The LG UP8000 is an entry-level 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 type of panel has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for a wide seating arrangement, but it's not a good choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and no local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, so it struggles to combat intense glare, and it's certainly not bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience. It can't display a wide color gamut, either, so vivid colors appear dull and muted in some HDR content. It has a good response time, so motion in sports or games looks clear; 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 any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
The LG UP8000 is an okay TV overall. It's best suited for a wide seating arrangement in a moderately-lit room because it has wide viewing angles but low contrast. 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 variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, it's mediocre for watching movies in a dark room 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.
The LG UP8000 is mediocre for watching movies in a dark room. It has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity, so blacks look gray in a dark room, and there's no local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. 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.
The LG UP8000 is good for watching TV shows in a bright room. 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.
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, or if you have a wide seating arrangement. While its reflection handling is good, it doesn't get very bright, so it can't overcome glare in bright rooms. It has a good response time, but its 120Hz backlight flicker can cause image duplication. It has decent gray uniformity, but there's a bit of dirty screen effect, distracting when watching sports.
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 it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's not the best for gaming in the dark because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray and doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. It's also not ideal for well-lit rooms because it doesn't get very bright.
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, so vivid colors look dull and muted, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop the way the content creator intended. On the upside, it can remove judder from any source.
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 it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate. As for HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright, so colors look dull and muted and highlights don't pop the way the content creator intended. It has a low contrast ratio and lacks local dimming, resulting in blacks that look gray in the dark.
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 chroma 4:4:4 properly, which helps with text clarity. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains uniform at the sides when sitting up close. It handles reflections well, but it doesn't get very bright, so it can't overcome glare in bright rooms.
We tested the 65 inch LG 65UP8000PUA. It's also available in a 43, 50, 55, 60, 70, 75, 82, and 86 inch size. The 50, 60, and 70 inch models have a VA panel, and the larger 82 and 86 inch sizes, known as the LG UP8770, have a native 120Hz refresh rate and support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so they perform a bit differently from the 43, 55, 65, and 75 inch variants that use ADS (IPS family) panels.
|Size||US Model||Panel Type||Refresh Rate||HDMI Bandwidth|
|43"||43UP8000PUA||ADS (IPS family)||60Hz||2.0|
|55"||55UP8000PUA||ADS (IPS family)||60Hz||2.0|
|65"||65UP8000PUA||ADS (IPS family)||60Hz||2.0|
|75"||75UP8070PUA||ADS (IPS family)||60Hz||2.0|
|82"||82UP8770PUA||ADS (IPS family)||120Hz||2.1|
|86"||86UP8770PUA||ADS (IPS family)||120Hz||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.
Our unit was manufactured in March 2021; you can see the label here.
The LG UP8000 is an okay budget TV. It's best suited for watching TV shows or use as a PC monitor. Even then, it's not very versatile, as it can't overcome glare in a bright room, and it looks bad in a dark room.
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The LG UQ8000 is a newer version of the LG UP8000 and shares many of the same characteristics. The UQ8000 slightly improves in a few areas, like the color accuracy, but it's worse in others, like the motion handling and gradient handling. The UP8000 also has an extra HDMI input, which is ideal if you have multiple devices.
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.
The LG UP8000 is better than the LG UQ9000, but the differences are pretty minor. Motion looks smoother and clearer on the UP8000 thanks to its faster response time, so it's better for gaming or watching sports.
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 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.
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.
The LG UP8000 is a bit better than the LG NANO75 2021. The UP8000 is a bit brighter, and it can remove judder from 60p/i sources, like a cable box. Other than that, these two TVs are nearly identical, and any measured differences between them can be attributed to panel variance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The LG UP8000 has a sub-par contrast ratio, which is typical for an ADS (IPS family) panel. Blacks look gray in a dark room, and sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. The 50 inch, 60 inch, and 70 inch models have a VA panel and much better contrast, so those sizes are a better choice for watching movies in a dark room.
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.
These measurements are 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'. Those settings increase the brightness a bit, with a peak brightness of 346 cd/m² in the 10% window .
The LG UP8000 uses direct LED backlighting as opposed to edge-lit, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.
There's no local dimming feature on this TV. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.
The LG UP8000 has poor HDR brightness, in the same ballpark as the LG UN8500 and LG UN7300. It's nowhere near bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content, and there's some frame dimming in the 2% windows, which means that small objects in dark scenes appear dimmer. It's not very accurate, either, as most scenes are darker than the content creator intended. 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 the peak brightness of the TV is the same.
These measurements are in the 'Cinema' Picture Mode with Panel Brightness and Contrast at max.
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.
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 causes a loss of fine details in high-quality content like UHD Blu-rays.
The LG UP8000 has decent gray uniformity overall. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, but this isn't noticeable with real content. Sadly, there's significant dirty screen effect in the center of the screen, which can be distracting when watching sports or if you're using it as a PC monitor, and there are large vertical bands across the screen. Note that the exact gray uniformity pattern can vary between individual units to the manufacturing processes, but the overall experience is consistent between units.
The LG UP8000 has a very good viewing angle, making it a great choice for a wide seating arrangement. Although the image appears darker as you move off-center, the color accuracy and hue remain accurate even at wide angles. Overall, it's slightly better than many newer models, including the LG UQ9000. The 50, 60, and 70 inch models have worse viewing angles, as they use VA panels.
The LG UP8000 has good reflection handling overall, with a semi-gloss finish that reduces the intensity of direct reflections. Sadly, it's not bright enough to overcome glare, so it's not recommended for a bright room.
The LG UP8000 has decent accuracy out of the box. Most colors are only slightly inaccurate, but the white balance is visibly off in brighter shades of gray. The color temperature is very much on the cool side, giving everything a bluish tint. Gamma doesn't follow the 2.2 target very well, and most scenes are too dark. If you care about out-of-the-box accuracy, check out this TV's successor, the LG UQ8000.
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 the 6500K calibration target, but it's still on the cold side, so there's still a slight bluish tint.
You can see our recommended settings here.
This TV uses an ADS panel that performs similarly to an IPS panel. The RGB subpixel layout helps ensure text from a PC is clear and easy to read. The 50, 60, and 70 inch models use VA panels, which likely have BGR subpixel layouts, which causes text clarity issues when used as a PC monitor.
The LG UP80 has a poor color volume due to its limited color gamut, poor contrast, and low HDR brightness. It can't display dark saturated colors very well, and colors aren't as bright as pure white.
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 UP8000 has good response times overall, much better than the newer LG UQ9000, but it's 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. The 82 and 86 inch LG UP8770 has a 120Hz panel and likely has a faster response time.
This TV doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). The backlight always flickers at 120Hz, which reduces the appearance of persistence blur, but bothers some people.
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'. 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.
The LG UP8000's relatively fast response times cause low frame rate content, like movies, to stutter a bit. If it bothers you, enabling motion interpolation reduces stutter but introduces other motion artifacts.
Like the LG UN8500, this TV can remove judder from all sources, which is rare for a 60Hz TV. This ensures a clear, jitter-free image when watching low frame rate content like movies.
The LG UP8000 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming. The 82 inch and 86 inch model, the LG UP8770, have a 120Hz refresh rate.
The LG UP8000 has incredibly low input lag as long as you're in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode. The Prevent Input Delay setting in the Game Optimizer menu is supposed to further decrease input lag, but it's only available on the 82 and 86 inch models.
The LG UP8000 can display most common resolutions at 60Hz, but you have to force 1440p through a custom resolution on a PC. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 in all supported resolutions, which is necessary for clear text from a PC, but you need to label the input in use as 'PC'.
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; however, it skips frames. The TV is advertised to have Dolby Vision support for the Xbox, but only 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 only available on the 82 and 86 inch LG UP8770.
LG advertises HDMI 2.1 support on their website, but it appears it's only available on the 82 and 86 inch models.
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. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS, which is disappointing, as many UHD Blu-rays use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.
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.
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. The amount of distortion present depends on the content, and some people may not hear it.
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.
Like other 2021 LG TVs, there's a slightly redesigned remote. 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.