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LG QNED90 MiniLED TV: Average and Bright - Walla! technology


LG is trying to position its mid-range TV line in Israel, the QNED, as a luxury product equal to OLED TVs. Our visitor did not fall off the couch

LG QNED90 MiniLED TV: Average and bright

LG is trying to position its mid-range TV line in Israel, the QNED, as a luxury product equal to OLED TVs.

Our visitor did not fall off the couch

Niv Lillian


Saturday, 04 December 2021, 13:38 Updated: 13:51

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LG QNED90 MiniLED TV (Photo: Walla! Technology, Niv Lillian)

LG has recently started marketing their intermediate series in Israel, the QNED MiniLED series, this is not the expensive OLED series or the entry-level series.

This is an intermediate series, which is an LED screen, with LG mostly proud of the fact that it produces a quality image with high brightness.

is that so?

We got the 75-inch model for review - QNED90.

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Structure and design

The 75-inch TV from the QNED MiniLED series is, well, a 75-inch TV. On my humble sideboard she grabbed its entire length, with both of her legs standing really close to the edge. Its design is simple but elegant. The edges are thin, with a two-tone effect of black and silver (in what color do you want the silver stripe?), And there are no bumps on the front other than a tiny trapezoidal bump, which contains the infrared sensor and the indicator light.

All the connections (which are immediately detailed) are on the back, while the speakers are on the bottom of the TV and on the back. Its design is simple but functional. It will not make you drop your jaws because of its beauty, but it will also not make your living room ugly.

In terms of connections, there is a decent selection, but not unusual: three USB inputs, four HDMI inputs, two of which support eARC and a high refresh rate (120 Hz) in favor of connecting game consoles, network socket, optical sound port, antenna connections. Handsome, not amazing.

The design is simple but elegant.

LG QNED MiniLED (Photo: Walla! Technology, Niv Lillian)

Picture and sound quality

LG does boast the excellent brightness of the QNED MiniLED series, with 30,000 bulbs and 2,500 illumination zones, and claims good image quality, with a "reduced aura effect".

Well, even with the "reduced aura effect" - it's still there.

Before we refined the settings and techniques for image processing, with the default settings, we saw quite a few smears, even in relatively simple scenes such as the illustrated opening signal of The Morning Show.

Similarly, on almost completely black screens with few objects, such as Netflix's opening screen, which includes only the company's familiar N and the NETFLIX logo in the corner of the screen, the illumination areas are also noticeable.

We have seen a similar effect in other scenes, which makes the black of this TV, problematic.

After playing around with the settings a bit and increasing the smoothing and processing capabilities by artificial intelligence, there has been an improvement, and the QNED MiniLED does produce a good image, even a bit surprising in its quality for an LED screen.

And yet, it's not about the quality of OLED screens, even LG's itself, or like the excellent quality we saw at Sony (which is also there, it's a panel made by LG).

The brightness is good, the colors look not bad, but still lack saturation and depth compared to OLED screens.

The sharpness?

Hmmm ... reasonable.

We did not fall off the couch.

To put it another way, it's a very good quality - for an LED TV.

And yet, even with 2,500 illumination zones (or dimming as LG calls them in promotional materials), and 30,000 mini LEDs - black scenes on this screen look bad.

All connections are on the back (Photo: Walla! Technology, Niv Lillian)

It is worth noting that as with any modern TV, there are several picture modes here, including a special mode for games, and some modes, not all of them, also support HDR content.

The normal mode and the increased colors seemed very unnatural to us, but the various cinematic modes (Filmaker Mode and Cinema), along with "Dark Expert Mode", brought out to our taste the best and natural results, relative to the other modes.

The sound, how to say, matches the picture.

Despite official support for advanced standards like Dolby Atmos, and seemingly a 4.2 channel sound this TV has no amazing sound.

Is reasonable and average.

He is not bad, but also not very exciting.

Do not expect bass to shake your stomach.

We have not heard any harshness, but as mentioned, the sound is a bit bland and unexciting, even a bit pale, especially when placed in front of TVs at the same price level, which have an amazing sound.

LG has artificial intelligence here that is supposed to enhance the sound, and it does, but not to a significant extent.

With AI processing the sound sounds a bit better, but only a bit.

Remote and interface

WebOS in its version 6, contains everything you need for a TV. There is support for voice assistants of all kinds (Alexa appears on the menu and on the sign, but is not officially supported in Israel, so in practice it is disabled, which is a shame ... you can probably bypass the lock - we did not try). There's voice search and apps here, but the interface, oh, the interface.

This is my first encounter with WebOS in many years, and I was surprised to see how old the graphical interface still looks, probably compared to the sleek and shiny Google TV. Applications that open are updated upon opening (why? Why delay the user waiting to be updated?), Instead of being updated in the background, and in general, the interface looks tired, and cumbersome to operate, even in internal interfaces, such as the Netflix app, for example. What's more, there is a very large selection of apps here, and apps for common TV services in Israel like Cellcom and yes come pre-installed, which is very nice.

Another cute piece built into this is a home screen, which includes support for a smart home - and not just LG products from the ThinQ brand, which is obvious.

During the time the TV was with us for review, it recognized smart lights and the eufi camera doorbell.

Not everything worked, which is a shame, but the fact that the TV detects the devices and tries to be the center of a smart home (including displaying the door camera on the screen, for example, which did not work) is noteworthy.

LG QNED (Photo: Walla! Technology, Niv Lillian)

Another noteworthy is the voice search. LG, as with all their new TVs, supports the Hebrew interface here. Simple queries or requests from Google Assistant, whose dedicated button is on the remote, will work well, although LG's voice interface occasionally has crap in decoding, and indeed, it really likes to find you content on YouTube if it has no better answer.

The LG remote is a bit large, but thanks to a large recess through it, it is comfortable to hold in the hand. Two excellent and convenient patents from LG are a key-scroller in the cross-navigation system, and the fact that the remote also serves as a kind of mouse with the appearance of a cursor on the screen, and its movement in the air will propel the cursor, as in a computer. It is actually very convenient. The remote is matter-of-fact and clear, overall, though as we said the interface within the built-in apps is not satisfactory. There are direct access buttons to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus (soon nowadays?), Movies, Google Assistant and Alexa, which as mentioned is regionally disabled. The remote is actually one of the most successful things in this TV.

The sign is a bit large but comfortable to hold (Photo: Walla! Technology, Niv Lillian)

The bottom line

LG's QNED90 is not a bad TV.

But it is also not an impressive television.

My main problem with the entire LG QNED line in the country, is its over-positioning.

LG are trying to sell a Subaru here as a Mercedes.

It does not work.

The 75-inch model is sold here for a five-digit price, when in some places you will already receive more than ten thousand shekels.

That's a lot.

If you go down a bit in inches, you will find excellent OLED TVs, without compromises, without "dimming areas", and with deep and absolute black, which does not depend on illumination.

And if we have already mentioned enlightenment, yes, this TV is very good for watching strong light and you can watch football on it also on the terrace on Saturday afternoons.

Who is it suitable for?

For those who want a large TV real estate space to impress the neighbors or friends, with compromises on picture and sound quality. It may shine brightly, but we did not have enlightenment with it. The QNED90 is a reasonable and medium TV, trying to sell it as a high-end TV. Well, she does not.

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