For individuals who need the most effective image they will afford, stretching the price range to get LG’s B8 OLED is fairly tempting. It has picture high quality that is principally nearly as good as some other OLED TV, for much less. And that image remains to be higher than any non-OLED TV we have ever reviewed.
In early October 2018, the B8 prices $1,800 for the 55-inch dimension and $2,800 for the 65 inches. Sure, that may look like fairly a stretch, however reduction might be on the best way quickly. For the final couple of years LG has dropped its OLED TV costs for Black Friday in mid-November. This yr I would not be stunned if the 65-inch B8 bought right down to $2,200… or perhaps even much less.
If you happen to’ve been eyeing a brand new OLED TV not too long ago, perhaps you are questioning in regards to the C8, which prices barely extra and has a more moderen video processor than the B8. Lemme lower to the chase: in my side-by-side comparisons, that processor does assist the picture a tiny bit, making the C8 ever-so-slightly higher than the B8 for picture high quality, however it’s not price the additional cash for my part. Each TVs deserve a 10 in picture high quality, and the B8 is the superior worth, so it will get the upper Proinertech ranking total.
If you happen to’re not aware of OLED TVs, perhaps you are questioning why the heck they value a lot greater than LCD-based TVs. My favourite LCD to date, the TCL 6 collection, prices lower than half as a lot and has a superb image, whereas higher-end units just like the Vizio P collection Quantum and Sony X900F are nonetheless a whole lot lower than the B8. The quick reply is that if you need the most effective image, OLED is price it.
Deja vu design nonetheless feels futuristic
The B8 is a lovely research in minimalism. There’s lower than a half-inch of black body across the image itself to the highest and sides, a bit extra under.
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Seen in profile, the highest portion is razor-thin, only a quarter-inch deep, however has the standard bulge on the backside that juts out one other 1.75 inches. That bulge homes the inputs, energy provide, audio system and different depth-eating TV elements.
I wrote these precise phrases in my assessment of the C7 OLED TV from 2017. That is as a result of the B8, eighteen months older, seems to be precisely the identical as that TV. The most important distinction between 2018’s B8 and the C8 is within the design of their stands. The stand is narrower on the B8, with a smooth, angled look (identical to the C7’s). The stand of the C8, however, is curved barely and extends virtually your entire size of the panel.
Tastes differ, however I truly just like the cheaper B8’s stand higher. If you happen to’re wall-mounting and ditch the stand, the B8 and C8 look precisely the identical.
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The stand of the B8 (foreground) in comparison with the C8.
Movement distant, full with Google
LG’s Internet OS menu system feels good and snappy, however it’s principally unchanged from final yr. It nonetheless lacks the progressive extras and app-based setup of Samsung’s 2018 Tizen system and falls properly wanting the app protection of Roku TV or Sony’s Android TV — though it is a lot snappier than the latter. If you would like extra apps, your greatest guess is to get an exterior streamer, however it’s price mentioning that just one, the Apple TV 4K, can help Dolby Imaginative and prescient.
The distant is similar because the 2017 mannequin’s. I like utilizing its movement management to whip across the display, one thing that is notably useful when signing into apps or looking utilizing an on-screen keyboard. The scroll wheel can also be nice for shifting by means of apps, like these seemingly infinite thumbnail rows on Netflix and Amazon.
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The B8 builds in Google Assistant, permitting you to talk into the clicker to seek for TV exhibits and flicks, management appropriate smart-home units, get the climate, order pizza and rather more. You may also management some stuff on the TV utilizing Google Residence or Amazon Alexa good audio system.
Options and connections
HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
OLED’s primary tech is nearer to late, lamented plasma than to the LED LCD (QLED, quantum dot or in any other case) know-how used within the overwhelming majority of in the present day’s TVs. LCD depends on a backlight shining by means of a liquid crystal panel to create the image, whereas every particular person sub-pixel is accountable for creating illumination on OLED and plasma screens. That is why OLED and plasma are referred to as “emissive” and LED LCD are referred to as “transmissive” shows — and a giant cause why OLED’s image high quality is so good.
LG’s 2018 OLED TVs have the identical mild output and shade gamut capabilities as 2017 fashions, so the largest image high quality distinction is that the 2018 TVs get LG’s new Alpha 9 processor. The exception is the B8 reviewed right here; it is the one 2018 LG OLED to make use of LG’s older processor as an alternative. LG additionally added black body insertion to all of its 2018 OLED TVs, together with the B8. See the image high quality part under for extra particulars.
In contrast to Samsung, LG TVs just like the C8 help each main present sorts of HDR video: Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10. The set additionally helps HLG HDR in addition to Technicolor and Philips’ HDR format. However you must consider them as future-proofing options, as there is not any content material you’ll be able to watch in these codecs but. A Technicolor-approved image mode can also be obtainable.
New for 2018, LG’s TVs are additionally appropriate with HFR (excessive body price) video, though solely by means of built-in streaming apps, not on exterior units related by HDMI. The presentation of upper body charges in a handful of flicks — for instance, The Hobbit and Billy Lynn’s Lengthy Halftime Stroll — is controversial. Many viewers merely do not just like the impact, which can provide movies an analogous look to the much-maligned cleaning soap opera impact. That mentioned, it’d turn into extra extensively accepted in sports activities and gaming content material. Once more there is not any HFR content material obtainable but.
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Along with its customary burn-in prevention measures, LG’s added one referred to as “Brand Luminance Adjustment.” It is designed to mechanically detect a static on-screen emblem and, after two minutes, begin lowering its brightness over a few minute and a half, after which the emblem ought to be 20 p.c dimmer. Our checks of the function discovered it does cut back emblem brightness a bit, however we do not anticipate it to be a cure-all given the comparatively delicate proportion lower.
The number of connections is top-notch. In contrast to lots of Samsung’s units, this one truly has an analog video enter for legacy (non-HDMI) units, though it not helps analog part video.
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4 HDMI inputs with HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2Three USB portsOne composite video inputOptical digital audio outputOne RF (antenna) inputRS-232 port (minijack, for service solely)Ethernet (LAN) port
Image high quality
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In a side-by-side comparability lineup towards the most effective LCD TVs I had available in Proinertech’s lab, together with the Samsung Q9 and the Vizio P Collection Quantum, the B8 appeared higher. Sure, these units delivered brighter highlights with some HDR materials, however OLED’s good black ranges and superior distinction lent its picture extra impression and realism total with each SDR and HDR.