With the UN7300 we take a look at a low-priced 4K TV from the Korean technology forge LG. It is part of the UHD TV series, which is more affordable than the more popular NanoCell series. However, it also has to do without NanoCell technology, which is supposed to make the colors clearer. But are the TVs of this series also good entry-level TVs with an attractive price/performance ratio, or should you rather buy a more expensive TV? Find out for yourself in the following article!
The UN7300 has a good, but rather average design for a budget television. It has a comparatively thick bezel, which protrudes from the display. Even though it is made entirely of plastic, it makes a fairly stable and resistant impression. A comparatively large TV table is needed, as the feet are far out and the TV therefore requires a large space. On the other hand, the feet support the TV very well so that it has a stable stand and hardly wobbles when pushed. When using a wall mount, the TV does not stick out too far as long as you do not use the rear-facing interfaces. However, the HDMI and USB interfaces are oriented towards the left edge of the screen, so they are easy to reach on the wall. As with most 2020 LG models, except for the much more expensive OLEDs, the Korean manufacturer has given little thought to clean cable management, which means you have to be creative if you want the setup to look tidy.
Completely made of plastic
No cable management
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Like most cheaper LG TVs, including the more expensive NanoCell series, the UN7300 uses a 10 bit ADS panel (8 bit + FRC). Due to this in-plane switching panel, the picture quality is not very good in dark rooms. This is due to a not very deep black and a low contrast ratio of 1050:1. So black has a grey touch in dark environments – which is the case with most IPSIn-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel panels. Because of the low price, it is hardly surprising that the TV does not have a local dimming feature to increase the contrast ratio.
The UN7300 can offer quite good picture quality in brighter surroundings and a comparatively wide viewing angle. The peak brightness is not quite as high at ~350 Nits, but it is sufficient for brighter rooms, as the TV has an extremely good reflection handling and it does not have to fight against too many reflections. However, it does not get bright enough for HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content to present highlights nicely. In addition, a wide color gamut is missing, so that HDR content does not really look different from SDRStandard Dynamic Range – image/video with a conventional gamma curve (opposite: HDR) – “normal” videos content. Therefore, the fact that Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits is missing is not as important.
10 Bit IPS panel (8 Bit + FRC)
Contrast ratio 1050:1
No local dimming
Wide viewing angle
Max brightness ~350 Nits
No wide color gamut
No Dolby Vision and HDR10+
Good motion handling with minor deficits
The 60Hz display has a response time of 5ms, which is really good for a TV in this price category. So there is only a little motion blur, which unfortunately can not be reduced any further, as the UN7300 is not equipped with the Black Frame Insertion feature. Because the response time is not as low as with many higher priced TVs, stuttering is rare. To prevent this from happening with low refresh rateHertz 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. content, the Motion Interpolation feature can be used – this allows the UN7300’s image processing engine to calculate interframes, which increases the refresh rate to 60Hz. The backlight has a fixed frequencyHertz 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. of 120Hz. This value is not very high, but should be enough to make the illumination perceived as continuous by most people.
JudderInconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV’s frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz) can be removed from some sources – but unfortunately not from all.
response time ~5ms
No reduction of motion blur
Intermediate image calculation at 60Hz
Removes Judder from many sources
Gaming budget TV
If you want to use the UN7300 for gaming, it is a good and, above all, an affordable choice. It has a very low input lag of 10ms and an Auto Low Latency Mode. This automatically detects when the console is switched on and switches the TV into game mode, in which the input lag is kept as low as possible. This also ensures that the TV feels extremely responsive during gaming.
You will not find any other gaming features due to the low price. There is no variable refresh rateHertz 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. to avoid possible screen tearing and there is no HDMI 2.1 interface – which was not to be expected. The cheapest LG TV with this interface is the NANO86.
Due to the wide viewing angle, couch-coop games and sports games such as FIFA are a lot of fun for several people, as none of them has a disadvantage due to washed-out colors.
Input Lag 10ms
Auto Low Latency Mode
Variable refresh rate
No HDMI 2.1
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The built-in 2.0 channel 20W speakers deliver a well-balanced sound in the trebles and mid-ranges, which clearly reproduces dialogues. However, the basses are not particularly pronounced, which can be expected without a subwoofer. In return, the UN7300 is loud enough to fill most rooms with sound. Unfortunately, there is some distortion at maximum volume, which should not occur in normal use.
If you want to compensate for the flaw of the low bass with a soundbar or other sound systems, you should make sure that the UHD TV only supports Dolby Digital via the HDMI ARC or the optical interface. HDMI eARC and Dolby Atmos are not supported.
2.0 Channel 20 W
Clear sound, but hardly any bass
No Dolby Atmos
No HDMI eARC
No less smart than the expensive OLEDs - at least with the Magic Remote
LG makes no concessions in terms of smart features and thus delivers a television which can be integrated into an intelligent home without any problems. With webOS 5.0 as operating system, the TV can be operated intuitively with the standard remote control or the LG Magic Remote. We recommend that you also purchase the Magic Remote, otherwise most of the smart features will not work. With this remote, a cursor can be controlled by hand movements, which is strongly reminiscent of the operation of the Nintendo Wii. Those who do not like this can also use the conventional operation via arrow buttons on the remote control or fall back on the standard remote control. If this kind of navigation is generally too cumbersome for you, you can also use the voice assistants Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to control the TV – but these are only available with the Magic Remote. Apple users will be pleased to know that the UN7300 supports Airplay 2, which makes data exchange between the TV and Apple devices fast and easy.
The webOS has a very large selection of apps and all common streaming services are also available. With LG ThinQ, the TV can become the control center of a smart home, where all applications can be displayed and controlled on a dashboard – but only as long as you have the Magic Remote.
There is no twin tuner, but the Time Shift and USB recording functions are still available.
So most features are only available with the Magic Remote – which has to be purchased separately if you really want to use the TV as a Smart TV.
Intuitive WebOS 5.0
Good remote control
Apple Airplay 2
Large selection of apps
No Twin Tuner
PVR & Time Shift
Forced to purchase the Magic Remote additionally
Great budget 4K Smart TV with IPS panel
Considering the price range of the UN7300, you can really say that LG has created a very decent TV. Especially if you are looking for an affordable Smart TV that is mainly intended for being used in bright surroundings, the UN7100 is the right choice. As long as you purchase the Magic Remote, the smart features of the budget TV are by no means inferior to the more expensive TVs and it can even keep up with LG’s OLED flagship, the CX, in this discipline.
In bright rooms it produces a quite decent picture and has a wide viewing angle due to the IPS panel. In dark surroundings, however, you have to make a few concessions, which is due to the low contrast ratio and the panel’s shallow black. Unfortunately, it does not have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast ratio – which is not that bad if you look at the miserable local dimming of the NANO81. You can also use the TV very well for gaming. Even if it does not have high-end gaming features, it still convinces with a low input lag and ALLM. LG is saving VRR and HDMI 2.1 for the more expensive models, but if you can do without next gen gaming, you will really get your money’s worth with the UN7100.
The overall performance of Samsung’s Crystal UHD TV is comparatively similar to the LG UN7300 and the biggest difference is in the panel used. The TU7000 uses a VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel and therefore has a better picture quality in dark environments. It has a deep black and a much higher contrast ratio of 5100:1, which cannot be achieved by an ADS panel. On the other hand, the picture quality in bright surroundings is clearly inferior to the LG TV and the viewing angle of the TU7000 is also much narrower. In terms of gaming performance, the two televisions can definitely be considered equal. The input lag is equally low at ~10ms and there is also an Auto Low Latency Mode. High-end features have also not been integrated, which is not the case with any TV in this price category. In terms of response time and thus motion handling, the two TVs are very close together. The 60Hz panel of the TU7000 has a response time of 6ms and is therefore 1ms slower than the UN7300.
Sony’s X800H performs better in a direct comparison. Its picture quality is very similar due to the ADS panel that is used as well. However, the higher peak brightness puts it in a much better light. Especially HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content is displayed much more beautifully, which can also be dynamically optimized by Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits. Overall, the X800H is equipped with more extra features. It has been equipped with Dolby Atmos and DTS, which allows a cinema-quality sound backdrop to be created using external speakers. The gaming performance is very similar on both devices, even though the UN7300 has a lower input lag.
Like the Sony XH80, the NANO81 is also equipped with an ADS panel and thus has similar picture characteristics. The peak brightness is much higher at ~540 Nits, which allows it to produce a more beautiful picture in brighter rooms. Its picture quality is also better in darker surroundings, which is partly due to the higher contrast ratio and partly to the Edge Lit local dimming feature – even if we have rarely seen a poorly implemented local dimming. The 6 dimming zones create blooming and the individual zones are visible in dark scenes, which can be really annoying. However, the NANO81 can display HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content more beautifully, due to its peak brightness and NanoCell technology, which ensures purer colours.