If you’re in the market for a new OLED TV, chances are you’ve stumbled upon LG’s comprehensive portfolio. Over the years, the company has dominated the OLED space and the brand hopes to extend its dominance further with the latest 42-inch, LG C2 OLED Evo TV. For the uninitiated, the C2 – superseding the company’s C1 – is packed with impressive features, including a stunning, HRR-enabled 4K OLED panel as well as support for Nvidia’s Gsync and AMD’s FreeSync premium display technologies. I managed to get a unit and here’s why I think the TV is worth every penny.
- The LG C2 OLED Evo is built like a tank and the TV offers a solid chassis that doesn’t flex or give. The TV itself looks amazingly premium and the unit has sleek bezels that blend seamlessly into the metallic frame. All said and done, LG’s latest looks stunning and the TV will undoubtedly complement your living room decor.
- I should also add that, unlike most modern TVs, the C2 OLED Evo doesn’t ship with a bulging back. Instead, the company has kept the design relatively uniform and the TV is a treat to look at from every angle. What’s more, the device also ships with a healthy assortment of ports, including four HDMI 2.1 connectors capable of outputting a 4K feed at 120Hz. What’s more, the device also gets a 3.5mm audio jack, an Ethernet port, an optical connector and three USB Type-A connectors, which is pretty cool.
- If anything, I’d like to see a DP port included with the set. Buyers who want to use the device as a monitor replacement will need to procure a modern GPU that includes an HDMI 2.1 connector. In my case, my aging GTX 1660Ti was limited to 60Hz output, and accordingly, I couldn’t make the most of the TV’s HRR panel at 4K resolution. However, I don’t get the same docking points as the C2 OLED Evo, the first TV.
- Having said that, the TV could do with stronger legs. As things stand (no pun intended), LG offers two plastic legs, which feel flimsy. Making matters worse, the plastic legs don’t come with the retail packaging. Of course, we had to call the service center representative to get the legs delivered, which took a day or so. On the bright side, the TV ships with a flap of sorts that allows users to neatly bundle cables around the back of the unit.
- When it comes down to it, the C2 OLED Evo offers excellent picture quality. Through some hardware and software wizardry, the panel is very bright thanks to LG’s Evo tech, which outputs a noticeably brighter picture compared to a run-of-the-mill OLED set. Keep in mind that you’ll want to disable the company’s power-saving features to boost pixel brightness even more. Thankfully, pixel brightness is automatically set to 100 percent when consuming HDR media on set.
- Speaking of which, the TV is also compatible with the Dolby Vision HDR codec. Consequently, you’ll have an unforgettable time watching shows like The Witcher or Our Planet on OTT services like Netflix. In particular, the OLED panel reproduces deep, dark blacks, conveying a sense of immersion unmatched in the market. I watched my favorite shows using the company’s Cinema Home Picture preset and was amazed at the level of detail and color vibrancy. In particular, I was blown away by the ‘From Deserts to Grasslands’ episode of Our Planet, in which top-down shots of the planet highlighted the sheer brightness of LG’s OLED technology – a dark setting, with individual pixels turned off to transmit cinematic shots. It felt surreal to say the least.
- Like most other TV sets, LG allows users to fine-tune various aspects of the picture settings to their liking. Cleverly, buyers who pick up the set will be able to select a bunch of picture presets, change the white balance or gamma, and even use Filmmaker mode, which captures supported media the way the movie director intended.
- Needless to say, the TV also doubles as your gaming monitor. Notably, the device supports 120Hz VRR and is also supported by Nvidia’s Gsync and AMD’s FreeSync premium display technologies. What’s more, buyers can press a setting toggle on the Magic Remote to launch the TV Game Optimizer overlay, which provides insights on in-game FPS, among other things. I tested the TV with my PS5 and sure enough, I was able to experience 120FPS gameplay on Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remastered Edition. And, thanks to ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), I didn’t face any instances of input latency while playing games on the set.
- Audio-wise, the TV comes with downward-firing speakers that deliver 20W of sound output. The speakers are pretty loud for watching movies or playing games, which is great. The icing on the cake is that the TV also supports Dolby Atmos, so you can improve audio output tenfold by investing in an Atmos-compliant soundbar.
- Software-wise, the TV boots the company’s webOS from the get-go. The interface is very intuitive and noticeably better than most Android TV-supported sets I’ve tested in the past. In fact, jumping from one input to another is almost instantaneous, so you can seamlessly transition from watching a show on Netflix to playing a game on a connected console. What’s more, the interface comes with some media streaming apps and accordingly, you can start binging on your favorite TV shows as soon as you set up the TV.
- It’s understandable that prospective buyers may be on the fence about LG’s OLED TVs due to burn-in issues. While it can be difficult to spot when problems occur, LG has provided the C2 with a few tricks to minimize them. For example, a TV comes with a pixel cleaning feature that checks and refreshes individual pixels after a period of time. The TV also has an auto logo brightness adjustment utility. As its moniker suggests, the tool allows users to change the brightness of static images, which can cause burn-in problems over time.
LG C2 Evo 42-inch Price in India Rs. 1,39,900 and for the price, ticks all the right boxes. The TV comes with top-notch features, including VRR and Gsync tech, and offers excellent picture quality right out of the box. What’s more, the TV also doubles up as a gaming monitor, and the unit’s solid build quality and premium design will undoubtedly enhance your game room. Definitely, if the budget is tight, by all means, get the C2 Evo – it won’t disappoint you.
Editor’s Rating: 4/5
- Stylish, premium design
- Exceptional image quality
- A healthy selection of ports
- 120Hz display
- Support for Gsync and AMD FreeSync Premium