LG UN7300 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Nov 03, 2020 at 08:40 am
LG UN7300 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
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6.0
Movies
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7.6
TV Shows
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7.3
Sports
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6.7
Video Games
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5.8
HDR Movies
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HDR Gaming
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PC Monitor
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Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The LG UN7300 is an okay budget 4k TV. It's a follow-up of 2019's LG UM7300, and it offers largely similar performance and features. Like its predecessor, it has an IPS panel with a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity, which isn't ideal for watching movies or gaming in the dark. Its viewing angles are just okay, causing a slight loss in image accuracy when viewed from the side. It has excellent reflection handling, but visibility can still be an issue in well-lit environments because it doesn't get bright enough to overcome intense glare. It has a decent response time and its input lag is low enough to satisfy most gamers; however, those looking for advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate technology will have to look elsewhere. Lastly, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get noticeably brighter in HDR, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The LG UN7300 is okay for most uses. It performs well enough for watching TV shows or for gaming; however, its low contrast ratio, mediocre black uniformity, and lack of local dimming make it a poor choice for watching movies. Also, it delivers a sub-par HDR experience due to its low HDR peak brightness and lack of a wide color gamut. It has a decent response time and low input lag, but sadly, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies to reduce screen tearing when gaming.

Pros
  • Excellent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Mediocre SDR peak brightness.
6.0 Movies

The LG UN7300 is mediocre for watching movies. It isn't well-suited for dark rooms, as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity, resulting in blacks that look grayish. Also, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve black level. On the bright side, it doesn't stutter much in low frame rate content such as movies, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps.

Pros
  • Can remove judder from 24p content.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
7.6 TV Shows

The LG UN7300 is good for watching TV shows. It upscales lower resolution content from cable TV well, without any artifacts. It has excellent reflection handling, but it doesn't get very bright and might struggle to overcome intense glare in well-lit environments. Its viewing angles are just okay, which means that the image degrades a bit when viewed from the side.

Pros
  • Excellent reflection handling.
  • Decent gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Mediocre SDR peak brightness.
7.3 Sports

The LG UN7300 is satisfactory for watching sports. It has a decent response time that results in only a small amount of motion blur in fast-moving scenes, but it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve clarity. Unfortunately, even though it has excellent reflection handling, it doesn't get very bright and might not be able to overcome intense glare. The viewing angles on its IPS panel are just okay, making it more suitable for a small-to-medium-sized room. It upscales lower-resolution content like cable sports well and has no risk of permanent burn-in.

Pros
  • Excellent reflection handling.
  • Decent gray uniformity.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Mediocre SDR peak brightness.
6.7 Video Games

The LG UN7300 is good for gaming. It has a decent response time, so there's only a little bit of motion blur behind fast-moving objects. Input lag is extremely low, but unfortunately, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. Also, it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity, making it a poor choice for dark rooms.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No FreeSync support.
5.8 HDR Movies

The LG UN7300 is sub-par for watching movies in HDR. It has a low contrast ratio and lacks local dimming, so blacks look more like gray when viewed in the dark. There's visible backlight bleed, which can be quite distracting in dark scenes; however, uniformity can vary between units. Sadly, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should. On the upside, there's very little stutter in lower frame rate content, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps.

Pros
  • Can remove judder from 24p content.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Sub-par HDR peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
6.8 HDR Gaming

The LG UN7300 is okay for gaming in HDR. It performs well for gaming due to its low input lag and decent response time, but it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It can't deliver a satisfying HDR experience because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright. Also, the contrast ratio is low, and there's no local dimming.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Sub-par HDR peak brightness.
  • No FreeSync support.
  • No local dimming.
7.8 PC Monitor

The LG UN7300 is a good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and decent response time, delivering a responsive desktop experience. The viewing angles are okay, so the image doesn't degrade too much at the edges if you sit up close. It supports most resolutions and can display chroma 4:4:4 properly for optimal text clarity. Also, there's no risk of permanent burn-in.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
  • Supports chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 6.7 Video Games
  • 5.8 HDR Movies
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jul 23, 2021: Added real content local dimming video and checked for 1440p @ 60Hz support.
  2. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  3. Updated Sep 15, 2020: Uploaded some higher-resolution photos.
  4. Updated Jul 21, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Jul 17, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG UN7300 is a replacement for 2019's UM7300, and it's one of LG's budget 4k TV for 2020, sitting between the LG UN7000 and the LG UN8500. We expect it to compete with the Samsung TU7000, the Sony X750H, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG UN7300's design is decent and almost identical to the LG UM7300. It's simple but it has pretty thick bezels that protrude from the screen. The stand is slightly lower-set than its predecessor and the back of the TV is plain except for a fine texture.

Design
Stand

The feet are set as almost as wide as the TV itself, so it requires a large table. It supports the TV well and there's only a little bit of wobble.

Footprint of the 55" model: 44.2" x 9.1"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is plain except for a fine texture that's etched into it. There's a plastic cable tie included in the box, but otherwise, there's not much in terms of cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The bezels are thick and protrude from the screen.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.50" (8.9 cm)

The TV is of medium thickness. It shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted unless you use the back-facing inputs.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. It's mostly plastic and there's some flex on the back panel; however, it feels sturdy overall and it doesn't wobble much.

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,053 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

Like most IPS panel TVs, the contrast ratio is mediocre. This results in blacks that look grayish when viewed in the dark. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between units.

There appear to be two versions of the UN7300 with the same model code. The one we tested has an IPS panel and is identified as a "Real 4k IPS" on the box. It's possible to find a VA version of it, which is identified by the text "Real 4k Display" on the box. Also, the 50" model has a VA panel. We expect the VA models to have much better contrast, but worse viewing angles.

6.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
249 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
248 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
284 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
284 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
284 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
283 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
247 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
284 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
284 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
284 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
283 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.010

Mediocre SDR peak brightness. It's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit environment. The brightness is consistent across different content except for a slight dimming of the 2% window caused by the TV's CE dimming (frame dimming).

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Expert Dark' Picture Mode and with Brightness set to maximum. We disabled all other image processing.

If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can get a brighter image by setting the Picture Mode to 'Vivid' and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer to 'Medium'. These settings allow us to achieve 347 cd/m² in the 10% window.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

Update 07/23/2021: Added the real content videos.

There's no local dimming feature on this TV. The video is for reference only, so you can see how backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

Update 07/23/2021: Added the real content videos.

There's no local dimming feature on this TV. The video is for reference only, so you can see how backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.

5.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
310 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
306 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
354 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
354 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
354 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
354 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
306 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
354 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
354 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
354 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
354 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.010

Sub-par HDR peak brightness. Although the brightness is consistent, it isn't nearly enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience, so HDR content won't look much different from SDR. The 2% window is dimmer due to frame dimming. If you want a TV that gets brighter in HDR, look into the LG UN7000.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Cinema' Picture Mode, and with Brightness and Contrast set to maximum.

If you want to make HDR content brighter and don't mind losing accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'HDR Vivid' and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer to 'Medium'. These settings allowed us to achieve 408 cd/m² in the 10% window.

5.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
319 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
306 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
347 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
347 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
346 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
346 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
306 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
347 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
346 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
346 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
346 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.008
7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.878%
50% DSE
0.202%
5% Std. Dev.
0.508%
5% DSE
0.061%

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

Our LG UN7300 has decent gray uniformity; however, this can vary between individual units. There's vignetting at the corners and some dirty screen effect as well. Thankfully, uniformity is significantly better in dark scenes.

6.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.739%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

Black uniformity is mediocre; however, this can vary between individual units. There's some clouding throughout the screen, and the backlight bleed at the bottom left corner is visible in dark scenes, even in normal content.

If you want a TV with better black uniformity, check out the Samsung TU7000.

6.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25°
Color Shift
35°
Brightness Loss
27°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
29°

The viewing angles are okay, although it's a bit of a step down from the LG UM7300. It should be fine for a small to moderately-large room, but not for a large room or wide seating arrangements.

There appear to be two versions of the LG UN7300 with the same model code. The one we tested has an IPS panel and is identified as a "Real 4k IPS" on the box. It's possible to find a VA version of it, which is identified by the text "Real 4k Display" on the box. The 50" model also has a VA panel. We expect the VA models to have much better contrast, but worse viewing angles.

8.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
3.1%
Indirect Reflections
0.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

Excellent reflection handling. It has a semi-gloss finish that diffuses light well, very similar to the LG UM7300.

6.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.70
Color dE
2.35
Gamma
2.11
Color Temperature
6,782 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Room)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Out of the box, the color accuracy is okay. There are inaccuracies with several colors and white balance is off. The color temperature is colder than our 6500K target, which results in a blueish tint. Darker scenes are mostly displayed at the correct brightness, but brighter scenes are over-brightened. Note that color accuracy can vary between units.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.44
Color dE
1.18
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,748 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. White balance and gamma are nearly perfect, and the remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. Unfortunately, the color temperature is still on the colder side, and we weren't able to bring it any closer to our 6500K without affecting other calibration settings.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

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

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

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

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

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

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly without any issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

The LG UN7300 uses an ADS (Advanced Dimension Switching) panel, which performs and behaves similarly to an IPS panel.

7.3
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
81.92%
DCI P3 uv
86.44%
Rec 2020 xy
58.85%
Rec 2020 uv
63.02%

Although the LG UN7300 has a decent color gamut, it can't display a wide color gamut. The EOTF follows the PQ curve well; however, the roll-off starts very early. The 'Game' mode EOTF is nearly identical. If you find HDR content too dim, you can make it brighter by using the 'Vivid' Picture Mode and it results in this EOTF.

6.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
72.9%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
29.6%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
57.1%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
22.9%

The color volume is okay. It's an upgrade from the LG UM7300, but it still has difficulty displaying bright colors. Also, it doesn't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio. The VA variants and the 50" model have a VA panel and likely a much higher contrast ratio, so they may perform differently.

7.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.132
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.130
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.097
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.204

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

Decent gradient handling. There's banding in the darker shades of all colors and it's particularly visible in the grays. Enabling Smooth Gradation can help, although it had very little effect on our test pattern. Also, enabling Smooth Gradation can cause the loss of fine details in some scenes. If banding bothers you, then check out the LG UP8000. It has significantly better gradient handling.

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
0.05%

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

There are no signs of temporary image retention; however, this can vary between units. The 0.05% deviation is caused by noise.

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
7.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.4 ms
100% Response Time
17.4 ms

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

The LG UN7300 has a decent response time. There's some blur trail behind fast-moving objects and some overshoot that results in motion artifacts. There's visible duplication of the image due to the backlight's 120Hz flicker. If you want a TV with a quicker response time, check out the LG UN6950.

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

This TV uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. It always flickers at 120Hz. If you're bothered by the flickering and you want 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
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 an optional Black Frame Insertion feature.

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

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

This TV can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps. It works okay most of the time, but there's duplication of the image due to the backlight's flicker and there are artifacts in more intense scenes.

To enable motion interpolation, set TruMotion to 'User' and adjust the De-Judder slider to '10'.

8.1
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
24.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Due to the TV's slower response time, there's only a little bit of stutter in 24fps content. If the stuttering bothers you, enabling motion interpolation can help.

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 UN7300 can only remove judder from 24p content. To do so, 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
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The LG UN7300 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
110.9 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
9.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
9.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
9.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
99.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
99.0 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 LG UN7300 has outstanding low input lag as long as it's in 'Game' mode. There's an 'Automatic Low Latency Mode' that switches you to 'Game' mode when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible device, such as an Xbox One or a PC. To use it, enable Instant Game Response.

7.5
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Update 07/23/2021: We checked to see if it properly displays 1440p content. We used our RTX 3070 PC and had to force a 1440p resolution at 60Hz. However, it doesn't display it properly because text was blurry with chroma 4:4:4 and 4:2:2.

This TV supports most common resolutions at 60Hz, except for 1440p. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 at 1080p and 4k. 1080p @ 120Hz appears as an available option; however, it skips frames and causes a lot of flicker retention. 1440p @ 120Hz also appears as an option, but it can't display a proper image and shows this instead.

To display chroma 4:4:4, make sure that the input in use is labeled 'PC'. For high-bandwidth signals, HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color must be enabled.

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)

It doesn't support HDMI 2.1, but if you want a similar TV that does, check out the LG UN8500.

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
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

Unfortunately, LG has dropped DTS support in 2020, which is a downgrade from the LG UM7300. It doesn't support eARC, either, which is disappointing. The newer LG NANO75 2021 does, so if you're planning on connecting your TV to a new receiver or soundbar, it might be a better choice.

Sound Quality
6.4
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
100.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.41 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.34 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.47 dB
Max
89.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.23 dB

The LG UN7300 has a mediocre frequency response. Although the sound signature is bass-heavy, there's almost no low-bass at all, so you won't get any thumping or rumbling. It gets fairly loud, but there's also some compression when playing near max volume.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.290
Weighted THD @ Max
1.156
IMD @ 80
3.34%
IMD @ Max
17.09%

Mediocre distortion performance. The total amount of distortion is quite good at moderate volume levels, but there's significantly more when nearing max volume. That said, it depends a lot on the content and may not be audible to most people.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS
Version 5.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

This TV runs on LG's WebOS. It generally runs smoothly but it lags a bit when trying to access the settings menu.

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

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

There are ads and suggested content on the home screen and within the app store. Unfortunately, there's no way to opt-out of them.

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

Update 09/15/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo. The mistake has been fixed.

LG's app store has tons of apps available for download and they run smoothly for the most part.

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 remote hasn't changed and is the same Magic Remote as the LG UM7300. It can be used as a pointer or like a regular remote, and it can be programmed to work as a universal remote for other devices, even if the devices don't support CEC. It has a built-in microphone for voice control, which you can use for content search and general inquiries. Changing settings via voice control is a bit of a hit or miss; we were able to change the input source, but not the TV's brightness.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button located at the center of the TV, below the LG branding. It allows you to turn the TV On/Off, change the input source, change the channel, and adjust the volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Remote control
  • Power cord
  • Cable management tie
  • 2x AA batteries

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 49 W
Power Consumption (Max) 112 W
Firmware 3.00.60

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55" LG UN7300PUF (55UN7300PUF) and for the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 43" model (43UM7300PUF), 65" model (65UN7300PUF), 70" model (70UN7370PUC), and the 75" (75UN7370PUE) model. The model code also changes depending on the retailers. In Canada, there's a variant with a model number ending in PUB, which lacks the HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping feature.

There appear to be two versions of the UN7300 with the same model code. The one we tested has an IPS panel and is identified as a "Real 4k IPS" on the box. The other variant has a VA panel and is identified by the text "Real 4k Display" on the box. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any way to know which one you'll get when buying online. The 50" (50UN7300PUF) model has a VA panel as well.

Size US  US - Costco and Sam's Club Canada Best Buy Canada Europe
43" 43UN7300PUF  43UN7300AUD 43UN7300AUD  43UN7300PUD 43UN73006LA
49" - - 49UN7300AUD  49UN7300PUB -
50" 50UN7300PUF   50UN7300AUD 50UN7300AUD 50UN73006LA
55" 55UN7300PUF 55UN7300AUD 55UN7300AUD 55UN7300PUB 55UN73006LA
65" 65UN7300PUF 65UN7300AUD 65UN7300AUD 65UN7300PUB 65UN73006LA
70" 70UN7370PUC - 70UN7370AUD -  -
75" 75UN7370PUH - 75UN7370AUH 75UN7370PUB  -

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG UN7300 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit of the 55UN7300 was manufactured in February 2020; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: LG UM6900 (55UM6900). Bottom left: Sony X800H (XBR55X800H). Middle: LG UN7300 (55UN7300). Top right: Samsung TU8000 (UN55TU8000). Bottom right: LG UM7300 (55UN7300).

The LG UN7300 is an okay TV for most uses, but when compared to its predecessor, the UM7300, it's a small step down. It has a lower SDR peak brightness, narrower viewing angles, and its response time is slower. For other options, see our recommendations for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best budget TVs.

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

The LG UN7300 and the Samsung TU7000 perform similarly overall; however, they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The LG uses an IPS panel that has better viewing angles at the expense of a lower contrast ratio. The Samsung, on the hand, uses a VA panel, which has a much better contrast ratio but narrower viewing angles. 

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

Overall, the Samsung TU8000 is marginally better than the LG UN7300. The Samsung has a significantly higher contrast ratio due to its VA panel, its black uniformity is much better, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature. On the other hand, the LG has wider viewing angles, better reflection handling, and better gradient handling.

LG UN8500
65" 75" 82" 86"

The LG UN7300 is slightly better than the LG UN8500, but some differences between the two could be from panel variance. The UN7300 we tested is a bit brighter, has much better reflection handling, lower input lag, and displays native 4k content properly. However, the UN8500 has a 120Hz panel, supports HDMI 2.1, and has a quicker response time.

LG UN7000
43" 49" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75"

The LG UN7300 and the LG UN7000 perform similarly overall. Each TV is available with either a VA or IPS panel, which affects performance, but we reviewed ones with IPS panels. The UN7300 gets brighter in SDR, it has better reflection handling, and it displays native 4k content without issue. However, the UN7000 gets brighter in HDR and has wider viewing angles.

LG UM7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65"

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.

LG UP7000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The LG UN7300 and the LG UP7000 are similar TVs. The models we tested each have an IPS-like panel, but they're also available with VA panels. Even though the UP7000 gets brighter, the UN7300 is still a better choice for bright rooms because it has significantly brighter reflection handling. The UN7300 comes with LG's Magic Remote with a point-and-press feature and a mic for voice control, and the basic remote that comes with the UP7000 doesn't have either.

LG UP8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 86"

The LG UP8000 and the LG UN7300 are very similar overall. The UP8000 has wider viewing angles, but it doesn't handle reflections as well as the UN7300. The color gamut is worse on the UP8000, and the same can be said of its color volume. It has better response times, though, and it can remove judder from all sources, whereas the UN7300 can only do it when the signal is from a 24p source or native apps. The UP8000 no longer has a composite input, so you might need an adapter if you want to plug in older devices, like a DVD player.

Sony X800H
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

Overall, the Sony X800H is better than the LG UN7300. The X800H can get significantly brighter, it has better viewing angles, and its response time is faster. Furthermore, the X800H has much better color accuracy out of the box, and it has a flicker-free backlight. However, the UN7300's reflection handling is much better and its slower response time results in less stutter in low frame rate content.

Sony X750H
55" 65" 75"

The Sony X750H is slightly better than the LG UN7300. The Sony has a much higher contrast ratio due to its VA panel and it gets a lot brighter in SDR content. However, the LG's IPS panel has much wider viewing angles and significantly better reflection handling.

LG NANO75 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UN7300 is a bit better than the LG NANO75 2021. The UN7300 has much better reflection handling and it's brighter, so it's better able to overcome glare. On the other hand, the NANO75 2021 has a slightly better viewing angle, but it's not a very significant difference. The NANO75 supports eARC, allowing it to pass higher-quality audio signals through to a connected soundbar or home theater.

Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

For most uses, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is much better than the LG UN7300. The Samsung has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio, gets a lot brighter, and has better color accuracy. On the other hand, the LG has a faster response time and wider viewing angles.

LG UN6950
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 75"

The LG UN7300 is slightly better overall than the LG UN6950. Both TVs are available with IPS or VA panels, depending on the size. The UN7300 we tested has an IPS panel, and the UN6950 we tested has a VA panel, so the contrast and viewing angles differ on which panel you get. The UN7300 has much better reflection handling, color accuracy, and it comes with LG's Magic Remote. However, the UN6950 has a quicker response time and lower input lag.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED is significantly better than the LG UN7300. The CX is an OLED that can produce perfect blacks, it has near-instantaneous response time, and a 120Hz refresh rate with VRR support. It also has better color accuracy, higher peak brightness, and wider viewing angles. However, input lag is lower on the UN7300.

Toshiba Fire TV 2020
43" 50" 55"

The LG UN7300 is marginally better than the Toshiba Fire TV 2020. The LG is generally better if you want to use the TV as a PC monitor, as it has wider viewing angles, better reflection handling, and better color accuracy. Also, it has lower input lag and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4. The Toshiba is better for watching movies due to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity.

Samsung The Sero
43"

Overall, the Samsung The Sero is marginally better than the LG UN7300. The Samsung has a higher peak brightness, better color accuracy, and a much better HDR color gamut. However, the LG has significantly better reflection handling and black uniformity.

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