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LG C1 OLED Review

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The LG C1 OLED is a splendid TV for most users, as it features a 120Hz panel, fast response time, VRR, and inky blacks. However, watch out for the risk of permanent (albeit rare) display burn-in and low peak brightness.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG C1 OLED TV is a mid-range 4K HDR OLED TV released in February 2021. Thanks to its organic LED display, it can deliver better black levels and contrast than LCD, Quantum Dot, and even mini LED TVs.

It also has a near-instantaneous response time. Even though the C1 OLED doesn’t feature LG’s Evo panel, it is very well positioned for gamers because of the low input lag. It also boasts LG’s WebOS UI for a fluid experience.

If you want to learn more about reviewers’ opinions, continue reading our LG C1 OLED review below, and see how it holds up compared to the highest rated TVs available today.

Consensus

our Verdict

The LG C1 OLED is highly performant for gaming, movies/TV watching, and streaming. Its organic LED panel delivers excellent black levels, an infinite contrast ratio, 120 Hz native refresh rate, and a fast response time of just 2.3ms.

Also, gamers will love the presence of HDMI 2.1, with support for VRR and ALLM. However, the rare burn-in risk will be scary for some users. In addition, the low peak brightness can be annoying for users with bright rooms.

Reason to Buy

  • Exceptional black levels and contrast ratio
  • Near-instantaneous response time
  • Incredibly low input lag
  • HDMI 2.1 support
  • Support for VRR, eARC, and ALLM
  • Extremely smooth WebOS UI
  • Supports both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • 120Hz native refresh rate
  • FreeSync Premium and G Sync compatible

Reason to Avoid

  • Slight risk of burn-in
  • No HDR 10+
  • Subpar peak brightness
  • Lacking in terms of out of the box color accuracy
  • The built-in audio solution could have been better
  • 24FPS content might look stuttery
  • Sideloading on WebOS is difficult

LG C1 OLED Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeFull-Array
Display TypeOLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI TypeHDMI TypeHDMI 2.1
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.2
Panel TypePanel TypeOLED
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size48", 55", 65", 77", 83"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformwebOS
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output40 Watts
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync Premium, G-Sync
VRRVRRYes

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)97.655
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)98.83
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)71.28
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)77.89
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)131.59
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
SDR Brightness (nits)411
HDR Brightness (nits)769
Input Lag (ms)11.9
Response Time (ms)2.3
Color Washout (Degrees)57
Color Shift (Degrees)30
Brightness Loss (Degrees)69
Reflections (%)1.4
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)80
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db3.57
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db2.93
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.047
Intermodulation Distortion @80db6.48
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0057
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0029
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0028

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90

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94

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True Score

90

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Score

    89
    The LG C1 OLED is an amazing all-around TV. It has stunning picture quality thanks… read more

    By:

    Alexander Tozzi
  • Tom’s Guide
    77.8

    Category Trust Score

    90
    Although there’s a newer model available, the LG C1 OLED is one of the best… read more

    By:

    Brian Westover
  • CNET
    89

    Category Trust Score

    87
    Better picture quality than any non-OLED TV – Superior contrast and off-angle image – Best-in-class… read more

    By:

    David Katzmaier
  • Techradar
    56.6

    Category Trust Score

    100
    Although there’s a newer model available, the LG C1 OLED remains one of the best… read more

    By:

    Nick Pino
  • What Hifi
    48

    Category Trust Score

    100
    The C1 isn’t much of a step-up from the CX, but it didn’t need to… read more

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • Wired
    26.8

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Gorgeous contrast. Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync support. Supports up to 120-Hz refresh rate at… read more

    By:

    Parker Hall

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