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LG UP7000 Review

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The LG UP7000 is an excellent TV for most use-cases, thanks to its wide viewing angles, fantastic upscaling, and superb reflection handling. However, it is somewhat held back because of its lack of HDMI 2.1 and VRR.

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our Verdict

Most vetted reviewers reported the LG UP7000 to be an excellent budget 4K TV. Their testing revealed that it has wide viewing angles, great upscaling, splendid color accuracy after calibration, and superb reflection handling. But, it is somewhat held back because of its lack of HDMI 2.1 and VRR. PICTURE QUALITY Resolution 4KOur pool of trusted reviewers loved the fact that the LG UP7000 features a real 4K display for native 4K UHD resolution. In addition, this ultra-high-definition TV also sports LG’s Quad-Core Processor 4K for excellent upscaling.ColorThanks to the IPS panel, after calibrating the LG UP7000, RTings saw excellent color accuracy.However,…

Most vetted reviewers reported the LG UP7000 to be an excellent budget 4K TV. Their testing revealed that it has wide viewing angles, great upscaling, splendid color accuracy after calibration, and superb reflection handling. But, it is somewhat held back because of its lack of HDMI 2.1 and VRR.

PICTURE QUALITY

Resolution 4K

  • Our pool of trusted reviewers loved the fact that the LG UP7000 features a real 4K display for native 4K UHD resolution. In addition, this ultra-high-definition TV also sports LG’s Quad-Core Processor 4K for excellent upscaling.

Color

  • Thanks to the IPS panel, after calibrating the LG UP7000, RTings saw excellent color accuracy.
    • However, they also noted the absence of a wide color gamut on this LG UHD TV, which is bad for achieving a high dynamic range.

Black

  • Veteran experts hated the inadequate black levels of the LG UP7000. They found the screen uniformity to be extremely poor, as it is full of clouding and backlight bleed. Just like the higher-end LG UP8000, it performs much worse in this category compared to OLEDs and VA TVs.

Brightness

  • The LG UP7000 does not come with very high peak brightness, similar to the LG UN8500. Testers were only able to measure a peak of 350 nits in a 10% window, which is way below the 1000 nits point most HDR media are mastered at. And despite the excellent reflection diffusion, they found that it doesn’t get bright enough to combat glare in bright rooms effectively.

Contrast

  • Critics weren’t pleased with the native contrast ratio of the LG UP7000’s awful native contrast ratio as well, despite LG’s claims of “High Contrast Screen.” They measured the contrast ratio at 1258:1, and that is much less than what OLED and VA panels provide on average.

Dimming

  • Unfortunately, the LG UP7000 doesn’t come with local dimming. So, we can’t comment on this aspect. But, reviewers did say that a good implementation of full-array local dimming would have helped this TV overcome two of its biggest hurdles, contrast and black levels.

Gaming

  • TV experts disliked the gaming performance of the LG UP7000, mainly because of its lack of HDMI 2.1 and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). And despite featuring ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and a low input lag of just 10-11 ms, its refresh rate is only limited to 60Hz, which isn’t great for PC gamers and next-gen gaming console owners.

HDR

  • The LG UP7000 only supports HDR 10 and HLG.
    • There is no support for dynamic metadata HDR standards such as Dolby Vision HDR and HDR 10+. Professional testers also reported the HDR viewing experience to be substandard, as this 4K UHD Smart TV doesn’t have a high peak brightness or a wide color gamut.

Motion

  • Top critics lauded the UP7000’s motion handling, as it does feature LG’s TruMotion 120 for providing clarity in every moment during fast-paced content. And this LG UHD TV also has motion interpolation for 30 FPS content, which should be a Godsend for fans of the “soap opera effect.”
    • But they noted the absence of a BFI (Black Frame Insertion) feature as well.

Refresh Rate

  • The native screen refresh rate of the LG UP7000 is capped to only 60Hz. And it doesn’t feature VRR for dynamically adjusting the refresh rate of the screen. As a result, certified reviewers saw a lot of tearing and lag while playing games without VSync enabled.

Response

  • Product experts were impressed with the LG UP7000’s low response time of just 16 ms. Along with judder removal, they found that this LG UHD TV doesn’t stutter during 24 FPS playback.

Viewing Angle

  • Thanks to the IPS panel, the LG UP7000 delivers wide viewing angles. Testers could go as wide as 48 degrees off-center, before the colors started to shift. Therefore, they highly recommended this TV for wide seating arrangements.

Burn-In

  • Critics were glad to note that the LG UP7000 does not suffer from image retention issues. Moreover, they did not see any permanent display burn-in in their long-term tests.

DESIGN

Stand

  • The LG UP7000 has two big plastic feet for a stand. Expert reviewers noted that the TV sits high enough to accommodate a soundbar below, and the feet support the TV well, with minimal wobble.

Back

  • Pro testers liked the fact that the back of the LG UP7000 has side-mounted ports for easy access. In addition, it has holes for a VESA 400×300 wall mount.
    • However, they also noted the absence of any cable management system on the back.

Borders

  • The bezels of the LG UP7000 are about 1.4 cm wide. Even though they are thicker than most modern TVs, critics expect them to be a non-issue for most users.

Thickness

  • TV reviewers measured the maximum thickness of the LG UP7000 at 8.9 cm. Thus, it is thicker than most modern smart TVs and may stick out a bit if you wall-mount it.

FEATURES

Tuner

  • The LG UP7000 comes with a standard built-in digital tuner. Top critics reported it to work well within its specifications.

Input

  • Top experts were disappointed that the LG UP7000 only has two HDMI ports, and none of them support HDMI 2.1. Other than that, there’s only one USB port, along with an ethernet port for those who don’t want to use Wi-Fi.

Remote Control

  • The LG UP7000 includes a medium-sized bulky remote that doesn’t have a mic for invoking any voice assistant (e.g., Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa). Instead, it features three shortcut buttons to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+. Testers found the remote to be tedious to use and recommended using the LG TV Plus app to control this TV.

SMART TV

Apps

  • Critics were delighted with the massive app library the WebOS apps store offers on the LG UP7000. And the apps themselves run smoothly on the built-in quad-core SoC (System on a chip).
    • But they also said that sideloading unavailable apps is more complex compared to other platforms.

Streaming

  • The LG UP7000 comes with a few streaming apps (e.g., Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+, etc.) pre-installed. And all of them play 4K content without any frame drops with HDR 10, according to reviewers.

Menu

  • Certified experts thoroughly enjoyed using the WebOS 6.0 UI of the LG UP7000. They reported it to be easy to use even for novice users and smooth. That is also the case with the LG UP8000, although this one has a smooth Roku OS.

SOUND QUALITY

Audio

  • The LG UP7000 has well-balanced built-in speakers. Professional testers noted that it could deliver clear dialogue and can get pretty loud without distorting.
    • However, they also pointed out that it doesn’t support LG’s digital room correction feature for audio.

Bass

  • Top critics were heavily let down by the bass output of the LG UP7000. As a result, they recommended all users to pick up an external sound system with this TV that features a dedicated subwoofer or two.

Soundstage

  • The LG UP7000 can achieve a vast soundstage with Dolby Atmos, thanks to its eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support. Those looking for a mid-range TV should check out the LGUN8500.

True Score

78

Reasons to Buy

  • Wide viewing angles
  • Great upscaling
  • Fantastic color accuracy after calibration
  • Good reflection diffusion
  • ALLM and eARC support
  • Presence of motion interpolation
  • Low input lag
  • Great response time
  • Judder removal

Reasons to Avoid

  • Poor contrast
  • Terrible black levels
  • Screen uniformity is not great
  • Low peak brightness
  • Absence of HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR
  • No support for Dolby Vision HDR or HDR 10+
  • Lack of local dimming

Specifications

  • Backlight Type
    Direct Lit
  • Display Type
    LED
  • HDMI Inputs
    2
  • HDR Format
    HDR10
  • LED Panel Type
    IPS
  • Max Resolution
    3840 x 2160
  • Refresh Rate
    60 hz
  • Screen size
    43 inches
  • Smart Platform
    webOS
  • Sync Technology
    na
  • VRR
    na

What Is Not On the Box

What the brand doesn’t always tell you…

The LG UP7000 is LG’s entry-level 4K TV released in 2021. It boasts an IPS panel that can theoretically deliver wider viewing angles compared to VA TVs. In addition, despite IPS panels generally coming with lower contrast, LG claims to provide a high contrast screen with this TV. And it also features LG’s easy-to-use WebOS UI for fluid navigation. All in all, it is very well-positioned for budget-conscious buyers who are just looking for a decent 4K TV. Keep reading our LG UP7000 review until the end to discover what experts said about this TV. And if an entry-level IPS LCD TV is not what you’re after, take a look at the other best rated TVs available today.

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

62

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Customer Score

93

*.25

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True Score

78

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    A

    Trust Score

    73
    The LG UP7000 is okay overall. It performs best for watching TV shows, sports, or… read more
  • TVFindr
    F

    Trust Score

    51
    TVs that want to shine with a good price-performance ratio always have to make certain… read more

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