LG Ultra HD (4K) OLED Smart TV (OLED55C8PTA) 55-inch Detailed Review
LG has unveiled the C8 OLED at CES 2018 and it has an interesting feature compared to its predecessor C7. We want to tell you directly that if you have C7, you do not need to upgrade to C8. However, if you want to choose an OLED TV, the C8 is definitely worth considering. If you want to know why, read our review.
Panel size: 55-inch (available in 65-inch as well as 77-inch)
Panel type: OLED
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: Yes
Weight: 19.1 kg
HDMI port: 4
USB port: 3
Bluetooth: Yes, 4.2
Speakers: 2.2 CH speakers with 40W output
Construction and design
The design of LG C8 is absolutely premium. We had the TV at the top of the table for the review period. The stand is long and curved which helps to direct the sound towards the viewer. This is a feature that you can take advantage of only if you place the TV on the stand as wall mounting which means getting rid of the stand. The only major drawback to having a TV on a table stand is that it has a lot of flex. Tap on the TV and it will shake a bit and it makes us a little anxious. However, we removed the TV around the office and it never fell off the stand. When placed on a table, your height is about 2.5 inches to hold a gaming console or a Blu-ray player. The bezels around the TV are very thin. The overall design of the TV is premium, and the build is extremely strong despite the slight shaking of the TV when placed on the stand.
When it comes to connectivity options, the LG C8 has 4 HDMI ports, each with full bandwidth capability and 3 USB ports. It’s nice to see that there are three HDMI ports on three sides (one with ARC) that makes it easy for users to get in and out of wires. As well as one of the three USB ports. The TV has a component, AV in, a LAN port, optical audio out and a headphone out.
The TV has no flap or cover just for management if you are looking for something like that. TV connectivity options are plentiful and accessible
Display panel and image quality
The panel of the LG C8 has seen some improvements compared to its predecessor C7. The basic features are the same, the only major change being the maximum brightness level. The TV has 4K resolution with support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision and has a nice indicator that pops up in the top right corner of the TV indicating that the HDR standard is currently on the screen. This is a small thing but especially useful, if like me, you are clever about the quality of the material you use.
Last year’s LG C7 was a fantastic TV and this year the C8 is no exception in terms of image quality. If you have a 4K Apple TV, you have a great screen to enjoy content from that device. Thanks to the OLED panel, you get some of the best colors, the deepest possible black and the brightest visuals we’ve ever seen on a TV. The only downside is that the panel is reflective. This is not a problem with LG TVs, it is a problem with all OLED TVs available in the market.
The beauty of an OLED TV is its infinite contrast ratio, its ability to create truly black and deep colors. This holds true and works extremely well at C8. Watching Netflix through the built-in app gave us access to Dolby Vision content and it looked breathtaking. Daredevil Season 2 Episode 3 Stair fight sequences were detailed even in the darkest part. The 4K HDR library on Netflix and Prime Video in India is limited, but what is there is an absolute treat. Grand Tour Season 1 Episode 1 Where you drive a lot through the desert is a scene worth watching on this TV. If you’re looking for the ultimate 4K HDR image quality experience on a TV sitting at home, then yes, the LG C8 might be a TV to consider.
A large catalog of Netflix and Prime video content in India is available in 1080p. From Spider-Man Homecoming to John Wick and much more we’ve enjoyed a lot of movies on this TV. John Wick’s Red Circle Fight sequence looked great which is a testament to the superior power of TV. The Red Circle fight scene has a lot of red, blue and dark mixed in and it looks great.
One thing you should know before we move on to gaming. The HotStar app isn’t part of the LG App Store, and it’s an inconvenience for your GoT fans.
Boy-O-Boy is a treat for playing this TV. From God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn to Gears 4 and Hello 5, if you have an Xbox One X or a PS4 Pro, you’ll love this TV. Game mode works quite well to optimize the visual and input lag. From the landscape of Forza Horizon 3 to the post-apocalyptic Vista of Horizon, all games look detailed, rich and very colorful. A game like Rise of the Tomb Rider is a great example of how 1080p games will look on this TV. The game offers a 4K mode, a 1080p mode at 60FPS and a rich mode.
I would like to add one thing about the overall picture quality of this TV. All preset picture settings vary depending on the content you are using, including 1080p content, Dolby Vision content or HDR 10 or even gaming. Presets are so nicely defined that you don’t really have to change the color or contrast or any settings. If you are a person who does not like over smooth motion, just turn off the motion flow and you can go.
If there’s one area where TV is frustrating, it’s with sound. The TV has Dolby Atmos sound and I didn’t think the sound was coming from above my head. As we mentioned earlier, the stand helps to direct the word towards you, but it lacks depth. They lack the necessary push for explosions and gunfights, and I recommend investing in a pair of speakers or a home theater to make the most of this TV.
Everyday TV watching should be fine with shows like soap opera and Big Bang Theory or Young Sheldon subtle words. Even showing the news on the TV’s built-in speaker does the job well. However, you will need a speaker to watch gaming and high octave action movies.
The LG C8 comes with a remote magic wand. The remote is curved and has a slight height. The weight adds to the overall build quality and helps the curved remote fit comfortably in your hand especially when you use its motion features.
The remote has a number of buttons, including a prime pad with a number pad and a dedicated button for Netflix. Comfortable in the middle of the navigation buttons and scroll wheel cum select button remote. If there is one problem I have with the remote, it is the lack of dedicated media playback buttons which is very much missed.
Software and UI
The TV runs on LG’s WebOS and is one of the smoothest OS out there. It is easy to navigate, can respond quickly and brings a level of fluidity you would expect from a flagship TV. Yes, this OST is good if you just want to change apps, input source and settings. However, if you want to take advantage of the TV’s ThinQ AI features, you’ll be disappointed.
For example, if you say “Play Wonder Woman”, you will only get search results from YouTube. Although the movie is in Prime Video and Google Play Movie, both are logged on TV, showing no results. If I search for Spiderman Homecoming, another movie in Prime Video, the results of the voice search give me only the content available on Netflix and YouTube. This is a bit frustrating because the search should be public across the app and not just for Netflix and YouTube. Other features to ask about the weather did not work. So, if you are waiting for AI features, you will be disappointed.
The last row
The LG C8 is a fantastic OLED TV especially when you consider the picture quality. It brings the experience of watching an immersive movie. Photo presets do a great job of showing HD and 4K content at their best The UI is the most fluid we’ve ever seen on TV. However, the TV is not perfect. While voice recognition works well, it does not scan all pre-installed apps for content stuck on Netflix and YouTube as a recommended source. Despite being proud of Dolby Atmos, TV speakers are unpleasant for entertainment and gaming and only good for daily TV viewing, which is a mismatch considering the price aspect. Should you consider purchasing this TV? Absolutely. If you are looking for a great TV to watch movies and play games and be the center of your home entertainment, you can not go wrong with the LG C8.