LG SK8000 TV Review

LG SK8000 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.7
Mixed Usage
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6.4
Movies
8.0
TV Shows
7.9
Sports
8.4
Video Games
6.4
HDR Movies
7.7
HDR Gaming
8.4
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the LG SM8600
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The LG SK8000 is a good TV for mixed usage, with only decent picture quality but very good motion handling. When viewed in the dark, the low contrast ratio results in blacks that appear gray and the local dimming is ineffective at improving dark scene performance. In a bright room though, this isn't noticeable and the image also remains accurate when viewed at an angle which is good for those with wide seating. Motion handling is also very good and the TV has excellent low input lag which is great for gamers.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The LG SK8000 is a good TV for mixed usage. It is best suited to viewing in a room with a decent amount of ambient light. Dark room performance is poor and it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare. HDR doesn't add much when watching movies or gaming. It has excellent input lag and a fast response time, so fast action looks great whether it be in a hockey game or the latest action movie.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.4 Movies

Decent performance for watching movies in a dark room, but the TV is limited by the poor native contrast ratio and weak local dimming. It is best suited for watching movies in a dimly lit room, as blacks will never appear truly black.

See our Movies recommendations
8.0 TV Shows

Good performance for watching TV Shows in a bright room. It has great reflection handling and a decent wide viewing angle, so it is best suited for a room with a medium amount of ambient light as it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.9 Sports

Good TV for watching sports in a living room. It has great reflection handling and a decent wide viewing angle great for game day parties, but it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. It has an excellent response time and fast moving motion doesn't have much motion trail.

See our Sports recommendations
8.4 Video Games

Great video game performance. It has excellent low input lag even outside of game mode. The response time is excellent, and the screen reacts quickly to fast motion.

See our Video Games recommendations
6.4 HDR Movies

Decent TV for HDR Movies. The native contrast ratio is decent, but the local dimming feature is ineffective at improving dark room performance and the black uniformity is poor. HDR peak brightness is decent, but the SK8000 doesn't support a wide color gamut.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.7 HDR Gaming

Good TV for HDR Gaming, although HDR doesn't add much. Like with SDR gaming, the input lag and response time is excellent. The contrast and black uniformity are poor, so late night gaming in a dark room isn't as enjoyable. It doesn't support a wide color gamut and the local dimming feature is ineffective.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.4 PC Monitor

This is a good TV for use as a PC monitor. Chroma 4:4:4 is properly supported so text looks clear and sharp. It has a very fast pixel response time and excellent low input lag, so it feels responsive. It has a decent viewing angle, so even if you are sitting close, the edges don't wash out.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Movies
  • 8.0 TV Shows
  • 7.9 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 6.4 HDR Movies
  • 7.7 HDR Gaming
  • 8.4 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Excellent low input lag
  • Very fast response time
  • Great reflection handling
Cons
  • Blacks appear gray and blotchy in a dark room
  • Peak brightness is only decent
  1. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  2. Update 6/12/2018: The 49" SK8000 has a 60Hz panel, and some results will be different

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Test Results

Market Context
Design
9.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the LG 55SK8000PUA / LG 65SK8000PUA is excellent. It resembles a lot the SK9000 and esteems a slight premium feel. Although the TV is thin and looks good, when wall mounted, you might find it difficult to reach some of the inputs that are facing outwards. There is some basic cable management down the rear of the stand, but when the TV is wall mounted, there is practically no cable management. The build quality is good.

Design
Stand

The LG 55SK8000PUA stand is curved and made of metal. It's almost identical to the SK9000 and provides a good and sturdy support to the TV. This won't prevent the TV from wobbling a little if knocked on the side.

The footprint of the 55" TV stand: 32.6" x 9.8"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is very thin metal and quite plain. Cable management is done through a single hook just like the LG SK9000. However, in this TV, many of the inputs are pointing outwards and are difficult to access when placed close to a wall.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The borders are thin and look good. They are similar in width to the SJ8500, and are made of metal and feel high quality.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.64" (6.7 cm)

The LG SK8000 is very thin at the top but slightly wider at the bottom where the LEDs are located.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
104 °F (40 °C)
Average Temperature
91 °F (33 °C)

The TV gets slightly warm at the bottom edge of where the LEDs are encased. This should not cause any trouble though.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the LG SK8000PUA is good. There are no gaps and everything seems to fall well into place. The metal back is very thin and shows bumps and nicks very easily.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1098 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
1100 : 1

The native contrast of the LG SK8000 is mediocre and towards the lower end of IPS panel contrasts we tested in the last two years.

If watched in a dark room, blacks will look grayish, but in bright environments, this will not be so obvious.

When local dimming is on there is not much improvement in contrast and this is due to poor local dimming performance.

1.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

Local dimming performance is poor. This is due to the way local dimming is performed on this TV. The zones are vertical and thus it can not work effectively with images that interchange bright dark areas vertically.

We recommend that you leave the local dimming setting to medium and if you find that the screen brightness changes are bothering you, then you should turn it to off.

6.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
240 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
81 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
169 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
249 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
280 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
280 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
81 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
169 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
248 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.083

The SDR peak brightness is okay. The LG SK8000 like other IPS panels might appear dim in bright rooms. The brightness rises slightly as the bright area increases but is low in very dark scenes.

The real scene brightness is measured near the edge of the screen, which isn't as bright as the center.

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
271 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
523 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
523 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
412 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
333 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
332 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
233 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
277 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
330 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
331 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
331 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.024

HDR peak brightness is mediocre and falls short from the target of 1000 cd/m² throughout the whole range of window sizes. Again the real scene is dimmer than the 100% window mostly due to the edge of the screen being dimmer than the center.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.481 %
50% DSE
0.196 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.542 %
5% DSE
0.107 %

The gray uniformity of the LG SK8000PUA is decent. In the 50% gray image, some clouding and uniformity issues are visible even to the untrained eye. And some dirty screen effect is expected when watching sports.

Things are better in the 5% gray image where the image is much more uniform except some hardly noticeable clouding at the center.

6.9
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27 °
Color Shift
44 °
Brightness Loss
32 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
32 °

The LG SK8000 has an almost identical performance to SK9000 with regards to the viewing angle. It is not bad since it performs better than most VA panels, but falls short of OLEDs. Colors and brightness shift as the angle increases so it is not the best choice for viewing at an angles.

3.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.851 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
5.223 %

Black uniformity is poor with clouding being apparent all over the screen. The situation remains similarly bad when local dimming is 'on'. This is again due to the local dimming zones. There are only vertical local dimming zones and thus they fail to dim the areas above and below the test cross.

8.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.8 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %

The reflection handling is excellent and almost identical to the SK9000. The semi-gloss finish diffuses reflections, reducing their overall intensity resulting in a comfortable viewing experience in most rooms.

8.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.56
Color dE
1.83
Gamma
2.14
Color Temperature
6501 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Room)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Remarkable pre-calibration out of the box, the best results were obtained with the 'Expert (Dark Room)' picture mode. Color and White Balance dE were good, and the color temperature was almost spot on 6500K. The color and white balance delta is low enough that most people won't notice.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.10
Color dE
1.37
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6509 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
Yes

After calibration, the LG SK8000 is almost perfect as it achieves excellent white balance, excellent color temperature small color dE and a gamma almost 2.2. It's only at very low brightness that the TV can not follow the PQ line, but this will not be noticed by many people.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

There were no obvious issues upscaling older 480p content like DVDs on the LG 55SK8000PUA / LG 65SK8000PUA.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content is scaled well with no obvious over softening or artifacts on the SK9000.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays are upscaled well. Details look good and the image is sharp.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is clear and sharp.

7.5
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
83.88 %
DCI P3 uv
88.83 %
Rec 2020 xy
61.06 %
Rec 2020 uv
66.45 %

The TV has a good color coverage. Its coverage of the DCI P3 color space is similar to last years SJ8500 both when measured at the CIE 1931 xy space and at the CIE 1976 u' v'.

Its coverage of the Rec 2020 color space falls just short of our threshold of 67% to call it a wide color gamut support. It is able to produce more saturated colors than SDR TVs, but it isn't as wide as many other HDR TVs.

The TV's EOTF follows the HDR PQ well up to the 60% input signal. At higher levels of input signal some compression is present but this should not be a problem for most people.

This EOTF was measured in the Cinema picture mode, the EOTFs for Game mode and PC mode are here and here and are almost identical so similar results should be expected.

6.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
66.4 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
30.3 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
54.5 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
25.7 %

Sub-par color volume and a little worse than last year's SJ8500. The TV can not accurately display very dark colors, and its black level is negatively affected because of its IPS panel.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.098 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.114 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.076 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.082 dE

The TV shows gradients smoothly in most content, but in certain content like our gradient test photo the gradient is not smooth at all, producing very visible banding in many places. Our gradient test results used in the score are measured by showing one color slide at a time, and in this case the TV has great gradient performance; we also played a scene from the HDR movie The Martian that has gradients in its skies, and the TV showed these smoothly as well. In light of this it seems that the TV can show smooth gradients in most content, but there are rare cases where gradients aren't shown well at all; in these cases setting the TV's MPEG Noise Reduction feature to Low in HDR can help to smooth out gradients, at the cost of losing some small detail in scenes.

7.4
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.85 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

The LG 55SK8000 / LG 65SK8000 do have some image retention issues. After the 10 minutes burn-in scene, as we can see on our test picture, the image retention is easily noticeable. This isn't an issue for most content though, and the good news is that after 2 minutes of recovery the retention is gone.

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

While IPS panels can have some temporary image retention, there doesn't appear to be any risk of permanent burn-in as seen in our long-term test.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
9.0
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.0 ms
100% Response Time
13.0 ms

Excellent response time on the LG SK8000. There is some overshoot but it is minor and will cause only some small inverted trails following fast moving objects.

4.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz

The LG SK8000 uses PWM to dim the backlight at all brightness levels. The PWM frequency is a relatively low 120 Hz, and people sensitive to flicker might notice it more than other TVs like the TCL R617 which uses a higher flicker frequency.

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

The LG SK8000 has an optional BFI mode which reduces the flicker frequency to 60 Hz. With 120 fps content the flicker frequency can be reduced by reducing the backlight intensity. For 60 fps content, set 'TruMotion' to 'User', and 'Motion Pro' to 'On'

10
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The LG 55SK8000PUA / LG 65SK8000PUA can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. In scenes with fast motion there are artifacts, and if the motion gets too intense, the TV stops interpolating.

To enable motion interpolation (also called the Soap Opera Effect) set 'TruMotion' to 'User'. For a 30fps source increase the 'De-Judder' slider, and for a 60fps source increase the 'De-Blur' slider.

Update 06/12/2018: The 49" SK8000 has a 60Hz panel, and will only be able to interpolate up to 60 Hz.

7.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.7 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.7 ms

The fast response time of the LG SK8000PUA means 24p content is held static on screen for long enough that motion can appear to stutter. This is especially noticeable with wide panning landscape shots.

If this bothers you, motion interpolation can be enabled to increase the frame rate of the content, although this introduces the Soap Opera Effect that some people don't like.

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 is judder free when playing native 24p content from a Blu-ray player and from other sources (cable/satellite boxes and native streaming apps). To remove judder, the real cinema option must be enabled in the Picture Option Settings menu.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz (except 49")
Variable Refresh Rate
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
N/A
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
N/A

The LG SK8000 does not support any of the Variable Refresh Rate technologies like AMD's Freesync. This is expected as LG has not announced any plans to support these.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
14.2 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
34.7 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
14.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
22.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
14.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
43.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
84.7 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
14.0 ms
1440p @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No

The LG SK8000 has excellent low input lag, slightly better than the LG SK9000 and the TCL R617. Gamers and people who plan on using it as a monitor will find the TV very responsive.

When Chroma 4:2:0 is used in HDR there is an extra 120 Hz frame (8.3 ms) of input lag. The reason for this is unknown but the input lag results are similar to other 2018 LG TVs including the C8 and SK9000.

  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:2:0 + 10 bit HDR: 22.5 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:2:0 + 8 bit HDR: 22.5 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:2:2 + 8 bit HDR: 14.1 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR: 14.4 ms

In PC mode, the input lag is extremely low regardless of picture mode and the SK8000 is very responsive. Outside of Game or PC mode the input lag is a bit higher, but still good enough for most gamers.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60 Hz
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
No
4k @ 60 Hz
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
No
8k @ 60 Hz
No

The LG SK8000 supports most of the common resolutions without issue. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 is only supported when HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color is enabled for the input used, like most TVs.

Update 06/12/2018: The 49" SK8000 has a 60 Hz panel, and does not support 120 Hz input.

Inputs
Input Photos

Similar inputs to the LG SK9000 but more of the outputs are out the back of the TV. Like the SK9000 there is no analog audio output so an external adapter is required to connect wireless headphones like this one.

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 3
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (incl. adapter)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
3D
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC support
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical