LG 65SM8600PUA Alexa Built-in Nano 8 Series Pros and Cons From an Owner

Updated on April 15, 2020
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My boys are big gamers and love the clarity of this big screen. I wish they'd let me near it to watch a little sport some time!

Why Choose This When There's So Many Others on the Market?

We wanted a big TV. At 65 inches, this is the biggest that LG offers. We could have bought a 43, 49, or 55-inch model. We actually did end up buying an additional 43-inch TV for a guest studio we have.

We love watching sports and my two teenagers love playing games. The decision was made that if we were going to replace our TV, we had to go for the biggest out there. We wanted to feel like we were in the game!

We had a good look at some competitors before making our decision as we've only owned Samsungs in the past. So let's run through a few here and you can see what we thought.

What We Were Looking for in a TV

  • Had to be big—hence 65 inches.
  • Had to be backlit.
  • Had to have the SlingTV App.
  • Had to have Wi-Fi.
  • Had to have NANO color.
  • Had to have at least three HDMI ports plus a USB port.
  • Had to have support for Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix.
  • Had to be capable of casting from our iPhones.
  • Had to have WISA sound.
  • Had to have Google Assistant and Alexa integrated.

What We Liked About This Model

My boys have an Xbox One and they dragged it with us to test it on TVs. We tried the LG 65SM8600PUA 8 Series first. After the salesman changed the settings to HDR and we plugged the Xbox in, my boys were blown away by the incredible rich colors and sharp detail. The salesman also put some 6K YouTube videos on and you'd swear you were actually in the videos. The image was crisp and bright and this TV has a very easy setup as well.

LG 65SM8600PUA Alexa Built-in Nano 8 Series Specifications

  • 65-inch screen
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Bluetooth
  • Smart functionality: webOS
  • Magic remote control (Point, Click, Scroll, Voice)
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF, 1 Composite, 1 Ethernet, and 1 Optical
  • Dimensions (with stand): W 56.4" x H 36" x D 10"
  • 4K Ultra Accurate HD Resolution
  • Active HDR: 4K Cinema HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10) HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping
  • Clarity: Quad Step Noise Reduction, Frequency Based Sharpness Enhancer
  • Resolution Upscaler: 4K Upscaler
  • Refresh rate: TryMotion 240
  • Contrast: Object depth Enhancer, Ultra Luminance Pro
  • Color: Nano color, Nano accuracy, Billion Rich Colors, Advanced Color Enhancer
  • Display Type: NanoCell Display
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • Full array backlit dimming
  • Display Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x 2160)
  • Backlit Type: Slim Direct
  • UHD
  • Operating system: WebOS
  • Audio: Ultra Surround 2.2 Channel 40 Watts (20W Woofer). Dolby Atmos. DTS Decoder, LG Sound Sync. WiSA Ready. Bluetooth Audio playback.
  • Artificial Intelligence: LG ThinQ, Alexa built in, Amazon Alexa Compatible, Google Assistant, Google Home Compatible, Intelligent Voice Recognition
  • Picture Processor (a& Gen 2 Intelligent Processor)
  • Weight: 62 pounds
  • Dimensions: 57" x 36" x 12.8"
  • VESA Mounting: 300x 300
  • Price: $846.00 (Plus Free Shipping)
  • Free 60-day technical support for set up, configuring, and trouble shooting
  • 12-month warranty

Questions and Answers on the LG 8 Series

 
 
Does it include a Smart App for Amazon TV
Yes
Can this be mounted
Yes
Will a Bluetooth keyboard work with is
Yes
Does this connect via WiFi
Yes
Does it have a headphone jack
Yes
Can you connect wired speakers
You can connect a sound bar only
Can you turn this TV on with your voice
yes
Does it have a web browser
Yes, Google
Bluetooth compatible
Yes
Can this model be wall mounted
Yes
Does this TV have the ability to show Artwork when not in use?
Yes
Does this have webos
Yes

Comparison to the 65" Samsung Q70T QLED 4K UHD

The Samsung is close in specs to the LG but it was an extra $450 and we found that the picture just wasn't as sharp. Another flaw was that it comes with a voice that became really annoying. She tells you what you've just done even when you simply change a channel. I had a car that did this long ago and it got to the point where I just didn't want to drive it. We couldn't find anyway to turn her off.

The Wi-Fi was weak. The store we tested it in had to run a hardwire through to it.

We found the remote lacking in everything except channel and volume buttons. No menu or input buttons. You can replace it with a Harmony remote that has everything, so all is not lost.

Price: $1297.00

Comparison With the 65" Sony XBR65X900F

The picture is fantastic and the sound is good with this model. That said, you'd still want to hook it up to a couple of external speakers.

It has the same specs as the LG but with one extra HDMI input and two extra USB slots. At $1198.00, it's about $340 more expensive than the LG.

We couldn't get the Bluetooth to pair with any of our devices. We thought this would be a given at this price.

We found the TV really slow to respond to the remote. For example, we would click the volume up and nothing would happen. Then the TV would suddenly respond and blow you out of the room with its high volume. Another problem is that this model doesn't have a sound bar, so you have no idea how far you've adjusted the volume.

Comparison to the 65" Sceptre U658CV-UMC

The Sceptre caught our eye because of the price ($524!) but we soon lost interest as it's not a smart TV. It does have 4K-UHD and 120hz so it has an okay picture. While the specs say it's 4K, we really doubted it. The sound really wasn't great at all but it would probably improve with external speakers.

If you're in the market for just a big, old-fashioned LED TV, this is probably a good buy for the price. We moved on quickly after finding out it wasn't smart compatible.

We also like sticking with tried and true brands. Although this Sceptre came with a 12-month warranty, you just don't know what the service is like if you do have a problem.

What We Don't Like About the LG 65SM8600PUA

Panel uses 8-bit color with an advanced dithering technique to synthesize 10-bit color, but it doesn't support a full 10-bit display. Though it will still accept a 10-bit input source with HDR10 enabled. You honestly won't notice the difference, but still with mentioning.

  • *Probably doesn't support full 4K at 120Hz—we won't know for sure until HDMI 2.1 GPUs start coming out to test if the Alpha 7 Gen 2 processor can handle it or not. NVIDIA Control Panel seems to suggest that 1440p at 120Hz is the limit for PC mode and 4K at 60Hz is the ceiling for TV mode.

LG's Nano Cell TVs get you the best of most of today's various display technologies with only a few minor drawbacks that are still worth mentioning, but are far from deal breakers for me. I would much rather deal with some crushed grey here and there than deal with the hideous color distortion or permanent screen burn in that are common with other technologies. This TV really is meant for gamers more so than for movie aficionados, though it's pretty easy to recommend as a jack of all trades option for this price range.

All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase and can easily recommend this as the go to option for anyone looking for a TV in this price range but still debating about which of the many new TV technologies to ultimately settle on. I have no regrets about my purchase and I would gladly buy again!

Our experience so far

When comparing to our old TV, the sound quality blew us completely away. Treble, meds and bass are very clear. Right out of the box, the picture quality is great, but with a little fine tuning, it's pretty much perfect. While playing games or sports we love the smoothness of the pictures. The remote I find a little awkward to hold but on the other hand it offers some great features like voice control. The buttons on the remote don't take more than a few uses to become used to.

We had a Samsung prior to this and it did give us quite a bit of trouble. It wouldn't play DVD's and it would crash for seemingly no reason. It wouldn't recognise my PC and Samsung themselves couldn't figure all this out. As it was still new we returned it to Amazon and requested a change of brand to LG after reading some reviews. They didn't have a problem with that.

When it was delivered we were relieved that it arrived completely undamaged. Unboxing was pretty straight forward with on the top side of the box, containing the TV stand, cord and manuals. We were straight away impressed with the sturdiness and build quality. It took about ten minutes to set it up.

For a LED/LCD TV it delivers terrific blacks. Picture quality is crystal clear. The TV has full local dimming, which helps get blacks without any bleeding from other colors like in edge lit TV. Netflix is great. First up we watched Highwaymen with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. Great experience on the full 4K HDR library.

The televisions small bezel directs the focus directly on to what you're watching. LG have done a nice job of designing the outlets like HDMI and USB's for easy access have been placed on the side of the TV instead of the back. Also it has top quality speakers. Any volume above 20 will fill the room with quality sound.

Bonuses are Web OS software, magic remote. The remote acts as a pointer onto the big screen.

We've got a Cat 6 ethernet cable running from the router so to eliminate WiFi. It gives a lagless internet and takes only two seconds to turn on! Updates are easy. You can control them with permission or set it to automatic.

Settings are easy to set up without even referring to the user manual and after set up fine tuning is easy too.

LG have provided two settings which you can choose from when you watch at night in a dark room or in a bright room in the daytime. Watching it in the daytime doesn’t make for pesky viewing. The A1 Chip adjusts for the best picture quality.

We didn't have to go over budget with this television and mainly bought it to watch the Super Bowl.

Conclusion

The LG 65SM8600PUA is great if you use your TV a lot for games or just for great video experiences, then you wouldn't want to look at anything else besides the big three mentioned here. Anything cheaper and you're really going to regret it.

LG's Nano Cell TVs get you the best of most of today's various display technologies with only a few minor drawbacks that are still worth mentioning, but are far from deal breakers for me. I would much rather deal with some crushed grey here and there than deal with the hideous color distortion or permanent screen burn in that are common with other technologies. This TV really is meant for gamers more so than for movie aficionados, though it's pretty easy to recommend as a jack of all trades option for this price range.

All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase and can easily recommend this as the go to option for anyone looking for a TV in this price range but still debating about which of the many new TV technologies to ultimately settle on. I have no regrets about my purchase and I would gladly buy again! about four months now and it's been fine. We've rung the free LG technical helpline three times when we just couldn't figure a problem out and they've been patient and helpful. Plus, we've talked to a technician in no less than seven minutes each time. So they have great service too.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Jerry Fisher

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