LG's flagship OLED TV for 2023 is the G3, an ultra-slim TV that looks best when mounted on the wall. This year's iteration is the brightest OLED from LG yet, and keeps LG OLEDs competitive in the face of new QD-OLEDs from Samsung and Sony. Meanwhile, the refreshed webOS TV interface is slick, snappy, and more user-friendly than before. I tested the 55-inch model, which will cost you a fair bit at around S$3,500. But that's the market price for a premium OLED — a similar OLED from Samsung costs roughly the same.
- 4K resolution with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG
- 4x HDMI 2.1 ports (4K@120Hz)
- Comes in 55″ (tested), 65″, 77″ and 83″ sizes
- Supports Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium
The G3 is LG's first OLED TV to feature Micro Lens Array (MLA), which is a layer of microscopic lenses that focuses the light from the OLED pixels. This boosts the brightness of the TV, which has often been a weakness of OLEDs. The improvement is stark, especially when compared with my older 2021 LG OLED. The brightness is palpable, and elevates the viewing experience, especially for SDR content. The anti-reflective coating is better, too. Watching TV in a brightly-lit room isn't remotely an issue with this OLED TV. It's the perfect response from LG to QD-OLED TVs like the Samsung S95C that promise brighter, more vibrant visuals. Note that MLA is present on all TV sizes for the G3, except for the 83-inch version.
The G3's picture quality is excellent, as you'd expect from a flagship LG OLED. You'll get inky blacks, and vibrant colours, with barely any banding. Viewing angles are extremely wide without any colour shift. Compared with my OLED, I also noticed significantly more shadow detail in Netflix's Beef (Episode 10) with the G3. However, the sound is so-so, though that's unsurprising given the TV's slim profile. I highly recommend getting a soundbar. While it's designed to be wall mounted, LG sells an optional TV stand for the G3. However, the TV leans back slightly on this stand, and there is barely any clearance (around 5cm) to accommodate a soundbar. As usual, LG offers four HDMI 2.1 ports supporting up to 4K 120Hz, and full chroma 4:4:4. The latter ensures the best image quality without compression, so the G3 works perfectly as a PC monitor.
LG revamped its webOS TV interface this year. It now has a convenient Quick Menu, which is like the settings you find when you swipe down on your phone screen. You can easily access essential settings from networking to picture modes. Or dive into more advanced settings. There's also a Quick Cards feature that groups apps into categories like Home Office, Game, and Music. It's handy for users that may not know what you can do with a modern TV. More importantly, this interface is fast and snappy. LG also uses the same Magic Remote control, which can act as an air mouse or pointer as previous iterations.
If you're looking to buy one of the best OLED TVs this year, the LG G3 should be on your shortlist. The outstanding brightness, and overall picture quality, as well as the revamped user interface, are the highlights for me. But LG's OLEDs have always been great for gaming, thanks to having four full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports, and a game settings overlay — the G3 is no different. It will be expensive, though. The 55-inch model I tested costs S$3,599, while the 65-inch is S$4,699. The mid-range LG C3 is an alternative if you don't want to pay for the brighter screen. Get the C3 now on Lazada, and Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by LG.
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