LG NANO90 2021 – FALD LED Next Gen Gaming TV
The NANO90 is a 4k-2021 TV from the South Korean manufacturer LG. For further classification, the NANO91 belongs to LG’s 2021 NanoCell series and it replaces the LG NANO90 2020.
Both TVs can be distinguished by the ending of the model code, which ends in NA for the 2020 model and PA for the 2021 model. The TV is especially interesting for those who want to buy a mid-range TV that has HDMI 2.1.
LG NANO90 - Simple design
The design of the NANO90 is very plain and nothing special – but that also makes for a fashionable and slim design. Speaking of slim, the frame is slim and the TV is relatively thin in itself. This makes it perfect for wall mounting, as it doesn’t stick out far from the wall, but also because most of the ports peek out to the side.
Compared to last year’s model, they don’t differ much in design and the stands have also remained the same. They support the TV on both sides, giving it a stable stand while still looking great.
- Suitable for wall mounting
- Thin design
- Most connections point to the side
- Wobbly stand
Average picture quality despite local dimming
In terms of picture quality, the NANO90 is in the lower midfield, even when you consider its price. It has a below-average contrast ratio and even the available local dimming function does not manage to compensate for it. Since the local dimming feature doesn’t come into play, few will notice if it’s on or off. In the end, blacks look gray especially in a dark environment, which strongly gets in the way of a good movie night.
In terms of color gamut, the NANO90 delivers poorly, and even worse than its 2020 predecessor. This is especially noticeable with High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content, where the NANO90’s reasonable brightness can set it apart from Standard Dynamic Range – image/video with a conventional gamma curve (opposite: HDR) – “normal” videos content, but it’s still definitely its worst category. So if a spectacular HDR experience is important to you, the NANO90 cannot serve here.
The built-in In-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel panel actually promises by its nature, a wide viewing angle, where the picture quality remains stable. However, this is not the case with the NANO90, which surprises us. Thus, the viewing angle is not horrible, just unusual with the reference to the IPS panel and thus only slightly above average here.
- IPS panel
- Contrast Ratio 1140 : 1
- Poor local dimming
- Color gamut
- Comparatively low viewing angle
Fluid Motion Handling with the NANO90
The LG NANO90 has a good response time of about 4ms and a 120 Hertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. panel, which makes the motion handling excellent. However, this can make content with a low frame rate susceptible to stutter. But should the stutter become too noticeable in the picture, the Black Frame Insertion feature can help.
It can also remove judder from all sources, which means you don’t have to worry about it. Only the Cinema Screen mode has to be activated for this.
Thus, the NANO90 ensures smooth motion handling and the picture should always be rendered smoothly and flicker-free.
- Response Time ~ 4ms
- 120 Hz panel
- No Judder
- Susceptible to stutter
- Interframe calculation
Ready for the new consoles!
One thing you have to admit about the NANO90 – it has a very low input lag. This is also where it stands out from its predecessor and ensures a responsive gaming experience. Even the new consoles, namely Xbox Series X and the PS5, don’t offer any feature that the NANO90 can’t compete with.
Furthermore, the TV supports the Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card function, Variable Refresh Rate with AMD graphics cards or consoles, as well as Variable Refresh Rate for Nvidia graphics cards are compatible and even an HDMI 2.1 interface is available. Thus, the NANO90 establishes itself excellently as a gaming TV, but the poor native contrast and the poor local dimming function make it rather unsuitable for gamers who want to game primarily at night.
- Input Lag 4k @ 120Hz ≈ 5ms
Average sound quality on the NANO 90
The sound of the LG NANO90 is, as is often the case with TVs, merely okay. The bass is lacking in some places, which is especially noticeable in action-packed games and movies. However, the speakers get loud enough and are particularly suitable for scenes with dialogue, as they perform especially well here.
Distortions can occur at maximum volume – but when is the TV speaker turned up all the way? Furthermore, the NANO90 can receive a Object-based surround sound format with 3D-Sound from any direction signal and forward it to a receiver via HDMI eARC if Dolby TrueHD is used as the carrier signal.
However, if you want to go a step further and have your own home theater feeling, you are advised to get a soundbar to increase the immersion of games and blockbusters.
- Weak bass
Easy handling thanks to Magic Remote
In terms of smart TV features, the LG NANO90 lacks nothing. It has the WebOS 6.0 operating system and handling it is very simple. Compared to last year’s model, there are now all apps at a glance in the lower quarter of the screen instead of a banner.
As with most smart TVs, there are ads on the home page, which unfortunately cannot be removed. As usual, the app selection is wide-ranging and these also work smoothly. On top of that, the integrated Airplay 2 allows wireless streaming to the TV with various Apple devices, for example to play videos and pictures on the NANO90.
The remote control, lovingly called “Magic Remote”, can be used as a remote control, but also as a microphone or as a pointer, like a computer mouse. Via the microphone, you also have access to the usual voice assistants: Google and Alexa.
- WebOS 6.0
- Large app selection
- Magic Remote
- Pointer function
- Voice assistant
LG NANO90: Solid - but with clear shortcomings
In the end, the LG NANO90 is solid in every area, but it lacks in many places in image processing to pass as a good entry-level TV for HDR movies and gaming. It’s particularly unsuitable if you use it at night or in a dark environment for the most part, where it performs particularly poorly due to its mediocre contrast and poor local dimming.
If the poor performance in a dark environment doesn’t put you off, it offers a responsive video gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, coupled with a 120Hz panel, as well as VRR support. And the NANO90 is also well-suited for sports shows, although watching in large groups is not recommended here, as the IPS panel, contrary to expectations, does not have a noticeably positive effect on the width of the viewing angle.
Thus, the NANO90 represents a decent and affordable 4k TV that is mainly worthwhile for gamers of the new consoles who, however, prefer to play mainly during the day. For those who want a home theater feel or simply want to max out HDR movies, the NANO90 is not recommended.
- Gaming functions
- Input lag
- 120 Hz panel
- Poor local dimming
- Comparatively low viewing angle stability
- IPS panel