LG UP8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Apr 28, 2021 at 10:17 am
LG UP8000 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8G
6.0
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.7
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG UN7300
7.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8G
6.7
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
5.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
6.7
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The LG UP8000 is an okay budget 4k TV. It replaces 2020's LG UN7300 and UN8500, and like its predecessors, it also uses an ADS panel, which performs much like an IPS panel. This means it has wide viewing angles so that you don't lose image accuracy when viewing from the side but a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray in the dark. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, so it might struggle to combat intense glare, and it's certainly not bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience, not to mention that it doesn't support a wide color gamut. It has a good response time; however, its 120Hz backlight flicker causes some image duplication. Lastly, while it has incredibly low input lag, its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The LG UP8000 is an okay TV overall. It's best suited for watching TV shows or use as a PC monitor because it has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles. It's decent for watching sports due to its good response time, but there's some motion duplication caused by its 120Hz backlight flicker. It has a low input lag so that gaming feels responsive; however, the refresh rate is only 60Hz, and it lacks VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, it's not the best for watching movies because it has a low contrast ratio and no local dimming. It can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Good response time.
  • Excellent smart interface.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • Might not be able to overcome intense glare.
6.0 Movies

The LG UP8000 is mediocre for watching movies. It isn't well-suited for dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio and no local dimming, so blacks look gray. It also stutters a bit due to its relatively fast response time. It upscales low-resolution content well, though, and it can remove judder from all sources.

Pros
  • Removes judder from all sources.
  • Upscales low resolution content without any artifacts.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
7.7 TV Shows

The LG UP8000 is good for watching TV shows. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, which is great if you like walking around while watching TV. It handles reflections well, but it doesn't get very bright, so it's best suited to a moderately lit room. It upscales lower resolution content well without any artifacts, and its webOS smart interface is user-friendly, with tons of apps available.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Excellent smart interface.
  • Upscales low resolution content without any artifacts.
Cons
  • Might not be able to overcome intense glare.
  • Struggles with direct reflections.
7.3 Sports

The LG UP8000 is decent for watching sports. It has wide viewing angles, which is great for watching a game with a group of people. While its reflection handling is good, it doesn't get very bright, which means glare might be a problem. It has a good response time, but its 120Hz backlight flicker can cause some image duplication.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Good response time.
  • Upscales low resolution content without any artifacts.
Cons
  • Might not be able to overcome intense glare.
  • Struggles with direct reflections.
6.7 Video Games

The LG UP8000 is okay for gaming. While it has incredibly low input lag and good response times, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and there's no VRR support. It's not the best for gaming in the dark because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray and lacks local dimming. It's also not ideal for well-lit rooms because it doesn't get very bright.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Good response time.
  • Supports Auto Low Latency Mode.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • No VRR support.
5.6 HDR Movies

The LG UP8000 is sub-par for watching movies in HDR. It has a low contrast ratio and no local dimming, so blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. On top of that, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop the way they should. On the upside, it upscales low-resolution content well without any artifacts, and it can remove judder from all sources.

Pros
  • Removes judder from all sources.
  • Upscales low resolution content without any artifacts.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • Can't display wide color gamut and low HDR brightness.
6.7 HDR Gaming

The LG UP8000 is okay for gaming in HDR. It has incredibly low input lag and good response times, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and there's no VRR support to reduce screen tearing. As for HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright, so highlights don't pop the way they should. It has a low contrast ratio and lacks local dimming, resulting in blacks that look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Good response time.
  • Supports Auto Low Latency Mode.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • No VRR support.
  • Can't display wide color gamut and low HDR brightness.
8.2 PC Monitor

The LG UP8000 is great for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag and fast response times to deliver a smooth and responsive desktop experience. It supports most common resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which helps with text clarity. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate at the sides when sitting up close. It handles reflections well, but it doesn't get very bright, which means glare might be an issue in well-lit rooms.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Low input lag.
  • Good response time.
  • Supports most common resolutions and chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Might not be able to overcome intense glare.
  • Struggles with direct reflections.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Movies
  • 7.7 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 6.7 Video Games
  • 5.6 HDR Movies
  • 6.7 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG UP8000 is a budget TV from LG's 2021 lineup, sitting above the entry-level LG UP70 Series. It replaces the LG UN8500 and the LG UN7300 from 2020. We expect it to compete with the Samsung AU8000 and the Sony X80J.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG UP8000 looks very similar to the LG UN8500 and UN7300, but it's much thinner, which means it doesn't stick out as much when wall-mounted. It still has wide-set feet and a plain, textured back.

Design
Stand

The feet are set almost as wide as the TV, and there's no option to install them closer for smaller tables. They support the TV well, but it still wobbles a bit.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 45.8" x 10.8".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back is almost identical to the LG UN8500's. It's plastic and plain with a textured finish. For cable management, there are built-in hooks to hold the cables behind the feet.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.55" (1.4 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.52" (6.4 cm)

The LG UP8000 is much thinner than the LG UN8500 and LG UN7300, which is great for wall-mounting because it doesn't stick out as much.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is decent. It's mostly plastic, except for the feet, which are metal. It wobbles a bit, and there's a lot of flex on the back, especially where the VESA mounting holes are. That said, it still feels fairly sturdy overall.

Picture Quality
5.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
903 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The LG UP8000 has a sub-par contrast ratio, typical of an IPS panel. This means that blacks look gray, especially when viewing in a dark environment. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between individual units. The 50 inch, 60 inch, and 70 inch models have a VA panel, which we expect to have much higher contrast.

6.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
265 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The LG UP8000 has mediocre SDR brightness. It's very consistent across different content, but it isn't bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms.

We measured the SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark space, night)' Picture Mode with Panel Brightness set to max.

If you want a brighter image and don't mind losing image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid', Panel Brightness and Contrast to max, and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer to 'High'. We achieved 346 cd/m² in the 10% with these settings.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The LG UP8000 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos are provided for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
5.3
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
298 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
218 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
217 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
309 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

The LG UP8000 has poor HDR brightness, in the same ballpark as the LG UN8500 and LG UN7300. It's nowhere near enough to make highlights pop in HDR content, and there's now some frame dimming in the 2% windows, which means that small objects in dark scenes appear dimmer. The EOTF follows the PQ curve fairly well, but most scenes are a bit too dark. If you want a brighter image in HDR, setting Dynamic Contrast to 'Low' helps a bit and results in this EOTF plot. It makes some scenes appear brighter in actual content, but some scenes also appear slightly dimmer.

We measured the HDR brightness in the 'Cinema' Picture Mode with Panel Brightness and Contrast at max.

5.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
319 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
333 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
333 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
333 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
233 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
332 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

The HDR brightness is a bit higher in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode than out of it, though not by much and with the same frame dimming in the 2% windows.

We measured the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode with Panel Brightness and Contrast at max.

7.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.514 %
50% DSE
0.224 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.499 %
5% DSE
0.084 %

Gray uniformity is decent, although this can vary between units. The sides and corners look darker on ours, and there's also a fair amount of dirty screen effect in the middle. It's significantly more uniform in dark scenes.

6.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.904 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is mediocre, although this varies between individual units due to manufacturing tolerances. The screen looks blue, and there's some clouding throughout as well as some backlight bleed along the edges.

7.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
31 °
Color Shift
56 °
Brightness Loss
32 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
58 °

Good viewing angles. The image remains accurate when viewing from the side, making this TV a great choice for wide seating areas. While the measurements for color washout and brightness loss seem low, they only cross the threshold slightly and remain steady until wider viewing angles.

7.6
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.8 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.1 %

Reflection handling is good, but it struggles a bit with direct reflections, so it isn't ideal to place the TV opposite bright lights.

7.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.25
Color dE
1.97
Gamma
2.30
Color Temperature
7705 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

Accuracy is decent out of the box. Most colors are only slightly inaccurate, but white balance is visibly off. The color temperature is very much on the cool side, which results in a blueish tint. Gamma doesn't follow the 2.2 target very well; most scenes are too dark. Note that accuracy varies between units.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.28
Color dE
0.94
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
7054 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Accuracy is much better after calibration. White balance and gamma are nearly perfect, and the remaining color inaccuracies aren't visible to the naked eye. The color temperature is closer to our 6500K target, but it's still on the cold side.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

This TV upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, well.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The LG UP8000 upscales 720p content like from cable TV with no visible artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like from Blu-rays, is upscaled well and looks nearly as good as native 4k.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV displays native 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The LG UP8000 can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses an ADS panel that performs similarly to an IPS panel.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.61 %
DCI P3 uv
81.56 %
Rec 2020 xy
55.22 %
Rec 2020 uv
60.26 %

The LG UP8000 can't display a wide color gamut for HDR. It has good coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is very limited.

5.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
60.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
21.4 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
46.0 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
16.2 %

The LG UP80 has a poor color volume due to its limited color gamut, poor contrast, and low HDR brightness.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.082 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.101 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.066 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.093 dE

The LG UP8000 has excellent gradient handling. There's only a little bit of banding in the grays and greens. Setting Smooth Gradation to 'Medium' or 'High' smoothes out most of it, but it may cause the loss of fine details in some scenes.

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's no image retention on this TV; however, this 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, this doesn't appear to be permanent as the IPS panel in our long-term test is immune.

Motion
7.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.9 ms
100% Response Time
13.6 ms

The LG UP80 has good response times overall, but it's quite slow in some transitions, causing motion to appear blurry in dark scenes. There's also some inverse ghosting due to overshoot, and the backlight's 120Hz flicker causes some image duplication.

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

The LG UP8000 uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. It flickers at 120Hz at all brightness levels. This can cause motion duplication and may be bothersome to some people.

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

There's no optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The backlight always flickers at 120Hz.

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

The LG UP8000 can interpolate low frame rate content up to 60Hz to make motion look more fluid, also known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. To use it, go to the Clarity settings, then set TruMotion to 'User Selection' and De-judder to max. It works fine in slow scenes, but as soon as the action gets intense, there are a lot of artifacts, including some tearing and stuttering.

7.4
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.1 ms

The LG UP8000's relatively fast response times can cause low frame rate content to stutter a bit. If it bothers you, enabling motion interpolation may help.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

Like the LG UN8500, this TV can remove judder from all sources, rare for a 60Hz TV. To remove judder, enable Cinema Screen.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz (except 82", 86")
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible