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LG UQ8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.8
Reviewed Sep 22, 2022 at 11:00 am
LG UQ8000 Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
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6.3
Movies
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7.6
TV Shows
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7.1
Sports
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6.7
Video Games
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5.8
HDR Movies
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6.9
HDR Gaming
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7.9
PC Monitor
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Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The LG UQ8000 is an entry-level TV in LG's 2022 lineup. It sits between the LG UQ9000 and the LG UQ75, 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.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The LG UQ80 is okay for most uses. It's good for use in rooms with a few lights around while watching TV shows or using it as a PC monitor as it has decent reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It's also decent for watching sports thanks to its wide viewing angle, but its motion handling isn't special, as there's image duplication. Unfortunately, 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
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
6.3 Movies

The LG UQ8000 is mediocre for watching movies in dark rooms. It has a low native contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark and doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. Luckily, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, which is ideal for watching DVDs and Blu-rays, and it removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Lack of local dimming feature.
  • Some uniformity issues.
7.6 TV Shows

The LG UQ80 is good for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. It has decent reflection handling if you have a few minor light sources around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It also has a wide viewing angle, making it ideal for wide seating areas as everyone will see the same image. It doesn't have issues 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
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
7.1 Sports

The LG UQ8000 is decent 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 upscales lower-resolution content without issues, which is important if you watch sports from a cable box. Unfortunately, its motion handling is mediocre as it has image duplications, and it isn't ideal for well-lit rooms due to its low peak brightness.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Image duplication with fast-moving content.
6.7 Video Games

The LG UQ80 is alright for gaming. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience; however, it's limited in features. It has a low 60Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you can't take full advantage of the latest gaming consoles. It also has image duplication with fast-moving content that can get distracting. Lastly, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Lack of local dimming feature.
  • Image duplication with fast-moving content.
  • No extra gaming features.
5.8 HDR Movies

The LG UQ8000 is disappointing for watching HDR movies. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it either. Highlights don't pop as it has low contrast, and colors don't look vivid for an impactful HDR experience. It doesn't support the HDR10+ or Dolby Vision HDR formats, so it can't take full advantage of most HDR content.

Pros
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Lack of local dimming feature.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Limited color gamut.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The LG UQ8000 is okay for HDR gaming. It offers a responsive gaming experience due to its low input lag, but it doesn't have extra gaming perks like a high refresh rate or variable refresh rate support. HDR looks bad on it due to its low contrast ratio and poor HDR peak brightness, so blacks look gray and highlights don't stand out.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Lack of local dimming feature.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No extra gaming features.
  • Limited color gamut.
7.9 PC Monitor

The LG UQ8000 is very good for use as a PC monitor. Its low input lag provides a responsive desktop feel, but you'll notice image duplication when scrolling through documents due to its backlight flicker. Its wide viewing angle is good if you sit close as the edges of the screen remain consistent. It also has decent reflection handling for rooms with a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Image duplication with fast-moving content.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.1 Sports
  • 6.7 Video Games
  • 5.8 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 22, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 19, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

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

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 it doesn't sit flush against a wall if you use the cable management clips. However, you can also remove them if you prefer.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG UQ8000 has decent 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 are 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 should expect for a budget TV.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,162 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

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 that has a higher contrast.

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. Luckily, there isn't any variation in brightness between different scenes though.

These results are from after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark Space, Night)' Picture Mode with the Panel Brightness at its max and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50'. If you don't care about image accuracy and want the brightest image possible, use the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with the Panel Brightness and Contrast at their max, Auto Dynamic Contrast on 'High, and Color Temperature on 'Cool 50'. It results in a brightness of 344 cd/m² in the 10% window.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

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.

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

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 LG UQ80 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 results are in the 'FILMMAKER MODE' with the Panel Brightness and Contrast at their max, and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50'. The FILMMAKER MODE limits a few settings, so if that bothers you, 'Cinema' is a good alternative, but it's less accurate on this TV.

If you care about peak brightness, you can reach a peak of 331 cd/m² in the 10% window using the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with the Auto Dynamic Contrast on 'High' and Color Temperature on 'Cool 50'. However, this makes the image less accurate.

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

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is the same as outside of it. It was tested using the same settings, except with Picture Mode set to 'Game Optimizer'.

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 as shadows appear at their correct brightness. However, there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, which is low, meaning there's a loss of detail in most bright scenes. If you want to make the image appear brighter, use the same settings as the HDR Brightness test but with Auto Dynamic Contrast on 'High' and Color Tone set to 'Cool 5'. Some shadows appear brighter, as you can see in this EOTF but it doesn't change the peak luminosity.

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 LG UQ80 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
Native Std. Dev.
1.215%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The LG UQ80 has decent black uniformity. You can see the banding even here and the screen looks blue due to the low contrast. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve it. Keep in mind that the 50 and 70-inch models have a different panel with better black uniformity.

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 viewing 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.

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.

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

The LG UQ80 has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy in SDR. Most colors and the white balance 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.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like from SD cable channels and DVDs, looks great.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The LG UQ8000 doesn't have any issues upscaling 720p content, like from HD cable channels.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content from Blu-rays looks fantastic without any noticeable problems.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The LG UQ80 displays native 4k content perfectly, and there isn't any dithering.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The LG UQ8000 is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RGB

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.

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 LG UQ80 has an okay color gamut. It can't display all the colors needed for HDR content. The tone mapping is incredibly off when sending a 75% stimulus, as you can see above, resulting in a loss of fine details. It's because the TV's peak brightness is low, so it's trying to compensate for it with tone mapping. 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 LG UQ8000 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 incomplete color gamut.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.117
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.124
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.097
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.102

The gradient handling is great. It's fine with brighter shades, but there's more banding in darker shades, particularly with red and green. It has a Smooth Gradation feature to try to improve the gradient handling in real content, but it also causes a loss of fine details in high-quality content.

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%

The LG UQ80 doesn't show any signs of temporary image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image.

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

The LG UQ8000 has a decent overall response time, but motion doesn't look the best because the backlight flicker causes image duplication.

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

The LG UQ80 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.

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

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 LG UQ80 has a motion interpolation feature to bring 24 and 30 fps content up to 60 fps. It doesn't look all that good as there's artifacting even with slow-moving content, and there's more 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 Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The LG UQ80 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 LG UQ80 has low input lag for a responsive gaming feel, as long as you're in Game Mode.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
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 the LG UQ80 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
Yes

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
Yes

The LG UQ80 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, no matter 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
SD/SDHC 0

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

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

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. Like most TVs, it gets fairly loud and has a well-balanced sound profile, but 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

The LG UQ8000 comes with their well-known 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

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 too, 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

If you come across a different type of panel or your LG UQ8000 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

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.

Also see our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best 65-inch TVs.

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.

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.

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 NANO75 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 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.

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