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Are LG TVs Worth the Price Tag? How LG Ranks Among Other TV Brands

Last Updated Aug 18, 2022
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Electronics brand LG shut down its smartphone manufacturing recently to focus on other products. Before the shutdown, LG smartphone displays were considered some of the best in the industry.

That is the past, though. What about the present-day? Well, keep reading because today we will compare LG TVs to other options and see if they are worth the price.

LG TV Offerings

To start off the comparisons, we need to look at the TVs that LG offers consumers. LG has TVs from affordable sets with fewer goodies to top-of-the-line 8k panels. Here are some of the TVs that you can purchase from LG.

UQ9000

One of LG’s most affordable options is the UQ9000. It comes in several different sizes from 43” up to 75” and offers up and a5 Gen 5 AI Processor with 4k resolution and built-in webOS 22. Despite the affordable price, the UQ9000 has a slim design with very thin bezels. All in all, this TV offers some good specs and resolution for the price.

NANO75

NanoCell is a proprietary technology developed by LG. It is a filtering layer that is positioned around the TV’s LCD panel. The filter gets rid of “impure” colors to improve the picture.

The NANO75 is one of the more affordable ranges of NanoCell TVs and comes with some great features. The NANO75 offers the same a5 processor and sound mixing as the UQ9000. It does, however, come with a “Magic Remote” that has voice capabilities and coordinates with Google, Alexa, Air Play, and Apple HomeKit as well as the ability to point, click, and scroll using the remote.

For gamers, it includes seamless integration of GeForce Now and Stadia to get you gaming without a console.

QNED80

Available in sizes from 50” to 80”, the QNED80 steps things up with the a7 Processor. Sound processing is the same as the NANO75 and UQ9000. If you have multiple LG TVs, you can seamlessly watch shows and movies in different rooms.

Gamers are also kept in mind with built-in cloud gaming like the NANO75 in addition to HDR10 for clearer and more realistic-looking images. For console gamers, the panel offers two HDMI 2.1 ports for faster data transfer.

C2 OLED Evo

When you step up to an OLED TV from LG, you also get a boost in performance with the a9 processor that claims an up to 20% brighter picture. The a9 mixes 2-channel sound into virtual 7.1.2 channel sound compared to the 5.1.2 in the NANO75 and UQ9000.

The display boasts over 8 million self-lit pixels giving you sharp resolution and deep, dark blacks. The design now incorporates composite-fiber material in the construction and a new silver bezel that is incredibly thin.

Gamers get Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium built into the operating system. Console gamers get four HDMI 2.1 ports.

Although it is not part of the C2 lineup, LG also offers an OLED 8k TV in its Z2 model. Right now, though, that TV is too expensive for most customers who do not want to spend over $10,000 on a set.

Offerings From Other Manufacturers

LG has been very astute and offers a TV for just about every customer. They seem to offer good value at various price points. For comparison, let’s see what else is on the market.

Budget 4K TVs

LG has the UQ9000, but what do other makers have available?

On the ultra-budget end of things, Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi just released the TV EA Pro in 55”, 65”, and 75” varieties. Since it is from Xiaomi, the TV has the proprietary MIUI TV 3.0 as its operating system. This option is less expensive than the LG, but you are trusting a largely unknown TV maker.

Another competitor for the UQ9000 is the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series 4K UHD TV. This one is especially intended for those who are already ingrained in the Amazon ecosystem. It comes with an Alexa-powered remote and offers HDR 10. Of course, Amazon’s operating system is built in for streaming and games.

Mid Tier

LG’s NANO75 is intended to compete with some other manufacturers’ mid-tier TVs. Samsung, for example, has their Q60B QLED TV that has similar technology to NanoCell. The Samsung costs a little more than the LG but boasts 100% color volume similar to the color filtering of the LG.

For something less expensive, TCL offers its C715K. It also features QLED technology and Dolby Vision HDR. As with most TV purchases, lower-priced panels come from lesser-known companies. Even though TCL is a brand people expect to over-perform, it is still relatively new to the market.

OLED

OLED TVs have new, expensive technology that produces amazing visuals. With individually lit pixels on the screen, OLEDs offer some of the best contrast and dynamic range you can buy. Luckily, the technology is becoming more widespread which means that prices have started to come down some.

If you are looking for something a little less expensive than the LG OLED offerings, Sony has the Bravia A9s. The tradeoff is that the screen is only 48” compared to LG starting out at 55” in most of their offerings. This TV, like the LGs, offers integration with Google Assistant and Alexa, but was also designed with Playstation users in mind if you are a gamer.

For the top-end of OLED TVs, Samsung has its QN65S95B which runs a little more than the LG. With this panel, you are purchasing from a company that produces millions of OLED panels in smartphones, wearables, and TVs. You will also get a little better sound from the Sony and a 120hz refresh rate, making it a great choice for gaming.

Conclusion

From our research, LG TBs are worth the money. They hit a nice sweet spot between some ultra-expensive TVs and some budget TVs from companies you have never heard of before. The technology and operating systems in LG TVs are top of the heap.

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