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Today we’re going to be looking at one of LG’s 4K Smart TVs, the 55 inch version of the UM7300. This is a model released in 2019 that seems to be packed with all of the bells and whistles that people are looking for in modern large screen TVs. It looks impressive initially but will it hold up under further inspection? Join us as we find out below in our in-depth LG 55UM7300PUA review.
We need to keep in mind that the LG 55UM7300PUA is what is known as a budget 4K TV, meaning that while we expect it to be a more than adequate TV set, we don’t expect it to have the most astonishing physical finish. This is reflected in the build quality of the LG 55UM7300PUA.
All things considered, the LG 55UM7300PUA actually has pretty good build quality for its price range. Like many 4K sets in this range the back of the casing is made out of plastic instead of metal. The stands are pretty large which is good as it causes very minimal wobbling but because of their large width they may be a little hard to fit in cabinets.
Overall, the LG 55UM7300PUA is slightly better built than most TVs for this price and delivers a perfectly reasonable quality of durability and style. You can rest assured that this TV will stay in good condition, even after many years of use.
Smart TV Functionality
LG TVs are known for using the WebOS for their Smart TV functionality. It has always been a pretty good operating software but in recent years the WebOs has seen some updates to its UI that have made it much better.
It may not be quite as smooth as something using an Android based OS but it’s still fairly fast overall. The new UI has many things neatly displayed in the lower third of the screen. It looks clean and doesn’t clog up the screen very much, which makes navigation through all the different menus feel natural and very intuitive.
While there are ads on the home page they can fortunately be disabled in the Settings, which is a nice little touch you can take advantage of to make the Web OS UI look even better. They cannot be removed from the app stores but this is to be expected.
Overall, the LG 55UM7300PUA has a big selection of apps and has impressive compatibility overall, making it a great option for someone who wants to get a lot of use out of their Smart TV.
Any cheaper 4K TV is not going to have the same picture quality as other 4K TVs that are more expensive, so we were not remotely surprised that the LG 55UM7300PUA excelled in some areas and fell a little too flat in others.
The LG 55UM7300PUA is surprisingly decent when it comes to viewing angles, better than most 4K TVs at this price. They’re not great, and you’re still going to get the best display of lighting and colors while looking at it straight on, but darker images can still look pretty decent while viewing from a sizeable angle.
Unfortunately, the LG 55UM7300PUA does not have the most impressive HDR capabilities. The distinction between the super brights and the super darks is not very big. The contrast ratio is not impressive at all, leaving blacks look too grayish.
Overall color representation is fairly decent but we wish it could be better. This improves pretty noticeably when watching in 4K, but you may feel a little shortchanged if you use this set for anything below that resolution.
In the end, the LG 55UM7300PUA has reasonable picture quality for a budget 4K set and will definitely look better than your average 1080p TV screen. Most colors look quite good in 4K and it will serve as a very fine set for movies, internet streaming and gaming.
While we weren’t blown away, the LG 55UM7300PUA is a perfectly fine budget 4K set, and is certainly better than average. If you are looking for an entry level 4K TV screen that has very good Smart TV features and won’t break the bank, this would be a very good option.
If you are still using 1080p television quality and are finally in the mood to make your first leap into the world of Smart TV OS, 4K resolution and HDR clarity, the LG 55UM7300PUA would be a perfectly good choice to introduce you to this new and exciting world of entertainment.