LG UN6950 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 28, 2020 at 07:57 am
LG UN6950 Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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6.5
Movies
7.0
TV Shows
6.9
Sports
7.7
Video Games
6.2
HDR Movies
7.0
HDR Gaming
7.3
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The LG UN6950 is a basic entry-level 4k TV with limited features. It's sold in North America and appears to be only available at Walmart. The 50 inch TV we reviewed has a VA panel, while most of the other sizes have IPS panels, so they have better viewing angles and worse contrast. Our unit has an impressive contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, but the TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. It doesn't perform very well in bright environments because it doesn't get bright and struggles to handle reflections in rooms with direct sunlight. This TV should please casual gamers, as it has a quick response time and really low input lag. Sadly, HDR content doesn't look good because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The LG UN6950 is an overall okay TV. The 50 inch TV's VA panel has an impressive contrast ratio, so the TV displays deep blacks. It's good for gaming because of its quick response time and low input lag, but the backlight's flicker may cause duplication in motion. Sadly, it lacks many extra features like local dimming and variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare and its reflection handling is just decent. Lastly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't suggested for watching TV with a large group of people.

Pros
  • Impressive contrast ratio.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
6.5 Movies

The LG UN6950 is alright for watching movies. Its VA panel displays deep blacks, but it lacks a local dimming feature and it has uniformity issues. It upscales lower-resolution content well and removes judder from 24p sources, like native apps. Even though it has a fast response time, lower frame rate content doesn't stutter much.

Pros
  • Impressive contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from native 24p sources.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Noticeable backlight bleed.
7.0 TV Shows

The LG UN6950 is decent for watching TV shows. It performs best in dim rooms because it doesn't get very bright and reflections from direct sunlight may be too distracting. Unfortunately, the 50 inch model has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't suggested for wide seating arrangements. It upscales 720p and 1080p content, like from cable boxes or apps, without any issues.

Pros
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
  • Ton of apps available to download on WebOS.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
6.9 Sports

The LG UN6950 is reasonable for watching sports. Fast-moving content doesn't have much motion blur because it has a quick response time, but its 120Hz flicker leads to duplication in motion. It's not a good choice for bright rooms because it doesn't get very bright and its reflection handling isn't the best. It isn't suggested for wide seating arrangements either because it has narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • 120Hz flickers causes duplication in motion.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.7 Video Games

Good for video games. The LG UN6950 has a quick response time, but its 120Hz flicker may lead to duplication in motion with 60Hz games. The lack of VRR support may not please serious gamers, but the incredibly low input lag is ideal for casual gamers. It's good for dark-room gaming because it has an impressive contrast ratio, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature.

Pros
  • Impressive contrast ratio.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR.
  • 120Hz flickers causes duplication in motion.
6.2 HDR Movies

The LG UN6950 is mediocre for watching HDR movies. This TV can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content and it doesn't get very bright in that mode, so HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content. Even though it has an impressive contrast ratio, it lacks a local dimming feature and it has some uniformity issues.

Pros
  • Impressive contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • No local dimming.
7.0 HDR Gaming

The LG UN6950 is decent for HDR gaming, mainly due to its good gaming performance. It has a really low input lag and quick response time, but it doesn't have any extra gaming features like VRR support. Even though this TV supports HDR10, HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights.

Pros
  • Impressive contrast ratio.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • No local dimming.
7.3 PC Monitor

The LG UN6950 is a decent choice if you want to use it as a PC monitor. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text, and it has a really low input lag. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen may appear darker if you sit too close. It also doesn't perform the best in bright rooms because it doesn't get bright and reflections in really bright rooms may be too distracting.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Movies
  • 7.0 TV Shows
  • 6.9 Sports
  • 7.7 Video Games
  • 6.2 HDR Movies
  • 7.0 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG UN6950 is an entry-level TV in LG's 2020 lineup and it's the replacement to the LG UM6900. It's sold in North America, only at certain retailers. Expect it to compete with other cheap TVs such as the Toshiba Fire TV 2020, TCL 3 Series 2020, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG 50UN6950ZUF has a very simple design with thick bezels that give off a cheap look. It's a slightly different design from the LG UM6900 and it looks more like LG UN7300.

Design
Stand

The stand is almost as wide as the TV, so you may need a large table, depending on which size you get. The legs wobble quite a bit.

Footprint of the 50" model: 41" x 9.2"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of this TV is all plastic and looks very much like the LG UN7300. It doesn't offer much in terms of cable management, but it does come with a strap.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The LG 50UN6950ZUF has thick borders that may be distracting for some.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.43" (8.7 cm)

The LG 50UN6950ZUF is thicker than the LG UM6900 but still shouldn't stick out too much if you wall-mount it.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Okay build quality. The LG 50UN6950ZUF is built completely with plastic that doesn't feel all that premium. The back panel flexes near where you would attach the VESA mount. The stand doesn't feel solid and wobbles fairly easily.

Picture Quality
8.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3888 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The LG 50UN6950ZUF has an impressive contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. Blacks are deep when viewed in the dark. Take note that the contrast ratio may vary between units.

Note: Only the 50 and 60 inch models of this TV have a VA panel. The 43, 55, 65, and 75 inch models have an IPS panel, and we expect them to have a worse contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

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

6.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
253 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
229 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
254 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
229 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
253 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.004

The LG UN6950 has mediocre peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in bright environments, but luckily, its brightness remains very consistent across different content.

We measured the brightness after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark Room)' Picture Mode with the Backlight set to 'Max' and all other image processing disabled. If you want the brightest picture possible, we were able to get 366 cd/m² in the 10% peak window using the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, and with TruMotion off.

5.5
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
305 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
312 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
340 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.006

Disappointing HDR peak brightness. This TV doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR. Its brightness is consistent across different content, except really small highlights aren't as bright.

We measured the brightness in the 'HDR Cinema' Picture Mode with the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2'.

If you want the brightest picture possible, we were able to get 395 cd/m² in the 10% peak window test in the 'HDR Vivid' Picture Mode with Dynamic Contrast set to 'High' and Dynamic Tone Mapping on.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.537 %
50% DSE
0.190 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.499 %
5% DSE
0.111 %

Decent gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, and there are dark vertical bands throughout the screen. There's also visible dirty screen effect in the center, which could be distracting during sports. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is better, except there's backlight bleed along the edges.

Gray uniformity may vary between units.

4.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
20 °
Color Shift
14 °
Brightness Loss
28 °
Black Level Raise
9 °
Gamma Shift
10 °

The LG 50UN6950ZUF has bad viewing angles, which is normal for a VA panel. The image quickly loses accuracy when moving off-center, so this isn't suggested for wide seating arrangements.

Note: Only the 50 and 60 inch models of this TV have a VA panel. The 43, 55, 65, and 75 inch models have an IPS panel, and we expect them to have better viewing angles, similar to the LG UN7300.

6.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.692 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is alright. There's backlight bleed along the edges, but there's not too much clouding around the center cross. This may vary between units.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.2 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.6 %

The LG UN6950 has decent reflection handling, but it's much worse than the LG UN7300 in really bright rooms. If you have direct sunlight on the screen, reflections may become too distracting.

There's a beam of light appearing down the middle of the photo, which is caused by the tube light in our room.

5.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
5.14
Color dE
4.27
Gamma
2.03
Color Temperature
5936 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Room)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy. Most colors are inaccurate and the white balance is off, which affects the way shades of gray are displayed. Gamma doesn't follow the target at all, so most scenes appear brighter than they should. Color temperature is also warm, so the image has a red/yellow tint to it. If you want a similar TV with better out-of-the-box color accuracy, check out the LG UN7000.

Out-of-the-box color accuracy may vary between units.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.42
Color dE
1.67
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6602 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, the LG UN6950 has amazing color accuracy. Most colors are extremely accurate, except for red, which is still a bit inaccurate. Gamma follows the target almost perfectly and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content such as DVDs is upscaled well and without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Upscaling of 720p content such as cable TV looks good and there are no visible artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content such as from Blu-ray players is upscaled well.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The LG 50UN6950ZUF displays native 4k content perfectly without any problems.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor, similar to the Samsung TU7000. You can read about it here.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.39 %
DCI P3 uv
83.98 %
Rec 2020 xy
55.66 %
Rec 2020 uv
64.15 %

The LG 50UN6950ZUF has a decent color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but it has very limited coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space.

The EOTF follows the target fairly well until it rolls off at its peak brightness, but most scenes are brighter than they should be. The 'Game' mode EOTF is very similar, as you can see here.

If you find HDR too dim, set the Dynamic Contrast to 'High' and turn Dynamic Tone Mapping on. The image is a bit brighter, as you can see in this EOTF.

5.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
64.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
26.0 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
52.5 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
21.2 %

This TV has a disappointing color volume, mainly because of its lack of a wide color gamut. It doesn't display colors at a wide range of luminance levels well.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.107 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.121 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.089 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.146 dE

Good gradient handling. There's visible banding in the darker shades and there's some banding in the lighter grays. Enabling Smooth Gradiation smooths out real content a bit, but it introduces strange horizontal banding in the test pattern.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
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 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the LG UN6950, even immediately after displaying our static test image for 10 minutes. Temporary image retention may vary between units.

Note: The horizontal dark band in the center is likely caused by the flicker of the TV and the shutter of the camera not matching up. The TV doesn't actually display a dark band.

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

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
7.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.9 ms
100% Response Time
15.3 ms

Good response time. Fast-moving content in most scenes has minimal motion blur, but there's significant overshoot in dark scenes, which can lead to motion artifacts. The TV's 120Hz flicker also creates a duplication in motion.

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

The LG 50UN6950ZUF uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. It always flickers at 120Hz. If you prefer a TV with a flicker-free backlight, check out the Sony X750H.

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

This TV doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature.

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

This TV can interpolate content up to 60fps, but there's duplication in motion due to the backlight's 120Hz flicker. The motion interpolation feature works well and smooths motion out, but in busy scenes, there are visible artifacts.

Learn more about the motion interpolation settings here.

8.9
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
16.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
1.4 ms

Despite having a good response time, lower-frame rate content doesn't stutter much on this TV.

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 50UN6950ZUF can remove judder from native 24p sources such as native apps, but it can't remove it from 60p/i sources. To remove judder, simply enable Real Cinema.

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