The LG UP7000 is an okay entry-level TV. It sits below the LG UP8000 and is pretty basic in features, which we expect for a low-cost option. It's limited in inputs with only two HDMI ports, which is disappointing if you need to connect multiple devices. Most of the sizes use an IPS-like panel, providing wide viewing angles, which is great for wide seating arrangements. However, that comes at the cost of a low contrast ratio, and without any local dimming, blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. It features the same webOS as other LG models, which is easy-to-use and has many apps available to download, but it comes with a basic remote that doesn't have any voice control or a point-and-press feature like the classic Magic Remote.
The LG UP7000 is okay overall. It performs best for watching TV shows, sports, or using it as a PC monitor because of its wide viewing angles. Although it may not be bright enough to combat a ton of glare, it still has decent reflection handling. Sadly, it's disappointing for watching SDR or HDR movies because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, it doesn't have a local dimming feature, and it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content.
The LG UP7000 is disappointing for watching movies in a dark room. It has an IPS-like panel with a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray, and there's no local dimming feature to improve the contrast. It doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, and it removes judder from native 24p sources.
The LG UP7000 is good for watching TV shows. It has decent reflection handling and okay peak brightness if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but it's not good enough for really bright rooms. It's a good choice for wide seating arrangements thanks to its wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side.
The LG UP7000 is decent for sports. It has wide viewing angles, making it a good choice for those with wide seating arrangements. It has okay peak brightness and decent reflection handling if you tend to watch sports during the day, but it's best to avoid placing it opposite a bright window. Sadly, you may notice some image duplication with fast-moving objects due to the backlight's 120Hz flicker.
The LG UP7000 is okay for gaming. It's not a good choice for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray. It doesn't have any extra gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It has an okay response time, but you may notice image duplication due to its flicker frequency. Luckily, input lag is really low.
The LG UP7000 is inadequate for watching HDR movies. Blacks look gray when viewed in the dark because it has a low contrast ratio. HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content either because it can't display a wide color gamut and fails to make highlights stand out due to its low HDR brightness.
The LG UP7000 is okay for HDR gaming. As mentioned, it doesn't have any gaming features, and it's limited to a 60Hz panel, but it still has a low input lag and an okay response time. However, there's visible image duplication due to its backlight flicker. Also, HDR content doesn't look good because it has a mediocre contrast ratio, low HDR peak brightness, and can't display a wide color gamut.
The LG UP7000 is good to use as a PC monitor. It has wide viewing angles, making it easy to share the screen with others around you. It has decent reflection handling and okay peak brightness if you want to use it in a moderately lit room, but it's best to avoid using it in a very bright room. It also displays chroma 4:4:4 without any issues, which helps with text clarity.
The LG UP7000 looks similar to the LG UP8000 but with different feet. It's a basic-looking TV, and there's nothing that stands out about it. Its bezels are thicker than on premium TVs, but they still aren't distracting.
The stand consists of two plastic feet that are bigger than those on the LG UP8000. The TV is raised over three inches above the table, so there's enough space to put a soundbar in front without blocking the screen. The stand supports the TV well, and there's minimal wobble.
Footprint of the 65" TV: 47.5" x 12.8" x
The back of the LG UP7000 looks different from past LG TVs we've tested, as the part housing the inputs sticks out. It looks like there are grooves along the bottom for cable management but they're not for that.
The LG UP7000 is a bit thicker than the LG UP8000, so it may stick out if you wall-mount it.
The build quality is decent. It's made entirely out of plastic and feels like what you would expect from an entry-level model. There's only a bit of wobble on the stand, but there's a lot of flex on the back panel, especially near the inputs. The borders also feel cheap, and there's a pinch on our unit near the bottom left, causing uniformity issues. This is likely a problem with our unit, but let us know if you experience the same thing.
The LG UP7000 has a low contrast ratio due to its IPS-like panel. Blacks look gray when viewed in the dark, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it. Keep in mind that contrast can vary between individual units.
Note: The 50 and 70 inch models of this TV have VA panels, so they should have a much higher contrast.
The SDR brightness is okay. It maintains its brightness consistent across different content. It may not be enough to fight a ton of glare, but it should be fine for a room with a few lights around.
We tested SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark space, night)' Picture Mode with Panel Brightness set to its max and all other image processing disabled. If you want a brighter image at the cost of accuracy, we reached 344 cd/m² in the 10% window by setting Contrast to its max and Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High'.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos above are provided for reference only.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos above are provided for reference only.
The HDR brightness is disappointing. It doesn't get that much brighter in HDR than in SDR, so highlights don't pop how they should. Also, there's more frame dimming in the 2% window, so small highlights don't stand out. We tested it in the 'Cinema (User)' HDR Picture Mode with Panel Brightness and Contrast at their max.
The EOTF doesn't follow the target very well, and most scenes are darker than they should be. If you want a brighter image, use the same settings above and set Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High'. This results in a bit brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.
The HDR brightness in 'Gamer Optimizer' Picture Mode is the same as outside of it. Any differences in test results are because results can vary a bit between testing runs.
The gray uniformity is decent. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, but it's not too noticeable. As you can see in the 5% gray photo, the pinch at the bottom causes that part to light up in dark scenes only. This is likely an issue with our unit alone and can vary, so if you notice the same thing, let us know.
The black uniformity is disappointing, but this can vary between units. The entire screen looks blue due to the low contrast, and there's noticeable backlight bleed and clouding throughout. Once again, you can see the pinched screen along the bottom edge.
The LG UP7000 has decent viewing angles, which is expected from an IPS-like panel. It's good for most seating arrangements with a few people around, but the image gets darker at wide angles.
Note: The 50 and 70 inch models of this TV have VA panels, so they should have much worse viewing angles.
The LG UP7000 has decent reflection handling, but it's not as good as the LG UP8000 because more light is directly reflected back. It handles a moderate amount of light well but struggles with strong light sources on it.
The LG UP7000 has poor out-of-the-box accuracy. Most colors, especially yellow and cyan, are inaccurate, and the white balance is extremely off, so grays don't look how they should. The color gamut is colder than the 6500K target, giving the image a blue tint. Also, gamma doesn't follow the target very well, as most scenes are too dark. Although this can vary between units, we noticed similar behavior on the LG C1 OLED and LG NANO90 2021.
The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. Most white balances and color inaccuracies are impossible to spot, except blues are still slightly off. Gamma is nearly perfect, and although the color temperature isn't very close to the target, it still improved.
You can see our recommended settings here.
The LG UP7000 upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, without any issues.
1080p content, like from Blu-ray players, looks nearly as good as native 4k content.
The LG UP7000 has an ADS panel, which is technically different from an IPS panel, but performs the same.
Like most entry-level TVs, this TV can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has good coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most content but has disappointing coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.
Due to the low contrast and lack of a wide color gamut, the color volume is poor. It can't display colors at a wide range of luminance levels well.
The gradient handling is excellent. There's only a bit of banding in the darker colors, but it's hard to notice. The Smooth Gradation setting does a good job at smoothing out gradients on the test pattern and in real content, but that comes at the cost of losing fine details.
There's no image retention on this TV; however, this may vary between units.
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 is immune.
The LG UP7000 has an okay response time. The response time in the different transitions is on the slow side, and there's some overshoot in dark transitions, which could lead to artifacts. Also, you may notice image duplication due to the backlight flicker.
This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. It flickers at 120Hz in all Picture Modes and Panel Brightness levels, which could cause some image duplication.
The LG UP7000 doesn't have a black frame insertion feature; the backlight flickers at 120Hz. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on the flicker frequency and not the actual performance.
The LG UP7000 has a motion interpolation feature. It can interpolate 30fps content up to 60fps, known as the 'Soap Opera Effect', but it doesn't work that well in busy scenes. There are visible artifacts, which could get distracting.
See here for the settings that control the motion interpolation feature.
Due to the slower response time, there's not much stutter with lower-frame rate content.
The LG UP7000 can remove judder from native 24p sources, but unlike the LG UP8000, it can't remove it from 60p/60i sources. For it to remove judder, simply enable Cinema Screen
The LG UP7000 is a simple 60Hz TV without any variable refresh rate support.
The LG UP7000 has an incredibly low input lag, which is great for gaming, as long as the TV is in 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode. Sadly, you can't enable any motion interpolation settings in Game Mode. If you want to use the TV as a PC monitor and want the lowest input lag possible, make sure your input label is set to 'PC'.
The LG UP7000 supports all common resolutions up to 60Hz. It accepts 1080p and 1440p signals at 120Hz, but they skip frames. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at any of its supported resolutions as long as you label the input you're using to 'PC' in the Home Dashboard. For full-bandwidth signals, set HDMI Deep Color to '4k'.
This TV can only support 4k signals up to 60Hz from either the PS5 or Xbox Series X. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when a game from a compatible device is launched. For it to work, set Game Optimizer to 'On' in the 'General' settings page.
The LG UP7000 only supports HDR10 and not any of the more advanced HDR formats. Also, CEC only seems to work with LG products and it didn't work with our Samsung Blu-ray player.
Sadly, the LG UP7000 only has two HDMI inputs, which is quite disappointing if you need to connect multiple devices.
The TV supports eARC on HDMI, allowing you to pass uncompressed Dolby Atmos via TrueHD audio to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI connection. For it to work, enable eARC Support and set Input Audio Format to 'Bitstream' in the 'Advanced Settings' page of the 'Sound' tab.
The frequency response is okay. Dialogue sounds clear if you're watching TV shows, and it gets fairly loud. However, it doesn't produce much bass, if at all. There's an option for a digital room correction feature, but you can only use it with the LG Magic Remote, which this TV doesn't come with.
The distortion performance is decent. There's a bit of distortion at its max volume, but not everyone may hear, and it depends on the content.
The LG UP7000 comes with the same LG webOS as higher-end models. It's been redesigned in 2021 with a full home page instead of the banner at the bottom from the past years. It's easy-to-use, and menu navigation feels fairly good.
There are ads and suggested content on the home screen and within the app store. There's no way to disable them.
LG's apps store has a lot of apps available, and they run smoothly for the most part.
Unlike the LG UP8000, this TV doesn't come with the Magic Remote and comes with a basic remote instead. You still get shortcut buttons to popular streaming services, but there's no voice control. Also, neither the LG TV Plus or LG ThinQ apps can connect with the TV, so you can't control it from your smartphone. We don't know if that's an issue that should be fixed in a firmware update, but we'll update the review if it eventually works. LG advertises that it works with various smart home systems, but we don't test for that. It doesn't have a mic for voice control, and if you prefer a TV with it, then look into the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021.
There's a single button underneath the center branding to turn the TV On/Off, switch inputs, or adjust the volume and channels.
We tested the 65 inch LG 65UP7000PUA. It's also available in 43, 50, 55, 70, and 75 inch models. We expect our results to be valid for most of the other models, except for the 50 and 70 inch models because they have a different panel, so they should perform differently. The UP7000 seems to only be available in the United States; there are other 7000 Series TVs available internationally, but they appear to be slightly different, and we don't know how they perform.
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If you come across a different type of panel or your LG UP7000/UP7070 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity and contrast, may vary between individual units.
Our unit was manufactured in April 2021; you can see the label here.
The LG UP7000 is an okay entry-level TV. It improves in a few areas from the LG UN7000 and performs similarly to the LG UP8000. However, unless you get the 50 or 70 inch models with VA panels, it has low contrast, and it's not a good choice for watching movies. Other options are available at a low cost with better dark room performance, like the Vizio V Series 2020.
The LG UP8000 is a higher-end version of the LG UP7000, and both TVs perform okay overall. They each have the same features, but the UP8000 is a bit better in a few areas. It has better reflection handling and a quicker response time, so motion looks better. Also, the UP8000 can remove 24p judder from any source, while the UP7000 can only remove it from native 24p sources. The UP8000 has better out-of-the-box accuracy, but this is something that can vary between units.
The Samsung TU7000 and the LG UP7000 are both okay TVs with different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with a higher native contrast ratio, while the LG that we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles, but there are some sizes with a VA panel, too. The LG is better to use in a well-lit room because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. Other than that, they have similar basic features, and both come with simple remotes that don't even have voice control.
The LG UP7000 is the replacement of the LG UN7000 and improves in a couple of areas. The UP7000 gets much brighter, and even though it has worse reflection handling, reflections don't result in a reddish tint like on the UN7000. The UP7000 doesn't have issues displaying native 4k content like the UN7000 because it uses a different panel. On the other hand, the UN7000 has a larger selection of inputs, including three HDMI slots instead of two on the UP7000.
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.
The Samsung AU8000 is better overall than the LG UP7000, but they use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with higher contrast for deeper blacks, while the LG we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. However, there are variants of the LG with a VA panel. The Samsung has much better reflection handling and gets slightly brighter than the LG, so it's a better choice for rooms with lights. The Samsung also comes with a much better smart remote with voice control, which the LG doesn't have.
The LG C1 OLED is much better than the entry-level LG UP7000. The C1 has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It also has wider viewing angles than the UP7000. The C1 has more features like a 120Hz refresh rate, VRR support, HDMI 2.1 inputs, and it's able to display a wide color gamut for HDR content. On the other hand, the LG has an LED panel that doesn't risk burn-in like the C1.
The Samsung AU8000 is better overall than the LG UP7000, but they have different panels with pros and cons. The Samsung has a VA panel with improved native contrast, so it displays deeper blacks, and the LG we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. However, there are variants of the LG with a VA panel instead. The Samsung is better for gaming because it has a quicker response time for smoother motion. The Samsung also comes with a smart remote with voice control, which the LG doesn't have.
Although there aren't many significant differences between them, the LG UP7000 is slightly better than the Hisense A6G. Both of these TVs use different panel types with different sizes, so the exact performance difference may vary. The LG is a bit brighter, but the Hisense is more accurate out of the box. The Hisense has more HDMI ports than the LG, which might be a factor depending on the number of sources you're looking to connect.
The LG UN6950 and the LG UP7000 we tested are okay TVs, but they use different panel types. The 65 inch UP7000 we tested has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles and low contrast, but the 50 inch UP6950 we tested has a VA panel with high contrast and narrow viewing angles. However, each model is available with both panel types, depending on the size you get. The UP6950 has a quicker response time, but there's image duplication on each due to the backlight flicker.
The Vizio V Series 2020 and the LG UP7000 are both okay entry-level TVs with different panel types. While the LG has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles and low contrast, the Vizio has a VA panel with better contrast but worse viewing angles. The LG gets much brighter, making it a better choice for a well-lit room. Even though the LG has a quicker response time, motion looks better on the Vizio because there's less image duplication than on the LG.