs, it works well with slower scenes, but there are artifacts like haloing when there are a lot of fast-moving objects.

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

Despite the fast response time, there isn't too much stutter, even with 24 fps signals. If it bothers you, try enabling the motion interpolation feature.

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 LG QNED80 removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies, especially if you're watching them from a source that sends 60 fps signals, like a cable box.

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

It supports all three common VRR formats to reduce screen tearing. It supports Low Framerate Compensation for the VRR feature to continue working even at low frame rates.

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 has low input lag for a responsive feel while gaming, as long as you're in Game Mode.

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 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're using 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.

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

Although it has an eARC port, it doesn't actually support any lossless audio formats that require eARC, as it can't pass Dolby Atmos to a compatible receiver.

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 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, there are ads 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 underneath the middle of the TV to turn it On/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