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LG LED UQ75 50" 4K Smart TV

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LG announced their 2023 OLED lineup at CES 2023. They announced a few new LED models but confirmed that they won't release as many LED models as in previous years. Their 8k LED lineup is also effectively dead, and only one new 8k model is planned for this year, and it'll only be released in select markets. The LG G3 OLED is the big story this year, as it uses a new OLED panel with Micro Lens Array technology, which LG claims boosts brightness by up to 70% over previous generations. They also announced some new premium TVs, with the M3, which uses a wireless A/V box similar to Samsung's One Connect box, and the LG OLED Flex, a 42-inch TV whose screen can bend if you want to use it as a monitor. Model names LG has a large lineup that covers everything from cheap and small lower-resolution TVs to very high-end with their OLEDs. The naming scheme changes depending on the lineup. Generally speaking, the first set of letters representthe lineup it's in, like QNED or NANO, and the next set of numbers represent its position in the lineup, with higher being better. There are only two HDMI 2.0 inputs, both of which support 4K at 60Hz, HDR, ALLM, HDCP 2.2, and CEC, and one of which supports eARC. There are also terrestrial and satellite tuners, an optical digital output, an Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port, and a CI (common interface) slot. In terms of wireless connections, there’s built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay 2. LG's proprietary smart platform, webOS, remains one of the best platforms compared to the competition. It's user-friendly, and the LG Magic Remote makes menu navigation feel smooth. Aside from the issues already mentioned, the overall SDR picture performance is generally very good, with images that appear well defined and colours that look natural. There’s some decent upscaling and processing as well, which means the UP75 can make the most of lower resolution content, delivering plenty of detail while keeping the image free of unwanted artefacts.

Playing Call of Duty on the PS5 at 4K/60 with HDR10 proved an enjoyable experience, with responsive gameplay and smooth motion. In brightly lit scenes the effective tone-mapping delivered some pleasingly saturated and punchy images, although the UP75’s inherently poor contrast and screen uniformity were evident in darker sequences.

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The LG UP75 benefits from the same webOS smart system as the company’s premium models, making this one area where the entry-level status of this TV isn’t reflected in its features. The LG UP75 isn’t an ideal TV for next-gen gamers, and anyone wanting to take full advantage of the latest Xbox or PS5 features like 4K at 120Hz or VRR will need to head further up the LG range. However, it does support 4K at 60Hz, HDR10 and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), with the latter automatically switching to the “Game Optimiser” mode when compatible consoles are detected.

The LG UP75 suffers from the kind of HDR limitations that are fairly common with more affordable 4K TVs, especially in terms of peak brightness and gamut coverage. The LG can hit around 300cd/m² on both a 10% window and full-field pattern in Dynamic mode, but in Filmmaker Mode this luminance drops to around 290cd/m² on both a 10% and a full-field pattern. To test the LG UP75 we used Portrait Displays Calman colour calibration software. LG UP75 review: Gaming It’s a shame that the UP75 falls down on these key performance criteria because the Filmmaker Mode is very accurate out of the box. The greyscale is excellent, with colour accuracy also impressive at an average DeltaE of 1.5 (the closer the score to 0, the better). LG offers two different lineups targeted at those looking for a budget-friendly TV: the NANO lineup, which has the LG NANO75 2022, and the cheaper entry-level lineup, which includes the LG UR9000, the best budget LG TV we've tested. There's little difference between this TV and the NANO Series TVs, except that the UR9000 can't accurately display as many colors. However, it comes with the same smart interface and the same Magic Remote that makes menu navigation feel smooth. This TV's predecessor, the LG UQ9000, is similar overall but is now hard to find brand new. Both their LED and OLED TVs generally have wide viewing angles, making them great for wide seating areas.

WebOS TVs that come with LG's Magic Remote have voice control. The manufacturer redesigned the remote in 2021, but it has the same functionality as in past years. There's a big microphone button in the center of the remote, and the voice controlhelps search for content. Unfortunately, the voice assistantdoesn't have very in-depth control of the settings,so you can't adjust the brightness without leaving what you're watching. You can't turn the TV off or change the volume, but you can still switch inputs, open apps, search for specific content, or ask what the weather is like. Most of their mid-range models and up have a great selection of additional gaming features, including variable refresh rate support, low input lag, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

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