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While OLED TVs have seen price drops re­cently, they re­main too ex­pen­sive for most peo­ple, and limited in va­ri­ety com­pared to LCD TVs. Which is why LG, who con­tin­ues to in­vest heav­ily in OLED, still churns out new LED LCD TV se­ries on a very fre­quent ba­sis. Avail­able in 65, 79, 84, and 98-inch screen sizes, the UB980T is LG’s flag­ship 4K TV, and so nat­u­rally, it packs top-end specs and all the bells and whis­tles that the com­pany can come out with, in­clud­ing an Ul­tra Clar­ity In­dex of 1,300, sound co-de­vel­oped with Har­man Kar­don, a max­i­mum 5.2-chan­nel, 120W speaker sys­tem, a built-in 8-megapixel cam­era, sup­port for 4K HEVC 60p decoding, and We­bOS.

Now, the UI re­fresh brought about by We­bOS is ob­vi­ous right from the get-go. From tun­ing the TV chan­nels, con­nect­ing to your Wi-Fi net­work, to pair­ing with the LG Magic Re­mote, you’re guided by an an­i­mated char­ac­ter named Bean Bird. All of a sud­den, bor­ing and tech­ni­cal con­fig­u­ra­tions now seem fun and easy. And it goes deeper: there’s also a new launcher, a left-to-right scrol­lable straight line menu that runs along the lower por­tion of the screen. The idea is to al­low you to browse through ser­vice or con­tent op­tions with­out hav­ing to nav­i­gate away from the ex­ist­ing view, not to men­tion let­ting you watch a show, play a game, or browse the In­ter­net while search­ing or down­load­ing other con­tent at the same time.

We­bOS will also know when you plug in an ex­ter­nal de­vice and rec­og­nize what kind of de­vice it is, and then pops up a menu with all the rel­e­vant op­tions. And there’s a Live Menu with chan­nel and record­ing op­tions that you can open and keep within easy reach while watch­ing TV. The abil­ity to re­sume play­back (say, of a YouTube video) af­ter you’ve switched in­puts and come back to it is also de­light­ful. All in all, even as a 1.0 re­lease, we al­ready like how We­bOS has panned out on LG’s TVs. We’re ex­cited to see how this year’s We­bOS 2.0-based TVs fare.

De­sign-wise, we’re fans of LG’s hardy ‘sta­ble screen’, though not so much of the pro­trud­ing stand that runs the wide of the panel. Con­nec­tiv­ity-wise, you’re pretty much cov­ered by four HDMI ports (of which three sup­port HDMI 2.0) and three USB ports. Along with sup­port for In­tel WiDi, Mira­cast, and MHL, you’ve got all the tools to get con­tent on your mo­bile de­vice onto the big screen at your dis­posal.

Re­fresh­ing We­bOS UI. Sound de­signed by Har­man Kar­don.

Oc­ca­sional UI slug­gish­ness. Few rough edges in We­bOS 1.0.

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