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 TV is fairly cool. There are a few warm spots along the back but they are barely warm to the touch.
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.
The UK6300 does not have a local dimming feature. This video is provided for reference only.
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.
The UK6300 has good reflection handling. The semi-gloss screen diffuses direct reflections across the screen. The screen is not very effective at overcoming glare.
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 response time is good. There is some overshoot with the 0-20% slide which causes a much higher response time on dim scenes. There is very little motion trail.
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.
The LG UK6300 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps. As this is a 60Hz panel, it can't interpolate 60fps content. When motion interpolation is enabled there are visible artifacts.
The LG UK6300 is good at displaying content without stutter. 24p movies have less visible stutter, especially with wide-panning shots.
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.
The WebOS interface hasn't changed much since last year. It is functional and easy to navigate, but there are some performance issues with animations.
Immediately out of the box there were ads within the LG Content Store. They cannot be removed and there is no option to opt-out. There is also suggested content in the home menu.
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 are 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 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 the marginally better native contrast ratio that gives it better blacks in dark rooms.
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 does not use the less accurate RGBW sub-pixel structure found on the UK6300.
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 120 Hz. 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.
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 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.
The TCL P607/605 is one of the most popular budget TVs from 2017. Despite the budget price, it has a wide array of features and overall is a much better TV than the UK6300. It offers a much better dark room viewing experience due to the much better contrast ratio and better black uniformity. It has a more limited viewing angle and worse gray uniformity, so sports fans might not enjoy the P607 as much. The P607/605 is the better TV for most people.
The Vizio E Series 2017 is an entry-level 4k TV. It has a better contrast ratio and black uniformity than the UK6300 and is better suited for a dark room. The UK6300 is brighter and has a wider viewing angle. The UK6300 has better gaming performance due to lower input lag. For a bright room or gaming, the UK6300 is better. For dark room performance, the Vizio E Series 2017 is better.