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[Review] LG 55UN7300PUF: The Best 55-inch Budget TV Period

LG 55UN7300PUF: review
Pros
  • 55-inch panel with 4K resolution
  • WebOS platform
  • Alexa and Google Assistant integrated
  • Triple HDR support (HDR, HLG, and HDR10)
Cons
  • The screen is not IPS
  • The Sound Quality is not great
Gone are the days when, to enjoy the many benefits that smart TVs bring, it was necessary to invest a considerable sum of money. Now it's easier than ever to own a big-screen TV with state of the art software and thousands of hours of content at your fingertips. 

Proof of that is LG's UN7300PUF lineup, a series of smart TV's that have managed to captivate the American buyer and climb to the top of the sales charts thanks to its impressive specs and unbeatable price-quality ratio

Just a few days ago we talked in-depth about its other models, the 43 inch LG 43UN7300PUF and its even bigger sized brother the LG 65UN7300PUF. However, today, as if written by Goldilocks herself, we're here to talk about a size that's "just right" for most of us, the 55- inch LG 55UN7300PUF

A model that its buyers praise thanks to its simplicity of use provided by its intelligent LG Magic Remote, the sharp image quality delivered by its 4K (UHD) screen, its extensive connectivity options that range from WiFi 5 to Airplay 2, as well as the assortment of pre-installed apps that come by default with the compelling WebOS platform. 



Index



For whom is it?


The LG 55UN7300PUF is the perfect Smart TV for those looking to enjoy the most popular streaming platforms on the big screen and with a definition 4 times higher than the Full HD format at an affordable price point.

It's also an excellent choice for those who want full integration with their smart home equipment since you'll be able to control your integrated devices directly on the webOS interface, as well as interact with Google Assistant and Alexa.

Finally, if you're one of those people that simply NEED to know where you've seen the actors that are appearing on your screen and will - to the annoyance of everyone around you - stop the movie to do a background check then you'll absolutely love the "who, where, what" feature that's integrated onto WebOS through the Magic Remote and that allows you to ask your LG TV where you've seen the actor on screen without it being a CSI worthy investigation.  Finally! You'll be free of your research!


Technical specifications


Make modelLG 55UN7300PUF
Dimensions without stand124.46 x 28.6 x 8.63 cm
Weight without stand14.28 kg
PanelLED (55-inch)
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Refresh rate60 Hz
HDR supportYes (HDR, HDR10 and HLG)
OSwebOS
Sound power2 x 10W (Ultra Surround)
VESA supportYes (300 x 300 mm)
Voice controlYes (LG Magic Remote)
ConnectivityAlexa | Google Assistant
AirPlay 2 | HomeKit | Bluetooth 5.0 | Wi-Fi 5
RJ-45 AV | HDMI (x3) | ARC | CEC USB (x2) Salida de audio óptico (S/PDIF) Conector RF Sintonizador digital (ATSC, Clear QAM)


A nice design that's kept with the times

LG 55UN7300PUF: 55 '' 4K Smart TV with LG Magic Remote, webOS and Ultra Surround Sound
Whether you prefer it mounted on the wall or placed on its double leg stand, this Smart TV will look very elegant in your living room or bedroom, thanks to its modern matte black chassis with thin bezels and a minimalist back. 

Sure enough, LG didn't re-invent the wheel with this design but it's certainly managed to keep with the times and deliver a design that's well within what we've come to expect.  

In addition, it should be mentioned that it is a very thin and easy to install TV, since its profile is just 86 mm (without support) and incorporates holes to simplify its mounting on the wall, using a 300 by 300 mm Vesa mount -or a compatible one- such as this one.


Top-level image reproduction


To enjoy realistic images, the integrated 55-inch panel boasts a 4K UHD resolution, accompanied by a quad-core processor responsible for reducing noise in dark scenes and resizing upgrading content that's not natively 4K. 

Its compatibility with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology and Filmmaker Mode support, meanwhile, promises us a viewing experience for movies and series with high contrasts and more defined colors. The latter also manages to provide us with a cinematic experience that's closer to the artist's vision - whenever the metadata is available- instead of washing everything we see on the TV with the same coloring. 

Ultimately, image quality is pretty good, especially when looking at similarly priced models but don't expect the "inky blacks" you would get from a high-end OLED display because you'd need to fork over easily three times as much to get that kind of display. 

Also, you can enjoy game sessions that are not only clear and immersive but also very fluid thanks to its refresh rate of 60 Hz and Low Latency Mode. By this, we don't mean this is a gamer's TV set because if you're a hardcore gamer then you'd be better off with a TV that's truly dedicated for gamers but for the occasional gamer it's more than enough.  


Unlimited content for unlimited entertainment


webOS: Quickly access what interests you most


Another advantage of the LG 55UN7300PUF in review, judging by the comments provided by its buyers, is the operating system behind it all: webOS.  A platform that LG has had several years to polish and that's quickly managed to become one of the favorite smart TV interfaces thanks to its incredibly intuitive interface. 

Its simplicity of use would not be the same without its compatibility with the LG Magic Remote , equipped with a digital pointer to use it as a computer mouse and microphone to interact with the assistants, Alexa and Google Assistant, both integrated onto the TV.

App-wise, it is worth highlighting the inclusion of highly popular streaming platforms such as: Disney +, Apple TV, Prime Video, Hulu, Sling, and Netflix; as well as an extensive catalog of TV programs, documentaries, and sporting events. You can even watch TV on LG's own channels, with over 180 channels to choose from.

Another awesome feature that should be noted for sports fans is the sports team tracking software. Specifically, you can subscribe to a maximum of 20 sports teams and the LG 55UN7300PUF will be sure to notify you of the games and the scores without having to even search for the channel. 


How's the audio?


Let's not kid ourselves here, audio quality on flat-screen TV's has never been optimal and the 55UN7300PUF is no exception to that. Specifically, it boasts a couple of 10W speakers that are decent but hardly "cinematic" if you know what I mean. 

That said, you can easily use a soundbar with some really good ones available below the $100 mark and this model even includes Ultra Surround technology which will also allow you to connect via Bluetooth up to two wireless speakers to offer a fully immersive experience. 

If that's what you choose to do we would recommend getting a couple of Tronsmart T6 Plus speakers, they deliver an incredible sound quality for the price with three different modes and have a solid enough battery life that you don't need to constantly recharge them. 


An exceedingly compliant connectivity suite


Connectivity-wise, the UN7300PUF comes very well equipped with both wireless and terrestrial connections. Specifically, it's very notable that it comes with compatibility for AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit which allow you to share content from your iPhone or "iDevice". 

To enjoy fast web browsing, it has Wi-Fi 5 and a conventional network port for maximum download speeds ( RJ-45 ); while the pairing of external devices and peripherals is carried out by Bluetooth 5.0 technology - not all that common in smart TV's -

Additionally, it incorporates 3 HDMI video outputs (with ARC and CEC support) and one AV type, 2 USB inputs, an optical audio (S / PDIF) jack, an RF connector, and ATSC and Clear QAM digital TV tuners.


Wrapping it up: Is it worth it?

If you where looking to buy an affordable 55-inch smart TV that came with all the latest bells and whistles and don't care about having the best possible picture quality - and we're not saying it's bad by a long short - if that saves you a considerable amount of money - which in this case it really does - then the LG 55UN7300PUF reviewed today is the perfect TV set for you.

Picture quality is good and well above its comparable competitors. It features a mature operating system that offers an ample suite of pre-installed apps that give you direct access to the most popular streaming platforms. 

Add to that the integration of Ultra Surround technology to connect a couple of speakers to the TV, compatibility with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, and the true magic that is the "Magic Remote" that will allow you to interact with your TV like never before and you've got yourself a killer combination. All in all, a great choice all around for most of us.