The LG UQ7590 is an entry-level TV released in 2022. It's powered by LG's α5 Gen5 AI Processor image processor, which is a bit older and less powerful than more recent LG releases. As an entry-level model, it has a very limited feature set, and you won't find any advanced gaming features like VRR or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's available in an incredibly wide range of sizes, from a small 43-inch bedroom or office TV to a massive 86-inch model.
The LG UQ75 is a mediocre TV overall. It's best suited for watching shows or sports in a moderately-lit room, as it doesn't look very good in a dark room and it's not bright enough to overcome glare. It's not a good choice for dark-room viewing, whether you're gaming or watching movies, as it has a terrible contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and no local dimming. It's also disappointing for gaming in general as it lacks advanced gaming features like VRR and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It supports HDR, but sadly, this adds almost nothing, as it can't display a wide color gamut, and it's not bright enough to bring out specular highlights.
The LG UQ75 is just okay for watching shows during the day. It's not bright enough to overcome any amount of glare, so it's best used with the blinds closed or in a moderately lit room. On the other hand, it has a wide viewing angle, so you can move around the room with the TV on and see a consistent image. The built-in smart interface has a great selection of streaming apps, so you can easily find your favorite shows, but the interface is a bit sluggish, and the TV doesn't support any advanced smart features like voice control.
The LG UQ75 is mediocre for watching sports during the day. It's not bright enough to handle any amount of glare in a bright room, so it's best used in a moderately lit or dim room. It also has a slow response time, so motion is blurry, and it's hard to make out the action. On the other hand, there's relatively little dirty screen effect in the center, and with its wide viewing angle, you can comfortably watch the big game with a large group of friends without having to fight over the best seat in the house.
The LG UQ7570 delivers a disappointing gaming experience. It has incredibly low input lag, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience, but that's all it has going for it. It has a slow response time, so motion is blurry, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like VRR or 120Hz gaming. It has a wide viewing angle, making it a good choice for party games with a large group of friends, but it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, and it looks bad in a dark room.
The LG UQ75 delivers a sub-par movie-watching experience in a dark room. It has a terrible contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and no local dimming, so dark scenes look bad. It can't display a wide color gamut, either, and it's not very bright, so HDR content generally looks dull, flat, and lifeless. On the other hand, it can remove judder from any source, and thanks to its slow response time, there's very little stutter.
The LG UQ75 delivers a disappointing gaming experience in SDR, and HDR adds almost nothing overall. It has low input lag, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience, but that's about it. It doesn't support any advanced gaming features like VRR, and it's limited to a fixed 60Hz refresh rate. HDR adds essentially nothing to this TV, as it has low contrast, low peak brightness, and can't display a wide color gamut, so HDR looks no different from SDR, and bright highlights don't stand out.
The LG UQ75 is alright for use as a PC monitor. Chroma 4:4:4 and RGB signals are displayed properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you sit close to the screen, as the sides remain uniform. Speaking of uniformity, there's relatively little dirty screen effect in the center where it's most noticeable, but the corners are darker. Finally, it has very low input lag, ensuring a responsive desktop experience, but with its slow response time, motion is blurry and doesn't feel very smooth.
We bought and tested the 65-inch LG UQ7570PUJ, and the results are valid for the 43, 55, and 75-inch versions. The 50-inch and 70-inch versions use a VA-type panel, which has much better contrast but a worse viewing angle. The 86-inch model uses a different panel with a 120Hz native refresh rate and VRR support. It has three HDMI ports, two of which are HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. This TV is also sold as the LG UQ7590; the only difference is the stand design and the finish of the plastic frame. The UQ7570 has a glossy finish, whereas the UQ7590 has a matte finish.
The three letters at the end of the model code (PUJ in this case) vary between regions and retailers, but there's no difference in performance.
|Size||Panel||North America||Stand Variant||Short Model Code||Refresh Rate||VRR Support||HDMI 2.1 ports|
Our unit was manufactured in September 2023; you can see the label here.
The LG UQ75 is a disappointing TV overall, with very few additional features and disappointing picture quality, and you shouldn't buy it. There are much better options available from competing budget brands that deliver better picture quality for about the same price, like the TCL S4/S450G or the Hisense A6/A65K.
The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D is much better than the LG UQ7590. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, making it a significantly better choice for a dark room, as dark scenes look much better. The Samsung also gets brighter, so it can handle glare a bit better if you're in a room with lots of windows or bright lights.
The LG UR8000 is a much better TV than the LG UQ7590. The UR8000 has a much higher contrast ratio and significantly better black uniformity, so it's a better choice for a dark room, as dark scenes and shadow details look better. The UR8000 is also a better choice for a moderately lit or bright room, as it's a lot brighter and can better overcome glare.
The Samsung TU690T is much better than the LG UQ7590. The Samsung looks significantly better in a dark room thanks to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, resulting in deeper blacks and less cloudiness in dark scenes. The Samsung is also better for gaming thanks to its much faster response time, resulting in smoother motion with less blur behind fast-moving objects.
The LG UQ8000 is better than the LG UQ7590, but the differences are minor. The UQ8000 delivers slightly better picture quality overall, with better black uniformity, higher peak brightness, and better image processing, resulting in less banding in gradients. The UQ8000 also delivers a better gaming experience thanks to its faster response time.
The Hisense A6/A65K is significantly better than the LG UQ7590. The Hisense looks much better in any viewing environment. Dark scenes look better thanks to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity. The Hisense can handle a lot more glare in a bright room thanks to its higher peak brightness. The Hisense also offers a significantly better gaming experience thanks to its faster response time and the inclusion of gaming features like VRR.
The LG UQ75 looks okay overall for a budget TV. It has thin bezels on all three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. Although it doesn't look as good as LG's premium TVs and OLEDs, it's still not bad for the price.
The V-shaped feet support the TV well, but they take up a lot of space, so you'll need a large cabinet for the larger TV sizes. The stand lifts the display about 3.1" above the table, so there's plenty of room to place a soundbar in front without blocking the screen.
Footprint of the 65-inch model: 49.2" x 11.9".
The back of the TV is very plain. The inputs are housed in a central electronics box that sticks out from the panel, and they're easy to access. Sadly, there's no cable management at all.
The LG UQ75 Series has decent build quality overall. It's made of a mix of plastic and metal panels, with no significant issues in its assembly. Like most TVs, there's some flex to the back panels, but this isn't an issue. There are some noticeable black spots and pinching along the top of the screen; these issues are especially noticeable in dark scenes.
Unfortunately, this TV has a terrible contrast ratio. Blacks are raised when any bright highlights are visible on the screen, causing shadow details to appear washed out. There's also no local dimming feature to improve it.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles in dark scenes, but the entire screen looks washed out when bright highlights are on the screen.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so it can't adjust the backlight of individual zones to brighten up highlights without impacting the rest of the image. But this means that there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between zones.
Switching to Game Mode makes no noticeable difference in dark scene performance, as shadows still look washed out.
Unfortunately, the LG UQ75 TV has poor peak brightness in HDR. Bright scenes look flat and dim, and since it lacks a local dimming feature, bright specular highlights don't stand out at all.
These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:
Switching to Game Mode causes no noticeable change to the TV's peak brightness. Overall peak brightness is still too low for an impactful HDR gaming experience.
These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:
The PQ EOTF tracking on this TV is good overall, but there are a few noticeable issues. Shadow details are raised considerably, as the TV can't display true blacks due to its very low contrast ratio and lack of a local dimming feature. Midtones are displayed well, but they're a bit too dim, and there's a sharp cutoff at the TV's peak brightness with content mastered at 600 or 1,000 cd/m². Content mastered at 4,000 cd/m² has a much more gradual curve, preserving fine details but limiting the TV's peak brightness, so midtones are considerably darker than at lower mastering levels.
The LG UQ75 has poor peak brightness in SDR. It's not a good choice for a bright room as it's not bright enough to overcome glare.
These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:
The color gamut of this TV is just okay. It can't display a wide color gamut, so HDR content looks washed out and dull overall. The tone mapping is also bad throughout when sent a 75% stimulus, which corresponds to content mastered at 1,000 nits, so most HDR content isn't displayed accurately and looks extremely dull and muted. The tone mapping is much better with content mastered at a lower stimulus level, but the overall color gamut is the same:
This TV has poor color volume. It can't display bright colors at all due to its low peak brightness and small color gamut. Dark saturated colors don't fare any better due to the low contrast ratio and lack of a local dimming feature.
Surprisingly, the LG UQ75 has great accuracy in SDR even without calibrating it. The white balance is decent overall, with no noticeable issues in bright shades, but there's a bit too much blue in darker shades of gray. Color accuracy is excellent for the most part, with no noticeable issues, and gamma is close to the 2.2 target on average. The overall color temperature is a bit warm, but it's not bad.
The TV is easy to calibrate, and the results after calibration are fantastic. It wasn't possible to fully correct gamma, but the remaining issues aren't noticeable.
You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.
The gray uniformity is just decent. There's relatively little dirty screen effect in the center, which is great, but the corners and sides of the screen are worse. The bottom right corner is especially bad, but the other corners are also noticeably darker than the center.
Unfortunately, the black uniformity of this TV is poor. There's significant clouding throughout the screen, and even though LG advertises it to be direct-lit, there are signs of backlight bleed along the top edge. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve the black uniformity.
The viewing angle is very good. This is a great TV for use in a wide seating arrangement, as you can move around with the TV on and still enjoy a consistent image from the sides. There's very little color shift or washout from the sides, but the brightness fades at a moderate angle, so people sitting to the sides see a faded image compared to those sitting in front.
The reflection handling of the LG UQ75 is just decent. The semi-gloss coating doesn't do much to reduce the intensity of direct reflections.
The LG UQ75 has just alright gradient handling in HDR. There's noticeable banding in all darker shades, and green is especially bad, even in bright shades.
The smoothing algorithms on this TV do a good job overall. It's great at smoothing out macro-blocking and pixelization when streaming from low-quality sources, but it doesn't preserve details very well, and there's some loss of fine details.
The LG UQ75 has just alright sharpness processing. Upscaled content looks a bit blurry, text isn't sharp, and small details are lost. These results are with the following settings:
The TV has an RGB sub-pixel layout, which helps with text clarity when using it as a PC monitor. You can read more about text clarity here.
The LG UQ75 has a slow response time, resulting in a long blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Shadow details look even worse, but even bright details are blurry. There's also a noticeable double-image caused by the TV's low fixed-frequency backlight flicker.
Unfortunately, this TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, and it flickers at a low frequency, causing noticeable image duplication. At max brightness, the flicker isn't nearly as noticeable, as instead of a full square wave with equal on/off cycles, the brightness only dips down briefly at 120Hz. If you're sensitive to flicker, this will still bother you, but it reduces image duplication.
This TV doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, also known as BFI. Instead, the backlight always flickers at 120Hz, which helps reduce persistence blur but introduces severe image duplication below max brightness.
There's an optional motion interpolation feature on this TV, but it's limited and not very effective overall. It struggles even in slow-panning scenes, and there are significant motion artifacts even in simple scenes.
This TV's slow response time helps with stutter, as there's very little of it when watching low frame rate content.
This TV can remove judder from any source. 24p sources like a Blu-ray player or streaming box with a 'Match Frame Rate' feature work perfectly as long as you have Real Cinema enabled. 60p sources, on the other hand, are only judder-free if you enable motion interpolation and set De-Judder to '10'.
Unfortunately, this TV is locked to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any VRR features to reduce tearing.
This TV has incredibly low input lag, resulting in an extremely responsive gaming experience.
The LG UQ75 supports most common resolutions, but it's limited to 60Hz on all of them. Chroma 4:4:4 or RGB signals are displayed properly on all supported modes, which is necessary for clear text from a PC.
This TV can't take full advantage of the PS5, as it lacks high-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like VRR.
This TV can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X, as it lacks high-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like VRR.
This TV doesn't support any advanced HDR formats like Dolby Vision or HDR10+, so you're limited to the standard HDR10 format. It also only has two HDMI inputs, which is very limiting.
This TV supports eARC to pass uncompressed audio formats from a connected player to your home audio system or a soundbar. Unfortunately, unlike higher-end 2023 LG models, it doesn't support any DTS formats, which are often used for the main audio track on physical media like Blu-rays. This means that you'll need to connect your player directly to your home theater system for the best audio instead of using ARC or eARC.
Unfortunately, the frequency response on this TV is poor. Although most TVs don't produce much bass, it's even worse on this TV, and the low-frequency extension (LFE) is very high. Above the LFE, the frequency response is well balanced up until the mid-treble range, so most dialogue is clear and easy to understand. It doesn't get very loud, though, and there's noticeable compression at max volume.
The speakers on the LG UQ75 produce very little distortion, especially at moderate volume levels. It increases a bit at max volume, but it's decent overall.
The LG UQ75 runs the 2022 version of LG's webOS smart interface, but it's quite a bit slower than most TVs on the market.
Like most TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and you can't fully disable them. You can limit ad tracking and remove ads from the home screen using the 'Home Promotion' setting in the 'Home Settings' menu, but this doesn't remove ads completely.
The built-in webOS smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps.
This TV comes with LG's classic remote with lots of buttons instead of the point-and-click Magic Remote found on higher-end models. It's compatible with the Magic Remote, so you can buy one separately and use it.
There's a single button centrally located at the bottom of the TV. You can turn the TV on or off with the button, change inputs or channels, and control the volume.