LG OLED65C1PUB Overview | PCMag

tech x badgeLG has lengthy wowed us with its OLED TVs, and its new C1 delivers a number of the greatest efficiency we’ve seen up to now. It has implausible distinction, impressively extensive and correct colours, sturdy audio, and glorious gaming capabilities. The 65-inch OLED55C1PUB mannequin we examined retails for $2,499.99, which is way from cheap, however cheap for a high-end OLED TV. Vizio’s OLED65-H1 is considerably much less dear at $1,999.99, however it’s additionally a lot dimmer. The LG C1 is definitely among the finest TVs you should buy, incomes our Editors’ Alternative award for OLED fashions, in addition to a TechX award for its almost excellent shade efficiency.

Stunning On and Off

As is typical with OLED TVs, the C1 is each beautiful and understated in its design. The TV itself has no bezel in any respect, only a skinny rim of grey metallic alongside the perimeters of the display screen. The metal-backed OLED panel is lower than 1 / 4 of an inch thick, although an inch-thick plastic casing swells out on the decrease half of the again of the TV to carry all the electronics. The panel sits on a really heavy stand, with a trapezoidal metallic foot on the entrance and a smaller rectangular foot on the again; it may also be mounted on a wall.

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Apart from the completely hooked up energy cable on the again proper of the C1, all connections sit on the left. Three HDMI ports and a USB port face left, whereas a fourth HDMI port, two extra USB ports, optical and coaxial audio outputs, an RS-232C coaxial connector, an Ethernet port, and an antenna/cable connector face immediately again. The again foot of the stand incorporates a channel for cable administration.


The included Magic Distant is an extended, skinny, barely curved black wand that options movement sensors to regulate an on-screen cursor like an air mouse. A big, round navigation pad with a clickable scroll wheel sits slightly below the middle of the distant. A quantity pad and quantity and channel rockers sit above the navigation pad, whereas 4 shade buttons, devoted service buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, LG Channels, and separate buttons for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant sit under the pad. A pinhole microphone is on the prime of the distant for utilizing voice controls.

LG C1 Options and WebOS

LG continues to make use of its personal webOS TV interface for related options, and whereas it doesn’t have the widest choice of apps, most main streaming companies are right here, together with Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Twitch, and YouTube. You can too stream content material out of your iOS machine or Mac over Apple AirPlay, or from a appropriate Android machine with the LG ThinQ app (Google Forged is not supported).


A full net browser is current on the TV, which is straightforward to make use of because of the distant’s air mouse performance. A wide range of voice management techniques may also be used, together with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and LG’s personal ThinQ voice platform for controlling the TV itself and appropriate LG ThinQ units in your community. WebOS incorporates a full Residence Dashboard for displaying any lively sources on the TV, in addition to any related sensible dwelling units. A number of widespread apps should be downloaded to the TV; doing so requires you to create a free LG account for those who do not have already got one.

Whereas testing the TV, I discovered the webOS menu system to be barely jerky, each in scrolling by way of the house display screen and reacting to instructions. It will snap again to the final lively enter or app seemingly at random, both from the house display screen or the settings menu. I spoke with LG about this drawback, and in keeping with the corporate it seems to be an unusual situation with the working system’s reminiscence supervisor. After utilizing the TV for a time frame, most of those kinks appeared to work themselves out.

Unbelievable Image Efficiency

The LG C1 is a 4K OLED TV with a 120Hz refresh price. It helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR) content material in HDR10, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG).


We check TVs with a Klein Ok-10A colorimeter(Opens in a brand new window), a Murideo SIX-G sign generator(Opens in a brand new window), and Portrait Shows’ Calman software program(Opens in a brand new window) utilizing methodology primarily based on Imaging Science Basis’s(Opens in a brand new window) calibration strategies. OLED panels are able to producing excellent blacks, however the flip aspect of the know-how is that they have a tendency to not get very vibrant throughout the whole panel, and turn into brighter when much less space of the panel is lit up (way more so than LED array backlight techniques with variable dimming zones).

Utilizing an SDR sign of a full-screen white subject, the C1 in Cinema mode reaches a peak brightness of solely 132.689cd/m^2, and lowering that subject to 18% of the display screen solely will increase the brightness to 139.72cd/m^2. With an HDR sign, full-screen peak brightness solely reaches 145.216cd/m^2, however dropping to an 18% subject makes that quantity leap to a a lot better 565.692cd/m^2, and a ten% subject shoots to 764.039cd/m^2. In fact, in all circumstances, black ranges are 0cd/m^2, so technically the TV reveals an “infinite” distinction ratio no matter circumstances.

That is comparable, if barely dimmer, than the Sony Grasp Collection A90J’s brightness. The A90J, for context, is the brightest OLED TV we’ve examined. These extremely variable peak brightness ranges imply {that a} massive, totally lit scene gained’t be as vibrant on an OLED panel as it will likely be on a high-end LED-backlit LCD TV, however the well-lit components of an in any other case darkish scene will actually come out.

By way of accuracy out of the field, the LG C1 reveals the best possible shade efficiency we’ve seen but—and we’ve seen most producers make spectacular strides over the previous few years.


The above charts present shade measurements taken with an SDR sign in contrast towards Rec.709 broadcast requirements, and with an HDR sign in contrast towards DCI-P3 digital cinema requirements, with the TV set to the Cinema image mode in each circumstances. The C1 hits the colour areas almost completely with none tweaks wanted, masking each Rec.709 and DCI-P3 with spot-on whites and first colours. The one flaw in shade efficiency we may discover was very slight drifting for cyan and magenta with an HDR sign, and even that was minor.

Coloration efficiency is so spectacular that we double-checked the outcomes with a second colorimeter (Klein Ok-80(Opens in a brand new window)) to verify they had been proper. Till we see a TV that may cowl the total wider-than-DCI-P3 BT.2020 shade area (and no client TV has come shut), the present era of LG’s OLED panels look like pretty much as good as you may presumably get. This exceptional accuracy earns the C1 a TechX award for displaying the true potential of OLED know-how.

BBC’s Planet Earth II seems to be implausible on the C1. Colours are vivid and pure, from the greens of crops and fowl feathers to the blues of water and skies. Positive particulars like fur and bark are clearly seen underneath each vibrant solar and shade, and the image is persistently vibrant sufficient to look at comfortably and see all of these particulars, even when the panel isn’t as vibrant as some high-end LED TVs.


Deadpool additionally seems to be glorious on the C1, with the crimson of Deadpool’s costume showing correctly saturated and balanced even underneath the overcast lighting of the opening scene. Within the burning lab combat, shadow particulars will be seen clearly towards the flickering flames, which present loads of lively yellows and oranges. The hearth isn’t wildly vibrant on the display screen, however it stands out properly and the scene reveals off the TV’s sturdy distinction.

The get together scenes in The Nice Gatsby additional reveal the distinction the C1 can produce. The cuts and contours of black fits and textures of brown hair will be simply seen towards the stark white lights and balloons, with out ever wanting blown out. Pores and skin tones look heat and pure, and any splashes of shade within the body come out properly.

Sturdy Audio and Gaming

Audio system on TVs usually really feel like an afterthought, however the C1 makes use of a 40-watt speaker system consisting of two front-firing drivers and two downward-firing drivers, appropriate with Dolby Atmos encompass sound. It additionally options LG’s AI Sound Professional audio processing to supply a a lot bigger sound subject than most TVs, which we positively seen when switching the mode on and off throughout testing.


Together with sturdy audio, the C1 is completely filled with options for gaming. Along with the TV’s 120Hz refresh price, it provides variable refresh price (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM), in addition to each AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync Suitable applied sciences. All of those options are accessible by way of the Sport Optimizer image mode and a separate Sport Optimizer menu.

A load of gaming applied sciences wouldn’t be very useful if the TV’s enter lag (the time between when it receives a sign and the show updates) was excessive, however that isn’t the case right here. Utilizing an HDFury Diva HDMI matrix(Opens in a brand new window), we measured an enter lag of simply 4.7 milliseconds in Sport Optimizer mode, lower than 1 / 4 of the 20ms threshold we use to contemplate a TV to be among the finest for gaming. Be sure to’re on this mode earlier than you play something; in Cinema mode the enter lag is 89.1ms.


The Greatest OLED TV for Avid gamers—and Everybody Else

LG’s C1 OLED TV is a marvel of image high quality. Its shade and distinction are among the many greatest we’ve seen on any tv, and it’s outfitted with options for avid gamers like ALLM and VRR. It’s pricier than Vizio’s considerably dimmer OLED mannequin, however it’s a lot cheaper than the Sony Grasp Collection A90J whereas providing higher efficiency. For these causes, the LG C1 earns our Editors’ Alternative award, in addition to a TechX award for its shade accuracy. If you wish to spend much less on a wonderful TV, you’ll have to search for an LED mannequin slightly than OLED, just like the Hisense U8G or the TCL 6-Collection. They’re way more inexpensive, however they’re thicker, their colours are much less correct, and whereas they’ve glorious black ranges, they don’t supply the pitch blacks of OLED panels.


  • Incredible distinction and shade

  • Loads of connectivity choices, together with Apple AirPlay

  • A number of gaming options

  • Low enter lag

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The Backside Line

The LG C1 OLED TV line provides among the finest photos we have seen, with almost excellent cinema shade. It additionally options AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, making it a terrific high-end possibility for avid gamers.

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