LG UM7300 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Mar 04, 2020 at 03:44 pm
LG UM7300 Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
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6.0
Movies
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7.8
TV Shows
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7.5
Sports
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6.8
Video Games
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5.7
HDR Movies
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This TV was replaced by the LG UN7300
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The LG UM7300PUA is a good entry-level 4k TV that performs well in most uses. It has wide viewing angles that suit large rooms with wide seating area, and it has decent peak brightness and great reflection handling, making it a great choice for bright environments. Most gamers should be satisfied with its low input lag and fast response time, but if you need support for variable refresh rate, you'll have to look elsewhere. Sadly, like most IPS panels, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and it doesn't have a local dimming feature that can improve it. Although this TV supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and its peak brightness in HDR mode isn't able to bring out highlights as intended. If you need a basic TV with good performance, though, the UM7300 is a good option.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The LG UM7300PUA is a good TV for most uses. It's better suited for bright rooms, as its contrast ratio is mediocre and blacks tend to look like gray in the dark. It has exceptionally low input lag and response time to make it a great choice for gaming, and it has very little uniformity issues that can be distracting when watching sports. It can display HDR content, but performance is limited by its peak brightness and lack of wide color gamut support.

Pros
  • Outstanding low input lag.
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
Cons
  • Can't produce deep, uniform blacks.
  • HDR doesn't add much.
6.0 Movies

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.

7.8 TV Shows

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.

7.5 Sports

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.

6.8 Video Games

The LG UM7300 is a great TV for playing video games. It has an outstanding input lag at all supported resolutions, and its response time is equally exceptional, with very minimal blur in fast-moving scenes. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, but it does have an 'Auto Low Latency Mode', which saves you the trouble of having to switch picture mode every time you want to play.

5.7 HDR Movies

The LG UM7300PUA is mediocre for watching HDR movies. The TV supports HDR10, but not HDR10+ or Dolby Vision. Additionally, it can't display a wide color gamut and it can't get bright enough to bring out small specular highlights.

6.9 HDR Gaming

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.

8.1 PC Monitor

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.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Movies
  • 7.8 TV Shows
  • 7.5 Sports
  • 6.8 Video Games
  • 5.7 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 8.1 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 09, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  2. Updated May 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  3. Updated Feb 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  4. Updated May 27, 2019: Review published.
  5. Updated May 25, 2019: Early access published.

Test Results

Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The UM7300 is LG's basic 4k model for 2019 for U.S. markets. It replaces the 2018 UK6570. There's a 2019 UM6300, but this is now a 1080p model. The main competitors for this model are the Sony X800G, the Samsung RU7100, and the Vizio V Series 2019.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG UM7300 has a decent design. It's fairly minimalist, with thin bezels and wide-set feet. The stand supports the TV well, but there's some wobble.

Design
Stand

The stand supports the TV well, though it wobbles a bit when nudged. The feet are wide-set, so you'll need a large TV stand if it isn't wall-mounted.

Footprint of the 55" model: 44.5" x 9.1"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

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's no integrated cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The borders are thin and not very distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.46" (8.8 cm)

The LG UM7300PUA is slightly thicker than the UK6300. It sticks out quite a bit when wall-mounted, especially if you use the back-facing inputs.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG 55UM7300PUA has decent build quality. It wobbles a bit less than the UK6300, and has a nicer frame, but doesn't have the metal back found on the UK7700.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,105 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The LG UM7300 has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is expected of most IPS panels. Blacks will appear grayish when viewed in the dark, and unfortunately, there's no 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.

6.5
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
277 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
302 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
304 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
304 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
304 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
304 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
301 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
304 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
304 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
304 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
304 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The 55UM7300PUA has a decent peak brightness, good enough for most decently-lit rooms, and there's very little variation in brightness when displaying different content.

Peak brightness was measured with the 'ISF Expert (Dark Room)' Picture Mode, which 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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
5.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
329 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
252 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
353 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
353 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
353 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
353 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
251 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
353 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
353 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
353 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
353 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.023

Mediocre HDR peak brightness, too dim to show off small specular highlights in some scenes. It's slightly brighter than the UK6300 and UK7700.

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.

5.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
337 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
252 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
354 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
352 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
352 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
352 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
251 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
353 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
352 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
352 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
352 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.023
7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.857%
50% DSE
0.179%
5% Std. Dev.
0.373%
5% DSE
0.068%

The UM7300 has good gray uniformity. There's some vignetting at all corners of the screen, but only slight dirty screen effect, which is great.

6.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.557%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Decent black uniformity, but there is noticeable backlight bleed, which is typical for IPS TVs.

The 50" model is expected to have a VA panel and will have a much better contrast ratio, and likely has better black uniformity.

7.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
26°
Color Shift
61°
Brightness Loss
29°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
28°

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 they increase at wider angles, causing the image to appear washed out.

The 50" model is expected to have a VA panel, and will have worse viewing angles.

8.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
3.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6%

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.

6.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.00
Color dE
3.11
Gamma
2.37
Color Temperature
5,939 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Room)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Out of the box, the UM7300 has decent color accuracy, but gamma is too high for the most part, causing most scenes to appear darker than they should.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.23
Color dE
1.14
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,541 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

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.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Older content, like DVDs, looks great, with no obvious issues or upscaling artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, including most cable TV stations, looks great, with no obvious issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like Blu-rays and older consoles, looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Update 01/29/2020: LG Canada has confirmed that the 49" model uses an RGBW panel, similar to the UM6900 we've tested. 4k content likely looks slightly worse on that model.

Unlike the UK6300, the LG UM7300 doesn't use an RGBW pixel structure, and 4k content is displayed with no issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels
6.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
77.10%
DCI P3 uv
82.85%
Rec 2020 xy
55.39%
Rec 2020 uv
60.41%

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.

5.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
65.1%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
24.5%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
48.4%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
18.2%

Disappointing color volume. This TV can't produce very bright colors, and can't produce dark saturated colors, due to the mediocre contrast ratio. These results are better than the UK6300 this TV replaces, but not as good as the UK7700.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.103
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.129
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.091
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.139

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.

9.9
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.05%
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 TV shows some minor signs of temporary image retention, but it disappears almost immediately.

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

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.

Motion
7.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.6 ms
100% Response Time
12.4 ms

The UM7300 has an excellent response time, with very little overshoot, which is great. It is a bit faster than UK7700, and quite a bit faster than the UK6300.

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

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.

5.4
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker For 60 fps
120 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The LG UM7300PUA doesn't have an optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The backlight flickers at 120Hz in any mode, which does help clear up motion, but causes some noticeable duplications in motion, as seen in our Motion Blur photo.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The UM7300 has an optional motion interpolation feature, but it can only interpolate up to 60 fps. In fast-moving scenes, it can struggle a bit and stop interpolating, causing the picture to appear jerky due to the sudden change in refresh rate.

Learn more about motion interpolation, and how to enable it on the UM7300, here.

7.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.3 ms

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.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

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.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

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.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
111.4 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
11.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
111.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
111.7 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The UM7300 has an exceptional input lag, comparable to some gaming monitors. With 'Game' mode enabled, the input lag is very consistent across all supported input signals. For the auto low latency mode to work, Instant Game Response must be enabled for the HDMI port in use.

See our recommended gaming settings here.

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

The LG 55UM7300PUA supports all of the common 60Hz input resolutions, and can display all of them with proper 4:4:4 chroma, so that text looks the way it should, as long as the input icon is changed to 'PC' from the Home Dashboard.

Some of the high bandwidth resolutions, like 4k @ 60Hz + HDR, require the HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color setting to be enabled for the port in use.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

This TV has three HDMI ports, all of which are HDMI 2.0 ports. It doesn't support any advanced HDR formats, like HDR10+ or Dolby Vision.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 1 (shared)
Composite In 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
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
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

The LG 55UM7300PUA can pass through both DTS and Dolby Digital, which is great, but it doesn't support eARC for higher quality audio formats.

Sound Quality
5.9
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
119.87 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.95 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.40 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.65 dB
Max
85.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.66 dB

The LG UM7300 has a disappointing frequency response. The low-frequency extension (LFE) is at about 120Hz, which is bad, and results in a bass that can't produce and thump or rumble, and doesn't have much body or punch. Above the LFE the frequency response is well balanced, which results in clear dialogue. Although this TV is loud enough for quiet environments, if you have a lot of ambient noise it might not be enough.

6.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.106
Weighted THD @ Max
0.600
IMD @ 80
3.00%
IMD @ Max
18.70%

The distortion performance of the LG UM7300 is decent, similar to the UK6300. The total amount of harmonic distortion is within limits, and it doesn't increase that much at max volume.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS
Version 4.5
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

LG's WebOS is user-friendly and most apps are easy to access, however, it can hang a bit when launching an app.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, there are occasional ads in the content store and on the home screen. The ads on the home screen can be removed by disabling the Home Promotion setting, but the ads in the content store can't be removed.

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 55UM7300PUA has the same great selection of apps as the rest of LG's lineup, which is great. Most of the popular streaming apps are pre-installed, and it also supports casting from your smart device.

9.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App LG TV Plus

The 55UM7300PUA comes with LG's Magic Remote, similar to other high-end LG TVs. It can be used like a regular remote or like a pointer, and it can be programmed to work with other devices, even if they don't support HDMI-CEC. It has a built-in microphone for voice control and shortcuts to popular streaming services like Netflix and Prime Videos.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button located beneath the LG logo on the front. It lets you turn the TV On/Off, change inputs, channels, and volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Owner's manual
  • Remote control
  • Batteries
  • Cable management tie
  • User's guide for the remote control
  • Power cable (not shown)

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 50 W
Power Consumption (Max) 114 W
Firmware 03.50.21

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55" LG UM7300 (55UM7300). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 43" model (43UM7300), 49" model (49UM7300), and the 65" (65UM7300) model.

There is a 50" variant with a VA panel. We expect this model to have a much better native contrast and black uniformity, but the viewing angle won't be as good.

Update 01/29/2020: LG Canada has confirmed that the 49" model uses an RGBW panel, similar to the UM6900 we've tested.

Size US Canada UK Panel Type
43" 43UM7300PUA 43UM7300AUE 43UM7390PLC IPS
49" 49UM7300PUA 49UM7300AUE 49UM7390PLC IPS, RGBW
50" 50UM7300PUA 50UM7300AUE N/A VA
55" 55UM7300PUA 55UM7300AUE N/A IPS
65" 65UM7300PUA 65UM7300AUE N/A IPS

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG UM7300 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

The 55UM7300 we reviewed was manufactured in March 2019.

Compared To Other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: TCL S425(43S425). Bottom left: LG SM8600 (55SM8600). Middle: LG UM7300 (55UM7300). Top right: Vizio V Series 2019 (V505-G9). Bottom right: Samsung RU7100 (UN55RU7100).

The LG UM7300 is a good TV for most uses. It is considered a budget entry-level TV, which is why a lot of high-end features such as support for variable refresh rate and local dimming are noticeably missing. Compared to other IPS TVs, it performs well, but its viewing angles aren't as good. For other options, see our recommendations for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.

LG UN7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

Compared to the LG UM7300, the LG UN7300 is a minor step down. The UN7300 has a lower SDR peak brightness, it has narrower viewing angles, and it has a slower response time. However, the UN7300 has a better color gamut and a slightly lower input lag.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82"

For most uses, the LG UM7300 is marginally better than the Samsung TU7000, but they use different panel types. The LG's IPS panel has wider viewing angles, better reflection handling, and faster response time. On the other hand, the Samsung can produce deeper blacks due to its higher contrast ratio, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur.

Samsung TU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The LG UM7300 and the Samsung TU8000 are both decent TVs for mixed usage. The LG is a better option for TV shows and sports thanks to its higher peak brightness, slightly better motion handling, and better viewing angles due to its IPS panel. The brighter screen on the LG also makes it better for bright rooms, and its color gradient performance is significantly better. On the other hand, the Samsung has much deeper and more uniform blacks as it uses a VA panel, and it has a slightly lower input lag.

LG UM6900
43" 49" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75"

The LG UM7300 is much better than the LG UM6900. The UM7300 is much brighter, has better black uniformity, and better reflection handling. The UM7300 uses an RGB IPS panel, whereas the UM6900 uses a less-accurate RGBW pixel structure. The UM7300 also comes with a more advanced remote and has voice control capabilities.

Hisense H8F
50" 55" 65"

The LG UM7300 and the Hisense H8F use different panel types, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The H8F is better for watching movies or playing games in a dark room, but has worse motion handling. The LG looks better in a bright room, especially if you have a wide seating area, so it's a better choice for use as a PC monitor or for watching sports.

LG NANO85
49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG NANO85 is better than the LG UM7300. The NANO85 has improved viewing angles, better out-of-the-box color accuracy, the ability to remove judder from any source, and it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content. The UM7300 has a direct backlight, so it has much better black uniformity and a bit better gray uniformity, but this could be due to panel differences.

Samsung RU7100
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Samsung RU7100 and the LG UM7300 are similar, but they use different panel types, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The LG UM7300 has an IPS panel, which remains accurate when viewed at an angle, but can't produce deep, uniform blacks. The Samsung RU7100 has a VA panel and looks much better in a dark room, but only when sitting directly in front, as the image degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle.

Samsung NU7100
40" 43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Samsung NU7100 and the LG UM7300 use different panels, and the best one depends on your usage. The NU7100 is better-suited for dark-room viewing, sitting directly in front. The LG UM7300 is better suited for watching with the lights on and is a better choice for a wide seating area. The UM7300 has better motion handling overall, with a much faster response time, which is better for gaming or other 60p content.

Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED is a slightly better TV than the LG UM7300. The Samsung has much better black levels due to its VA panel, has a wider color gamut, handles motion better, and can get brighter. On the other hand, the LG uses an IPS panel which gives it much better viewing angles. The LG also feels slightly better-built, has better gray uniformity, handles reflections better, and has a slightly better-feeling remote.

LG SM8600
49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG SM8600 is a little better than the LG UM7300. The SM8600 has a faster response time, which is great for sports, and a wide color gamut, which is great for HDR. The UM7300 can get brighter, which is great for watching TV in a brighter room, and its Automatic Brightness Limiter doesn't change the brightness according to the scene.

LG UK6300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65"

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.

LG UK7700
55" 65"

The LG UM7300 is slightly better than the LG UK7700. The UM7300 is a bit brighter and has better black uniformity. Unlike the UM7300, the UK7700 has a local dimming feature, but it isn't very effective anyway. The UK7700 has a slightly better design, with a full-metal back, and it has an additional HDMI input.

Sony X800G
43" 49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG UM7300 is somewhat better than the Sony X800G. The LG can handle reflections better, which is great if your room has a lot of lights. The LG also has an extremely low input lag that's great for gaming. The Sony, on the other hand, is flicker-free, which might be important to some people.

Samsung RU7300
55" 65"

The Samsung RU7300 and the LG UM7300 are similar, but they have different panel types, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The LG has an IPS panel which maintains an accurate image when viewed at an angle but can't deliver deep uniform blacks in a dark room. The Samsung is curved TV and has a VA panel that looks much better in a dark room, but only when sitting directly in front as the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle.

Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED
49" 55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is a much better TV than the LG UM7300. The Q70R looks and feel much better built, has much deeper blacks thanks to its higher contrast ratio and local dimming feature, and can get much brighter which allows HDR content to really pop. On the other hand, the LG uses an IPS panel which gives it much wider viewing angles, and it has a more robust remote.

Samsung NU6900
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The LG UM7300 and the Samsung NU6900 has different panel technologies, each with advantages and disadvantages. The NU6900 can deliver deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio, whereas the UM7300 is a better choice if your room has a wide seating arrangement. Also, the LG can handle reflections better and can remover judder in most cases, whereas the Samsung can't remove judder at all.

Samsung RU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung RU8000 and the LG UM7300 use different panel technologies, each with advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung is better-suited for dark room viewing thanks to the high contrast ratio of its VA panel, and it has extra gaming features like VRR support. The Samsung also has a faster response time and delivers crisper motion. The LG, on the other hand, is better suited for a larger room with wide seating arrangements as the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.

Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED
32"

The LG UM7300 and the Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The Q50R is better-suited for use in a dark room, as it has much better contrast. The UM7300 doesn't look as good in a dark room, as blacks appear gray, but the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. Whereas the Q50R is only available in a 32" size, the UM7300 is available in sizes ranging from 43" to 65".

Vizio M Series Quantum 2019
55" 65"

The Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 is a much better TV than the LG UM7300. The Vizio has much deeper blacks, higher peak brightness, much better black uniformity, a much wider color gamut, and better motion handling. On the other hand, the LG has much wider viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel, a much better smart interface, and a larger and more robust remote control.

LG B8 OLED
55" 65"

The LG B8 is much better than the LG UM7300, but they use different panels, and the B8 has a chance of permanent burn-in, which the UM7300 is immune to. The B8 has much better dark room performance, outstanding motion handling, and an even better viewing angle. The UM7300 has slightly less input lag, and it supports a 1440p input, which is great for gaming.

Sony X850G
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X850G is a bit better than the LG UM7300. The X850G is a lot brighter but has worse black uniformity. The backlight of the X850G is flicker-free, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature. Other than that, these two TVs perform almost identically.

Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED
55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is a much better TV than the LG UM7300. The Q80R looks more premium, has much better contrast and higher peak brightness, resulting in more uniform blacks and better reflection handling. It also as much more accurate colors out-of-the-box, and a much wider color gamut, making it a better choice for HDR content. While the LG has slightly lower input lag, the Samsung has better motion handling.

TCL 4 Series 2019
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The LG UM7300 is a better TV than the TCL 4 Series 2019 for most uses. The LG uses an IPS panel, which gives it better viewing angles but worse black levels. The LG can get a lot brighter, has better gray uniformity, and more accurate colors. On the other hand, the TCL has a slightly wider color gamut and better gradient handling.

TCL 6 Series 2018
55" 65" 75"

The TCL R617 and the LG UM7300 use different panel technologies, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The R617 is better for watching movies or gaming in a dark room, as it has much better contrast, a full array local dimming feature, and an optional black frame insertion feature. The UM7300, on the other hand, is better suited for watching sports or TV shows in a bright room with wide seating.

Vizio V Series 2019
40" 43" 43" 50" 55" 55" 60" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio V Series 2019 and the LG UM7300 have different panel types, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The V Series has a VA panel, which looks better in a dark room, as it delivers deep, uniform blacks. The UM7300 has an IPS panel, which doesn't look as good in a dark room, but the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.

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