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The LG OLED55C8PUA Smart Features is a great 4k OLED TV with excellent picture quality. The emissive technology allows it to produce perfect blacks, which is excellent for dark rooms. The image also remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great for those with wide seating. It performs well with HDR content, as it can produce very bright and saturated highlights. The motion handling and input lag are also excellent, so it feels very responsive to gamers or PC users. It isn’t perfect though, as the brightness changes depending on the screen content and static images shouldn’t be shown for long on the TV due to temporary image retention and the risk of burn-in.
The LG C8 runs on the latest version of LG’s smart platform, webOS. It has a good selection of pre-installed apps, and LG’s content store has a decent collection of apps, although not as good as the Play Store found on Samsung or Sony TVs. The TVs remote is compact and works very well. The interface can be confusing at first, but works well and is fast. The new voice control features work exceptionally well and can interface with a variety of smart consumer electronics.
The webOS interface is split into three sections: settings, inputs and apps. The menus are more responsive than last year. A new quick access button has been added in the top right for easy access to the search function. The interface is easy to use and fast to navigate, but first time users may find it confusing.
- Ease of Use : Easy
- Smoothness : Very Smooth
- Time Taken to Select YouTube : 2 s
- Time Taken to Change Backlight : 7 s
- Advanced Options : Many
The C8 did not display ads during our testing, but there is an option in the menu for advertising cookies so the TV may have ads at some point or in certain regions.
If anyone notices ads on their C8, send us an email or post a question and we’ll update the review.
- Ads : No
- Opt-out : N/A
- Suggested Content in Home : Yes
- Opt-out of Suggested Content : No
Apps and Features
Like the rest of LG’s lineup, the C8 comes preloaded with most of the most popular apps, including Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube.
The remote itself is nearly identical physically to last year’s C7. It has a limited selection of controls, allowing control of basic functions and quick access to the settings and search menus. When pointed at the TV the remote acts as a pointer, which when combined with the scroll wheel found in the center of the directional pad allows quick access to all options.
Voice control is now much better, on par with Samsung’s service, and allows you to control other LG devices powered by ThinQ, including lights, air conditioners, etc… The TV will also be compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home later in the year. The basic commands we tried worked very well, and allowed us to search YouTube, switch inputs, change some settings, and even ask about the weather.
In order to use voice control features (known as ThinQ AI) you must consent to sharing your viewing information and voice information, since the TV offloads certain requests to an external service. We don’t know what exactly is shared with LG so if you are concerned about privacy, this should be left disabled.
The LG TV Plus app offers some interesting features such as streaming music and video directly to the TV, but lacks some basic functions found on other apps, including text entry. The app can also be used to control the cursor.
Like almost all LG TVs and monitors, the C8 has a single rocker joystick on the back of the TV. It works very well and allows quick access to most functions of the TV.
In The Box
- Composite adapter
- Power cable: 59.5″ (Not shown)