LG C8 OLED

Focus-Science and Technology - - Innovations -

The C8 is a stun­ner. It de­liv­ers some of the best home cin­ema vi­su­als we’ve ever seen. The blacks are deep, and the colours are rich and sat­u­rated. With 4K HDR con­tent, there’s a gran­u­lar­ity and sub­tlety in the de­tail that makes ev­ery­thing feel eerily life­like. In the past, older OLED mod­els strug­gled with mo­tion, in other words football, and any­thing less than a 4K source. LG’s new A9 pro­ces­sor seems to have reme­died both is­sues, with sport and gam­ing look­ing flaw­less while lesser def­i­ni­tion sources are el­e­vated to a high stan­dard. That said, you will have to play around with some of the set­tings to find your sweet spot. None of this should come as a sur­prise, con­sid­er­ing the price tag. There’s no get­ting away from the fact that this set, right now, is al­most three times what most of us would spend on a TV.

The C8’s new brains also means it can be con­trolled by speech (al­though we never felt com­pelled to use this fea­ture) and it will play nice with both Ama­zon Alexa and Google As­sis­tant. The in­ter­face is easy to use and light­ning quick, but looks pretty ba­sic in com­par­i­son to the C8’s sharp out­ward aes­thet­ics. There’s of­ten not a lot of lee­way as far as TV de­sign goes, but a slab of 2p-thick glass sat atop a brushed metal plinth is one of the best looks we’ve ever seen. Just pro­tect it from your clum­sier mates.

Pic­ture qual­ity 10 Value for money 6 De­sign 9 In­ter­face 8 Over­all 9 £3,000, lg.com

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