LG SM8600


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The LG SM8600 is part of LG’s 2019 Nano Cell Display Lineup. The SM series replaces the SK series from last year. Its technical features make it a great device for bright rooms and a tough competitor to the Samsung QLED Q60R. Here’s what makes the affordable 4K TV performance and why it’s a good TV for tight budgets.

Workmanship and design

The LG SM8500 is beautifully designed and well crafted, which falls in line with LG’s style of design. It is available in two different designs that don’t differ technically. The SM8600 is equipped with a half moon shaped central stand. It is available in sizes 49, 55, 65 and 75 inches. Be careful with the model numbers, though: While the smaller sizes are marketed under xxSM8600, the 75 inch model is called LG 75SM8670. Optically and technically, these TVs are all the same.

Picture quality of the LG SM8600

The picture quality of the LG SM8600 is good and especially suitable for bright rooms. The built-in 120 Hz IPS panel provides a pleasant brightness and the screen is hardly susceptible to reflections. In dark rooms, however, things are different: Black tones look rather greyish, as IPS panels are rather low-contrast and the local dimming delivers only weak performance. For this reason, the TV gets its difficulties with demanding HDR content. The viewing angle, on the other hand, is very wide and the picture remains equally bright and rich in color when viewed from the side. Inside lies the second generation Alpha 7 image processor, which also resides in the LG B9.

These features make the LG SM8600 an excellent alternative to the Samsung RU8000 or the Samsung Q60R for light rooms. The RU8000 and Q60R with their VA panel are, on the other hand, good performers for dark rooms.

Motion handling and gaming

The LG SM8500 has very good values in terms of motion handling. The response time is only 4 ms. This extremely short time can only be exceeded by OLED TVs (1 ms). In addition, the input lag for gaming is very low. At 1080p @ 60 Hz and 4k @ 60 Hz we are at 14 ms. 1080p @ 120 Hz and 1440p @ 120 Hz are even better with 6 ms.

However you’ll have to switch to game mode in order to have those specs. It performs equally well for consoles and PC gaming. As a little extra there is Auto Low Latency Mode. Unfortunately VRR is not supported. Thanks to the wide viewing angle through the IPS panel, gaming with many friends is a lot of fun.

Poor sound quality

As usual for flat screen TVs, the sound of the SM8500 is unfortunately only poor. While it gets loud enough without distorting and plays dialogues pleasantly understandable, the bass range is barely pronounced. You won’t find a decent rumble for action movies here. Even high frequencies lack airiness. It’s definitely enough for the occasional movie night or the afternoon program – but if you’re a sound enthusiast, you’re well advised to buy a soundbar to improve your sound.

Smart TV features of the LG SM8600

The Smart TV features are very good and very easy to use. All apps run on LG webOS 4.5, which is known for its wide range of apps and features. Of course, the most important applications are already pre-installed, this concerns Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, so that you can start streaming immediately after unpacking and installation.

Great, inexpensive TV for bright rooms

With the LG SM8600, you get a device that performs particularly well in well-lit living rooms with lots of windows. Thanks to the IPS panel, the brightness is high and the viewing angle very wide, so watching TV and gaming with friends is fun. Whether you're on a console or a PC, the 120Hz frequency ensures every content is displayed sharply and fluidly. For newcomers to the world of 4K with a bright environment, the LG SM8600 is just the right choice, whether for movies or occasional streaming. However, if your living room or bedroom is very dark, we would recommend a TV with VA or even an OLED panel.
Picture quality66
Motion handling75
Smart TV features90
Gaming80
Reader Rating0 Votes0
Pros
120 Hz
Viewing angle
Brightness
Low input lag
Great smart OS
Cons
Contrast ratio
Black level
Sound
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LG SM8600: Variants & Models


Manufacturer LG
LG
LG
LG
Product code 75SM8610PLA
65SM86007LA
55SM86007LA.AEU
49SM86007LA
Screen size 75 Inch
65 Inch
55 Inch
49 Inch
Panel IPS (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
Price $ 896.99*$ 696.99*
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Picture
Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast Ratio 1180:1
1180:1
1180:1
1180:1
Brightness 432
432
432
432
HDR10+



Dolby Vision



Local Dimming Edge Lit Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Frequency 120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
Gaming
Input Lag 13.8
13.8
13.8
13.8
VRR



Audio
System 2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
Power (RMS) 20 W
20 W
20 W
20 W
Dolby Digital



DTS



Dolby Atmos



Soundbar inside



Inputs
HDMI 2.0 4
4
4
4
HDMI 2.1 0
0
0
0
HDMI ARC 1
1
1
1
HDMI CEC 1
1
1
1
USB 2.0 3
3
3
3
USB 3.0 0
0
0
0
Ethernet RJ45 1
1
1
1
3.5mm jack 1
1
1
1
Digital optical 1
1
1
1
Digital coaxial 0
0
0
0
Satellit 1
1
1
1
Antenna 1
1
1
1
Ci+ 1.4 1
1
1
1
Bluetooth



Wifi



USB recording PVR



Timeshift



Picture-in picture



Tuner Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Twin Tuner



Measurements
Actual screen diagonal (mm) 1893
1640
1388
1230
Width without base (mm) 1683
1451
1232
1096
Height without base (mm) 974
840
716
640
Depth without base (mm) 65.2
640
636
636
Weight without stand (kg) 38.8
24.1
17.2
14
Width with base (mm) 1683
1451
1232
1096
Height with base (mm) 1043
91
78.6
710
Depth with base (mm) 369.8
323.7
2631
2631
Weight with stand (kg) 41.6
25.8
18.7
155
Width of footprint (mm) 1683
1451
1232
1096
Depth of footprint (mm) 369.8
323.7
2631
2631
VESA standard (mm) 600 x 400
300 x 300
300 x 300
200 x 200
Stand removable?




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* Approximate price incl. VAT, plus shipping costs // Last updated on 23. October 2019 at 6:09. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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