LG’s OLED TVs have constantly stood out as among the greatest we have examined during the last a number of years. The expertise merely offers a significantly better image than typical LCDs can produce, and permits for some inventive designs with extraordinarily slim panels mounted in numerous methods. LG’s OLEDE8P sequence continues this custom. The 55-inch OLED55E8PUA mannequin we examined gives unbelievable distinction and remarkably extensive, correct colours out of the field, and provides Google Assistant voice management to the combo. At $three,299.99, it is a fairly sizeable funding when measured towards LCD TVs. Nonetheless, the OLEDE8P sequence produces a surprising image that earns our Editors’ Selection.
Like most OLED TVs, the 4K E8P appears to be like visually putting and distinctive. The design is totally bezel-free, with a single pane of glass overlaying the OLED panel from edge to edge, with a slim quarter-inch body of blackness surrounding the energetic a part of the show (which disappears each time the TV reveals something black, because of the OLED expertise). The panel is simply over 1 / 4 of an inch deep, thickening to 2 inches on the decrease third for the enclosure that accommodates all of the electronics and bodily connections.
The underside fringe of the display holds a zero.75-inch black speaker grille, underneath which extends two inches of clear glass. That cup lip mounts onto the included stand, a large, shallow metallic grey hexagon that helps the TV securely, giving it the impression that it is floating an inch above the desk because of the glass between the display and the bottom. It is not fairly the floating-rectangle design of the much more costly LG Signature W7P, which places all of its electronics in a separate compartment that doubles as a soundbar and leaves solely the OLED panel for hanging on the wall, however it’s nonetheless fairly eye-catching.
The enclosure on the decrease a part of the again of the TV holds all ports in two recesses close to the left aspect of the display, apart from the facility cable connected to the precise aspect of the again of the display, dealing with again. The leftmost recess opens out towards the left aspect of the display and options three HDMI ports and a USB three.zero port. Another HDMI port, two extra USB ports, a composite video enter, an optical audio output, an RS232-C port, an Ethernet port, and an antenna/cable connector sit within the extra centered recess, dealing with again.
The included Magic Contact distant is successfully similar to the remotes included with the OLEDC7P and LG’s high-end LCD TVs. It is a curved black wand dominated by a round navigation pad with a clickable scroll wheel within the center. A quantity pad and quantity/channel buttons sit above the navigation pad, whereas playback controls, 4 shade buttons, and devoted buttons for Amazon and Netflix sit under it. The distant contains a pinhole microphone close to the highest for utilizing WebOS’ voice search characteristic, and it has built-in air mouse performance for controlling an on-screen pointer. Because of a wi-fi connection to the TV, the distant would not want line of sight to work.
LG continues to make use of its WebOS platform for sensible TVs. Visually, WebOS on the E8P is similar to previous LG sensible TVs. A pop-up menu bar seems on the backside of the display on the push of a button, displaying your most up-to-date inputs and apps with extra selections out there by scrolling to the righsont. A stay TV information is supported, and you may add your favourite broadcast channels and content material to the My Channels and My Content material menus on the left aspect of the display.
Whereas the app choice is not fairly as sturdy as Android TV, Amazon Hearth TV, or Roku TV, most main streaming video services can be found, together with Amazon, Google Play Motion pictures & TV, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and YouTube. For music you may entry iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Spotify, and a few others, however Amazon Music and Google Play Music are each lacking. WebOS additionally features a internet browser, which is comparatively simple to make use of because of the air mouse performance of the distant. The platform additionally helps display sharing with WiDi and Miracast, however that leaves most trendy Android units out because the shift to Google Solid for native streaming and mirroring. It may possibly stream Bluetooth audio, nevertheless.
Whereas WebOS would not help Google Solid, it not too long ago obtained one other highly effective Google device underneath its belt. The E8P and different 2018 LG sensible TVs now characteristic the Google Assistant voice assistant. Urgent the microphone button on the distant and talking into the pinhole mic permits you to use the entire options of Google Assistant, simply as in the event you have been utilizing an Android TV machine. You’ll be able to search for common info, examine climate studies and sports activities scores, and management smart home devices via the TV together with your voice,
You too can seek for films, reveals, and different content material, however that is the place WebOS takes over and offers search outcomes utilizing LG’s ThinQ expertise as a substitute of Google Assistant. Voice management of the TV itself is equally served by WebOS relatively than Google Assistant, letting you regulate the amount, change the channel, swap inputs, and open apps by talking into the distant. The separation of content material looking from voice assistant options is awkward however comprehensible, since WebOS would not help the identical streaming companies or strategies as Android TV, and lacks Google Solid.
The E8P helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR) content material, together with HDR10 with or with out hybrid log gamma (HLG) and Dolby Imaginative and prescient.
We check TVs utilizing a Klein K-10A colorimeter, a Murideo SIX-G signal generator, and SpectraCal’s CalMAN software on a Razer Blade Professional laptop computer utilizing methodology based mostly on Imaging Science Foundation calibration strategies. Within the Technicolor (Professional) image mode, the E8P reveals a formidable 740.23cd/m2 peak brightness in an 18-percent white subject, our normal for testing OLED TVs. A full-field sample drops that considerably to 139.3cd/m2, whereas a smaller 10-percent subject would not improve the brightness previous the 745cd/m2 vary. Like all different OLED TVs we have examined, the E8P shows excellent black ranges, producing no mild even when one other a part of the display is displaying a picture. This implies the E8P has the identical “infinite” distinction ratio because the C7P, the W7P, and the Sony A1E.
The above chart reveals Rec.709 broadcast normal shade ranges as packing containers and measured shade ranges as dots. Out of the field, in Technicolor (Professional) image mode, the E8P reveals spectacular shade efficiency. Whites are spot-on, and reds and greens lengthen effectively previous normal ranges with none important drift. Cyans and yellows additionally attain far with out leaning towards a major shade, and magentas seem solely barely hotter than best.
Unsurprisingly, the E8P’s OLED panel creates a spectacular image. The BBC’s Planet Earth II on Extremely HD Blu-ray appears to be like glorious, with vivid, pure greens and blues for the foliage, sky, and water within the “Islands” episode. Particulars look crisp and visual in shadows and highlights, with the wonderful texture of each black and white fur showing clearly with out something trying washed out or muddy.
The Nice Gatsby appears to be like equally spectacular, with heat, pure pores and skin tones towards the intense distinction between vivid whites and darkish blacks within the celebration scenes. Tremendous shadow particulars just like the contours and textures of fits and hair look clear towards vivid white shirts and lights, producing a really putting picture whatever the lighting.
The Ubisoft sport Far Cry 5 helps HDR on the Xbox One X, and it additionally appears to be like excellent on the E8P. Each day and night time missions are clear and detailed, with darkish motion coming via clearly with out showing blown out or with shadows that look extra grey than black. The Recreation image mode improves responsiveness at the price of shade accuracy, however even with barely cooler colours, the sport appears to be like vivid and usually pure.
Enter Lag and Energy Consumption
Enter lag is the period of time between when a TV receives a sign and the show updates. In most image modes, the E8P reveals a really excessive enter lag of 100.1ms. Nonetheless, the Recreation image mode drops that all the way down to 21.1ms, successfully similar to different LG OLED TVs in Recreation mode. That is low sufficient for us to contemplate the E8P to be a wonderful TV for gaming, although it would not fairly dip under the 20ms threshold we have seen some LCD TVs attain.
Underneath regular viewing circumstances, the OLED55E8P consumes 138 watts in Technicolor (Professional) image mode when displaying HDR content material. HDR disables the TV’s APS power-saving image mode, however energy consumption is comparable in Technicolor (Professional). The E8P can spike to 210 watts of energy consumption in very vivid scenes, however that is nonetheless in a really affordable vary for an OLED panel, utilizing about two-thirds as a lot electrical energy because the 55-inch LG OLED55C7P from final yr.
The LG OLEDE8P sequence follows within the footsteps of LG’s earlier OLED TVs by providing probably the greatest footage you will get at a really excessive worth. At $three,300 for the 55-inch mannequin we examined, that is one costly TV, even when it is much less dear than the LG Signature W7P or upcoming W8P. It appears to be like nice, with among the greatest colours and strongest distinction efficiency we have seen up to now. Whereas we have but to check the 2018 C8P model, LG’s OLEDC7P sequence gives equally glorious efficiency and options (with out Google Assistant) for a good bit lower than the E8P. For now, although, the OLEDE8P stands as the most effective TV we have examined this yr, and in the event you can afford it, it is effectively definitely worth the worth.
If you would like robust efficiency with out the OLED premium, the Roku TV-powered TCL 6-series is a superb finances LCD line with 55- and 65-inch variations out there for round 1 / 4 the value of the equal E8P TVs. Do not count on almost the identical shade attain or distinction, although.