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LG 49UF850V review

 Review: September 2015  

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The 49-inch LG 49UF850V is a very stylish UHD TV that's ideal for family viewing. Picture quality isn't the best for the price, but the UF850V makes up for this with its stunning design, user-friendly WebOS Smart TV, and 3D capability.



The LG 49UF850V is the 49-inch version of the LG 55UF850V we reviewed earlier, so read our detailed review of the 55-inch LG UF850V for full details.

The UF850V is something of a style icon, and a candidate for "best-looking TV of 2015." Its superslim design, ultra-narrow frame and ribbon stand, together with plenty of eye-catching use of metal, make it really stand out from rival televisions. Just be aware that the extra-wide stand is uncompromising when it comes to finding space to put this monster, and you'll need plenty of shelf width to accommodate its footprint.

49 inches is an excellent size for a family TV. That extra one inch compared with 48-inch TVs makes a surprising difference. Here's a graphic courtesy of LG that heavily exaggerates the benefits:

Seriously, it's a nice size. We're not knocking it.

One of the best features of this TV is its excellent Smart functionality. LG's WebOS system is fast and easy to use, especially with the magic remote control supplied. You have full access to Netflix 4K, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, as well as other apps. The TV has built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet for easy connection to your home network. It also has a built-in Freeview HD tuner.

The UF850V is a UHD (4K) TV that's able to produce exceptionally fine detail. It's a nice bright screen too, with wide viewing angles, and works really well in most situations. It tends to fall a little flat in darkened rooms, or when watching movies, due to the lack of native contrast from its IPS screen. It doesn't have the fastest response times either, so motion can be a little sluggish.

The TV does make up for this when it comes to 3D, and if 3D viewing is something that's important to you, this is an excellent choice.

We've been watching the price of the 49-inch UF850V with interest. It really does move around a lot. If you plan to buy this TV, you should watch the price carefully too. Anything more than about £900 would be a rip-off, and ideally, we'd like to see the price fall below £800.

LG 49UF850V features include:

User questions

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This tv freesat?

Asked by Yusuf from London on 16th Apr 2017

Does anyone know how much onboard storage the lg 49uf850v has?

Asked by Alroy from England on 19th Feb 2017

Does this TV come with hdr?

Asked by Andrew blacker from Scotland on 4th Jan 2017

Reply by steve from england on 4th Jan 2017
I'm looking as i type no i dont think it does as i have ps4 pro and it wont enable hdr on ps4 pro will get back to you if i can get it to work.

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LG 49UF850V user reviews

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Average rating from 10 reviews:

Reviewed by Steven from England on 9th Sep 2016
The out of box picture may not be amazing, but once you've tweaked all the settings it is as good as any competition. The black levels may not be ultra black but they are still very dark, and why is that so important anyway.

Reviewed by henry from United Kingdom on 1st Jun 2016
Hi, only gripe so is that Flash player does not work on LG.

Reviewed by adrianeds from UK on 25th Mar 2016
We had to buy a new TV about a month ago, as our eldest son was moving to his first house with his girlfriend & their baby girl. As we had been using his TV a 50 inch HD Panasonic, we checked out quite a few new TV sets, listening to various shop assistants telling us to buy this & that. So we decided we'll pick what we want, & compared side by side TV's until our eyes went blurred. It was between the LG & the Samsung 50 inch with it's nano chrystal screen. After a long comparison we went for the LG, and why, in simple terms the picture looks real on the LG, and looks false on the Samsung. If you want to impress your mates with a way out picture for a 5 minute viewing the Samsung will do it. But keep watching & most people will come to the same conclusion, Samsung looks fake, similar to the screen on it's smartphones. For me LG hands down, & got it at Currys PC World for 600.00, not bad for a 4K TV with 3D & all the tricks. Stunning TV would recommend to anyone.

Reviewed by David Patterson from UK on 3rd Feb 2016
Picked this up after getting a stuck pixel on my previous TV 47LM960V

Have to say been really impressed with the picture and sound, also the upscaling is great too. Paid 583 for it after cashback from Topcashback and also purchasing gift vouchers through a works scheme where I get another 6% off. For that kind of money you really can't go wrong!

Reviewed by Clive from England on 17th Jan 2016
This TV is Super! No review mentions it has Freesat Tuner and Freeview Tuner... u have to connect to your freesat dish to get satellite channels from Astra 28.2E so I can choose Virgin cable, Freeview or Freesat! Not that I watch all the channels on all these.... but the tv is exceptional. Remote battery cover is a bit flimsy but the magic remote functions are okay. Picture quality in 4K is amazing.... using netflix and the freesat channel testing 4K picture is keewl. I paid 629 so seeing as its now 849! A bargain and some!

Reviewed by Peter from England on 13th Jan 2016
This review is terrible, the sound is excellent compared to most flat screens. The image quality is immense, i tested panasonic, sony, samsung and lg and this was the best of the bunch. The 3D is also exceptional, far better than in the cinema. And the 100hz refresh rate may seem poor but it has 1600 pmi which works in a similar way and when turned on the picture is very smooth. In all honesty though for films it looks better in standard 24fps, otherwise it looks like a live event and takes away that real movie feel.

Great TV, easily deserves 5 stars.

Reviewed by Ste from England on 8th Jan 2016
Tv is exceptional and the sound is definitely very good for the price. I mamaged to snap it up for 629.99 from curries however it has just gone back up to full price. Excellent feature packed tv.

Reviewed by Mike from middlesbrough on 21st Dec 2015
I agree with lee the picture quality is great, i reviewed a lot of tv's & found this to be best for the money.

Reviewed by Lee from Gloucestershire on 3rd Dec 2015

Reviewed by Brian from Birmingham on 26th Nov 2015
I disagree where the reviews says picture quality isn't the best. I compared this side by side to Samsung and Panasonic models in the shop, and I prefer this one.

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