LG GX 65-Inch 4K OLED TV Review: Premium Design, Premium Features
LG is ahead in OLED TVs. Over the past few years, the brand has not only launched multiple OLED TVs but also operates new TV technologies such as HDMI 2.1 and has even added support for G-SYNC and FreeSync on their TVs.
LG’s OLED has a sleek design with a slender OLED panel, angular tabletop stand and a little bulge and connection options at the rear. However, this year LG has LG GX. The TV is extremely thin, the thinnest we’ve seen and when mounted on a wall, it sticks to the wall and looks more like a piece of art than a TV. Is this the best premium TV for your living room?
Glasses at a glance
Panel size: 65-inch (also available 77-inch)
Panel type: OLED
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel refresh rate: 120Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: Yes
Weight (including stand): 39.4 kg
HDMI port: 4
USB port: 3
Bluetooth: Yes (v5.0)
Speaker: 60W (4.2Ch)
Price: 3,24,990 for 65-inch
LG GX: Display and image quality
LG’s OLED TVs have some new strategies in 2020 The TVs are powered by the new Alpha 9 Gen 3 chip shown at LG CES 2020 and also comes with a Filmmaker mode that changes the content settings to represent the image. The way it was intended by the filmmaker. The TV also supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and has the LG AI Picture Engine which we also saw in the 2019 OLED. Needless to say, LG did the work to ensure that their 2020 OLEDs differed from the outgoing models.
LG GX: 4K and HDR performance
LG OLED TVs generally do well in our 4K HDR tests, and the same is true of the GX. Since it is an OLED TV, the maximum brightness is not like some of the LED TVs we have seen, but it is bright enough to enjoy HDR content.
Since this is an OLED TV, we can expect it to have a great contrast ratio when both bright and dark sequences occupy space on the screen. The ending of Wonder Woman is a great example of this. Our heroes and opponents are fighting on the screen with illuminated parts of lightning and fire at night. Watch this movie in a pitch-dark room and on this TV and you will get a truly cinematic experience. When lightning strikes a part of the screen, the passive illumination of the tree in the background is easily visible without any bloom.
In streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video, shows like our Planet, Grand Tour and their HDR skills have been made more flexible and it is a treat to use such content on this TV. On our Planet S1E1, the day-night changes seem natural and the starry sky looks nice.
Like other OLEDs this year and last year, the only downside is the daytime content or a very bright house because the panel may reflect. This is not a problem with this TV, but with all OLEDs in general.
LG GX: FHD performance
The thing here is interesting. We’ve seen a lot of content available on this TV in FHD and SDR, and we started playing with some of the picture presets the TV has to offer. Sometimes in standard mode, the image was a little black and a little more vivid in vivid mode. It’s not bad, just that you need to tinker with the settings to get the colors right. Even movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming look lively. But a movie like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation had more muted colors than I liked and switched things to vivid.
LG GX: Gaming Performance
The LG GX has four HDMI ports as HDMI 2.1 which means that when you connect it to the Xbox Series X, PS5 or the new NVIDIA 30 Series GPU you will be able to take advantage of features like ALLM and VRR with gaming at 120fps. . . But for this test, we stuck to PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
On the PS4 Pro, we’ve played Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (review) and Dart 5, both ready to get a free next-gen upgrade. The games in HDR look brighter and brighter and by putting the games in quality mode (for Dart 5) we get the best visual experience. The game shows the cars in detail and the environments are alluring. Even in Spider-Man, the game looked lively and beautiful in HDR.
The Xbox One X has a very vibrant color palette of Gears 5 (review) and launches “Instant Game Response Mode” when the console is detected. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a game that is beautifully mastered in HDR and shows it, especially when the game is cycled through day and night cycles. Needless to say, if gaming on a big screen is your priority, nothing can beat the LG GX.
LG GX: Audio performance
The LG GX has a total of 60W sound output and a 4.2 channel setup. TV can get really loud, that’s for sure. Ready Player One is one of our benchmarks for audio performance, and in a 13-minute race, cars are circling the screen. During this sequence the TV can get louder and hold the detail we expect from a TV speaker, the lack of which is the channel separation. Unlike the Sony A8H (review), which gave a clear movement from left to right during our sequence, the sound was coming directly from the TV with LG. TV speakers also have a base but lack the thumps that one would expect. Considering how slim this TV is, the TV’s audio is loud and clear, but lacks the necessary separation for an immersive experience.
LG GX: UI
LG GX runs on the company’s webOS platform and it’s my favorite TV UI out there because of the ease of navigation and the way things are arranged. Some settings have changed for the better, and we have a new loading circle and icon for the LG App Store on TV. This is a small aesthetic change, but nice. The main settings menu also shows a small tweak where some settings are kept and we don’t understand where any setting has gone where we last reviewed it is much easier to navigate in the settings than C9 (review). Years
The highlight of the LG UI is its Magic Remote which lets you control the cursor like a mouse on a TV. From typing a password to navigating apps and settings and even changing input, everything seems second nature once you get used to it. Going back to navigating with the remote D-pad feels sad after this experience.
Apps pop up at the bottom of the display on a nice card like layout, and hovering over one of the apps takes you to the second row of cards with specific content for the app.
When changing photo settings too, each setting has a small box that explains what the setting does so it’s easy to know what you’re tinkering with.
There’s also a home dashboard where you can customize input names and add your home IoT devices to control the comfort of the TV. At the moment, LG TVs also have long-range microphones so you can simply say “Hey LG” and control the TV using your voice. It supports Google Assistant and Alexa from Get-Go, which is great.
Overall, the LG UI has changed a bit since last year and the changes are in the right direction. The app library may not be as powerful as the Play Store on Android TV, but it has all the popular and important apps. The only downside is that Hotstar needs to update the app to support Dolby Vision and surround sound, as it does on Fire TV Stick and Android TV.
LG GX: Remote control
We have had the same magic remote since last year and nothing has changed. The remote control has good construction and a slightly curved design. The remote is heavy at the back edge of its ergonomics. It feels heavy in one’s hand without feeling heavy. It is designed so that you can easily rotate it using the cursor on the screen. Below you have basic playback controls for the buttons (just play and pause) and hotki dedicated to Google Play Movies, Netflix and Prime videos. Long press the Prime Video button to fetch Alexa.
LG GX: Build and design
Most of the OLED TVs we’ve seen so far have a thin panel on the back with a slight bulge where components and connection options are kept. That’s not the case here. The thickness or rather slimness of the TV is identical and it sits flush with the wall to look like a picture frame. In terms of design, it makes the TV look aesthetically pleasing at home. Add to that the fact that you can put pictures on the TV as wallpaper and your room has a huge photo frame.
Although the TV sits flush with the wall, you can extend it by pulling the front TV a bit. But it is not enough to let you reach the comfortable connection ports which is an annoyance. You must connect all the wires before mounting the wall to the TV. The inconsistent nature of plugging cables after wall mounting is reminiscent of Samsung’s One Connect box. Maybe a similar solution would be ideal here as well.
For connectivity, the LG GX has four HDMI ports, all with HDMI 2.1 enabled and three USB ports. It has a LAN port, headphone out, RF input and optical port.
The last row
If gaming is a priority for you in terms of content costs, then it is no better than the LG GX. All GX, CX and BX of LG’s 2020 OLED models have HDMI 2.1 which makes TVs ready for the Xbox Series X and PS5. The GX, in particular, has a smooth and stellar design, great image output for HDR content use, and decent audio considering its slim profile. The UI is as good as ever, with the improvement of WebOS in all the right places. The only downside to the TV is that once you mount it on the wall, wiring changes and cable management can be a hassle.