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LG G3 OLED TV Review

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The LG G3 OLED TV delivers stunning picture quality with near-infinite contrast and great brightness for SDR/HDR content. Despite minor flaws, the TV is a top-tier choice, offering a dazzling experience for those willing to invest in the premium option.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The LG G3 OLED TV is a cutting-edge offering in LG’s 2023 OLED lineup, positioned as one of the best TVs catering to discerning consumers seeking the pinnacle of picture quality and performance.

As a self-emissive OLED TV, it distinguishes itself from conventional LCD panels by individually controlling each pixel’s brightness, delivering unparalleled contrast and deep blacks without needing a backlight. The OLED tech also eliminated any blooming or haloing.

Equipped with the latest α9 AI Processor Gen6, it leverages artificial intelligence for image processing, improving picture clarity, color accuracy, and upscaling capabilities.

Thanks to the Brightness Booster Max technology, the LG G3 promises a 70% brighter image than its predecessor, enabling breathtaking HDR performance.

Including four full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports ensures compatibility with the latest gaming technologies. Additionally, the TV has LG’s webOS smart interface, offering seamless access to a wide range of streaming services.

Best For

  • 80-inch

  • Best Overall

  • Gaming

  • Home Theater

  • LG

  • OLED

  • PlayStation

  • Sports

  • Xbox

Consensus

our Verdict

The LG G3 OLED TV has a near-infinite contrast ratio of Inf :1, delivering deep inky blacks without distracting blooming or haloing around bright objects.

The TV’s high peak brightness of 527 cd/m² and excellent reflection handling ensure optimal performance in any room.

Gamers will be pleased with the low input lag tested at 5.5 ms at its native refresh rate of 120 Hz and superb 100% response time of 2.6 ms, keeping action clear and crisp.

The 4.2 speaker setup with Dolby Atmos spatial sound technology complements the stunning visuals with immersive audio.

The TV also has many inputs, boasting 4 HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports and 3 USB slots. However, the aggressive ABL is distracting, and the TV lacks HDR10+ support.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Excellent picture quality
    • The display delivers strong performance for HDR content, sports, gaming, and casual viewing. It’s fast and detailed, and its tested 99.13% DCI color gamut provides accurate, vibrant colors and is one of the best in the OLED category.

  • Near-infinite contrast ratio resulting in perfect blacks
    • Black levels are perfect, meaning viewers experience heightened visuals, especially when watching HDR content in dark rooms, as it has an Inf : 1 contrast ratio.

  • Extremely bright for an OLED
    • Visuals stay accurate and clear, even in brightly lit rooms, and tests confirm the TV has a 1449 nit peak brightness, making it one of the best in the OLED category.

  • Fast motion handling
    • Gamers will enjoy rapid command inputs, as the TV has a stellar 9.2 ms input lag. Additionally, the pixels change without noticeable blurring or delay when viewing fast-moving objects, and its response time is at .2 ms. In both respects, the G3 ranks at the top of the OLED category.

  • Exceptionally wide viewing angle
    • Off-angle viewing experiences no color washouts or inconsistency, given the TVs near perfect 70-degree viewing angles.

Reason to Avoid

  • Aggressive automatic brightness limiter
    • Overactive ABL can cause clarity issues when viewing in bright rooms.

  • Subpar sound quality
    • Speakers struggle to produce accurate bass at high volumes, and sound slightly distorts when emitting single frequencies.

LG G3 OLED TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight Typen/a
Display TypeOLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI TypeHDMI TypeHDMI 2.1
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleYes
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels4.2
Panel TypePanel TypeOLED
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 77", 83"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformwebOS
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output60 watts
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyG-Sync
VRRVRRYes

All Specs

Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)97.5457
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)99.13
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)73.65
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)75.48
Color Gamut % (sRGB)100
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)99.7631
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)74.4
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)94
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
SDR Brightness (nits)503
HDR Brightness (nits)1,385
Input Lag (ms)11.8
Response Time (ms)2.6
Color Washout (Degrees)70
Color Shift (Degrees)70
Brightness Loss (Degrees)70
Reflections (%)0.9
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)89.8
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db2.01
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db2
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.143
Intermodulation Distortion @80db1.4
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0027
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0039
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0036

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Market Context

The LG G3 OLED TV is a cutting-edge offering in LG’s 2023 OLED lineup, positioned as one of the best TVs catering to discerning consumers…

The LG G3 OLED TV is a cutting-edge offering in LG’s 2023 OLED lineup, positioned as one of the best TVs catering to discerning consumers seeking the pinnacle of picture quality and performance.

As a self-emissive OLED TV, it distinguishes itself from conventional LCD panels by individually controlling each pixel’s brightness, delivering unparalleled contrast and deep blacks without needing a backlight. The OLED tech also eliminated any blooming or haloing.

Equipped with the latest α9 AI Processor Gen6, it leverages artificial intelligence for image processing, improving picture clarity, color accuracy, and upscaling capabilities.

Thanks to the Brightness Booster Max technology, the LG G3 promises a 70% brighter image than its predecessor, enabling breathtaking HDR performance.

Including four full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports ensures compatibility with the latest gaming technologies. Additionally, the TV has LG’s webOS smart interface, offering seamless access to a wide range of streaming services.

The LG G3 OLED TV and the Sony A95K TV are both high-end offerings in the world of OLED TVs, catering to consumers looking for…

The LG G3 OLED TV and the Sony A95K TV are both high-end offerings in the world of OLED TVs, catering to consumers looking for the best picture quality and features. Both TVs deliver exceptional picture performance with near-infinite contrast ratios and deep inky blacks characteristic of OLED panels. However, LG is better with black levels for rooms with ambient light because the A95K automatically raises brightness if it detects light. But overall, the Sony A95K has better color, tone mapping, and upscaling. If you want o check out a non-OLED offering, read our Hisense H9F review. Or you can check out another Sony and read our Sony Bravia X93L Mini LED TV.

The LG G3 OLED TV is the successor to the G2 from the previous year. Overall, the TVs are very similar, but there are some…

The LG G3 OLED TV is the successor to the G2 from the previous year. Overall, the TVs are very similar, but there are some differences in features and quality. The G3 has much better brightness levels, especially with HDR content. The G3 also supports DTS audio, whereas the G2 does not; this allows for a more immersive home entertainment system, as Bluray discs are often encoded with DTS audio. From a build standpoint, the G3 is slimmer and more sturdy. Lastly, the G3 has an updated processor. Feel free to check out our LG BX OLED review.

The LG G3 OLED TV and Sony S95C are well-matched and some of the best TVs on the market, but they have some key differences….

The LG G3 OLED TV and Sony S95C are well-matched and some of the best TVs on the market, but they have some key differences. From a brightness standpoint, the G3 has a higher peak brightness, especially when watching HDR and SDR. However, the S95C excels in brightness for gaming because the LG G3 drops off in gaming mode while the S95C holds its power. Another large difference is the refresh rate; the G2 only supports a 120Hz 4k refresh rate, while the Samsung S95C supports a 144Hz rate. Lastly, the LG G3 supports DTS audio formats, and the Samsung S95C does not. If you want to see a different model, check out our Samsung S90C TV review.

The LG G3 OLED TV is a high-end option compared to the mid-range and more popular series, the C3. Overall, the TVs are very similar,…

The LG G3 OLED TV is a high-end option compared to the mid-range and more popular series, the C3. Overall, the TVs are very similar, but the G3 is more expensive because it incorporates a better processor and higher brightness. The G3 excels in peak brightness because of its Micro Lens Array technology, making it great for brightly-lit rooms or HDR content. From a design standpoint, the G3 is different because it comes ready to mount on a wall; this is why it’s called the G3, the “G” stands for the gallery. The C3, on the other hand, comes with a stand for setting the TV on a shelf or table. For more, check out our full LG C3 OLED TV review.

Backlight Type

n/a

Self-Emitting Pixels

No

No

No

Display Type

OLED

QD-OLED

OLED

OLED

OLED

HDMI Inputs

4

4

4

4

4

HDMI Type

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDR Format

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HDR10

HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HomeKit Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Number of Audio Channels

4.2

7.1

2.2

4.2.2

7.1.2

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