40″ LG 40UB8000 4K UHD LED Smart TV with LG LAP240 via Amazon
LG Electronics 40UB8000 is a 40 inch 4K UHD direct LED-backlit television with Netcast smart functionality and the unit reviewed on this page comes with the slim design 100 watt 4.1 channel LG LAP240 SoundPlate surround sound speaker system with Bluetooth and integrated subwoofer. LG TV’s that were out on the market earlier in 2014 were already outstanding in different ways but they lacked smart features and now we have that in the LG 40UB8000 that was released only in November of last year and that has a rather competitive price tag despite being 4K Ultra HD, Smart (with Amazon, Vudu, Netflix, Youtube, Hulu Plus and more) and with 120 Hz refresh rate.
Diagonal 39.5 inch LG 4K UHDTV weighs 28 pounds and has the measurements of 35.4 x 1.9 x 20.8 inches without stand, looks good with a simplistic edge to edge design and two pronged feet. It is a 4K Ultra HDTV so it offers stunning 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and Tru-4K HD Engine will upscale HD and standard definition videos and the latest video compression standard H.265 or HEVC- High Efficiency Video Coding is better than Blu-ray’s most advanced video compression method H.264- same picture quality but better compression. 4K UHD means four times the sharpness and detail of 1080p resolution Full HD and although there is not a lot of 4K content out there yet as it is a relatively new concept, you will find some 4K content via Netflix and it is absolutely amazing, needs to be experienced to understand- colours, details and sharpness are something else and this will make even better sense when more and more 4K content arrives on the market and this will not take very long considering how fast technology is progressing.
The refresh rate of 120 Hz means motion blur is greatly reduced or virtually no motion blur during fast moving games, sports and action movies and this is enhanced further by the effective Ultra Clarity Index of 1080. Being an IPS panel TV, sharpness, colours, contrast will not change when you watch the TV from the sides, which is great if you have a few people in the room and they have to sit at different positions to TV. When you first turn it on, the instructions on screen will guide you and you’ll be able to set it up easily- no complicated settings even with the smart or online stuff, LG’s online content seems to be one of the most user friendly we have come across and gives you access to lots and lots of free and (optional) paid by pressing only a couple of buttons- very rich content and hassle free easy access for which you may need certain subscriptions and internet connection- separate from the purchase of this TV and sound system set.
Connectivity options include the 3 x HDMI ports, 3 x USB ports, built-in Ethernet LAN and Wi-Fi, Miracast, WiDi and MHL- Mobile HD Link connectivity, 1 x Component video port that doubles as a Composite video interface and a Digital Optical output. What’s lacking on this 4K LED TV is LG’s WebOS operating system (and the less interesting but easy to manage Smart TV platform) and 3D functionality and LG doesn’t have 4K native content distribution service like Sony etc. but with upscaling of all your videos and content, and with the integrated HEVC decoder you have a winner here- quality will still be amazing and at its current price it seems to offer some of the best value for money out there, for minor cons it has many times more pros- the most important ones being the amazing picture quality with 10-bit color depth display which translates into more than 1 billion colours and Tru-4K HD Engine (darker blacks, brighter whites, stronger contrast and more realistic, life-like and natural images overall), Picture Wizard III and 8 Picture modes, sound quality with Clear Voice II, DTS Decoder, 2 Audio channels and 2 x 10 watt speakers enhanced by the LAP240 SoundPlate, smart functionality, ease of use, stylish and modern looks, 120 Hz refresh rate and UCI of 1080.