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LG 65-inch UF950T 4K UHD smart TV review – sleek design and quality

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Most of the new smart TVs released in 2015 will have 4K Ultra High Definition resolution and manufacturers will need to have something special under the hood to stand out.

LG has managed to deliver that unique ingredient to its 65-inch UF950T television and it’s called ColourPrime.

ColourPrime is a new technology that can increase the colour range of the TV by using different LED phosphor colours and create a more lifelike depth and quality.

It is just one of the many features aboard this new LG smart TV that Tech Guide has reviewed.

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The company has certainly found its stride in the TV market in the last couple of years in design, features, connectivity and picture quality.

DESIGN

Design has become a major factor for customers when it comes to buying a TV and the LG 65UF950T certainly looks the part.

It has a thin design – it’s just 8.5mm at its thinnest point.  Something that’s also thin on the TV is the bezel that frames the panel. It is so narrow all you’ll see is the screen.

The TV rests on a curved stand to give it a gravity-defying look.

The whole back panel of the TV is white and all of the inputs (four HDMI, three USB) located on right side of the rear plate.

The LG 65UF950T smart TV has a thin bezel around the screen
The LG 65UF950T smart TV has a thin bezel around the screen

The bottom line is the LG smart TV wouldn’t look out of place even in the most stylish room.

PERFORMANCE

Today’s smart TVs have more in common with a computer than ever before.

It behaves like a computer – it connects to the internet, accesses online content, runs applications and also has it own operating system.

And that’s why LG has put a quad-core processor under the hood. This makes it possible to change channels quickly and easily and smoothly navigate the system.

The TV only takes a few seconds to power up and you can surf the channels right away.

The LG 65UF950T is just 8.5mm at its thinnest point
The LG 65UF950T is just 8.5mm at its thinnest point

LG’s webOS is the software that runs the TV in the same way OS X or Windows runs your computer.

From the moment you turn the TV on for the first time, webOS guides the user to set up the TV and connect it to the internet via the built-in wi-fi.

And it also makes it easy for day-to-day use whether it’s accessing the web from the TV’s browser, firing up catch-up TV apps and Netflix, switching between sources and adjusting the settings.

The LG TV has a curved stand and a white rear panel
The LG TV has a curved stand and a white rear panel

LG has once again included the small Magic Remote to control the television so it is your controller and also a cursor so you can use it like the mouse on your computer.

On the picture quality side, this LG TV really brings it.

This year’s the picture has got an extra kick and it’s courtesy of the new technology LG has packed into the panel.

The first is ColourPrime which uses different LED phosphor colours to increase the range and quality of the colour on the screen.

This is backed by Ultra Luminance that’s designed to analyse the light and dark areas of a scene in real time to boost the brightness and contrast of the picture.

And the result is one great looking picture.

Colour had a little extra punch without looking artificial. It still had a natural look and lifelike quality.

Black levels were also impressive but could have been a little deeper and that was with an adjustment of the brightness.

Contrast was excellent and gave the overall picture a good mix.

The TV is powered by the webOS 2.0 software and has a quad-core processor on board
The TV is powered by the webOS 2.0 software and has a quad-core processor on board

Quality really shone through when watching native 4K Ultra High Definition content off a USB drive.

It really highlighted the depths of the reds, blues and greens with the tiniest details plain to see on the screen.

It really added another dimension to your viewing and will be showcased when the Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs hit the market this Christmas.

But even regular Blu-Ray Disc movies really punched above their weight as well thanks to the excellent six step upscaling technology onboard that pumped up the content to near 4K quality.

And with 200Hz field refresh rate the motion blur was virtually non-existent.

The LG 65UF950T has a sleek design and will look good in any room
The LG 65UF950T has a sleek design and will look good in any room

This was a great feature for our review because we watched a lot of sport and action films on the UF950T and the fast motion and high action scenes looked pure and smooth.

Standard definition TV wasn’t too flash on the 65-inch UHD screen. High definition free to air TV was a slight improvement.

Another massive tick for the LG UHD TV is the audio quality thanks to the built-in Harman Kardon speakers.

It’s one having a gorgeous ultra high definition picture but having poor speakers is like driving a Ferrari on budget tyres – it takes away from the whole experience.

There’s no such worry with the LG UF950T which delivers excellent sound whether you’re watching regular TV, sport or a movie.

Other features that will endear this TV to customers is the Cinema 3D to enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies and the time machine-twin tuner that lets you record to an external USB hard drive and watch one show while you record another.

VERDICT

LG has hit the bullseye with the 65-inch 4K UHD UF950T by delivering a sleek design, easy-to-use interface, impressive performance and excellent picture and sound quality.

Priced at $6,499 RRP (we’ve seen it a lot cheaper in stores), the LG TV is an investment that you’ll be enjoying for many years to come.

LG 65-inch 4K UHD UF950T smart TV

Price: $6,499