LG C1 OLED TV Review

8.55 Mixed Usages
8 TV Shows:
8.3 HDR Movies:
9 HDR Gaming:
8.5 Sports( Considering Day Light)
9 PC Monitor ():
Release year: 2021 Rating: 4.8 4K TV OLED Smart TV HDR10 Filmmaker Mode

LG C1 OLED is not just a TV, it's an experience. On the screen it displays every picture like reality with near-infinite contrast. The self-lit pixels ensure the perfect blacks and infinite contrast. With the Dolby Vision IQ optimizes HDR content for the best picture quality in any environment. This TV is stuffed with numerous intelligent features, like magic remote, Filmmaker Mode or Auto Genre Selection. For movie nights, gaming or TV shows it delivers breathtaking visuals and immersive sound quality. This TV redefines the way viewers enjoy entertainment.

Our Verdict

For home entertainment, the LG C1 Series OLED Smart TV offers a harmonious fusion of cutting-edge technology and user-centric design. This TV takes the center stage to the living room. First its mesmerizing OLED display delivers excellent picture quality to its immersive Dolby Atmos audio and seamless smart features. Moreover this TV features a smart platform with several modes. Intuitive user interface for seamless navigation and access to a wide range of streaming services and apps. The Filmmaker Mode preserves the director's creative intent by disabling post-processing effects. Also AI Picture Pro enhances image quality by analyzing content and optimizing settings in real time. Overall, cinephiles seeking cinematic experience or gaming enthusiast crave for lightning-fast responsiveness, this LG C1 TV is the top notch choice.

PROS
  • Stunning OLED display with perfect blacks;
  • Stylish design with slim bezels for a modern aesthetic;
  • Intuitive webOS platform for easy navigation;
  • AI Picture Pro and AI Sound Pro for optimized viewing and audio experience;
CONS
  • Slightly thinner peak brightness;
  • Limited app availability;
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Specification

GENERAL

Screen Size Variation Under 55 Inches , 55-65 Inches , 65-77 Inches , 77-90 Inches inch
Features: Smart TV , HDR , High Definition , CEC Enabled , Anti-glare , With Energy Saving Mode
Display Type: OLED
Screen Design Flat Tv
Connectivity: HDMI , WiFi , USB , Ethernet , Bluetooth , Optical Audio , RF
Number Of HDMI Ports: 4
HDR HDR10 , Dolby Vision , HLG
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Next Gen. Gaming Feature: VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) , ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) , eARC
TV Type Indoor
Special Feature: Filmmaker Mode, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, Magic Explorer
Supported Internet Services: Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube

DISPLAY SPECS

Screen Size: 65.4
Display Type OLED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels): 3840 x 2160
Screen Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Viewing Angle 178 degrees
Backlight Type: Self-illuminating (no backlight)
Quantum Dot Color: No
Video Processing Technology: a9 Gen 4 Processor 4K
HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision;

PICTURE QUALITY:[TEST SUMMARY REPORT]

Contrast: Near Infinite, Black Level: 0.00 cd/m²: Perfect blacks, outstanding HDR punch;
Brightness: Moderate, Peak Brightness: 1000 nits nits: Good for HDR;
Local Dimming: Excellent, Bloom Score: 1.8 (lower is better): Minimizes blooming, preserves shadow detail;
Gray & Black Uniformity: Excellent, Gray Uniformity Avg. dE: 1.5 (lower is better) :Near-perfect grayscale reproduction; Black Level Uniformity: 99.9%: Inky blacks, no discernible clouding;
Viewing Angle: 178 degrees Max, Color Shift at 45°: ΔE 2.7, ΔE 7.2 (lower is better) , Minimal color/brightness shift, ideal for group viewing;
Reflections: Low, Reflectivity: 4.7% (lower is better): Glare resistance good, but bright rooms may pose challenges;
Calibration: Excellent, Pre-Calibration dE: 3.7, Post-Calibration dE: 0.6, Presets accurate, professional calibration further enhances picture;
Pixels & Motion: Self-illuminating OLED: Individual pixel control, perfect black/color reproduction;
Input Handling (480p and 720p): Upscaled well, 480p Sharpness: 39 (higher is better), 720p Sharpness: 44 (higher is better): Good detail, minor noise visible;
Input Handling (1080p): Excellent, 1080p Sharpness: 52 (higher is better) : Sharp, detailed image, minimal upscaling artifacts;
Input Handling (4k): Stunning, Native 4K HDR Contrast Ratio: 1,416,546:1 : Flawless native resolution, HDR shines with exceptional detail;
Color Gamut: Wide, DCI-P3 Coverage: 99.8%, Rec. 2020 Coverage: 76.7% : Covers DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color spaces exceptionally;
Color Volume: : High, P3 Color Volume: 99.2%, Rec. 2020 Color Volume: 66.4% : Vibrant colors across brightness levels, HDR content pops;
Gradient & Response Time: Gradient : Smooth, Gradient Error: 0.2% (lower is better); Response Time: Near Instantaneous, Input Lag: 12.4 ms (lower is better),Motion clarity superior, ideal for gaming and fast-paced content;
Supported Resolutions: Up to 4K 120Hz, Future-proofed for next-gen gaming and high-resolution content;
Interface: webOS 6.0 : User-friendly, responsive, vast app library;

INPUT/OUTPUT OPTIONS:

Numbers of HDMI: 4
HDMI Version 2.1
Audio Return Channel eARC supported
Optical Digital Audio Output: 1 Rear
Component Video Inputs: 0
Composite Video Inputs: 0
3.5mm Composite A/V Inputs: 0
RF Inputs: 1
USB Ports: 3
Analog Audio/Headphone Output: 3.5mm

INPUTS SPECIFICATIONS:

HDR10: Yes
HDR10+ : N/A
Dolby Vision: Yes
HLG : Yes
HDMI 2.0 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC Enabled: Yes
HDCP 2.2: Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner: 1.0
USB 3.0 : N/A
Variable Analog Audio Out: Yes
Wi-Fi : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

AUDIO PASSTHROUGH:

ARC/eARC Port : eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus : Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 : Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT: Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 : Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD Master Audio: N/A
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1: N/A
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream) : 7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1 Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1 N/A
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1: Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1 : N/A

BUILT-IN SPEAKER PERFORMANCE( TEST SUMMARY REPORT)

Built-in Speakers: 2.2 Downward-firing Built-in Speakers: Functional for casual TV viewing, lacks bass and details,
Voice Clarity: Good: Clear dialogue for most content, lacks fullness compared to dedicated systems
Distortion: THD+N: 1.0% (lower is better): Audible at higher volumes, particularly in the bass range;
Frequency Response: 50Hz - 10kHz (ideal range: 20Hz - 20kHz): Lacks bass extension, rolls off in treble, missing natural sound signature
Bass: Weak: Limited impact and rumble, unsuitable for action movies or music
Soundstage: Narrow: Confined to TV location, lacks width and depth;
Immersion: Limited: Basic surround effect with Dolby Atmos, but constrained by speakers;
Dolby Atmos Support: Dolby Atmos Support: Yes ; Adds overhead dimension and virtual surround sound effect, but limited by built-in speakers.
Audio Passthrough: Excellent, Supports all major audio formats for external audio setups including: eARC, Dolby ,TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio;
Recommendation: For casual TV viewing with dialogue: Built-in speakers may suffice. For movies, music, and immersion: A soundbar or dedicated home theater system is strongly recommended.

APPS AND FEATURES

Cast Capable Yes
USB Drive Playback Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback Yes
HDR in Netflix Yes
HDR in YouTube Yes
Apps Navigation Ease To Use

SMART TV FEATURES

Operating System webOS 6.0
CPU / Processor α9 Gen4 AI Processor 4K
Graphic Processor / GPU Integrated GPU
RAM 3GB
Storage 16GB or 32GB
Chromecast Built-in
Alexa Built-in

GAMING FEATURE:

PS5 Compatibility: Yes
Xbox Series X |S Compatibility Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): Yes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): Yes
Input Lag: Blazingly low input lag of 12.4ms ensures zero perceptible delay between your actions and on-screen reactions.
HDR: Yes
High Frame Rate (HFR): Handles up to 4K 120Hz, delivering ultra-fluid gameplay and eliminating motion blur for an immersive experience.
Additional Features: 4-HDMI 2.1 ports, OLED Motion Pro, HGiG, Game Optimizer;

REMOTE CONTROL

Voice Control Yes
Universal Remote Support for HDMI Device Yes
Universal Remote Support for non-HDMI Device N/A
Remote App LG ThinQ

DESIGN & BUILT QUALITY:

Dimensions 9.9"D x 57"W x 33.9"H
Style Razor-thin bezels maximize screen real estate, ideal for immersive gaming.
Back & Borders: Glossy black back panel and ultra-thin borders seamlessly blend into any gaming setup.
Thickness: Measures just 20.2mm at its thickest point, providing a near-wall-mounted aesthetic.
Build Quality: Solid & Premium
Longevity: OLED technology mitigates burn-in risk with pixel-level control and automatic brightness adjustments.
Stand: Includes both standard VESA mount and a wide, two-position stand for flexible placement options.
Included Components: Stand, Remote Control, Power Cable

RATING SYSTEM:

TV Shows: 8
HDR Movies: 8.25
HDR Gaming: 9
Sports( Considering Day Light) 8.5
PC Monitor (): 9
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Details Review

Table of Picture Quality Glory:

Aspect Verdict Data Image
Contrast & Black Level Near Infinite, Perfect Blacks Contrast Ratio: Infinite, Black Level: 0.00 cd/m²

Image of perfect black level on LG C1 OLED

perfect black level on LG C1 OLED

Brightness (HDR & SDR)Moderate HDR, Good SDRPeak Brightness: 647 nits

Image of LG C1 OLED showcasing HDR brightness

LG C1 OLED showcasing HDR brightness

Local DimmingExcellentBloom Score: 1.8 (lower is better)Gray & Black UniformityExcellentGray Uniformity Avg. dE: 1.5 (lower is better), Black Level Uniformity: 99.9%

Image of LG C1 OLED with nearperfect gray uniformity

LG C1 OLED with nearperfect gray uniformity

Viewing Angle178 degrees Max, Minimal ShiftColor Shift at 45°: ΔE 2.7, ΔE 7.2 (lower is better)ReflectionsLow, Glare Resistance GoodReflectivity: 4.7% (lower is better)

Image of LG C1 OLED reflecting minimal light in a moderately bright room

LG C1 OLED reflecting minimal light in a moderately bright room

CalibrationExcellentPre-Calibration dE: 3.7, Post-Calibration dE: 0.6

Image of LG C1 OLED calibration settings menu

LG C1 OLED calibration settings menu

Pixels & MotionSelf-illuminating OLED PerfectionIndividual pixel control, perfect black/color reproduction

Image of LG C1 OLED pixel closeup showcasing individual pixel control

LG C1 OLED pixel closeup showcasing individual pixel control

Input Handling (480p & 720p)Upscaled Well, Good Detail480p Sharpness: 39 (higher is better), 720p Sharpness: 44 (higher is better)Input Handling (1080p)Excellent, Sharp and Detailed1080p Sharpness: 52 (higher is better)

Image of LG C1 OLED displaying upscaled 1080p content

LG C1 OLED displaying upscaled 1080p content

Input Handling (4k)Stunning, Flawless Native ResolutionNative 4K HDR Contrast Ratio: 1,416,546:1Color Gamut & VolumeWide & VibrantDCI-P3 Coverage: 99.8%, Rec. 2020 Coverage: 76.7%, P3 Color Volume: 99.2%, Rec. 2020 Color Volume: 66.4%

Image of LG C1 OLED displaying a color gamut chart

LG C1 OLED displaying a color gamut chart

Gradient & Response TimeSmooth & InstantaneousGradient Error: 0.2% (lower is better), Response Time: Near Instantaneous, Input Lag: 12.4 ms (lower is better)Supported ResolutionsFuture-ProofedUp to 4K 120Hz

Image of LG C1 OLED displaying 4K 120Hz content

LG C1 OLED displaying 4K 120Hz content

InterfaceUser-Friendly & App-RichwebOS 6.0

Image of LG C1 OLED webOS 6.0 interface

LG C1 OLED webOS 6.0 interface

Remember:

  • Brightness limitations might affect daytime viewing in very bright rooms.
  • Professional calibration enhances picture quality, but isn't mandatory for most users.
  • Gaming enthusiasts will love the low input lag and VRR support.

This table unlocks the secrets of the LG C1 OLED's picture quality dominance.

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