Finally! We have long been asked to do a thorough examination of an OLED screen to properly compare it to the latest LCD gaming monitors. And sometimes we did, it just isn't. I get a lot of questions about OLED almost every week, so I hope this review and the data we've collected will answer your burning questions and show how this technology works in our current range of screens.
For today's review, we've picked and bought what many people consider the best OLED screen for gaming and the most suitable candidate for use as a computer monitor: the LG C1 OLED. This is LG's latest OLED TV series, designed primarily for bright and HDR content, but in its smallest 48-inch option - the one we bought today for testing - it might also be usable as a screen, and that's what we should recognize on the outside.
The LG C1 is one of the best OLED screens for gaming because it combines this technology with a resolution of 3840 21 2160 and a usable refresh rate of 120. The vast majority of OLED screens are designed for professionals , so they are around 60Hz and often cost thousands of thousands of dollars.
That's not the case here: The C1 isn't just an upgrade that supports 120Hz, the app also includes support for G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, bringing the technology up to the variable refresh rate we see with nearly every gaming display today. p>
The price is also not too high. It is priced at $1,500 and is often on sale. p>
It has a Smart TV feature, so you can play programs directly on the TV itself, which is an internal tuner. And many more photo editing features like AI processing and everything else. It also doesn't have some of the features we've got right with most monitors, like DisplayPort connectivity.
However, we don't consider this a TV, we're reevaluating it as if it were a monitor you choose to use with computers and other input devices.
If you're curious to know how this TV compares to other TVs, we recommend checking out a website like the rating that will rate it all for you.Design
Since this is a TV, the design language is different from most of the screens we look at. For example , the base is often a metal strip that runs along the bottom edge of the screen, very low on the bottom of the screen.
There is no mod, you can't even Tilt the screen to the position you want, so don't forget to adjust the height or whatever else LG expects you to use is as it is. And or mount it on the wall and I can honestly say it's not a bad thing to use with your existing stand. Given its size, I really like the ability to adjust the height or incline. Don't miss it. p> Apart from the lack of ergonomics, this product is beautifully designed to emphasize the big screen in all its effects with narrow margins and even a narrower depth of the top. p> While this area is ridiculously thin, there is still a fun part to the base that houses all the electronics and ports, and it's a nicer design than a gadget-focused one. Foreign materials are also used in combination with a mixture of high-quality metal, glass and plastic. p>
One of the big differences between the C1 and most monitors is the finish used on the screen. p>
The C1 is a glossy glass screen that tends to bring out color and increase the sharpness and sharpness of the image, in contrast, most screens use a matte anti-glare coating, which diffuses light to some extent to reduce reflection in bright environments, and still Modern anti-glare coatings offer excellent sharpness.
What this means in practical applications is that the LG C1 has increased sharpness and a "cool" factor in dark but highly reflective environments. It is more than just a screen with anti-radiation coating. p >
Of the TVs, the C1 is one of the best screens at reducing direct reflection. D is brilliant, however you'll eventually see clearer reflections in a well-lit room Compared to a regular monitor, most only reflect general light rather than mirror reflections.How annoying this is depends on how much you adjust and tolerate the reflections.Personally I find this somewhat annoying in my office, but it's no deal, and it can often be when focusing on the content displayed, not Attention.About you Desk
The most important thing when buying a LG C1 is its 48 inch size.
48 inch is much larger than most monitors, that's what you should consider. First you need a big table, The unit is 107cm wide by 84cm wide, so you have to make sure it fits in. But besides it, the actual monitor itself is about 105cm wide and 60cm tall, which is bulky for use on a table.
By comparison, a standard monitor width measures approx. 32" is only 70cm and the 34" ultrawide is only 80cm wide, so this 48" TV, in addition to being much taller than the ultrawide is also 25cm.
TV, pixel density is not an issue - 48" 4K is the same as 32" 1440p - so the C1 can be used at 100% scale. This size is too wide, and the entire screen may not be within the standard viewing distance of the table in your field of view. When gaming, it's 60-70cm from my very wide 34" (about an arm's size) but I found the distance to the C1 quite annoying. I have to be more than a meter or so away.
This presents some problems in using desktop because you need Dee office or to get familiar with something you normally have C1 and keyboard/mouse on one level. In fact I think this is one of the rare things that the C1 has to bend to closer distances like many great gaming gear, just to make the edges look better and clearer in your field of view. Obviously, the most TV that people are looking at from a reasonable distance is not going to be good, which is why LG has held it steady.
We've already identified several challenges with the C1 with a screen: polished finishes and scale. But there is another important factor, which is the clarity of the text. The C1 uses the LG WRGB sub-pixel design, which means that in addition to the usual red and blue sub-pixels for each pixel, LG also uses a white sub-pixel to improve brightness and other aspects of display quality display. However, in the modern world of sub-pixel text display, whenever the pixel structure is different from RGB, the text resolution is compromised to some extent.
I still found the C1 great for text production, but it was less than the IPS screens I use on a daily basis. Windows ClearType tool can help alleviate this problem to some extent. WRGB isn't nearly as bad for BGR accuracy, but it's still something to consider. p>
As for the ports, the C1 also includes four HDMI 2.1 ports to several other ports, including three USB ports, an analog audio and an optical out. Antenna input for the tuner The main thing to talk about here is HDMI 2.1, facilitating up to 10 bits of 3840x2160 at 120Hz, but that's the only way to get to that refresh rate means you need a modern graphics card (either Nvidia RTX 30 series or AMD RX 6000 series or later) to get the most out of the C1. Older GPUs only supported HDMI 2.0 with full RGB usage limited to 60Hz, so it would have been nice to see a DisplayPort monitor with DSC in use, but this has never happened in a TV focused product. p>
Although impressive, despite being just an HDMI display, it supports variable refresh rates I don't have a problem with AMD or Nvidia GPUs because Both technologies are supported. With HDMI 2.1 included here, there is no problem using this monitor with the latest unlimited gaming consoles.
Looking at the OSD, this is TV, so the complex menu set includes Smart TV features and a lot of settings, however, I have the vast majority of smart features (which might be okay for you to ignore) because we're more concerned with performance C1 when connected as a monitor. If you don't want to connect to the internet, I recommend that, so you can get an OS update.
TV the OSD is controlled remotely using a combination of buttons and a stick like a pointer controller. But naturally there is a lot to adjust and there is a setup process that will guide you through many of them.
Furthermore, I recommend making sure HDMI Deep Color in the HDMI settings is set to "4K" and uses the Game Optimizer mode to change the refresh rate. Enabled, 120 Hz is available and input delay is reduced. In this TV, you will not find things like cross cheat. But you'll still find blue light filters, and we'll talk more about the improved settings later.Display Performance
So far, we've had downsides to some of the challenges of using the LG C1 as a flooded display, but make no mistake, because when it comes to image quality, you'll quickly see why people want to use this display as a display. And here we'll start with response time, note that C1 has no overclocking control.
As a self-explanatory OLED panel, the response time of 120Hz is incredible. This is what I would describe as a true 1mm screen, and this is not a situation where LG doubles the number with ridiculous settings declaring 1ms and then uses various tricks to improve the image quality. No, this screen looks like a real 1mm screen. On average, right out of the box, the C1 can experience an average response pressure of 1.3ms without any throws, even with the accurate, updated 2021 response time test method.
LG C1 48" OLED - 120Hz
When you combine response time and firing results, it is not surprising that C1 comes very close to generating an instantaneous response time, as indicated by the cumulative mean deviation component from two digits (usually in the middle three digits for LCD-based screens).
Now, I wouldn't necessarily describe the panel as "telephony" because there's little to no response curve, but it's as instantaneous as we can get with display technologies Modern LG does not bend even when the C1 response time is "1ms", it works 100% perfect even after measuring gamma and measuring 97% of the response curve.
This helps you get very good motion accuracy, the only blurring you see on the go It is an average refresh rate of 120Hz with an example of this type of display, 120Hz is not fast enough. As you will see from this UFO test you will get a very clear and sharp picture - 240Hz screen over time. Worse answer, it will have Better image resolution overall, as the image will refresh twice, but this is our best experience at 120Hz, and of course 240Hz isn't available on any current 4K monitor, so the C1 is among the best. 4K creates excellent motion fidelity.
LG C1 48" OLED - 120Hz, 100Hz, 85Hz, 60Hz
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The LG C1 despises LCD screens when they respond to the output they can produce. Even the fastest monitors I've tested, such as the Samsung Odyssey G7 and HP Omen X 27, are nowhere near what the C1 can achieve. When showing average performance in the refresh range, C1 is 3 times better than the next top product, with less boot acceleration. This is an amazing result that embarrasses LCD screens. The most striking graph you'll ever see, showing the benefits of an OLED screen's sharpness, is the cumulative aberration graph. LCDs simply don't get as close to OLED as possible. Repeat perfect instant response C1 OLED is actually very close to instant responsiveness, while none of the LCD screens do, we look forward to results in the range 7-10 times better than a high-performance IPS screen five times better than a high-performance IPS screen.The fastest VA panels And the TN we tested, unbelievably. Apple vs. Apple at 120Hz, LG C1 p Destroy the abbot. Nothing else comes close. And it destroys everything more aggressively at 60 Hz. While most screens slow down at this low refresh rate, the C1 fires with virtually no change and no overheating. The good news is that the input latency is very low when the monitor is running in game optimizer mode, I have recorded a processing delay of less than 1ms, although it should be noted that I You have to say that you have to be in this state to achieve such a result. Using other modes increases the input response time significantly, by processing more than 20ms, but in the optimal case. Input delay On the other hand, the power consumption is very high. The comparison is not good because most screens here are much smaller, but compared to a 32-inch panel, this 48-inch OLED screen typically uses 2-3 times the power of a bright desktop. p> C1 backlighting includes a flicker mode, which I believe in this case should be called inclusion of a black bezel because an OLED display has no backlight. In any case you know what I mean, it can enrich the image to improve motion sharpness This feature is called "OLED Motion Pro" and has a variety of settings, but it only works at fixed refresh rates, including 120Hz and 60Hz. p> Moving on to color quality, the C1 OLED isn't shown as widely but not the widest we've seen The focus here is clearly on DCI-P3, which supports 96% of this range in our experience.Where is the DCI-P3 Nest, Taz Adobe RGB,? Centralized colorChe /p> Calibration Karkhaneh And from my point of view, I am using C1. My time is when I see my pocket outside of Mai Knaid and I want to organize a change in my life that must be seen by Mai Rassad. The case of پیش is a personal imposition of Nest, with a precise path, Ba Rang Abi strong, Gamay Naderst and Delta Ziyad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p> sRGB / Rec. 709 May Bended, where is hemangona as a baid bashed, but the point of Safid Khaili is accurate and has weak results, dar Sarsar, Kashur, may shoud, bechter in Azmeyesh, and it's not possible to do it again, but it's not good enough for you to get a good night's sleep.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p> But where did you start with us? I didn't like the LG C1. See the page of Namish Naderast Ast, Zira Ager, Organizations, Beh-Shamari, PG, Zined, در, , عمل را . به به . . Beha Jay Inkeh Azhar Tanzim by Surat Jidagana Obour Kneid, Dar Inga Tanzimati Astka Anjam Daddah M. p> LG C1 48 "OLED - D65-P3, Tweaked Tweaked Performance, CALMAN Ultimate, DeltaE Value Target: Zir 2.0, CCT Objective: 6500K Extreme Scale, Saturation and ColorChecker
The LG C1 despises LCD screens when they respond to the output they can produce. Even the fastest monitors I've tested, such as the Samsung Odyssey G7 and HP Omen X 27, are nowhere near what the C1 can achieve.
When showing average performance in the refresh range, C1 is 3 times better than the next top product, with less boot acceleration. This is an amazing result that embarrasses LCD screens.
The most striking graph you'll ever see, showing the benefits of an OLED screen's sharpness, is the cumulative aberration graph. LCDs simply don't get as close to OLED as possible. Repeat perfect instant response C1 OLED is actually very close to instant responsiveness, while none of the LCD screens do, we look forward to results in the range 7-10 times better than a high-performance IPS screen five times better than a high-performance IPS screen.The fastest VA panels And the TN we tested, unbelievably.
Apple vs. Apple at 120Hz, LG C1 p Destroy the abbot. Nothing else comes close. And it destroys everything more aggressively at 60 Hz. While most screens slow down at this low refresh rate, the C1 fires with virtually no change and no overheating.
The good news is that the input latency is very low when the monitor is running in game optimizer mode, I have recorded a processing delay of less than 1ms, although it should be noted that I You have to say that you have to be in this state to achieve such a result.
Using other modes increases the input response time significantly, by processing more than 20ms, but in the optimal case. Input delay
On the other hand, the power consumption is very high. The comparison is not good because most screens here are much smaller, but compared to a 32-inch panel, this 48-inch OLED screen typically uses 2-3 times the power of a bright desktop. p>
C1 backlighting includes a flicker mode, which I believe in this case should be called inclusion of a black bezel because an OLED display has no backlight. In any case you know what I mean, it can enrich the image to improve motion sharpness This feature is called "OLED Motion Pro" and has a variety of settings, but it only works at fixed refresh rates, including 120Hz and 60Hz. p>
Moving on to color quality, the C1 OLED isn't shown as widely but not the widest we've seen The focus here is clearly on DCI-P3, which supports 96% of this range in our experience.Where is the DCI-P3 Nest, Taz Adobe RGB,? Centralized colorChe /p>
Calibration Karkhaneh And from my point of view, I am using C1. My time is when I see my pocket outside of Mai Knaid and I want to organize a change in my life that must be seen by Mai Rassad. The case of پیش is a personal imposition of Nest, with a precise path, Ba Rang Abi strong, Gamay Naderst and Delta Ziyad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p>
sRGB / Rec. 709 May Bended, where is hemangona as a baid bashed, but the point of Safid Khaili is accurate and has weak results, dar Sarsar, Kashur, may shoud, bechter in Azmeyesh, and it's not possible to do it again, but it's not good enough for you to get a good night's sleep.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p>
But where did you start with us? I didn't like the LG C1. See the page of Namish Naderast Ast, Zira Ager, Organizations, Beh-Shamari, PG, Zined, در, , عمل را . به به . . Beha Jay Inkeh Azhar Tanzim by Surat Jidagana Obour Kneid, Dar Inga Tanzimati Astka Anjam Daddah M. p>
LG C1 48 "OLED - D65-P3, Tweaked Tweaked Performance, CALMAN Ultimate, DeltaE Value Target: Zir 2.0, CCT Objective: 6500K
Extreme Scale, Saturation and ColorChecker
با استفاده از این تنظیمات ، من قادر به پیشرفت گسترده بودم عملکرد deltaE در سراسر هیئت مدیره ، با تعادل رنگ سفید بهتر و به طور کلی نتایج بهتر در مقیاس خاکستری. عملکرد گاما هنوز عالی نبود ، اما به طور کلی باید بتوانید با بهم ریختگی حالت ها ، به تصویر بسیار دقیق تری دست پیدا کنید. در حالی که تنظیماتی که من استفاده کردم هنوز روی حالت بهینه ساز بازی متمرکز هستند تا تأخیر ورودی کم را حفظ کنند ، حالت های Expert بدون نیاز به تنظیم زیاد دقیق ترین حالت را دارند. p> عملکرد رنگی کالیبره شده
LG C1 48 "OLED - D65-P3 ، با رزولوشن بومی آزمایش شده ، بالاترین میزان تازه سازی CALMAN Ultimate ، DeltaE مقدار مقصد: زیر 2.0 ، هدف CCT: 6500K
فراتر از آن ، من توانستم با استفاده از DisplayCAL نمایشگر را بیشتر کالیبره کنم و منجر به نتایج بهتر شود. این یکی از چندین روش برای کالیبره کردن LG C1 است و روش استاندارد ما برای کالیبره کردن مانیتورها برای آزمایش است. با این وجود برای دستیابی به بهترین نتیجه ، من در واقع توصیه می کنم از CALMAN ساخته شده در جریان کار تلویزیون LG که کالیبراسیون سخت افزار نمایشگر است ، یک سیستم بسیار قوی تر که با ورودی های مختلف کار خواهد کرد ، اگرچه این کار به نرم افزار پولی نیاز دارد. p>
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ضعیف ترین جنبه کیفیت تصویر ، روشنایی است. هنگام نمایش یک تصویر کاملاً سفید ، LG C1 OLED به لطف محدودکننده روشنایی خودکار یا ABL ، یک صفحه نمایش کم نور است. نتیجه کمتر از 200 نیت در بسیاری از موارد ناکافی است محیط های روشن تر ، و در صورت ترکیب با یک صفحه براق نتیجه خوبی برای بازتاب نیست. هنگام دور شدن از حالت بهینه ساز بازی می توانید به نتایج کمی بالاتری برسید ، اما در بهترین حالت من قادر به فشار دادن LG C1 به بالای 200 نیت نبودم کاملاً سفید. p>
علاوه بر روشنایی کم صفحه ، ABL برای استفاده در دسک تاپ بسیار آزار دهنده است ، به عنوان متحرک و تغییر اندازه ng windows باعث روشنایی آن پنجره ها به روشی قابل توجه می شود. به همین ترتیب ، بسته به سطح تصویر متوسط (یا APL) نمایشگر ، ممکن است روشنایی تا 250 نیت یا همین حدود تغییر کند و همیشه در حدود 170 تا 250 نیت در نوسان است. این واقعیت تأسف آور استفاده از OLED است و هنگام استفا ده از نمایشگر برای برنامه های دسکتاپ که یکنواخت و اغلب نسبتاً روشن هستند ، حواس پرتی ایجاد می کند. با این وجود ، ABL به خوبی برای بازی ها و ویدئوها بهینه شده است ، بنابراین بعید است هنگام استفاده از C1 برای مصرف محتوا ، تغییرات روشنایی را مشاهده کنید. p>
در صورت تمایل حداقل روشنایی مناسب است استفاده از C1 در یک اتاق تاریک و بدون سوزاندن چشم ها ، نه اینکه OLED واقعاً توانایی چنین کاری را داشته باشد. و البته نشان دادن نمودار کنتراست کمی بی معنی خواهد بود زیرا صفحه نمایش OLED دارای نسبت کنتراست بی نهایت موثر است و صفحات LCD را از بین می برد در این فرآیند ، یک OLED می تواند سیاهپوستان بسیار غنی و مرکب را به ارمغان بیاورد. p>
اما آنچه در عوض نشان خواهم داد ، نمودار سطح سیاه است که نحوه مقایسه صفحه OLED با فناوری های مختلف LCD هنگام کالیبره کردن نمایشگر را نشان می دهد. به 200 نیت برسد. هیچ چیز دیگری به سطح سیاه OLED نزدیک نیست. p>
یکنواختی و زاویه دید هر دو با واحد LG C1 OLED من عالی بود. بسته به منطقه پانل مورد آزمایش ، انتظار می رود برای OLED ، تفاوت های اندکی در رنگ وجود داشته باشد. یکنواختی به میزان نزدیک بودن شما به مانیتور نیز بستگی خواهد داشت ، زیرا هرچه نزدیکتر باشید ، تأثیرات تفاوت زاویه دید را بیشتر از یکنواخت بودن نمایشگر مشاهده خواهید کرد. اگر عقب بایستید می بینید تلویزیون کاملاً یکنواخت است. p> کلمه ای درباره Burn-in
قبل از صحبت در مورد تجربه HDR ، لازم است در مورد ریسک دائمی مرتبط با نمایشگرهای OLED بحث کنید. این یکی از مهمترین اشکالاتی است که مانع از مناسب بودن LG C1 در استفاده از دسک تاپ ، همراه با روشنایی و مشکلات ABL می شود. استفاده از دسک تاپ به طور مکرر شامل مشاهده تصاویر ثابت است ، خواه این نوار وظیفه باشد یا فقط پنجره های کلی برنامه مانند نوار پیمایش در Google Chrome. همه اینها خطر سوختن را دارند ، زیرا محتوای استاتیک برای OLED مضر است. p>
مدت زمان سوختن در نمایشگر هنگام استفاده از آن به عنوان مانیتور دسک تاپ چیزی نیست که بتوانم پاسخ دهم ، سالها طول می کشد تا حتی با استفاده 24/7 ساعته این موضوع را کشف کنیم. اما من انتظار دارم که با استفاده معمولی از دسک تاپ کامپیوتر ، C1 سریعتر از محتوای مختلط و مصرف محتوای عمومی مانند فیلم ها یا بازی ها بسوزد. من می خواهم رتبه ها را در آزمون ها بررسی کنم تا ایده بهتری از مدت زمان این کار داشته باشم. p>
برخی از استراتژی های تخفیف وجود دارد ، بعضی از تلویزیون از آنها استفاده می کند خود و بعضی دیگر از آنها را می توانید خودتان انجام دهید. p>
به عنوان مثال LG C1 تغییر پیکسل و کم نور شدن آرم را برای بهبود طول عمر تلویزیون انجام می دهد و در صورت شناسایی دوره های طولانی محتوای استاتیک ، کل پنل را کم رنگ می کند. با این حال ، به نظر من ویژگی تغییر پیکسل آزار دهنده است زیرا می تواند در برخی مواقع اطلاعات حیاتی را از دسک تاپ قطع کند ، بسته به جایی که تصویر به آنجا منتقل می شود ، بنابراین برای استفاده در دسک تاپ ممکن است غیرفعال شود و باعث سوختگی بیشتر شود. p>
من همچنین برخی از تغییرات عادت استفاده را در ویندوز ، مانند استفاده از حالت تاریک ، فعال کردن محافظ صفحه نمایش و تنظیم نوار وظیفه برای پنهان کردن خودکار ، توصیه می کنم. p> تست HDR
LG C1 یک نمایشگر فوق العاده HDR است. همانطور که این یک OL ED است ، هر پیکسل جداگانه خود روشن است و بهترین نسبت کنتراست ممکن را از طریق فناوری مدرن نمایشگر فراهم می کند. C1 نه تنها با لیست چک HDR ما مطابقت دارد ، بلکه تعداد منطقه موثر آن بیش از 8.2 میلیون کوتوله است که بهترین مانیتورهای LCD با کمترین میزان آرایه محلی است که در مقایسه با مناطق متوسط 1152 ظاهر می شوند. p>
در عمل هنگام مشاهده محتوای HDR که دارای مناطق روشن و تاریک است ، هیچ شکوفه یا هاله ای ایجاد نمی کند. هر پیکسلی که باید سیاه باشد کاملاً خاموش است ، بنابراین حتی بیشترین تنبیه صحنه های HDR مانند شب های پرستاره یا چراغ های کوچک در یک خیابان تاریک عالی و شگفت انگیز به نظر می رسد. p>
بهترین نمایشگرهای HDR برای بازی هایی مانند PG32UQX با نور پس زمینه مینی LED خود به سختی مبارزه می کنند و در مناطقی که LG C1 OLED بی عیب و نقص به نظر می رسد ، این یک اختلاف شب و روز واقعی است که منجر به کیفیت تصویر عالی در محتوای HDR می شود. p>
شبیه به بحث در مورد کنتراست ، چیز زیادی وجود ندارد نقطه ای که نمودارهای کنتراست HDR را نشان می دهد ، زی را این OLED قادر به دستیابی به کنتراست بی نهایت است ، حتی در تست های شطرنجی که PG32UQX از یک کنتراست 4000: 1 بالاتر است. p>
این صفحه LCD خوب است ، اما صادقانه نیست به توانایی C1 در نشان دادن جزئیات سایه سیاه و تاریک نزدیک هستیم. اگر کلاً به سطح سیاه و نتیجه کنتراست ایده آل "تک فریم" اهمیت می دهید ، باید OLED بروید. p>
اشکال همان قسمت SDR است: روشنایی روشنایی پایدار تمام صفحه ضعیف است و در آزمایش ما در واقع از حالت SDR فقط 140 نیت بدتر است. پانل های LCD این OLED را خرد می کنند تا توانایی نمایش یک تصویر بسیار روشن را داشته باشد که کل صفحه را اشغال می کند. p>
با این وجود LG C1 در نشان دادن نکات برجسته قابل رقابت است. When measuring a 10% white window, our C1 unit was capable of 775 nits of brightness which is bright enough to show dazzling highlights in a lot of HDR content, but isn’t as good as the best LCD panels.
OLEDs can appear brighter to your eye than these numbers would suggest due to their deeper-than-LCD black levels and extremely high contrast ratio, so in my experience an OLED can get away with lower brightness than an LCD can, but it’s still one area that OLED tech needs to improve.
This is how the C1 OLED handles brightness across various window sizes. Any scenes with a high APL will be relatively dim, however like we’ve been discussing, the C1 is capable of decent brightness in smaller areas. The average picture level of a lot of film content tends to be below 25% where the C1 can achieve nearly 400 nits. Ultimately , I think this is a good level of brightness for HDR but not the best, though I still feel the overall HDR experience is outstanding when combined with the contrast ratio and dimming ability.What We Learned
So there you have it, our review of the LG C1 OLED as a monitor and how it stacks up against other popular gaming displays in our test suite. It’s certainly been interesting testing something outside the usual range of LCD panels we see in monitors.
When buying something like the C1 for use as a monitor, I generally think people will fall into one of two categories and my recommendations for each category are quite different, so let’s break it down...
If you use your gaming monitor exclusively for content consumption – so playing games, watching movies or YouTube videos – then I do believe the C1 OLED is worth considering and does offer a lot to buyers.
The combination of image quality, HDR experience and motion clarity is simply unmatched by today’s LCD panels. Nothing based on LCD technology can get even close to this OLED in response times. The C1 offers near instant transitions with no overshoot, and that allows for perfect backlight strobing. As a result, the C1 destroys its competition in motion, offering the best experience I’ve ever seen at 120Hz or below.
This is excellent for gaming and when you combine it with LG’s inclusion of variable refresh rate support and the low input lag mode, there’s not a lot missing for gamers. It may not be as smooth as a 240Hz monitor at a lower resolution, but there’s nothing at 4K that approaches what this display can do.
Throw in the excellent HDR functionality, which is great for both gaming and watching HDR videos. Effectively zero black levels, infinite contrast, self lit pixels… it doesn’t get better than that for HDR in terms of contrast and dimming, and there’s virtually no HDR scenes that look bad on an OLED.
The only weakness here is brightness – it doesn’t get as bright as the best LCD monitors in HDR scenes – but I still feel brightness overall is sufficient for breathtaking HDR.
Again, nothing comes close to this for the combination of HDR and gaming prowess which is why I could recommend it as a content consumption PC display.
However, if you use your monitor for things outside of content consumption – think web browsing, productivity work, or really anything that involves desktop applications – then in my opinion the LG C1 is a poor choice. There is zero versatility to this display, it’s basically built for viewing content and that’s it, which is fair enough as it’s designed as a TV, not a monitor.
During my testing I found the automatic brightness limiter annoying when using desktop apps, and the generally low level of brightness is insufficient for brighter environments, especially combined with the glossy finish that reflects your surroundings.
It’s also massive and requires a larger than normal viewing distance that may not work with a lot of desktop setups. I don’t think this is as big of a deal for content consumption where you’re focused on the center of the screen, but the sheer size can make content in the very outer edges hard to see at closer viewing distances, like for example if you had snapped a desktop app into one of the corners.
It’s also not quite as clear as the best 4K IPS panels of today due to its WRGB subpixel layout, its gamut isn’t as wide as the best LCDs, it has poor default calibration that requires a lot of OSD tweaking, and its lack of DisplayPort limits the full 4K 120Hz experience to only the newest graphics cards. There’s no ergonomic adjustment due to the fixed stand. And perhaps most concerning of all, use with a desktop environment will lead to lots of static content on the screen, increasing the risk of burn-in relative to more dynamic usage.
Personally, as someone that uses a gaming monitor for both work and content consumption, the LG C1 OLED is not a good option, there’s just too many drawbacks if I wanted to use it as my daily driver. If the C1 was a bit smaller – I think 42-inches or less would be a lot better – and was brighter without the annoying limiter, then I would be much more strongly considering it. But overall it does seem that OLED technology isn’t quite ready for use as a true desktop monitor, at least in this sort of product.
But again, if what you want is a great content consumption monitor and also play games on it, then yeah the LG C1 is pretty great. With the current terrible state of HDR in monitors, you won’t find anything close to what the LG C1 is capable of at its $1500 price tag either.LG C1 48" OLED TV on Amazon LG CX 48" OLED TV on Amazon Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX on Amazon LG 32GP850 on Amazon Samsung Odyssey G7 32" on Amazon HP Omen X 27 on HP Store LG 32GP850 on Amazon
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