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LG G2 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated May 11, 2023 at 02:13 pm
Latest change: Retest Aug 09, 2023 at 09:38 am
LG G2 OLED Picture
8.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
8.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
8.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
9.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
9.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
9.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
This TV was replaced by the LG G3 OLED

The LG G2 OLED is a high-end TV, and it's the successor to the LG G1 OLED. OLED TVs like the G2 are self-emissive, meaning unlike LCD panels found on other TVs, there's no backlight, which allows them to display a nearly-perfect contrast ratio in dark rooms, with deep inky blacks and no distracting blooming or halo-effect around bright objects. This TV has a unique design, and unlike most TVs, it doesn't even come with a stand, as it's designed to be mounted flush to your wall with the included slim wall mount.

Like other LG TVs, it uses the webOS smart interface, which has been slightly refreshed for 2022, adding user profiles among other minor changes. There's a huge focus on gaming features on the G2, including support for GeForce Now. The 'G' lineup isn't as popular as the rest of LG's lineup, as the unique design isn't cheap, but it's LG's highest-end 4k model in 2022, sitting above the more popular LG C2 OLED and below the 8k LG Z2 OLED.

Our Verdict

8.8 Mixed Usage

The LG G2 OLED is a superb TV for most uses. Thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio it displays deep blacks with perfect uniformity, making it an exceptional choice for watching movies in a dark room. It's exceptionally bright for an OLED TV, making it a great choice for watching TV shows in a bright room. It also has an incredibly wide viewing angle, so it's a good choice for a wide seating arrangement. It's also an excellent choice for use as a PC monitor. Finally, it has an impressive selection of gaming features, and it delivers a superb gaming experience overall.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Significantly brighter than previous OLED TVs.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Some uniformity issues, especially at an angle.
8.4 TV Shows

The LG G2 is an excellent choice for watching TV in a bright room. It's bright enough to overcome glare, and it has fantastic reflection handling. The webOS smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps to choose from, so you're sure to find your favorite content. It has a very wide viewing angle, so you can walk around the house with the TV on and still see an accurate image.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Some uniformity issues, especially at an angle.
8.7 Sports

The LG G2 is an excellent TV for watching sports in a bright room. It has fantastic reflection handling and it gets very bright, so it has no issues overcoming glare. It has an extremely fast response time, so fast motion is clear and it's easy to see what's going on. Sadly, there are some uniformity issues, including a pink tint at the edge, and the aggressive brightness limiter causes brightness fluctuations with some content.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Some uniformity issues, especially at an angle.
9.4 Video Games

The LG G2 OLED delivers a superb gaming experience. It has a nearly-instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion, as well as low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It has a huge selection of additional gaming features, including support for all three variable refresh rate formats, and it's fully compatible with everything the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S have to offer, including 4k @ 120Hz gaming. Its four HDMI ports all support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, great if you have both consoles or also want to connect a PC.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
  • Impressive gaming features.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues, especially at an angle.
8.8 HDR Movies

The LG G2 OLED is an amazing TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. The nearly-infinite contrast ratio helps bright highlights really stand out in dark scenes, and there's no distracting blooming around bright objects. It's bright enough to really bring out bright highlights in most scenes, and it tracks the creator's intent well. It has an excellent HDR color gamut and very good HDR color volume, so all but the brightest colors look amazing on this TV.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Great peak brightness in HDR.
Cons
  • Doesn't support DTS passthrough.
  • Fast response time results in noticeable stutter.
  • Colors aren't as bright as pure white.
9.1 HDR Gaming

The LG G2 OLED delivers a fantastic HDR gaming experience. It has an extremely quick response time and low input lag, and it has a huge selection of gaming features. It delivers an incredible HDR experience as well, with a nearly infinite contrast ratio and high peak brightness, so bright highlights stand out the way they should. It's fully compatible with everything the latest consoles have to offer, including 4k @ 120Hz gaming with HDR, and all four HDMI ports support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, which is great if you have both consoles or a PC you want to connect.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Low input lag.
  • Impressive gaming features.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues, especially at an angle.
  • Colors aren't as bright as pure white.
9.3 PC Monitor

The LG G2 is an excellent choice for use as a PC monitor. The image remains accurate at a wide angle, which is great if you're sitting close to the screen, as the edges remain relatively uniform. It has very low input lag so mouse movements feel fast and responsive, and its response time is extremely fast, so there's no distracting ghosting if you're gaming or scrolling through a document or website quickly. There is a slightly pink tint on one side of the screen, though, which is distracting on pages with a light background.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Small risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Some uniformity issues, especially at an angle.
  • 8.8 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 TV Shows
  • 8.7 Sports
  • 9.4 Video Games
  • 8.8 HDR Movies
  • 9.1 HDR Gaming
  • 9.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  3. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  4. Updated Jun 01, 2023: We've added a mention of the newly-reviewed LG C3 OLED in the Audio Passthrough section of this review.
  5. Updated May 18, 2023: We've added a mention of the newly-reviewed LG G3 OLED in the HDR Brightness section of this review.
  6. Updated May 11, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology updates.
  7. Updated May 08, 2023: We tested the TV's 1440p resolution support with the PS5 and confirmed that it's working properly.
  8. Updated May 02, 2023: The column of dead green subpixels has fixed itself.
  9. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  10. Updated Feb 27, 2023: We investigated a reported hissing sound in 'Standard' and 'Eco' Picture modes, but weren't able to reproduce it on our unit.
  11. Updated Feb 17, 2023: Unfortunately, a column of green subpixels has died after three months on our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  12. Updated Feb 16, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  13. Updated Jan 11, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  14. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  15. Updated Nov 16, 2022: Added the 83-inch model to the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section of the review.
  16. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Compared the tone mapping on this TV to the recently-reviewed Sony A95K OLED.
  17. Updated Aug 02, 2022: We updated the local dimming text to be more technically accurate, and removed mention of the backlight, as OLED panels are self-emissive and don't have a backlight.
  18. Updated Aug 01, 2022: We discovered a flaw with the equipment used to force an HDR signal when measuring color volume and the color gamut. We've switched to a new tool and updated our measurements. The color gamut and volume have changed slightly.
  19. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.8, adding a new box for PQ EOTF tracking and updating our Color Volume and Color Gamut tests to better reflect real world usage. You can see our full changelog here.
  20. Updated Jul 14, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  21. Updated May 30, 2022: We retested the input lag with FW 03.10.75. The 'Boost' mode works properly now, reducing input lag by 2-3ms. We also measured the input lag with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and added brightness measurements with individual colors.
  22. Updated May 06, 2022: We changed the subtype from WRGB to WOLED as it's more accurate and more consistent with other TVs.
  23. Updated Apr 28, 2022: We tested the TV with the PS5's new variable refresh rate feature and confirmed that it's working properly.
  24. Updated Apr 27, 2022: We mistakenly stated that this TV has a variable audio out port; it doesn't.
  25. Updated Apr 25, 2022: We corrected a mistake in the response time measurements that caused a negative value to appear. The score and results for the response time and stutter sections of the review have been updated.
  26. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Review published.
  27. Updated Apr 20, 2022: Early access published.
  28. Updated Apr 06, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  29. Updated Apr 04, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  30. Updated Mar 31, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch LG G2 OLED (OLED65G2), which also comes in 55-inch, 77-inch, 83-inch, and a new 97-inch size. Note that the last three letters in the model number (PUA in this case) vary between retailers and individual regions, but there's no difference in performance.

Size US Model   UK Model
55" OLED55G2PUA OLED55G26LA
65" OLED65G2PUA OLED65G26LA
77" OLED77G2PUA OLED77G26LA
83" OLED83G2PUA OLED83G26LA
97" OLED97G2PUA OLED97G26LA

Our unit was manufactured in March 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG G2 is an incredible OLED TV with exceptional picture quality. Its EVO panel allows it to get very bright for an OLED, and it's only beaten by QD-OLED panels from Samsung, such as the Samsung S95B and Samsung S95C, as well as LG's own 2023 models, such as the LG G3 OLED. The unique design looks great, but unless you really care about that, you're better off getting a cheaper OLED like the LG C2 OLED, which performs almost identically.

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

LG C2 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG G2 OLED and the LG C2 OLED offer nearly identical performance, but some important design differences exist. The G2 is a bit brighter overall, especially when displaying small, bright areas in HDR, but the difference is minor. On the other hand, unlike the G2, which is designed to be wall-mounted, the C2 includes a stand, giving you a bit more versatility out of the box.

LG C3 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG G2 OLED and LG C3 OLED are comparable TVs, each with their particularities. The G2 doesn't come with a stand, but a slim wall mount is included in the box. It also has a fully flat profile that lets the TV completely flush with the wall when wall-mounted. The G2 can also get a bit brighter than the C3; however, you won't see much difference in actual usage. The C3 supports DTS audio formats while the G2 doesn't, so the newer model is a better fit for a home entertainment setup. 

Samsung S95B OLED
55" 65"

The Samsung S95B OLED and the LG G2 OLED are very similar overall, but they each excel in different ways. The Samsung has much better color volume, and colors are significantly brighter than on the LG. Skin tones look better on the Samsung, but some colors look a bit unnatural at times. Conversely, the LG has better black levels in rooms with a bit of natural light, whereas the Samsung is really best enjoyed in a completely dark room. The LG supports Dolby Vision, and it delivers a slightly more accurate HDR experience.

Sony A80K OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G2 OLED is better overall than the Sony A80K OLED. While they both deliver the same fantastic dark room performance, the LG gets much brighter, allowing highlights to pop more in HDR. If you're a gamer, you'll also be happy to know the LG has lower input lag for a more responsive feel.

LG G1 OLED
55" 65" 77"

There aren't many significant differences between them, but the LG G2 OLED is a bit better overall than the LG G1 OLED. The G2 is a lot brighter, especially when displaying small, bright highlights in HDR. The G2 also has slightly improved smart features, including hands-free voice control and an updated smart interface that now supports multiple user profiles. Finally, the G2's HDMI ports support 48Gbps bandwidth instead of the 40Gbps limit on the G1.

LG G3 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG G3 OLED is better than the LG G2 OLED. While they're nearly identical, the G3 has the edge in the one area that counts: it gets dramatically brighter than its predecessor in HDR and SDR, so all content will look more vibrant on the G3 over the G2. Note that the LG G3 OLED now supports DTS audio formats when the G2 doesn't, so this is something to consider if you listen to many DVDs or Blu-rays, which tend to have their audio tracks encoded in DTS.

Sony A95K OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A95K OLED and the LG G2 OLED are both fantastic TVs with a few differences. The Sony delivers a better movie-watching experience because it has much better color volume and tone mapping, meaning it displays a wider range of colors and makes them look more vivid. However, the LG is better for use in well-lit rooms because ambient lighting doesn't cause the black levels to raise like on the Sony, and it gets much brighter in SDR. The LG has lower input lag, which is good if you're a gamer.

LG B2 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G2 OLED is a higher-end TV than the LG B2 OLED. If you want the best picture quality, the G2 gets brighter, delivering a better HDR experience. However, the B2 still delivers the same remarkable dark room performance, and if you want to place your TV on a table, it comes with a stand, which the G2 doesn't have.

Sony A90J OLED
55" 65" 83"

The Sony A90J OLED and the LG G2 OLED are very similar overall, but the LG is slightly better for most users. The LG is brighter, especially when displaying small, bright highlights in HDR, and it has better gaming features. The Sony has better gradient handling and much better tone mapping, so it's a better choice for anyone who cares about an accurate image.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG G2 OLED is a bit better than the LG CX OLED. Although they deliver very similar picture quality overall, the G2 is a bit brighter overall in SDR and a lot brighter in HDR, so bright highlights stand out better. The CX is a bit more versatile out of the box, though, as it comes with a stand, whereas the G2 is designed to be wall-mounted and doesn't include one.

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

Although there aren't many differences between them overall, the LG G2 OLED is a bit better than the LG C1 OLED. The G2 is a lot brighter, especially when displaying small, bright highlights in HDR. The G2 has better smart features, including hands-free voice control, and the webOS smart interface on the G2 supports multiple user profiles. Finally, the G2's HDMI ports support 48Gbps bandwidth instead of the 40Gbps limit on the C1.

Samsung QN95B QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The LG G2 OLED delivers a better dark room viewing experience than the Samsung QN95B QLED, but the Samsung is a better choice for a bright room. The G2 looks incredible in a dark room, with perfect blacks and no blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. HDR looks incredible on the G2 thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio The Samsung, on the other hand, gets significantly brighter, so it's a better choice for a bright room with lots of natural light.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG GX OLED and the LG G2 OLED deliver a very similar experience. The G2 uses a newer OLED panel, which gets a lot brighter, especially in HDR, so bright highlights stand out better. On the other hand, the GX's black frame insertion feature is a bit more versatile, as it supports a 120Hz flicker with 120Hz content, whereas the G2 can only flicker at 60Hz.

Samsung S95C OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Samsung S95C OLED is a bit better than the LG G2 OLED. The Samsung has much brighter colors that look more vibrant and life-like in HDR, and specular highlights stand out a bit better thanks to its slightly higher peak brightness. Other than that, both TVs deliver fantastic picture quality, especially in a dark room, and offer a great selection of gaming and smart features, so you can't go wrong with either one.

Sony A80J OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G2 OLED and the Sony A80J OLED deliver very similar picture quality overall, but the LG is a bit better for most users. The LG is a bit brighter in SDR and a lot brighter in HDR, so bright highlights stand out a bit better. On the other hand, the Sony TV has better processing, with better tone mapping and smoother gradients, so it's a bit better for cinephiles. There's also a big design difference between them, as the Sony comes with a stand, whereas the LG is designed to be wall-mounted and doesn't include one.

LG C9 OLED
55" 65" 77"

Although they deliver very similar picture quality overall, the LG G2 OLED is a bit better than the LG C9 OLED. The G2 is a lot brighter, especially with HDR content, so really bright highlights in some scenes stand out better. On the other hand, the C9 is a bit more versatile, as it includes a stand, whereas the G2 is designed to be wall-mounted and doesn't come with a stand.

Samsung QN90A QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

The LG G2 OLED is better than the Samsung QN90A QLED for most users. The LG has a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, resulting in much better picture quality in a dark room, with no distracting blooming around bright objects. The Samsung gets significantly brighter, so it can better handle glare in a bright room, but it has worse picture quality and doesn't look as good as the LG in a dark room.

Samsung QN85B QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The LG G2 OLED is much better than the Samsung QN85B QLED. The LG delivers significantly better picture quality, especially for watching movies in a dark room, as it has a near-infinite contrast ratio, resulting in deep inky blacks with no blooming around bright objects. The Samsung is significantly brighter than the LG, so it's a bit better suited for a bright room.

LG A1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG G2 OLED is much better than the LG A1 OLED. The G2 is a lot brighter, especially in HDR, so bright highlights stand out better. The G2 also has more advanced gaming features, including a higher native refresh rate, a backlight-strobing feature, and variable refresh rate support. All four HDMI ports on the G2 support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, whereas the A1 is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. The A1 is a bit more versatile out of the box, as it comes with a stand, whereas the G2 is designed to be wall-mounted and doesn't include one.

LG C8 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG G2 OLED is a lot better than the LG C8 OLED. There's not much difference in picture quality - they both display perfect inky blacks with perfect uniformity in a dark room. The G2 is a lot brighter, though, especially in HDR, and bright highlights stand out much better. The G2 also has more advanced gaming features, including variable refresh rate support. On the other hand, the C8 is a bit more versatile, as it includes a stand, whereas the G2 doesn't come with a stand, as it's designed to be wall-mounted.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TV has a sleek, modern design. The silver borders have a uniform side profile that helps it to blend in with the décor. Note that the stand shown here isn't included with the TV. LG sells a separate stand if you don't plan on wall-mounting it.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

Update 08/09/2023: The column of dead pixels is back, and there are now multiple failed columns (1), (2).

Update 05/02/2023: Strangely, about three months after the LG G2 OLED developed a column of dead green subpixels, it appears to have fixed itself. However, the Sony A80K OLED shows a similar column of dead green subpixels.

Update 02/16/2023: Unfortunately, our LG G2 has developed a column of dead pixels after three months. It appears to be just the green subpixel from an entire column, as it's mainly noticeable in cyan, green, and yellow uniformity slides, all of which use the green subpixel.

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Design
Stand

The LG G2 doesn't come with a stand. It's designed to be wall-mounted with the included slim wall mount. We used a third-party stand for our testing, but LG also sells a stand designed for this TV. The previous "Gallery" series stand doesn't fit on the G2.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV has a very clean look. It's made of textured metal, with a metallic silver border around the edges. There are cutouts in the back and clips to help with cable management. The included wall mount can be pulled forward with the TV on it, making it easy to swap cables or connect a new source.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.24" (0.6 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 0.98" (2.5 cm)
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The LG G2 has fantastic build quality. The materials used feel premium, and although there's a bit of flex on the back panel near the inputs, it's not an issue. There are some slight gaps where the bottom corners connect to the TV, as shown here, and here. It gets a bit warm with extended use, but this isn't unusual and won't cause any issues.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
Inf : 1
Native Contrast
Inf : 1

Since OLED displays use self-emissive pixels instead of a backlight, the LG G2 has a nearly infinite contrast ratio. Since it can control the brightness of individual pixels without affecting nearby ones, this TV can display bright highlights right next to perfect blacks with no blooming. This is especially noticeable if you're in a completely dark room.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

As the TV is able to turn off or brighten each individual pixel, the blacks are perfect and the bright elements of the content don't have any blooming.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
8,294,400

The LG G2 doesn't have a backlight, but its self-emissive pixels give it the equivalent of a perfect local dimming feature with no lightning zone transitions. We still film the zone transition video on the TV so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

9.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

There's no difference in dark scene behavior between the calibrated picture modes and 'Game' mode.

8.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
1,018 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
606 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
251 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
976 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
950 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
387 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
269 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
177 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
838 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
867 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
357 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
169 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.108

The TV has impressive peak brightness in HDR, and it's much brighter than the previous generation of OLED TVs, such as the LG G1 OLED and the LG C1 OLED. Unfortunately, large bright scenes are significantly dimmer than smaller highlights due to the TV's aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). It isn't very noticeable when watching regular content, but it's distracting when using the TV as a monitor. Setting Peak Brightness to 'Off' reduces the aggressiveness of the ABL feature but also reduces the peak brightness of the panel in all scenes. For an even brighter HDR experience, check out the G2's successor, the LG G3 OLED.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Cinema
  • OLED Pixel Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Color Temp: Warm 50

7.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
972 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
461 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
170 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
915 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
912 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
402 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
278 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
181 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
761 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
844 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
173 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.102

The LG G2 is a bit dimmer in 'Game Mode', especially when displaying bright highlights in otherwise dark scenes.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Game Optimizer
  • OLED Pixel Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Color Temp: Warm 50

9.3
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0086
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0040
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0038

Most scenes are displayed at the correct brightness level, and it tracks the PQ EOTF exceptionally well. Very dark scenes are crushed a bit. For content mastered at 600 and 1000 nits, the TV clips everything above its max brightness. But for content mastered at 4000 nits the TV starts tone mapping earlier, leading to a slower roll-off which preserves fine details in bright scenes.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
474 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
445 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
450 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
410 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
386 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
199 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
414 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
430 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
367 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
190 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.050

The LG G2 has very good peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in bright rooms, but sadly, large bright scenes are dimmed considerably by the TV's Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). This isn't very noticeable with most regular content, but it's distracting when watching some sports, like Hockey. Setting Peak Brightness to 'Off' reduces the aggressiveness of the ABL feature, but also reduces the peak brightness to about 300 cd/m² in most scenes.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Expert (Dark Space, Night)
  • OLED Light: Max
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Color Temp: Warm 50

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
98.58%
DCI P3 uv
99.50%
Rec 2020 xy
72.98%
Rec 2020 uv
78.20%

The LG G2 has an excellent color gamut. It has nearly perfect coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content, including most UHD Blu-rays. It struggles with portraying accurate greens, and all colors are slightly undersaturated. It has decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, but it can't display the full range of greens or cyan, and colors are again generally undersaturated.

Unfortunately, the tone mapping isn't very good, especially when displaying desaturated colors, so it struggles with displaying colors as the creator intended. If you care about good tone mapping, the Sony A95K OLED is nearly perfect with that.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
78.7%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
35.9%
White Luminance
956 cd/m²
Red Luminance
89 cd/m²
Green Luminance
313 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
34 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
340 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
114 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
378 cd/m²

The TV's color volume is great. It fills out its color gamut well at moderate luminance levels, and it can display dark saturated colors well thanks to its nearly-infinite contrast ratio. Sadly, bright colors aren't as bright as pure white, so they're not as vivid and lifelike as they should be. Newer OLED technology, like the QD-OLED in the Samsung S95B OLED, produce much brighter colors.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.66
Color dE
1.99
Gamma
2.28
Color Temperature
7,021 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

The LG G2 TV has very good pre calibration accuracy. There are very few issues with the white balance or color accuracy. It's good throughout, although there's consistent errors in all shades of white, with all colors being underpresented in dark grays. As the colors get closer to pure white blues become too prevalent. Gamma is high, so most scenes are a bit too dark for a moderately-lit room, and the color temperature is a bit cool, giving everything a slightly bluish tint.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.48
Color dE
0.82
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,563 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibrating to a D65 white point, the LG G2 has nearly perfect accuracy. The white balance and color accuracy are both nearly perfect, but there are still some slight issues with saturated reds and bright whites. The color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K calibration target, and gamma is nearly perfect.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
0.964%
50% DSE
0.125%
5% Std. Dev.
0.573%
5% DSE
0.103%

The LG G2 has excellent gray uniformity. There's very little dirty screen effect in the center, which is great for watching sports or using it as a PC monitor. There's also very little vignetting. Sadly, there are some vertical bands of color, and there's a pink tint on the left side of the screen. This appears to be a common issue with the panel technology used in the G2, and it's not a defect with our specific unit. There are no signs of the grid pattern that some owners noticed on their 2021 models, and no signs of the "Venetian blind effect" either, which is great. Like almost all OLED displays, though, there are some faint vertical lines in very dark scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.227%

Since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, the LG G2 has perfect black uniformity, and there's no blooming or haloing around bright objects.

9.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
68°
Color Shift
25°
Brightness Loss
68°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
63°

The LG G2 has a fantastic viewing angle. This is great if you have a wide seating arrangement or like to move around with the TV on, as the image remains consistent even at a wide angle. There's no noticeable washout or loss of brightness even at an extremely wide angle, although the color composition of the image shifts as you move off center, which is disappointing but is not bothersome in practice.

9.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.4%
Indirect Reflections
0.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.3%

The LG G2 has fantastic reflection handling. The glossy finish significantly reduces the intensity of direct lights, and it looks great even in a bright room. Bright lights have a slightly purple tint to them, this is caused by the anti-reflective coating on the panel.

7.5
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
8.0
50% Gray to 100% White
6.0
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
8.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
8.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
6.0

The LG G2 has good HDR gradient handling. However there's noticeable banding in light grays, greens and blues.

8.6
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
9.0
Detail Preservation
7.5

The LG G2 has excellent low-quality content smoothing. There is no noticeable macro-blocking in dark areas, and details are preserved well.

6.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The LG G2 upscales DVDs and other 480p content well, with no noticeable issues.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RWBG
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WOLED

Based on the subpixel structure and the spectral power distribution of this panel, this TV uses the new WBE panels by LG Display, which they also call "Ex". These panels are advertised to be brighter, have better heat dissipation, and be less prone to burn-in.

Like all LG OLED TVs, all four subpixels are never lit at the same time. You can see other subpixel photos here and here.

Motion
9.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.2 ms
100% Response Time
2.3 ms

The LG G2 has a nearly-instantaneous pixel response time. Due to the sample-and-hold nature of OLED technology, there's still some noticeable persistence blur.

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

The LG G2 isn't quite flicker-free, as there's a small decrease in brightness that corresponds with the refresh cycle of the display. This is very different from pulse width modulation flicker (PWM) on TVs with LED backlights.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The LG G2 has an optional black frame insertion feature (BFI) that reduces the appearance of persistence blur caused by the TV's nearly instantaneous pixel response time. LG has removed the 120Hz flicker mode that was available on the 2021 OLED TVs, so it can only flicker at 60Hz. BFI also reduces the TVs perceived brightness, which is very noticeable in practice.

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

The optional motion interpolation feature works really well. Motion appears significantly smoother, with less persistence blur thanks to the higher refresh rate, but it also introduces what is commonly known as the 'soap opera effect', which will be annoying to some people. There's some noticeable artifacts in busy scenes, but it's better than most TVs.

5.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
39.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
14.4 ms

Unfortunately, due to the nearly instantaneous pixel response time of the LG G2, there's noticeable stutter with low frame rate content. It's especially noticeable in slow panning shots in movies. The black frame insertion feature and the motion interpolation feature can both help reduce the appearance of stutter, but they both have their drawbacks.

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 TV can almost always remove judder when watching 24p movies or TV shows, even from sources that can only send a 60Hz signal, like a cable box. Unlike previous LG TVs, the Real Cinema setting has to be enabled to remove judder. Sadly, because the black frame insertion (BFI) feature can only flicker at 60Hz on the G2, movies aren't judder-free when BFI is enabled.

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 + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

The LG G2 OLED supports all current variable refresh rate formats, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from any source that supports VRR. The VRR feature works across a very wide range of refresh rates. Low-framerate compensation (LFC) is automatically enabled below a threshold of about 40Hz, so even if your framerate drops very low you still won't see screen tearing.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
89.6 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
5.3 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
10.3 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.4 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
89.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
85.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.9 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TV has very low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. Although it's still not as good as high-end gaming monitors, it's better than most TVs, and it's good enough for most gamers. These results are with the Prevent Input Delay setting set to 'Boost', which reduces input lag by 2-3 ms. Like most TVs, the input lag is too high outside of 'Game Mode' for competitive reaction-based games.

Unfortunately, the input lag is much higher when sending a 4:3 signal, so it's not great for retro gaming:

  • 1080p @ 60Hz: 26.8ms
  • 1440p @ 60Hz: 26.9ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz: 26.8ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode: 89.5ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation: 85.5ms
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: 13.6ms
  • 1440p @ 120Hz: 13.7ms

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports all common formats, and it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is important for clear text from a PC. Unlike some other brands, 4k @ 120Hz is displayed perfectly, with no resolution-halving or other issues.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV is fully compatible with everything the PS5 supports, such as 1440p @ 120Hz and 4K @ 120Hz, as well as HDMI Forum VRR. It also has four ports that support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is great if you have multiple HDMI 2.1 consoles or are looking to connect a PC as well.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV is fully compatible with everything the Xbox Series X|S support, such as 1440p @ 120Hz, 4K @ 120Hz, and both Freesync and HDMI Forum VRR. It also has four ports that support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is great if you have multiple HDMI 2.1 consoles or are looking to connect a PC as well.

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)
ATSC Tuner
3.0 (NEXTGEN TV)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

All four HDMI ports support 48Gbps bandwidth, which is an improvement over the LG G1 OLED. This allows you to send 4k @ 120Hz signals with 12-bit color and full chroma 4:4:4, which is great for PC users.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 3
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

Unfortunately, this TV can't passthrough any DTS formats, which is disappointing as many Blu-rays use this format for their main audio track. If you like this TV but would have loved DTS support, check out the LG C3 OLED.

Sound Quality
7.3
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
75.51 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.65 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.37 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.97 dB
Max
91.6 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.57 dB

The TV has a decent frequency response. The low-frequency extension is okay, but it still can't produce much deep bass. It gets loud, and it has a very well-balanced sound profile, so dialogue sounds clear.

7.0
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.648
Weighted THD @ Max
1.328
IMD @ 80
1.06%
IMD @ Max
2.89%

This TV has decent distortion performance. There's very little harmonic distortion at moderate listening levels, but it increases a bit in the treble range.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS webOS
Version 22
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The TV runs the 2022 version of LG's proprietary smart interface, webOS. The interface is fast and easy to use, and the new interface now supports user profiles, so you can customize the home page for different users.

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

Unfortunately, like almost all smart TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and they can't be fully disabled.

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

The TV has a great selection of additional apps, including the vast majority of streaming services.

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

This TV comes with the same magic remote found on previous models. The remote can be used as a pointer, making it very easy to navigate through menus. The TV now supports hands-free voice control, through microphones on the TV itself. Unfortunately, there's no physical switch to disable the microphones if you're concerned about privacy. Voice control works well, though, and you can use it to change inputs, open apps, search within apps for content, and even adjust basic settings.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button located on the bottom of the TV in the middle. You can use it to turn the TV on or off, change inputs or channels, and control the volume.

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 84 W
Power Consumption (Max) 189 W
Firmware 03.10.43