FLATSCREEN 4K TV PER­FOR­MANCE - LG UB980T

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST -

Decked with the best tech­nolo­gies that LG has to of­fer, the UB980T’s mostly ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity came as no sur­prise to us. The IPS panel went pretty bright in our tests, and that bodes well if you’re the kind who en­joys plenty of sun­light in the living room. But be care­ful of po­si­tion­ing to avoid re­flec­tions.

With over 8 mil­lion pix­els, the UB980T shone when fed with prop­erly done 4K con­tent. Case in point: the sharp footage and nat­u­ral-look­ing colors of the dishes in the Food Odyssey 4K doc­u­men­tary that came in this 500GB hard drive that LG used to give to buy­ers of se­lect 4K TV mod­els couldn’t be more life­like. The Wolver­ine movie (also in the hard drive) also hardly put a foot wrong, and to quote our own notes, “the red strands of Yukio’s hair were im­pec­ca­bly ren­dered”.

With plenty of de­tails, depth, and sharp­ness, 3D images also looked amaz­ing on this pas­sive 3D TV. If you love watch­ing 3D con­tent, the UB980T is the TV to get. Cou­pled with the 90W, 5.2-chan­nel front speak­ers of our 79-inch test unit, we truly had a cinema-like ex­pe­ri­ence.

That said, the UB980T wasn’t with­out faults. Com­par­ing out of the box per­for­mance, we found colors on the UB980T a tad muted than those on the Sam­sung HU8500. This is largely due to the IPS panel LG uses, which although im­proves view­ing an­gles, also makes colors ‘pop’ less than ri­val pan­els. That said, the TV of­fers plenty of im­age con­trols (in­clud­ing a 20-point white bal­ance con­trol), so ad­vanced users can tweak to their heart’s con­tent. For the av­er­age user, the ISF Ex­pert 1 mode is a good pre­set for crit­i­cal view­ing; and it gave us ac­cu­rate colors from the get-go. Un­for­tu­nately, the dreaded back­light bloom­ing was present across all LED Lo­cal Dim­ming set­tings, but we man­aged to lessen the ef­fect by low­er­ing the back­light in­ten­sity. Lastly, res­o­lu­tion in fast­mov­ing scenes re­mained good with TruMo­tion en­gaged.

The col­or­ful and bright im­age makes this TV great for day­time view­ing.

The new launcher lets you browse through con­tent op­tions with­out hav­ing to nav­i­gate away from the ex­ist­ing view.

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