LG UN7000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Jan 27, 2021 at 09:59 am
LG UN7000 Picture
6.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V Series 2020
5.7
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V Series 2020
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.1
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Toshiba Fire TV 2020
6.5
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung TU7000
5.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H6510G
6.6
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V Series 2020
7.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
This TV was replaced by the LG UP7000
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution "4k"

The LG UN7000 is an entry-level budget TV that offers okay overall performance and has limited features. It's available in a wide range of sizes, and the larger models are sold as the LG UN7070. Most of the variants have IPS panels, including the 55 inch model we tested, but some sizes have VA panels, which are expected to perform differently. Our unit has fairly wide viewing angles, but that comes at the cost of its low contrast ratio. It also has uniformity issues, but this may vary between units. Unfortunately, it offers a limited HDR experience as it fails to display a wide color gamut, has mediocre HDR peak brightness, and there are some artifacts when displaying native 4k content. On the upside, most casual gamers should enjoy its low input lag and decent response time.

Our Verdict

6.5 Mixed Usage

The LG UN7000 is an okay TV for a variety of uses. It has fairly wide viewing angles, so it's well-suited to watching TV or sports with a group. That comes at the expense of a mediocre contrast ratio, which makes it less suitable for watching movies in the dark since blacks end up looking gray. Its low input lag is great for gaming and use as a PC monitor, but its response time is only decent, so fast-moving content may have some motion blur.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Low contrast ratio.
5.7 Movies

The LG UN7000 is disappointing for watching movies. The IPS panel on our model has a mediocre contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, resulting in blacks that look gray in the dark. There's also no local dimming feature to improve the black level. On the upside, it upscales lower-resolution content well, although there are some artifacts with native 4k content.

Pros
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
7.4 TV Shows

The LG UN7000 is decent for watching TV shows. It has decent viewing angles, so the image remains fairly accurate when viewed from an angle, which is great for watching with others. It also has great reflection handling, but unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, so it may struggle a bit in bright rooms.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
7.1 Sports

The LG UN7000 is decent for watching sports. It has wide viewing angles that are great for watching the big game with a group of friends. Despite having great reflection handling, it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. Unfortunately, even though it has a decent response time, there's visible image duplication in motion because of the backlight's 120Hz flicker.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Duplication in motion due to 120Hz flicker.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
6.5 Video Games

The LG UN7000 is a decent TV for playing video games. It has a low input lag that makes gaming feel responsive, and its response time is decent, but there's still some image duplication in fast-moving scenes. Unfortunately, it doesn't have variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which may disappoint more serious gamers.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Duplication in motion due to 120Hz flicker.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No VRR.
5.5 HDR Movies

The LG UN7000 is a disappointing TV for watching movies in HDR. The model we tested uses an IPS panel with a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks are not as deep as they should be, and it lacks local dimming to further deepen blacks. It also has mediocre brightness in HDR, which means that highlights don't pop enough for a satisfying HDR experience.

Pros
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
6.6 HDR Gaming

The LG UN7000 is an okay TV for HDR gaming. It has an incredibly low input lag, especially with HDR, so gaming feels responsive. However, the TV's low contrast ratio, lack of local dimming, and limited HDR brightness mean that highlights don't quite pop as they should in HDR. On the upside, it has a decent response time, although there's still some image duplication in fast-moving scenes.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.9 PC Monitor

The LG UN7000 is good for use as a PC monitor. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which helps to render text clearly. It also has a remarkably low input lag, resulting in a responsive desktop experience. Its viewing angles are fairly wide, so the edges of the screen don't look washed out when sitting up close. Unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare, but it handles reflections well.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Duplication in motion due to 120Hz flicker.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • 6.5 Mixed Usage
  • 5.7 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.1 Sports
  • 6.5 Video Games
  • 5.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Verified that 1440p is a native resolution.
  2. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  3. Updated Jan 27, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Nov 05, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG UN7000 is an entry-level 4k TV in LG's 2020 lineup. It replaces 2019's LG UM7000 and sits just below the LG UN7300. Its main competitors are other budget-friendly TVs like the LG UN6950, Samsung TU7000, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG UN7000 looks similar to the LG UN6950. It has thick bezels, a plain design, and no cable management. There's nothing that stands out about it, but at the same time, there's nothing wrong with its design. It's very simple, which is expected from a budget TV.

Design
Stand

The stand is almost as wide as the TV, so you may need a large table, depending on which size you get. It supports the TV well and there's hardly any wobble.

Footprint of the 55 inch model: 44.6" x 9.2"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is basic and the plastic on it has a slightly textured finish to it. It comes with a strap to tie cables together, but there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.71" (1.8 cm)

This TV has thick borders that may be distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.50" (8.9 cm)

The TV is slightly thick, so it may stick out a bit if wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG UN7000 feels decently built. The plastic feels cheap and there's quite a bit of flex to it, but the TV doesn't wobble much so it should be fine with normal use.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1162 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The LG UN7000 has a mediocre contrast ratio, but this is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. Note that contrast ratio can vary between units.

Note: The 43, 49, 55, 65, and 75 inch models of this TV have an IPS panel, which results in lower contrast. However, the 50, 60, and 70 inch models have a VA panel, so they should have a much better contrast ratio, much like the LG UN6950.

5.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
225 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
261 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
264 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
264 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
263 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
263 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
250 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
253 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
253 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
252 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
251 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

This TV has disappointing peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. It stays consistent with different content, but it quickly loses its brightness as images stay on the screen for longer, as seen in the difference between the peak and sustained window results.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark Room)' Picture Mode with Backlight at max, and all other image processing disabled.

If you want the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid'. We were able to get 549 cd/m² in the 10% peak window test. Note that the 'Vivid' mode disables most picture settings.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

There's no local dimming feature on this TV. The above video is provided for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
419 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
424 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
429 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
428 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
428 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
426 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
421 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
425 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
426 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
427 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
426 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The HDR peak brightness is mediocre. This TV gets brighter in HDR than in SDR, but it's still not enough to truly bring out highlights. Luckily, it doesn't lose its brightness across varied content.

We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'HDR Cinema' Picture Mode with Contrast and Backlight at their max. If you want an even brighter image, use these same settings in the 'HDR Vivid' Picture Mode. We got 525 cd/m² in the 10% peak window test.

6.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
438 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
453 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
457 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
456 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
456 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
455 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
445 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
448 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
448 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
455 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
454 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001
6.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
6.484 %
50% DSE
0.193 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.789 %
5% DSE
0.096 %

The gray uniformity is okay, but this may vary between units. There's visible vignetting along the edges and corners, and there's dirty screen effect in the center, which may be distracting during sports. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better.

4.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.728 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

This TV has bad black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's noticeable clouding and backlight bleed in the corners. This can be distracting in dark scenes. If you often watch TV in a dark room, check out the Vizio V Series 2020, as it has significantly better black uniformity.

7.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25 °
Color Shift
65 °
Brightness Loss
30 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
29 °

As is expected with an IPS panel, the LG UN7000 has wide viewing angles. This is ideal for fairly wide seating arrangements.

Note: The 43, 49, 55, 65, and 75 inch models of this TV have an IPS panel, which results in wide viewing angles. However, the 50, 60, and 70 inch models have VA panels, so they should have narrower viewing angles.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
3.8 %
Indirect Reflections
1.3 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.5 %

The reflection handling is great, but it's not as good as the LG UN7300. It performs well in moderately-lit rooms, but the reflections may get too distracting if there's direct sunlight on it.

6.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.15
Color dE
3.67
Gamma
2.26
Color Temperature
6433 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Room)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The LG UN7000 has okay out-of-the-box color accuracy, but this is something that may vary between units. Most colors are inaccurate and white balance is off. Fortunately, the color temperature is very close to the 6500K target. Gamma doesn't follow the target curve all that well, as most scenes are darker than intended, and some scenes are brighter.

9.0
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.26
Color dE
2.47
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6654 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the color accuracy is fantastic. Gamma follows the curve perfectly and white balance is almost perfect. Sadly, the color temperature is a bit cold, so some colors still have a blue-ish tint to them.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content like DVDs are upscaled without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The LG UN7000 upscales 720p content, like from cable boxes, without any artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like from Blu-ray players, is upscaled well and there aren't any artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
4k Input

The LG UN7000 uses an RGBW sub-pixel structure, which is less accurate and doesn't display a perfect 4k image. Artifacts are noticeable in the tiles of the roof and the folds of the sails, and small text appears slightly blurry. If you want a budget-friendly TV that upscales 4k content better, check out the Hisense H6570G.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

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

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV has an RGBW sub-pixel structure. It results in a less-accurate image, especially if you want to use it as a PC. Learn more about it here.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.27 %
DCI P3 uv
80.87 %
Rec 2020 xy
54.08 %
Rec 2020 uv
58.97 %

The LG UN7000 has an okay color gamut, but it's not considered a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but disappointing coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The EOTF follows the target curve fairly well until it rolls off at its peak brightness, but most scenes are slightly too bright. The image is brighter in 'Game' mode, as seen in this EOTF.

If you find HDR too dim, use the 'Cinema HDR' Picture Mode with Dynamic Contrast set to 'High', Contrast and Backlight at their max, and enable Dynamic Tone Mapping. This results in a slightly brighter image, as seen in this EOTF.

4.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
53.9 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
24.3 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
39.8 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
17.9 %

This TV has poor color volume. It fails to display dark, saturated colors well because of the low contrast ratio and lack of color gamut.

Note: The 43, 49, 55, 65, and 75 inch models have an IPS panel like the one we tested. However, the 50, 60, and 70 inch models have a VA panel. We expect the VA panel models to have a better contrast ratio and should result in a slightly better color volume, similar to the LG UN6950.

6.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.139 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.151 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.133 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.187 dE

The LG UN7000 has okay gradient handling. There's visible banding in the darker shades, especially with dark grays. The Smooth Gradation setting doesn't improve the gradients at all.

9.6
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.15 %
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
0.01 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There's some very minor image retention immediately after displaying our high-contrast static image, but it disappears quickly. This shouldn't be too much of an issue, and this may vary between units, so your experience can be different.

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

Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention like this one, this doesn't appear to be permanent as the IPS panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
7.0
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.7 ms
100% Response Time
18.6 ms

The LG UN7000 has a decent response time. There's some overshoot in the darker transitions, which may result in motion artifacts in dark scenes. Due to the backlight's 120Hz flicker, there's noticeable duplication in motion.

If you want a similar TV with a faster response time, check out the Toshiba Fire TV 2020.

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

This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. It flickers at 120Hz at all backlight settings.

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

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, a feature known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. The motion interpolation feature works well and smooths motion out, but there are visible artifacts in busy scenes. Also, there's duplication in motion due to the backlight's 120Hz flicker.

Learn more about the motion interpolation settings here.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
23.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Since the TV has a slower response time, there isn't much stutter with lower-frame rate content, which is great.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder