The LG G1 OLED is the successor to the sophisticated Gallery OLED model that debuted in the previous year, but it has several enhancements. One of which is the inclusion of a shot in the arm to brightness to make the G Series an exceptional and appealing proposition more than ever.
LG G1 OLED Design
The LG G1 has a fantastic flat ultra-slim design, with no weird protruding sections that will ruin the slim profile. The wall mount that comes with the TV was designed to fit into a secluded area on the TV’s rear, making the LG G1 sit perfectly against the wall. It includes an excessively trimmed bezel, and it isn’t easy to imagine how a 65-inch TV could cause deformation to your living room.
Some people don’t like hanging their TVs on a wall. But if you want to enjoy the G1’s additional picture quality and you don’t want to hang it on the wall, you will have to buy desktop feet for the LG G1 as an optional addition. LG produced strong and beautiful options and a new striking Gallery floor stand that fits the TV on a stylish tripod pole. Ensure you get strong feet since the screens are pretty weighty.
The LG G1 OLED’s design is called Gallery because it allows you to display digitized artworks on it by changing it into a Louvre exhibition whenever you’re not using its primary TV function.
Regardless of its slim design, all the connections and speakers are built into the screen’s casing, while the input support is quite exceptional. All four of the HDMIs support full HDMI 2.1 feature sets together with gaming’s improvement in 4K at 120Hz, with HDR and variable refresh rates. Also, it supports all the three available variable refresh rate ‘variants ( Standard HDMI 2.1 system, Nvidia G-Sync, and the AMD Freesync).
Also, the G1 offers three USBs for multimedia recording or playback and the widespread Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity options. LG improved the Magic remote’s design for 2021. It’s thinner and slimmer and has a noticeable recess at the rear side that makes it feel comfy and balanced when held.
It also has direct app access buttons for Disney Plus, Netflix, Google Assistant, Amazon Prime Video, Rakuten TV, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. However, it retained the LG distinctive point and click navigation option and a dial to assist you in swiftly spinning up and down menus.
The LG G1 OLED revealed LG’s most substantial renovation to its renowned webOS smart platform since it was released about a decade ago. The most instantaneous transformation comes with its home screen, which occupies the entire screen, instead of superimposing a row of app icons over the picture’s bottom edge as the former webOS systems have.
We were not initially pleased with this change. Partially because we can’t watch TV and browse for new content to watch simultaneously, and due to full-screen interfaces with icons everywhere can be slightly overwhelming. It’s not helpful either that webOS 6.0 doesn’t fully utilize its new full-screen real estate.
Several screen-filling looks improbable to understand most household’s daily use. But the new eminently-placed search functions take you to a notably broad and well-organized search result screen, displaying why LG gave the search engine a massive home screen weight. LG also offers outstanding support for Google Assistant, Alexa, and LG ThinQ voice search.
The most significant, central section of the new home screen shows the reason behind LG’s substantial webOS renovation. In it, you’ll find suggested contents that are based on the content you like to watch. That is, the webOS finds content for you instead of stressing yourself to search for content.
At first, the system feels quite awkward, especially if it’s your first time using the G1, and it has no idea about the contents you like. But if you’ve formerly owned an LG TV and have an LG account, the new webOS will continue with your saved viewing profile details immediately you log in to the new TV.
Lovers of the typical webOS approach will be happy to see the old, familiar rows of app icons at the bottom of the new home screen. Also, you can scroll down from this familiar row of service icons to further search for content or source selection tiers for the likes of Rakuten TV and Amazon Prime Video.
The list of tiers is partly limited presently (there isn’t one for Netflix Yet), and you can’t add or delete tiers or even change their order of appearance.
LG G1 OLED Picture Quality
The Evo panel used new materials that allow it to run more effectively, which implies it can reach higher brightness levels without increasing power consumption or, essentially, increasing the probability of its screen experiencing permanent screen burn. The result of our measurements is a peak brightness reading on a 10% (of the screen) white HDR window above 870 nits.
This tiny but remarkable improvement is better than the GX range (754 nits). The brightness improvement of the G1 versus GX is between 10% and 20% across every picture preset, and that’s always adequate to make its presence known in two significant ways.
At first, the highly brightest parts of HDR images hit with a bit more intensity than any former LG TV. This applies to both artificial highlight light sources (torches, naked bulbs, streetlights, etc., and natural light sources like reflections on the skin from glass or metal, fuzzy white clouds, and direct light from the sun.
Combine this high intensity with the contrast prowess of OLED technology, where black. Full brightness pixels can stay beside one another without any mechanical compromise between them. You got an attractive, luminous image that adds more of the ‘high’ in high dynamic range, mainly if you can utilize the LG G1’s Dolby Vision HDR support (as with every LG TV, there isn’t support for the competitor HDR10+ premium HDR format).
The Evo panel’s minor increase in brightness didn’t have any adverse effect on LG OLED’s typical black level prowess. If any dark scenes are delivered a bit better than those of the GX range, displaying more details in dark areas and shun nearly all the momentary brightness instabilities and ‘flickers’ that irregularly cropped up on the 2020 model.
Both the full-on bright HDR images are well-served, as a new dedicated green layer in the Evo panel improves color volume and increases OLED’s HDR credentials more. The distinctiveness of the hardware enhancement associated with the LG G1 OLED’s Evo panel may be its top achievement. Also, the set introduces a vital image processing enhancement due to LG’s new Alpha 9 Gen 4 chipset.
A new Cinematic Movement motion processing option works perfectly to decrease udder, usually an issue with 24fps sources without creating several unwanted processing artifacts or making the image look artificially fluid.
The other massive processing enhancement comes with the optional LG’s AI Picture Pro mode. This provides any AI-based automatic picture improvement at any source it finds, in a bid always to render optimal onscreen results.
Several refinements have been introduced to this picture option for 2021’s LG OLED TVs. Like, most important new tools for identifying and applying definite image rules to diverse types of ‘scenery’ and separate body and object detection systems can treat different parts of the image separately, instead of treating the entire image together.
These latest enhancements are pretty outstanding, including notable sharpness (particularly to upscaled HD sources), depth, dynamism, and vibrancy to all sources. Also, the new AI Picture Pro system does all this while eliminating nearly all the unwanted processing side effects related to the former versions of the system. You can switch AI Picture Pro off if you’re a low-processing purist, but it’s worth giving a go.
LG G1 OLED Audio Quality
For most times, provided you carefully set up the LG G1, it sounds appealing. The AI Sound Pro mode usually follows the lead of the AI Picture Pro mode by optimizing incoming audio of all types to the TV’s speaker system abilities, and it usually works well.
It immediately boosts the sound’s dynamic range, does the sound project far away from the TV’s bodywork, offers the sound a robust ‘forward’ presence instead of it appearing to exist behind the screen, and introduces those exciting movie moments with lots of substance and enthusiasm.
AI Sound Pro mode’s only issue is that it doesn’t approve of the shortcomings of the OLED65G1’s built-in speakers regarding the bass. Hence, some intensely deep sounds may yield to distracting distortions.
Another tremendous problem with the LG G1’s audio settings is that you shouldn’t rely on the Dolby Atmos mode if you desire the best Atmos experience. It’s because Atmos’ setting seems like loud soundtrack moments are becoming unusually muted rather than blowing up like they were meant to. But they sound well in AI Sound Pro mode.
The sound is good enough that most casual viewers will be pleased without including one of the best soundbars, but you’ll still need something if you want the audio quality to perfectly match the image quality.
LG G1 OLED Gaming
The G1’s grand image quality reflects games, and some of its latest feature upgrades are gaming-related. The new Game Optimizer is the name of a picture mode and an entire menu system. The latter provides all-new modifications, including all four game genre modes: FPS mode (known to increase shadow detail), Standard, RPG mode (to increase contrast), and RTS mode (known to improve mid-grayscale areas).
Also, there are sliders called Black Stabilizer (for adjusting dark areas) and White Stabilizer (for changing bright areas), and the OLED Motion Pro setting, and the Reduce Blue light setting (known to be mild on the eyes).
We begin our test in standard mode with settings at their default mode with Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla at 4K/60Hz. The G1 looked incredible and also provided a touch better shadow detail.
Switching to FPS mode increased details more but washed out the image quite much for this cinematic game. But it can be beneficial in a real FPS game if you want to display concealed enemies or a dark HDR game such as Ghost of Tsushima. The RTS setting increased midtones at the cost of some contrast, while RPG looked nearly like standard mode.
We directly connected the G1 to our Xbox Series X to test enhanced video features. The VRR worked normally, notably decreasing tearing in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. The eminent indicator and toggle in the Game Optimizer showed that the VRR was engaged. Another slider named Fine Tune Dark Areas is available to deal with the problem of VRR appearing too dark.
We also tried 4K/120Hz on Star Wars: Squadrons and Gears 5, but the additional smoothness and framerate were challenging to detect in most cases. But some games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps displayed a splash screen showing that 120fps was active, but most games did not. I even tried looking for the confirmation in LG’s display menu, but, unluckily, it doesn’t have any. However, Samsung’s new 2021 Game Bar does indicate 120fps.
Concealed within Game Optimizer is another setting named “Reduce input delay (input lag)” with only two options, Standard and Boost. Standard is the default for any game, and delivers an impressive lag number similar to previous LG OLED models: just 13.1ms for both 1080p and 4K HDR sources. Engaging Boost cuts lag even more, to under 10ms for both. The catch is that Boost is available for 60Hz sources, so it can’t be used with 120Hz games or VRR. And most people would notice the additional 3ms.
The LG G1 is a fantastic 4K screen. As it fits its flagship position in LG’s OLED 2021 line-up, it brags of leading-edge picture processing, high-quality connectivity, and a next-gen high-brightness Evo panel. The new webOS and simplified menu is a significant success, and a wise reunion with Freeview Play makes the G1 more beneficial than its immediate predecessor.