Introduction, features and performance
The LG 49UF770V is one of LG’s more affordable 4K screens, and it’s almost an outstanding mid-range Ultra HD TV. Almost.
Ultra HD televisions are now utterly mainstream. Where once they were only available to those with their early-adopter wallets bursting at the seams, now they come in all shapes and sizes – and, more importantly, prices.
Of course you still have the hugely expensive options, like Panasonic’s mighty £8,000 TX-65CZ952 OLED screen and the gorgeously flat LG 65EF950V, but by contrast you can also pick up a 42-inch 4K TV for less than £300. At the top you’re still in elite territory, while at the bottom you are most definitely sacrificing a lot of visual refinement to have that box-ticking 4K panel. All of which makes the mid-range Ultra HD TVs, like the LG 49UF770V, a much more tantalising prospect for most of us.
I checked out the similarly priced 49-inch Sony 49X8307C a few months back, and that was lovely looking TV, with great upscaling and beautiful 4K imagery. Unfortunately it was brutally hamstrung by an Android TV interface that is still far from functional in the living room.
Can this competing LG option deliver a better experience or is it going to suffer from the same sort of problems?
What’s in the box?
Of course, this being a 4K Ultra HD TV, we’re talking about a screen with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 across its 49-inches of screen real estate. And as a modern LG television, it’s using the excellent webOS software to make up its smart capabilities. The webOS setup is probably both the simplest and the most effective of all the options on offer right now.
On the connectivity side, it shows its more affordable leanings by only offering three HDMI 2.0 connections on the side panel, with a pair of USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port sat just above them.
To the rear are all the rest of the usual suspects when it comes to connections. There are a pair of RF, a full scart, composite, component as well as PC audio inputs, digital audio outputs, headphone jack and LAN ethernet connection. It also has Wi-Fi built into the set, if you can’t stretch your cabling from router to TV.
While there are the now-standard optical connections to allow you to pump the audio out to a quality soundbar, the UF770 also packs a pair of 10W underslung down-firing speakers on the chassis. These are slightly angled to push the sound out into the room, and actually are surprisingly capable and more bassy than I was expecting. Vocals sound solid on them, but inevitably music suffers.
It’s inevitable because of the trend for ever slimmer TV chassis, and while this is nowhere near as skinny as the fragile-looking (though deceptively robust) LG 55EG920V, it’s still relatively svelte.
But the frame has nowhere near the luxury feel of LG’s pricier range or even the similarly-priced 49-inch Sony. It all feels rather more plasticky than I’ve come to expect from LG, and the fat plastic foot across the base really does stick out a very long way.
Though that does make it very stable…
What you do get with the LG though is an outstanding remote. LG’s Magic Remote is an excellent controller for your smart TV and makes navigating through the webOS interface – as well as the TV’s settings – as easy as possible.
The webOS interface is one of the best smart TV operating systems going. That Wii-esque motion controlled remote is very intuitive and is one part of making webOS so usable.
The software designers seem to have been very much aware of the TV’s function, and the interface rarely does anything to distract you away from watching whatever’s meant to be on the screen.
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