The model I have here is the 75” QNED99, it’s an 8K screen with HDMI 2.1, 120hz, HDR 10 and has full array local dimming. This means it’s capable of producing deeper blacks, better contrast and more accurate colours. This could be one of the best LCD TVs available right now.

Today I’ll do a quick unboxing, set it up then talk about the picture quality, movies, gaming and any pros and cons I’ve found from my experience so far. Any questions about this TV, please drop those in the comments. I’ve also dropped a link in the description along with the timestamps if you want to skip ahead.

Unboxing

Inside it comes with everything you’d expect to see. If you’re not wall mounting it, it comes with a two part stand in silver you can use. Then there are the manuals and setup instructions, two packs of screws for the stand, a remote control and some batteries. Plus there are some cable ties and a backplate for the stand. Box 1115 x 1820 x 253mm weight 48.1kg (HxWxD)

 

Stand Assembly

Now although I usually wall mount my TVs I will be fitting the stand today which means I can show you how to install it. You’ll definitely need two people to lift this.

The front curved piece slots onto the rear support and attaches with 4 screws, that’s the easy bit done. Now LG recommends laying the TV flat on the packaging that’s provided, using the cardboard and polystyrene pieces, then just lift the TV out of the box and onto the makeshift table below.

The stand now clicks in and attaches with the 4 remaining screws. Once done just lift the TV up and onto the unit, and we’re done.

Rear / Ports

Taking a quick look at the rear of the TV first. If you are wall mounting it you’ll use these recessed areas instead of a typical VESA mount. This means the TV will sit really flush to the wall as the bracket or mount will be hidden inside here.

All of the ports are also designed for wall mounting, as none of them point out from the TV, the cables will be flush. This should be how all TVs are designed.

These ports include: 4 x HDMI 2.1 ports capable of 8K 60 or 4K 120, perfect for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Port number 2 is eARC ready too for sending content to and from a soundbar or AVR. There are also 3 USB ports, an optical out, a wired network port and headphone port. On the left there’s the non-removable power cable, something we’ve seen LG doing for a number of years now.

Then there’s this cable management channel built into the stand where you can hide your power cable or HDMI’s. Once the cables are in, this little cover clips over the top keeping them out of sight, that’s really neat.

And this is how big the TV is, here are the dimensions on screen. I’ve added measurements that you might not get online too so hopefully this is useful.

Unboxed 958 x 1665 x 28.9 (without) 1032 x 1665 x 405mm (with stand)
Weight TV: 38.2 with stand 37.2kg

Front / Design

Turning it around this is what it looks like. The overall style is nice, it’s got a kind of square design with these brushed metal looking edges, and for an LCD TV it’s actually pretty thin. It’s got a G1 style going on here. It looks minimal, slim and sleek. It’s definitely optimised for wall mounting.

The stand at the bottom is curved and has that same brushed metal look, and as it’s not as wide as the TV you don’t need a massive TV unit to sit it on. There’s the QNED branding on the bottom right corner here, I know the NanoCell range does this too, but the OLEDs don’t.

Tv Setup

Setting it up for the first time only takes 10 minutes. Go through the setup procedure, accepting the terms, and choosing whether you are using the stand or wall mounting it. Then enabling the AI functions like AI picture and sound pro. I have both of these on. Connect to your network and sign in using the LG App.

The first thing to do once it’s set up is check for updates. When I got this it wasn’t on the latest version so things like the Game Optimiser mode was totally different. Oh, and make sure you turn the energy saving mode off, this will make a huge difference to the brightness.

Picture Quality

So as this is the 75” model, it’s no good having a big screen if the quality is terrible, but this TV does not disappoint. It’s an 8K IPS panel and it’s kind of the ultimate evolution of LCD. It’s made up of a mini LED backlight combined with quantum dot nanocell color technology. I know that’s a lot, but it basically brings enhanced brightness, deeper blacks and a more accurate colour reproduction to the screen. The black levels on this are very good for an IPS panel. I reviewed the 86” Nano91 last year, and I can safely say this QNED is a lot better.

Everything looks vibrant and not dull or washed out, something you’d normally see on LCDs.

Over the last week I’ve been watching a few different movies on Netflix and Disney Plus. And coming from using an OLED everyday, I was really impressed with how rich the colours looked on this TV. If there’s interest I think I’ll do a comparison between this QNED, my OLED and maybe even a different LCD TV, let me know if you want to see that.

There are 9 different picture modes on this, including Cinema, Vivid, Eco and the ISF modes. Each can be tweaked depending on your preferences and room brightness. I’ve played around and settled on Cinema mode and edited that one, I either use this or ISF Bright. I’m pretty happy with the overall image quality, and out of the box it’s not bad at all.

So this QNED has full array local dimming pro, this means that unlike other LCD TVs it’s capable of controlling more zones with the Mini LED backlight. This alone makes a huge difference to the black levels and dark scenes. Here I’m watching a really dark scene at night, and normally you’d expect to see a halo or light bleed around anything lighter or brighter than the rest of the screen. Subtitles are the real test, and as you can see the Mini LEDs do an awesome job of controlling those zones. It’s actually been enjoyable to watch at night. I have the LED Local Dimming set to Low, I’ve found that to be the best option.

This TV does support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, as well as HDR 10 and HLG. Dolby Vision and Atmos are always my preferred formats as it really does bring the most realistic cinematic experience to the screen.

I watch a lot of movies on Netflix, so it’s awesome to see that most shows and movies now support these formats too. But there’s another mode called Filmmaker Mode which I have switched on. This is ideal if you want to see the movie you’re watching in the director’s original vision, including aspect ratio, colours and frame rates. It also turns off motion smoothing by default, although that’s a setting I always have off.

8K Upscaling

Now as this is an 8K screen the resolution is 7680 by 4320, but there’s not a lot of native 8K content out there to watch. I did watch a few 8K demos and some YouTube videos to test it out. And from what I can see, it’s pretty impressive. The AI processor also enhances the picture detail, plus it’s capable of upscaling content to 8K using the Alpha 9 Gen4 processor.

Game Optimiser

Gaming is absolutely awesome on this TV, and the fact all of the ports are HDMI 2.1 it’s ready for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.

One of the biggest and most impressive things about this QNED Mini LED TV is the fact it comes with LG’s game optimiser mode. We’ve seen this new mode on LG’s C1 and G1 OLED already, and having used that for the last few months I can say it’s an awesome feature to have.

Once you’ve plugged in your PS5, Xbox or PC, press the settings button on the remote and you’ll get this new overlay. It shows you what FPS the game is running at, along with the black stabiliser, low latency and AI game sound options.

Then depending on the game you’re playing, you can choose one of the different picture settings modes to optimise the picture for that game. You can change the game genre to FPS, RPG and RTS, all of these have slightly different picture settings. FPS for example boosts the shadows very slightly.

So yeh, this new Game Optimiser area really gives us control over what we can do while gaming. And whether I’m playing Warzone, Cold War or Forza on the Xbox, I can make the most of this little menu at the click of a button.

Just a quick note though, this QNED does not come with VRR, or variable refresh rate.

Viewing Angles

So generally speaking LCD panels are known for poor viewing angles, as soon as you view it off centre the colours are washed out. But this QNED Mini LED has really surprised me. To the point that it doesn’t matter where in the room you’re viewing it, the colours and contrast almost don’t change at all. So as I move around the screen, you can see it’s slightly different, but it’s still watchable.

Reflections

When it comes to reflections, like with any TV you’re going to get some. But this QNED must have some sort of anti-reflective coating, it’s almost a matte finish. It means as you’re watching it during the day you can still see what’s on the screen, rather than what’s in the room. Obviously if you directly angle the TV against a window you’re going to see that, but overall it’s impressive.

Remote

If you’ve seen the previous 2020 LG remotes you’ll see this 2021 one looks different. It’s now got a flatter design in both looks and feel, and it’s slightly smaller when comparing it to last year’s remote.

We’ve got some new quick access buttons at the bottom including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus. And the scroll wheel in the centre is a lot firmer than before. As this is a magic remote it means we’ve still got the floating arrow on screen which is used to navigate around the menus and apps. I personally like using the magic wand although I know some think it’s a bit gimmicky.

Home Screen / UI

As with all of the 2021 models we’ve now got WebOS 6.0 which brings a new UI, dashboard and homescreen area. For me the biggest change is the app launcher. I covered this briefly during the C1 video I did a few months ago, but you can see here that the overall design of the dash is totally new. Any apps you install will show up here now, and you can rearrange them in whatever order you’d like. Then below these are recommended and trending shows.

There’s also the app store where you can download any apps, like Spotify, Plex, Amazon Prime and loads more. It comes pre-installed with plenty, but if you’re looking for apps like BBC, ITV or any other UK streaming services you’ll have no issues here.

This TV supports AirPlay, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant too, so if you want to share your iPhone, iPad or Mac screen to the TV, it’s pretty easy to share from your device.

Speakers

If you’re interested in knowing what the speakers sound like, they are OK. But if you’re getting a screen like this for movies and gaming, I’d recommend picking up a soundbar at least.

Final Thoughts

So in summary this 2021 QNED Mini LED TV is really impressive. It’s got an 8K resolution, HDMI 2.1, full array local dimming, decent viewing angles and no risk of burn-in if that’s something you are worried about. For an LCD I’m very impressed with the QNED99.