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LG 65LA970W review

The picture doesn’t have the impact of the top 4K TVs, but it’s still a fantastic watch Tested at £5500

Our Verdict

The picture doesn’t have the impact of the top 4K TVs, but it’s still a fantastic watch


  • Vibrant, lively UHD and Full HD picture
  • Good black depth
  • Interesting speaker design


  • Colours can appear overcooked
  • Struggles when upscaling SD
  • Limited catch-up TV

LG was one of the first companies out of the traps with 4K TV. This 65in 65LA970W follows in the footsteps of the 84in monster, the LG 84LM960V, which arrived in our testing rooms with a whopping £22,500 price tag.

The LG 65LA970W shows how the second-generation of Ultra HD TVs has brought the technology in to slightly more realistic territory: a 65in set for £5500.

We’re keen to cut straight to the chase so, armed with a USB stick and media server, we thrust some native 4K content onto the '970W.

The detail provided by the hike in resolution is very noticeable, and very welcome. You can’t help but be impressed by the extra subtlety.

LG 65LA970W

LG 65LA970W


Our USB stick contains 4K content of Paris and St Petersburg, which looks really crisp and stable with motion, and our server-based 4K clip of Will Smith’s After Earth has a similar wow factor.

But as impressive as it is, there’s better quality on offer from other 4K TVs. The UHD is glossier and a touch more natural on the Philips 65PFL9708 and, to a lesser extent, the Samsung UE65F9000. The LG’s image looks a little less sharp and there’s a bit more on-screen noise to deal with.

This is more noticeable when you force the 65LA970W to upscale standard-def Freeview and DVDs.

Watch Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and there’s a lack of robustness when the TV comes to defining the lines of Dubai’s massive Burj Khalifa building.

LG 4K TV remote

LG 4K TV remote

Switch to HD with The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray and, as the Commanche and cavalry do battle by moonlight, the LG uncovers a good level of detail. Rockfaces look dark, yet the edges of outcrops are drawn with just enough sharpness.

Inside the mountain tunnel the LG shows just enough shadow detail to keep the set competitive.

3D pictures

We’re really taken with the LG’s 3D performance. Play Hugo and the picture comes to life.

There’s a great sense of depth, and although 3D effects such as the snowflakes falling in front of you are obvious, they’re not annoying or over-done.

But, even when optimised, colours appear a little too vivid next to rival sets.

LG 65LA970W

LG 65LA970W

Sound quality

Besides 4K, the LG’s other main talking point is the motorised sliding speaker that magics into view when you power up the set.

It’s more than just a cool gimmick as it allows the sound to fire directly outwards towards the listener.

The speaker sounds clear, lively and is a definite step up from other LG TVs we’ve heard recently.

LG 65LA970W

LG 65LA970W

LG’s Smart TV platform isn’t quite as comprehensive as others when it comes to catch-up TV, but there’s a nice variety of apps, including Deezer, vTuner internet radio, BBC Sport and Netflix.

And LG’s offering has been bolstered by a 12-month exclusive deal for Sky’s Now TV pay-per-view service.

The 65LA970W has the normal connections and specifications you’d expect, including wi-fi, USB inputs, and Freeview HD and satellite tuners.

LG only provides three HDMI sockets, though, which might seem a little miserly when a lot of rivals stretch to four.

LG 65LA970W

LG 65LA970W

But it’s really only an issue if you’ve a huge arsenal of kit and no AV receiver to route it all through.

A slightly bigger issue could be the width of the stand. It’s almost as wide as the screen and overhung our test racks.


Overall, then, it’s a mixed bag for the LG 65LA970W. The 4K footage is an inevitable eye-opener, but other 4K TVs we've seen do better with detail and depth.

The 3D performance with Blu-ray is something to write home about, though – which is good news for legacy disc collections.

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General Information

Product SeriesLA970W
Product NameLG 65LA970W
Product Model65LA970W
Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameLG
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number65LA970W


Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassB
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
Operating Power Consumption198 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand32.5 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate44.20 kg
Width with Stand145.1 cm
Weight Approximate40.60 kg
Height with Stand91 cm
Width145.1 cm
Depth4.1 cm
Height83.8 cm
Dimensions83.8 cm (H): 145.1 cm (W): 4.1 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Streaming ServiceCinemaNow
Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyNANO Full LED
Internet AccessYes
Smart TVYes
Interactive FeaturesVoice Control
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")

Network and Communication

Wireless LANYes
Wi-Di TechnologyYes


RMS Output Power50 W
Sound SystemDTS


Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Scan Format1080p


DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • Ultra HD TV 65 Inch LA970W
  • Remote Control
Environmental CertificationErP


Limited Warranty1 Year