A 79-inch TV is not the kind of TV that most people would buy. But on a business perspective, getting a good TV could be worthwhile. 1080p displays have been around for a while and come in all sorts of sizes. Even the large ones have 1080p screens and are sold at pretty attractive prices. But what you should really be targeting is a 4K display because 4K video recording is on the rise and 4K content is already being offered by some companies. The LG 79UB9800 aims to be that display for offices and large living rooms and it intends to make every single pixel count.
The 79UB9800 is so wide, LG took a design approach that is similar to a large whiteboard but made it attractive by having the stand curve out resulting to good looks when viewed from the front. Because the stand is about the same width as the TV panel itself, you will need a very wide surface for placement. The stand is also removable should you decide to mount the TV to the wall instead. Just make sure you get the LSW640B mount or any 600×400 VESA mount. The bezel is noticeable for its size but the TV still looks appealing and LG really wanted to make sure it doesn’t look like another large TV made by a competitor.
Despite the larger size, you won’t find any more ports than the smaller 65-inch version LG UB9800 series. Fortunately, 3 USB ports should be more than enough especially considering 1 is a USB 3.0 port. Seeing 4 HDMI ports on the side of the LG 79UB9800 isn’t very surprising but they are HDMI 2.0 compatible so you can get experience the best the 4K format has to offer.
The 79UB9800 is not your average Smart TV; it is powered by an operating system with mobile roots known as webOS. Acquired from HP back in 2013, webOS first made its way to Palm Pre devices and was touted as a highly innovative mobile operating system. webOS is open-source so LG heavily modified the platform into a highly engaging Smart TV interface. Rather than a boring array of icons, the bulk of the interface is found on the bottom with a single row of slanted colored tiles each with familiar logos. These are all launchable apps and they load quickly. You can bring up this dock anytime by pressing the “Home” button on the remote and it even works while interacting in another app. This makes multitasking very simple and fluid. The LG 79UB9800 makes a strong impression too by offering several familiar apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and a bunch more. It is easy to setup as well thanks to this entertaining cartoon bird assistant named Bean Bird.
While the interface is pretty easy to use, using the pointer may feel slightly foreign to those accustomed to pressing directional buttons. Basically, you have a mouse-like interface where you control the cursor by pointing a special remote on the screen known as the LG Magic Remote. This is a smaller version of the standard LG remote and is primarily used for interacting with the webOS side of the 79UB9800. It can still be used as a standard remote control as it has volume and channel buttons along with some other essential functions but no numeric keypad. It connects to the LG 79UB9800 via Bluetooth and can interact with other recently released LG home theater components making this whole package a great addition to tie up an LG home theater system.
Integration expands to LG’s smartphone and tablet portfolio too. When connected to a wireless router through Wi-Fi or Ethernet, smartphone and tablet owners can easily beam images, videos and other media to the display. Laptops that support WiDi can also wirelessly mirror their screens to the 79UB9800.
Finally, LG has built 4K 3D+ technology into the LG 79UB9800 so you can get a nice 3D experience out of supporting Blu-ray movies using a standard pair of passive LG Cinema 3D glasses. There is also a separate pair of glasses sold separately that can take advantage of the Dual Play feature which uses the 3D technology to allow 2 players to play a game at once without splitting the game. Only a handful of games support this feature though.
Because of its high-end nature, the 79UB9800 offers several sophisticated technologies to deliver great picture quality. It has an Ultra Clarity Index of 1560 which translates to very clear imagery especially when playing video games and watching sports. It works well with the TruMotion 240Hz technology commonly found in other high-end LG displays where its main purpose is to reduce blurring. It is topped with an IPS 4K panel for wide viewing angles and a powerful TRU-4K Engine Pro to allow smaller sources like TV, DVD and 1080p to take advantage of the 4K resolution through upscaling. So while you wait for 4K versions of your favorite movies, you can watch all the existing Blu-ray movies and notice improvements compared to 1080p displays. Once the content finally comes out, it should work well with the LG 79UB9800 as it relies on the HEVC decoder to handle next-generation content. Netflix subscribers can already watch some 4K video through the included Netflix app. The audio quality is above average too as it is designed by Harman Kardon – a reputable brand for audio products.
The LG 79UB9800 is priced at $9,999 so you will have to drop down to the 65-inch model if you want to cut down on the price while still enjoying the same features and benefits. But if you are in the niche market for a massively large display, the 79UB9800 is a solid way to get yourself impressed on how far TV technologies have gone. 4K content is coming and the demand for these displays will only grow.
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