LG NANO85 TV Review

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LG NANO85 in LG’s NanoCell lineup is a 4k LED Screen. With very good out-of-the-box color accuracy, it has reasonable overall performance but it does not perform well in dark rooms. It has a low contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and can at times be very distracting due to its bad local dimming feature.

With an IPS screen, however, it has wide viewing angles, and if you decide to put it in a bright room, it has excellent reflection handling. It has a fast response time but in motion, there is overlap, which may be distracting. Fortunately, it has a low input lag which response quickly to your actions.

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PROS

  • Very good out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Impressive reflection handling.

CONS

  • Poor black uniformity and bad local dimming feature.
  • It doesn’t get bright enough in HDR to bring out highlights.

Design:

The LG NANO85 has a stylish and modern look, but there is nothing remarkable about it that separates the screen. The brace is two different sticks, which does not feel as sleek as the LG SM8600 frame. That said, if you want to wall-mount the screen, it lies flat and looks good. The stand consists of two feet, and the left leg (if you look at the television) is not as straight as the right leg. This may be a concern with our machine, so if you have the same issue let us know in the discussions. Overall, the TV stand is well supported but there’s still wobbling.

Overall, the efficiency of the NANO85 is fine to build. It’s made entirely from a plastic that looks a little cheap and has some flex to it, but it also looks like it isn’t going to crack and it keeps the Screen tightly together. The left leg on the stand is not straight like the right leg, but we don’t know whether it was damaged in transit or not properly built.

Picture Quality:

Contrast ratio good. IPS panels like the one on this TV are not considered to have strong native contrast, but that’s stronger than other IPS TVs and it’s close to the LG SM9500 higher-end. Nevertheless, when presented in the night, blacks look similar to white, and the local dimming feature just darkens blacks that little more.

Bad local dimming. It isn’t very effective and makes dark scenes look worse. When there’s a bright object that moves across the screen, the dimming zones around the object light up and it’s noticeable even during real scenes. Setting the local dimming to ‘Medium’ helps with this issue, but overall, it gets very distracting.

For movies: The LG NANO85 is a medium for film watching. Because of its IPS panel, it has a poor contrast ratio and the local dimming function allows dark scenes to look worse by lighting areas around light objects. It still has low black uniformity, but it upscales material in 1080p, as from Blu-ray boxes, almost as nice as content in native 4k.

For TV shows: Very good on television shows. The LG NANO85 has impressive handling of reflections, has perfect peak brightness and decent viewing angles. Unfortunately, because the sides of the panel are darker, it has certain uniformity concerns but it upscales lower-quality content, including from cable boxes, perfectly without any problems.

For Sports: Good TV for sports. The LG NANO85 has a good response time but fast-moving content has some duplication. It has excellent handling of the mirror, and the viewing angles are wide enough to watch the game with a community of buddies. Unfortunately, in the center, there is some dirty screen effect visible which could distract during sports.

For Video Games: The LG NANO85 is a perfect videogame pick. The input latency is very short, it has a decent reaction time and there is an initialization function with a black frame to help minimize motion blur. Nonetheless, owing to its weak contrast ratio and bad black uniformity this is not a perfect option for darkroom games.

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For HDR Gaming: The LG NANO85 is a perfect TV for HDR games, due mostly to its excellent success in sports. It has a small input lag and fast response time, but it doesn’t look nice on the HDR material. It isn’t being warm enough to pull out highlights and it’s not making decent results in the darkroom.

For PC monitor: The NANO85 is nice TV to use as a monitor on the PC. It has a low input lag which results in a reactive desktop experience. If you want to put it in a meeting room, the viewing angles are wide enough and display proper 4:4:4 chroma, which is important for reading text. It still has no chance of irreversible burn-in, and there’s no need to think about the static displays.

Smart Features:

Like on most LG TVs, the WebOS system is fast and simple to use, too. There were no bugs we ‘d noticed. Unfortunately, this TV is not ad-free since advertisements run at different times. During the testing, we saw advertisements but we couldn’t get a photo.

Final Thoughts:

The LG NANO85 is good tv. Due to its low input lag and decent response time it works best as a gaming TV or as a Computer display. It is not the best option to watch movies in a dark room because it has a weak contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and a bad local dimming feature. Luckily for its IPS screen, it has huge viewing angles so whether you choose to see a performance or the major game for a broad group of people, it’s good peak brightness.

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