LG is at the forefront of OLED TVs. In recent years, the brand has not only launched multiple OLED TVs, but also supported new TV technologies such as HDMI 2.1 and even brought support for G-SYNC and FreeSync to their TVs.
LG’s OLEDs have had a sleek design with thin OLED panels, angular table stands and a slight bulge on the back to house the components and connectivity options. However, this year LG has the LG GX. The TV is super thin, the thinnest we’ve ever seen and when mounted on a wall it sticks to the wall and looks more like a work of art than a TV. Is this the best premium TV for your living room?
Specifications at a glance
Panel Size: 65″ (also available in 77″)
Panel Type: OLED
Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel Refresh Rate: 120Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: Yes
Weight (with stand): 39.4 kg
HDMI ports: 4
USB ports: 3
Bluetooth: Yes (v5.0)
Speakers: 60W (4.2Ch)
Price: 3,24,990 for 65-inch
LG GX: Picture and picture quality
LG’s OLED TVs have some new tricks up their sleeve in 2020. The TVs are powered by the new Alpha 9 Gen 3 chips LG showed off at CES 2020 and also come with a Filmmaker Mode that changes the content settings to render the image the way the filmmaker intended. The TV also supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and has an LG AI image engine that we also saw on the 2019 OLEDs. Needless to say, LG has done the job of making their 2020 OLEDs stand out compared to the outgoing models.
LG GX: 4K and HDR performance
LG OLED TVs generally did well in our 4K HDR tests and the same goes for the GX. Since this is an OLED TV, the peak brightness isn’t as high as some LED TVs we’ve seen, but it does get 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 take up space on the screen. The Wonder Woman finale is a good example of this. We have the protagonist and antagonist fighting at night with lightning and fire lighting up parts of the screen. Watch this movie in a pitch dark room and this TV and you will get a true cinema experience. When lightning illuminates part of the screen, the passive lighting of trees in the background is clearly visible without any blooms.
On streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video, we have shows like Our Planet, Grand Tour and more that use their HDR capabilities and it’s a treat to consume such content on this TV. In our Planet S1E1, the day-night transition feels natural and the starry sky looks sublime.
Like every other OLED we’ve seen this year and last, the only downside is consuming content during the day or a very bright room, as the panel can become reflective. This is not a problem with this TV, but with all OLEDs in general.
LG GX: FHD Performance
This is where things get interesting. We’ve reviewed a lot of content available in FHD and SDR on this TV, and we’re starting to play around with some of the picture presets the TV has to offer. In a standard mode, the image was sometimes a bit gloomy and in Vivid mode a little too lively. This isn’t bad, just that you have to tinker with the settings a bit to get the colors just right. Even movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming look vibrant. But a movie like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation had more muted colors than I’d like and switching to vivid made things better.
LG GX: Gaming Performance
The LG GX has all 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 GPUs, you can take advantage of features like ALLM and VRR along with gaming with 120 fps . But for this test, we stuck to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
On the PS4 Pro, we played Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (review) and Dirt 5, both of which get a free next-gen upgrade. The games looked vibrant and clear in HDR and keeping the games in quality mode (for Dirt 5) gave us the best visual experience. The cars in the game looked detailed and the environments were lush. Even in Spider-Man, the game looked vibrant and beautiful in HDR.
Gears 5 (review) on the Xbox One X has a very vibrant color palette and the “instant game response mode” kicks in when the console is detected. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a game mastered beautifully in HDR and it shows, especially when you cycle through the day-night cycle in the game. Needless to say, if big screen gaming is a priority for you, nothing beats the LG GX.
LG GX: audio performance
The LG GX has a total of 60W of sound output and has a 4.2-channel setup. The TV can get very loud, that’s for sure. Ready Player One is one of our audio performance benchmarks and the 13 minute race has cars whizzing past the screen. While the TV can get loud during this sequence and retains the detail we expect from a TV speaker, it lacks channel separation. Unlike the Sony A8H (review), which showed us a clear movement from left to right during the sequence, with the LG the sound came directly from the TV. The TV speakers also have bass, but lack the thump you expect. Considering how thin this TV is, the sound from the TV is loud and clear, but lacks the separation needed for an immersive experience.
LG GX: User Interface
The LG GX runs on the company’s WebOS platform and it’s my favorite TV UI simply because of the ease of navigation and the way things are laid out. Some settings have been changed for the better and we have a new loading circle and icon for the LG App Store on the TV. These are minor aesthetic changes, but nice. The main Settings menu has also seen a little shuffle where some settings are kept and while we won’t get into which setting went into, know that navigation is a lot easier in the settings than the C9 (review) we reviewed last year.
The highlight of the LG UI is the magic remote that lets you control the cursor like a mouse on the TV. From typing passwords to navigating apps and settings and even changing inputs, it all feels like second nature once you get used to it. Going back to navigating with a remote D-pad just feels sad after this experience.
The apps appear at the bottom of the screen in a nice card like layout and hovering over one of the apps leads to the second row of cards with content specific to the app.
When changing picture settings, each setting has a small box explaining 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 you can also add your home IoT devices to control them from the comfort of the TV. This time, the LG TV also has far-field microphones, so you can just say “Hey LG” to control the TV with your voice. It supports Google Assistant and Alexa from the get-go, which is nice.
Overall, LG’s user interface has changed slightly from last year and the changes are heading in the right direction. The app library may not be as robust as the Play Store on Android TV, but it has all the popular and important apps. The only downside is that Hotstar has to update the app to support Dolby Vision and surround sound like on the Fire TV Stick and Android TVs.
LG GX: remote control
We have the same magic remote from last year and nothing has changed. The remote control has a good construction and a slightly curved design. The remote is heavier at the back, which adds to the ergonomics. It feels heavy in the hands without feeling heavy. It is designed so that you can easily move it to use the cursor on the screen. As for the buttons, you have basic playback controls (play and pause only) at the bottom and dedicated hotkeys for Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Prime Videos. Long press the Prime Videos button to open Alexa.
LG GX: build and design
Most OLED TVs we’ve seen so far have a thin panel with a slight bulge on the back that houses the components and connectivity options. That is not the case here. The thickness of the TV, or rather slimness, is uniform and it sits flush against the wall and looks like a picture frame. When it comes to design, it makes the TV look aesthetically pleasing no matter what room you place it in. Add to that the fact that you can put photos as a background on the TV and you have a huge picture frame in your room.
Even though the TV sits flat against the wall, you can extend it by pulling the TV forward a bit at the front. But it’s not enough to let you comfortably reach the connection ports, which is a bummer. You should definitely connect all the cables you want to the TV before mounting it on the wall. The unergonomic nature of connecting cables after wall mounting is reminiscent of Samsung’s One Connect box. Perhaps a similar solution would have been ideal here as well.
For connectivity, the LG GX has four HDMI ports all of which are HDMI 2.1 capable and three USB ports. It also has a LAN port, headphone output, RF input and optical port.
If gaming, along with content consumption, is a priority for you, then it doesn’t get any better than the LG GX. All 2020 OLED models from LG, the GX, CX and BX will have HDMI 2.1, making the TVs Xbox Series X and PS5 ready. The GX in particular has a sleek and fantastic design, fantastic image output for HDR content consumption and decent audio given its slim profile. The user interface is as good as ever, with the improvements to WebOS in all the right places. The only downside to the TV is that once you mount it on the wall, switching cables and cable management can become a hassle.