LG UP8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Apr 28, 2021 at 10:17 am
LG UP8000 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
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6.0
Movies
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7.7
TV Shows
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7.3
Sports
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6.7
Video Games
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5.6
HDR Movies
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6.7
HDR Gaming
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8.2
PC Monitor
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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

Video

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. If you want a TV with a VA panel at any of its sizes, then check out the Samsung AU8000.

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
7,705 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
7,054 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
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.101
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.066
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.093

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
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 UP8000 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming. The 82 inch and 86 inch models are advertised to have a 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 support; however, we didn't test them.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.4 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
118.2 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
118.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
76.5 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 UP8000 has incredibly low input lag as long as you're in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode. The Outside of Game Mode input lag was measured in chroma 4:2:2 at 10 bit because we measured 10.4ms in chroma 4:4:4 at 8 bit, which seems unlikely. This appears to be a small bug. The Prevent Input Delay setting in the Game Optimizer menu is supposed to further decrease input lag, but it's grayed out and inaccessible on our unit. It's likely that it's only available on the 82 and 86 inch models.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The LG UP8000 can display most common resolutions at 60Hz, but 1440p needs to be forced through a custom resolution on a PC. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 in all supported resolutions; you only need to set the input in use as 'PC'. For signals that require full bandwidth, enable HDMI Deep Color.

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

This TV only supports up to 4k @ 60Hz + HDR on the Xbox Series X and PS5. When connected to the Xbox, the Xbox indicates that the TV supports 1080p @ 120Hz, but it skips frames. The TV is advertised to have Dolby Vision support for the Xbox, but it seems like it may only be on the 82 and 86 inch models. It supports Auto Low Latency Mode, which you can enable by turning on Game Optimizer. This puts you in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode automatically when a game launches from a compatible device. The Prevent Input Delay setting is supposed to further decrease input lag; however, it's grayed out. It's likely that it's only available on the 82 and 86 inch models. If you have the 82 or 86 inch model, please let us know in the discussions below.

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)

LG advertises HDMI 2.1 support on their website, but it appears that it's only available on the 82 and 86 inch models.

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 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
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

This TV supports eARC on the HDMI 2 port. This means it can pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to an external home theater system or soundbar over an HDMI connection. To use it, enable eARC support in the Sound tab's Advanced Settings.

Sound Quality
6.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.71 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.95 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.56 dB
Max
87.9 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.24 dB

The built-in speakers sound just okay. Like most TVs, they simply can't produce that deep, rumbling sound because they lack bass extension. On the upside, they get decently loud without too much compression at max volume.

6.5
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.107
Weighted THD @ Max
0.482
IMD @ 80
11.58%
IMD @ Max
20.52%

Distortion performance is alright. The amount of harmonic distortion at moderate volume levels is relatively low. It's higher at max volume but still not that bad. Note that the amount of distortion present depends on the content, and some people may not hear it.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS
Version 6.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

LG's webOS interface is fairly smooth and easy to use. It has a new layout as LG has removed the banner at the bottom and made the home page full-screen.

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

There are ads and suggested content on the home screen and within the app store. There's no way to disable 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

LG's apps store has a lot of apps available, 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

Like other 2021 LG TVs, the remote has been slightly redesigned. It's still a Magic Remote, which means you can either use it like a traditional remote or as a pointer, like a computer mouse. It can also act as a universal remote for other devices. There's a microphone built-in for voice control, as well as dedicated buttons to summon the Google Assistant and Alexa. You can use voice control to change some of the TV's settings, search for content, or ask for general info like the weather and time. If you don't need the Magic Remote, the LG UP7000 comes with a basic one.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button below the LG branding at the center of the bottom bezel. It acts as a power button, and you can also use it to change the channel, the input, and adjust the volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

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

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 67 W
Power Consumption (Max) 148 W
Firmware 03.00.63

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65 inch LG 65UP8000PUA. It's also available in a 43, 50, 55, 60, 70, 75, 82, and 86 inch size. We expect our results to be valid for the 43 inch, 55 inch, and 75 inch models. The 50 inch, 60 inch, and 70 inch models have a VA panel, and the 82 and 86 inch have a native 120Hz refresh rate.

Size US Canada UK Italy Germany Notes
43" 43UP8000PUA 43UP8000PUA 43UP80006LA 43UP80006LA 43UP80009LA -
50" 50UP8000PUA 50UP8000PUA 50UP80006LA 50UP80006LA 50UP80009LA VA panel
55" 55UP8000PUA 55UP8000PUA 55UP80006LA 55UP80006LA 55UP80009LA -
60" 60UP8000PUA 60UP8000PUA 60UP80006LA 60UP80006LA 60UP80009LA VA Panel
65" 65UP8000PUA 65UP8000PUA 65UP80006LA 65UP80006LA 65UP80009LA -
70" 70UP8070PUA 70UP8070PUA - - - VA Panel
75" 75UP8070PUA 75UP8070PUA 75UP80006LA 75UP80006LA 75UP80009LA -
82" 82UP8770PUA 82UP8770PUA 82UP80006LA 82UP80006LA 82UP80009LA 120Hz refresh rate, HDMI 2.1
86" 86UP8770PUA 86UP8770PUA 86UP80006LA  86UP80006LA 86UP80009LA 120Hz refresh rate, HDMI 2.1

If you come across a different type of panel or your LG UP8000 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 March 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG UP8000 is an okay budget TV. It's best suited for watching TV shows or use as a PC monitor, but even then, its low brightness might be a problem for some. It's essentially a mix of the LG UN8500 and UN7300 from 2020.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

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

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.

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

The LG UP8000 and the Samsung TU8000 are similar despite having different panel types. The LG uses an ADS panel that performs like an IPS panel, while the Samsung uses a VA panel. This means that the LG has much wider viewing angles but isn't as well-suited for dark rooms as the Samsung. Likewise, the LG has a better total response time, but it stutters more than the Samsung in low frame rate content. Unfortunately, neither TV is good for HDR because they can't display a wide color gamut and don't get very bright in HDR.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and LG UP8000 are both okay TVs with different panel types. The Samsung has a much higher contrast because of its VA-type panel, and the LG has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel type. The Samsung is a better choice to use in well-lit rooms because it has better reflection handling and gets brighter, but it's still not enough to truly fight glare. On the other hand, gamers should appreciate the LG's quicker response time for smoother motion. It also supports 1440p, which the Samsung doesn't.

LG UN7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

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 X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The LG UP8000 and the Sony X80J are very similar IPS TVs. The only notable differences between them are that the X80J can display a wide color gamut for HDR, gets a bit brighter, and has better response times. It also has a flicker-free backlight, making it a good choice for people sensitive to backlight flicker.

LG UN8500
65" 75" 82" 86"

The LG UP8000 and the LG UN8500 are very much alike, except that the UN8500 has a 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 support. If you want a 120Hz refresh rate on the UP8000, you have to go with the 82 or 86 inch models; otherwise, it's limited to 60Hz. The UP8000 has wider viewing angles and better reflection handling; however, its color gamut and response times aren't as good as the UN8500.

Hisense H8G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense H8G is better than the LG UP8000 for most uses, mainly because it has a significantly higher contrast ratio and full-array local dimming; this means it can display much deeper blacks. It also has a better color gamut and gets a lot brighter in SDR and HDR. However, the LG has better viewing angles, making it more ideal for wide seating areas. Although both TVs score similarly for response time, the Hisense delivers clearer motion because its backlight flickers at a much higher frequency, which causes less image duplication, and has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve clarity.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG UP8000 and the LG GX OLED are very different TVs. The UP8000 is a budget IPS TV, while the GX is a high-end OLED. For the most part, the GX performs better. It delivers better picture quality due to its higher contrast ratio, wider color gamut, and faster response times. It also has a higher refresh rate of 120Hz and VRR support, which the UP8000 lacks. However, the GX is susceptible to permanent burn-in, whereas the UP8000 isn't.

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