The LG OLED65C1PUB OLED TV offers one of the best pictures we’ve seen, with a nearly perfect rendition of cinema color. It also features AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync support, that make it a kickass, high-end option for gamers – and everybody else.
- Fantasic 4K/HDR picture
- Four HDMI 2.1 ports
- WebOS is gorgeous
- Reflective front glass surface
- No HDR10+
The LG OLED65C1PUB OLED TV is, without a doubt, one of the best televisions we’re going to see in 2021. Coming in as a follow up to DigitalMag’s best TV of 2021, the 65-inch LG CX OLED, the new LG C1 OLED explains why our expectations were so immense – and yet, both OLEDs manage to deliver on all of them.
That’s because LG has managed to throw in some small tweaks over last year’s model. Now the C1 uses LG’s Alpha a9 Gen.4 processor that tags along better upscaling and virtual surround audio, and with four separate HDMI 2.1 ports, the TV is ready for your Sony PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and pretty every other next-gen console you throw at it.
For Gamers, the new Game Optimiser menu is a boon, as it gives you the option to quickly adjust brightness, contrast and VRR on the fly.
Just like last year’s model, there’s support for both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, which can be summoned via buttons on the remote, and a comprehensive array of streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and a lot more.
LG C1 OLED TV Specifications
|Screen Size||65 inches|
|Resolution||3,840 by 2,160|
|Video Inputs||HDMI, RF, USB|
|HDR||Dolby Vision, HDR-10|
|Screen Brightness||565.92 nits|
|Black Level||0 cd/m^2|
|Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Input Lag (Game Mode)||4.7 ms|
- Unibody stand feel sturdy and safe
- Super-thin near the top
- Reflective glass surface
- Gorgeous Magic Remote
Picture matters most in a TV, but we somehow have to talk of how it looks on the outside as well. In that regard, we can’t ignore how nice the LG C1 OLED looks design-wise. On the front, this TV is pure class – there’s a long silver stand that holds it upright and only thin bezels separate the picture and the edge of the display.
If you’re going to mount it on a wall, a screen is pretty much all you’d see, but having it on the hefty stand still looks great. The extra hefty stand prevents the TV from wobbling and gives the LG OLED65C1PUB a low center of gravity.
When viewed from the side, the C1 reveals a razor-thin OLED screen; in fact, it’s thinner than your smartphone and it looks a lot nicer, too. Toward the bottom, the panel is a bit thick, to where the stand screws in, to house the components and the speakers, but still, that section isn’t as large as most full array LED-LCD TVs.
Perhaps the only down side in the C1’s design is the front all-glass screen that’s fairly reflective. Placed in a moderately lit room with streams of light coming in, the TV is likely to catch some glare. However, the glare subsides some when you’ve got bright and colorful content playing on the screen.
Outside the reflective glass, the rest of the design gets full marks. For connectivity, the OLED65C1PUB has four full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K support at 144hz; three USBs, RF tuner, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optical digital audio output. Also, one of the HDMI ports supports eARC/ARC, which is handy for folks with an AVR or soundbar, but don’t like to have more than one remote in use.
Speaking of remotes, the LG C1 OLED gets the wonderful LG Magic Remote, with Bluetooth support and a has a built-in microphone for voice searches. It feels awesome in the hand and runs off two AA batteries. We just love the fact that the UI can be controlled using Wii-style motion controls or the directional pad, or you can simply use the four quick launch buttons down at the bottom to the most popular apps.
- Nearly every major streaming service supported
- Snappy, responsive UI with AirPlay and Castin
- Built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
If you’ve been using LG TV for the past few years, you’ll certainly know what to expect with the OLED65C1PUB OLED – yep, it runs on WebOS. What makes WebOS a signature feature on LG TVs is its versatility and flexibility, in that you can add new channels as soon as they arise, and support for multiple partners. Simply said, because it isn’t tied to Google, Amazon or Apple, WebOS supports all the above-mentioned services simultaneously with a peppy UI and robust customization system.
In the 2021 model, the only change is that it focuses more on the actual ThinQ AI home screen that you’ll see every time you press the home button. Here you’ll have quick access to your most frequently used apps as well as any device you’ve connected to ThinQ AI.
For the apps, nearly every major app is supported and available here, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu, Sling TV, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus and Apple TV. On the other hand, music strea1ming options are slightly more limited, but you can still roll with Spotify, plex, Pandora, Amazon Music and a couple more.
While WeOS hasn’t added many new features this year, save for the homescreen with more rows, there are still some nice additions from last year that are still very relevant. Top in the list is Sports integration, where if you tell the C1 your favorite sports team(s), WebOS will present you with score updates and reminders when the teams are playing.
Most important, however, is support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrated right into the TV, and can be easily accessed by pressing corresponding buttons on the remote. Even better, support for AirPlay and Casting from your phone and tablet make the entertainment experience more intuitive.
- LG OLED still looks good
- Superb upscaling, with one minor exception
- Supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, no HDR10+
LG’s 2021 OLED TV lineup is set in two categories: OLED TVs with LG’s new OLED evo panels and those without it. For those wondering, the OLED65C1PUB is without – and yet, even without the new panel is still one of the best OLED TVs we’ve seen.
What the OLED evo panel adds is enhanced brightness though a new lighting element through the self-emissive pixels. That’s not available in the LG C1 OLED we’re reviewing, but it isn’t lacking in brightness. In a moderately bright loving room, the picture looks gorgeous. As mentioned earlier, there’s some reflective glare that eats into the inky black levels, but the screen brightness compensates nicely for the ambient light.
The reason the LG OLED65C1PUB is able to adopt well to the reflective glare is because the light sensor built into the TV measures the levels of ambient light and calibrates the picture accordingly. For instance, if the TV detects that there’s more light in the room, it adds some extra brightness to the screen. The screen’s peak brightness still isn’t as high, as say, the peak luminance of the new Samsung QN900A QLED, but we’re glad it’s closer to the 1,000-nit mark that competing LED-LCD TVs seek to deliver.
To enhance brightness and contrast levels. The LG C1 OLED supports most major versions of HDR – including HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG – with a minor exception being HDR10+. The last omitted bit means you won’t see shows from Amazon Prime live up to their full potential, but services like Netflix, Vudu and Disney will all have Dolby Vision content enabled.
Now to the engineering part, LG has added new gaming features and other hardware components that allow for excellent upscaling – in addition to AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync support. For starters, there’s the new Game Optimiser setting that allows for quick adjustment of the White Stabilizer, Black Stabilizer and VRR – all on the fly. There’s also support for ALLM when the OLED detects an incoming game signal through one of the four HDMI 2.1 ports and a Prevent Input Delay that drops input latency to sub-10ms.
Of course, not every game will play at the native 4K/120Hz right now – very few titles play at 1440/120hz or 1080p/120Hz – but you’ll be impressed by those that do. Forza Horizon 4 is among the few that do, though, and it looks immersive on the LG C1 OLED.
Long story short, if you’re a pro-gamer-turned-cinephile, or vice versa, the LG C1 OLED is capable enough to meet the demands of both camps in the visual department, and while at it, is a well worth upgrade form an LED-LCD TV.
- 40W of Dolby Atmos awesomeness
- A 2.2-channel system
- Dolby Atmos passthrough with eARC
The LG OLED65C1PUB OLED’s picture enhancements aren’t the only tricks at play here – it also gets a pretty neat AI Sound upscaling feature that transforms basic stereo audio tracks into 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos sound with some good verticality that makes the LG C1 OLED sound a heck better than your standard TV speakers.
We must admit that it doesn’t sound quite better than a standalone soundbar – especially if you pit it against the best sound bars like the Sonos Arch – but out-of-the-box sound should suffice for most people.
Just in case you’re a soundbar owner or will own one in the future, the LG C1 supports ARC and eARC through one of the four HDMI ports. With such a feature, you can pass Dolby Atmos sound from the TV to the soundbar and use a single remote to control the volume. It a handy, convenient and useful feature, that you can take advantage of if you don’t already.
Should you buy the LG OLED65C1PUB?
The new LG OLED65C1PUB (2021 model) is one of the best OLED TVs for gamers – and everyone else. Simply put, a marvel of picture quality. It brings into the entertainment niche class-leading color and contrast, than we’ve seen on any television, and is outfitted with gamer-centric features like ALLM and VRR. While at it, the C1 OLED is pricier than the significantly dimmer Vizio V655-H19, but much less expensive than the Sony Master Series A90J (XR65A90J- 2021 Model)while offering better performance.
For these reasons, the LG OLED65C1PUB OLED TV earns our Editors’ Choice award, and partly due to its color accuracy. If you want to spend less on an excellent TV, you’ll need to look for an LED model rather than OLED, like the Hisense 65U8G or the TCL 65R635, only that they don’t offer the pitch blacks of OLED panels.