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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
The LG UP8000 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos are provided for reference only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reflection handling is good, but it struggles a bit with direct reflections, so it isn't ideal to place the TV opposite bright lights.
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.
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.
The LG UP8000 upscales 720p content like from cable TV with no visible artifacts.
1080p content, like from Blu-rays, is upscaled well and looks nearly as good as native 4k.
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.
The LG UP80 has a poor color volume due to its limited color gamut, poor contrast, and low HDR brightness.
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.
There's no image retention on this TV; however, this may vary between units.
Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as the IPS panel in our long-term test is immune.
The LG 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.
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.
There's no optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The backlight always flickers at 120Hz.
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.
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.
Like the LG UN8500, this TV can remove judder from all sources, rare for a 60Hz TV. To remove judder, enable Cinema Screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LG advertises HDMI 2.1 support on their website, but it appears that 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.
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. Note that 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.
There are ads and suggested content on the home screen and within the app store. There's no way to disable them.
LG's apps store has a lot of apps available, and they run smoothly for the most part.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.