The distant has fast buttons to take you to Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, YouTube, Tubi TV, and Peacock. The distant additionally has backlighting and Bluetooth connectivity. You do need to pair it with the TV on preliminary setup.
A $1,000 price ticket for the 55-inch mannequin means the U8G seems and seems like extra of a premium possibility than our favourite inexpensive TCLs and Vizios. As an alternative, its direct opponents are upgrades just like the Samsung QN90A.
On this league, it performs fairly nicely. Strong native dimming helps with black ranges, and it has pretty vibrant highlights in HDR by way of HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient help.
AMD Freesync made it a terrific TV to make use of with my pc’s Radeon graphics card when taking part in Components 1 2021. Excessive refresh charges actually make racing video games look wonderful. It really works almost in addition to a pc monitor because it does as a TV, a pattern I’m pleased to see descending from higher-end TVs this 12 months.
I didn’t use the TV in a very vibrant room (my overview room lacks home windows), however those that have brighter areas would possibly like that it has a brand new anti-reflective movie that’s speculated to restrict glare. One factor I did discover and love was Filmmaker Mode, which removes submit processing however maintains coloration and body charges when watching motion pictures. It’s notably nice when watching older movies like Cool Hand Luke, which seem coloration graded to perfection out of the field.
There’s additionally a Recreation Mode, which helps the very best body charges from PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and a Sports activities Mode, which smooths out movement when watching fast-paced occasions—nice for the Olympics and watching my beloved Portland Timbers.
As with most fashionable TVs, you desire a soundbar. The U8G sounds fairly unhealthy by itself. In the event you’re spending $1,000 on a TV, get one thing a bit good to take heed to it with.
By way of interface, it crushes the competitors from each LG and Samsung. Android TV has come a great distance because it had horrible apps and felt tremendous clunky. Today, it’s very almost pretty much as good as Roku, with a greater voice assistant.
The interface doesn’t have adverts, and it pulls reveals from all of the paid companies that Covid boredom made me subscribe to. The principle display screen is usable in a method that almost all different interfaces merely aren’t. Even altering between inputs feels simpler, because of all these buttons for companies that individuals really use (save Tubi and Peacock).
If you mix this ease of use with the superb display screen, nice processing, and 120-Hz refresh charge when gaming in 4K, it’s actually laborious to seek out something to not like in regards to the U8G, besides its value.
You will get a less expensive TCL or Vizio mannequin that appears very almost pretty much as good and does very almost all the pieces this nicely, however this mannequin does feel and appear a bit nicer than these. It has a strong price-to-performance ratio, particularly when in comparison with spendier fashions from Sony and Samsung.
If you’re after a TV that works for gaming, sports activities, and watching movies at residence, and you want Google’s not-so-walled backyard, the U8G is nicely value a peek.