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LG UQ8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated Jan 10, 2024 at 09:42 am
Latest change: Retest Feb 13, 2024 at 11:44 am
LG UQ8000 Picture
6.6
Mixed Usage
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7.2
TV Shows
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Sports
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Video Games
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This TV was replaced by the LG UR8000

The LG UQ8000 is an entry-level TV in LG's 2022 lineup. It sits between the LG UQ9000 and the LG UQ7590, and like their other entry-level models, it's limited in extra features. It comes with the same user-friendly LG webOS smart platform and the intuitive Magic Remote, whose point-and-press feature you can use to easily navigate the interface. It's available in several sizes, from 43 to 86 inches, and while most have basic features, the 86-inch version comes with extra gaming perks that the smaller sizes don't have, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR). It's available internationally at several retailers, but in the United States, you can only get it at warehouse retailers like Sam's Club, Costco, and BJ's. It's been replaced in 2023 by the LG UR8000.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The LG UQ8000 is an okay TV for mixed usage. It's best suited for use as a PC monitor or for watching shows in a moderately lit room since it has decent reflection handling but doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare from brighter light sources. It's decent for watching sports thanks to its wide viewing angle, which means you can watch the game with friends, and everyone will get to watch a consistent image. Unfortunately, the TV has a slower response time, so there's noticeable blur and image duplication behind quick-moving objects. It's mediocre for watching movies in dark rooms as blacks look gray, and the TV lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
7.2 TV Shows

The LG UQ8000 is satisfactory for watching TV shows. It has decent reflection handling but doesn't get bright enough to fight a lot of glare, so it's best suited for a moderately-lit room. Its wide viewing angle makes it ideal for wide seating arrangements or if you move around your room while watching TV. It does a good job when upscaling lower-resolution content, and if you stream your shows, it has an excellent smart interface with a ton of apps available to download.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
6.8 Sports

The LG UQ8000 is okay for watching sports. Its wide viewing angle makes it a great choice for watching the game with a large group of friends because the image remains consistent from the sides. It adequately upscales lower-resolution content, which is important if you watch sports from a cable box. Unfortunately, its motion handling is mediocre, as it has image duplications. It isn't ideal for well-lit rooms due to its low peak brightness, and there are noticeable vertical bands when watching sports like hockey that have large uniform areas of the same color.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Image duplication with fast-moving content.
6.2 Video Games

The LG UQ8000 is mediocre for gaming. It has remarkably low input lag that delivers a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it lacks modern gaming features and only has a 60Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you can't take full advantage of the latest gaming consoles. It also has a slower response time, and there's image duplication with fast-moving images that's distracting. Finally, it has a very bad contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Image duplication with fast-moving content.
  • No modern gaming features.
6.3 HDR Movies

The LG UQ8000 is mediocre for watching movies. Since the TV lacks a local dimming feature and has a very bad native contrast ratio, blacks look gray in the dark. It has poor HDR peak brightness and doesn't support a wide color gamut, so highlights don't pop as they should, and colors aren't vibrant with HDR content. The TV also doesn't support the more advanced HDR10+ or Dolby Vision HDR formats, so it can't take full advantage of a lot of HDR content. It does have good low-quality content smoothing, so movies from streaming platforms are mostly free of compression artifacts.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic color accuracy nearly out-of-the-box.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Limited color gamut.
6.6 HDR Gaming

The LG UQ8000 is okay for HDR gaming. It has remarkably low input lag, so there's no delay between your controller inputs and the actions on the screen. Due to its only satisfactory response time, there's blur behind fast movement on screen, and the TV has distracting image duplication. Unfortunately, the TV lacks modern gaming features like VRR support, a high refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you're limited to 60Hz. HDR looks bad on the TV due to its very bad contrast ratio and poor HDR peak brightness, so blacks look gray, and highlights don't stand out.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No modern gaming features.
  • Limited color gamut.
7.2 PC Monitor

The LG UQ8000 is decent for use as a PC monitor. The TV properly displays chroma 4:4:4, so text is clear and easy to read. Its remarkably low input lag and satisfactory response time provide a decently responsive desktop experience, but there's noticeable image duplication when scrolling through documents due to its backlight flicker. The TV has a wide viewing angle, so the edges of the screen remain consistent when you sit close to the screen. It also has decent reflection handling, so it's good for use in a moderately lit room, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight off glare in a brightly lit room. Unfortunately, the TV suffers from some uniformity issues and has noticeable vertical bands when viewing large areas of the same color, which can become distracting with documents and web pages.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Image duplication with fast-moving content.
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 6.8 Sports
  • 6.2 Video Games
  • 6.3 HDR Movies
  • 6.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Jan 10, 2024: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology and to add text about the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Dec 05, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  4. Updated Nov 10, 2023: We bought and tested the LG UQ7590 and added a few comparisons below in the Black Uniformity and Remote sections.
  5. Updated Oct 12, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  6. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We bought and tested the LG UR8000 and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  7. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  8. Updated Aug 01, 2023: Updated our results to clarify that this TV doesn't support VRR from the PS5 or Xbox Series S|X, as it doesn't have a VRR feature.
  9. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  10. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  11. Updated Apr 28, 2023: We've added a mention of the newly-reviewed Samsung CU8000 in the Contrast section of this review.
  12. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  13. Updated Mar 09, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  14. Updated Feb 15, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  15. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  16. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  17. Updated Sep 22, 2022: Review published.
  18. Updated Sep 19, 2022: Early access published.
  19. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  20. Updated Jul 21, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  21. Updated Jul 01, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch LG UQ8000, and the results are also valid for the 43, 55, and 75-inch models because they have the same features and panel type. The 50 and 70-inch models use a different panel type, so they perform differently, while the 86-inch model is a different TV with a higher refresh rate and more gaming features. The model is available internationally, and there's also an LG UQ8100 model in Europe that's the same TV but with a different stand.

In the United States, this model is only available at warehouse retailers like Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's. The model code is the same between each retailer, and there aren't any differences in performance.

Size US Model  UK Model Panel Type Notes
43" 43UQ8000AUB 43UQ80006LB  IPS  
50" 50UQ8000AUB 50UQ80006LB VA  
55" 55UQ8000AUB 55UQ80006LB IPS  
65" 65UQ8000AUB 65UQ80006LB IPS  
70" 70UQ8000AUB  - VA  
75" 75UQ8000AUB  75UQ80006LB IPS  
86"  86UQ8000AUB 86UQ80006LB IPS HDMI 2.1, VRR

Our unit was manufactured in May 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG UQ8000 is a budget-friendly entry-level TV that doesn't offer much against the competition. You can find similarly-priced or cheaper TVs with a better contrast for improved overall picture quality, so there aren't many reasons to buy this TV unless you want the wide viewing angle and you're a fan of the webOS interface.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best 65-inch TVs.

LG UR8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UR8000 is better overall than the LG UQ8000. The UR8000 has a much higher contrast, so blacks are deeper and more uniform if you watch TV in a darker room. This comes at the viewing angle's expense, so if you never watch TV in the dark but have a wide seating arrangement, the UQ8000 is a better choice.

Samsung CU7000/CU7000D
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The LG UQ8000 and the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D are similar TVs, but the LG is a bit better in a few ways. The LG has a wider viewing angle, so it’s the better choice for watching shows or sports in a group setting. The LG also has much better accuracy and does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, which is great if you mainly stream your favorite shows or movies. However, the Samsung has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper than on the LG.

Hisense A6/A65K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense A6/A65K is better than the LG UQ8000. The Hisense has a higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Hisense also looks better in a dark room thanks to its much higher contrast and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper than on the LG. The Hisense gets brighter in HDR, supports a wide color gamut, and has better color volume, so HDR content is more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than on the LG. When it comes to gaming, the Hisense is better due to its VRR support, so you get much less screen-tearing than on the LG. However, the LG has a wider viewing angle, so if you mainly watch TV in a group setting, it’s the better option for that.

Samsung TU690T
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The LG UQ8000 and the Samsung TU690T are better than each other in different ways. The Samsung has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper and more uniform than on the LG. The Samsung also has a faster response time, so there is less blur behind quick moving objects than on the LG. The LG has better low-quality content smoothing, so if you regularly watch your content through streaming, there is less artifacts present than on the Samsung. The LG tracks the PQ EOTF much better, so the image is closer to the creator’s intent than on the Samsung, and the LG is the better option for watching content in a group setting, since it has a much wider viewing angle. The 86-inch version of the LG is significantly better for gaming, as it supports advanced gaming features like VRR and a 120Hz refresh rate.

LG UQ7590 [UQ75, UQ7570]
43" 50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75" 86"

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.

Samsung CU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The LG UQ8000 and Samsung CU8000 are decent TVs with different panel types. The LG uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel with better contrast. The CU8000 has a wider color gamut, but the UQ8000 has a better HDR Native Gradient and much better color accuracy. The LG also uses a traditional RGB subpixel layout (except for on its 50 and 70-inch models), making it better suited as a PC monitor.

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

Although the LG UQ8000 is a lower-end version of the LG UQ9000, it's slightly better overall. The UQ8000 has better accuracy and better motion handling, but besides those differences, both TVs are very similar.

Sony X80K/X80CK
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80K/X80CK is mostly better than the LG UQ8000. The Sony has higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Sony also gets brighter in HDR, supports a wide color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than they do on the LG. However, the LG has better low-quality content smoothing, so low-quality streams are cleaned up better than on the Sony. The LG also has better black uniformity, so blacks look a bit better in a dark room than they do on the Sony.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The LG UQ8000 and the Samsung TU7000 are similar TVs, but the LG is a bit better in a few ways. The LG has a wider viewing angle, so it’s the better choice for watching shows or sports in a group setting. The LG also has much better accuracy and does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, which is great if you mainly stream your favorite shows or movies. However, the Samsung has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper than on the LG.

LG QNED80 2023
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The LG QNED80 2023 is better than the LG UQ8000. The LG QNED80 2023 has a much higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The LG QNED80 2023 also gets brighter in HDR, supports a wide color gamut, and has better color volume, so HDR content is more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than on the UQ8000. The LG QNED80 2023 also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, a faster response time, VRR support, and 4k @ 120Hz, so it’s the better choice to pair with modern gaming consoles.

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

The Samsung AU8000 is better than the LG UQ8000 in most ways. The AU8000 is better at overcoming glare in a bright room due to its higher SDR peak brightness and its better reflection handling. The AU8000 is also better for watching HDR content as it can display a wide color gamut, has better contrast, and has slightly better HDR peak brightness. However, if you regularly watch shows or sports in a group setting, the UQ8000 has a wider viewing angle, so its better for that because the image doesn’t degrade as quick from an angle.

LG UP8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 86"

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.

LG C3 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C3 OLED is better than the LG UQ8000 in every way. The C3 has a much better picture quality due to its perfect contrast and the ability to display much deeper blacks, so it’s the better choice for a dark room. The C3 is significantly better for gaming due to its much faster response time, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and 4k @ 120Hz support. The C3 is also better for watching shows or sports as a group because of its much wider viewing angle. Finally, HDR looks significantly better on the C3 thanks to its wider color gamut, better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the UQ8000.

LG NANO75 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

Although the LG UQ8000 is a lower-end version of the LG NANO75 2022, the two TVs are very similar overall. One difference is the improved reflection handling on the NANO75, and it also has an extra HDMI port, but other than that, the picture quality is nearly identical between each.

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

The LG UP7000 and the LG UQ8000 are both alright entry-level TVs. They each have similar features and performance, so choosing one over the other comes down to whichever you can find for cheaper. The UP7000 is slightly brighter, but it isn't enough to be a significant impact if you're using it in a well-lit room.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG UQ8000 is a simple-looking TV with a design similar to its predecessor, the LG UP8000. It has a plain back and two V-shaped style feet.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

After twelve months on our accelerated longevity test, the brightness of the TV has remained the same, and no new uniformity issues have developed.

Design
Stand

The stand supports the TV very well as there's hardly any wobble. The feet are wide-set, so you'll need a big table to place the TV on. They also lift the screen high enough off the table that placing a soundbar in front won't block it.

Footprint of the 65-inch stand: 46.2" x 10.7" x 3.2" to the bottom of the screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back is basic with smooth plastic. The inputs are set into the TV, so they're hard to reach, especially if you have it wall-mounted. There are hooks that you can use for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The side and top borders are thin, while the bottom border is thicker, but it isn't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.44" (6.2 cm)

The TV is thin but doesn't sit flush against a wall if you use cable management clips. However, you can also remove them if you prefer.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The TV has decent build quality. The stand is very stable, and the TV is well put together. The plastic on the back panel scratches easily, and there's flex around the inputs, but neither is an issue once you place the TV on a table or wall mount, and it doesn't affect the picture quality. Of course, it could feel better with more premium materials like metal, but it's what you can expect for a budget TV.

Picture Quality
1.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
1,110 : 1
Native Contrast
1,110 : 1

Most of the variants of the LG UQ8000 have a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray next to bright objects in dark rooms. However, there are 50 and 70-inch variants with a different panel type with a higher contrast. If you want a comparable budget model with higher contrast, check out the Samsung CU7000 or the 2023 version of this TV, the LG UR8000, instead.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

The TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles during dark scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

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. This means that there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between dimming zones.

4.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

The LG UQ8000 is direct-lit, meaning the LEDs that make up the backlight are located directly behind the screen, but there's no local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

4.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
208 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
159 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
89 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
207 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
295 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
295 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
295 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
206 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
295 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
295 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
295 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
296 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.025

The TV has poor HDR peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to deliver an impactful HDR experience, and without a local dimming feature, small highlights don't pop against the rest of the screen.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Filmmaker
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50

4.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
213 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
166 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
89 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
206 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
294 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
294 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
295 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
295 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
206 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
294 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
294 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
294 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
295 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.025

There's no noticeable difference in brightness when the TV is set to Game Mode.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game Optimizer
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50

8.6
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0081
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0088
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0094

The LG UQ8000 has excellent EOTF tracking. Midtones are a little dimmer than they should be, and blacks are slightly raised, but aside from that, the TV's brightness closely follows the curve and tracks the content creator's intent well. However, with content mastered at 600 and 1000 nits, there's a sharp roll-off at the TV's peak brightness, which is low, meaning there's a loss of detail in most bright scenes. With content mastered at 4000 nits, the roll-off is smoother, so fine details in bright highlights are preserved a bit better.

5.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
234 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
250 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
250 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
250 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
250 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
251 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
250 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
250 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
250 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
250 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
250 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The LG UQ8000 has disappointing SDR peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms. There isn't any variation in brightness between different scenes, though.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Expert (Dark Space, night)
  • Brightness: Max
  • Color Temperature: Warm 50

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
77.83%
DCI P3 uv
82.12%
Rec 2020 xy
55.92%
Rec 2020 uv
59.88%

The TV has an okay color gamut. It doesn't support a wide color gamut, so it can't display all the colors needed for HDR content. The tone mapping is incredibly off when sending a 75% stimulus, which results in a loss of fine details. The tone mapping is much better with a lower 50% stimulus, meaning colors look better in dark scenes.

5.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
33.1%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
16.6%
White Luminance
208 cd/m²
Red Luminance
37 cd/m²
Green Luminance
141 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
14 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
155 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
48 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
190 cd/m²

The TV has disappointing HDR color volume. Due to its low contrast and peak brightness, it can't display bright colors well, and it's limited by its narrow color gamut.

9.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.22
Color dE
0.84
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,941 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

With just a few quick settings changes out-of-the-box, the TV has fantastic accuracy in SDR. The white balance and most colors are nearly perfect, but the color temperature is slightly on the cold side, giving the image a blue tint. Gamma is good overall, but some darker scenes are brighter than they should be.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.30
Color dE
0.63
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,737 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration to the 6500K white point is incredible. It's easy to calibrate as the accuracy was already fantastic.

You can see the full settings for our calibration here.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.491%
50% DSE
0.220%
5% Std. Dev.
0.530%
5% DSE
0.072%

The TV has some issues with vertical bands that can get distracting with large areas of uniform colors, like when you watch sports or use it as a PC monitor.

7.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
1.215%

The TV has decent black uniformity and looks much better than the step-down LG UQ7590. The screen looks blue due to the TV's low contrast, and there's some cloudiness. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve it.

7.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
32°
Color Shift
54°
Brightness Loss
32°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
59°

The LG UQ8000 has a good viewing angle. The image remains consistent when viewed from the sides, which is ideal for wide seating areas. Sadly, this isn't the case with the 50 and 70-inch models because they have a different panel type with a narrower viewing angle.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

The reflection handling is decent. It's fine if you have a few lights around, but combined with its low peak brightness, it isn't ideal to use in bright environments.

7.8
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
4.0
50% Gray to 100% White
10
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
8.0
50% Green to 100% Green
8.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV has very good HDR gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in dark blues, with especially noticeable banding in dark grays. Other color gradients fare better and have minimal or no banding at all.

7.6
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
8.0
Detail Preservation
6.5

The TV has good low-quality content smoothing. There are very little noticeable artifacts present in dark scenes, but unfortunately, it struggles a bit with preserving details, so some finer details are lost.

6.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The TV's upscaling and sharpness processing is okay overall. Fine details are upscaled well for the most part, but hardcoded text is a bit hard to make out. These results are with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 25

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RGB
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS

Most of the variants of this TV use the same panel type with an RGB subpixel layout. However, the 50 and 70-inch models have a different panel with a BGR subpixel layout. This doesn't affect the picture quality but hurts the text clarity when using it as a PC monitor.

Motion
7.0
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.0 ms
100% Response Time
18.4 ms

The LG UQ8000 has a decent overall response time. Unfortunately, the backlight flicker causes noticeable image duplication that negatively impacts the appearance of motion.

4.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz

The TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at all brightness levels and in any picture mode. It always flickers at 120Hz, which causes image duplication.

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 option to introduce backlight flicker, commonly known as black frame insertion. Instead, the backlight always flickers at 120Hz.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The TV has a motion interpolation feature to bring 24 and 30 fps content up to 60 fps. It doesn't look all that good, as artifacts are present even with slow-moving content, and it worsens with fast-moving content.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
23.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Due to the somewhat slow response time, there's minimal stutter with low-frame-rate content.

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

Unlike many 60Hz TVs, the LG UQ8000 can remove 24p judder from any source, including those that output content in 60 fps, like a cable box. It helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
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 + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

The TV doesn't support variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. However, the 86-inch model has a 120Hz panel with VRR support, so it's better suited for gaming.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
118.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
10.3 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
117.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
121.2 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TV has remarkably low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, as long as you're in the Game Optimizer Mode.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Most models of this TV only support signals up to 60Hz due to its limited refresh rate, but the 86-inch version has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a 120Hz refresh rate, so it supports more resolutions. This TV also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any supported resolution, which helps with the appearance of text when using it as a PC monitor.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The LG UQ8000 has limited capabilities with the PS5 due to its HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and 60Hz refresh rate. However, the 86-inch model can take full advantage of it as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The LG UQ8000 has limited capabilities with the Xbox Series X due to its HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and 60Hz refresh rate. However, the 86-inch model can take full advantage of it as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1, 2)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

As mentioned, all the models have HDMI 2.0 bandwidth except for the 86-inch version, which has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and two extra HDMI slots. As it doesn't support either Dolby Vision or HDR10+, all HDR content will be limited to HDR10, regardless of its intended format.

Inputs
Input Photos

The power input is located on the back left side of the TV.

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
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

With only two HDMI ports, you'll need a receiver if you want to connect multiple devices.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

The TV supports eARC, meaning it can pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver or soundbar. It doesn't support DTS or DTS:X, though, which is disappointing as many Blu-rays use this audio format. If you have a Blu-ray player, it's best to connect it directly to your receiver instead of using eARC.

Sound Quality
6.9
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.13 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.23 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.30 dB
Max
87.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.83 dB

The LG UQ8000 has an okay frequency response. It gets fairly loud and has a well-balanced sound profile, but like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass.

6.8
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.150
Weighted THD @ Max
0.503
IMD @ 80
3.53%
IMD @ Max
11.45%

The distortion handling is alright. There isn't much at moderate listening levels, but it gets worse at its max volume.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS webOS
Version 22
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
6 s
Advanced Options
Many

The TV comes with LG's webOS smart platform built-in, which is user-friendly. It's updated compared to previous versions, as it now supports user profiles, meaning you can customize it for different people in your house.

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

Like most TVs, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and 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

The app store has a great selection of additional apps, so you're sure to find your favorite content.

9.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App LG ThinQ

Unlike the cheaper LG UQ7590, the LG UQ8000 comes with the more advanced Magic Remote. You can use its point-and-press feature like a Wii remote, making it easier to navigate through the menu. Its built-in mic allows you to ask it to open apps, search for content, and switch inputs, but you can't change certain settings like the brightness. It also supports NFC, so you can tap your phone against the remote to cast content to the TV.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV. You can turn the power on and off, adjust the volume, switch inputs, and change channels with it.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cord
  • Cable tie
  • Cable management clips
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 57 W
Power Consumption (Max) 126 W
Firmware 3.11.65