Full review: https://blog.bestbuy.ca/ (posting shortly)
Erin’s blog: http://www.TechGadgetsCanada.com
If you’re in the market for a new TV, chances are you’re looking at a 4K set. 4K TV is now the clearest, sharpest and best quality video picture with the highest resolution you can get. LG’s 43″ 4K UHD HDR LED webOS 4.0 Smart TV (43UK6500) is designed to deliver on all those features and more. I had a chance to spend a week with this TV in my home for testing and review, and here’s what I learned firsthand.
Changing inputs on LG smart TV
Initially I couldn’t figure out how to change the input on the TV. Finally I realized the input button is a tiny button on the remote control that is vaguely shaped like a plug. Seems to me that every other television manufacturer uses the word “Input” for clarity sake. But not LG.
This LG TV has 4K resolution and HDR support. 4K provides for a better quality video thanks to millions more pixels in the screen. Want to read more about 4K and how it works? Click here:
HDR – High Dynamic Range
HDR on the other hand handles the way colour and light are represented in the video. With HDR, you get a more vibrant, colourful, hyper-realistic picture than with older HD TV. You can read up on that too here
4HDMI inputs for all your components
This LG 4K UHD HDR LED webOS 4.0 Smart TV has 4 HDMI inputs and the way they’ve designed this is interesting and smart, I think. There are two in the side, and two in the back, so that you’ve got options for where to plug components in. For example, if you have a streaming box that needs line of sight or a rigid stick that won’t fit if it’s sticking out the back on your wall-mounted set up, you can connect it into the side. For other components on longer cords you can easily plug those in in the back.
Video quality of LG 4K UHD HDR smart TV
There’s no arguing what a huge difference viewing 4K video makes in general. It’s so much clearer, sharper, and more vibrant and realistic than traditional HDTVs. Did this TV deliver on that experience? In short; no.
I tested this television out in my main floor living room, which is pretty much the brightest room in my home. I did find the picture had difficulty competing with the ambient light in the room during the day.
I found the TV screen to be hugely reflective during the day, so much so that in some scenes, I could see my white dog’s reflection clearer than the characters on screen.
This TV also struggles mightily with dark scenes. I watched several episodes of the dystopian drama The Rain on Netflix, which is set in a dimly lit future. It was nearly impossible to see subtleties, or enough gradation to discern what was going on in the video. In bright daylight scenes, the TV was just fine for the most part, but I think it’s pretty unrealistic to expect you’ll only use this for watching sunshiny happy, bright cartoons.
Having tested several 4K HDR TVs in my home recently, I know how stunning they can be. While I wouldn’t describe this TV’s picture as stunning, it’s just… fine. Considering it has a much lower price point than, say, the Samsung Frame TV I reviewed in this same room, for example you probably just shouldn’t expect the same 5-star experience.
I don’t think this TV is as bright as it could be, or as I’d like. I did go into the settings and noodle around, and found I could adjust the intensity of the HDR, so I set it to Strong. Similarly, there’s different settings for Bright Room and Dark room, so I set it for as bright room, but in truth it made no noticeable difference for me.
Overall I was actually pretty disappointed in the video quality.
43″ 4K UHD HDR LED webOS 4.0 Smart TV (43UK6500)
webOS interface is easy to use, responsive
Assembly is ultra easy
quite thick for a flatscreen TV
Picture quality leaves a lot to be desired
Blacks and dark scenes show little subtlety
Screen is highly reflective
Overall, I’d say I’m going to take a pass on this TV and wouldn’t buy it for myself. This LG 4K UHD HDR smart TV is best suited to occasional viewing, and darker spaces. I found it didn’t replicate dark scenes well at all, to the point where it was miserable to watch when scenes were shot in the dark or at night.
While I could find some pros, as noted above, for me, since the video quality falls short and that’s the feature that should be best, I can’t recommend this TV.