LG C1 OLED 4K HDR TV Evaluation (OLED65C1PUB)


LG C1 OLED 4K HDR TV

MSRP $2,500.00

“The LG C1 as soon as once more stays the go-to OLED TV. It simply is sensible.”

Execs

  • Glorious Distinction
  • Good Black Ranges
  • Improved Processing
  • Nice For Gaming
  • Spectacular Sound

Cons

  • Sluggish Person Menus
  • Complicated image settings

In the event you’re out there for an OLED TV, you have to be trying on the LG C1. LG’s C-Sequence OLEDs have been one in all my high picks (if not the high decide) for our Finest TVs record for the reason that C6 was launched about 5 years in the past. LG’s C-Sequence has seen largely incremental modifications 12 months over 12 months, and this 12 months isn’t any totally different. Nevertheless, the upgrades the C1 OLED acquired over final 12 months’s CX OLED are significant, largely by way of processing, sound (sure, sound), and gaming.

Since I’ve already instructed you to significantly think about this TV, let me take the chance to clarify why.

Traditionally, LG’s C-Sequence OLED TVs have had the identical panel and processor as LG’s costlier Gallery Sequence, or G-Sequence OLEDs, and higher processing than its B-Sequence OLEDs. This 12 months, with the introduction of the brand new, cheaper A-Sequence, the C1 nonetheless justifies its barely costlier price ticket. In comparison with the brand new G1 OLED, the C1 is now significantly cheaper for the reason that G1 has gotten an upgraded, brighter panel, often known as OLED evo. All of this to say: The C1 has all the time struck a candy spot in LG’s OLED lineup — that candy spot simply bought a bit of sweeter. Now, let’s dive into some particulars.

Video evaluate

Design

The LG C1 OLED appears to be like precisely like its predecessor, the CX: Placing. I’m nonetheless amazed at simply how skinny the panel is. Mounted on the wall, the C1 seems very smooth and trendy. On its stand, the TV appears to be like equally good with a brushed metallic scoop including each aesthetic and practical advantages. Bezels are nearly non-existent, giving the C1 an “all-picture-no-nonsense” look.

This 12 months, the TV’s distant did get a design change. Now barely shorter in size and with a flattened bottom, the brand new Magic Movement distant now feels higher within the hand and — reward be — not wobbles when positioned on a flat floor. There are few buttons, however nonetheless, excess of discovered on Samsung’s remotes or these accompanying Roku TVs.

One different vital enchancment to the distant is that it’s much less probably that one would click on the middle scroll wheel and by chance plunge into an app or menu unintentionally.

LG C1 OLED 4K HDR particulars

Whereas we reviewed the 65-inch OLED65C1PUB mannequin, our evaluate additionally applies to the opposite display screen sizes accessible within the collection.

Display Measurement Mannequin Quantity  MSRP
48-inch

OLED48C1PUB

$1,500
55-inch OLED55C1PUB $1,800
65-inch OLED65C1PUB $2,500
77-inch OLED77C1PUB $3,800

Person interface

As with all of LG’s 2021 OLED TVs, the C1 advantages from a redesigned WebOS good TV interface. As an alternative of counting on a ribbon of apps lining the underside of the display screen because it has accomplished in years previous, LG’s customized good TV platform now appears to be like much more like Google TV than it does Samsung’s Tizen interface. It has giant tiles for apps, loads of advised content material (maybe an excessive amount of) and is simpler to learn due to its darkish theme.

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On the menu facet of issues, the place customers will select image presets, make image settings changes, sound settings changes, and so forth., WebOs presents explanations of what every setting does and the way it will have an effect on the expertise. That is one thing we take pleasure in about Sony televisions as nicely.

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Whereas the TV’s menu of settings is simpler to know, it’s now a bit extra sluggish. I’m not used to having to see a “loading” circle graphic because the TV brings up totally different choices or the following department of the menu tree. To be truthful, that is one thing that’s largely solely tolerated through the TV’s preliminary setup. Those that don’t go menu browsing usually received’t discover this too off-putting.

Underneath the hood

The primary of three core enhancements to the 2021 LG C1 OLED is its processor: The Alpha 9 Gen 4. As in years prior, the seen enhancements with this subsequent iteration are slight, however not insignificant. I seen smoother gradients (much less coloration banding) and maybe barely higher preservation of vibrant spotlight element, although, admittedly, that final half is troublesome to measure — that’s a purely subjective remark.

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Most of some great benefits of the brand new processor are tied to what LG refers to as AI image and sound processing — AI Image Professional, AI Brightness Settings, Auto Style Detection, and AI Sound Professional. The primary three have different results on image high quality, whereas the fourth is meant to enhance sound.

To be trustworthy, I didn’t discover any of them to be essential to get an important image. Additionally, I’m unsure how a lot A.I. is actually concerned right here. I perceive the processing is detecting numerous image parts and making an attempt to optimize the image based mostly on these parts — a darkish scene in a Batman film may profit from a lift to black ranges for higher shadow element in darkish scenes whereas sustaining vibrant spotlight element in a immediately vibrant scene, as an illustration. However typically, I really feel the C1 did an important job producing a beautiful image with out the additional layers of processing and different wizardry. In the end, I left all 4 of these settings turned off and, as I’ll quickly reveal, I bought nice outcomes.

A sound improve

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I don’t know what LG did for the C1 OLED, but it surely sounds unbelievable — fairly a bit higher than final 12 months’s CX OLED, truly. Many of the dialogue had about sound at a briefing I took with LG was round AI Sound Professional, which I finally turned off (it really works nicely for including digital encompass to motion pictures however I didn’t like what it did to music and soundtracks). However no matter enhancements had been made to amplification, driver placement, or simply normal sound tuning have been very efficient. This TV sounds nice! I’d nonetheless advocate not less than a soundbar with sub for an improve, although.

By the measurements

In the event you aren’t a stickler for measurements and information, please be happy to skip ahead, however I feel my nit nerds on the market (and I take advantage of that time period affectionately) will respect the next.

A nit, for these of you simply becoming a member of us right here, is a time period describing a measure of brightness and since there’s a little bit of a nit warfare happening — everybody desires to have an enormous nit quantity to trace at their superior HDR prowess — I figured I’d inform you what sort of outcomes I bought when measuring the LG C1 OLED.

I began with the TV’s ISF Vivid image preset, calibrated the two-point white stability which had me pulling out a little bit of crimson, and in normal dynamic vary (SDR), the TV clocked in 195 nits with OLED pixel brightness to the default setting of 80 and peak brightness off. Once I turned up the OLED pixel brightness to 100, I measured 233 nits, and once I then set the height brightness setting to Excessive, I bought 335 nits.

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Relying on how vibrant you need your TV to be in SDR for on a regular basis content material watching, the C1 ought to have the ability to compete with a average quantity of ambient mild within the room.

In HDR, I discovered I needed to right the white stability a bit extra, however as soon as that was accomplished, I bought 750 nits regular in as much as a 25% window, which is stable. Not as vibrant as the brand new and improved LG G1 or Sony A90J OLED TVs, however what I anticipated based mostly on what I bought from final 12 months’s CX OLED — no modifications.

Coloration measurements had been additionally superb, as they all the time are, and that bears out within the image high quality, which, let’s simply get proper to it, is excellent.

Normal image high quality

I by some means neglect simply how a lot I like this collection of OLED from LG. It will get me each time. If you wish to see simply how nice the C1 can look — nicely, I’ve a broad record of advised 4K Blu-rays I’d advocate — however for one thing accessible to just about everybody: Take a look at Our Planet on Netflix in 4K Dolby Imaginative and prescient (requires premium subscription tier). It’s gorgeously shot and mastered and appears glorious in Dolby Imaginative and prescient. It’s a feast of magnificence on your eyes.

High to backside, the photographs simply look excellent.

This TV will get nearly all the things proper. It’s vibrant sufficient to do HDR justice, it has excellent blacks — which, I can’t stress sufficient, have a huge effect on the general picture — and the colour is deep and wealthy and vibrant. It doesn’t actually matter what you watch, the C1 OLED will make it look its finest, and it could possibly and do it at a extra accessible worth than most different OLED TVs.

The upscaling is sweet — although not a miracle employee as we’ve mentioned earlier than — the HDR tone mapping can also be glorious. High to backside, the photographs simply look excellent.

Now, we do have to speak about a few points you may run into round movement and shadow element.

Inherent points

Whereas unbelievable expertise, OLED TVs have some inherent points, and extremely sufficient, they’re tied to areas the place the TV excels.

For example, OLED TVs have an on the spot response time of below one millisecond. That’s lower than one millisecond for an OLED pixel to activate or off, or change colours. That’s nice for decreasing movement blur and an actual boon to avid gamers usually. Sadly, for those who pair that on the spot response time with low body charge content material — say 24 frames per second or 30 fps — you run into a problem referred to as “stutter.”

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That’s stutter, not judder — this TV does fantastic with enjoying again 24 frames per second content material from a cadence standpoint. The stutter difficulty has to do with how lengthy a TV has to carry a picture earlier than it shows the following body. One other means of taking a look at it’s, what sort of hole is there between the TV’s response time and the following body that comes alongside from the content material.

The impact comes off as type of a flashing that pulls your consideration to it and away from the item of focus. You undoubtedly have a tendency to note it. That is the place a tradeoff comes into play: You’ll be able to both put up with the stutter, or you should use movement smoothing to cancel it out, which is able to carry on “cleaning soap opera impact.” From what I perceive, lots of you studying this don’t thoughts cleaning soap opera impact, so whether or not this can be a draw back for you comes right down to your private preferences. In the event you don’t thoughts cleaning soap opera impact, activate movement smoothing and also you’re golden. In case you are a cinematic purist, flip it off and put up with the stutter — as a result of your C1 OLED is in any other case superior.

The subsequent difficulty to debate is shadow element. One other means of referring to it could possibly be the time period “crushed blacks,” which I have a tendency to not use as a result of it feels deceptive since it’s truly very darkish gray that’s getting crushed, and even then it isn’t getting crushed, it’s simply not exhibiting up. However I digress.

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The problem is that components of the picture that must be darker gray are inclined to show as black on an OLED as a result of OLED supplies don’t prefer to mild up at extraordinarily low voltages. Happily, LG has a compensation for that which you’ll manipulate so that you simply get higher shadow element on the expense of raised blacks, or higher black ranges on the expense of shadow element. This may be a problem with extraordinarily darkish motion pictures — Prometheus and the opening sequences in Captain Marvel come to thoughts — but it surely in all probability impacts avid gamers essentially the most. Extra on that in a second.

The ultimate concern to deal with is the potential for display screen burn-in. As I’ve written numerous occasions (sorry, some issues simply get outdated after some time, however I do know this is essential stuff) OLED screens are based mostly on natural supplies that dim as they age. In the event you overuse any explicit coloration or coloration sample for an prolonged time frame, ultimately that space of the display screen will dim disproportionally and seem like “caught” within the display screen. instance of this is able to be a station identification “bug” within the decrease proper nook of a sports activities/information community, or the ticker that runs alongside the underside of the display screen exhibiting inventory costs or recreation rating updates.

The actual fact is, display screen burn-in isn’t going to be a problem for many viewers. Nevertheless, if you’re the type of one that watches the identical channel for, say, six or extra hours a day, 5 or extra days per week, I’d counsel you think about a non-OLED TV — maybe the superb Samsung QN90A Neo QLED, maybe?

Gaming

I feel I could be fairly succinct right here. The C1 is unbelievable for many gaming eventualities. Solely LG is arming an excellent variety of its TVs with 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs, so for that purpose alone, it is likely one of the most versatile TVs for gaming. You additionally get FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility —  I don’t consider some other model is supporting each but. The HDR photographs are unbelievable, and the enter lag could be very low.

With LG’s Recreation Optimizer dashboard “boosting” the enter lag discount, enter lag is available in under 10ms. Additionally, the Recreation Optimizer dashboard is a good place to make changes to black ranges for higher shadow element, and there are even presets for various recreation genres that work fairly nicely. That’s only a actually complete suite of gamer-friendly options, so it’s unattainable for me to not name this top-of-the-line TVs for gaming.

Our take

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With its stunning design, glorious image high quality, gaming prowess, and minor enhancements over final 12 months’s mannequin, the LG C1 OLED carries the torch as the most effective OLED TV selection available on the market.

Is there a greater different?

For a brighter OLED TV, the LG G1 is a stable selection. I additionally count on the Sony A80J to be a stable contender in roughly the identical worth bracket (though costlier). For a non-OLED choice, the aforementioned Samsung QN90A can also be a superb different.

How lengthy will it final?

Given its superior function set, the LG C1 OLED ought to final nicely into the longer term. It’s unclear now whether or not LG’s brighter and barely extra correct OLED evo panel will trickle right down to the C-Sequence, so I wouldn’t wait round for that to occur. It is a good 12 months to purchase.

Guarantee

LG offers a one-year restricted guarantee on the C1 Sequence OLED supplied it was bought at a certified LG retailer.

Must you purchase it?

Sure, if an OLED TV is best for you and intense brightness for bright-room viewing isn’t required, the LG C1 OLED presents the most effective price-to-performance ratio in OLED TVs proper now.

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