It’s not enough to have a big screen, and this year LG’s 4K TVs are about more colours, fast operation, and sharp visuals. Does it succeed?
Last year LG redid its whole TV control system, introducing a new operating system called WebOS. A marked improvement over the proprietary system previously used by LG, this sits on top of a Linux kernel (the low-level guts of the OS). This year it has been tweaked and is now called WebOS 2.0. Running on a quad core CPU, it is now the swift performer deserved by this TV, for the 65UF950T is from LG’s premium UltraHD line of TVs.
There are three models in the UF950T range, with a 55 inch one priced at $4,699 and a mighty 79 incher placed at $12,999. This 65 inch TV ($6,499) has a 163.9cm diagonal across which are spread its 3,840 by 2,160 pixels of resolution.
I must dwell on this panel for a moment.
In the last couple of years TV manufacturers seem to have largely abandoned the ‘thinnest panel’ race, perhaps because it’s very difficult to be thinner than LG’s OLED models.
But not this one. Nominally the panel is 60mm thick, but at the top and the sides for about 200mm in from the edges the panel is a touch under 9mm thick. This really is a super slim panel, and it looks it. Unusually, the rear is finished in an attractive patterned white, so that one wouldn’t be ashamed to have it positioned such that it is visible.
The stand is quite wide. If bench mounted the bench needs to be a bit over a metre wide. Standard wall mounting bolt holes are provided as well.
There are four HDMI inputs, all rated to handle full ultra high definition signals at up to 60 hertz. Two of them support the new HDCP 2.2 content protection standard and so should be fully compatible with future UHD Blu-ray players. There is legacy support for analogue audio and video inputs via adaptor cables, and of course Ethernet and WiFi (with support up to 802.11ac) connectivity, plus three USB sockets.
One of the USB sockets supports the USB 3.0 standard, and is designed for use with a hard disk drive for recording TV. This is made a great deal more useful than is usual for TVs thanks to the inclusion of two TV tuners. That allows one to record while you’re watching anything you like on the other. Even without the hard disk, a program or two can be recorded using the 16GB of internal memory, but the hard disk is required to pause live TV.
The TV supports 3D using LG’s passive system. Four sets of lightweight 3D eyewear are provided and, being passive, there’s no need for charging or replacing batteries. The TV also supports LG’s ‘Dual Play’ system which reformats top and bottom split screen games into two full screens, viewable solely by their respective players. The optional Dual Play eyewear needs to be purchased to use this.
LG has included 200 hertz processing for the picture and includes a new feature called ‘ColourPrime’. This allows a wider colour gamut, 20% larger than previously available. Normally I wouldn’t be excited about such a thing, but with UHD Blu-ray promising a wider colour gamut than existing technologies, this could be very useful.
Also included is Ultra Luminance Technology which allows the panel to control brightness separately in different areas for improved contrast.