LG C2 OLED TV review

If you’re a fan of OLED TVs – with their deep blacks and rich colors, perfect for watching movies at home – LG has long been the name to look for. LG’s C line sits in the middle of its OLED offerings and is generally the right combination of features and price for most people who want an OLED TV. Now Samsung, Vizio and Sony all offer TVs using the display technology, and all have compelling reasons to choose them, but that doesn’t make the LG Evo C2 any less great.

The C2 produces an amazing image, has great software, and comes with the latest technology to keep gamers happy. There really isn’t much not to like about this TV and plenty that will keep you smiling while you watch your favorite movies and shows and play games. Although it’s gotten harder to decide which OLED to get, you can’t go wrong with the 2022 Evo C2.

An OLED TV that does everything right

The LG Evo C2 is an excellent OLED TV for all kinds of content, with rich colors, deep blacks and good contrast. Gamers will appreciate the support for all the latest technologies on every HDMI port and the low latency. And it’s available in a wide range of sizes to fit your room.

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From the moment I turned on the C2, I knew I was in for a treat. Vibrant reds, yellows, blues and greens pop out of the screen. Watching “Elvis,” the bright colors of the King’s comeback special really pulsated. Its deep blacks and resulting contrast made it easier to see details in dark scenes, which is especially helpful when watching episodes of “House of the Dragon” or “The Sandman,” which are frequently set in rooms. poorly lit.

I made very few adjustments to arrive at the picture setting I preferred. Its “AI” settings, which adapt to room conditions, were much more pleasing to the eye than those of Samsung’s QN90B, another new high-end TV.

One of the knocks on OLEDs compared to LEDs is the brightness that OLEDs are capable of, but the C2 is bright enough. Looking in a reasonably well-lit room during the day, I had no problem making out details, and it was noticeably brighter than the LG C9 I have. But the C2 isn’t quite as bright as some of other companies’ newer OLEDs – one of the few reasons to look at a different OLED TV.

The C2 offers all the technology you want if you’re a gamer with one of the latest gaming consoles: 120Hz refresh rate, variable refresh rate and low latency auto mode as well as Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync . And its four HDMI inputs support version 2.1, meaning it’s capable of delivering the smoothest possible gaming experience for those with a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox Series S. High-end gaming PC.

But does it really make a difference? Oh yes. The C2 produced the smoothest, most colorful gameplay I’ve seen on the Xbox Series X. In Forza Horizon 5, the screen tracked cars racing at top speeds. In Fortnite, the action was jitter-free and vibrant. She was almost too visually intense.

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The C2 runs WebOS, one of the best operating systems for TVs. And it works fast on the C2: apps launch quickly and you can load content in seconds. Samsung’s Tizen operating system on the QN90B feels sluggish by comparison.

WebOS is also robust. It has all the apps I was looking for. It offers responsive voice control via Google Assistant or Alexa, both of which are built-in. It can also act as a smart home hub to control other connected devices in your home, truly making it the center of your home.

The C2 gets smaller and bigger than most other OLED TV lines. LG has increased the available size of the C line every year, and the C2 offers the most options. You can choose from models as small as 42 inches ($1,249.99) or as large as 83 inches ($4,999.99). We tested the 65-inch model ($1,899.99). Samsung’s S95B, its OLED option, only comes in 55-inch ($1,699.99) or 65-inch ($2,099.99).

The booth stinks

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When you spend thousands of dollars on a TV, you expect a stand that matches the screen. While the C2’s stand looks slick with its brushed metal finish, it’s just not well thought out. First of all, it was one of the most fiddly mounts I’ve installed recently and it lacks instructions on how to assemble it. But worse, it protrudes in front of the TV, so if you’re using a soundbar you’ll need to place it a few inches beyond the screen. It also only lifts the TV 2.25 inches above the surface, meaning a soundbar could block the bottom of the picture. If you get a C2, do yourself a favor and get a different mount or plan to mount it.

While WebOS itself is a robust and fast operating system for the TV, LG has cluttered the homepage to make it less useful. It has two rows of content above installed apps, including advertisements. You can turn off ads if you dig deep enough in system settings, but there’s not much you can do about the home screen layout. In general, the home screen would benefit from fewer distractions and more focus on what you want to do. I found myself turning to voice control more often than usual to overcome the cluttered home screen.

Although the TV sound is much better than older models, it still can’t match the picture quality. The built-in 2.2-channel speakers allow dialogue to be heard without tiring the ears, but the sound lacks a lot of bass. Given the impressive visuals the screen produces, it would be a shame to miss out on the audio component that creates an all-encompassing experience. Add a soundbar or, better yet, a complete home theater setup to complete your home entertainment system.

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Sizes

83, 77, 65, 55, 47 and 43 inches

65 and 55 inches

Dimensions (for 65 inch model)

56.7 x 32.5 x 1.8 inches, 32.6 pounds

56.9 x 32.5 x 1.6 inches, 47.8 pounds

Panel type

OLED

OLED

Submissions

4 HDMI 2.1 (including one with eARC), 3 USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, coaxial antenna

4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, coaxial antenna

The exits

Optical digital audio, Bluetooth

Optical digital audio, Bluetooth

HDR

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Quantum HDR OLED, HDR10+, HLG

audio

2.2ch, Dolby Atmos support

2.2ch, Dolby Atmos support

Price

From $1,249

From $1,699

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The competition between OLED TVs has improved, but the LG Evo C2 is still among the best TVs you can buy. It has a great picture, the latest technology for game consoles, and good software that runs it all. Plus, you can find it in a size that will fit almost any room.

In a few cases, the C2 may not be right for you, especially if you have an extremely bright room and like to watch during the day. But for almost everyone, the C2 will be a feast for your eyes every time you sit down to watch.

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