LG G1 Gallery OLED TV (OLED65G1) review: The best OLED TV?

The latest LG OLED TV brings a brand new set to the viewing experience, the OLED Evo, which promises an all-around enhanced viewing experience. The main draw of the OLED Evo is the enhanced color range and a brighter image than the other OLED tv’s already on the market. While not perfect, it’s cheaper than many other models on the market with very few drawbacks, it certainly packs a punch.

LG G1 Gallery OLED TV

LG G1 Gallery OLED TV (OLED65G1) Review: At a Glance

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a quick look at the LG G1 at a glance.

The Good

  • The OLED evo display panel delivers on its promise of a brighter image.
  • It’s more affordable than last year’s Gallery series
  • Beautifully thin design we know and love
  • Gamers will love it with the new gamer-friendly upgrades
  • The remote control has been greatly improved

The Bad

  • Does not come with a stand
  • The WebOS 6.0 could be better

Quick-fire specs

  • Screen size and resolution: 65 inches, 3840 x 2160
  • HDR: Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10, and HLG
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz
  • Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 3 USB
  • Audio: 60 watts, (20 watt woofer)
  • Smart TV software: WebOS 6
  • Size: 56.9 inches x 32.7 inches x 0.9 inches (this does not include stand)
  • Weight: 63.9 pounds (this does not include stand)

You can pick up the LG G1 Gallery OLED TV right now, with prices starting at $2,999 for the 65-inch model. Also available are a 55-inch model, $2,199, and a 77-inch model, $4,499 respectively.

LG G1 Gallery OLED TV (OLED65G1) Review: Design

Like LG’s Wallpaper TV, we’re happy to report that the LG G1 Gallery utilizes many of the same design choices. Even with its sleek 20-millimeter deep body, it is able to provide everything it needs to be a fantastic device, including decent sound, which can not be said for some of its competitors. If you’re familiar with OLED TVs, you may assume the LG G1 Gallery must have a protruding component at the rear to accommodate this. It doesn’t. Instead, it has a recessed mound as well as input panels suitable for concealing unruly cables. In other words, it is the same thickness all the way along.

As we’ve seen with previous LG Gallery sets, the LG G1 has been designed to be mounted with the company’s own bracket, which thankfully is included inside the box. Because of this, you will be unable to use any existing brackets or VESA mount that you already have. If wall mounting isn’t your thing, however, you will be able to set the LG G1 Gallery TV on a set of L-shaped feet, for the additional cost of $100.

We suggest wall mounting this set wherever possible, as it has been designed to sit flush with the wall. Although it’s certainly handy to have the option to set it on a pair of legs, we can’t help but feel it detracts from its sleek look.

LG G1 Gallery OLED TV

Speaking of stands, LG also offers an easel-like stand that will make your tv look like an expensive modern art piece. The easel stand does come with cable management, so you won’t need to worry about a power cable tarnishing your minimalist look!

LG G1 Gallery OLED TV ports

Now let’s talk ports. Each of the LG G1s ports is HDMI 2.1. You’ll be achieving frame rates of up to 120 Hz and 4K video with enhanced audio. If you’re an avid gamer and have been looking for the perfect TV on which to play your PS5 or XBOX Series X,  your ears may have just picked up! The four HDMI 2.1 also support a variable refresh rate and provide an auto low latency mode.

The LG G1 Gallery also supports NVIDIA G-sync and AMD FreeSync. If that was not already enough, you’ll also be getting three USB 2.0 ports, an ethernet port, an RF coaxial plug for cord-cutters, and also a 3.5mm headphone output.

On top of all of this, the LG G1 Gallery comes with built-in NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 tuners. If you have broadcasting technology in your area, you will be able to pick up 4K pictures over the air and receive adverts that are better targeted to you (if that’s your kind of thing).

LG G1 Gallery OLED TV (OLED65G1) Review: Picture Quality and Performance

As well as supporting HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG, the LG G1 Gallery OLED TV has an additional two formats on offer. These are Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker mode.

Dolby Vision IQ is essentially a smart version of Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision IQ automatically adjusts itself to suit the ambient lighting in the room, giving you the perfect levels of brightness and dynamic range without having to touch the settings yourself. The filmmaker is essentially just a picture preset that produces the image on the screen that the moviemaker intended.

The LG processor has increased over the GX, which hit the market last year, if only by a little. Color accuracy is a high point with the LG G1 Gallery, with an impressively large color gamut. It manages to produce 133.92 percent of the Rec 709 color space, meaning it exceeds the basic color by a large amount.

If you want to achieve the levels of color accuracy that LG claims the G1 Gallery is capable of delivering, you will have to turn off the power saving mode, which is set to ‘on’ straight out of the box. After doing this, the LG G1 Gallery delivers a max brightness of 412.05 nits, which makes it the brightest LG OLED TV ever made. It is worth mentioning, however, that the Samsung Neo QLED QN90A is the winner in this category by a large margin, with a whopping 1813.83 nits.

As far as lag goes, the LG G1 Gallery is one of the best on the market for gamers looking for a decent system, measuring just 12.5 milliseconds of lag.

You also get an improved sound with the LG G1 Gallery. The speakers are distributed evenly across the TV and deliver strong through its 60-watt speakers, and the inclusion of the a9 Gen 4 AI Processor 4K means you will be getting better immersive audio soundscapes.

You can use the microphone in your remote to tailor the sound to your room with the AI Acoustic Tuning. The remote itself has seen a sleek redesign and now has the inclusion of dedicated buttons for your favorite channels such as Disney Plus, Netflix, and Amazon, although the UI itself when it comes to the WebOS leaves a fair bit to be desired. It is a little cluttered and takes a bit of time to scroll through all the stuff you really don’t care about in order to reach what you want.

Game mode

The Verdict

There’s no doubt the LG G1 OLED TV is a fantastic TV that improves on the GX in all the ways that matter. But is it as revolutionary as advertised? Unfortunately, not.

That’s not to say that it is not worth your time, as it is a beautifully slim piece of technology that somehow manages to cram an impressive array of positives inside its body. If you’re a gamer, you will certainly be interested in the minimized lag and the inclusion of a Game Optimizer menu, and if you’re into art, well, this TV is essentially a piece of art in itself.

Although the LG G1 Gallery OLED TV is more like the yearly upgrade than what LG is marketing it as we were pushed to find anything inherently bad about it and it is still definitely worth your time.

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