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LG UP8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Feb 18, 2022 at 12:44 pm
LG UP8000 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.0
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.7
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.6
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
5.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.7
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO90 2021
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This TV was replaced by the LG UQ8000
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

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.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Good response time.
  • Excellent smart interface.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • Can't overcome intense glare.
6.0 Movies

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.

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 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.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Excellent smart interface.
  • Upscales low resolution content without any artifacts.
Cons
  • Can't 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, 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.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Good response time.
  • Upscales low resolution content without any artifacts.
Cons
  • Can't overcome intense glare.
  • Struggles with direct reflections.
6.6 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 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.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Good response time.
  • Supports Auto Low Latency Mode.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • No variable refresh rate 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, 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.

Pros
  • Removes judder from all sources.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • 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 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.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Good response time.
  • Supports Auto Low Latency Mode.
Cons
  • Sub-par contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • No variable refresh rate support.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • 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 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.

Pros
  • Good viewing angles.
  • Low input lag.
  • Good response time.
  • Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly.
Cons
  • Can't overcome intense glare.
  • Struggles with direct reflections.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Movies
  • 7.7 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 6.6 Video Games
  • 5.6 HDR Movies
  • 6.7 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Apr 28, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 23, 2021: Early access published.

Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
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 inch 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

The 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, 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.

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.

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 .

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Unfortunately, the LG UP8000 has mediocre black uniformity. The entire screen is blue due to the low contrast ratio, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve this.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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. 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.

6.9
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 has limited coverage of the DCI P3 and Rec. 2020 color spaces used by HDR content. This results in dull and muted colors in some HDR content.

5.4
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. It can't display dark saturated colors very well, and colors aren't as bright as pure white.

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 causes a loss of fine details in high-quality content like UHD Blu-rays.

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 are no signs of temporary image retention on this TV.

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 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.

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, causing it to flicker at 120Hz at all brightness levels. This causes a double image when watching 60fps content and can cause headaches and eye strain in people sensitive to flicker.

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 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.

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'. 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.

7.5
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 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.

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, which is rare for a 60Hz TV. This ensures a clear, jitter-free image when watching low frame rate content like movies.

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 model, the LG UP8770, have a 120Hz refresh rate.

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 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.

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 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'.

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; 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.

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 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. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS, which is disappointing, as many UHD Blu-rays use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.

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. 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 many 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, 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.

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. 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
50" 50UP8000PUA VA 60Hz 2.0
55" 55UP8000PUA ADS (IPS family) 60Hz 2.0
60" 60UP8000PUA VA 60Hz 2.0
65" 65UP8000PUA ADS (IPS family) 60Hz 2.0
70" 70UP8070PUA VA 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.

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. 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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

LG UQ9000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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