LG 55" Class 55UH8500 Smart 4K Ultra HD TV: Immerse yourself in your favorite movies and television programs with this LG 4K 55-inch TV, and experience vibrant colors and enhanced viewing. With 4K HD, this television produces four times the clarity of standard HD. Web-connectivity lets you enjoy streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu on this LG 4K 55-inch TV.
Good TV Poor interface with K8500 4k blu-ray playe
Posted by: 25yearsinconsumerelectron from: on
A set worth considering if you're looking for a 4k TV but good luck finding one. It has been discontinued by LG.
With the lone exception of the OLED models from LG, you'don't be hard pressed to find a better 4k TV. It's picture is excellent as is the remote and app offerings from LG. The only criticisms I have of this TV is visual viewing area could be better and the picture in a bright room needs improvement.
An added benefit, only offered by LG at this time, is Dolly Vision. Both Netflix and Amazon's streaming 4k programing are broadcast in Dolby Vision and 4k disks will soon be available in Dolby Vision. Since Dolby Vision is a second 4k format, it's an added benefit to have it.
Here's the downside, the Samsung k8500 blu-ray player doesn't interact well with an LG set. It will automatically disable some of your picture settings. It may also do this on other non Samsung 4k TVs.
I'd strongly recommend waiting for the Panasonic UB 900 or Philips first 4k player before you buy a 4k blu-ray player. The UB 900 will be available from Best Buy in September and has gotten remarkable reviews. The Phillips unit is due in stores in October.
81 out of 82 found this review helpful.
Very good TV
Posted by: DaArtisan from: on
Let me start off by stating that I was in the market for a 4k, HDR, 3d TV.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and what I may be looking for in a TV set my be completely different for anyone else. I would just like to share my experience of this crazy shopping extravaganza I went through and driving my wife crazy in the process.
I tested all TV's with the same 1080P non 3d movie Wrath of the Titans, same HDR movie Marco Polo on Netflix, and Avatar 1080P in 3d
I first purchased a Samsung 55 js8500. The colors were great but the 4k up-scaling was sub par, HDR was not available even after an update. I tested this by putting on Marco Polo on Netflix and the HDR option was not available even though if you look online it says that the TV is capable of HDR. The Active 3d was ok, the flickering got to me as you can see it on the sides when your in a dark environment. You had the ability to convert 2d to 3d but the glasses would chew up batteries like a big breakfast meal in the morning.
I returned it and purchased a Sony 55 xbr900c which was a good TV. The colors were good and the 4k up-scaling was great and the HDR was decent. It had passive 3d and it was great as well, although it could not convert 2d to 3d and you could not use the 3d feature on the apps like Kodi which had a very extensive 3d catalog , I was fine with it. The reason I returned the TV was due to a very serious problem the 55xbr900c has which is a real bad light bleed on the bottom portion of the screen mainly at the corners. Its bad enough to return the TV just based on that.
So now I ended up with the LG 55UH8500 and I am very impressed by it. The colors are amazing and the 4k up-scaling is incredible. The passive 3d is really done well. I see a very little to no cross talk , and the sharpness is on point where everything in 3d looks amazing. It can also have a lot to do with Avatar, it is just an amazing movie with great color, visual effects, and all that other good stuff.
The HDR is outstanding and the set has the ability to convert any signal to HDR in the picture options like if it was up-scaling a 1080p to 4K is a huge plus. Tried it with Avatar in 3d it and was simply amazing. This set does HDR and Dolby vision which is a good future proofing TV as you have the both standards that are competing for market dominance.
Marco Polo in HDR on this set was better than the other 2. It was crisp and clear to the point were it looks like your looking through a window, but the window is open and it does not have a bug screen.
Only thing I find not too pleasing is that in a very dark room the blacks and not like that of a Plasma or Oled but I rather deal with that than light bleed from the corners.
Playing Video games on the set is very good. I don't notice any input lag.
I have to say I am very Happy with this TV.
54 out of 60 found this review helpful.
Excellent TV picture quality, No warranty support.
Posted by: UNHAPPYDWARF from: on
I loved this TV for the 7 weeks we were together. All was great. Excellent picture, plenty of functionality, This was just a great TV. Then one day I noticed some lines on the screen. A couple of days later, after I contacted Geek Squad, the TV was on. I stepped out of the room and heard a loud popping sound from the TV. I went back into the room, and the picture was shot. Whatever happened actually melted the glass in the left corner of the screen.
About a week later Geek Squad rolls up, looks at it for 30 seconds, says its physical damage and tells me they are not working on it. Manager from the store tells me the same thing, tells me to take it up with LG and they are done.
WTF is this? I can see if the screen is broken, shattered or apparently damaged from the front, then sure, no problem, I'm screwed. But the physical damage they are referring as a reason not to help me has obviously been done from the inside the display. This should be covered under warranty! I don't know if its Best Buy or LG or both, but this is not right. You spend $1400 on a TV, $300 on service plan and you get 7 weeks of beautiful, glorious TV watching. The manager did offer to refund the protection plan, which I accepted, but now i have an awesome TV which is useless to me.
I have attempted to contact LG. First response was some rambling "auto reply" email that made no sense and was just step one. I'm taking this as far as I can take it. This is unacceptable.
In summary, very nice TV. I question long term reliability due to my experiences. Best Buy worthless in their support, they have just lost a customer. LG will probably tell me to go pound sand too. If so, LG will have lost one also.
I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience with this particular TV
57 out of 65 found this review helpful.
Great Picture, Great Viewing area, and Great 3D!
Posted by: jwt111 from: on
This is an all-around excellent television with a great picture and wide viewing area. It does require some setup of the picture settings for your specific viewing environment. Read the manual! If you don’t like to, or can’t read a manual, then have someone else set it up for you. But don’t complain about the picture in a review if you haven’t done any work for it. Not all rooms are the same. You can try some of the settings that other reviewers have posted. Many are good neutral setups and do a good job of explaining why the user tried those settings, but play around with all of the picture settings. Take some notes, compare your adjustments, and if you don’t like what you did, reset it back the factory default.
The WebOs 3.0 is great and easy to use. The Amazon and Netflix interfaces are very easy to use and I really appreciate the superfast loading of a show; however, it does lead to more binge watching than you will realize while doing it. The Ultra HD 4K on YouTube, Amazon, and Netflix look great. You can easily get sucked into the vortex of time-lapse drone footage on YouTube, so be careful. While watching Stranger Things on Netflix, my wife mentioned that it actually looked like it was in 3D.
The 3D feature is amazing! I upgraded from a 42” Vizio 3D HDTV and this is a major step forward. Yeah, I was one of those that got hooked on 3D from the very beginning. I have way too many 3D movies, all of the Marvel movies, Star Trek, The Hobbit, and just about everything else released on 3D, even those generic “This is the Universe” discs. Watching all of the other manufacturers ditch the technology was somewhat distressing so I jumped on the upgrade while it was still available. I decided to get this instead of the OLED because of the price. I could almost get three of these for the price of one OLED. The OLED picture is stupidly cool, but I couldn’t explain the price to my wife or my checking account.
So, if you are in the market for a new 4K UHD TV and have a bunch of 3D movies, get this TV. If you like watching sports with friends and have a wide L shaped sofa, get this TV.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: talespins21 from: United States on
i like everything about this tv playing 4k ultra hd movies look way better on a hdr tv like this then a regular non-hdr 4k tv and dolby vision wont be addd on till april 7th from my understanding but i like everthing about this tv im using sports mode for picture mode for my cable and when you watch 4k ultra hd blu-ray movies in the new samsung 4k player it switches to a hdr standard, bright, or vivid, picture mode i like the vivid one the most blu-rays look great to but what a difference a hdr tv makes compared to a non hdr 4k tv cant wait till dolby vision comes out in the next update next week.
23 out of 31 found this review helpful.
Great tv for the price
Posted by: 4ktvguy from: on
The upscaling on this tv is good on 1080i and 1080p. The upscaling is decent on 720p. Recently watched some 4k content on Netflix. I was impressed with how smooth the content was. Especially watching Marco Polo in Dolby Vision something that only 3 TV companies are using. I have yet to watch any 3D blu rays. the 2D to 3D feature works properly and is unique if you want to turn non-3D into 3D content. The 40W Harmon/Kardon speakers are sufficient for a bedroom. Soundbar or other audio is recommended for larger rooms or if you want better voice separation.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great TV It's almost like being there
Posted by: Chuck from: on
I just purchased this TV and all I can say is "I'm really happy." I purchased this TV to replace my Samsung 32" LCD TV which died the night before this LG was delivered (good timing). My Samsung died after just 7 years. I expected more life for what I paid. I got the LG up and running and I'm just shocked. I guess going from 32" to 55" was a little overwhelming on the senses. The HDR is amazing. I have not actually viewed any 4K media yet because it's only been a couple of days and I'm still trying to figure out all the features. The Web OS is amazing. The upscaling and 3D are both awesome on this TV. I would recommend this TV to everyone. The only two that I saw that had better picture quality were the UH9500 and the OLED. I'm trying to find a tutorial to help me figure out all the features.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Very decent 4K and 3d TV
Posted by: Ricky1954 from: Chicago area on
Had been looking to upgrade to a larger screen tv than the 46" I had. I wasn't really concerned about 4k capabilities but did want 3d capabilities. That pretty much left me with two choices. The Lg series or the Sony series as these are the only two manufacturers who continue to produce 3d tvs. I wasn't crazy about the Sony series being android operated so I opted for the LG 8500 series.
First of all this tv (55") was very hard to find in stock. Finally located one in stock at a Best Buy 60 miles from me so I drove there to pick it up.
I really wanted to love this tv but can honestly only give it a strong like.
Don't get me wrong...the picture and colors can be adjusted to be quite vibrant and clear. What little 4k I have streamed has been very good. My biggest issues with this set are some very mild areas of light bleed along the top of the screen and one or two fairly moderate banding lines that show up occasionally during camera pans. Depending on how critical you are about these things this may not be an issue for you. A fourth HDMI input would also be nice. It is nice that the set is HDR and DV capable for 4k. Black levels could be a little bit better if you prefer inky blacks but honestly they are quite acceptable to me. I would also prefer the back of the set to be black rather than white.
This tv has more picture controls than you'll probably ever need. Set up was a breeze. Built in web browser is quite snappy. Magic remote took some getting used to but I'm getting there. The passive 3d playback on this set blows away the active 3d on my previous Sony set. Very little cross talk and no more having to charge glasses (big plus). Just make sure you're sitting at the right level. I was quite relieved to see no dead pixels which is always in the back of my mind when searching for a led tv. I must admit the audio quality of this tv is surprisingly good. I rarely use my sound bar anymore.
All in all, I think most people will find this set to be quite acceptable. If you're at all sensitive to minor light bleed and or light to moderate banding you'd be better off looking for a FALD set. You'll probably want to leave the local dimming set to off.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Good for a Bright Room and Wide Seating
Posted by: Ironmike from: on
I would only recommend this tv for a bright room and in an area that would require a wide viewing angle. Being an IPS panel, it gives great viewing angles off center (the best other than OLED). The dark scenes are not good since the black levels are barely passable (if dark blacks are a priority, stick with a VA panel). The smart features work really well, as well as the magic remote (the remote acts as a pointer on screen which is very intuitive and makes things work much faster for typing and clicking). I use this tv in a bright home gym where a wide viewing area is needed so it fits the bill nicely. Otherwise, if you view your tv straight on and/or in a dark room, there are better options (Vizio P Series or Samsungs 8000 series or higher).
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great HDR on this TV
Posted by: Gina from: on
I love this TV and will recommend friends and family to get one.