LG C1 Series Smart TV Review: Lush OLED for Less Green

It’s always fun to hear the “Oh wow…” from gawking colleagues comparing an OLED TV like this LG C series to various typical LCD TVs. Why worship? It’s the black one, honey. Puppies on velvet. Most excellent starfields. Impress people.

Don’t get me wrong, OLEDs aren’t perfect, no TV tech is. But overall, the viewing experience is as good as it sounds.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart TVs, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Design and features

Most of the C1 series display panel (LG’s 65-inch OLED65C1PUB is reviewed here) cannot be more than 1/4 inch thick and there is little to no bezel. Due to its thin screen, I waited for an extra pair of hands to help me move it. It turns out that it is not so delicate, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

The C1 series has a caboose that is less than 2 inches thick at the bottom to accommodate all working electronics and speakers. The main body sits on a two-part counterweighted bracket that bolts to the bottom of the unit. This is a relatively heavy TV, weighing in at around 71 pounds, which drops to around 52 pounds without the stand if you want to use the 300mm x 200mm VESA mount point.

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The LG C1 series OLED features an incredibly thin panel, with a slight bulge at the bottom to house electronics and TV ports.

The C1 series is a 10-bit, 120 Hz, 2160p (3840 x 2160, 4K UHD) television that uses auto-emitting OLED sub-pixels. It is RGBW, which means that the red, green, blue, and white sub-pixels are grouped into pixels. The white sub-pixel is used to add brightness when needed.

A quick shout out to LG for the specs on the website. “Color Fidelity 100%: Yes”. Not classical information. Your guess as to which color standard is being referenced in that sentence is as good as mine.

You will find three USB 2.0 ports (two rear, one facing to the side), four 120Hz HDMI ports with eARC on port 2, one ethernet port, coaxial for a TV antenna or cable connection, one 3.5 RS-232C port mm for the control system, S / PDIF optical digital audio output and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is also an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter and a Bluetooth 5.0 radio on board.

Almost all the latest technologies are supported: HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG but not HDR 10+); Filmmaker mode; and Dolby Vision IQ, which uses the TV’s ambient light sensor to adjust its color output. For gaming, there’s FreeSync Premium, auto low latency, HGiG (HDR Gaming Interest Group) tone mapping, variable refresh rate, G-Sync support, and Stadia Cloud gaming (with a firmware update).


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