Increased brightness and improved design, alongside comprehensive gaming features and connectivity options. Whether you’re watching films, streaming a TV series or playing games, the LG C2 lays down an impressive marker for 2022 OLEDs to follow.
- Great 4K HDR performance
- Improved design
- Comprehensive gaming features
- Better motion skills
- More expensive than C1 initially was
- So-so Atmos sound
Freeview PlayHub for Live TV, UK catch-up and on-demand apps
Dolby VisionSupports enhanced Precision Detail version of DV
Cloud gamingGoogle Stadia and GeForce Now supported
Another year, another LG C-series OLED hits the market. But where the models from the past couple of years offered only slight but beneficial improvements on the established formula, the 2022 iteration has the potential of a bigger step forward for LG’s mid-range OLED.
This year sees the C2 carry the brighter OLED evo panel that LG brought to the market in 2021 with its G1 OLED. The design has been refined and there’s a new Dolby Vision feature to wring out more performance from HDR content.
All of this does come at a higher starting cost than the C1. So the obvious question to ask is, does the LG C2 justify the extra outlay?
- UKRRP: £2699
The C2 series brings a smaller 42-inch model, which joins its 48-, 55-, 65-, 75- and 83-inch siblings. Price-wise, the 65-inch incurs an increase to £2699 (May 2022) compared to the £2499 starting price of the 65 C1 (at the time of that review, it fell to £2299).
There are two different versions: the OLED65C24LA and OLED65C26LD. The 24LA model is on Amazon UK, Currys, Richer Sounds, John Lewis & Partners and Hughes Trade. The latter is available through Argos, Sevenoaks and Costco UK.
The difference appears to be a heavier stand for the OLED65C26LD, plus that model only comes in 77-, 65- and 55-inch sizes.
- Super minimalist aesthetics
- Smaller, lighter stand
- Side-facing connections suit wall-mounting
LG has made changes over the previous model and they’re all for the better, with everything I felt needed attention addressed. One of the key changes is the stand, which has a smaller footprint that helps in planting the TV on surfaces large and small.
The result of the stand’s more compact form means it’s easier to slip cables from a soundbar beneath the TV’s frame. It could perhaps do with being slightly higher to accommodate a soundbar more comfortably, though. The Devialet Dione I was testing edged up to and just over the bottom bezel, but didn’t obscure the IR receiver for the remote.
The C2’s stand weighs less, too (45% less according to LG), with the combined weight of the TV and stand at 16.5kg. Assembly is a shade simpler, too: taking it out the box to turning it on took less than 10 minutes.
The rear packaging has been tidied up, occupying less space. And aside from the upward-facing CI interface, all the connections are side-facing, which aids access when the C2 is wall-mounted. There’s a cable clutter area on the back of the stand, but it’s only there to siphon the power cable through.
With a thin bezel design that ensures the screen is the focus, this is LG’s best-looking C-series model yet. It’s a gorgeously stylish OLED.
- Magic remote with voice control
- Big library of popular apps
- Freeview Play
The 2022 edition of webOS is a continuation of the decision in 2021 to move to an interface that focuses on curating content. Unfortunately, this main hub wasn’t working properly for me, so I couldn’t access recent/background apps.
It was easy enough to circumvent the issue by heading to the app store via the Home Dashboard or through voice control, but there remained a few niggles such as not being able to update apps in the app store – although opening apps with voice control led to them automatically updating themselves. Aside from a forum post, I haven’t seen the issue mentioned elsewhere.
The Magic remote carries over from 2021 and feels less fiddly to use, the cursor less prone to flying across the screen. It has hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and Rakuten, as well as shortcuts for Alexa and Google digital assistants.
There’s a bounty of apps with the likes of Apple TV, Sky Store and Twitch; Hulu, HBO Max and Sling TV for US customers; and with Freeview Play, the UK catch-up and on-demand apps are available. LG Channels has nearly 200 free-to-watch channels to stream, while LIVENow – exclusive to LG TVs – features access to live music concerts and events.
The Home Dashboard is where you can manage the TV’s various inputs, wireless connections (such as AirPlay 2) or connect to IoT (Internet of Things) devices around the home. The menu system remains easy to navigate, with fewer sections to wade through, and fewer nestled menus. The Multi View, which I hadn’t noticed before, allows for two screens to be viewed at once for any keen multitaskers.
- ALLM, VRR, HFR across all HDMI inputs
- Dolby Vision Gaming
- Cloud gaming support
There are 4 x HDMI 2.1 inputs (HDMI 2 is eARC for sending lossless audio to a compatible soundbar), a headphone out, digital optical out, Ethernet, satellite, and aerial inputs, 3 x USB, and a CI+ 1.4 (Common Interface) slot.
Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Bluetooth Surround Ready, where you can hook up wireless speakers that act as surround speakers. Both versions of the C2 support WiSA connectivity, a means of adding wireless speaker packages and soundbars wirelessly.
You won’t find a similarly priced TV from a rival brand as stacked for gaming features as the C2. ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) automatically switches the TV into its lowest latency state when it detects a gaming device. VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) dynamically alters the screen’s refresh rate to reduce visual artefacts such as tearing, and offer a fast response time. 4K/120Hz HFR (High Frame Rate) allows for a smoother-looking image and less lag. They’re available across each HDMI input, which is rare outside of LG and a few high-end Samsung TVs.
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