From C to shin­ing C

More stun­ning than ever in its 2017 evo­lu­tion, the C7 model of­fers the best-value route into LG’s flag­ship OLED TV range. Is this the screen your eyes have been wait­ing for?

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If you’re look­ing for the cheap­est way to own a 2017 LG OLED tele­vi­sion, this 55in ver­sion of the C7 (known to its friends as the OLED55C7V) is it.

Ac­tu­ally, it’s one of two ways be­cause, on pa­per at least, the 55in B7 is the same TV with a slightly dif­fer­ent stand.

Whichever of the two you buy, you should get the same per­for­mance. In fact, you should get the same pic­ture no mat­ter which 2017 LG OLED you opt for, from the cheap-ish B7 and C7 right up to the ‘Wall­pa­per’ W7. The fur­ther down the range you go, the less ad­vanced the sound is; but if you’re plan­ning to part­ner your new telly with a sur­round setup or sound­bar any­way, you should get ev­ery­thing you need from the C7.

And when you con­sider that the C7 is one of the best-look­ing TVs of this year’s LG OLED fam­ily (thanks mostly to the un­ob­tru­sive speak­ers), then you have yet an­other rea­son to empty your wal­let over this set ahead of its even pricier sib­lings.

My pretty one

Viewed face-on the speak­ers are in­vis­i­ble, leav­ing you a glossy 55in screen out­lined by a su­per-thin bezel, all lifted off your sur­face by an el­e­gant stand. And if you move round to the side you’ll see that, chunkier sec­tion at the bot­tom aside, this is a strik­ingly slim TV.

2 Liv­ing Dol

While the likes of the Sony A1 have to wait for Dolby Vi­sion to be added at a later date, LG’s 2017 OLED range has it out of the box. Es­sen­tially, all of those Net­flix Orig­i­nals that ap­pear in stan­dard HDR to most TVs will be streamed in the Dolby ver­sion to the C7.

3 Trav­el­lin’ light

Every­one knows the core ad­van­tage of OLED now (that each pixel emits its own light, al­low­ing pitch blacks to sit right next to pure whites and colours), but that does noth­ing to di­min­ish the thrill of see­ing one of th­ese TVs in ac­tion for the first time.

4 Wired for sound

The C7 has a spa­cious sound with pretty de­cent dy­nam­ics, which means ex­plo­sions and other big spe­cial ef­fects stand out with extra vol­ume and punch. The only is­sue is that the speak­ers are on the back of the TV, which means the au­dio is a bit in­di­rect.

5 Thum­ber hol­i­day

The C7 comes with LG’s own we­bOS 3.5 at its core. It’s a bright and friendly sys­tem, with sources, smart ser­vices and fea­tures all pre­sented as colour­ful cards that can be re­ar­ranged, added and deleted as you see fit – and nav­i­ga­tion is snappy too.

4 Tech specs Screen 55in 3840x2160 OLED with HDR OS LG we­bOS 3.5 Con­nec­tiv­ity HDMI (x4), op­ti­cal out, Eth­er­net, Wi-Fi Di­men­sions 1230x750x217mm, 19.2kg (with stand)

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