LG 4K HDR Smart LED SUPER UHD TV with AI ThinQ REVIEW
Not too long ago, I started looking at remodeling/rearranging my home office. I took some time to really plan out what I wanted from the layout and what I wanted to include with it. One of the main pieces that I wanted to include was a really great high-quality television. I had already incorporated a 4K TV into my living room (a 75-inch Sony model), but I found the LG 65SK9000PUA and felt that it was the perfect fit for my newly redesigned home office.
The 65SK9000PUA is a 65-inch 4K HDR Smart LED television. LG also makes a 55-inch version of this unit. It features 4K Ultra HD (3480×2160) resolution with an A7 intelligent processor. The refresh rate is ‘TruMotion 240’ or 120Hz. The TV also includes a 4K upscaler, which comes in quite handy when watching a high-quality video that is not 4K resolution. The LG 9000PUA has some very smart options built-in like Google Home and Amazon Alexa compatibility. It does have a full web browser included as well as the LG Content Store.
SPECS: All specs available on LG’s website (link below). These are the highlights for the TV.
Diagonal Class 65 inches Resolution 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 HDR (with upscaler) Processor a7 Intelligent Processor Refresh Rate TruMotion 240 (refresh rate 120Hz) Nano Cell Display YES — Pro color IPS Technology YES HDR Format Support Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR by Technicolor, HDR10, HLG Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming Smart TV Support LG ThinQ AI, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa Compatible, Intelligent Voice Recognition, Universal Remote Capability, LG Content Store, Full Web Browser Smart Share Screen Share, Content Share Speaker System 2.2 Channel Output Power 40W (WF: 20W) Dolby Atmos YES DTS Decoder DTS-HD Bluetooth Audio Playback YES LG Sound Sync YES Connectivity 802.11ac Built-in WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, Simplink (HDMI CEC), Tuner (ATSC, Clear QAM) HDMI (HDCP 2.2) 4 Audio Return Channel Support
(via HDMI) HDMI 2 USB v2.0 3 (1 rear, 2 side) RF In (Antennae/Cable) 1 rear Composite In 1 rear Ethernet 1 rear Digital Audio Out (Optical) 1 rear RS232C (Mini Jack) 1 rear Power Supply 65″ 120Vac 50–60Hz VESA (wall mount) 300 x 300 Dimensions (TV with Stand) 57.3″ x 35.6″ x 12.5″ Weight (TV with Stand) 61.9 pounds
The LG 9000PUA arrived in a large box with a full-color image of the product on the outside. Many of the details were stamped around the box and when you opened it, you are met with the stand and many layers of Styrofoam. As a television, there really isn’t a whole lot of set-up with it. You have to place the monitor on its stand or acquire a wall mount for it (we opted to use the stand) and secured it in place. This process only took about 5 minutes. I do advise others that they should have help when moving the television. It’s not overly heavy, but it is awkward and you could risk damaging it if you try to move it on your own. The most difficult part of the set-up is actually deciding where you want it to live in your space. Because it’s a 65-inch TV, I would suggest finding a long enough wall to accommodate it so that it doesn’t make your space feel closed off.
There are quite a few stand-out features that appealed to me with this television. First, I really liked the inclusion of the Magic Remote. I’ve used many, many remotes and tried everything I can to limit the amount of remote I have to use with my television (it’s usually multiple types of remotes based on the home theater system I’m using). Fortunately, with this set-up, I decided to only use the TV with its WebOS and not connect a lot of external devices. Therefore, I can use the single Magic Remote with no interference. It’s worked beautifully and I’m significantly less stressed when it comes to using the TV. I don’t have to fumble with multiple remotes and I can enjoy entertainment much easier. I also really like that the LG television has several different input ports. Even though I’m only using and antenna with this TV, I like knowing that I can quickly and easily connect through one of the three USB ports, composite connectors, Ethernet, optical audio or HDMI.
Image rotated for presentation — HDMI ports are located on the side
With televisions, the number one feature you look at is the picture quality. To give a little background, we had a 55” Samsung 1080P HD television with a 120Hz refresh rate. It had a beautiful picture and we have loved it as the cornerstone of our home entertainment system for the past 6 years. Earlier this year, I decided it was time for an upgrade and invested in a 75” Sony 4K television. It is a 2017 model, but the picture quality is incredible. It was definitely a step above the 1080P HD TV that we previously had. And just a couple of weeks ago, I decided to acquire this 65” LG 4K Smart TV. I thought, “Even though it’s a newer model, it can’t be that much better than the Sony TV I just purchased.” I was greatly mistaken.
The picture quality of this LG TV is nothing short of incredible. We watched the first few minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to test out the monitor because it has such a wide color gamut in a short period of time and with it being in space, you can really see darkness, too. There is one scene where the character, Drax leaps into the mouth of a space creature. We watched it several times and each time, it seemed as though we could reach out and touch the creature. The black levels were so rich that we felt as though we were there. We determined since this television isn’t an OLED display that the reasoning for the dramatic difference between the two 4K televisions in our house has to be the Nano Cell display technology.
There are two images taken below that were taken while Jurassic Park was being shown on NBC. I captured two separate scenes — one that was lighter with people in it and one that was darker with a dinosaur in it. I did this so that you could see how the LG TV handles different levels of color and upscaling from HD, which that channel broadcasts in, to 4K. These still images really don’t do the TV’s picture justice, but it helps as an example.
We have been very happy with the picture quality and have even considered replacing the 75” TV with the 65” TV. LG really has a great display and everything we’ve watched on it has been ‘better’ than watching on a normal TV. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this impressed with a display and I’m eager to use it for years to come.
Originally published at macsources.com on June 25, 2018.