Yesterday morning I attended LG’s demo and announcement of their new HD OLED TV (with Ultra 4K HD). We were given a demonstration of the top 65” model (65EG960T) and the smaller 55” model (55EG960T).
TL;DR: the panel is outstanding.
The TV has a slight curve in it, which I didn’t like initially. On a closer inspection, it’s not as ridiculously curved as the Samsung TVs and actually looks good. My one concern would be if it looks silly mounted to the wall. I think it’s best suited to sitting on top of a cabinet.
There is some pretty impressive technology behind the scenes, some of which is powered by the OLED patents LG bought from Kodak back in 2009. The TV has the ability to turn each individual pixel on and off creating a true perfect black, and an “infinite” contract ratio. Add to this each sub-pixel is self-lighting, and a response time of 0.002ms means fast, action scenes come through clear and with minimal blur.
One of the big features for me is the TVs operating system: webOS 2.0. The remote has a pointer that works similar to the old school Wii remote. A quick shake of the remote wakes it up, and you can easily point and click to what you want the TV to do (change inputs, play Netflix, use the browser etc). The fact you can mix and match inputs (which you can label and change icons for), and other TV functions all together in the initial menu that appears makes this a very attractive TV for the less technologically advanced user.
Some may say the lack of easily available 4K content makes this TV probably overkill, which I agree with. We were shown three movie trailers of varying things, and all looks clear, crisp and brilliant: everything you want when spending a fair chunk of change on a new panel.
The biggest kudos for this TV was in my discussions to a few of the technical guys from Park Road Post (Peter Jackson’s movie post production facility) where the event was held. These experts live and breathe HD. When asked whether they’d purchase one of these TVs for home, they would. If it suits someone so high up in the industry, you can be guaranteed that us mere muggles will find it more than satisfactory.
The TV is available for purchase through a few select retailers from today: the 65” RRP is $11,999 and the 55” is $7,999. Time to buy that lotto ticket.
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