LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (2023)

LG NANO866is a 4K LED TV from the LG NanoCell range.It displays good picture quality with accurate color reproduction, but is not as great when viewed in a dark room.

The NANO866 has an average contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, and the local dimming function leaves much to be desired.At the same time, the TV, based on an ISP panel, offers a wide viewing angle and perfectly copes with glare, providing a comfortable viewing in a bright room.It has a fast response, however, in dynamic scenes, the effect of frame duplication may appear.

We also note the low latency of the NANO866 incoming signal.

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Functional rating

(on a 10-point scale)

Overall quality7.3
Watching films6.4
Watching TV programs7.9
Watching sports7.7
Use for video games8.0
Watching HDR Movies6.3
Use for HDR video games7.5
Use as a PC monitor8.3

Overall Viewing Quality7.3
LG NANO866 is well suited for a variety of uses.Its best feature is its performance as a gaming or computer monitor, thanks to its low input signal latency and fast response time.Obviously, the NANO866 is not the most ideal TV for viewing in a darkened room due to its low contrast ratio, low black uniformity and ambiguous local dimming performance.However, the undoubted advantages of this model include a wide viewing angle and good peak brightness, which will allow you to enjoy the games of your favorite team with a large circle of friends.

Demonstration of films is not the strongest point of LG NANO866.This TV has a low contrast ratio, which is inherent in IPS-type panels, and we also have comments on screen uniformity.Unfortunately, the local dimming function does not do a very good job of rendering dark scenes, allowing light from bright objects to spill over into adjacent areas.However, the NANO866 does a great job of transforming low-resolution videos like old Blu-ray discs into images that are virtually indistinguishable from the original 4K quality.

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (2)TV programs7.9
LG NANO866 provides excellent TV viewing experience.The TV does an excellent job with glare and has a decent peak brightness as well as a wide viewing angle.Unfortunately, we noticed some screen irregularity, showing up in darker edges closer to the bezel.The advantages of NANO866 can also be attributed to the excellent scaling of low-format programs from cable channels to quality close to 4K.

Sports programs7.7
Sports programs look good on the LG NANO866 screen.It has a fast response time, however, in scenes with fast moving objects, the effect of duplicate frames can appear.The TV does an excellent job of reducing glare and provides a comfortable viewing experience in a Friends campaign thanks to its large viewing angle.Unfortunately, we noticed the effect of a dirty screen in its center, which can distract from the sporting spectacle itself.

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LG NANO866 is a great choice for gamers.The TV has a short input latency, fast response, and for better reproduction of dynamic scenes there is a black frame insertion function.However, games in a darkened room look less impressive due to low contrast ratios and poor black uniformity.

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The NANO866 does not boast brilliant HDR movie quality.Although the TV supports a wide color gamut, it lacks the brightness to fully reproduce the visual effects of this format.Poor black uniformity and poor local dimming performance will reduce the viewing experience in a dark room.HDR formats supported include HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

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LG NANO866 is well suited for gaming in this format due to its high performance, namely short input latency and fast response.However, the HDR quality itself is far from the best.The screen is not bright enough to reproduce the visual effects of this format, which is especially noticeable when played back in dark environments.

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (5)Use as PC monitor8.3
LG NANO866 perfectly plays the role of a computer monitor.Its short input latency provides instant response to user input, and its wide viewing angle makes it a great demonstration display for office meetings.Support for Chroma 4: 4: 4 technology means that the text on this TV is reproduced in high definition.You also don’t have to worry about static UI elements as the NANO866 doesn’t run the risk of pixel burnout.

Market positioning

LG NANO866 is positioned as a budget model of the NanoCell line.In the hierarchy of this series, it is located between LG NANO90 and LG NANO81 and is a replacement for last year’sLG SM8600TV.The main competitors are Samsung QLED Q60T andSony XH80 models.


LG NANO866 TV is made in a sleek modern style, but nothing special stands out.It rests on an elegant center pillar, just like theLG SM8600.When wall-mounted, the NANO866 thin panel looks great.

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (6)The stand firmly holds the TV, however, when exposed to external influences, it sways noticeably.

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (7)The back panel is a smooth plastic surface with a slot for connectors.No means for neat cable routing are provided.The bezel around the screen is very thin (0.9 cm) and invisible.

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (8)The case is quite thin (5.5 cm), which is a step up from theSM8600, and is perfect for wall mounting.

Build quality7.0
The build quality of the TV is generally good.We’re not happy with the inexpensive plastic used throughout the entire body.In addition, when exposed, it can deform.The assembly is nevertheless solid and without gaps.

Image quality


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NANO866 has a good contrast ratio.Usually this parameter is a weak point of IPS panels, but in this case this indicator turned out to be above average and at a level close to the more expensive LG SM9500.However, when viewed in a darkened room, black looks more like a gray, and even the local dimming function does not help.

Local dimming function1.5
The function, unfortunately, is not doing its job.This is especially noticeable in dark scenes – when a bright object moves across the screen, the light from it noticeably shimmers into neighboring areas.Moving the local dimming setting to a medium level reduces this effect, but does not completely eliminate it.

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Peak Luminance SDR6.6
NANO866 demonstrates good peak brightness in SDR format.It is, however, not enough to withstand good lighting and is unstable when displaying small and bright objects.
If you want to achieve the maximum brightness of the image, regardless of its accuracy, then set the screen mode to “Bright” and the brightness and contrast settings to maximum.

Peak brightness format HDR5.9
The NANO866’s peak HDR brightness is disappointing as it is not enough to showcase the effects of this format.Moreover, it is not the same for different kinds of content.

Gray uniformity7.3

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The gray uniformity in NANO866 is not bad.The pattern is noticeably darker around the edges, and there is a slight dirty screen effect in the center, which can be distracting when watching sports.

Viewing angle7.4
The NANO866 has a good viewing angle, which is expected from an IPS panel.Of course, there are TVs of the same type that surpass this model in this parameter.However, the NANO866 has a better viewing angle than many other LGsiblings, including theSM8600.
The image here retains its good quality when you deviate from the center position, which makes this model excellent for viewing with friends or loved ones.

Black uniformity5.1
LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (11)Black uniformity in NANO866 is weak.A clear light leak is observed in all corners of the screen.The local dimming function is unable to remedy the situation and creates its own “pattern” of heterogeneity in the form of a light strip in the center of the screen.

The NANO866 handles glare very well.Viewing is comfortable in moderate lighting conditions, but in a light-flooded room, reflections from the screen can be distracting.

TV NANO866 copes well with the transmission of a wide color gamut.It has an impressive DCI-P3 coverage rate used in most HDR movies, but compliance with the higher Rec.2020 standard is average.

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The EOTF curve deviates from the centerline all along.Its starting position indicates that most scenes appear brighter than they really should be.
If HDR seems too dark for you, set the dynamic contrast ratio to a high level and the brightness and contrast to maximum.

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Color volume6.8
The color volume in NANO866 is not bad.Low contrast ratios make the TV unable to reproduce deep and rich dark colors well.In this respect, NANO866 is very similar toLG SM8600.

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The NANO866 demonstrates a good gradient pattern.In the dark areas of the template, fluctuations are noticeable, and they are also seen in the real image.Turning on the Smooth Gradation feature helps to eliminate them.

Temporary image retention and risk of screen burn-in10
No signs of temporary image retention were found even immediately after a 10 minute test with a high contrast static pattern.There is also no risk of screen burn-in.

Response time7.2
The NANO866 demonstrates a good response time.The trail behind fast-moving objects is barely noticeable, although some may experience the distracting effect of duplicate frames in fast-moving scenes.

Screen Flicker4.0
The NANO866 uses PWM to dim the backlight.It flickers at 120Hz in all screen modes.However, when a computer is connected, if the TV is not in game mode, it increases to 240Hz.

Insert black frame10
NANO866 has a black frame insert function to reduce motion blur.To enable it, you must activate the Motion Pro setting in the User menu of the TruMotion function.

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (15)Frame interpolation
The NANO866 is capable of increasing video frequency up to 60Hz by interpolating frames, which creates the so-called soap opera effect and improves the transmission of dynamic scenes.The function works well in a real image, except for frames with very intense movement, where some artifacts may occur.
To enable frame interpolation, select the User setting in the TruMotion menu and set both De-Judder and De-Blur scales to their maximum value.

Image Twitch Effect7.8
Although the TV has a fast response time, this effect is practically not observed, especially when watching video at 60 frames per second.

Jitter effect in 24fps video10
The NANO866 is capable of removing jitter from low frequency video from any source.This is a step up from theLG SM8600, which couldn’t handle a 60i signal at 24 frames per second.
To eliminate this effect, you need to activate the “Real Cinema” setting in the picture parameters.

Variable refresh rate
NANO866 uses HDMI Forum VRR technology, but we do not have the technical ability to test it yet.Another VRR technology – FreeSync – is not yet supported, but it is expected to appear with the next firmware update.

Input Delay8.6
NANO866 has a very short input signal latency at a natural frequency of 120Hz.However, at 60Hz it is higher and may not suit some serious gamers.
The TV also features an automatic ALLM game mode, saving you the hassle of manual adjustments every time you play a game.To activate it, turn on the “Instant in-game response” setting.

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HDMI 2.1


Digital optical audio outputone
Composite inputone

In our testing, we were unable to get a 4K / 120Hz signal to the screen, whatever settings we tried.

Video and audio format support

HDR10 +


Dolby VisionYes
Dolby AtmosYes

The NANO866 supports eARC technology, which means the TV can send Dolby Atmos surround sound to an AV receiver.To do this, you need to activate the eARC setting in the sound parameters.Sorry, 2020 LG TVs have discontinued DTS decoding.

Sound quality

Frequency response6.6
NANO866 has a good frequency response.The TV volume is quite high with balanced mids and highs, but deep bass is not heard.The sound quality in NANO866 is much better than inLG SM8600.

Distortion of incoming audio6.6
The total harmonic distortion is small.Its level is minimal at medium volume, but at high volume it increases noticeably.

Smart features

Platform Interface8.5
The webOS platform is simple and easy to use.We didn’t find any glitches.

Advertising presence 0
Unfortunately, there are advertisements on the TV screen that appear from time to time.

Apps and features8.0
The platform catalog offers a wide range of applications.There is a function of transferring images from a mobile device to the TV screen.

Control panel9.0

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The NANO866 uses the same Magic remote control as other LG TVs and can act as a pointer. It has a built-in microphone for receiving voice commands such as changing the signal source, searching for content in applications, displaying weather information on the screen. The remote control can also be used to control other devices that do not even comply with the CEC standard

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Comparison with other TVs

LG NANO866 Review • Outperforms most budget LED models (19)Top left:LG SM 8600; bottom left:LG SM 9000; center:LG NANO866; top right:Sasmung QLED Q 70 R; bottom right:the Samsung QLED the Q 60 T.


The LG NANO866 TV is a step up from its predecessor, theLG SM8600.It also outperforms many budget LED models on the market.


Is NanoCell better than LED? ›

NanoCell TVs tend to have better color accuracy, higher peak brightness, and improved viewing angles than LED TVs, while LED TVs offer solid performance at an affordable price. Ultimately, each type of television is ideal for different consumers, depending on their needs and budget.

Is the LG NanoCell worth it? ›

Is it worth getting a NanoCell TV? NanoCell TVs can definitely be worth it. They use an IPS panel that has the benefits of a wide viewing angle, great color reproduction, and a wide color gamut. But, the NanoCell technology means that the colors will be even richer than a typical IPS TV.

How long do NanoCell TVs last? ›

How long do NanoCell TVs last? NanoCell lasts significantly longer than traditional LCD TVs. LG claims that most NanoCell TVs can last “over 100,000 hours of viewing” which is an incredibly long time. Although this depends on use, if your TV is on all the time it is going to eventually wear down.

Is LG NanoCell better than QLED? ›

The wide viewing angle ensures the best picture quality and clarity when viewed from the side. NanoCell technology outperforms QLED technology in this aspect, as it maintains color from wider angles.

Is LG NanoCell TV better than Samsung? ›

Detailed comparison: LG NanoCell or Samsung QLED

If your room is comparatively bright, both models will struggle. While the Nano75 has a comparatively low peak brightness, the TV scores slightly better than the Samsung in terms of reflection resistance.

What's a better TV Samsung or LG? ›

If you prefer a brighter picture, Samsung's QLED sets are the way to go. However, if you want a better contrast ratio (where blacks look black and not gray) and a wider viewing angle, we recommend an OLED TV from LG.

What are the drawbacks of NanoCell? ›

Cons of NanoCell TVs

NanoCell TVs are still LCDs with a backlight, meaning that color accuracy and image quality are not quite there with OLEDs. The blacks are not as dark on NanoCell screens as on OLED TVs. NanoCell TVs have a higher power consumption than OLEDs.

Is NanoCell TV good for eyes? ›

See Pure Colors with Eye Comfort

LG NanoCell TVs have received a “No Photobiological LED Hazard” certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ensuring your eyes are protected from harmful light being emitted.

What is special about LG NanoCell? ›

LG NanoCell TV delivers enhanced 4K movies, sports and gaming. Raising the benchmark in LED picture quality, our Nano Color technology brings natural, lifelike color, while Nano Accuracy offers more precise color and wider angles.

Which TV brand lasts the longest? ›

These are the best durable TV brands currently.
  1. Samsung. Samsung is arguably the most popular brand globally and the de facto leading company in consumer electronics. ...
  2. Sony. Sony is another electronics manufacturing giant that produces reliable TVs with excellent features. ...
  3. LG. ...
  4. Panasonic.
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What is the advantage of NanoCell? ›

Tangible Benefits Of NanoCell

1. Compared to other LED TVs, NanoCell offers superior dynamic range and visual quality with vibrant, true colors. 2. A NanoCell TV's perfect color reproduction yields a clear, finely detailed image.

Why does my LG NanoCell TV keep turning off? ›

Settings - Energy Saving

Under all settings select "support". Select the "auto power off" option and you can adjust and extend the period of time of the auto power off setting.

Which is better Samsung Series 8 or LG NanoCell? ›

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall the Samsung is much better. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, better reflection handling, and it's significantly brighter.

Which is better LG OLED or LG NanoCell? ›

OLED technology offers a superior image with the deepest blacks and depth of color output. Nano Cell TVs also provide good image quality but are more affordable.

Is anything better than QLED? ›

In terms of picture quality, OLED TVs are generally considered to be the better option due to their perfect blacks and infinite contrast. However, QLED TVs can still produce very high levels of brightness and colour accuracy, and they are often more affordable than OLED TVs.

Which is better LG NanoCell or LG UHD? ›

In their 2023 range, LG offers a variety of UHD TVs with varying features and prices. While NanoCell TVs represent a higher tier in terms of performance and quality, other more affordable UHD options are available for those on a tighter budget.

What is the difference between LG UQ and Nano? ›

Our Verdict. Although the LG UQ8000 is a lower-end version of the LG NANO75 2022, the two TVs are very similar overall. One difference is the improved reflection handling on the NANO75, and it also has an extra HDMI port, but other than that, the picture quality is nearly identical between each.

Who makes LG TV? ›

LG TVs are manufactured by LG Electronics, with help from their manufacturing affiliate, LG Display which manufactures the LCD panels, OLED displays, and flexible displays, for different screen sizes.

Which brand of TV is considered the best? ›

Samsung: Best TV Brand Overall. For almost two decades, Samsung has been one the world's most popular TV brands, and it's easy to see why. The company annually introduces new TVs that are on the cutting-edge, most recently seen in its 2023 Neo QLED, QLED and OLED models.

Is Sony TV better than LG? ›

Sony vs LG

Sony and LG each make OLED and LED TVs. LG is the dominant OLED brand for OLEDs because they have better gaming performance and cost less. However, Sony's LED models are far better than LG's because they get brighter, have better uniformity, and usually have better contrast.

Which brand TV is best? ›

Best Overall - Sony Bravia 189 cm (75 inches) 4K Ultra HD Smart LED Google TV. The Sony Bravia 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED Google TV is a top-of-the-line television that offers an immersive viewing experience with stunning picture quality, impressive sound output, and advanced features.

Is LG NanoCell good for movies? ›

LG NanoCell TVs are one of the best ways to watch movies at home – here are the features that matter the most. Full Array Dimming: Enjoy deep, inky blacks for authentic night skies, with greater control of the TV backlight (some models have local dimming). 4K and 8K: Netflix and Prime Video stream movies in 4K.

What is the healthiest TV for your eyes? ›

If you worry about you and your family's eyes, LG OLED TVs provide a more comfortable way to watch for longer. They've been certified as low-blue light, flicker-free, and discomfort glare-free displays by international agencies TÜV Rheinland (TUV) and Underwriter Laboratories (UL).

Which TV is best on eyes? ›

To sum it up, OLED displays are better for your eyesight. They have more natural lighting, better color contrast, and a wider color range. However, no matter what type of display you have, you will hurt your eyesight if you don't practice safe TV viewing.

What is the most eye friendly TV? ›

An OLED TV is not only beneficial for better sleep by emitting lower levels of bluelight but also a better choice to minimize eye strain as it is free from flickers or glares.

What is the price of LG NanoCell 65 inch TV? ›

MSRP ₹134990

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What does ThinQ AI mean? ›

AI ThinQ helps you to use your TV in the most convenient way. Control your connected home, and enjoy personalized entertainment through the voice assistant of your choice. Hands-free Voice Control.

What is the meaning of NanoCell? ›

The term nanocell refers to a drug delivery platform consisting of a polymer-bound chemotherapeutic drug combined with a lipid-bound anti-angiogenesis drug. Nanocells are currently being developed in the lab of Shiladitya Sengupta of MIT.

What is the most reliable TV brand in the world? ›

5 best TV brands in 2023, according to tech experts. Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, TLC: These leading TV brands typically dominate, but there's more to consider than just size and resolution.

What is the best TV brand in terms of durability? ›

  • Most Reliable TV Overall. LG C2 Series 55-Inch Class OLED evo Smart TV. ...
  • Most Reliable Sports TV. Sony X90J 50 Inch TV: BRAVIA XR Full Array LED 4K Ultra HD. ...
  • Most Reliable High-End TV. SAMSUNG 55-Inch Class Crystal UHD 4K HDR Smart TV. ...
  • Most Reliable Budget TV. ...
  • Most Reliable Gaming TV.

Can a TV last 10 years? ›

And at lower backlight settings, LEDs can last as long as 100,000 hours, or over ten years. As mentioned above, you'll probably want to replace your TV well before the ten-year mark, but reducing the backlight should nevertheless keep it in good shape until that day arrives.

What is the advantage of NanoCell TV? ›

LG NanoCell TV delivers enhanced 4K movies, sports and gaming. Raising the benchmark in LED picture quality, our Nano Color technology brings natural, lifelike color, while Nano Accuracy offers more precise color and wider angles.

Why is NanoCell better? ›

NanoCell offers better image quality and dynamic range than other LED TVs with bright, vivid, accurate colors. The accurate colors of a NanoCell TV result in a sharp, detailed image. NanoCells have a mid-range price (about half the price of an OLED TV). NanoCell TVs don't fade like traditional LCD screens.

Is LG NanoCell better than OLED? ›

Compared to NanoCell TVs, OLED TVs are significantly thinner but also way more expensive. They also have better response time which makes them great for gaming. On the other hand, QLED (Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diode) TVs are closer to NanoCell TVs as they are also based on LCD technology.

Which TV has better quality LED NanoCell or OLED? ›

OLED technology offers a superior image with the deepest blacks and depth of color output. Nano Cell TVs also provide good image quality but are more affordable.

What is the difference between NanoCell TV and QLED? ›

QNED TVs use Mini LED technology, Quantum Dot tech, and their proprietary NanoCell filtering to create an even more precise color accuracy than what you get with NanoCell TVs. QNED uses more Mini-LED zones to display brighter images than NanoCell TVs.

What is the difference between NanoCell and UHD LED TV? ›

NanoCell TVs offer superior color accuracy and a wider color gamut than standard UHD TVs, producing more vibrant and true-to-life images. While other UHD TVs may still deliver impressive image quality, NanoCell technology provides additional refinement.

What TV technology is best? ›

Buy an OLED TV if:

You want the best possible picture quality, regardless of price: OLED TVs produce the best HDR picture quality, the best motion, and the widest viewing angles of any TV currently available. Learn more about OLED technology in this article.

How long do OLED TVs last? ›

The lifespan of OLED TVs is a common concern among consumers, but the technology has proven to be reliable and durable. OLED TVs are known to have a lifespan of around 100,000 hours, which is equivalent to over a decade of use (with an average of 8-10 hours of watching hours daily).

What is the difference between LG NanoCell and IPS? ›

Nano IPS is the improved version of IPS technology by LG. When applied to an LED backlight of an IPS display, it allows for a wider color gamut of up to 98% DCI-P3 color space coverage (~135% sRGB gamut size). LG's Nano IPS technology involves nanoparticles that are applied to a LED backlight of an IPS-panel display.

Which TVs don't get burn in? ›

LG, Samsung, and Sony OLED TVs are equipped with software-based measures to prevent burn-in.

Is OLED better than 4k? ›

OLED has a significantly wider and better viewing angle when compared to 4k UHD LED TVs. Unlike LEDs that still have shutter issues because of screen pixels, OLED comes with advanced pixels powered by self-illumination capabilities. Thus, OLED is a clear winner in this department.

Is OLED the best picture quality? ›

The results are dramatic, and OLED TVs have topped our “Best TV” lists for several years. For the best example of the best display technology, we recommend the LG C2 (available at Amazon for $1,296.99) . This LG is not only the best OLED TV of 2023, it's our current pick for the best TV, period.


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