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LG C2 OLED TV Review

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Overall, the LG C2 OLED TV is a good mid-range TV. While there are some uniformity and software concerns, it’s a top-notch choice if you desire outstanding visuals and immersive gaming, though other brands now offer OLED alternatives with more features.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG C2 OLED TV is one of the best TVs in LG’s 2022 OLED lineup. As a mid-range OLED TV, the C2 sits above the LG B2 OLED series and below the high-end ‘Gallery Style’ LG G2 OLED.

It’s a highly popular choice, striking a balance between high-end features at an affordable price point. The LG C2 uses OLED technology, which means each pixel is self-emissive, eliminating the need for a backlight. This enables the TV to achieve a near-infinite contrast ratio, resulting in near-perfect blacks and impressive picture quality.

Like other LG TVs, the C2 uses the webOS smart interface. For 2022, webOS has undergone a slight refresh, introducing new features like user profiles, making it more personalized and user-friendly. With its near-infinite contrast ratio, the C2 delivers impressive HDR performance, showcasing bright highlights and deep blacks in HDR content.

Consensus

our Verdict

LG C2 OLED TV provides a nearly infinite contrast ratio of 1, perfect blacks, and no blooming or haloing, making it ideal for dark room viewing. And with an 820 cd/m² white luminance, it has impressive brightness and reflection handling to suit bright rooms and wide seating arrangements.

Gamers will appreciate the low input lag, a tested blazing 2.4 ms 100% response time, four HDMI 2.1 inputs, and 120Hz gaming capabilities, enhancing the gaming experience.

However, it has flaws. Some users may find the aggressive automatic brightness limiting feature distracting, experience uniformity issues at angles, and face a slight learning curve with the menu settings. The TV’s lack of support for certain high-resolution audio formats could be disappointing for audiophiles.

Reason to Buy

  • Excellent picture quality
    • The self-admissive OLED tech provides high-quality visuals and is most beneficial for gaming, but it’s also great for sports HDR content. It also offers a wide 99.36% color gamut, providing rich, vibrant displays.

  • Infinite contrast ratio
    • Delivers deep, true black levels, specifically when viewing HDR content in dark rooms. When tested, the contrast ratio of Inf:1, which is right at the top of the OLED category.

  • Effective motion handling
    • It has a hyper-fast control input and produces virtually no blurriness or tearing during fast-paced scenes, given its tested 2.4 ms input lag and 0.2 ms response time. 

    • Both metrics rank among the top of the OLED TV category.

  • Excellent refresh rates
    • Fast-paced gaming visuals are smooth, given its 120 Hz refresh rate and VRR.

  • Wide viewing angles
    • Provides excellent visuals, even at off-angle viewing, as it boasts 70-degree viewing angles.

Reason to Avoid

  • Weak peak brightness in certain settings
    • The TV’s brightness works fine for typical viewing, but during very bright scenes, it can appear dimmed in brighter rooms, given it maxes out at 810 nits, which is slightly below average for the OLED category.

  • Unimpressive bass performance
    • Especially at higher volumes, the TV does not produce proper bass levels to match the higher frequencies

  • Remote controls can be oversensitive
  • Alexa integration can be unreliable and frustrating
  • WebOS interface has ads and clutter

LG C2 OLED TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeSelf-Emitting Pixels
Display TypeOLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI TypeHDMI TypeHDMI 2.1
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleYes
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeOLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.2
Panel TypePanel TypeOLED
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size42", 48", 55", 65", 77", 83"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformwebOS
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output40 Watts
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync, G-Sync
VRRVRRYes

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)98.326
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)99.36
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)71.875
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)76.26
Color Gamut % (sRGB)100
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)134.45
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)88.8
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
SDR Brightness (nits)344
HDR Brightness (nits)809
Input Lag (ms)11.6
Response Time (ms)2.4
Color Washout (Degrees)65
Color Shift (Degrees)27
Brightness Loss (Degrees)70
Reflections (%)1.5
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)80
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db2.29
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db2.87
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.083
Intermodulation Distortion @80db0.86
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0038
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0044
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0064

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The LG C2 OLED TV is one of the best TVs in LG’s 2022 OLED lineup. As a mid-range OLED TV, the C2 sits above…

The LG C2 OLED TV is one of the best TVs in LG’s 2022 OLED lineup. As a mid-range OLED TV, the C2 sits above the LG B2 OLED series and below the high-end ‘Gallery Style’ LG G2 OLED.

It’s a highly popular choice, striking a balance between high-end features at an affordable price point. The LG C2 uses OLED technology, which means each pixel is self-emissive, eliminating the need for a backlight. This enables the TV to achieve a near-infinite contrast ratio, resulting in near-perfect blacks and impressive picture quality.

Like other LG TVs, the C2 uses the webOS smart interface. For 2022, webOS has undergone a slight refresh, introducing new features like user profiles, making it more personalized and user-friendly. With its near-infinite contrast ratio, the C2 delivers impressive HDR performance, showcasing bright highlights and deep blacks in HDR content.

The main difference between the LG C2 OLED TV and the Sony A80K is that the LG TV performs slightly better in brightness, specifically regarding…

The main difference between the LG C2 OLED TV and the Sony A80K is that the LG TV performs slightly better in brightness, specifically regarding HDR content. Also, gamers receive more features and satisfaction with the LG C2, given it has a lower input lag, four HDMI 2.1 outputs, and dedicated FreeSync support. However, the Sony A80K does beat out the LG model in terms of upscaling sub-4k content. Another key difference is the user interface; Sony uses Google TV, while LG uses webOS. For another option, feel free to look at our LG Nanocell 75UQA TV review.

The LG C2 OLED TV is the successor to the LG C1 OLED series. While both models offer exceptional picture quality and gaming features, the…

The LG C2 OLED TV is the successor to the LG C1 OLED series. While both models offer exceptional picture quality and gaming features, the C2 introduces some notable improvements, such as better brightness levels and support for a broader range of sizes, including the first-ever 42-inch OLED panel. Additionally, the C2 boasts a slightly refreshed webOS smart interface with added user profiles and an excellent voice assistant feature. 

The LG C2 OLED TV is a more high-end model in LG’s lineup of OLED products. Compared to the LG B2 OLED Series, the C2…

The LG C2 OLED TV is a more high-end model in LG’s lineup of OLED products. Compared to the LG B2 OLED Series, the C2 TVs have better HDR brightness. These TVs are very similar, but the C2 also excels in handling gradients, which matters more when watching content on HDR. You can get either TV in the same six screen sizes, and either option will give you no blooming, but the C2 Series is slightly better when handling reflections. If you want to read more about this, check out our LG B2 OLED Series review.

Backlight Type

Self-Emitting Pixels

Direct Lit

Full-Array

No

Display Type

OLED

LED

OLED

OLED

HDMI Inputs

4

3

4

4

HDMI Type

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDR Format

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HomeKit Compatible

Yes

LED Panel Type

OLED

NanoCell LED

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

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  • Rtings
    101.4

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    Alexander Tozzi
  • PC Mag
    91.4

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    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    77.8

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Kate Kozuch
  • CNET
    89

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    David Katzmaier
  • Trusted Reviews
    80.4

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Kob Monney
  • Techradar
    56.6

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Olivia Tambini

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