Review – LG SK8000 Super UHD 4K HDR Premium Smart LED TV

Last year, LG offered a premium series of 4K LED Smart TV known as the “SJ” series, eg. LG SJ850V 4K TV. This year, LG released the successor of that series and is called “SK” series. So today, we are taking a closer look at the LG SK8000 4K TV.

The “SK” series are super UHD screen TVs that will feature Nano Cell display technology with full array local dimming. The inclusion of F.A.L.D or Full Array Local Dimming should offer a significant improvement in the uniformity of black levels. Furthermore, the LG SK Premium 4K TV series will be powered by the Alpha 7 processor.

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The LG SK8000 Super UHD 4K HDR Premium Smart LED TV is the lowest end of the SK series. It is considered as the “Poor Mans LG SK9500 4K TV”.

LG SK8000 Super UHD 4K HDR TV (SK8000PLB)

Design

The LG SK8000 is available in two different models, the LG SK8000PLB and the LG SK8000PUA. The only difference between the two is that PLB uses a non-centred stand while the PUA uses a centred stand.

On a closer look, the LG SK8000 exhibits a minimalistic but elegant design. Boasting a metallic glossy finish look all around the frame and stand. It also features the simplistic metallic but reflective logo of LG.

The back of the TV is aluminium with a metallic brush accent which adds an elegant touch to its overall design. It’s also simplistic and minimalistic. It’s also nice to mention that LG did an overall change in design to their TVs stand. Before, the two feet stand design is installed via screws at the back of the TV. This then caused some issue to the TVs stability as it wobbles easily. The LG SK8000 now has its stand installed at the bottom. This adds to the overall strength and stability of the TV. We prefer to have it wall mounted though.

The LG SK8000 is considered as a bezeless 4K TV but it still has a thin, very thin in this case, bezel. This adds to the overall viewing experience by minimalizing the bezel. It’s made of aluminium and it also has a metallic brush accent to its design.

Input/Output

The LG SK8000 features all standard input-output connectivity. It has 4x HDMI 2.0 ports and 3x USB 2.0 ports where the 49-Inch version only has 2x USB ports. It also supports wall-mounting and has VESA standard.

Picture Quality

Year by year, LG produces TV that offers magnificent picture quality. Something that outshines or an upgrade from the predecessor of a certain model. This can be very well be said with the LG SK8000. It’s predecessor, the LG SJ8000, did not feature the α7 Intelligent Processor. This processor delivers an enhanced 4K HDR image. Fortunately, the LG SK8000 will be featuring the α7 Intelligent Processor. On the top of that, the LG SK8000 carried on the Edge LED backlighting system. This allows the TV to be thin. Having a depth of 64mm only.

With the inclusion of the α7 Intelligent processor along with its Edge LED backlight, this gives the TV deeper blacks and better black uniformity in 4K HDR. Black uniformity was an issue with the predecessor of the LG SK8000, the LG SJ8000. It seems that LG addressed that by equipping the SK8000 with one of their high-end processors. Though at non-HDR contents, the SK8000 seems to be suffering from the same black level issues.

The LG SK8000 features an IPS display panel that gives its picture quality with rich and vivid colour. IPS technology is capable of projecting images with a colour close to real objects, it is commonly used in professional designing.

The LG SK8000 also features “Active HDR” with support for the latest HDR technology, HDR10 and HLG. This provides scene by scene image mastering, delivering pinpoint picture reproduction and lifting HDR content to higher levels. The TV is also capable of applying dynamic tone mapping that brings more depth and detail to HDR content.

Nano Cell Display by LG

Now the best and latest thing about the SK8000 is that it features the latest technology of LG for their LED TVs called Nano Cell Display. Nano Cell technology allows for consistent pixel placement one nanometre apart for improved black levels. It also allows for uniform colour volume and outstanding picture quality, even at off centre angles. The accuracy and precision of Nano Cell technology let you can see every subtle gradation and previously hidden aspect of your TV picture.

Audio

The LG SK8000 features a built-in 2.0CH 20W Downfiring speakers. It comes with Dolby Atmos and surrounds sound support. Overall, the speakers are quite decent. Powerful enough to get the job done but a 2.0CH 20W speakers may be too weak in large rooms. It may even lack a punch when watching movies. We recommend pairing this TV with LG’s latest soundbar in 2018.

The LG SK5 is a 2.1CH speaker with a total power of 360W. It has a bass reflex subwoofer of 85dB and a 20mm AL Dome of 82dB main speakers. It’s priced at Check on Amazon on Amazon right now. This will definitely elevate your viewing experience, especially with movies or sports.

Gaming

In terms of gaming, the LG SK8000 has a native refresh rate of 120Hz. This then enables any console or gaming system to run games at 120 frames per second so long as all the requirements are met. Furthermore, the TV has a response time of 32ms. It’s quite a bit, to be honest, but that is to be expected given that inside the TV, a lot of picture enhancement process goes on. Resulting in high input lag and response time. On game mode, the input lag or response time drops to 15ms which is very pleasant. Any gamers would be pleased to know that.

Our Verdict

Pros
  • Excellent Picture Quality
  • α7 Intelligent Processor (Found on OLEDs)
  • Nano Cell Technology
Cons
  • Edge-Lit Backlight LED
  • Mediocre Contrast

With a selling price starting at £422.96 for the 49-Inch variant, the LG SK8000 is considered or definitely is a premium 4K TV with an affordable price. Some even call it, the “Poor Man’s SK9500“. The inclusion of LG’s latest technology, Nano Cell Display, and equipping this TV with one of their top-notch processor, the α7 Intelligent Processor that’s also found on LG OLED TVs, makes this TV a strong option or a great choice for those wanting to have an affordable but premium 4K TV with HDR10.

LG 49SM8500PLA 49 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart NanoCell LED TV with Freeview Play - Black (2019 Model) with Alexa built-in
  • Nano cell technology allows for consistent pixel placement one nanometre apart, creating uniform colour volume and outstanding picture quality, even at off centre angles
  • Ultra HD 4K resolution is four times that of full HD producing brilliant clarity and vivid details that amaze, even when viewed up close
  • Second generation α7 intelligent processor is optimized for LG nano cell TV and LG TV's exclusive processing allows for ideal image quality of LED TV bringing a clearer and brighter viewing experience
  • LG TV's can recognise major High Dynamic Range formats such as HLG, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Technicolor, so you get the HDR experience, no matter what HDR entertainment you're enjoying
  • Find information and control smart home devices by speaking into LG magic remote or use Amazon Alexa devices to control TV with a simple voice command


One thought on “Review – LG SK8000 Super UHD 4K HDR Premium Smart LED TV

  1. Hi ;

    I Read that those tvs improved their black with ( HDR Contents ) so , is it possible to watch none- hdr contents on that mode , and still enjoy deeper black levels ?

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