LG is one of the largest TV manufacturers at all and sets standards in all price ranges, which must first be overcome by the other manufacturers. In 2020, the Korean technology forge has also brought powerful models onto the market, which have been equipped with the most diverse technologies. Here is an overview of the lineup, so you can see exactly which models from LG are worth a closer look – and which are not.
The UN7300 is a great 4K Smart TV for beginners from LG’s 2020 lineup. The IPS panel brings a wide viewing angle and a quite nice picture in bright surroundings, which is probably due to the good reflection handling. In dark surroundings all IPS panels do not perform very well. Due to the low contrast ratio of 1050:1 and the only weak black, the picture quality is not quite as convincing. The peak brightness is not very high with about 350 Nits and the color gamut is not extended. Therefore, HDR content does not look very different from usual SRD content. But its motion handling is quite reasonable despite the 60Hz panel. Because of the low response time of about 5ms only some motion blur can be seen in fast movements.
If you are looking for a gaming TV and do not have to push the upcoming Next Gen consoles to their limits, you will appreciate the UN7300. The low input lag of 10ms makes the TV very responsive and an Auto Low Latency Mode is also available.
In terms of smart features, the UN7100 is in an excellent position and is just as smart as LG’s much more expensive OLED series – but only if you additionally buy the Magic Remote.
Further features such as HDMI 2.1, a variable refresh rate or a twin tuner LG has saved for the more expensive models.
The NANO80 is the most affordable NanoCell TV and shows quite similar performance compared to the UN7100. Due to the Edge Lit Local Dimming feature, it has a higher contrast ratio; however, the Local Dimming feature is not really good, creating some negative effects like blooming or visible dimming zones. In dark rooms, the picture quality is not really good and black looks rather grayish here. The wide viewing angle and the better performance in bright surroundings are caused by the IPS panel.
The NanoCell technology in combination with an extended color gamut leads to purer and more vivid colors, which is especially beneficial for HDR content. While it can display them better than the cheaper LG models, it does not get bright enough to really show HDR content in a great way.
In terms of gaming, the NANO81 is not an improvement on the UN7100. In this category, it performs very similar and has no additional features.
The NANO85 is very similar to the NANO80 and its picture quality is almost identical. However, its motion handling is clearly superior due to the 120Hz panel, even though the response time is slightly higher at <6ms.
Its features are much better than the ones of the smaller NANO80. It has Dolby Vision IQ, which allows HDR content to be optimized. The HDMI 2.1 interface and the associated enhanced Audio Return Chanel (eARC) support the Dolby Atmos sound format, allowing external sound systems to create a rich, spatial sound backdrop.
Due to a low input lag, the Auto Low Latency Mode and the Variable Refresh Rate the NANO85 is a great entry-level TV for the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5, which it can fully push to its limits with [email protected] – at least for SDR games.
The Nano90 is the top of the NanoCell series. In terms of features, viewing angle and picture quality in bright surroundings, it does not have much more to offer than the NANO85. However, it has the Full Array Local Dimming feature, which makes its picture quality much better in dark surroundings. In addition to the FALD, it is a little bit brighter than the other NanoCell models with approx. 640 Nits, so that it can display HDR contents better.
The input lag is very good with ~15ms – even if it seems to be higher than the NANO85 in the first moment. This is because the NANO85 does not really display HDR games differently than SDR content and therefore the input lag was chosen for SDR content. HDR content has to be processed in a more complex way, which of course increases the response time.
Unfortunately the dirty screen effect is quite obvious on its display. It is already present on the NANO85, but not as clear.
The BX OLED plays in a completely different league than the NANO90. Due to the OLED design, it has perfect blacks and a theoretically infinite contrast ratio, which makes its picture quality in dark environments truly breathtaking. The same applies to motion handling. Televisions with IPS panels simply cannot match the response time of an OLED, because a response time of 0.2ms means an almost instantaneous color change of the LEDs. In addition to HMDI Forum VRR, the BX was also equipped with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
Unfortunately the BX does not become very bright. This is not only a negative factor for picture quality in bright rooms, but also for HDR content. Because of the low peak brightness, HDR can not be displayed as well and bright highlights do not really stand out.
Unfortunately, the BX is not yet available in Europe, so we will have to be patient for a while (as of August 2020)
The CX OLED is the crowning glory of LG’s 2020 lineup and is probably one of the best TVs of the year. Just like the cheaper BX OLED, it has an almost unbeatable picture quality in dark environments, but in contrast to the BX, it can become much brighter. It produces about 820 nits, which should be enough for normally illuminated rooms. HDR content also benefits immensely, as bright highlights can be displayed much more clearly.
Like the BX, the CX OLED also has the Black Frame Insertion feature at 120Hz. However, it can use it better, because the image becomes darker when using this feature and the CX can compensate this better because of the higher brightness.
The LG model GX OLED has the same technical features as the CX, but brings an elegant look and the so-called “Gallery Design“. The TV should look like an object of art and thus fit seamlessly into the interior of the room. To achieve this, LG has opted for a seamless wall mount and a narrow, stylish frame, taking advantage of the panel’s wide viewing angle. If desired, the TV can also be set up, but the matching stand must be purchased separately.
The LG WX OLED is very similar to the CX. However, it is more of a designer object. With 4mm it is unbelievably thin and does not stand out from the wall with the gapless wall mount – just like a wallpaper. For this reason, a 4.2 60W soundbar is included, which is connected to the WX via flat cable. This is also where the WX interfaces are located, so that no disturbing cables lead to the Wallpaper TV. Technically the WX is very similar to the CX, but it has no variable refresh rate and the Black Frame Insertion feature is only available up to 60Hz.
With its NanoCell and above all OLED models in 4K and 8K 2020, LG is once again bringing new powerful devices to the market. These devices feature new Alpha Processors that enable deep learning effects. The new Black Frame Insertion feature from LG with 100/120 Hz is called “OLED Motion Pro” and is supposed to sharpen the picture even more.
The manufacturer also relies on Dolby Vision IQ to adjust the screen brightness to the respective environment. With the Filmmaker Mode option, LG is trying to enhance the home cinema experience and present movies in their original, i.e. without subsequent image enhancement. LG produced the first OLEDs, which still distinguish the company on the television market today.
For your orientation: At LG, the model designations are based on the series of the device and the value within it. With the exception of the OLED series, the pattern is made up of letters, which provide information about the technology used and the panel resolution, as well as numbers. With numbers, the guideline is roughly the same: the higher they are, the higher the valence.