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LG 55UH950V review

 Review: June 2016  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The LG UH950V is LG's premier LED TV for 2016, and the 55-inch model is the best value. With its ultrathin screen and metal frame and stand, it's a real beauty. Picture quality is amazing, with rich colours, deep blacks and smooth motion. Audio quality is good too, with a 2.2 speaker system. Smart TV functions include the BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon. Overall, it's a top TV, but be sure to shop around for value.



 

Design & looks

The LG UH950V is the same as the LG UH850V in all but details. Whereas the UH850V has a relatively deep and uniform design, the UH950V is astonishingly thin, with a screen thickness of just a few millimetres. Instead, all of the electronics has been bundled into the bottom third of the screen, creating a bulge at the lower back.

In a way, this difference in design is largely academic, because most people view their television from the front. Here, the UH950 looks very attractive, with a very narrow black bezel, and a thin silver frame around that. A matching metal crescent stand gives solid support. Overall, it's a very high-end and stylish design.

The UH950 is supplied with a magic remote that lets you control it by pointing, using gestures, or even voice commands. But if you prefer the old ways, you can simply press the buttons.

Picture quality

The UH950V is the pinnacle of LG's LED TV range for 2016, and it belongs to LG's "Super UHD" category. It's a UHD (4K) TV with HDR capability, and meets the Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards for High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The UH950V uses an IPS True Black+ display that's capable of reaching deep blacks and also hitting very high peak brightness too. With pseudo-local dimming enabled, it has an extraordinary dynamic range, and also spans a very wide colour palette, thanks to quantum dot technology and 10-bit colour. It's truly impressive and on a par with Samsung's KS7000 7-Series models and the Panasonic DX802B.

The screen has a very fast 200Hz response time too, and with an effective 2700Hz backlighting, motion blur is virtually eliminated.

Normally, IPS panels offer extremely wide viewing angles, but the UH950V isn't quite as good as we were expecting in this regard. You'll notice this if you move your head away from the central axis, so if you're sitting on the wrong chair in the TV room, you won't see quite the same brightness and contrast that you get from directly in front of the screen. This is perhaps due to the edge-lit backlighting system. It seems that there's a price to pay for that ultrathin screen after all.

In summary, we'd say that this offers truly excellent picture quality, although with slightly more restricted viewing angles than the UH850V.

3D picture quality

The UH950V supports 3D viewing, using passive 3D glasses, two pairs of which are included in the box. This is certainly an area where LG's TVs excel, as passive 3D glasses are lightweight and flicker-free.

Audio quality

The LG UH950V has a 40W Harmon Kardon 2.2 speaker system, comprising two speakers, each with its own subwoofer. It's an impressive sound system, with a much fuller sound than mid-range TVs.

Smart TV

LG's latest WebOS 3.0 operating system provides a good range of functionality. From the menu you can select channels, access catch-up TV and on-demand content, and install a range of apps. You can also control devices such as a Blu-Ray player or home cinema system from within the WebOS user interface.

Catch-up TV services include the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. There's on-demand content from the LG Content store, Netflix 4K and Amazon Instant Video. You'll also find a web browser, social media, YouTube, and access to apps from the LG Store.

Connectivity

The TV comes with built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection, for connecting to the internet and your home network. There are 3 HDMI connections, one with ARC compatibility. Three USB ports are provided, one of which is USB 3.0. A range of legacy AV connections are also available.

The TV supports network file browsing, and Miracast wireless sharing with compatible smartphones, tablets and other devices. It also has Bluetooth support for a wireless keyboard and mouse.

You'll also find built-in Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners here.

Conclusion - a real flagship TV

The LG UH950V is LG's top LED TV for 2016, and this 55-inch model is surely destined to be the most popular size. A screen this big can be unforgiving if picture quality is lacking in any way, but we're hugely impressed by what LG has managed to achieve with this model. The only minor issue is the slightly limited viewing angles compared with the UH850V. But don't let that put you off - if you can afford it, the UH950V won't disappoint.

Currently priced at £1700, it could fall below £1500 in Black Friday deals.


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Trying to connect to a wireless Logitech K400 keyboard?

Asked by Jude from Dubai on 5th Aug 2017
I have bought a LG web(OS) TV UH950V and I am trying to connect it to a wireless Logitech K400 keyboard. The LG website says it supports this and I understand the Tv has Bluetooth and yet I can't seem to see where I can connect. On the settings under the general tab there is a line staying LG wireless keyboard which you can click on and connect but no general Bluetooth option which allows for you to pair with other devices. Any advice would be welcome!!!

When are you going to reivue new lg5595osuper4k2017model?

Asked by gary from United Kingdom on 25th Jul 2017

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Hi Gary, it will probably be August.

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Reviewed by MR SINGH from ENGLAND on 15th Dec 2016
Great TV, does it all, very efficient. Amazing picture and features. Slight issue with back-light bleeding. Remote works well and brings up apps very quickly. Came with a 5 year guarantee from John Lewis, I ended up paying 1100 on a black Friday/cyber Monday price match promise. Very happy with product considering the next 3d model up from this is a OLED at 2500.
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Reviewed by Monty Drew from UK on 10th Jul 2016
AMAZING. I have been researching new tv's for ages. The LG 65UH950V ticks all the boxes. State of the art flagship tv from LG. I can not fault it in any way.
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