LG UN7000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Sep 09, 2020 at 08:27 am
LG UN7000 Picture
6.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V Series 2020
5.7
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
7.1
Sports
7.3
Video Games
5.5
HDR Movies
6.5
HDR Gaming
7.8
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution "4k"

The LG UN7000 is an okay entry-level TV that has a basic design and limited features. It's available in many different sizes, and you can get it either with an IPS or VA panel, depending on which size you get (see variants). The 55 inch model we reviewed has an IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles, but it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. It's a 4k TV, but because it uses a less-accurate RGBW sub-pixel structure, it doesn't properly display 4k content and there are some artifacts. It supports HDR10, but HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content. It doesn't get very bright in HDR and it fails to display a wide color gamut for HDR content. Fortunately, it performs well in moderately-lit rooms as it has great reflection handling.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The LG UN7000 is an okay overall TV. The 55 inch model we tested has an IPS panel, providing wide viewing angles. This is great if you want to watch a TV show or sports with a large group of people. Sadly, movies don't look good because it has a low contrast ratio and it doesn't display 4k content properly. HDR content doesn't look good either because it can't display a wide color gamut. It's decent for video games, as it has low input lag, but it lacks many gaming features.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • 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 55 inch model has an IPS panel with a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark. It has disappointing black uniformity and there's no local dimming feature. Fortunately, it upscales lower-resolution content, such as from DVDs or Blu-rays, without any issues.

Pros
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.4 TV Shows

Decent for TV shows. The LG UN7000 has fairly wide viewing angles, great if you want to watch TV with the entire family. It doesn't get bright, but luckily it has great reflection handling, so it performs well in moderately-lit rooms. It upscales 720p content, like from cable boxes, without any visible artifacts.

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 if you want to watch the big game with a group of friends. It has great reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. Sadly, even though it has a decent response time, there's a visible image duplication in motion because of the TV's 120Hz backlight flicker. This may be distracting with fast-moving content.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Duplication in motion due to 120Hz flicker.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
7.3 Video Games

The LG UN7000 is a decent gaming TV. It doesn't have any gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support or a Black Frame Insertion feature. However, it has a low input lag. It has a decent response time, but you may notice some image duplication in fast-moving scenes due to the TV's 120Hz backlight flicker.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Duplication in motion due to 120Hz flicker.
  • Low contrast ratio.
5.5 HDR Movies

The LG UN7000 is disappointing for HDR movies. The unit we reviewed has an IPS panel, so it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. There's no local dimming feature either. This TV supports HDR10, but it fails to display a wide color gamut and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out.

Pros
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Low contrast ratio.
6.5 HDR Gaming

The LG UN7000 isn't bad for HDR gaming. It has low input lag and decent response time, although you may notice an image duplication in fast-moving scenes because of the TV's 120Hz backlight flicker. Sadly, HDR content doesn't look good because it doesn't display a wide color gamut, its brightness is mediocre, and it has a low contrast ratio.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.8 PC Monitor

The LG UN7000 is good to use as a PC monitor. It displays chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text, and its input lag is low. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate if you sit close. If you want to place it in a bright room, it has great reflection handling, but the TV doesn't get bright enough to combat glare.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some artifacts displaying 4k content.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 5.7 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.1 Sports
  • 7.3 Video Games
  • 5.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.5 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor

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's the replacement to 2019's LG UM7000 and it sits just below the LG UN7300. Its main competitors are other budget-friendly TVs such as the LG UN6950, Samsung TU7000, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG UN7000 looks similar to the LG UN6950. However, the stand and the back have a slightly different design. 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" 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 sadly, there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.71" (1.8 cm)

The LG UN7000 has thick borders that may be distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.50" (8.9 cm)

This TV is somewhat thick. Because the bottom part below the inputs is thicker than the rest, the TV may stick out a bit if wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Decent build quality. The plastic on the back feels cheap and flexes very easily. This shouldn't be a problem if you just leave the TV in one spot, but it may be an issue if you often have to carry it around to change locations. Luckily, the stand doesn't wobble much.

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, which is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. Take note that the contrast ratio may 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 are expected to have a VA panel, so they should have a much better contrast ratio, much like the LG UN6950.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The LG UN7000 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

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

Disappointing peak brightness. The LG UN7000 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.

6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
419 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
424 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
429 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
428 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
428 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
426 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
421 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
425 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
426 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
427 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
426 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

Mediocre HDR peak brightness. 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.

6.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
6.484 %
50% DSE
0.193 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.789 %
5% DSE
0.096 %

Okay gray uniformity. 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.

Note: Gray uniformity may vary between units.

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 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 are expected to have a VA panel, so they should have narrower viewing angles, like the LG UN6950.

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

Bad black uniformity. 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. Black uniformity may vary between units.

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

Great reflection handling, 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. Most colors, especially the reds and blues, are inaccurate, and the white balance is off, which affects the way shades of gray are displayed. Gamma doesn't follow the target curve well, so most scenes are darker than they should be. Luckily, the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target.

Note: Color accuracy may vary between units.

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
Auto-Calibration Function
No

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

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content such as DVDs is 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 it doesn't display a perfect 4k image. There are artifacts in the tiles of the roof and the fold of the sails in the picture above. Small text is also blurry. This is much like the LG UM6900. 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

The LG UN7000 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 %

Poor color volume. This TV 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 Gradiation 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 for most people.

Note: Image retention may vary between units.

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 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
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The LG UN7000 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, 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