S21Click for drop down menuClick to searchReview of mobile phones and smartphonesReviews of tabletsReviews of TVs, DVD players, Blu-Ray players, Freeview, & games consolesReviews of home appliancesReviews of services and companiesReviews of mobile phone networksReviews of broadband internet & phone providersReviews of electricity & gas suppliers

LG 55SJ810V review

 Review: August 2017  
 

Last updated August 2017

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The LG 55SJ810V is a very 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.



 

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.

Picture quality

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.

Audio quality

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.

Smart TV

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.

Connectivity

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 for a top mid-range TV. 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 when compared against the Samsung MU6400.

The TV looks good too, despite the wobbly stand. Smart TV is comprehensive, and audio quality is average.

We're seeing the 55SJ810V in the shops for an incredibly good £900 now, and the TV is an outstanding 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:

User questions

Got a question? This is the place to ask it!


Please don't ask a question that has already been asked. Duplicates will be removed.

Your name:
Your country:

Write your question:

Give additional information so that other people can understand and answer your question:

How do I tune TV other than through Virgin connection?

Asked by Ken Archer from UK on 7th Oct 2017
Connected this TV to Virgin box. Can’t seem to tune channels through TV although I can get channels through Virgin box which is connected to HDMI port. LG LG55SJ810V wall mounted with Virgin set top box connected to HDMI 1.

Not sure to go for the LG55SJ810V or the LG55SJ850V?

Asked by Ruairi from Ireland 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 from England 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.



LG 55SJ810V user reviews

Love this product? Hate it? Please share your experiences to help other people choose the product that's best for them. Please do not review this product if you have not used it, and please ask questions in our User Questions section above. Please do not use swear words or offensive language, and please, no advertising!

Your name:
Your country:

Write your review:

Rating:


Average rating from 3 reviews:

Reviewed by Paulo from Portugal on 12th Oct 2017
This television is fantastic. From picture quality, sharp and with very vibrant colors, to sound, which looks like cinema, this TV stands out in practically all aspects. And for anyone who is a gamer, it's a must-have.
Rating:

Reviewed by selim from Turkey on 22nd Sep 2017
sj810 panel use rgb-w
sj850 panel use bottom edge-led
Rating:

Reviewed by Kashif from United Kingdom on 6th Sep 2017
This telly is a let down in all categories. The screen is very dark and dim even with the peak contrast and back-light. The sound is terrible considering it claims to have an integrated soundbar. Samsung is far better in the same price.
Rating:


Popular articles
Best 55 inch TV of 2017Best 55 inch TV of 2017

Best smartphone under 200 (2017)Best smartphone under 200 (2017)

Mobile phone unlock codesMobile phone unlock codes

Choosing a TVChoosing a TV

Audio technology explainedAudio technology explained

Active 3D vs Passive 3DActive 3D vs Passive 3D


© 2001 - 2017, Landmark Internet Ltd