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LG G1 OLED Evo TV review: Why LG’s new 4k HDR Gallery screen is a work of art

LG G1 OLED Evo TV on a wall in an upmarket lounge

The LG G1 isn’t just a cutting-edge 4k OLED TV, it’s an interior design solution for those who would rather not have a cookie cutter widescreen dominating their living space. 

With a uniform depth of 20mm, it’s primarily intended for wall-hanging and comes with a bespoke mounting plate. There’s no feet in the package, they’re an optional extra. 

The G1 ushers in LG’s new OLED Evo panel, which is brighter than any OLED panel we’ve seen from the brand before. It also uses the latest iteration of LG’s Alpha 9 image engine, which more than ever relies on AI technology to give the clearest picture.  

This flagship flatscreen is available in 55-, 65- and 77-inch screen sizes (OLED55G1, OLED65G1, OLED77G1), priced at £1,999/$2199, £2,999/$2999 and £4,799/$4499 respectively. Our test sample was the 65-incher. The 77-inch is currently available with a discount here.

LG G1 OLED Evo TV on Gallery Stand
Don’t want to wall-mount? Here’s an LG G1 on the Gallery Stand

LG OLED65G1 OLED Evo TV- Description

Designed primarily for wall-mounting, the G1 adopts a minimalist design and has excellent build quality.

When it comes to design, the G1 is minimalist in the extreme. The black bezel is ultra thin, and there’s no speakers visible. Seen square on, it’s all about the picture.

As mentioned, there’s no feet or pedestal provided in the box. If you don’t intend to wall mount, you can buy optional triangular boots which bolt either side of the screen, priced at £99 a set. More attractive though is the new £350 Gallery Stand.

Unlike most other OLED TVs, the G1 has a uniform depth, so that it can sit flush on a wall. Remember though that you’ll need to cater for cabling.

The G1 features four HDMI inputs, all to the latest v2.1 specification. They support 4k 120fps gameplay from the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. There’s also support for ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), Nvidia G-Sync, and AMD Freesync.  There’s also eARC to get audio out of the TV to a waiting sound system.

The G1 comes with the latest LG Magic Remote cursor-style controller, which has dedicated buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+  and Rakuten TV, as well as Google Assistant and Alexa.

LG 2021 OLED TV with webOS v6.0 home screen
The new look full-screen webOS

LG OLED65G1 OLED Evo TV – Features

An all new full screen webOS smart platform looks slick but could benefit from customisation options.

LG has given its webOS smart platform a major overhaul this year. The old style launcher bar has been jettisoned, to be replaced with a full-size screen interface. This provides more space for content recommendations, and streaming apps.

There’s certainly a wide selection to choose from, including Netflix, Prime Video, Rakuten TV, Disney+, Apple TV+ and Now.

We rather like this new design, it actually looks like Android TV, but there’s no customisation. This means you’ll be served programme recommendations for streaming apps you may well not subscribe to, which quickly becomes irritating. The ability to choose which apps are recommending content would be an improvement.

For UK buyers, the TV also sees the return of Freeview Play, which means there’s a full complement of catch-up TV services onboard –  BBC iPlayer, ITVhub, All4 and My5 – as well as a roll-back retrospective programme guide.

New from LG for 2021 is a Game Optimizer menu, which allows gamers to fine tune the set for better play, even down to tweaking picture parameters to best suit specific genres – first person shooters, role play, and strategy. 

We’re fully expecting TV brands to go big on support for gaming this year, and LG has met expectations. Input lag in Game mode is low, making this a good partner for consoles.

LG G1 Game Optimizer Game Genre menu option
The new LG Game Optimizer menu should improve your gameplay

LG OLED65G1 OLED Evo TV – performance

Next level AI-enhanced picture processing and bright Evo OLED panel make a formidable combination.

Its name hints at a work of art, and the G1 lives up to the moniker. This Gallery OLED really is beautiful to look at. Thanks to self-lit pixels and the perfect black they afford, images are gloriously dynamic with lovely subtle shadow detail and smooth gradations. It’s really cinematic.

The Gen 4 Alpha 9 image processor, with more AI enhancements than we’ve seen before from the brand, delivers a detailed and authentic image. Our advice is to leave AI picture processing on, as it really does add extra depth to the image. Colour vibrancy is profound.

The new OLED Evo panel achieves its higher brightness through the adoption of a new luminescent blue material and new green layer. Images are brighter, colour depth seems more pronounced – greens really jump from the screen.

The G1’s AI Picture Pro picture system analyses images in real time, and handles upscaling for regular HD extremely well, good news if you have a big Blu-ray ray collection. Deep Learning allows the processor to distinguish different content types (movies, sports, animation and news), and optimise them for the best results.

Motion handling has also improved this year. When watching films our advice is opt for the Cinematic Movement TruMotion preset, as it removes judder without adding an overt soap opera effect.

The new Evo panel is certainly brighter than we’ve seen from LG before. Measured at just under 800 nits in Standard mode, it brings real sparkle to HDR highlights, like reflections, lamps and fireworks. But it’s only marginally brighter than LG’s C1 OLED, which doesn’t use an Evo panel.

HDR options cover Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10 and HLG. There’s no support for HDR10+ (the dynamic HDR standard used by Amazon for Prime Video).   

The TV’s audio performance is less remarkable, although there’s plenty of power onboard. Overall output is rated at 60W. Dolby Atmos can be passed over HDMI eARC to a separate sound solution, like a soundbar or home cinema system.

LG G1 OLED TV on a Gallery Stand in a luxury living room setting
The LG G1 OLED Evo is a minimalist masterpiece

LG OLED65G1 OLED Evo TV – Verdict

This premium OLED TV is a knockout, and its picture performance is masterful.

The LG G1 is an outstanding 4k UHD HDR TV, combining a wide range of features with a design led finish. It’s ideal for wall-mounting (although we also like the optional Gallery Stand), and offers breathtaking picture quality. LG’s new Evo panel really adds an extra level of pop to HDR pictures. 

Audio performance is a little more routine. You’ll probably want to plan to add a soundbar or AV system, if cinematic sound is important to you.

A premium screen solution for interior designers, the LG G1 is aimed at those that want uncompromised performance. It looks excellent with movies and is brilliantly equipped for gaming. 

The LG G1 is best partnered with: Sky Q, Virgin Media V6, 4k Blu-ray, 4k streaming device, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X.

LG G1 OLED Evo TV with 5 Star Best Buy badge from The Luxe Review

LG OLED65G1 Specification
Typical price: £2,999
Display technology: 4k UHD OLED Evo
Sound system: Dolby Atmos
Screen size: 65-inches (also available in 55- and 77-inches)
Input lag measured (1080/60): 12.7ms
HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision IQ, HLG
HDMI: 4 (all v2.1)
USB: 3
Dimensions: 1446 x 830 x 19.9 mm  (w/h/d) 

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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