Almost everyone today’s most watched TVs LG products. This is because it is the only company in the world that produces organic LED (OLED) displays in such large sizes. Vision OLED? Uses LG board. Sony A8H? Yes, LG. Unlike traditional TVs with LED lighting, OLED provides perfect black color and infinite contrast because each pixel produces its own light instead of using a separate backlight.
So when it comes to its own TVs, LG has a significant advantage, and this year’s LG C1 is very much the crown in a decade of dominance. It finally erases the division between the TV and the game monitor. With 4K playback at 120 frames per second, extremely low input response, as well as Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, the C1 is the first TV to which I regularly connect my gaming computer for a better experience than my traditional desktop monitor.
I can enjoy Ted Lasso and virtual trips around the Nurburgring in F1 2020 one after the other and I have never experienced anything finer.
The reason that OLED TVs are better for gaming than their counterparts with LED lighting is that they do not have an extra step in processing the backlight. This one step in the processing chain means a significant reduction in the input delay – the time it takes for the TV to register the joystick movements.
After several years of training, LG’s team has reduced the input time of the new OLED to levels that are equivalent to or better than most gaming monitors. Don’t just take LG at your word. RTINGS ‘ smooth-gritty tests show astonishingly impressive results.
LG’s C1 also supports graphics card maker technologies like Nvidia and AMD that keep in-game frame rates synchronized with screen refresh, so everything looks incredibly smooth. It works just as well or better than my ultra-wide 38-inch, and the deeper blacks from the OLED panel bring a stunning level of depth to games I’ve never encountered on PC monitors before.
The elephant in the room is it it is extremely difficult to find graphics cards who can currently run games on a TV like this. You can buy Xbox One X or Playstation 5 for 4K games of 120 Hz, but also a hard time awaits you when you find one of them.
If you ever get the right card or the right console, your gaming experience will be virtually unmatched by the C1. 4K resolution looks much better on a larger screen – on smaller monitors it is very difficult for the human eye to see the pixel density. The experience is especially pronounced in sports simulator games FIFA 21 or Formula 1 2020; The size, resolution and perfect contrast of the 65-inch TV really make you feel like you are playing a real sport professionally.
I often used the C1 game mode when playing with a computer and Nintendo Switch, but my favorite to watch anything is Cinema mode. It yellows the picture a bit and it’s made of everything Lord of the Rings trilogy to 2001: A Space Odyssey it looks amazing. Scenes set in space look especially fantastic because you won’t run into “glow” around brighter objects when there’s a black background – a common problem with LED-lit TVs.
One downside of an OLED TV is the burning of the screen, which is a trace left on the screen by static images. It’s not nearly as prevalent as on plasma TVs in the past, but if you play the same games or TV channels with the same static windows for thousands of hours, it could start to burn out on the screen. My opinion? If you’re so active on TV, you probably won’t notice the burnout.
The bigger problem I had with it was the interface. I like that LG uses a clicker similar to the Wiimote (you can point and click at anything on the screen), but its smart TV platform is a bit awkward. It doesn’t allow me to easily switch to it from Windows, and streaming support is still lacking (for example, there is still no HBOMax app). The apps it has (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Plex and many others) work great, but due to lack of casting I had to plug in my computer to watch HBO. That seems weird for a premium TV.
Oh, like most flat screen TVs, the speakers sound flat and thin. With such a beautiful TV, you should grab a nice soundbar.
LG’s OLED dominance could soon be eclipsed. By 2030, Samsung, TCL, Vizio, Sony and others are likely to produce stunning Micro-LED TVs. It mimics OLED darkness, but dramatically improves brightness. As much as it’s worth, the C1 isn’t nearly as great as the best LED-backed TVs, but I had no problem seeing it in a variety of viewing conditions. That means in the foreseeable future, OLED TVs like this C1 offer an absolute peak of viewing from home for both gamers and cinephiles.
If you’re a high roller who loves games like you enjoy watching movies in super high resolution, this is the best screen I’ve ever tested. You can spend a little more for a top model from Sony or even LG, but I’d say save money: the C1 looks so good you’ll barely be able to see the difference.