The LG QNED91 series marks the dawn of a new era of innovative LED TVs. The QNED gets its name from the Quantum Dot Nano Cell technology which is what gives it its beautifully accurate colours as well as mini LED backlight which should give you high hopes picture quality-wise. This is another expensive one, so we’ll need to assess how well it performs. To start off, here is the basic info:
- Manufacturer: LG
- Model: QNED916PA
- Year Released: 2021
- Resolution: 4K
- USB Ports: 3
- HDMI Ports: 4
- Bluetooth: Y
The QNED91 prides itself on the following features:
- Dolby Picture and Sound with Dolby Vision IQ to enhance the colour, contrast and brightness for each scene
- Built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for easy voice navigation
- 100% colour accuracy from a wide variety of different angles
- Filmmaker mode to maintain the intended aspect ratios and colours whilst removing motion smoothing in order to create an experience like the director intended
- VRR, ALLM, and eMRC for fast moving, smooth high resolution graphics
- Compatibility with Bluetooth speakers for an immersive soundscape
Available sizes: 65″, 75″, 86″
The design is fairly standard as far as Smart TVs go: it’s a big black, thin rectangle that can be mounted on a wall or stood atop its bezel. There is a lot of screen and a lot less frame so, although the design is bland, it won’t really distract from the viewing experience.
The remote it comes with seems like nothing out of the ordinary at first, but it’s actually a magic remote with functions similar to a computer mouse. It even has a small wheel to scroll up and down! Some might find the remote a bit overcomplicated however, and it’s not great if you have a shaky hand. If you’re not into pointing it like a wand, fret not as it also has compatibility with voice commands which is very responsive.
The remote still has all the standard buttons such as your home button, number keys etc, but it also has some nifty shortcuts for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and Rakuten TV.
Let’s talk about what you came for: performance. Given the price we’re excited to say it passes the performance test with flying colours! No matter the scene, you can reliably expect a breathtakingly vibrant display that faithfully communicates the mood and lighting of the moment. From cheerful daylight scenes to gloomy dark scenes, it always performs well.
There are even different pre-sets you can choose from such as Standard, Filmmaker and Game Optimiser modes. It’s important to bear this in mind and do a little research on what kinds of content work best with pre-sets because a little experimenting could yield great results.
The TV contains a chip known as an a7 Gen 4 Processor 4K – an amazing AI that automatically transforms the clarity, sharpness, details and brightness to optimise the onscreen content, it accomplishes this by analysing the ambient lights, genre and the general scene. You don’t need to do anything besides enable it, so just sit back and let the AI do its magic!
The TV is well equipped to display lots of screen brightness, since it has a mini-LED which can reach a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, making dark scenes very easy to watch. The TV is adaptive to a variety of differently lit rooms. The mini LEDs are able to render black shades with a lot of depth, which isn’t something you can say for most TVs.
The LG QNED91 series comes packaged with LED Local Dimming which does the trick nicely in establishing dramatic effect in your more dull movies. It does need a bit of tinkering however, since it has different effects depending on if you’re watching HDR, SDR or gaming content, with different settings for each creating the best look. So you’ll be switching quite a bit.
There is a tiny problem in the sense that the TV does suffer a little blooming when displaying white shapes, but it’s not enough to ruin the experience and is a minor gripe at best.
Where the TV really shines is in its gaming capabilities. In fact, some call it one of the best TVs tested for gaming. The TV will give you a 4K 120hz experience with no screen tearing or stuttering with anything you play. The response times from the TV are incredible, providing a faster response than most competitors.
The game optimizer setting is super convenient as it will automatically switch over to this setting if you start up a games console. The setting adjusts picture settings and optimises graphics and visibility.
Ports wise, the QNED91 has you covered if you want to connect lots of devices. It boasts 4 HDMI 2.1, 3 USB 2.0, Headphone Out, Optical Out, Ethernet, 2 RF In, Line Out and a Common Interface on the side. Quite impressive! So, whether you’re an owner of multiple games consoles or fond of having lots of external audio devices, it’s got your back.
The home menu screen is pretty convenient, powered by WebOS 6.0. It doesn’t suffer any buffering or jittering most of the time and is well designed with a focus on fast navigation. If scrolling and voice commands aren’t convenient enough for you, there is an option to rearrange the apps so you can access the most desirable ones quickly.
The home page even has an option to turn off advertisements, which is great for those who want their Smart TVs free of such intrusion.
In Conclusion, The LG QNED91 TV series is a pretty expensive one, but it’s also a powerful Smart TV with no major downsides. Although it’s not quite going to match the level of the other top TVs on the market, it has enough impressive specs to impress just about anyone.
Author: Jason MacMillan