The best OLED TVs

The best OLED TV overall

LG

The LG CX OLED presents the best balance between picture performance, smart connectivity, design, and value of any OLED TV you can buy. Pros: Can get brighter than competing OLEDs, HDMI 2.1 with next-gen gaming features, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa supportCons: Processing and image accuracy aren’t as good as the Sony A8H, few improvements over last year’s model, HDMI 2.1 capped at 40Gbps, HBO Max app missingThough the LG CX is nearly identical in performance to our previous pick for this category, the 2019 C9, the CX is now the more widely available of the two. It’s also the first OLED model to be available in a 48-inch screen size, offering buyers an OLED option for smaller spaces.When it comes to balancing image performance and smart features, the CX continues LG’s winning streak for producing top-quality OLED TVs. With the α9 Gen 3 Intelligent Processor and HDMI 2.1 inputs, the set marries advanced scaling and future-proof connectivity with the already fantastic image quality an OLED panel provides.The CX offers pixel-level contrast with deep black levels and precise highlights. HDR format support is extensive with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG capabilities, though HDR10+ is missing. Peak brightness is also high for an OLED panel, edging out the competition from Sony and Vizio with a max of around 800 nits. Sure, there are several LCD TV models that can get brighter, but the CX’s infinite contrast ratio creates a more impressive sense of high dynamic range. Thanks to the α9 Gen 3 Intelligent Processor, the CX is capable of advanced upscaling. This feature can make lower-quality video content, like Full HD (1080p), look cleaner and sharper. That said, the advantages of the Gen 3 over the previous Gen 2 are minimal, and Sony’s OLED offerings are still known for slightly better processing.Meanwhile, gaming performance is strong as well. The panel offers very low input lag and includes compatibility with Variable Refresh Rate, Nvidia G-Sync technology, and 120Hz gaming. On the downside, the CX’s HDMI 2.1 inputs have slightly lower bandwidth capabilities than last year’s C9, with support for 40Gbps versus 48Gbps. There really isn’t any content currently available that would require the higher bandwidth, however, so most buyers shouldn’t worry about the change.When it comes to smart TV connectivity, the CX is powered by LG’s webOS and ThinQ platforms, enabling extensive streaming app support and voice control via the included magic remote. The magic remote also features a unique pointer function which allows you to navigate through menus by holding the remote up and pointing it around to move a virtual cursor on the screen. The TV includes integrated options for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa if you prefer to use those digital assistants. The CX isn’t the cheapest OLED you can buy, but it hits the best balance between cost and performance of any model on the market right now. Though the A8H is capable of a slightly more accurate picture, the CX has higher brightness and HDMI 2.1. And while the Vizio is less expensive, the CX boasts superior software and a more stable experience. 

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