The LG QNED80 2023 is the entry-level model in LG's QNED lineup, which combines quantum dot technology and LG's proprietary NanoCell technology to display a wider range of colors than most similarly-priced TVs. It replaces the LG QNED80 2022 and sits below the LG QNED85. Available in multiple sizes from 50 to 86 inches, there's something for everyone. It's a basic TV overall but offers many of the same gaming features as higher-end models, like a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support.
The LG QNED80 2023 is a decent TV for mixed usage, but it's best suited for a bright room, as it doesn't look good in a dark room. It's good for watching shows or sports during the day, as it can handle some glare in a moderately-lit room. Its wide viewing angle allows you to walk around the room and still enjoy a consistent image. It has a few nice gaming features, like VRR support and 4k @ 120Hz support on two of its HDMI ports. Sadly, it's not a good choice for watching movies or gaming in a dark room, as it has a very low contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature is terrible.
The LG QNED80 2023 is good for watching shows during the day. The built-in webOS smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly find your favorite shows. It has a wide viewing angle, so you can walk around with the TV on and still enjoy a consistent image. It also has good peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so it can handle a bit of glare in a bright room. The processing features on this TV are just okay, though, so if you watch a lot of older shows on DVD, they aren't as sharp as they could be.
The LG QNED80 2023 is a good TV for watching sports during the day. It has a great response time, so fast motion is clear and easy to see, with minimal blur around the players. Visibility isn't an issue in moderately lit rooms, as it has good peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling. It's also great for game day parties, as its wide viewing angle means you won't have to fight over the best seat. The built-in speakers aren't very good, though, so you'll want to pair it with a good soundbar or home theater system.
The LG QNED80 2023 is a decent TV for gaming. It has a great response time, so fast motion in games is clear, with minimal blur or ghosting behind fast-moving objects. It also has fantastic low input lag and supports advanced gaming features like VRR. It supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but only on its two HDMI 2.1 ports. Sadly, it's not good for gaming in the dark, as it has a low contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature is terrible. 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.
The LG QNED80 2023 is mediocre for watching movies in a dark room. It has a very low contrast ratio, so dark scenes look washed out, and although it has a local dimming feature, it's terrible. It's not very bright in HDR, so bright specular highlights don't stand out. On the other hand, it has a great color gamut, so colors in brighter scenes are vivid and life-like. Overall, HDR is dull and adds very little to this TV.
The LG QNED80 2023 is decent for gaming in HDR, but almost entirely due to its decent gaming performance, as HDR adds very little. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, a great response time, and it supports advanced gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the latest consoles. It has a low contrast ratio, a terrible local dimming feature, and low peak brightness in HDR, so HDR has no pop, and bright highlights don't stand out. 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.
The LG QNED80 2023 is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag and a great response time, so cursor movement are smooth and responsive, with minimal motion blur. Chroma 4:4:4 signals are displayed 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 remain uniform even if you're sitting close to the TV. It also has decent reflection handling and good peak brightness, so glare isn't an issue in a moderately-lit room.
We bought and tested the 65-inch LG QNED80 2023, and the results are also valid for the 55 and 75-inch models. The 50-inch version uses a VA-type panel, which has much better contrast but a worse viewing angle, and the 86-inch model is direct-lit and has better speakers. The exact model code varies between regions and retailers, but unlike the LG QNED80 2022, Costco carries the same version as other retailers.
In Europe, it's known as the LG QNED81 2023, which offers the same performance overall but with a center-mounted stand.
Our unit was manufactured in July 2023; you can see the label here.
The LG QNED80 2023 is a decent TV with a good selection of gaming features, but it's only suitable for moderately-lit or bright rooms. It doesn't look good in a dark room, so it's not as versatile as most other mid-range TVs like the Hisense U8/U8K or the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED. Overall, it doesn't perform well for the price and isn't worth buying.
The Hisense U8/U8K is significantly better than the LG QNED80 2023. The Hisense looks much better in a dark room thanks to its higher native contrast ratio and highly effective Mini LED local dimming feature. This also lets the Hisense get significantly brighter, especially when displaying HDR content, and HDR looks much better overall.
The TCL Q7/Q750G QLED is significantly better than the LG QNED80 2023. The TCL has a much higher native contrast ratio, and it looks much better in dark rooms, with deeper blacks and very little blooming around bright areas of the screen. The TCL is also a lot brighter, and HDR content looks better.
The LG QNED80 2023 has a simple, clean design. The bezels are a bit thicker than budget TVs, but they're not distracting. Nothing stands out about its design, but it doesn't look cheap, either.
The stand consists of two V-shaped feet that hold the TV well. The feet lift the screen about 3.2" above the cabinet, so most soundbars fit without blocking the screen. There's also a narrow position for the feet (shown here) if you have a smaller TV stand.
Footprint of the 65" TV:
The back of the TV features consists of a single large plastic panel. The inputs face to the left of the TV and are set into the TV, so they're hard to reach with the TV wall-mounted. LG has given a lot of thought to cable management on this TV, as there are multiple mounting points for the included clips, so it's easy to keep a neat setup behind the TV.
The LG QNED80 2023 has decent build quality. The feet are sturdy and support the TV well, allowing for just a bit of wobble. The back is all plastic, and there's noticeable flex throughout, but this is common and won't cause any issues. Overall, the materials used are a bit cheap, and there's more plastic than the LG QNED80 2022, but there are no obvious issues or problems with quality control.
The LG QNED80 2023 has terrible contrast. Blacks look gray and washed out, and dim scenes lack shadow detail. There's a local dimming feature that's designed to improve contrast, but it's terrible, and we recommend you turn it off.
Here's what the same scene looks like with local dimming set to 'High'. Enabling local dimming improves the contrast ratio to 3416:1 in simple scenes like this one, but the overall viewing experience is much worse.
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.
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 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':
The LG QNED80 2023 has just okay peak brightness in HDR. Bright specular highlights in HDR content don't stand out, and HDR generally looks flat and dull.
These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:
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':
Switching to the 'Game Optimizer' HDR Select Mode makes no noticeable difference to the peak brightness. HDR in games is still flat and dull overall, and bright highlights don't stand out.
The PQ EOTF tracking on the LG QNED80 2023 is decent overall. Shadow details are raised significantly and look washed out; this has more to do with its low contrast ratio than its HDR processing. Midtones are slightly dimmer than they should be.
Content mastered at 600 and 1000 nits hard clips when the TV reaches its peak brightness, leading to a loss of bright detail, although this TV doesn't show any truly bright detail anyway as it's just simply not bright enough. For content mastered at 4000 nits, there's a smoother roll-off, and fine details are preserved.
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.
The LG QNED80 2023 has good peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome a bit of glare in a moderately lit or even a bright room.
These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:
With local dimming set to 'High', it gets a bit brighter, especially when displaying small, bright highlights:
The color volume is just okay. It's mainly limited by its low contrast, as it can't display dark saturated colors well.
With a few quick setting changes out of the box, the LG QNED80 2023 has great accuracy. Bright shades of gray are a bit off, but not noticeably so, and gamma is close to the 2.2 target. Color accuracy is excellent, with no noticeable issues, and the color temperature is nearly perfect.
This TV 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.
The LG QNED80 2023 has great gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are slightly darker than the center, but it's not noticeable. There's very little dirty screen effect in the center. Near-black scenes look excellent, with no noticeable issues.
The black uniformity of this TV is just okay. There's noticeable clouding throughout the screen and a few bright spots along the bottom edge. Enabling the local dimming feature makes the black uniformity significantly worse, as the very limited number of zones can't effectively dim the screen around bright highlights.
This TV has a great viewing angle, ensuring you'll enjoy a consistent image even when viewed at a wide angle. It's a great choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.
The reflection handling is decent. There's no sign of rainbow smearing when bright lights are opposite the TV, which is great, but the coating does little to reduce glare.
The TV has mediocre HDR gradient handling. There's a lot of banding in bright greens and some minor banding in darker shades.
The TV 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.
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:
This TV uses an IPS panel with an RGB subpixel layout, which is great for PC users as Windows ClearType handles RGB quite well. You can read more about text clarity here.
This TV's response time is great, and there's very little motion blur in fast-moving content. There's some overshoot in shadow details, which you'll notice as a slight halo effect around darker details, but it's minor.
The LG QNED80 2023 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at all brightness levels. The flicker depends on your picture mode, and you can see the differences below. The 120Hz flicker is noticeable and causes a double image with 60 fps signals, like when you're gaming, as it flickers at 120Hz in Game Mode.
Picture modes with 480Hz flicker:
Picture modes with 120Hz flicker:
There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which you can enable to improve the appearance of motion. It can only flicker at both 60 or 120Hz, ensuring smooth motion and no double image.
This 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.
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.
This TV removes judder from any source, including 60Hz sources like cable boxes. For a smooth movie-watching experience, enable the Real Cinema setting.
The LG QNED80 2023 supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It supports all three VRR formats across the TV's entire refresh rate range.
The LG QNED80 2023 supports all signals up to 4k @ 120Hz, but only on HDMI ports 3 and 4. It also displays chroma 4:4:4 properly with any signal, which is essential for clear text from a PC. HDMI ports 1 and 2 are 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.
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.
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'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.
This TV supports a plethora of audio formats, which is great. It supports DTS audio formats, which is great if you like to watch DVDs or Blu-rays, as they tend to use DTS for their main audio tracks.
Unfortunately, the LG QNED80 2023 has a mediocre frequency response. Music sounds muddled, there's audible distortion, and everything sounds mixed together, making it hard to understand dialogue or specific sounds in the mix. Like most TVs, there's very little bass, but it's even worse than usual on this TV. There's an automatic room correction feature, but it actually made the sound worse, so it was disabled for our testing.
Even at moderate volume levels, this TV's distortion performance is poor, and at max volume, it's terrible. While it's less noticeable in real content versus isolated tone patterns, music sounds thin and muddled.
The LG QNED80 2023 runs the 2023 version of LG's webOS proprietary smart interface. It's fast and easy to use.
As is now, unfortunately, typical, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and you can't fully disable them. You can limit ad tracking and remove ads from the home screen using the 'Home Promotion' and 'Content Recommendation' settings in the 'Home Settings' menu, but there's no way to remove ads from the apps page.
The built-in webOS smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps.
The LG QNED80 2023 comes with LG's Magic Remote. You can use it as a pointer, making it easier to navigate the menus if you prefer that approach instead of using the remote's buttons. The remote also has an integrated microphone, which works well. You can use voice commands to ask the TV to open specific apps, search within apps, ask for the time, or ask for the weather.
There's a single button centrally located at the bottom of the TV, and that's also where the infrared sensor is. You can turn the TV on or off with the button, change inputs or channels, and control the volume.