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LG UM6900 vs UM7300 Review (43UM6910 vs 43UM7300, 49UM6900 vs 49UM7300, 55UM6910 vs 55UM7300, 65UM6900 vs 65UM7300)

by on September 23, 2019
 



LG UM6900 vs UM7300 Review

The LG UM6900 and UM7300 are the basic, entry-level 4K TVs of LG’s 2019 lineup. Just like other entry level TVs, both of them comes in many screen size options. For LG UM7300, it comes in 6 screen sizes option including 43 inches (43UM7300), 49 Inches (49UM7300),  50 inches (50UM7300), 55 inches (55UM7300), 65 inches (65UM7300), and 70 inches (70UM7370). Meanwhile, for the UM6900, it comes with 7 screen sizes options including 43 inches (43UM6910), 49 inches (49UM6900), 55 inches (55UM6910), 60 inches (60UM6900), 65 inches (65UM6900), 70 inches (70UM6900), and 75 inches (75UM6900). And with the same screen (43UM6900 vs 43UM7300, 49UM6900 vs 49UM7300, 55UM6900 vs 55UM7300, 65UM6900 vs 65UM7300), the UM7300 is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than the UN6900. So, what are the advantages of the UM7300 as the higher series than the UM6900?

Short Review of LG UM6900 vs UM7300

LG UM7300 and UM6900 Specification

Technologies and Features LG UM6900 LG UM7300
Screen Sizes Available 43 Inches (43UM6900), 49 inches (49UM6900), 55 inches (55UM6900), 60 inches (60UM6900), 65 inches (65UM6900), 70 inches (70UM6900), 75 inches (75UM6900) 43 inches (43UM7300), 49 Inches (49UM7300), 50 inches (50UM7300), 55 inches (55UM7300), and 65 inches (65UM7300)
Screen Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology IPS Panel (50 inches: VA Panel) IPS Panel (60 inches and 70 inches: VA Panel)
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming No No
Image Processor Quad Core Processor Quad Core Processor
HDR (high Dynamic Range 4K Active HDR (HDR10, HLG), HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping 4K Active HDR (HDR10, HLG), HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping
Color Enhancement Advanced Color Enhancer, True Color Accuracy Advanced Color Enhancer, True Color Accuracy
Clarity Enhancement Noise Reduction Noise Reduction
Up-Scaler Technology 4K Up-Scaler 4K Up-Scaler
Motion Enhancement TruMotion 120 TruMotion 120
Native Refresh Rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Support No No
Smart TV Platform WebOS 4.5 WebOS 4.5
LG ThinQ AI No Yes
Google Assistant No Yes
Google Home Compatible Yes Yes
Amazon Alexa Compatible Yes Yes
Alexa Built-In Yes No
Remote LG Magic Remote Basic Remote
Speaker Channel 2 2
Sound Output 20 watts 40 watts (20 watts Woofer)
HDMI Ports 3 3
HDMI Supports HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC
ARC Yes (HDMI 2) Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC Support No No
USB Ports 2 (USB 2.0) 2 (USB 2.0)
Composite Input 1 (shared) 1 (Shared)
Component Input 1 No
RF Input 1 1
Digital Audio Out (optical) 1 1

Features of LG UM6900 and UM7300

The Similarities

Panel Technology

IPS vs VA Panel

As we see on comparison on comparison table above, except the 50 inches model of the UM69000 and the 60 inches and 70 inches of the UM7300, the both use IPS panel. Meanwhile, three models above (50UM6900, 60UM7300, and 70UM7300) are expected to have VA panel. As we have known, the TVs that use IPS panel usually have good side viewing angle, suitable for you who have a wide room with wide seating that be set to watch TV. But on the other hand, the TVs with IPS panel usually have poor native contrast ratio, make them are not suitable when used in a dark room.

Backlight Technology

The LG UM7300 and UM6900 both use direct LED backlight. But unfortunately, just like most of entry level TV, they both don’t have local dimming technology. This means, they both don’t have any technology at all that can improve their dark room performance.

Image Processor

Both LG UM6900 and UM7300 lack Alpha 7 Gen 2 intelligence processor as their picture engine. Instead, they both are powered by a quad core processor. Meanwhile, with this processor, both of them lack some advanced features found on the higher series like Nano Cell Series SM8600, SM9000 or others. Additionally the less powerful image processor also makes them only support HDR10 and HLG format. Unlike the higher series that also supports Dolby Vision, both LG UM7300 and UM6900 don’t support Dolby Vision.

Motion Technology

To maximize their performance in handling motion, both of the LG UM7300 and UM6900 are powered by TruMotion 120 Hz technology.  They both also only have native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. This certainly makes them don’t support any 120 fps content. Additionally, they both may already support motion interpolation, but since their native refresh rate is only 60 Hz, the both can only interpolate the lower frame rate content up to 60 Hz.

Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Dimming) system with 120 Hz of frequency dimming. The 120 Hz of dimming frequency may help to make motion slightly crisper, but on the other hand, this will cause some duplication, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content. Unfortunately, unlike the higher series, they both don’t have an option 60 Hz Black Frame Insertion mode that can make the motion looks crisper.

Inputs

LG UM7300 and UM6900 are equipped with the same connectivity. As their major connectivity, they both are equipped with 3 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, and CEC. Additionally, their HDMI port (equally on HDMI 2) also already support ARC (Audio Return Channel). IN addition HDMI, they both also have 2 USB ports where all of their USB ports are USB 2.0.  In addition HDMI and USB ports, they both also have 1 Tuner In, 1 Composite IN (Shared), 1 Component In (Shared), 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), and 1 Ethernet port. Both of them are also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity. Special for the UM7300, it also has built-in Bluetooth for connecting with LG magic remote. On the other hand, the UM6900 doesn’t Bluetooth Connection.

The Difference between the LG UM6900 and UM7300

Smart TV

WebOS 4.5

As their smart TV platform, both LG UM7300 and UM6900 may run the same version of WebOS, which is 4.5 version. Just we have mentioned, their smart TV is powered by the Quad core processor that makes their smart TV performance is fast and responsive. Their interface is also very intuitive, smooth, and easy to use. Additionally, both of them also have good selections of preinstalled apps. There are VoD service like YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others, web browser, games, Live TVs, and others. They both also allow you to download huge selection of apps provided by their apps store called “LG Apps Store. Until here, they both are the same.

Nevertheless, even though they both run the same version of WebOS, but on the UM6900, it lacks some smart features. The platform of LG UM7300 already supports Google Assistant and has been integrated with LG ThinQ AI that allows it has excellent voice navigation.  On the other hand, the platform of LG UM6900 doesn’t support.  Additionally, they both may be already compatible with Amazon Alexa, but the difference, the UM7300 has built-in Alexa while the UM6900 doesn’t have built-in Alexa. This means, for the UM6900, to be able to use this app, you must purchase the Alexa devices separately.

Remote

The other difference between the LG UM7300 and UM6900 is about their remote. The LG UM6900 comes with LG’s basic remote while the UM7300 comes with LG’s magic remote. As we know, the LG’s magic remote has some smart features that makes the navigation is extremely easy. It is equipped with built-in microphone, allow you to control the TV with your voice command. It also has the excellent “Point and Click” feature that make it can act as the mouse pointer.  This allows you to move the pointer on the screen by moving you’re the remote. And combined to its “clickable” scroll wheel, this makes the navigation is extremely easy. Furthermore, it can also act as the universal remote that allows you to control other devices connected on your TV with this remote. The excellence, it works not only via Bluetooth, but also via IR. This means, not only CEC compatible devices that can be controlled by this remote but also devices which don’t support CEC. Meanwhile, just we have mentioned, the LG UM6900 is only equipped with basic remote. Its remote may be able to well work, but it doesn’t support voice control and to use it, it requires direct line-of-sight to the TV.

Check the Latest Price
LG UM6900 LG UM7300
43 inches 43UM6910 on Amazon 43UM7300 on Amazon
49 inches 49UM6900 on Amazon 49UM7300 on Amazon
50 inches 50UM7300 on Amazon
55 inches 55UM6910 on Amazon 55UM7300 on Amazon
60 Inches 60UM6900 on Amazon
65 inches 65UM6900 on Amazon 65UM7300 on Amazon
70 inches 70UM6970 on Amazon 70UM7370 on Amazon
75 inches 75UM6970 on Amazon

LG UM7300 vs UM6900 Performance

Contrast and Black Level

High vs Low Contrast

Just we have mentioned above, the use of IPS panel makes them have poor native contrast ratio, which is around 1000:1. This makes them cannot produce deep dark. Even when set in a dark room, blacks produced by them will looks tend to gray than really black. Additionally, they both don’t also have local dimming feature that can help improve their performance in a dark room. Furthermore, even though both of them already support HDR, since they both cannot produce deep black, this certainly makes them cannot show shadow details of HDR images excellently. So, if your main consideration in buying TV is to be used for watching movies in a dark room, they both are not a good choice. But fortunately, once they both set in bright room, their performance is much better because in a bright room, the impact of high native contrast ratio is not as sensitive as in a dark room.

Note: the 50 inches model of UM6900 (50UM6900) and the 60 inches and 70 inches of UM7300 (60UM7300 and 70UM6300) are expected to have VA panel. Can be ascertained, they both have good native contrast ratio that allows them is able to produce deep black. This certainly also make their dark room performance is fairly well.

Winner: Draw (equally disappointing)

SDR Peak Brightness

Since, they both don’t have local dimming, their SDR peak brightness is relative consistent at any window sizes that means it is good. Nevertheless, compare among them, the UM7300 can hits brighter peak brightness than the UM6900. With real content, the UM7300 can hit around 280 nits, while with a window test, it hits around 300 nits, regardless the window size. Its peak brightness actually is bright enough to overcome the glare, but is only in average-lit rooms or dim rooms. Meanwhile, in a bright room with a lot of lights, their peak brightness is not bright enough to overcome the glare.

On the other hand, the peak brightness reached by the LG UM6900 is not as bright as the UM7300. With real content, it only can reach around 160 nits, while with window test, it reach around 190 nits, regardless the window size. This means, with the peak brightness that is not too bright, this TV can only be used in a dim room, while in the bright room, it can be difficult to see.

Winner: UM7300

HDR Peak Brightness

With HDR content, they both can get brighter than with SDR content. But even so, just like with SDR content, the UM7300 also can get brighter than the UM6900. With Real content, the UM7300 can get around 325 nits while the UM6900 get around 300 nits. Meanwhile, with window test, peak brightness reached by them have slightly different behavior than when with SDR content, particularly on 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest if bright). Regardless the window size, except 2% window, the UM&300 can hits around 360 nits while the UM6900 hits around 320 nits. But even so, on 2% window, their peak brightness is slightly dimmer, which is around 230 nits for UM6900 and around 260 nits for UM7300.

This means, the UM7300 can show HDR images brighter than the UM6900. Overall, in average-lit or dims room, HDR images displayed on their screen may still look fairly bright. But even so, small highlight cannot be shown stand out they way they should in HDR.

Winner: UM7300

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Even though they both already support HDR, but they doth don’t support wide color gamut that is required to show colorful HDR images. Their color gamut is almost similar where they both are only able to cover around 82% of DCI P3 color space. Most colors of HDR image may be still able to be shown fairly accurate, but this still doesn’t meet the minimum recommendation, which is 90% of DCI P3. Their color gamut is only good enough to show SDR images that usually mastered in Rec. 709 color space. Additionally, their color volume is also not so good. Since the both have low native contrast ratio, they both cannot produce deep dark colors. On the other hand, their limited peak brightness also makes them cannot produce very bright colors fairly well. But except very bright and dark colors, they both can show their color gamut at their entire brightness level. Meanwhile, compare between them, the color volume of the LG UM7300 is better than the UM7300.

Winner: UM7300

Color Gradient

The LG UM6900 and UM7300 both have good color gradient. Overall, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. Even though there may be some little banding in some certain colors, but in general, this should be hard to notice in normal content. But even so, if you feel the banding still bother you, both of them have “Smooth Gradation” that can help to minimize the banding. Enabling this feature may be able to remove the banding, but at the same time, this will cause some loss of fine details in certain scenes.  Meanwhile, compare between them, the UM6900 precisely has better color gradient than the UM7300.

Winner: UM6900

Side Viewing Angle

Va vs IPS Panel

The image is only illustration

As we have mentioned, the use of the IPS panel may cause they both have poor native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this makes them have good side viewing angle coverage. They both can maintain their black level up to extremely wide angle, up to 70 degrees off center and front. Additionally, even though colors are still washed out at around 25 degrees, but they don’t shift up to much angle. This performance certainly is much better than VA TVs where their black usually will raise started at around 15 degrees and colors will shift at around 25 degrees. The result, although you watch TV from the side angle, the picture displayed on their screen is still accurate.

Note: The 50 inches model of UM6900 (50UM6900) and the 60 inches and 70 inches of UM7300 (60UM7300 and 70UM6300) are expected to have VA panel. Can be ascertained, the picture displayed on their screen will looks less accurate when viewed from an angle.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

As we know, the major factor that influenced on performance of the TV in handling motion is pixel response time. The lower pixel response time of the TV, the picture produced will looks clearer with less motion blur. And for this case, the LG UM7300 has a bit lower pixel response time which is around 12 ms than UM6900 that has pixel response time of around 14 ms. But even so, their difference is not too significant and doesn’t has a significant on the normal content. And in general, their pixel response time is equally excellent. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like sports or video games, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth with almost no visible blur. Following fast moving object, there is only a faint short trail where this should be hard to notice. Meanwhile, the blur that may visible is the duplications that caused by their backlight flicker. Unfortunately, they both don’t have an optional 60 Hz BFI mode that can help to reduce duplications that caused by their backlight flicker.

Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, their performance is similar. The both can only play 24p movies with judder only if the source is native 24p content like DVD or Blur Ray movies or 24p content via the native Apps like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Videos and others. Meanwhile, when playing 24p content via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV or via 60p signal likes movies from streaming devices, they both cannot remove the judder completely. To maximize its performance when playing 24p movies, the “Real Cinema” setting from the “Picture Mode Setting” menu must be enabled.

Winner: UM7300

Input

Even though they have the same native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, but the UM7300 support more resolutions than the UM6900. The UM7300 supports all of the common 60Hz input formats including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. It also can display chroma 4:4:4 content properly. On the other hand, the UM6900 only supports most basic formats including 1080p and 4K. But it can also display them with proper 4:4:4 chroma. But even so, the UM6900 doesn’t support 1440p resolution.  Meanwhile, discussed about their input lags, they both have outstanding input lags in Game mode and their input lags are almost similar. Regardless the resolutions, their input lags are around 11 ms. This certainly makes them are very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes.

Winner: UM7300

Check the Latest Price
LG UM6900 LG UM7300
43 inches 43UM6910 on Amazon 43UM7300 on Amazon
49 inches 49UM6900 on Amazon 49UM7300 on Amazon
50 inches 50UM7300 on Amazon
55 inches 55UM6910 on Amazon 55UM7300 on Amazon
60 Inches 60UM6900 on Amazon
65 inches 65UM6900 on Amazon 65UM7300 on Amazon
70 inches 70UM6970 on Amazon 70UM7370 on Amazon
75 inches 75UM6970 on Amazon

 

Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both the LG UM6900 and UM7300 are not good TVs for watching movies in a dark room. Since they both cannot produce deep black, in a dark room, black of images displayed on their screen will tend to looks gray than really black. This certainly makes dark scene cannot be shown accurately. Furthermore, they both also don’t have local dimming feature that can help to improve their dark room performance. Meanwhile, their performance in handling 24p judder is also not so good.  They both can show 24p movies with judder-free only if the source is native 24p movies like DVD or Blu-Ray movies and 24p movies via native apps like Netflix, YouTube, and others. While when the source is 24p movies via 60i signal or 60p signal, they both cannot remove the judder completely.

Winner: Draw

For Watching Sports

When used for watching sports, the LG UM7300 is better than the UN6900. Both LG UM6900 and UM7300 are able to do the same great job when handling motion due their excellent pixel response time. Additionally, they both also have good side viewing angle coverage that ensure all of you can get the best viewing when watching a big game with a group of your friends or family. Although they both cannot produce deep black, in bright room, this is not too noticeable, so sports can be still shown fairly well on their screen. Until here, their performance is almost similar. But even so, the UM7300 is better for watching sports because it has brighter SDR peak brightness than the UM7300. In a dim room or decently-lit room, sports may be can be shown fairly well, but in a brighter room, the picture displayed on the screen of UM7300 will looks better than on than the screen of UM6900. This is due to in a bright room, the limited peak brightness of LG UM6900 makes the picture displayed on their screen can be difficult to see.

Winner: UM7300

For Playing Games

Both of the LG UM7300 and UM6900 are good TVs for playing video games. Combination of their outstanding input lags and excellent pixel response time allows you to play any games responsively with smooth picture quality. Meanwhile, their wide viewing angle coverage also ensure all of you to get the best viewing when playing games with a group of your family. Meanwhile, just like when used for watching sports, the superiority of the UM7300 is more due to it has better SDR peak brightness that certainly makes the picture displayed on its screen looks more consistent in brighter room than the UM6900.

Winner: UM7300

HDR Experience

HDR performance of LG UM6900 and UM7300 is not so good. Even though they both can accept HDR content, but HDR images cannot be shown excellently like the recommendation. Almost all aspects of HDR cannot be met by them in accordance with recommendation. The black level is not dark enough to show shadow details of HDR images as clear they should be. Additionally, their color gamut is also not wide enough to show colorful HDR images like the intended. And finally, their peak brightness is not bright enough to show HDR images as bright they should be. This means, although they both support HDR, there is not much benefits that offered.  Meanwhile, compare among them, since the UM7300 can have brighter HDR peak brightness, HDR images can be shown brighter on its screen than on the screen of UM6900.

Winner: UM7300

Summary

Just we see on comparison table above, there may be not many difference in features between the LG UM6900 and UM7300. Nevertheless, overall, the LG UM7300 is better than the UM6900. One of the major superiority of the UM7300 is about their smart TV platform. Although they both run the same version of WebOS, but the WebOS on UM7300 has been integrated with LG ThinQ AI and support Google Voice Assistant. Additionally, the UM7300 also already support voice navigation while the UM6900 doesn’t. The other major superiority of UM7300 is about their remote where it comes with LG Magic Remote while the UM6900 comes with a basic remote.

Meanwhile, in term picture quality, though not a lot, the UM7300 also has better picture quality than the UM6900. Nevertheless, it is more due to it has brighter peak brightness than the UM6900, while on other aspects like black level, color gamut, side viewing angle, motion handling, and input lags, their performance is almost similar. So, which is a better choice between them? Of course, with performance and picture quality offered by them, the UM7300 certainly is better than the UM6900. But keep in mind, with the same screen, it is sold more expensive than the UM6900. Now, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your need and budget.

Check the Latest Price
LG UM6900 LG UM7300
43 inches 43UM6910 on Amazon 43UM7300 on Amazon
49 inches 49UM6900 on Amazon 49UM7300 on Amazon
50 inches 50UM7300 on Amazon
55 inches 55UM6910 on Amazon 55UM7300 on Amazon
60 Inches 60UM6900 on Amazon
65 inches 65UM6900 on Amazon 65UM7300 on Amazon
70 inches 70UM6970 on Amazon 70UM7370 on Amazon
75 inches 75UM6970 on Amazon

 

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