LG 65SK8000 Front

LG has created a number of televisions in the past recent years, from top notch OLED ones to the budget friendly LCD TVs under $500 that come with features and specs that justify their varying prices.

The LG 65SK8000 sits somewhere in the middle of the LCD TVs lineup, offering a couple of premium attributes of the better models but in order to stay competitive in price corners had to be cut. Hence, it offers less features.


Image Quality

As compared to its rival models present in the market, the LG SK8000 has a mediocre contrast ratio and that might cause black colors to appear a bit greyish rather than true black when you are watching TV in a dark room. However, this problem is eliminated if you are watching in a dimly lit room.

Additionally, the local dimming of this model is also not very impressive. When the feature is turned on, it does not make a significant difference in the contrast. Furthermore, as far as brightness is concerned, the end results are good but not very impressive.

When tested in both HDR and SDR, the peak brightness does not reach the high levels which can cause the images to appear dim in brightly lit rooms. As compared to LCD TVs that use VA panels, this one has better viewing angles since this one uses an IPS panel.

As for its color gamut, this model features decent DCI-P3 coverage reaching around 85% coverage but falls short of the REC 2020 color space with only around 65% coverage, which means that despite the model offering more colors than most Full HD TVs it does not offer impressive color coverage of other higher tier 4K HDR TV models. Due to this reason it does not qualify for Wide Color Gamut (WCG) support.

Other than this, the SK8000 offers very good motion handling. Since the model uses a 120Hz refresh panel, it is capable of displaying sports broadcasts and fast action scenes smoother and with minimal judder.

Motion blur is kept at minimal levels and response times are very good. Input lag is also decent, measuring at 14ms in different signals both 1080p and 4K and only at 4K with HDR did the input lag increase to 22ms. For video games, Pc mode and Game mode should be used in order to get the best gaming experience possible.

Design

Even though the LG 65SK8000 is a budget friend middle tier model but it still gives off the impression of an expensive and premium quality model.

The screen features thin metal borders which give the model a very futuristic look. Overall, the body of the TV is fairly sleek and thin, but it gets a little wider towards the bottom because of the LEDs located there for the backlight.

The back of the TV does not offer much. The plain thin plastic covering at the back side gives the model a very standard look. Cable management is also very simple with a single center hook on the stand to keep them all together. One thing that should be noted is that if you are planning to mount this TV on the wall, then you might find it difficult to connect cables, since most of the connectors are facing outwards and some of them are facing sideways. However, if you are planning on placing this TV on a furniture then cable connectivity should not be a problem.

The television features a crescent style metal stand which gives the model a more attractive look. Though Y shaped stands tend to wobble, it might seem that they might cause the television to fall. However, that is not the case with this one.

Notable Features / Smart TV

All the LG TV connectors are present at the back side of the frame, with some facing outwards and some facing sideward. The sideward facing connectors are two HDMI ports where one of them is a USB port and the other one having ARC support.

As for the outwards facing ports, we have two USB ports, two HDMI ports, an optical digital audio out, a composite input using the included breakout adapter, an Ethernet port for wired connection to the internet, an antenna/cable connector and a mini RS-232C jack. All USB ports are version 2.0 and all HDMI pots support HCDP 2.2.

Other than this, the model runs on the latest version of LG’s WebOS smart TV platform which has a huge collection of apps that will provide you with almost everything you’ll be needing. The LG store is very easy to use and you can find whatever you are looking for in just a couple of minutes. It has thousands of apps to offer.

View / Ports

LG 65SK8000 Rear

Ports on the LG 65SK8000 include: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF, 1 Composite in, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack) and Audio Return Channel Support via HDMI

Conclusion

Even though this model does not offer the best image quality like the top tier models, but it was never meant to.

It will offer you decent 4K HDR viewing and even though that too might not be of the best quality, it is a good deal for the money you’ll be paying.

For the price, I think it’s a really good choice. It’s hard to find a native 120 Hz panel for this price.

Specifications (Overview)

Panel Type, Refresh Rate“Nano Cell Display” IPS, 120 Hz (Max @1080p), 60Hz @ 4K
Processorα7 Intelligent Processor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Color Depth (Number of Colors)1.07 Billion
HDR SupportYes
Resolution
4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160)
Adaptive Sync
Contrast RatioInfinite Dynamic
Display Surface Treatment Anti-glare matte
LED Backlight
Edge-Lit LED
Viewing Angle
178° (H) / 178° (V)
Speaker
Stereo Speakers 2x 10 watt
Product Dimensions (WxHxD) 57.3″ x 33.2″ x 2.5″
Product Dimensions w/ Stand (WxHxD) 57.3″ x 36.1″ x 12.5″
Limited Warranty
1 Year Parts & Labor

Pros 👍 

  • Good price for specs.
  • Beautiful 4K display.
  • Excellent build quality.

Cons 👎

  • No local dimming.
  • Love / Hate Smart TV OS.
  • Brightness issues – see reviews.

LG 65SK8000 – Final Ranking

Display Quality
Build Quality
Input Lag
Overall Value

Summary

Those in the market for a 120Hz TV that also has decent input lag times for gaming will be pleased to find out about the LG 65SK8000. At only 14ms of input lag time, this should be low enough to enjoy most games at 60Hz without noticeable lag. That being said, those who plan on using a display for competitive gaming should consider one of LG’s fantastic gaming monitors instead.

4.1