LG 55UH950V review
|Review: June 2016|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LG 55UH950V features include:
- 55 inch UHD LED-backlit screen
- 3840 x 2160 resolution
- "Super UHD" IPS 4K Quantum display with Colour Prime Plus
- ULTRA Luminance
- High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Local Dimming
- Dolby Vision, HDR10
- Motion rate: 2700Hz (200Hz)
- Passive 3D (2 pairs of glasses included)
- Smart TV (WebOS 3.0)
- Freeview HD & Freesat HD
- Audio: Harman Kardon 2.2 channel speaker system (stereo speakers with subwoofers), 40W total power, wireless sound sync
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, ethernet, HDMI 2.0a x 3 (ARC x 1), USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 1, headphone x 1, component (Y/Pb/Pr) / composite input, digital audio out (optical), screen mirroring, CI slot, Simplink, Bluetooth
- MR15R magic remote control
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 106W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 1232.2 x 709 x 53.5 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 1232.2 x 771.5 x 239.1 mm
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Which is the best for 3d & 4k films & gaming lg 55c6v, lg 55uh950v or lg 55uh850v?
Asked by Andrew
on 3rd Oct 2016
looking to get another TV, Have a lot of 3d films.
looking for best passive 3d 4k TV below £2300 mark OLED 6v & led uh950 & uh850 seem to fit the bill.
Samsungs UE55KS8000 or LG 55UH950 if only comparing picture quality?
on 1st Oct 2016
Was headed down to the store to get a Samsung UE55KS8000 and the guy in the shop tried to convince to get LG's 55UH950v instead. I left without a tv as he made me doubt. In tests and reviews the KS8000 seems to do really well, so I would appreciate some input, thanks!
Reply by Eddie
on 26th Dec 2016
Hi Ebba. Wundering wich did Youtube by...ks8005 or lg...l AM like You doubt about lguh950v and ks8005...
Reply by Kartono
on 5th Jan 2017
The salesman convince me to buy LgUH950V - more tv for the money he said. I can´t complain after i´ve watch it for a few hours at home. Really loved the magic remote.... Been a Samsung fan for years but now converted into a LG fan....
Why i should go with uh950v not uh850v since it is even pricier?
Asked by Ali
on 11th Jul 2016
In my country there is a big gap in price between uh850v and uh950v i just want to know is it worth it?
Reply by Ryan
on 27th Sep 2016
The price difference is due to the colour but value.
The 55UH850V has 8bit colour.
Compared to the 55UH950V having full 10bit.
Reply by Luke
on 4th Oct 2016
Looking at LG's website they are both 10 bit colour panels.
Reply by Andy
on 19th Jan 2017
The UH850V has an 8bit panel but can take a 10 bit signal and then does 10 bit to 8 bit dithering.
LG 55UH950V user reviews
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Average rating from 2 reviews:
Reviewed by MR SINGH
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.
Reviewed by Monty Drew
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.