Review: LG 43UK6500 Smart 4K Ultra HD TV

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Guest blog by Jack

Another year, another impressive range of televisions from LG. From the introductory HD sets up to their glorious OLED’s they haven’t failed to show their quality.

One area they are proving to be strong is in mid-range 4k TV’s, with the ‘6500’ showing off its flair with a brushed steel finish complimenting the stylish pedestal design. Its narrow bezel and ultra slim finish round off the design fantastically, showing LG’s prowess in their development of televisions. The stand in itself is incredibly easy to fit to the base of the set, only needing a few screws either side to ensure a stable, stylish product.

Luckily, the benefits of the 6500 range don’t start and finish within its design, its show stopping picture quality will leave you in awe. Combining 4k with the most recent certification of HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) LG have created a television capable of producing vibrant bright colour, which are complimented by the offer of deep inky blacks.

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Imagine you are walking through a forest in mid-summer, sun rays breaking through the towering trees, shadows cast across the floor, flowers blossoming in brilliant yellow. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to appreciate the beauty, as now it’s available in your living room.

The addition of HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) has also ensured that your new LG television won’t become obsolete immediately; HLG is the newest transmission technology for upcoming 4k broadcasts on terrestrial television, introducing new 4k channels which will look even more spectacular than standard HD.

For TV speakers, which are infamous for being poor, the 6500 range offers a better option with the inclusion of Dolby Digital Plus speakers within the set. However, for a much improved sound quality an additional sound system is always a good idea.

Helpfully, LG have given a size option for everyone: from a bedroom suitable 43”, increasing all the way up to a full blown cinema style 86”. I tried the 50” version, which would be great for a mid – size living room.

Implementing a quad-core processor in to the 2018 range has assured that the smart features found in LG’s ‘WebOs’ operating system will run effortlessly, switching between a cult hit on Netflix to the grittiest drama on BBC iPlayer will be quicker than ever.

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On the note of smart features, the mass array of content available on the smart system will see you never switch the television off from boredom. Content streamed via paid for services like Now TV, Amazon Prime and Netflix are complimented well by the additions of free services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5. Unlike any other manufacturer, the option of visiting the Sky Store is also available, enabling you to view the hottest movies directly through your television.

Freeview Play is also available on LG’s 2018 range, letting consumers use the standard Freeview guide in a much more fluid way. It offers 7 days of programmes to ‘scroll back’ to, from all major broadcasters, in a ‘Radio Times’ style guide.  This will be very similar to what most consumers are used to, listing each channel programme by programme, at the time it was shown on the day. So, if a friend were to recommend a programme it will require just a few clicks to scroll back to the day it was shown.

One aspect of the new LG range is the addition of Amazon Alexa compatibility, enabling you to control volume, adjust channels and manoeuvre around the smart system without even having to pick up a remote. Isn’t technology amazing?

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Access and use of the operating system is incredibly easy, one touch on the home icon on the remote will bring up a scrolling bar at the bottom of the screen, with a few clicks left or right being all it takes to get from one smart feature to another. Having the smart access at the base of the screen also enables you to choose your next viewing option without having to lose the picture of what you are currently watching.

If you are interested in any of the features mentioned, pop in to your local Hughes branch, buy online, use our Click & Collect to pick one up in as little as one hour or rent from this range for as little as £7.38 per week.