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LG 84LM960V review

LG's huge Ultra HD TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Astonishing images
  • High-end build quality
  • Excellent Full HD 3D
  • Superior smart TV

Against

  • Uneven Edge LED backlighting
  • Stratospheric price
  • Micro-second processing lag

The LG 84LM960V is the first widely distributed Ultra HD resolution TV to launch in the UK, and measures a massive 84 inches.

This next generation television standard has yet to take off commercially, not least because the codec required to make it a manageable format for transmission and distribution hasn't even been standardised, but that's not about to stop TV makers eager to break new ground early.

Initially available in 10 stores, including John Lewis Sloane Square, Bentalls Kingston and Richer Sounds Southampton, the LG 84LM960V effectively redefines the high-end of the consumer TV market.

Offering a native panel resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the LG 84LM960V foreshadows the next era of broadcasting tech, and at 84 inches it's comfortably the largest TV set that LG has ever sold. It's also ruinously expensive, but there's no doubting the quality of finish.

Build quality is imperious, all brushed aluminium and glass. The swiveling pedestal stand is similarly substantial - but it has to be, as the whole ensemble weighs a back-breaking 79kg (174 lbs).

The TV ships with two remote controls - a generic LG IR zapper and the wand-style AN-MR300 RF Magic Remote. Plus it has a party pack of gaudy Passive 3D glasses - a pair of Passive clip-ons plus two Dual Play specs that enable simultaneous split screen gaming.

Of course, for £22,500 (around AU$34,943/US$36,645), though, you could be forgiven for expecting James Cameron to turn up to install it for you as well.

LG 84LM960V review

Features

Despite its premium trappings, the LG 84LM960V sports much the same feature set as its Full HD stablemates. It offers an integrated smart TV portal, with network functionality and, of course, 3D.

The various catch-up and on-demand services available mirror those found elsewhere, but that's no bad thing. There's BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Lovefilm, YouTube, DailyMotion, Accu Weather, Picasa and a whole lot more - plus a variety of 3D content and causal games.

The TV offers two tuner choices, either standard Freeview HD or DVB-S2 satellite. The latter can be used with a Sky dish feed, and offers an uncurated channel listing that apes what you'll get from Freesat.

Back panel connectivity is solid. There are four HDMI inputs, three USBs, component via an adaptor, PC VGA and Ethernet. Only HDMI can be used to input a UHD 3840 x 2160 signal.

If you have a spare external USB hard drive, you can timeshift from the TV or use the drive as a cache for pausing and replaying live television. But of course, with only a single tuner available, this is more a convenience nicety than PVR replacement.

Naturally, the TV has integrated Wi-Fi too. There's also a Wi-Fi Share mode, which enables the use of Wi-Fi Direct and WiDi.

The LG 84LM960V performs the usual 2D to 3D conversion trickery, which is at its most effective with still images. Obviously the dimensional effect is somewhat unpredictable, but there's something delightfully ViewMaster about the results.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLM960V
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NameLG
Screen Size213.4 cm (84")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, CEC
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)81.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption256 W
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand1214 mm
Width with Stand1916 mm
Depth with Stand39.90 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year374 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate800 Hz
Height1120 mm
Width1916 mm
Depth39.9 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLM960V
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesFlicker-free, Motion Clarity Index, Flashback, Channel Labeling, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model84LM960V
Product Name84LM960V LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number84LM960V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationEXPERIENCE LG ULTRA HD

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ULTRA HD TV

LG 84 inch ULTRA HD TV presents a whole new level of picture quality, boasting a resolution four times higher than Full HD. Naturally, it is incredibly immersive, vivid and crisp, even when viewed from close distances. Ultra High Definition TV is the future of TV viewing and brings the cinema experience home.

Package Contents
  • 84LM960V LED-LCD TV
  • 7 x 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)70.40 kg