Type : LED     Resolution : 720p     Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

VU K160M is the cheapest 32 inch LED TV available in the market. Build quality is average and TV has decent look with black colour border on all the four sides. Sound quality is not very good and same is the case with picture quality. Overall, a good option if looking for a very basic TV with average picture and sound quality.

Advantages :

  Low price

  Good Design

Disadvantages :

  Average picture & sound quality

  Poor contrast ratio

Design

 

Curved : No

The VU K160M looks good with black colour border on the four sides. The entire TV body and table stand is made up of decent quality plastic. There is a small LED at the bottom which glows in red and blue colour when the TV is off and ON respectively.

Stand
The TV comes with a table stand and a wall mount bracket. The table stand is black in colour and is made of good quality plastic. Each leg of table stand is attached to the TV with the help of two screws.
Back
The back is fully made up of plastic. The power cord is attached at the back and thus not available separately. If wall mounted, the ports on the back at the bottom of the TV will be hard to reach.
Borders

Top & Side Border : 0.6" (1.5cm)
Bottom Borders : 0.9" (2.4cm)

Borders are made of plastic and have medium thickness.

Thickness

Max Thickness : 3.3" (8.5cm)

The TV is very thick from top to bottom.

Picture Quality

 
The VU K160M has an average picture quality. Colours are quite saturated out of the box and remains same even after calibration because there are very less options available to adjust the picture quality. Colour uniformity is very poor and bright clouding is visible across the entire TV screen with severe flash lighting at one corner.
Contrast

Black : 0.202 cd/m2
White : 121.713 cd/m2
Contrast : 601:1

The TV has poor contrast ratio with blueish blacks.

Black Uniformity
The TV has poor black uniformity. There is severe flashlighting and clouding visible across the entire screen. Also the blacks are not pure and appears blueish.
Peak Brightness

Peak 2% Window : 238.8 cd/m2
Peak 10% Window : 238.8 cd/m2
Peak 25% Window : 238.9 cd/m2
Peak 50% Window : 238.9 cd/m2
Peak 100% Window : 238.8 cd/m2

The K160M does not get very bright hence picture will look washed out in a well lit bright room. Also the peak brightness remains same with change in window size thus small highlights in the picture will not pop out when viewed in a brightly lit room.

Gray Uniformity
The TV has a decent gray uniformity. There are some black patches visible across the top right and left corners.
Motion Interpolation
This feature is not available in K160M.
Viewing Angle
We have not measured the viewing angles but the screen looks good when seen from the sides hence suitable for living rooms.
24p Playback
The TV is not able to play the exact 24p content and thus displays judder.
Input Lag

Game mode : NA
Outside Game mode : 30.6ms

The K160m has a low input lag and thus it’s a good TV for gamers.

480p Input
The K160M is not very good at upscaling the low resolution content.
720p Input
The cable TV resolution or 720p also looks blurry and lacks clarity.
1080p Input
Since the TV is HD Ready, the TV has to upscale to show the 1080p content and after upscaling the picture quality is much better as compared to 480p and 720p.
4k Input
Reflections - Bright Room
The picture quality is slightly better as compared to a dark room but reflection causes problem in bright room as well.
Reflections - Dark Room
The picture will not be clearly visible when there is a strong reflection from the back.

Calibration

LG TVs have a pre calibrated ISF (Dark Room) mode at which the TV is originally very well calibrated. We opted for this mode and calibrated the TV further for a dark room and got much better results. You can see all our picture settings in the next tab.

Pre Calibration

White Balance dE : 12.28
Color dE : 8.36
Gamma : 2.2

Both colour and white balance are off prior to calibration.

Post Calibration

White Balance dE : 6.88
Color dE : 8.6
Gamma : 2.12

Few basic controls are available to adjust the picture quality and the main difference in the picture after calibration is due to change in backlight. This is done to make the TV viewable in a dark room.

Inputs

Rear Inputs
USB : 1 Port
Headphone Out : 1 Port
Component In : 1 Port
Composite In : 1 Port
Analog Audio In : 1 Port
Side Inputs
HDMI : 2 Ports
PC In (VGA/DVI) : 1 Port
RF Connection (Cable/Antenna) : 1 Port

Sound Quality

The TV has poor sound quality. The sound is not very clear even at low volume and gets worse when increased to higher levels.

Miscl.

Power Consumption
The readings are taken after calibration.
Power Consumption (Standby)
Remote
The TV comes with a basic remote of black colour made up of plastic.
In the Box
- Remote
- User Manual
- 2 Batteries
- Screws
- Table Stand

Conclusion

The VU K160M has a decent build quality and its black colour gives a good look. The TV has enough connectivity options for a basic user and the performance is good if used as a PC monitor via HDMI cable. However, TV has poor picture and sound quality. Also the TV is not very good for watching movies because of judder and poor contrast ratio.

Overall, the VU K160M is a very basic TV at rock bottom prices and is recommended only if budget is a major issue.