The New LG OLED Evo TV Is a True Marvel

The new LG OLED Evo TV is a true marvel

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I have to repeat the title twice: the new LG OLED Evo TV is a true marvel.

I have used LG TVs for a long time as a consumer, and although with a previous model we reviewed, I had quite a few negative things to say, especially when it comes to user experience, I’m happy to report that the LG OLED Evo range has it all. Well, mostly.

LG C2 55-inch 4K Smart OLED Evo TV

What is that?

The OLED Evo range is touted by LG as being engineered for an exceptional gaming, movie and sports viewing experience. You can get 42, 48, 55, 65, 77 and even 83 inch models. I opted for the 55 inch. LG is positioning this range as being “bright and brilliant” thanks to a brightness booster (the beauty of OLED self-illuminating pixels) and as being a fairly smart range of TVs. Smart in the sense that it’s a smart TV, yes, but also with artificial intelligence (AI) happening behind the scenes. More on that soon.

Sound, according to LG, comes out of the OLED Evo. They are not wrong. I turned off my soundbar several times.

The new range also comes with an improved operating system. A welcome addition, even if it makes setup a little more tedious.

Setup and Startup

Setting up the LG OLED Evo was quite easy, it just took a bit of time and there was a lot to do. From turning on the TV to watching some Archer, it was 18 minutes. So no, not long, but it was longer. Unlike previous LG TVs, when you turn on the screen, you get information about what’s in that thing. Like its AI functions. You are given some options, i.e. using AI Picture Pro and/or AI Sound Pro. I’ve enabled them both, but I’m not sure at the start of the setup you wanted that. As a consumer, I’m not sure yet if I want enhanced features.

You can choose between setting up the TV on your phone or via the TV. I opted for the TV initially, but that was a bit of a pain considering the remote is extremely difficult to use (more on that later as well). Upon downloading the app and creating an account, the LG app paves the way for a complete smart home setup. I don’t hate that. As far as what you can get out of it by just using a TV, there’s not much you can do.

Scan a QR code on the TV to set it up in the app, create a profile and go.

The “shame” suggestion was sent to me, thanks LG. Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

As with any TV these days, the most annoying part of setup is getting connected to all your streaming services. But that’s not LG’s fault.

Design and styling

LG has also succeeded in the design of the OLED Evo. I know there’s not a lot of design wiggle room when it comes to TVs these days, but the center stand is awesome for those of us who can’t mount a TV (and those of us with a cat). If you know, you know.

The Aussie sun, dazzling TVs for years to come. Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

It’s also pretty thin. Connecting a sound bar to the back of it, the screen being so thin made it very fragile.

Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

You like to see so many ports.

Photo LG OLED Evo

How does it look?

Phenomenal. I wish my photos would do it justice.

Look at those bright colors. Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, which uses organic pixels that emit their own individual lights. This gives them incredible contrast, as each individual pixel can turn on or off completely on its own, as needed. There’s no need for heavy or hot backlighting, refresh rates are exceptional, and because each pixel produces both light and color, image quality is generally considered the best in the industry. its category by most television critics. I am one of them.

While the contrast on the LG OLED Evo TV is amazing, the screen isn’t as bright as the Samsung Neo QLED 4K TV, for example, but a lot of what I watch happens in the dark. So the compromise is good. During the day there is noticeable glare. To the left of the photo below you can see the blinds covering my balcony. When I’m in the living room, we’re talking a minimum of 1 inch of glare space. But it’s something to consider whether you’re watching TV in a brightly lit room or during the day with the harsh Australian sun shining through.

Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

I’ve seen a lot of TVs in my day and can’t get over how crisp and clear the display is on the OLED Evo. Black is black, white is bright, and colors look better on screen than they do IRL. In fact, I hadn’t noticed that I wasn’t wearing my glasses to watch TV one night. Here are some accessories for the LG OLED Evo. It’s also worth noting that the automatic TV performance boost really does make a difference to the viewing experience. Objects in the foreground look closer (not 3D, but you really get that forced perspective element) and in the background you’re bound to see it in a natural depth way. Did I mention the colors look vivid and accurate?

Movie vs TV Show vs Games

Watching a movie, there’s no motion blur, even when the epic third act of Avengers: Endgame starts up and everyone actually flies across the screen. When playing a game there is no lag and any scaling is barely noticeable. I won’t go through all the options here because we’ll be here forever, but if you’re planning on getting one of these LG OLED Evo TVs, definitely change the picture mode depending on what you’re watching. The game mode looked dreadful while watching Russian dollbut it was perfect for playing Until dawn, which, despite being quite dark and horror-movie-like in its landscape, benefited from LG’s Game Mode. Likewise, the cinema mode was perfect for Avengers: Endgame but didn’t look good to look at LEGO Masters. However, you can let the TV’s intelligence do all that work for you.

How does it sound?

I used the Sonos Ray soundbar since mid may and looking at mine way Older LG, it is needed to watch TV, movie and especially play PS4. It’s not necessary, necessary, but it enhances the sound of this TV. Watching Lego masters, I switched to TV sound only. The LG OLED Evo’s own speakers were much more appropriate for something other than music or a more cinematic experience.

When running the LG OLED Evo in its first batch of tests, I kept the sound only on the TV. In fact, I had forgotten that he didn’t come out of the Ray. Not being able to show you how something sounds through a screen is my long way of saying I’m really impressed with the sound of the OLED Evo.

LG’s official line is that the OLED Evo features AI Sound Pro, which turns 2-channel audio into virtual 7.1.2-channel sound. This results in a kind of surround experience, even though the TV has to sit in a corner of my living room. I tend to use the same movie on every TV/soundbar that comes through Gizmodo Australia so if we go back to Avengers: Endgame, the sound at about two-thirds, I was immersed in the scene. Subtle thumps of leather were heard, the dialogue was clear and not overwhelming, Thor’s hammer hissed through the air. The explosions didn’t seem muffled and there was no vibration sound coming out of the back of the TV.

Listening to music was also fine, but this is a TV, not a speaker, so don’t expect it to be as good as an LG speaker.

like don’t like

What do I like about the LG OLED Evo?

Picture and sound aside, the operating system and user experience were ultimately nailed by LG. It took them a while, but the OLED Evo interface is perfect.

The new LG OLED Evo TV is a true marvel
Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

Apps are clean, easy to organize, and the more you use the TV, the more it will customize the screen to your specific tastes. You can also set up profiles for each member of your household. I love this feature, but Gizmodo Australia writer Zac thinks everyone needs to calm down under the pressure for profiles. A big downside of only having a review unit for a short period of time is not being able to max out intelligence like this. Settings and menus are all easy to navigate, as is the LG Content Store.

I’m not a fan of TVs getting into the digital art display space (this was another issue I had with the LG QNED TV). The art display looked cheap and cheesy and it was totally unnecessary. This is optional now, an option I won’t switch to. But it falls under “like” because it’s hidden away from view.

What don’t I like about the LG OLED Evo?

The damn remote. It’s a clunky hit, but I can’t press the “Enter” button with my finger. At all. I have to use a pen.

Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

My nail is acrylic, not excessively long, but still long, and it’s pointed at the end. I can’t even get into it with my thumb/finger bed because the gap is too small and my fingernail prevents my fingertip from entering it. My usual LG TV also has this pointer and button style, but there’s more than one tank. Please. Stop. Manufacturing. Things. Just. For. Men. Moving on, but still on the remote: LG is still persistent with its laser pointer-like controller. Any activation of this and my cat launches for the TV. It is also very delicate. I would like zero remote innovation. A simple Enter or OK button would be fabulous.

The verdict

The OLED shines, there’s no doubt. It’s no wonder Hisense decided to bring back the OLED in Australia last week. The color is vibrant and accurate, the screen is clear and blocky a lot of glare, even if it does not attack all that. The sound is crisp, good enough not to need a soundbar. The user experience is fixed.

LG’s OLED Evo TV set the new benchmark for a 4K TV.

Where to buy the LG OLED Evo?

LG for $3,476 | The Good Guys $3,395 | JB Hi-Fi $3,395

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