The LG 49UH620V would be middle of the road if it cost £1000 – but at the bargain price of £400, it really is an excellent deal. It has great sound quality, 4k and UHD capabilities (which until very recently have been a rarity at this price point) and LG’s webOS Smart TV capabilities.
The standard HD picture needs a little colour adjustment and we feel like LG could have upped the processing power to speed up the loading of apps.
It’s missing 3D and the TV isn’t curved – but those fads belong in 2015. In 2017 sets are all shying away from including these features.
Apart from this, we can’t find any obvious drawbacks. At its current price, the LG 49UH620V definitely gets The Grade seal of approval.
The design is nothing to shout about, but then again it’s not hideous either. LG haven’t used any metal on the stand (as you tend to get with their higher end models), instead, going for black, slightly shiny plastic. Nor is the bezel around the set as thin as other, more premium sets. This doesn’t have as cheap a look as you might expect, and build quality is still generally solid.
We generally prefer the stand on the 620v to the LG 49UH610V, which is exactly the same set just with a different stand. On that model, there are two flimsy plastic feet that support the TV, rather than a single bar design. This version of the stand feels a lot more sturdy. Given they are usually the same price (and sometimes the 620v is £10 cheaper) we would personally go for this model.
The LG 49UH620V has 4K capability, which means it has roughly four times the number of pixels of a standard picture. Below you can see the difference each evolution in TV resolution has made, expressed through the wonderful medium of Idris Elba’s face:
4K content is currently restricted to a few programmes on Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime – but we still think it’s important to have this feature to future-proof your TV. The LG 49UH620V also comes with upscaling technology that tries to fill in the pixel gaps when it gets an HD signal to try to replicate what the picture would look like in 4K. This doesn’t replicate the quality of a true 4K source, but when watching BBC One HD side by side with a standard HD TV we could really see the difference.
However, just as important is the HDR technology that comes with the set. This is something people often overlook but is critical if you want the full modern viewing experience. Essentially HDR, or High Dynamic Range, highlights more effectively the contract between light and dark on the screen. It’s a term that originally started off in photography, but has now been taken up by the TV world and oh boy, does it make a big difference. You can see the difference below, where HDR is enabled on the let hand side, but not on the right.
Both 4K and HDR perform excellently on this set, but with more day to day content, the performance is more average.
Standard programmes you get on, for example, Freeview are not compatible with HDR and when watching them we found the 49UH620v handled shadow and light much less impressively and trended to dampen the vibrancy of the image a tad. The picture was still sharp, but it’s the handling of colour contrast that sets this apart from the £1000 plus models. Of course, you are not paying these prices for this TV and you will struggle to beat the picture in this price range.
Viewing angles are not the widest, so if you have a large open plan room then you may want to look at other options.
Some have complained of an orange glow out of the box, others of a blue glow, however, we found these claims to be overblown. In any case, the colour settings on the TV are more than adequate to adjust the image to how you like it.
The TV refreshes at 60HZ, i.e. 60 times a second. LG also has some tech that can boost this to 120Hz. It sounds like a lot, and for watching the soaps it most definitely is. When watching fast-paced sports or playing Call of Duty we did notice some momentary blurring. This is to be expected at this price point, but if you are a die hard gamer you should know what you are getting.
It has a surprising amount of oomph for a flatscreen, and deep enough bass to make movie explosions and gunfire sound threatening. The mid-range is also handled well and vocals are especially clear, though it can struggle slightly with the higher notes.
We’d always recommend getting a soundbar with a new telly, as even a £90 one can make the world of difference to your viewing experience.
LG’s webOS 3.0 is one of our favourite Smart TV systems. It’s really easy to set up (the TV can connect directly to WiFi) and use.
Everything is controlled via a pop-up menu along the bottom of the screen. This allows you to keep watching TV while doing some navigating. On this menu there are some popular apps installed right out of the box, but there’s an also built-in store that allows you to install all major apps.
On testing this particular model we did find a bit of juddering when using the Youtube app, and on one occasion it did restart. No doubt the processor in this TV could be made more powerful to avoid this, but generally, we had no issues.
It has an A+ energy efficiency.