Hands on with LG’s ultra-slim ‘Color Prime’ 4K UHD LED TVs

hands on with lgs ultra slim color prime 4k led tv lg 6839
Photo credit: Digital Trends / Rich Shibley
If you’ve been following along with all the coverage of the new TVs premiering at CES 2015, then you may be a little confused. We understand. There’s been a lot of talk about industry terms like quantum dots, phosphor LEDs, enhanced color space, color gamut, DCI, BT. 709 and Rec .2020 — even our heads are spinning a bit. But don’t worry: when the Las Vegas Convention Center closes down and all the dust has settled, we’re going to lay it all out as clearly as possible. For now, let’s just concentrate on the fact that there are two new LCD TV backlighting technologies: they both make for better color and brighter images, and while some manufacturers have hitched their wagon to one pony or another, LG is using them both.

LG calls its enhanced backlighting efforts “Color Prime” and depending on which series of TV you are looking at, it means one of the two aforementioned technologies are at work behind the panel. No matter which it is, it will make the TV’s picture brighter. However, the expanded color palette advantages that these technologies make available can’t be displayed until there are TV shows and movies that take advantage of it. Think of it as a TV built for the future … like one or two years into the future.

That aside, LG’s Color Prime TVs look terrific, particularly the UF9500 flagship, which comes in 55-, 65-, and 79-inch sizes. The UF9500 also sports an ultra-thin panel and bezel, which makes it look more like the company’s OLED TV design. LG’s best TV’s also sport WebOS 2.0, an improved version of its excellent smart TV interface, with faster boot times, quicker navigation and app switching, and some convenient extras, which we detail in our video above.

LG’s OLED televisions are still the go-to for the best possible picture quality, but the new Color Prime models offer some seriously bright and vibrant images, plus a bit of a glimpse into the future of TV.

Deals

Here’s a look at the hottest 4K TV deals for January 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Mobile

C you soon? Rumors swirl of a USB-C port on 2019 iPhones

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Home Theater

QLED and OLED may have similar names, but they're totally different technologies

The names may look almost identical, but OLED and QLED are two entirely different beasts. In our QLED vs. OLED battle, we dissect the differences between these dueling TV technologies, and help determine which might be best for you.
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2019.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (February 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in January and February, from new original series to classic films.
Home Theater

What are HDMI ARC and eARC? Here’s how they can simplify your home theater

HDMI ARC is one of the coolest TV features at your disposal. But if you're like most folks, you have no idea how it works, if you even know what it is at all. Here's our primer on HDMI ARC, as well as the next generation technology, eARC.
Features

Netflix’s latest price increase heralds the end of streaming’s golden age

Netflix’s recent price rise is just the latest in a string of signs that streaming’s golden age is nearly over. As more services enter the fray, content will be further partitioned, signaling the end of streaming’s good old days.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.
Deals

Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off Sonos Beam soundbar with Alexa

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent smart sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon.
Home Theater

Walmart abandons its plans for a streaming Netflix killer

Rumored plans for a Walmart owned, Vudu-labeled Netflix streaming killer have been shelved according to a new report from CNBC. The billions it would have needed to invest in order to compete apparently gave the mega retailer cold feet.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.