Home Blog Page 15

LG UJ6200 65″ TV with 4k and HDR review

0
LG UJ6200 TV Insects Demo
LG UJ6200 TV Insects Demo

If you’ve been looking for ‘bang for your buck’ big screen TV’s lately you’ve noticed that the big screen 65″ TV’s from LG are an outstanding value.  I recently bought one of these LG UJ6200 TV’s (although it says UJ62 on the box, and the official model number is 65UJ6200) on sale at Microcenter, although it’s available at a bunch of retailers right now like Best Buy and Walmart.  It comes in various sizes like 49″, 55″, and 65″.  You can check the price at Amazon through my affiliate link below:

UJ6200 TV at Amazon

And here is a picture of the TV box:

LG UJ6200 TV in box
LG UJ6200 TV in box

Unboxing and Setup

When you first open the box, the first thing you notice is how light the TV is.  You expect a TV that large to be pretty heavy but honestly it was pretty easy to lift with a second person.  Out of the box it comes with the stand, remote, and manual, pretty standard for most TV’s.  What was a little different than most TV’s I’ve bought though is, it came with the mounting screws for hanging on a mount, which is really nice.  Too many times I’ve bought a flat screen only to have to go to the hardware store to get wall mount screws for the odd size it has on the back.

Once I got it unboxed, it was time to hang it on the wall.  That process was pretty easy, I had an older monoprice mount that I’d used to hang my previous 50″ Insignia TV with that worked perfectly with the UJ6200.  Cords though were a little tougher.  Since only two of the three HDMI inputs are on the side, the last one on the back is pretty tricky to hook up.  Once I got that hooked up though, everything worked great.  For that last HDMI port, I would recommend getting an HDMI right angle adapter through Amazon Affiliate like this:

HDMI right angle adapter from Amazon

I used something just like this on mine, it would have been impossible for me to use that back port without it (the cable would have hit the back wall).  If you’re not wall mounting, you shouldn’t need it.  With a wall mount though, I don’t know how you’d use that port without it.

LG 65UJ6200 in action

The next question is, how does it look in action?  In my eyes, superb.  If you’re an AV nut you’re probably going with an OLED TV or some other really expensive TV, but in my opinion you’re better off waiting until that cost goes down and instead getting a TV like this for 1/3 of the price.  Two of the biggest features of TV’s today are 4k and HDR.

4k simply refers to the resolution of the TV, in this case it refers to the number of horizontal pixels on the screen.  I’m not sure why they moved from counting the horizontal lines (1080p) to pixels, I think it was mainly just a marketing thing.  HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is basically a new standard for increased color range.  Depending on the source material, it can either be awesome or underwhelming.  4k is kind of the same way, depending on how far away you sit from the TV and what your source material is, it can either look fantastic or unnoticeable.

Unlike my Epson 5040ub projector, the LG UJ6200 checks all the marks on the Xbox One X TV information screen (show below).  It supports all the latest high tech modes you’d need.  Basically proves you don’t have to spend $2000 to get all the latest bells and whistles.

LG UJ6200 TV Xbox One X settings
LG UJ6200 TV Xbox One X settings

Screenshots

First things I’ve got below are screenshots of the insects demo on the Xbox One X.  The first screenshot shows the UJ6200 with 4k and HDR turned off.  The second one shows the TV with 4k turned on but HDR turned off.  The third one shows 4k turned off and HDR turned on.  The fourth one shows 4k and HDR turned on together.

Screenshot #1, 4k and HDR off:

LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k and HD
LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k and HD

Screenshot #2, 4k on and HDR off:

LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k On and HDR Off
LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k On and HDR Off

Screenshot #3, 4k off and HDR on:

LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k off and HDR On
LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k off and HDR On



Screenshot #4, 4k on and HDR on:

LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k and HDR On
LG 65UJ6200 TV 4k and HDR On

I also did a video which shows everything above, it makes it a little easier to see.

Sound

The default sound on the TV isn’t great though, you’ll probably want to add a sound bar to help with volume and bass.  The TV does feature HDMI through ARC, which means that if you hook up a sound bar via HDMI on port #2 you can use the volume control on your TV remote to control the volume to the sound bar.  This aspect is very important for usability.  I ended up buying this sound bar which can be controlled with the volume from the TV remote and auto turns on when the TV turns on.  Amazon affiliate link is below:

Samsung Sound bar at Amazon

I’m very happy with the sound bar and would recommend that anyone buying a TV today invest in one.  Speakers today in TV’s just can’t output the sound they need to in the space they’re allocated.  This Samsung is nice in the fact that you can add wireless rear speakers onto it later if desired.  I’ve actually done just that and will be reporting on the results here pretty soon.

Included on the TV is WEBOS 3.5, which basically allows you to access Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.  The apps work really well on the TV, it’s now the third TV I own that has had LG WEBOS on it and it has worked really well for me in the past.  The only drawback is that it’s not as supported as something like Roku, so things like NBA League pass can’t stream through it.  That’s a pretty fringe case though, and most things will work really well.

Differences between UJ6200 and UJ6300?

There is almost no difference between the UJ6200 and the UJ6300, the only visible difference is that the backs are slightly different.  Feature wise they are identical.  This has caused a lot of confusion among consumers I think because usually higher model numbers specify added features but not in this case.

Conclusion

Hopefully this review has helped out.  There usually aren’t many reviews when the TV’s are this new, so knowing that it supports the Xbox One X fully should help some of you out.  The LG 65UJ6200 is an outstanding value for the price in my opinion.  If you’re looking for a 4k Blu Ray player to go with it, I would suggest either the Xbox One S or the Sony UBP-X800, which is considered best overall value currently in that space.  I’ve linked to them below in case you’re interested.

Xbox One Game Transfer

0

Somehow despite being an Xbox One owner for the past few years, I’ve missed this feature.  If you’re like me, you may have multiple Xbox’s and internet that is either bandwidth limited or not very fast for downloading.  That’s where Xbox One game transfer comes in.

The first step is to go to the source Xbox One and make it available to copy games from.  You do this by going to settings, then Network, then Network Transfer.  Then you turn on the game transfer option there (select Allow Network Transfer).  You can see it in the Xbox Screenshot below:

Xbox One Network Transfer
Xbox One Network Transfer
Xbox One system network transfer
Xbox One system network transfer

From there, you go to the Xbox you want to copy the games to.  Go to settings, game transfer…  Then select the games you want to transfer.  While the games are transferring, you must keep the Xbox’s on it seems.  Usually, when you’re downloading things it will do it low power mode but this seems to be something that requires power as every time my source xbox turned off the transfer stopped.

Transfer Speed

How fast does it transfer?  About as fast as your network can go.  I think for me it was going about 60 meg per second going from an Xbox One to an Xbox One X.  Depending on your router, it may go a lot faster or a lot slower.  Overall though it went a lot faster than downloading the game from the internet, which is what I was trying to avoid.  The other good thing is if you’re on limited internet, you’ll only have to download the game once and then use this to copy it to your other consoles.

The other option you can do is to use an USB hard drive to move the games between consoles.  It’s as easy as moving the drive from one console to the other.  When I bought my Xbox One X, I was able to move my 4 gig USB External Western Digital drive from my original Xbox One to my X in about 10 seconds.  You can also copy games off the USB hard drive to your internal hard drive if you want.

Hopefully this article has helped you figure out Xbox One Game Transfer, as I was clueless about this awesome feature.  I’m hoping that eventually there will be an updated version eventually where it will keep multiple consoles in sync, that would make it ridiculously awesome.

11 Awesome Game Room Gifts for 2017

    0
    11 game room gift ideas
    Anki Overdrive, one of the 11 items on the list

    Looking for something for that special someone or maybe your kids?  I’ve put together a list of 11 Awesome Game Room Gifts for 2017 to help you with your holiday shopping this year.  As a full disclosure, I own quite a few of these items myself and am an Amazon affiliate, which means that I get a small percentage if you buy anything based upon my recommendations (and it doesn’t cost you anything extra, it just goes to help pay for the hosting and expenses of this website).  I would only recommend things I truly believe in and know about, I only want to help people.

    These aren’t in any particular order, just 11 things I’d recommend.

    #1  Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo came out with a great system with the Switch, in the first 9 months it’s had a ton of good games including ARMS, Mario Odyssey, and Legend of Zelda:  Breathe of the Wild.  The main thing it features is portability, it’s the first console that you’re able to pick up and take it with you.  The drawback is that it’s not as powerful as the Xbox One or PS4 and 3rd party game support is somewhat weak.  You can buy it here:

    Nintendo Switch with Red/Blue Joycons

    #2  Xbox One S

    The Xbox One S is the best value proposition among the current consoles.  Featuring a 4k Blu ray player, it can save you $100 having to buy that alongside your gaming console.  Xbox Live is the best online network for game consoles in my opinion, and the console has great 3rd party support.  It does not have as many games as the PS4 though, especially games from Japan like Persona 5.  Racing games and first person shooters are generally two of the Xbox’s strengths.

    Xbox One S

    #3  Playstation 4

    The Playstation 4 is the best selling console of this generation.  It also has the most games, though almost all major 3rd party releases are on both the Xbox and PS4.  I don’t think you could go wrong with either the Xbox One S or Playstation 4, probably the biggest deciding factor is what your friends are playing with.  If they’re all on Playstation 4 it would probably be better to go that way, and if they’re all on Xbox then it’s probably better to go that way.  Or do like me and get both.

    Playstation 4

    #3  Xbox One X

    The Xbox One X just released this December and is the first console to bring true 4k gaming to the TV.  The PS4 pro kind of did this last year but wasn’t quite powerful enough to do it.  Probably the biggest advantage to the Xbox One X is the increase you get from existing games, games that ran poorly before may get a huge boost in performance.  I’ve noticed a decrease in game loading times and framerates that are a lot more stable than before.  The biggest drawback is the $499 price tag, so I wouldn’t advise buying one unless you have a fairly sizable 4k TV.

    Xbox One X

    #4  Super Chexx Pro

    The brand new release from ICE, after 40 years of numeric displays Super CHEXX was updated to have an LCD screen, new sound, and new lighting, all for only $200 more than it was before.  Since they rarely change their games, you can be reasonably sure that if you buy one now it will probably be the same 10 years from now.

    Super Chexx Pro

    #5  Tornado Classic Foosball

    The Tornado Classic Foosball is one of the best foosball tables you can buy right now.  While maybe not the best bang for your buck table, Tornado is the standard by which all other foosball tables are judged.  There’s also a sport model here but I’d recommend going with the classic because of the counterbalanced men, without them the guys will constantly fall back over and be in your way in 1 v 1 battles.  I owned a Tornado Whirlwind which didn’t have the counterbalanced men and I regretted it, the one I have now has the counterbalanced men and it’s much better.

    Tornado Classic Foosball

    #6  Anki Overdrive

    My kids got this for Christmas last year, it’s essentially the slot car track everyone loved as a kid updated to run with ipads, iphones, and other tablet devices for controls.  It works pretty well but you have to keep it very clean.  They always mention cleaning the track and the tires, but I found that cleaning the sensor underneath the car made more of a difference than anything else.  When that sensor is dirty, the cars would not work very well at all.

    Anki Overdrive

    #7 Epson 5040ub projector

    I got this early last year as an upgrade over my Viewsonic 8100.  At first I wasn’t sure if the upgrade was worth it, but as time has gone on I’ve become more and more a fan of the projector.  The best thing it does in my opinion is have really good contrast in comparison to my Viewsonic.  On my Viewsonic, in the dark scenes everything was kind of grey and lighted.  Not so on the Epson, a significant improvement.  It’s one drawback is that its HDR and 4k output are limited righted now, but considering this is half the price of the only projector that currently does that (a $5k Sony one) this projector is a great bang for the buck.

    Epson 5040ub projector

    #8  Viper 800 Dart Board

    If you have little kids, this is something you should probably pass on unless you want a lot of holes in your wall.  If that isn’t an issue, then this could be a very economical addition to your game room, one of the cheapest things on this list plus will last for years.  It’s one of those things that never goes out of style.

    Viper 800 Dart Board

    #9  Crosley Jukebox

    Big, expensive, and super cool are words I would use to describe the Crosley Jukebox.  Our course, in today’s world of $700 Sonos speakers, maybe spending over $1k for a Jukebox isn’t such a bad deal.  I would recommend getting the stand underneath as well, otherwise it will probably be too short.

    Crosley Jukebox

    #10  Paragon Popcorn popper

    No home theater would be complete with a popcorn popper, and Paragon makes some of the best ones.  I have a 4 oz model that I bought 5 years and it’s been great.  Probably the only downside is that it does take a little effort if you want to keep it super clean, but I never really bothered to keep it sparkling.  Some people might recommend the 6oz, but with a family of 4, 4 oz was perfect.  If I ever needed more, it was easy to just cook another batch.

    Paragon Popcorn popper

    #11  TCL 55″ TV

    What?  A TCL TV?  Yes, it sounds weird, but somehow TCL has came out of nowhere and produced a TV that has an outstanding picture and great features.  Featuring a roku built in and some of the best response time for a TV (important for gaming), it’s a great value.   The 55″ has been a #1 pick by video gamers this year.  I know a lot of people won’t buy anything that doesn’t have a big brand name, but 1000 4.5 star reviews on Amazon can’t be that far off.

    TCL 55″ TV

    Hope this 11 awesome game room gifts for 2017 guide has been helpful to you.  If you have any questions, please email me as I own or have used almost all of these items.

    Black Friday Deals at Amazon

      0

      For those of you who haven’t seen all the deals, I thought I would share some of the best Amazon deals I’ve seen.  As a full disclosure, I am an Amazon affiliate, so any purchases you make will support this website while costing you nothing.  I do appreciate any shopping you may do though.  🙂  I made a ton of purchases yesterday on video games, I think I bought Assassin’s Creed Origins, Shadow of War, Forza 7, and a few others (a lot of the games are out of stock currently but may go back in stock at times).  Below are mostly video game items, sorry I don’t really know how good the deals are on non video game items, lol.

      The rest of the deals can be found here:

      Amazon Black Friday deals

      Best Buy, Walmart, and Target also have some great deals so be sure to check them out too.

      Xbox One Game Sharing

      0
      Original Xbox One with Game Sharing Enabled
      Original Xbox One with Game Sharing Enabled

      One thing you may not have heard of is Xbox One Game Sharing, or I think the technical name is Xbox game share.  In any case, basically it’s the process by which you and a friend can share digital games without you both having to purchase them.  For example, if I bought Star Wars Battlefront II digitally and my friend and I were game sharing, then he would automatically get the game for free.  Pretty sweet, eh?

      How to setup Xbox One Game Share

      So the next question is, how do you set it up?  It’s actually a pretty easy process which involves setting your home console to the other person’s Xbox.  I’ll go through the process step by step below.

      First, go onto your friend’s Xbox One and go to the settings menu, see the screenshot below.

      Xbox One Settings Menu
      Xbox One Settings Menu

      After you go into settings, you’ll want to go ‘Personalization’ and then select My Home Xbox, see the screenshot below.

      Xbox One Personalization Screen
      Xbox One Personalization Screen

      You’ll have the option to make your friend’s xbox one your home xbox by selecting “Make this my home Xbox”.  After this, your friend will now have access to any digital game you buy plus also having Xbox Live for free as a result.  This does not work for disc based games by the way, only digital downloaded games.

      Xbox One Home Xbox Setting Screen
      Xbox One Home Xbox Setting Screen

      You’ll now want to complete the process the other way, with your friend signing into your xbox one and then making your xbox his home xbox (yes, a little confusing).  Then you’ll have access to all of his digital games as well.

      Besides setting up this with friends, this also works great for families.  I use this at home between my xbox’s to share games like Overwatch, Star Wars Battlefront, Halo Wars 2, and many others.  This saves me a lot of money not having to buy two copies of everything.  The only drawback is that most of the time, there are a lot better sales on physical disc games than the digital download games, so you’ll end up spending a little extra sometimes as a result.

      Game Sharing and EA Access

      One thing you’ll have to be aware of as well is that EA Access does not share between Xbox One’s anymore.  When it originally came out game sharing worked it, but now it has specific safeguards to make it only work with the ID that bought it (at least for the 10 hour trials that come with each game, I haven’t tried downloaded games but I assume it would be the same).  This could also be annoying if you’re not game sharing and simply have a family sharing one Xbox, your kids would not be able to use your EA Access now.  I first ran into this change when playing Star Wars Battlefront II this winter.  I had a copy of the game that I had bought plus a 10 hour trial, I was hoping that I could use the disc while they used my trial but it didn’t work.

      Game Sharing and Xbox Live

      Xbox game sharing not only shares games, but it also shares Xbox Live Gold.  What that means is that if you have two Xbox One’s at home, only one of them needs to have a gold account subscription in order to play online.  I use this to save money every year, having multiple Xbox’s gets really expensive if you have to purchase Xbox Live Gold for all of them.  The free games you get from the subscription are also shared, so the both of you can get a ton of free games.

      Hopefully this Xbox One Game Sharing article has helped you save some money and frustration.  If you have any questions, please contact me.