The LG UM7300PUA is a good 4k TV with a wide viewing angle, excellent low input lag, and an excellent response time. It has decent peak brightness in SDR, and it has excellent reflection handling, making it a great choice for a wide seating area in a brighter room. Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS TVs, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it can't produce deep, uniform blacks. It also has very limited HDR support and doesn't support any dynamic HDR formats, like HDR10+ or Dolby Vision.
The LG UM7300PUA is a good TV for most uses. It is best suited for a bright room, and is very good for watching sports in the afternoon or TV shows during the day. It doesn't look as good in a dark room, and although it supports HDR, this doesn't add much.See our Mixed Usage recommendations
Mediocre TV for watching movies in a dark room. It can't produce deep, uniform blacks. Motion looks decent overall, as it has an excellent response time, but there are duplications in motion from the backlight flicker. It can remove judder from true 24p sources, but not from movies played from a 60Hz source, like a cable box.See our Movies recommendations
Great TV for watching TV shows during the day. It has decent peak brightness with SDR content, and has excellent reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues in a decently-lit room. The image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. It has a great selection of apps, and most streaming channels are available.See our TV Shows recommendations
This is a very good TV for watching most sports. It has wide viewing angles and excellent reflection handling, good for watching the big game with a group of friends. It has a fast response time, so there isn't much blur behind fast-moving objects, but there can be noticeable duplications in motion, which might bother some people.See our Sports recommendations
The LG UM7300 is a great TV for playing video games, especially for console gamers. It has outstanding low input lag, and an excellent response time. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.See our Video Games recommendations
The LG UM7300PUA delivers a mediocre HDR movie experience. It can't get very bright in HDR, and can't display a wide color gamut. It also doesn't have a local dimming feature, and can't display deep, uniform blacks in a dark room.See our HDR Movies recommendations
This is a good TV for HDR gaming, mainly due to the gaming performance, as HDR doesn't add much on this TV. It has outstanding low input lag, and an excellent response time. Unfortunately, it isn't as well-suited for late-night gaming, but the wide viewing angles make it a great choice for couch co-op gaming with some friends.See our HDR Gaming recommendations
Excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive desktop experience, and it supports all of the common 60Hz resolutions. It has a great response time, but the backlight flickers at 120Hz, which can bother some people with prolonged use. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4, so text looks good in any resolution.See our PC Monitor recommendations
The LG UM7300 has a decent design. It looks very similar to last year's UK6300 and UK7700. The legs are very close to the sides of the TV, so it needs a large stand to support it if it isn't wall mounted. The stand supports the TV well, but does wobble a bit if nudged or if your floor isn't solid. It has decent build quality, and there are no obvious signs of concern, but it doesn't have the metal back of the UK7700. There is no cable management.
The stand supports the TV well, allowing only minimal wobble when nudged. Unfortunately, the stand is nearly the full width of the TV, so you'll need a large TV stand if it isn't wall-mounted.
Footprint of the 55" model: 44.5" x 9.1"
The back of the TV is very plain. Some of the connectors face directly out the back and may be difficult to access if wall-mounted. There is no integrated cable management.
The LG UM7300PUA is slightly thicker than the UK6300. It sticks out quite a bit when wall-mounted.
Like most IPS TVs, the LG UM7300 has a mediocre contrast ratio, very similar to the UK6300. Blacks look slightly grayish in a dark room. Unfortunately, this TV lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance.
The 50" model is expected to have a VA panel, and will have a much better contrast ratio.
Unfortunately, this TV does not have a local dimming feature. The above video is for reference only.
Decent peak brightness, good enough for most decently-lit rooms. The 55UM7300PUA is significantly brighter than the UK6300 and a bit brighter than the UK7700, which is great. There is very little variation in brightness with different content, which is great.
We measured the peak brightness with the 'ISF Expert (Dark Room)' Picture Mode, as it is the most accurate. Different picture modes and color temperatures can produce slightly different results.
If image accuracy isn't as important to you, the 'Vivid' Picture Mode delivers a slightly brighter image, reaching a peak of 402 cd/m² with a 10% window.
We measured the HDR peak brightness with the 'Cinema' Picture Mode before calibrating. Different picture modes and color temperatures can produce slightly different results.
If image accuracy isn't as important to you, the 'Vivid' Picture Mode delivers a slightly brighter image, reaching a peak of about 410 cd/m² with a 10% window.
The UM7300 has good gray uniformity. There is some vignetting, but only slight dirty screen effect, which is great.
The LG UM7300PUA has a decent viewing angle, but it isn't as good as most IPS TVs. Colors don't shift very much at an angle, but they wash out at moderate angles. The black levels remain relatively flat at moderate angles, but at wider angles they increase, causing the image to appear washed out.
The 50" model is expected to have a VA panel, and will have worse viewing angles.
Decent black uniformity, but there is noticeable backlight bleed, which is typical for IPS TVs. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature, which could improve black uniformity.
The 50" model is expected to have a VA panel, and will have a much better contrast ratio, and likely has better black uniformity.
The LG 55UM7300PUA has excellent reflection handling, very similar to the LG UK7700. The semi-gloss finish diffuses reflections across the screen, without the purple tint seen on high-end TVs.
With our pre-calibration settings, this TV has decent color accuracy, but gamma doesn't follow the target of 2.2 at all, and most scenes appear darker than they should.
After calibration, the UM7300 has excellent accuracy. The white balance is almost perfect, with only a slight inaccuracy in pure whites. Gamma follows our target of 2.2 almost perfectly. There are still a few color inaccuracies, especially in highly saturated blues, but most people won't notice it.
You can see our recommended settings here.
Older content, like DVDs, looks great, with no obvious issues or upscaling artifacts.
720p content, including most cable TV stations, looks great, with no obvious issues.
1080p content, like Blu-rays and older consoles, looks almost as good as native 4k content.
Unlike the UK6300, the LG UM7300 does not use an RGBW pixel structure, and 4k content is displayed with no issues.
The LG UM7300PUA has a decent color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut. The 'Expert (Dark Room)' EOTF (above) follows the target PQ curve almost perfectly, until it rolls off near the TV's peak brightness. The Game mode EOTF is almost identical.
If you find HDR too dim, unfortunately, there isn't much you can do on this TV. Setting Dynamic Contrast to 'High' increases the brightness of bright scenes, and helps a bit in extremely dark scenes. See our full recommendation here.
Good gradient performance overall, but there is noticeable banding in almost all areas. If banding bothers you, the Smooth Gradation feature can remove banding, but also causes a loss of some fine details in some scenes.
The TV shows some minor signs of temporary image retention, but it disappears almost immediately.
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 backlight flickers at 120Hz regardless of Backlight setting, which may bother some people. This low flicker frequency does help to clear up motion a bit, but causes noticeable duplications, as seen in our Motion Blur photo.
There is an optional motion interpolation feature, but as it is a 60Hz panel, it can only interpolate up to 60 fps. Like the majority of TVs, the UM7300 does its best to interpolate fast action, but when it can't keep up it stops interpolating, which can be distracting due to the sudden change in refresh rate.
Learn more about motion interpolation, and how to enable it on the UM7300, here.
Due to the fast response time, low frame rate content, like movies, does appear to stutter at times. This is especially noticeable in wide panning shots. You can reduce the effects of stutter by enabling motion interpolation.
The LG UM7300 can remove judder from true 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or the native apps, but can't remove judder from sources that output at 60Hz, like a cable box.
See here for our recommended settings for judder removal.
The LG UM7300 has a simple 60Hz refresh rate, which may disappoint some people. It does not support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync or HDMI-Forum's VRR.
Outstanding low input lag, almost as low as the best 60Hz gaming monitors. The UM7300 has very similar low input lag with almost any supported input signal, as long as 'Game' mode is enabled. New this year is support for auto low latency mode, as long as Instant Game Response is enabled for the HDMI port in use.
See our recommended gaming settings here.