LG 65LA970W review

LG's debut 65-inch Ultra HD TV costs £500 more than key rivals from Sony and Samsung, but might just get away with it.

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Impressive though the 65LA970W's design and smart features are, though, its true highlight features are reserved for its screen specification. Kicking off, of course, with the UHD resolution of 3840x2160 pixels – a pixel count that delivers four times the resolution of a normal HD screen.

Potentially almost as significant is the 65LA970W's use of a direct LED lighting system. This uses LEDs positioned directly behind the screen rather than the more common approach of ranging the LEDs around the screen's edge – an approach which usually delivers a markedly better black level response/contrast performance than the edge LED system.

LG 65LA970W
The bezel is absurdly thin

Even better, LG uses a local dimming system on the 65LA970W, meaning it can control the light output of separate sections of the LED lighting array to give a further – potentially spectacular – contrast boost.

The set also employs a 1000Hz-like motion handling engine delivered through a combination of a 100Hz native panel and a scanning backlight, while a new Tru-Ultra HD processing engine is on hand to tackle the extremely difficult task of upscaling today's HD and even standard definition pictures to the screen's UHD resolution.

The set inevitably carries 3D support despite this technology currently being out of fashion, and since this is an LG set this 3D support is of the passive variety. LG's name on the TV also means it uses an IPS panel, meaning it should hopefully support wider viewing angles than most LCD TVs.

Concerns

There are a couple of concerning notes about the 65LA970W's specification, though. First, the set uses LG's 'Nano' technology that enables it to employ a direct LED system while keeping the set exceptionally slim. The problem with this from experience with previous Nano sets is that it can diffuse the light so much that it takes away much of the contrast advantage usually associated with direct LED lighting.

Concern two finds the 65LA970W only carrying three HDMIs when surely such a cutting edge TV should have four. And our final concern is also to do with the HDMIs. For they're only built to the v1.4 specification, not the new UHD-friendly HDMI 2.0 configuration currently supported exclusively by Panasonic's L65WT600.

What this means in practical terms is that the set can't currently accept 4K feeds at a higher frame rate than 30fps. Other manufacturers of 4K TVs with v1.4 HDMIs have gone on record to say that they will be able to upgrade their sockets to accept 4k at 60fps – albeit with reduced colour information. LG, though, has felt unable to categorically offer the same confirmation, despite being asked to do so for more than two weeks prior to the publication of this review. It did at least seem to indicate that 60Hz 4K would be possible from other sources though, including USB and the set's built-in tuner.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLA970W
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Smart TVYes
Brand NameLG
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)44.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyNANO Full LED
Operating Power Consumption198 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power50 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand910 mm
Width with Stand1451 mm
Depth with Stand325 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height838 mm
Width1451 mm
Depth40.8 mm
Sound SystemDTS, Dolby Digital, Virtual Surround Plus
Product SeriesLA970W
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), Flicker-free, Motion Clarity Index, Web Browser, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model65LA970W
Product NameUltra HD TV 65 Inch LA970W
Manufacturer Part Number65LA970W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationULTRA HD TV

LG ULTRA HD represents the next level of picture quality and clarity, boasting a resolution four times higher than Full HD. Incredibly sharp and crisp, even when viewed from close distances.

ENJOY DIRECT AND POWERFUL SOUND WITH MINIMALIST DESIGN

4.1 SLIDING SPEAKER

LG's unique 4.1Ch Sliding Speaker delivers direct and powerful sound the second the TV is turned on and disappears from view when the TV is turned off.

ULTRA HD RESOLUTION UPSCALER

All your favourite content in ULTRA HD resolution

Enjoy the benefits of ULTRA HD with 4 stages of sophisticated upscaling to make all your favourite TV, movies, sports and games even better.

Package Contents
  • Ultra HD TV 65 Inch LA970W
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)40.60 kg