LG G1 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jul 09, 2021 at 09:33 am
LG G1 OLED Picture
8.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
9.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.3
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Sony A8H OLED
9.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Sony A8H OLED
9.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WRGB
Resolution 4k

The LG G1 OLED is an amazing flagship 4k OLED TV. It comes with LG's new evo panel, which aims to increase brightness compared to typical OLED panels. It provides a significant improvement over its predecessor, the LG GX OLED, in HDR content, but there's not much of a difference in SDR content. The TV has a unique slim design meant to sit flush against the wall with its dedicated wall mount, and it doesn't come with a stand. It delivers the same exceptional picture quality as other OLEDs with a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It's packed with gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, four HDMI 2.1 inputs, and a near-instant response time for a smooth gaming experience. Unfortunately, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in, which could be a problem if you constantly watch the same content with static elements, like leaving it on the same news channel all day, but we don't expect it to be an issue if you watch varied content.

Our Verdict

8.9 Mixed Usage

The LG G1 OLED is an amazing overall TV. It delivers stunning picture quality for dark room viewing because of its near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It's also good to use in well-lit rooms for watching sports or TV shows as it has fantastic reflection handling, and the wide viewing angles make it suitable for wide seating areas. HDR content looks amazing as it displays a wide color gamut and has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make highlights stand out. Gamers should appreciate the variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 inputs. Unfortunately, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, so it may not be the best choice to use solely as a PC monitor.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • FreeSync, G-SYNC, and HDMI Forum VRR support.
  • 120Hz panel with four HDMI 2.1 inputs.
  • HDR brightness better than most OLEDs.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
9.4 Movies

The LG G1 is fantastic for watching movies. Thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, it displays perfect blacks without any blooming around bright objects. It can remove 24p judder from any source, which is great, but lower-frame rate content may appear to stutter due to the quick response time. It also doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.3 TV Shows

The LG G1 is great for watching TV shows. It upscales lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes, without issues. It has wide viewing angles if you want to use it in a wide seating arrangement, so the image remains accurate from the side. The reflection handling is fantastic if you place it in a well-lit room, but it doesn't get extremely bright in SDR. Also, OLEDs have the risk of burn-in, which could be a problem if you constantly watch the same news channel all day.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issues.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
8.7 Sports

The LG G1 OLED is excellent for watching sports. Fast-moving content like players or balls look great thanks to the near-instant response time. It has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for a wide seating arrangement. Even though it doesn't get very bright in SDR, it still has fantastic reflection handling, so glare shouldn't pose much of an issue. It also upscales 720p content, like from cable boxes, without any artifacts.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issues.
  • Motion looks smooth due to near-instant response time.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
9.3 Video Games

The LG G1 is outstanding for video games. It's packed with gaming features like VRR support, HDMI 2.1 inputs, and a 120Hz panel, so you can easily play 4k games up to 120fps. It has a near-instant response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, with no blooming around bright objects, so it's a great choice for dark room gaming.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Motion looks smooth due to near-instant response time.
  • FreeSync, G-SYNC, and HDMI Forum VRR support.
  • 120Hz panel with four HDMI 2.1 inputs.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.8 HDR Movies

The LG G1 OLED is amazing for watching HDR content. It's fantastic for dark room viewing because it has a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, and even though it doesn't get as bright as LED TVs, it's still one of the brightest OLEDs we've tested, so small highlights pop in HDR. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, but not HDR10+, so some content may use the standard HDR10 format instead.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • HDR brightness better than most OLEDs.
  • Displays wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
9.1 HDR Gaming

The LG G1 is incredible for HDR gaming. It has a bunch of gamer-friendly features like FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and HDMI 2.1 inputs. It delivers a responsive gaming experience thanks to its near-instant response time and low input lag. HDR content looks excellent because it has a high native contrast ratio that displays perfect blacks, and there's no blooming around bright objects. It has okay peak brightness in Game Mode, but small highlights still pop how they should.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Motion looks smooth due to near-instant response time.
  • FreeSync, G-SYNC, and HDMI Forum VRR support.
  • 120Hz panel with four HDMI 2.1 inputs.
  • HDR brightness better than most OLEDs.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.9 PC Monitor

The LG G1 OLED is excellent to use as a PC monitor. It provides a responsive gaming experience because it has low input lag and a quick response time. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate if you sit too close or need to share your screen with someone else. It has fantastic reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room, but its peak brightness is only okay. Sadly, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in, which could pose a problem if it constantly displays the same UI elements.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4 at any resolution.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • 8.9 Mixed Usage
  • 9.4 Movies
  • 8.3 TV Shows
  • 8.7 Sports
  • 9.3 Video Games
  • 8.8 HDR Movies
  • 9.1 HDR Gaming
  • 8.9 PC Monitor

Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG G1 is a flagship 4k OLED in LG's 2021 lineup. It sits above the LG C1 OLED and below the 8k LG Z1. It's the replacement of the LG GX OLED from 2020. There aren't many OLEDs available, but it competes mainly with the Sony A90J OLED.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG G1 has a premium design meant to sit flush against the wall using the dedicated slim wall mount. The back looks a bit more robust than the LG C1 OLED, but that's just part of the design. It has thin borders with tapered edges that look like they retreat into a wall.

Design
Stand

The LG G1 doesn't come with a stand unless you buy one separately; we used the same one we did for the LG GX OLED, so we don't know if the ones you can purchase with the G1 are the same. There's also a tripod Gallery Stand that you can purchase. The dedicated slim wall mount is pictured above, and you can see it from a wider angle here. However, we didn't test how to set it up. The feet raise the screen 2.9 inches off the table, but there are 2.2 inches between the table and the bottom of the IR receiver, meaning a soundbar may block it, so it may be harder for the remote to work. Regardless, the TV isn't meant to be used in this configuration.

Footprint of the 65" TV: 54.3" x 10.7".

Note: If you buy the feet separately, you also get the input covers.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the LG G1 looks similar to the LG GX OLED. There are clips for cable management to keep your setup clean, and if you use the legs, you can route wires through them too.

Note: Unlike the LG GX, we don't have input covers with this TV because they come with the feet if you buy them separately. We used the same feet as the GX and didn't use the input covers. This is meant to hide the inputs if you place the TV on a table.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 0.83" (2.1 cm)

The LG G1 is extremely thin and will sit flush against a wall when mounted.

9.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG G1's build quality is outstanding. It's made mainly out of metal with a bit of plastic on the vents on top. It's extremely sturdy throughout, except there's a bit of flex on the back near the VESA holes. Overall, it's very solid, and you shouldn't experience any issues with it.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Like any OLED, the LG G1 can turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio. Blacks are extremely deep and inky.

6.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
294 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
411 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
406 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
364 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
299 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
168 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
394 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
349 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
286 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
161 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.056

The LG G1 has okay peak brightness. Despite having the new evo panel, it's actually about the same brightness as the LG C1 OLED. It may not be bright enough for a room with a ton of lights, but it should be fine for moderately-lit environments. Small highlights are the brightest, but larger areas get more dim due to the aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL).

We tested the SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Expert (dark space, night)' Picture Mode with OLED Pixel Brightness at its max, Peak Brightness on 'High', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50'. If you want a slightly brighter image, set the Picture Mode to 'Standard', OLED Pixel Brightness and Contrast to their max, and Auto Dynamic Contrast and Peak Brightness on 'High'. However, we only reached 427 cd/m² in the 2% window using these settings, so it doesn't make the screen much brighter and results in a less accurate image.

We also measured the test windows without the Peak Brightness setting enabled:

  • Peak 2% Window: 280 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 277 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 274 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 270 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 187 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 268 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 264 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 262 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 258 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 178 cd/m²

So the Peak Brightness setting results in a dimmer image, but there's a less aggressive ABL.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The LG G1 doesn't have a backlight, so it doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos above are provided for reference only.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

As mentioned, there's no backlight, so the LG G1 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos above are provided for reference only.

7.3
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
728 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
846 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
827 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
427 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
281 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
167 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
780 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
776 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
405 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
268 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
160 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.100

The LG G1 has decent HDR peak brightness. This is where the evo panel provides an improvement from the LG GX OLED, and alongside the Sony A90J OLED it's one of the brightest OLEDs we've tested. It gets bright enough to make small highlights stand out, but once again, it has an aggressive ABL, so large areas are dimmer. The EOTF follows the target curve pretty well until there's a sharp roll off at its peak brightness, but some dark scenes are slightly too dark.

We tested the HDR brightness in the 'Cinema' HDR Picture Mode with OLED Pixel Brightness, Contrast, and Peak Brightness all at their max settings, with Color Temperature at '50' and all other image processing disabled. By setting Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High' and enabling Dynamic Tone Mapping, you can get a slightly brighter image, as seen in this EOTF.

Once again, we measured the HDR brightness with the Peak Brightness setting disabled. The screen is dimmer, but there's still some variation, so we suggest leaving it on:

  • Peak 2% Window: 433 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 430 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 425 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 280 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 166 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 410 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 406 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 402 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 267 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 160 cd/m²

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
601 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
835 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
811 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
420 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
289 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
168 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
652 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
765 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
396 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
274 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
162 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.093

The LG G1's HDR brightness in Game Mode is okay. The real scene brightness is less than outside of Game Mode, but the visual difference is minimal. The EOTF is the same in Game Mode as outside of it.

We tested the brightness in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode using the same settings as the regular HDR brightness test.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.072%
50% DSE
0.139%
5% Std. Dev.
0.440%
5% DSE
0.104%

The LG G1 has excellent gray uniformity. There's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, and the entire screen looks uniform. Like other OLEDs, there are faint vertical lines in near-dark scenes, but you'll only notice them if you really look for them.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.412%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, the LG G1 has perfect black uniformity, and there's no blooming around bright objects.

8.9
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
65°
Color Shift
26°
Brightness Loss
63°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
66°

The LG G1 TV has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, great for wide seating arrangements.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.1%

The reflection handling on the LG G1 is fantastic. Even direct sunlight doesn't result in too much glare, but there's a purple tint.

8.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.29
Color dE
1.86
Gamma
2.27
Color Temperature
6,773 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

The accuracy before any sort of calibration is impressive on the LG G1. Most colors are only slightly inaccurate, and white balance is great. Color temperature is on the cold side, but it's still excellent. Gamma doesn't follow the 2.2 target very well, and most scenes are darker than they should be. It's a significant improvement over the LG C1 OLED, but this varies between units, so it's likely we got a bad panel with the C1.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.19
Color dE
1.06
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,503 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The LG G1 has fantastic accuracy after calibration. There are almost no virtual color or white balance inaccuracies, and gamma is perfect. Color temperature also improved and it's nearly spot-on with our 6500K target.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The LG G1 doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content like from DVDs.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from cable boxes, is upscaled well.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The LG LG G1 displays 1080p content nearly as good as 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

OLEDs like the LG G1 use four subpixels, and all four are never on at the same time. The picture above features green, red, and white pixels. You can see the other pixels here and here.

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
99.29%
DCI P3 uv
99.79%
Rec 2020 xy
72.86%
Rec 2020 uv
77.17%

The LG G1 displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content. It has full coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, and coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is also decent.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
86.3%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
47.1%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
60.7%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
34.2%

The color volume is decent, thanks to the wide color gamut. It displays dark colors very well because of the near-infinite contrast, but it has some trouble with really bright colors.

8.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.093
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.112
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.086
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.127

The gradient handling is great. It's a bit worse than other high-end TVs like the LG C1 OLED, and there's banding in darker colors, but it shouldn't be too noticeable in most content. Setting Smooth Gradation to 'Medium' or 'High' helps remove some of the banding in the test pattern and real content, but that comes at the cost of losing fine details.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There aren't any signs of temporary image retention, but this can vary between units. Also, this isn't indicative of the long-term burn-in that OLEDs may suffer.

2.0
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Yes

Like most OLED TVs, the LG G1 OLED isn't immune to permanent burn-in, but we don't expect it to be an issue if you watch varied content. Luckily, it has a few features to help reduce the risk. These include Pixel Cleaning, Screen Move, and Adjust Logo Brightness settings. You can read more about our investigation into long-term OLED burn-in here.

Motion
9.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.2 ms
100% Response Time
2.4 ms

Like any OLED, the LG G1 has a near-instant response time. Motion looks smooth with nearly no blur behind fast-moving objects.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The LG G1 OLED doesn't use Pulse Width Modulation to dim its backlight. The slight dip in brightness every 8ms corresponds to the 120Hz refresh rate.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's an optional black frame insertion feature to help reduce any motion blur. You need to set OLED Motion Pro to 'High' for it to flicker at 60Hz, or 'Medium' or 'Low' for 120Hz flicker. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on the flicker range and not the actual performance.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The LG G1 has a motion interpolation feature, also known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It can interpolate lower-frame rate content up to 120Hz. It looks good on our test pattern with only a bit of artifacting, but there are more noticeable artifacts in real content.

See here for the settings that control the motion interpolation feature.

5.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
39.2 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
14.2 ms

Since the response time is near-instant, lower-frame rate content may stutter as each frame is held on longer. Enabling the motion interpolation feature can help.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The LG G1 automatically removes 24p judder from any source, and there aren't any settings needed for it, which is great for watching movies. However, there's judder when setting OLED Motion Pro to 'High', but it's judder-free on 'Low' or 'Medium'.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes (NVIDIA Certified)
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

The LG G1 TV has a 120Hz panel with variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. It natively supports both HDMI Forum VRR and FreeSync and is G-SYNC compatible for those with NVIDIA graphics cards. You need to enable VRR & G-SYNC in the 'Game Optimizer' settings for HDMI Forum and G-SYNC to work, and as the name suggests, AMD FreeSync Premium for FreeSync.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
48.4 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
48.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
99.1 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
5.7 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
6.0 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.5 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
5.3 ms
1440p with VRR
5.5 ms
4k with VRR
5.4 ms
8k with VRR
N/A

The LG G1 has very low input lag as long as you're in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode. LG introduced a new Prevent Input Delay setting that decreases the 60Hz input lag by about 3ms, but it doesn't affect 120Hz content. You can enable the motion interpolation settings in Game Mode, but it significantly increases the input lag. If you're going to use the TV as a PC monitor, make sure you're in Game Mode with the input label set to 'PC' for low input lag.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The TV doesn't have any issues displaying 4k content up to 120Hz. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any supported resolution to help deliver clear text when using it as a PC monitor. For it to do so, simply label the input you're using to 'PC' in the Home Dashboard. For full-bandwidth signals, set HDMI Deep Color to '4k'.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
PS5 can't do VRR yet
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The LG G1 supports all common resolutions from either the PS5 or Xbox Series X. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when a game from a compatible device launches. After a firmware update (03.15.27), it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming in Dolby Vision from the Xbox Series X, and FreeSync works too; without the update, you're limited to 4k @ 60Hz with Dolby Vision, and FreeSync doesn't work at the same time.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 3
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

The LG G1 supports eARC, allowing it to send high-quality Dolby Atmos via TrueHD sound to a compatible receiver through a HDMI connection. To do so, set the HDMI Input Format to 'Bitstream', Digital Sound Output to 'Auto', and enable eARC Support in the Sound Settings.

Sound Quality
7.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
63.50 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.65 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.30 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.96 dB
Max
93.9 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.18 dB

The LG G1 OLED has a good frequency response. Like the LG GX OLED, it produces more bass than most TVs, but you still need a dedicated subwoofer if you want the best bass possible. Other than that, it has a well-balanced sound profile and gets loud, so it's good for listening to dialogue even in noisy rooms.

6.5
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.896
Weighted THD @ Max
3.421
IMD @ 80
1.35%
IMD @ Max
4.56%

The distortion handling is okay. There's some distortion at moderate listening levels, and it gets more noticeable at its max volume. However, it depends on the content, and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS
Version 6.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The built-in webOS is easy-to-use, and it's redesigned for 2021 with a full home page instead of the banner in past years. We experienced some bugs where some settings weren't available until we enabled and disabled the Game Optimizer or VRR settings, but we don't expect this to be much of an issue for most people.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

There are ads on the home page, and there's also a dedicated shop page for the advertised apps and products.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

LG's app store has a wide selection, and the apps run smoothly.

9.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App LG TV Plus

The LG G1 comes with a redesigned Magic Remote has the same great features from the past model. You still get the point-and-press feature, like a computer mouse, and it has a mic for voice control. You can ask it to do different commands like open apps and search for content, but you can't ask it to change settings. Our remote has an NFC feature that allows you to tap your phone against the remote and cast content to the TV. However, we didn't get the NFC feature with the remote we received with the LG C1 OLED, so it's unclear which models come with it. If you have it, let us know; you'll know if it has it if there's the NFC logo on the glossy plastic.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single bottom below the center of the LG G1 to control the inputs, volume, channels, and to power it On/Off.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with 2x AA batteries)
  • Slim wall-mount
  • Wall mount screws (and other accessories)
  • Mounting instructions
  • User manuals
  • IR blaster

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 104 W
Power Consumption (Max) 200 W
Firmware 03.11.21

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the LG 65 inch G1 (OLED65G1), which also comes in 55 inch and 77 inch models. For the most part, we expect our results to be valid for those models as well.

Size North America Model   UK Model
55" OLED55G1PUA OLED55G16LA
65" OLED65G1PUA OLED65G16LA
77" OLED77G1PUA OLED77G16LA

If you come across a different type of panel or your LG G1 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests like gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in May 2021, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG G1 is an amazing OLED TV that delivers exceptional picture quality. It performs best in dark environments, and it has a bunch of features for gamers too. The new evo panel allows it to get brighter than the LG GX OLED, but if you truly care about brightness, you'll go for an LED TV anyways. The unique design looks nice if you plan on using the dedicated slim wall mount, but if not, it's worth getting the LG C1 OLED instead.

See our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best TVs for watching movies.

Sony A90J OLED
55" 65" 83"

The LG G1 OLED and the Sony A90J OLED are similar and fantastic TVs. They each deliver a near-infinite contrast ratio for deep blacks. The LG has the new evo OLED panel, allowing it to get brighter than other OLEDs, and while the Sony isn't advertised to have the evo panel, it has about the same brightness as the LG. The main difference is that the LG has gaming features like VRR support, but that could come in a firmware update with the Sony. The LG is designed to sit flush against a wall and doesn't come with a dedicated stand like the Sony.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED and the LG G1 OLED are both excellent OLEDs. They have similar features and picture quality, except the G1 uses LG's new evo panel. It allows it to get brighter in HDR, making small highlights pop. The G1 also has a unique design meant to sit flush against the wall, and it doesn't come with a stand like the C1. The G1 has better accuracy, but this can vary between units. However, overall the TVs are very similar, and if you aren't going to wall-mount it, the C1 is likely the better choice for you.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G1 OLED replaces the LG GX OLED, and they're each very similar. The main difference is that the G1 has the new evo panel, allowing it to get brighter than the GX in HDR, so small highlights pop more. The G1 comes with a redesigned remote and an updated version of the built-in webOS, but other than that, the TVs each deliver similar, exceptional picture quality.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG G1 OLED and the LG CX OLED are two excellent TVs. They each have an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio and similar gaming features. The main difference is that the G1 has the new evo OLED panel, allowing small highlights to get brighter in HDR, but the CX still gets brighter in SDR. The GX has a unique design meant to sit flush against the wall with the dedicated wall-mount, while the CX comes with a stand. Other than that, there's very little difference between each TV, and they each deliver exceptional picture quality.

Sony A80J OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G1 OLED and the Sony A80J OLED are both excellent TVs with a few differences. The LG has more gaming features like lower input lag and VRR support, but the Sony should get VRR in a future firmware update. The LG has the new evo panel, allowing it to get brighter in HDR, but the Sony still gets a bit brighter in SDR. They're built differently as the LG is meant to sit flush against a wall and comes with a dedicated wall mount, while the Sony is a more typical TV that comes with a stand.

Samsung QN90A QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The LG G1 OLED and the Samsung QN90A QLED are both excellent TVs that use different panel technologies. The LG has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, and it has wider viewing angles. On the other side, the Samsung has an LED panel that gets significantly brighter and doesn't have burn-in risk like OLEDs. Each TV has similar gaming features, but the LG has more HDMI 2.1 inputs. The LG supports Dolby Vision for HDR content, while the Samsung supports HDR10+.

LG BX OLED
55" 65"

The LG BX OLED and the LG G1 OLED are both excellent options with minimal differences. The main upgrade from the G1 over the BX is the new evo panel, which allows the G1 to get brighter, especially in HDR. The G1 has slightly lower input lag at 60Hz thanks to LG's new Prevent Input Delay setting, but the difference isn't noticeable when gaming. While the G1 is meant to sit flush against a wall and comes with a dedicated wall mount, it doesn't have a stand like the BX.

Sony A8H OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A8H OLED and the LG G1 OLED are two excellent OLEDs. They deliver similar picture quality thanks to their near-infinite contrast and perfect black uniformity. However, the LG is better for gaming because it has four HDMI 2.1 inputs and VRR, and the Sony is limited to HDMI 2.0 and lacks VRR. The LG has the new evo panel, so it gets a bit brighter in HDR, but the Sony is still brighter in SDR.

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