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LG G1 OLED Review

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The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV is a top-notch TV for most users, as it features fast response time, VRR, and deep inky blacks. But, watch out for the risk of screen burn-in and the absence of HDR 10+.

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The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV is an excellent TV for gaming, movies/TV watching, and streaming. Its organic LED panel delivers excellent black levels,…

The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV is an excellent TV for gaming, movies/TV watching, and streaming. Its organic LED panel delivers excellent black levels, best in class contrast ratio, 120 Hz native refresh rate, and fast response time. Moreover, gamers will love the presence of HDMI 2.1, with support for VRR and ALLM. However, the slight risk of display burn-in and the lack of HDR 10+ support can be annoying for some users.



  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV handles native 4K HDR content very well. Reviewers especially praised the upscaling performance by calling it downright exceptional compared to other LG OLED TVs. 720P and 1080P content almost look as good as native 4K. And the AI Picture Pro setting works well for the most part. It is on par (if not better) with the top-rated 65 Inch TVs in this aspect.


  • Experts applauded the out-of-the-box color accuracy of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. And with Calman AutoCal support, an average user will easily calibrate this OLED TV, given the proper gear. After calibration, the LG G1 OLED TV can display close to perfect colors overall like the LG GX Series.


  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV can deliver deep inky black levels, just like other OLED TVs. OLED TVs have self-illuminating pixels, and they can turn themselves completely off to display perfect blacks. And as expected, testers were highly impressed by this aspect of this LG OLED TV.


  • Surprisingly, top experts adored the peak brightness of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. Most OLED TVs (e.g., the LG CX OLED) usually come with low peak brightness. But, unlike the LG C1, this one comes with LG’s new OLED Evo panel. As a result, Trusted Reviews measured the peak brightness at just under 900 nits.


  • Thanks to the new Evo OLED panel, the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV technically features an infinite contrast ratio. It is miles better than mini LED, Quantum Dot, and LCD TVs (e.g., the LG NANO90) in this regard. And the AI Picture Pro setting can adjust the contrast automatically depending on the content.


  • As the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV doesn’t support local dimming, we couldn’t evaluate this aspect. But, OLED TVs don’t need local dimming as the black levels are already perfect.


  • Certified reviewers loved the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV for gaming, thanks to its 120Hz native refresh rate and AMD FreeSync Premium + G Sync support. In addition, the HDMI 2.1 ports with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) work great when paired with next-gen gaming consoles. And, with a firmware update, you can even access 120Hz in Dolby Vision with supported devices.


  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV supports the HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and HLG standards. Expert testers appreciated the fantastic HDR performance this TV delivers, partly due to the high peak brightness.


  • Product experts lauded the motion handling of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. And MEMC features are also present for motion smoothing. However, Cnet noted that the OLED Motion Pro setting no longer crushes shadow details, unlike older LG OLED TVs.


  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV comes with a native 120Hz display, and it doesn’t get any better in the consumer-grade OLED TV space. In addition, variable Refresh Rate, G Sync, and FreeSync are present in the off chance of a frame rate dip. Expert reviewers were also delighted by how this OLED TV handles fast-paced content (e.g., sports).


  • Testers liked the near-instantaneous response time the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV delivers. Input lag is just above 10ms with the Game Optimizer mode turned on.
    • However, 24 FPS content may look stuttery.

Viewing Angle

  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV delivers excellent viewing angles. Even though experts did not provide any specific angle measurements, it is comparable to IPS LCD TVs, which is good. Colors only begin to shift from unrealistically extreme viewing angles.


  • Experts did have the concern of permanent screen burn-in on the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. But they didn’t face the same as it is a pretty rare occurrence. Moreover, it will be a non-issue for most users, as LG offers many settings that prevent this.



  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV does not include stands/feet inside its box, which disappointed the reviewers from What Hi-Fi. So if you get this TV, you’ll have to buy the gallery stand separately.


  • Top reviewers noted a slot for a custom wall mount on the back of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV, and thankfully it ships with the same custom wall mount. Wall mounting this TV is extremely easy, and once wall-mounted, it stays flush to the wall.


  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV comes with extremely skinny black bezels, which go well with the whole gallery design aesthetic. However, testers didn’t exactly give us specifics of exactly how wide they are.


  • Product experts measured the thickness of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV at just 2cm. And it has a uniform body, which means the thickness is the same throughout the whole body. As a result, it is one of the thinnest TVs you can pick up at this range.



  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV comes with a next-gen tuner compatible with 4K broadcasts. Reviewers reported it to perform well to its spec.


  • Top experts applauded that all four HDMI ports on the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV have HDMI 2.1 support with HDCP 2.2. In addition, the HDMI 2 port supports eARC for Dolby Atmos passthrough.


  • The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV comes with LG’s magic remote that features excellent motion control. In addition, it is slightly redesigned compared to the older models, and it has NFC to communicate with a mobile phone. And the TV itself has far-field mic technology, so you can just use your wake word to use Google Assistant or Alexa.



  • Certified reviewers adore the vast library of apps LG’s new WebOS 6.0 offers on the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. And the apps themselves run very fluidly, without any hiccups.
    • Still, the app library is smaller compared to Android/Google TV.


  • Few streaming apps (e.g., YouTube) come preinstalled on the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. But, you can also install premium streaming apps (e.g., Disney+, HBO Max, etc.) from the app store. And it doesn’t drop frames while streaming 4K HDR content.


  • Testers admired the smoothness the WebOS 6.0’s UI offers on the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. You get easy access to your favorite streaming apps, and everything is inside their neat little sections. As a result, a new user should have very little trouble (if any) navigating through the UI.



  • The built-in speakers of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV didn’t exactly blow the reviewers away, but they weren’t exactly useless either. The AI sound pro setting was especially very useful for bringing some life into the sound profile. A better option would be the LG CX OLED that offers some amazing sounds.


  • Product experts weren’t very impressed with the bass of the built-in speakers of the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV. However, you can quickly fix that with an external sound system. In addition, the AI sound pro setting does work with external systems as well.


  • Thanks to the Dolby Atmos support, the LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV can achieve a vast soundstage. And it can use its far-field mics to tune the audio according to your space.

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Reasons to Buy

  • Fantastic peak brightness
  • Best in class black levels and contrast
  • 120Hz native refresh rate
  • Full HDMI 2.1 support
  • VRR, ALLM, and eARC available
  • Good color accuracy
  • Extremely smooth WebOS
  • Fantastic upscaling
  • Near instantaneous response time

Reasons to Avoid

  • Slight risk of permanent display burn-in
  • No support for HDR 10+
  • The built-in speakers could have been better
  • It doesn't include any stand or feet in the box


  • Backlight Type
  • Display Type
  • HDMI Inputs
  • HDR Format
  • LED Panel Type
  • Max Resolution
    3840 x 2160
  • Refresh Rate
    120 hz
  • Screen size
    55 inches
  • Smart Platform
  • Sync Technology
  • VRR


The LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV is LG’s highest-end consumer-grade 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. In addition, it has a near-instantaneous response time. It also boasts LG’s WebOS UI 6.0 for a fluid experience. The G1 OLED targets buyers who want the absolute best of the best performance in every regard. If you want to learn more about reviewers’ opinions, continue reading our LG G1 Gallery Series OLED TV review below. And don’t forget to take a look at the highest-rated TVs available today.

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  • Rtings

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    The LG G1 OLED is an amazing overall TV. It delivers stunning picture quality for… read more
  • CNET

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    Like: Best picture quality we’ve ever tested – Slightly brighter than previous models – Beautiful… read more
  • Tom’s Guide

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    The LG G1 OLED TV is the first set with OLED evo, a new technology… read more
  • T3

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    The LG G1 is beautiful to look at when it’s switched off, and impossible to… read more

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