The LG UK6300 is a decent RGBW IPS TV with wide viewing angles, so it remains accurate when viewed at an angle. It also has low input lag so feels responsive. Unfortunately, when viewed in a dark room, blacks appear gray due to the low native contrast ratio, but when viewed in a bright room, this isn't noticeable. The out of the ordinary "RGBW" pixel structure also can cause smaller details and straight lines to lose sharpness, especially when used as a PC monitor.
The design of the 2018 UK6300 LED TV is very basic. It is a very functional design with no serious deficiencies, but it won't be the center of attention in a room. Some of the rear-facing inputs may be difficult to access when wall mounted, and if a component connection is required it is impossible to mount the TV flush to the wall. There is no cable management.
The stand is almost the full width of the TV and is identical to the UJ6300 from last year. It is made of plastic and supports the TV well.
Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 33.3" x 8.6"
The back of the TV is very basic. There is no cable management. It is nearly identical to the UJ6300 from last year. Some of the inputs face out the back of the TV, which may be difficult to access if wall mounted.
Update 03/04/2019: The VESA mount was incorrectly listed as 400x400, it is actually 200x200 on the 43" model.
The 2018 LG UK6300 LED TV has decent picture quality. It has a limited native contrast ratio and poor black screen uniformity, so true dark room viewing is not the greatest. It has great reflection handling, but the limited brightness means it can't effectively overcome glare in a very bright room. It has decent gray uniformity and a wide viewing angle, great for sports lovers who like to have friends over for the big game. Out of the box color accuracy isn't great, and the most accurate picture mode Expert (Dark Room) is also the dimmest. The less accurate RGBW pixel structure causes some artifacts, this is especially noticeable when used as a PC monitor.
Mediocre native contrast ratio. Blacks are not truly black, and dark room viewing is less than ideal, especially taking into account the black uniformity results.
The contrast ratio is slightly worse than last year's UJ6300.
Note: The 50" model available in some areas has a VA panel, which we expect to have a higher native contrast ratio.
Mediocre peak real scene with the more accurate Expert (Dark Room) picture mode. There is almost no variation depending on content.
For a brighter room, the Standard picture mode with our recommended settings and a W30 color temperature is better, peak brightness is 286 cd/m². In Vivid mode with the default settings, the UK6300 is much brighter at 364 cd/m², although a lot of color accuracy is lost in that mode.
It is a bit brighter than the UJ6300, especially when the other picture modes are used.
Mediocre HDR peak brightness. The LG UK6300 is not bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, but due to the poor black uniformity, it is not well suited to a very dark room. Like with SDR content, small highlights in some scenes do not really pop, brightness is very similar regardless of content.
Decent gray uniformity. There is some dirty screen effect near the center, but it is not too noticeable when watching sports. The edges of the LG are noticeably dimmer than the rest of the TV and there are some dark vertical bands.
Mediocre viewing angle but better than almost all VA TVs. Black levels stay accurate regardless of angle, but colors shift noticeable at moderate angles.
Note: The 50" model has a VA panel, which we expect to have a worse viewing angle.
Poor black uniformity on the UK6300. There is no local dimming feature, and there is clouding across the entire screen when displaying the test cross. The edges of the screen are darker than the rest of the TV and there are vertical bands visible throughout.
Mediocre color accuracy out of the box. The Expert (Dark Room) picture mode has the most accurate colors. The white balance and color balance dE are high enough that most people would notice it. The gamma curve is mostly flat, and not too far off from our 2.2 target.
Calibration was long, but very effective. White balance is almost perfect, and color dE is low enough that most people won't be able to see any inaccuracies. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly, and color temperature is almost perfect.
You can see our recommended settings here.
Standard color gamut, only good enough for SDR. See our recommended settings for the most accurate colors here.
The Expert (Dark Room) EOTF follows our curve perfectly, and the brightness rolls off gently as the TV approaches its peak brightness.
Update 06/29/2018: The DCI P3 xy and DCI P3 uv results were swapped when entering the data. This has now been fixed, and the score and performance are unchanged.
Poor color volume on the UK6300, similar to the UJ6300. The TV's RGBW structure cannot produce colors as bright as pure white. It also cannot produce very good dark colors.
There is small banding throughout our gradient test, especially in grayscale and the darker greens. Real-world tests show some banding in movies with large areas of similar colors, like the outside shots in The Martian.
The LG UK6300 suffers from image retention, and it is quite noticeable with our test image. These results are disappointing, almost as bad as last year's UJ6300. These results are among the worst image retention of any TV we have tested.
Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as the IPS panel in our long-term test appear immune.
The LG UK6300 has decent motion handling. It has a good pixel response time, which helps reduce motion trail. The 120 Hz backlight uses PWM to adjust the intensity, which causes flicker, and there is no option to reduce the flicker frequency. It can interpolate low frame rate content, but since it is only a 60 Hz panel it can't interpolate frames that are already 60 Hz. It is judder-free when playing native 24p content, but when playing 24 fps content through a cable box at 60p or 60i, there is judder.
The TV uses PWM to dim the backlight, and there is flicker at all backlight levels. This flicker helps to clear up motion a little, but results in duplications in fast moving objects.
The 'Standard' picture mode is brighter. In this mode the backlight stays on longer, as shown in this plot.
Same as the UJ6300, there is no option to reduce the flicker frequency to 60Hz.
Only 24p content played from a true 24p source like a Blu-ray player are judder free. The UK6300 can't remove judder from 24p sources played from a 60p/60i source like a cable box.
To play 24p movies without judder when playing from a Blu-ray player, the 'Real Cinema' setting must be enabled.
The LG 43UK6300 does not support any of the variable refresh rate technologies like Freesync.
The LG UK6300 supports most common input resolutions without issue. Game mode is able to effectively bypass almost all processing by the TV, and it has exceptionally low input lag across all resolutions as long as game mode is used. With interpolation enabled or outside of game mode the input lag is very high.
Extraordinary low input lag, as long as the 'Game' Picture Mode is selected. For use as a PC Monitor, it is recommended to set the input label to 'PC', and use the'Game' Picture Mode for the lowest input lag possible.
Chroma 4:4:4 only works properly when the input label is set to 'PC' with RGB color; it doesn't display correctly with YCbCr.
Most of the common input resolutions are supported with issue. Like most LG TVs, the input label has to be set to 'PC' for chroma 4:4:4 support. For 4:4:4 to work properly, RGB colors must be used. The less accurate RGBW pixel structure causes artifacts when used as a PC Monitor.
For 4k 60Hz, HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color must be enabled in the Additional Settings menu for the input used.
4k HDR does not work properly when in PC mode, colors appear washed out.
The LG UK6300 has a mediocre sound. This TV doesn't get very loud and doesn't have a lot of bass either, but it produces clear dialogs and has a decent distortion performance. For a better sound, a dedicated speaker setup or soundbars are recommended.
The LG UK6300 has a below-average frequency response performance. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 100Hz, which is sub-par. This means that this TV will have a full and warm sound, but not a lot body or punch, and no thump or rumble to its bass either. The response above the LFE is well-balanced for the most part, which results in clear dialogs but they may lack some airiness. Also, this TV doesn't get very loud and produces considerable pumping and compression artifacts under heavy loads. Additionally, since this TV doesn't have a room correction system, it wasn't able to remove the mode of our test room which occur around 200Hz.
The distortion performance of the LG UK6300 is decent. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is within decent limits, and there is not big jump in THD under maximum loudness either, but this TV doesn't get very loud.
The UK6300 runs LG's webOS 4.0, which is easy to navigate and has a lot of great features. It has a good selection of built-in apps, and the LG Content Store has a wide selection of additional apps as well as movies and TV shows available for rental or purchase. Unfortunately, the interface has ads as well as suggested content, and there is no option to disable them. The included remote is basic but provides easy access to most of the common features. It is possible to upgrade the remote to the more advanced model like the one included with the UJ7700, in which case the UK6300 would support the more advanced voice controls and ThinQ AI.
There is a decent selection of built-in apps, and a wide selection is available on the LG Content Store. The built-in media apps work well.
The remote included in the LG 43UK6300 is the basic LG remote. There is no voice control, and it is IR only. There are a few quick access buttons that provide access to the most common functions, including changing inputs, accessing the search function, and opening the settings menu. It does not have the virtual mouse pointer of the more advanced LG TVs, but this can be added by upgrading the remote.
LG has the same basic remote app for all of their smart TV lineup. It works as a decent replacement remote, and it can launch apps and change inputs. Like most remote apps, it can't be used to enter text in apps, but it can stream media from your smart device.
Like the UJ6300, there is a single physical button on the UK6300. Pressing the button brings up a menu with quick access to power, input selection, volume and channel control.
We tested the 43" (43UK6300PUE). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 49" (49UK6300), 55" (55UK6300) and 65" (65UK6300).
The UK6570 has been released in 70", 75" and 86" sizes. We haven't tested them and don't know how they perform or if they are the same panel as the UK6300. The 86" has a 120 Hz native refresh rate.
There is a 50" variant with a VA panel available in some areas. We expect this model to have a much better native contrast and black uniformity, but the viewing angle won't be as good.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG UK6300 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
Update 12/05/2018: LG has recently release the UK6090, which appears to be a minor variant of the UK6300. They appear to perform similarly, but there may be some minor differences we are unaware of.
The LG UK6300 is a very basic entry level 4k LED TV, but it doesn't offer great value compared to the competition. There will almost always be something better for a similar price. See our recommendations for the best budget TVs and the best TVs under $500.
If you've got a bright room with wide seating, then the LG UK6300 is a better choice due to the better viewing angles. But for a dark room with seating directly in front, then the Samsung NU7100 is better due to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity. The LG UK6300 also has better reflection handing, and you can place it in a room with many light sources, whereas the Samsung NU7100 can get brighter to fight glare in a bright room.
If you've got a room with wide seating, then the LG UK6300 is a better choice due to the better viewing angles its IPS panel provides. If you're sitting directly in front of the TV, then the Samsung is a better choice. The Samsung NU6900 has better picture quality and is a better choice for movies in a dark room, as it displays deeper blacks due to the higher native contrast ratio and better black uniformity. The NU6900 can get brighter and is slightly better for watching TV shows. The LG UK6300, on the other hand, has better reflection handling for a room with many, but not too bright, lights.
The LG UM7300 is much better than the LG UK6300. The UM7300 is much brighter than the UK6300, has better black uniformity, and has a faster response time. The UK6300 uses a less accurate RGBW pixel structure, which causes some noticeable artifacts with 4k content, whereas the UM7300 has a standard RGB pixel structure.
The LG UK6300 is slightly better than the LG UJ6300. The LG UK6300 is better for watching TV shows and sports as it can get a little brighter, whereas the LG UJ6300 has a marginally better native contrast ratio that gives it better blacks in dark rooms.
These two TVs have different panels types, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The LG UK6300 is more suitable for a wide room, as the image remains accurate at an angle. The Samsung RU7100 has a much higher contrast ratio and can display deeper blacks in a dark room. So if you enjoy movies or HDR movies in a dark room, then it's a better choice provided you sit straight in front. Also, the RU7100 has a 4k resolution, whereas the UK6300 has a slightly different pixel structure, which can cause some strange artifacts in some instances.
The two TVs have different panel types, each with its advantages and disadvantages. If you've got a room with a wide seating arrangement and you'll be watching from the side, then the LG UK6300 is a better choice due to the better viewing angles. If you will be sitting directly in front, then the Samsung NU7300, is a better choice, as it can get brighter and can also deliver much deeper blacks to improve dark room performance. The LG UK6300 has better reflection handing, which is good if your room has many lights.
The LG SK8000 is much better than the LG UK6300. The LG SK8000 can display judder-free movies from any source and delivers crisper motion thanks to its faster response time. Also, the SK8000 has slightly better reflection handling, which can be important when you watch TV shows in a room with many lights. The LG SK8000 also has a motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans. The LG UK6300 has slightly lower input lag that matters most for video games.
The two TVs have different panel types, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The LG UK6300 has an IPS panel, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, thanks to the wider viewing angles. The TCL R617 has a VA panel and delivers a much better dark room performance with deep blacks, thanks to the high contrast ratio and local dimming support. It can get much brighter in both SDR and in HDR, and can easily fight the glare of a bright room. The R617 has a wide color gamut and can deliver a much better HDR performance.
The LG UK6570 is much better than the LG UK6300. The UK6570 is much brighter with SDR content and has better color volume. The UK6570 has better motion handling, thanks to a faster response time. Finally, native 4k content looks better on the UK6570 since it doesn't use the less accurate RGBW sub-pixel structure found on the UK6300.
These two TVs have different panel types, each with its advantages and disadvantages. If you've got a room with wide seating arrangement, then the LG UK6300 is a better choice thanks to the wide viewing angles of its IPS panel. If you're sitting directly in front of the TV, then the Vizio D Series 4k 2018 is a better choice as it can deliver deeper and more uniform blacks in a dark room and can get brighter to fight glare in a bright room. The LG UK6300, on the other hand, has better reflection handling and has an optional motion interpolation feature to please the Soap Opera Effect fans.
These are two different types of TVs, but the LG B8 is a much better TV than the LG UK6300. The UK6300 has an IPS panel which is immune to burn-in, unlike the OLED panel on the LG B8. On the other hand, the LG B8 has perfect blacks, can get brighter, has better motion handling, has more features to improve the image further, can handle reflections better, and is flicker free.
The Hisense H9E Plus is much better than the LG UK6300, unless you need a wide viewing angle. The H9E Plus has a VA type panel, which delivers much better dark room performance thanks to the high native contrast and better black uniformity. The H9E Plus has much clearer motion, as the response time is a lot faster and it can interpolate content up to 120Hz. The LG UK6300 has an IPS panel, which has worse dark room viewing but wider viewing angles, good for a wide seating area or if you want to sit closer to the TV.
These are two different types of TVs. If you have a bright room with a wide seating arrangement, then the LG UK6300 is a better choice as it can get brighter and has wide viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. The TCL S425, on the other hand, is more suitable if you watch movies in a dark room and you sit straight in front. The TCL S425 has deeper blacks thanks to the higher native contrast ratio. The LG UK6300 has an optional motion interpolation feature to please soap opera effect fans.
These two TVs have different panel types. For a room with a wide seating arrangement, the LG UK6300 might be a better choice if you will often be watching TV from the side. However, the Samsung NU8000 is a much better choice if you will be watching from straight in front. It can get much brighter to fight glare and can also display deeper blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio. The NU8000 has better gray uniformity and faster response time which makes it great for watching sports. Finally, the NU8000 has FreeSync support and low input lag with motion interpolation, which is great if you are a gamer.
The Vizio V Series 2019 and the LG UK6300 have different panels, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles and is more suitable if you have a room with a wide seating arrangement. It also supports motion interpolation for the soap opera effect fans. The Vizio, on the other hand, has deeper and more uniform blacks and is a better choice for watching movies in a dark room.
The LG UK6300 is better than the Insignia Fire TV. The LG has a lower input lag and better viewing angles, which are great if you wish to use the TV as a PC monitor, or you have a room with a wide seating arrangement. The LG also has better reflection handling and can accommodate for more light sources. The Insignia Fire TV, on the other hand, has better blacks and will perform better in a dark room, provided you sit directly in front.
If you've got a large room with wide seating, then the LG UK6300 is a better choice, but for a room with seating directly in front, then the Samsung MU6300 is better. The LG UK6300, apart from the better viewing angles, has a lower input lag and a faster response time that is great for gamers. It can handle reflections better, which is great if you have a room with many small windows. The Samsung MU6300 has better blacks due to higher native contrast ratio and better black uniformity. Finally, the Samsung MU6300 can get brighter and can fight ambient glare better.
The LG UK6300 and the TCL 3 Series S325 have different panels, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The TCL has a VA panel and it is more suitable for a dark room as it can display deeper blacks, but you have to sit straight in front to enjoy the most accurate image. The LG, on the other hand, is better for a wide seating arrangement as the image remains accurate for wider angles thanks to its IPS panel. The LG supports HDR and 4k resolution, although it has the RGBW pixel pattern which does result in some artifacts.