LG is a worldwide brand best known for electronics like TVs and refrigerators. Each year, the company introduces something new to its models, and we are always looking forward to what they have in store for us. Earlier this year, LG released the LG C1 OLED, replacing last year’s LG CX OLED TV. Both models deliver impressive smart technology and picture quality. However, the C1 has a new processor (LG’s Alpha a9 Gen), software, and even user interface. While the new OLED Evo panels used in the LG G1, giving it a higher resolution, are missing, the LG C1 OLED TV still delivers colorful, bright pictures.
LG C1 Review: Price and Availability
The LG C1 OLED TV is relatively new and part of the LG 2021 TV line-up. Therefore, its price still remains unchanged. It's available in five sizes:
48-inch OLED48C1: $1,499
55-inch OLED55C1: $1,799
65-inch OLED65C1: $2,499
77-inch OLED77C1: $3,799
48-inch OLED48C16LA: £1299
55-inch OLED55C16LA: £1,699
65-inch OLED65C16LA: £2,499
77-inch OLED77C16LA: £3,999
48-inch OLED83C1PTB: AU$2,999
55-inch OLED83C1PTB: AU$3,499
65-inch OLED83C1PTB: AU$4,699
77-inch OLED83C1PTB: AU$8,999
LG is yet to release the price of the new 83-inch. But, it has been rumored to start at around $5,999/£6,999/AU$12,599.
LG C1 Review: Display and Design
The LG C1 OLED still uses the same design as previous generations, with a minimalist appearance and bezel-less screen. The sloping brushed metal stand allows you to wall-mount the TV using a standard 300 x 200 VESA bracket. The panel starts out thin at the top but widens to 47mm at the bottom, to accommodate the speakers and connections.
The C1 sports a stunning design. It's supported by a long silver stand that keeps the TV upright and stable. The stand is quite hefty, making it feel safe, secure, and sturdy. Looking at the TV from the side, you’ll be amazed by the razor-thin OLED screen that’s thinner than your smartphone! This gives it a premium look and a great addition to your home.
The front glass is reflective, and this can pose a problem when watching it in a lit room, especially when you’ve got night or space scene playing. In a dark room, there’s no glare, and you get to enjoy some of the most stunning images on any TV screen.
LG C1 Review: Features
LG TVs come integrated with WebOS that’s flexible and versatile. Since it isn’t tied to Google, Apple, or Amazon, the OS operates independently and adds new channels as soon as they are available. What's more, it supports multiple partners, giving you even better opportunities to enjoy every major streaming service.
LG has made slight tweaks to the WebOS with more focus on the ThinQ AI home screen that you’ll now see every time you press the Home button. It's where you’ll find your most frequently used apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Disney Plus, Apple TV, to mention a few. You’ll also see any devices that you’ve connected to ThinQ AI.
There’s another impressive improvement on the WebOS called the Sports integration. If you tell the C1 what your favorite sports team is, it updates you on their scores and reminds you when the teams will be playing next.
The C1 also supports Google Assistant and Alexa, which come built-in right into the TV and can be accessed by pressing the corresponding button on the remote.
The C1 sports two cutouts at the back that houses its input. You’ll find a selection of ports, including:
Four HDMI 2.1 sockets that support 4K at 120Hz.
Three USB 2.0.
RF connection (cable/antenna).
Digital audio output (optical).
Ethernet (LAN) input.
3.5mm audio output for headphones.
The TV also supports Bluetooth 5.0, Apple AirPlay 2, and Wi-Fi.
The LG C1 comes equipped with next-gen gaming features. Gamers need not worry about facing obsoletion any time soon. It supports the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that automatically switches the C1 to gaming mode when a console is detected. The Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) prevents screen tearing and other visual issues during gameplay. The HDMI ports mean you can easily connect your PS5 or Xbox Series X consoles.
The C1 also supports NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, as well as eARC for routing sound to a soundbar. However, keep in mind that the low stand doesn't leave you much space to sit a soundbar without obscuring the screen. There’s also a new Game Optimizer menu that gives you quick access to gaming-specific features.
The C1 comes with a full suite of AI modes that you’ll find grouped under the AI service setting. Here, you can choose a specific AI for instant improvements. Take the AI Picture Pro, for instance. It crunches video content and applies noise reduction and sharpness in real-time. The AI Brightness provides an HDR-style lift to SDR programs while the AI Sound automatically enhances the sound.
LG C1 Review: Picture Quality
LG won over movie fans with OLED, and the C1 continues to rock with its superior picture performance. There are several configurations that you can select for the best pictures, including Standard, Vivid, and Cinema Home. You also get a dedicated Filmmaker Mode, Cinema, Eco, Expert (Bright Room), and Expert (Dark Room).
LG C1 Review: Sound Quality
Speaking of sound, the C1 audio quality is surprisingly good for everyday use. But, audiophiles are likely to think about buying an external upgrade in the form of a soundbar.
LG C1 Review: Verdict
The LG C1 OLED TV is one of the best TVs of 2021. While it might be pricey for some folks, it delivers on picture quality. Its bezel-free design and razor-thin display are some of its most impressive features. Coupled with AI technology, the C1 offers you a worthwhile experience.