LG 55SJ810V review
|Review: August 2017|
In a nutshell: The LG 55SJ810V is a well-priced 55" HDR TV with premium looks. The comprehensive Smart TV system includes Freeview Play, Freesat HD, Netflix and Amazon. Viewing angles are particularly wide, making this a good choice for a family TV.
Best buy: LG 55SJ810V from Currys (£899.00)
Design & looks
LG's 2017 TV range picks up where its highly popular 2016 models left off. The Super UHD (SJ) models are the best of the company's LED TVs, and the SJ810V is the entry point into the Super UHD range.
In terms of design and style, the SJ810 doesn't look like an entry-level model. Instead it has premium looks, with a metal chassis and a silver metal bezel around the screen giving it sleek, modern style. The rear of the TV has a smart white finish. The screen is deeper (6cm thick) than many rivals, but it's indisputably a nice-looking TV.
A matching silver crescent-shaped stand supports the screen. We found the stand to be rather wobbly, especially on the 55" model, but as long as you don't push it hard, it won't fall over.
A magic remote control is included in the sales package, and this answers to voice commands as well as conventional buttons.
The LG SJ810 is a UHD (4K) TV with support for the HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG standards for High Dynamic Range.
LG is unusual in that its LED screens use IPS panels instead of the VA displays used by Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. The SJ810 is typical of an IPS screen. Colours are bright, viewing angles are wide, but the screen has trouble reaching the very deepest blacks. In practice many people enjoy the bright, soft look of this kind of screen, and the SJ810 works well for daytime viewing or if you watch TV with the lights on. The limitations of the screen are most obvious when watching in a darkened room.
The Super UHD models use LG's brand new Nano Cell technology, which is similar to Samsung's quantum dot technology. The Nano Cell tech is claimed to offer a richer colour spectrum and wider viewing angles. Comparing the SJ810 with the cheaper UJ701, the SJ810 has noticeably more vivid colours, and viewing angles are definitely wider than similar models from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. That's a key benefit for family viewing where people are often watching the screen from off-centre.
4K source material from Amazon and Netflix looks stunning on this TV, taking full advantage of the pin-sharp resolution and HDR colour range. In a darkened room the limitations of the edgelit IPS display become apparent, with blacks not completely dark, but under general viewing conditions the TV is a very strong performer.
Gamers will appreciate the low input lag - as low as 15ms.
Overall, this is a superb screen for family viewing, although like nearly every TV in 2017 it misses out on 3D support.
For some reason, LG has downgraded the audio system of the SJ810 compared with last year's equivalent model. The Harman/Kardon system is a 20W twin speaker setup. With just two channels and no subwoofer, the system misses out on bass, and we'd recommend that you invest in one of LG's matching soundbars to add much-needed bass and power to the sound.
Alternatively you might consider the LG SJ850V, which has a more advanced speaker system.
The 2017 version of LG's WebOS 3.5 Smart TV system gives you a full range of content options. As well as accessing broadcast channels via Freeview or Freesat, you can catch up with the BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 or Demand 5, and stream content from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube.
You'll also find a web browser, social media apps, and access to more apps from the LG Store.
In addition you can control devices such as a Blu-Ray player or home cinema system from within the WebOS user interface.
All modern AV connectivity is well catered for. Built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet connections, 4 HDMI connections with ARC support, three USB ports (one USB 3.0), Miracast (mobile to TV mirroring) and a CI slot are all here. There's an optical audio output too, but legacy AV connections like SCART are missing.
Both satellite and Freeview inputs are available - one of each.
Conclusion - a good all-round HDR-capable television
The LG 55SJ810 is the entry-level Super UHD model in LG's 2017 range. As such, it's a good value buy at the top end of mid-range TVs. The IPS screen works well for family viewing, with its bright colours, wide viewing angles and support for all HDR standards. It's noticeably more vivid than cheaper LG TVs, and has wider viewing angles than rivals from other manufacturers. Only its inability to reach the deepest blacks lets it down.
The TV looks good too, despite the wobbly stand. Smart TV is comprehensive, and audio quality is average.
We're seeing the 55SJ810 in the shops for a very reasonable £1200 now, and the TV is a good buy at that price. It's hard to see the price dropping very substantially from here, even on Black Friday. If you want to make significant savings, consider the LG UJ701V, which is almost the same as the SJ810V but misses out on the nano cell feature.
LG 55SJ810V features include:
- 55 inch UHD LED-backlit screen
- 3840 x 2160 resolution
- IPS 4K edgelit display with nano cells
- ULTRA Luminance
- Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
- Smart TV (WebOS 3.5)
- Freeview HD (Freeview Play) & Freesat HD
- Audio: Harman Kardon 2.0 channel speaker system, 20W total power, DTS decoder
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, ethernet LAN, HDMI x 4 (ARC x 1), USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 1, headphone out x 1, digital audio out (optical), RF in x 2, Miracast screen mirroring, CI slot, Simplink
- Magic remote included
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Typical power consumption: 78W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 1236 x 718 x 62 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 1236 x 774 x 248 mm
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Not sure to go for the LG55SJ810V or the LG55SJ850V?
Asked by Ruairi
on 18th Aug 2017
Can get the SJ810V for £899 or the LG55SJ850V for £1149. Is it worth paying the extra £250 for the 850V?? Thanks.
Reply by Mark
on 20th Aug 2017
Just bought the 49" SJ810V after looking for a TV at Currys. Talking to a guy there and seeing it for myself, No huge difference to be fair, think the only real difference is the 850v and infact 950v both have an upgraded speaker system with a sub woofer which might I add for a flat screen TV is mighty impressive. Clear highs and deep bass. Other then that maybe ever so slightly thinner and better build quality? I don't know and neither did the staff.
Side by side you can not tell and if you have a speaker system already the go for the 810v. One area the 850v might perform better is in low light. After playing around with the picture settings I managed to get it just about perfect except for one thing - Black/Dark. As with a lot of mid range TV's and LG in particular, Edge lit means blacks will not be quite as dark and deep as others but it is no way a poor TV and you only really notice if you watch in a dark room with no lights. Get an OLED if you can.
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