LG Nano81 Review

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The LG Nano81 is a decent entry-level choice for watching sports, TV shows, and movies at a 4K resolution with friends and or family. It also has great color accuracy once calibrated, but low contrast ratio, terrible local dimming, and an inadequate contrast ratio.

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The LG Nano81, released in 2021, is LG’s entry-level option among its NanoCell TVs for mixed usage. LG attempts at creating an impressive HDR experience through its NanoCell technology, banking on better contrast and color accuracy. With its quad core processor 4K content isn’t only meant to look good at native 4K resolution, but also upscaled. Gamers aren’t left out either, thanks to a very low input lag and decent response time. Games respond well and transition smoothly. Get the scoop on what experts think by reading our LG Nano81 review, then see if today’s top-rated TVs are more your speed.


our Verdict

The LG Nano81 is a great pick for watching sports, TV shows, and movies with friends in 4K. It’s also great for casual gaming, with a low input lag and fast response time. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, poor black level performance, and a bad local dimming feature. But, with a bit of calibration, you’ll get great color accuracy.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Very low input lag
  • Good viewing angles
  • Great color accuracy

Reason to Avoid

  • Subpar HDR performance
  • Terrible local dimming
  • Lacks support for Dolby Vision

LG Nano81 Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeEdge
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDR FormatHDR10
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeIPS
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformwebOS
Sync TechnologySync Technologyn/a

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)81.51
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)89.92
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)59.2
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)67.28
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)1,313
SDR Brightness (nits)272
HDR Brightness (nits)539
Input Lag (ms)10.6
Response Time (ms)16.9
Color Washout (Degrees)32
Color Shift (Degrees)55
Brightness Loss (Degrees)34
Reflections (%)2.4
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)113.14
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db2.02
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db3.18
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.239
Intermodulation Distortion @80db4.61
EOTF (600 nit delta)0
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0

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  • Rtings

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    The LG NANO81 is a decent TV for most uses. With its IPS panel, it’s… Read More


    Ryan Scartozzi
  • TVFindr

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    The NANO81 is a well designed television that delivers a good picture quality – especially… Read More


    Nick Pino
  • Techradar

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    The LG Nano 81 is a step up from the company’s UHD TVs, but by… Read More



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