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LG QNED85 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Feb 21, 2023 at 11:04 am
Latest change: Test bench update Jul 24, 2023 at 02:23 pm
LG QNED85 Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
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7.6
TV Shows
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7.7
Sports
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8.2
Video Games
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7.8
HDR Movies
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8.2
HDR Gaming
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8.5
PC Monitor
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The LG QNED85 is a mid-range 4k TV in LG's 2022 QNED lineup, which combines a quantum dot color filter and LG's NanoCell technology to display a wider range of colors. It mainly competes with other mid-range models, like the Sony X90K, Samsung QN85B QLED, and the Hisense U8H, and it's available in a few sizes, from 55 to 86 inches, so you can choose the size that best fits your room. It's the lowest-end model in LG's 2022 lineup to feature a Mini LED full array backlight, which is designed to improve dark scene performance while reducing blooming compared to standard LED backlights with fewer zones. It's powered by LG's α7 Gen 5 AI processor and supports some advanced formats like Dolby Vision HDR.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The LG QNED85 is a very good TV for most uses. It delivers a great gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and fast response time. It looks good in most viewing environments, so it's a great choice for watching movies in the dark or for watching shows during the day. It's also good for watching sports, as it has very little dirty screen effect in the center, and its wide viewing angle makes it a great choice for watching the big game with a large group of friends. It also delivers an excellent PC monitor experience, and it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly for clear text.

Pros
  • Displays lower-resolution and 4k content without issue.
  • Image remains consistent at an angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Great peak brightness to overcome glare in a bright room.
Cons
  • Colors aren't very bright.
  • Noticeable distortion at high volume.
7.6 TV Shows

The LG QNED85 is a great TV for watching shows in a bright room. It has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so it can easily overcome glare in a moderately-lit room. It also has a wide viewing angle, ensuring the image remains consistent if you move around with the TV on. It upscales lower resolution shows on DVD and Blu-ray well, and its built-in webOS smart interface has a great selection of streaming apps.

Pros
  • Displays lower-resolution and 4k content without issue.
  • Image remains consistent at an angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Great peak brightness to overcome glare in a bright room.
Cons
  • Noticeable distortion at high volume.
7.7 Sports

The LG QNED85 is a good TV for watching sports during the day. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, meaning it can handle moderate amounts of glare in a bright room. It also has a wide viewing angle, so the image remains consistent from the sides, making it a great choice for watching the big game with a group of friends, as everyone will see the game clearly. It also has very good uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect in the center, so large areas of uniform color look clean.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent at an angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Very good response time with little blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • Great peak brightness to overcome glare in a bright room.
Cons
  • Noticeable distortion at high volume.
8.2 Video Games

The LG QNED85 is an impressive TV for playing games. It has superb low input lag, so your actions are in sync with what you see on the screen, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It has a quick response time, so fast motion is clear and easy to see, and it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two ports for 4k @ 120Hz gaming from a new-gen console or PC. It looks great in any viewing environment, with high peak brightness and decent reflection handling for gaming in a bright room, and good contrast and dark scene details in game mode. Finally, it has a wide viewing angle, so it's a good choice for couch co-op or party games.

Pros
  • Very good response time with little blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • 4k @ 120Hz support.
  • Variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing.
Cons
  • Noticeable distortion at high volume.
7.8 HDR Movies

The LG QNED85 Series is a good TV for watching movies in HDR in a completely dark room. Its Mini LED backlight delivers excellent contrast, with bright highlights in HDR and just a bit of blooming around bright objects. It tracks the PQ EOTF well, ensuring most content is displayed at the brightness level the content creator intended. It has just okay gradient handling in HDR, though, and there's some noticeable banding in dark shades. Finally, it has an impressive color gamut, but just decent color volume overall, so colors are saturated but not very bright.

Pros
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Impressive color gamut.
  • Mini LED local dimming feature delivers deep blacks.
Cons
  • Some blooming around bright objects in dark scenes.
  • Banding in dark shades.
  • Colors aren't very bright.
  • No support for DTS audio passthrough.
8.2 HDR Gaming

The LG QNED85 is a very good TV for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag, a fast response time, and variable refresh rate support to reduce tearing. It supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming with HDR, which is great for new-gen consoles or PC gamers. HDR looks good thanks to its good contrast and dark scene details in a dark room, and it has decent peak brightness in HDR to bring out bright highlights in games.

Pros
  • Very good response time with little blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • 4k @ 120Hz support.
  • Variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing.
  • Impressive color gamut.
Cons
  • Banding in dark shades.
8.5 PC Monitor

The LG QNED85 is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has very good uniformity, so the screen looks clean when browsing the web. It also has a wide viewing angle, which means the sides of the screen remain uniform even if you're sitting up close. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC, and it has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience. It has a very good response time, with very little black smear when you're scrolling text quickly.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent at an angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Very good response time with little blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • 4k @ 120Hz support.
  • Chroma 4:4:4 displayed properly for clear text.
Cons
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.7 Sports
  • 8.2 Video Games
  • 7.8 HDR Movies
  • 8.2 HDR Gaming
  • 8.5 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jul 24, 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.
  2. Updated May 17, 2023: We updated the Version number in the Interface section of the review to match our other reviews, as LG uses the year to indicate the interface version now, not the internal software version.
  3. 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.
  4. Updated Feb 21, 2023: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 16, 2023: Early access published.
  6. Updated Jan 23, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Jan 03, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Nov 28, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  9. Updated Nov 24, 2022: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we’ll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch LG QNED85, and these results are also valid for the 55, 75, and 86-inch models. The exact model code varies between regions and retailers. The QNED85AQA variant sold at Costco comes with a remote that supports NFC and a much longer warranty, and it has a NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) tuner. There are two minor variants of this TV sold in Europe: the LG QNED86 and the LG QNED87. They both offer nearly identical performance to the QNED85, but with a center-mounted stand and slight cosmetic differences.

Size Model Number Costco Model Dimming Zones
55" 55QNED85UQA 55QNED85AQA 120
65" 65QNED85UQA 65QNED85AQA 180
75" 75QNED85UQA 75QNED85AQA Unknown
85" 86QNED85UQA 86QNED85AQA Unknown

The unit we bought and tested was manufactured in August 2022. You can see the label for it here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG QNED85 is a very good TV overall, with a wide viewing angle and deep blacks in a dark room, making it a versatile choice that looks good in any viewing environment. There are good alternatives from other brands, like the Hisense U8H, that offer better overall picture quality but have a worse viewing angle.

See our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best TVs under $1,500, and the best 4k TVs.

LG QNED80 2022
50" 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 LG QNED85 is better than the Sony X90K overall. The LG has a better local dimming feature, so there's much less blooming around bright objects in a dark scene, even though the Sony has better native contrast. The LG also has a wider viewing angle, so it's a better choice for a wide seating arrangement.

Hisense U8H
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U8H is significantly better than the LG QNED85. The U8H has much better contrast, with significantly less blooming around bright areas of dark scenes. The Hisense also gets significantly brighter in both SDR and HDR, and it has a better anti-reflective coating, so it can better overcome glare and bring out highlights in HDR better. The LG has a much wider viewing angle, but unless you're in a moderately-lit room with a wide seating arrangement, the Hisense is still much better.

LG QNED90
65" 75" 86"

The LG QNED90 is a slight step up over the LG QNED85. The QNED90 has a much better Mini LED local dimming feature, resulting in higher contrast and less blooming around bright areas of dark scenes. Its processing is a bit worse, and shadow details aren't as well-preserved on the QNED90. The QNED90 also gets a bit brighter, and it sustains bright highlights over time, while the QNED's brightness drops over time in bright scenes.

Samsung QN85B QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85B QLED is slightly better than the LG QNED85. The Samsung gets significantly brighter, so it can overcome more glare in a bright room. The Samsung also looks a bit better in a dark room, as there's less blooming around bright highlights or subtitles, and the zone transitions with local dimming enabled are less noticeable.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG QNED85 has a simple design that doesn't look very premium, but it doesn't look cheap, either. The bezels are thin, but there's a bit of dead space between the bezels and the first pixels.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A

This TV isn't part of our 100 TV accelerated longevity test.

Design
Stand

The v-shaped feet are very basic but made of metal. They support the TV well in the wide position, but there's still a bit of wobble. There's also a narrow position for the feet if you have a small table.

Footprint of the 65" stand:

  • Wide position: 45.9" x 11.7"
  • Narrow position: 16.7" x 11.7"

In either position, the stand lifts the screen 3.3" off the table, which is great as even large soundbars fit in front of it without blocking the screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The back of the TV is very plain and is mainly made of a single large metal panel. There are clips on the back for cable management that help guide cables to tracks in the feet. Most of the inputs face to the side and are close to the edge of the TV, so they're easy to access even if you wall-mount the TV.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.37" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.78" (4.5 cm)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG 65QNED85 is excellent build quality. The materials used feel premium, with many metal components that feel well-built, including the back panel, borders, and feet. It's sturdy, but the feet wobble a bit. There's some flex to the back panel, but it's not too bad.

Picture Quality
8.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
53,520 : 1
Native Contrast
1,304 : 1

The LG QNED85 has excellent contrast. The native contrast of the panel is low, so if you choose to disable local dimming dark areas of the screen will look washed out. With local dimming enabled, however, real content looks excellent.

7.0
Picture Quality
Blooming

There's a bit of blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes, but it's decent overall. It's a bit more noticeable around subtitles.

7.0
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
180

Zone transitions are decent overall, but it's a bit distracting with fast-moving content. The algorithms that control the dimming zones can't quite keep up with bright highlights that move across the screen. The zones are slow to turn on and off, causing the leading edge of moving objects to be a bit darker than it should be and leaving a halo behind them.

7.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to 'Game' mode doesn't result in any noticeable difference in dark scene performance.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
423 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
285 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
225 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
501 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
935 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
828 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
564 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
462 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
395 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
426 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
448 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
461 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

The LG 65QNED85UQA has decent peak brightness in HDR. Small bright highlights get very bright and stand out well, but like with SDR, it can't sustain them, and the brightness drops over time.

These measurements are with the following settings:

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

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
432 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
273 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
217 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
510 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
962 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
854 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
583 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
477 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
315 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
409 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
441 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
463 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
476 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

There's a slight increase in peak brightness when you switch to the 'Game Optimizer' mode, but it's not really noticeable. There are minor differences in the slides and a slight decrease with most real content, but it's very minor.

These measurements with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game Optimizer
  • Panel Brightness: 100
  • Adjust Contrast: 100
  • LED Local Dimming: High
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50

9.0
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0079
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0067
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0079

The TV has excellent PQ EOTF tracking. Shadow details and near-black scenes are displayed well. Oddly, there's a significant difference in the way the TV tone maps content at different brightness levels. Content mastered at 600 nits is a bit too bright in midtones, whereas content mastered at 1,000 or 4,000 nits is a bit too dark. Bright scenes are also handled differently, as content mastered at 4,000 nits has a much smoothing roll-off, ensuring bright details are better preserved. In short, all of this means that the level of fine details you'll see in bright scenes will vary depending on the content.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
421 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
474 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
821 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
748 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
503 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
405 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
295 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
346 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
392 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
404 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.019

The peak brightness in SDR is great. There's some variation in brightness with different scenes, but it's bright enough to overcome glare in moderately-lit rooms. Medium-sized highlights in dark scenes get nearly twice as bright as large bright scenes, so they stand out well, but the TV can't sustain those bright highlights for very long, and the brightness decreases over time.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Expert (Dark space, night)
  • Panel Brightness: 100
  • Adjust Contrast: 80
  • LED Local Dimming: High
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50

8.4
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
91.80%
DCI P3 uv
96.20%
Rec 2020 xy
69.28%
Rec 2020 uv
76.83%

This TV has an impressive HDR color gamut. It has nearly perfect coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, but the tone mapping is off in bright scenes, so colors aren't as bright. It has just alright coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, though, which is a bit disappointing.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
55.1%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
29.5%
White Luminance
481 cd/m²
Red Luminance
56 cd/m²
Green Luminance
388 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
16 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
421 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
116 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
446 cd/m²

The LG QNED85 has just decent color volume. Dark saturated colors are displayed well, thanks to its excellent contrast ratio.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.17
Color dE
1.17
Gamma
2.09
Color Temperature
6,992 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

Before calibration, the LG QNED85 has amazing accuracy in SDR. The white balance is great, with no significant issues, and the color accuracy is nearly perfect. Except for saturated blues, which are a bit off, most colors are displayed well. The color temperature is a bit cool, giving everything a slightly blue tint. Gamma is nearly flat, but it's a bit lower than our target, so most scenes are slightly too bright.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.36
Color dE
0.81
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,515 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

For the most part, this TV is easy to calibrate and looks fantastic after calibration. The 5% gray is a bit off, even after calibration, as trying to correct it just made the color temperature colder. Pure blues are still a bit off even after calibration.

You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.996%
50% DSE
0.167%
5% Std. Dev.
0.376%
5% DSE
0.078%

The gray uniformity is very good. The corners of the screen are a bit darker than the center, but it's not too bad. There's some dirty screen effect in the center of the screen that's distracting when watching sports. Dark scenes look much better, though, and there are no significant issues.

6.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
1.795%
Native Std. Dev.
1.675%

The LG QNED85 has mediocre black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, the entire screen looks blue and patchy due to the low native contrast ratio. Enabling local dimming significantly reduces the black levels across most of the screen, so it doesn't look blue anymore, but there's some distracting blooming around the center cross.

8.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
33°
Color Shift
70°
Brightness Loss
36°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
53°

The LG QNED85 has a great viewing angle, making it a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides. Colors hardly shift, but the image fades a bit at a wide angle.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

This TV has just decent reflection handling. The coating helps reduce the intensity of direct reflections a bit, but they're still distracting. Since it can get very bright, you can always just increase the brightness to overcome glare, so it's an okay choice for a bright room.

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
10
100% Black to 50% Green
4.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

Gradients in HDR on the LG QNED85 are just okay. There's significant banding in darker shades, especially in greens and grays, but there's noticeable banding in dark blues and reds as well.

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

The LG QNED85 handles low-quality content well. There's still some pixelation in the dark gradients, and sadly, there's some loss of fine details, but it's good overall.

6.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled well and displayed properly by the TV.

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

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.

Motion
7.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.3 ms
100% Response Time
13.9 ms

The LG QNED85 has a very good response time, so motion looks clean and crisp for the most part. There's some noticeable overshoot, which causes some inverse ghosting, like the orange tint to the left of the moving logo photo above, but it's not too distracting.

9.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
960 Hz

The LG QNED85 is nearly flicker-free. At max brightness, there's no flicker, but if you decrease the brightness setting, it flickers at a very high frequency that usually isn't noticeable.

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 (BFI). It's extremely effective at clearing up the appearance of motion, but there's still some slight inverse ghosting noticeable due to the response time overshoot.

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

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the appearance of motion. It looks good with slower scenes but struggles with busier action, causing more artifacts and haloing.

7.5
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
27.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
2.8 ms

Unfortunately, there's a bit of stutter when watching low frame-rate content like movies. It's especially noticeable in slow panning 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

This TV automatically removes judder from any source, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience.

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 LG QNED85 has a fast refresh rate and supports variable refresh rate technology (VRR) to reduce screen tearing. VRR works across a wide range of refresh rates, and thanks to Low Framerate Compensation, it remains nearly tear-free even if the frame rate drops low or if you're playing a game that's locked at a low frame rate.

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
16.8 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
13.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
13.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
13.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
146.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
138.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.0 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The LG QNED85 has fantastic low input lag in 'Game' and 'PC' mode, ensuring a responsive gaming and desktop experience. There's almost no difference in input lag with different resolutions, and when gaming at 120Hz, the input lag is incredibly low. Switching to the 'PC' input icon for chroma 4:4:4 support doesn't increase input lag, which is great.

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

Most common resolutions are accepted and displayed properly.

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

The LG QNED85 is fully compatible with everything the PS5 offers, but only on HDMI ports 3 and 4. Ports 1 and 2 don't support 4k @ 120Hz gaming.

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

This TV is fully compatible with everything the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X offer, but only on HDMI ports 3 and 4. Ports 1 and 2 don't support 4k @ 120Hz gaming.

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)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

HDMI ports 3 and 4 support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Unfortunately, it doesn't support ATSC 3.0, so over-the-air broadcasts are limited to 1080p.

Inputs
Input Photos
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
Yes
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 LG QNED85 doesn't support any DTS formats, which is disappointing as DTS is often used as the main audio track on Blu-ray movies.

Sound Quality
7.0
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.02 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.99 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.90 dB
Max
89.3 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.14 dB

The LG QNED85 has a decent frequency response. Like most TVs, it has very little bass, but above the low-frequency extension, the sound profile is well-balanced, so dialogue is clear and easy to understand. It gets fairly loud, but there's some noticeable compression at high levels.

6.9
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.216
Weighted THD @ Max
0.929
IMD @ 80
1.80%
IMD @ Max
5.78%

This TV has decent distortion performance. There's very little noticeable distortion in the vocal range at moderate listening levels, but it's noticeably worse at 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
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
8 s
Advanced Options
Many

The LG QNED85 comes with the 2022 version of the webOS smart platform. It's easy to use and has a few more features compared to past models, like the support of user profiles, so each household member 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.

8.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Content Search Only
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. Unfortunately, although it also has a built-in mic, it doesn't process voice queries properly and usually just searches the web for whatever you ask it to do, even for things like "Open Netflix".

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
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 70 W
Power Consumption (Max) 157 W
Firmware 03.30.14