LG’s C1 It produces a stunning OLED image that rivals the contrast of the most expensive OLED panels available, which can cost up to $4,000.

Because it is not the brightest image possible, it may be difficult to see outside of a dark room. However, this is the best TV for the majority of people.

The image is noticeably crisp—but noticeably less so in our daytime testing. Due to glare from sunlight, it struggled to match the QLED brightness of the TCL below and lost hues like red and green in flower vibrance in a nature video.

The control over those 33 million separate zones of lighting—one for each pixel—is where this OLED shines.

When not overshadowed by bright lighting conditions, this not only creates a stark contrast between colours for vibrance, but also overall light production.

Games and movies look silky smooth and beautifully coloured at 4K resolution and 120-hertz refresh rate. Granted, the brightness doesn’t reach the highs of the TCL TV below, which was so bright that we could almost feel the heat from the HDR-enhanced lighting effects of power reactors and lamps in a Final Fantasy 7: Remake nighttime level.

Right out of the box, I was blown away by the razor-thinness of the panel and the contrasting sturdy base to keep it from tipping over.

It’s a striking design that appears more expensive than it is, but it fits into most rooms without being overpowering.

Sleek engineering continues with an ergonomic Magic Remote that appears deceptively cheap with a glossy piano black outer layer that attracts fingerprints.

However, it feels good in my hands and the hands of my coworkers, has a tactile scroll wheel, and even includes advanced motion controls for easier typing.

The onboard speakers recreate an enveloping virtual 5.1 surround-sound system that is rich and eliminates the need for a sound bar with AI Pro sound.

While it isn’t as good as virtual Dolby Atmos for above-head sound effects like an explosion or a rising plume of smoke, the noise from the sides is quite convincing, especially in movies and games.

LG should include better installation instructions, as setting up this TV can be difficult. One of my few complaints about the set was not knowing where to put a counter balance and the top cover for the base. However, once installed, WebOS proved to be a busier operating system than Roku TV, with a more advanced layout for more content options, as well as advanced features and apps such as Cloud Gaming via Google Stadia. LG’s Channels is a free internet TV service that provides a wider range of content than Roku’s own Live TV.


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