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.

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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 SM8600 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.

Variants of the LG SM8600

LG SM8100

In terms of performance, the LG SM8100 is the entry-level device in the LG NanoCell series of 2019. It features a 60 Hz IPS panel, as opposed to 120 Hz in the SM8600. It also doesn’t have the Alpha 7 Gen2 image processor. It also has only four HDMI 2.0b ports, so there is neither VRR nor eARC.

The HDR formats are similarly limited: there are only HDR10 and HLG, no Dolby Vision and no HDR10+. Dolby Atmos is not supported either, but DTS:X is. The SM8200 is aimed at an audience that doesn’t have much interest in HDR content and doesn’t need the very best 4K image. That makes it correspondingly affordable.

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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.

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PROS
  • Low Input Lag
  • Viewing Angle
  • 120Hz IPS-Panel
  • Edge Lit Local Dimming
  • Dolby Vision & Atmos
  • Smart TV Features
CONS
  • Contrast Ratio 1200:1
  • Black Levels
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    LG SM8600: Variants & Models


    Manufacturer LG
    LG
    LG
    LG
    Product code 75SM8610PLA
    65SM86007LA
    55SM8600PLA
    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 $ 1,786.99*$ 1,403.00*
    Shops
    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
    430
    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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