LG NANO81 is a good TV overall with an IPS panel. It’s a really basic TV that’s restricted to extra features since it doesn’t embrace any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology or Dolby Vision. This has wide angles of view, and it’s a perfect option to watch a big game with a lot of friends. Unfortunately, people who love watching movies in the dark can be disappointed with this because of its weak contrast ratio, bad local dimming functionality, and uniformity issues. It’s a perfect option for Xbox players because the response time is respectable and the input lag is incredibly low. Basically, it’s a relatively well-built TV with an outstanding build and a luxurious center-mounted stand.
- Wide viewing angles.
- Excellent reflection handling.
- Incredibly low input lag.
- Poor dark room performance.
- Doesn’t get very bright.
- No VRR support.
The LG NANO81 has an outstanding design that looks a lot like the LG NANO85 and the LG SM8600 in terms of its desing and frame. It has the same center-mounted stand as SM8600 that gives it a more luxurious feel than the two-foot stand on the LG NANO85.
The center-mounted moon-shaped stand is all plastic, except for the base underneath the frame, which is metal. The middle component that attaches to the TV is plastic and doesn’t support the Television as long as a lot of wobbles.
It has a decent design quality, just like the LG SM8600. The stand wobbles a lot so there’s a lot of flex to the back panel. You can also clearly see the screws and lines to which the different sections of the Screen are mounted.
The contrast ratio of the TV is average and it has greater than other IPS panels we have used, but when presented in the dark, blacks look similar to gray. There is a local dimming feature which improves the contrast ratio only slightly.
The LG NANO81 offers low local dimming. This has six edge-lit dimming zones, so bright things highlight entire regions, and you can see when each zone starts and stops, which is confusing even during actual content.
Due to this issue, there are noticeable blooming and uniformity issues around subtitles and bright objects. On the upside, it doesn’t crash scenes and objects transition between zones well.
Movies: The LG NANO81 is a medium TV for movie watching. It has a weak contrast-ratio IPS screen, and its local dimming feature is poor. It still has low uniformity in black, and dark scenes don’t look good. Fortunately, it upscales content in lower resolution well and excludes judges from 24p channels, such as native apps.
TV Shows: Very good for TV shows. The LG NANO81 has outstanding handling of the reflection, but it is not getting really clear, and you can avoid placing it in very clear spaces. It has wide viewing angles and, as from cable boxes, it upscales 720p content without any problems. LG’s WebOS software also provides a wide variety of apps to use.
Sports: The LG NANO81 is the best for watching sports. If you play games with a big group of friends it has different viewing angles. This has good response time, and fast-moving content doesn’t have any motion blur, and there’s almost no dirty screen impact as well. You should avoid watching sports in very bright rooms because they don’t get really big, but they do have outstanding handling of reflection.
HDR Gaming: The LG NANO81 is all the best TV for HDR gaming, thanks mostly to its decent gameplay results. It has an incredibly low input lag and decent response time but it doesn’t look nice with HDR video. The gamut of colors is quite limited and is not getting bright enough to pull out highlights. This is also limited to a refresh rate of 60Hz and therefore has no VRR support.
PC Monitor: The LG NANO81 is a perfect TV to use as a monitor. It shows correct 4:4:4 chroma, which is important for reading text. It has large viewing angles so putting in a meeting room is a smart idea. Placing in bright rooms is not the safest TV, because while it has outstanding handling of reflections, it is not going bright enough to fight glare.
With certain uses, the LG NANO81 is a good TV. It’s a perfect option for its IPS panel to watch sports with a community of friends, or use it as a Mac monitor. This has a low contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and its local dimming option is bad so it’s not a good choice to watch movies in the dark. It has no support for VRR and it has a refresh rate of 60Hz but novice players will enjoy the incredibly low input lag and good response time.