- The LG C2 has been consistently ranked as one of the best all-around televisions for the past 15 months.
- The LG C2 excels in gaming with features like auto low latency mode, variable refresh rate, and support for Dolby Vision.
- The picture quality of the LG C2 is exceptional, thanks to its OLED evo panel, dynamic tone mapping, and the added support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HGiG.
- Equipped with webOS 22, the LG C2 offers a smart TV experience with thousands of apps and support for AirPlay 2.
- The Magic Remote of the LG C2 allows for motion gestures and easy navigation of the webOS interface.
When it comes to the best all-around televisions you can buy today, the LG C2 has been at or near the top of many best-of lists for the last 15 months. The combination of the outstanding OLED panel, deep blacks, sound, and gaming has helped make it one of the most popular TVs on the market today.
If you have been on the fence about this great OLED model, there is no time like the present to take a leap of faith and pick one up today.
Let’s take a look at the 7 reasons why an LG C2 should be your next TV purchase.
Quick Facts: LG C2
|Starting at $799 MSRP (42”)
|42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83”
|Alpha 9 Gen5 AI Processor 4K
|4K (3,840 x 2,160)
|Yes (native decoding)
|Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
|Smart TV Software
|Google Assistant, Alexa
|Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)?
|4x HDMI 2.1
|AI Sound Pro, virtual 7.1.2 channel sound
- Great contrast, deep blacks, and over a billion colors
- 8 million self-lit OLED pixels
- Alpha 9 Gen 5 AI Processor 4K, exclusive to LG, intuitively adapts to what you're watching
- LG Game Optimizer mode
While the LG C2 doesn’t look all that different from other televisions in that it’s black and has a screen and stand, it’s just one good-looking television. With a bezel of only 6mm, the OLED screen feels like it takes up the entirety of the display area and does a great job of showing itself off. The 42-inch model comes with a pair of feet as it’s intended to be used as a monitor while the 48-inch size and above offers a pedestal stand that feels right at home as part of the design.
As the LG C2 has a panel that is as thin as a smartphone, there is little question that anyone coming into your home will be drawn to its good looks. There are plenty of OLED TVs that are thin, but very few can claim to be as thin as the LG C2 while offering the same picture quality.
One of the absolute best reasons to pick up the LG C2 is just how well it handles any type of gaming platform you can connect to. Between Auto Low Latency (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-SYNC, and other technology, there is almost nothing the C2 cannot handle, especially with the ninth console generation.
The inclusion of four HDMI 2.1 ports enables up to a 120Hz refresh rate, which is exactly what the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X can deliver. This means you will get the absolute best performance out of this latest console era with the C2, without exception.
As soon as you start up your connected console and LG enables game optimizer mode. This experience enables the TV to select the best picture settings for your game session. The integrated AI with the Alpha 9 processor will automatically adjust the blacks, increase (or decrease) brightness, and let you see your current frame rate. As LG is one of the only TV manufacturers to include Dolby Vision as part of its gaming features, it also helps round out gaming as a primary reason to pick up the LG C2.
Where the LG C2 really shines and arguably becomes the best reason to pick this television over its many competitors is with its picture quality. The OLED evo panel is 20% brighter than LG’s standard EVO, and with the Alpha 9 Gen5 AI Processor 4K, everything just looks fantastic. Making full use of the set’s 8 million self-lit pixels, you can count on what LG calls “dazzling darks” and “luminous lights” to create some of the deepest blacks and increased brightness in this space. Add in Dynamic Tone Mapping and HDR content looks better than ever, and that’s before you even dive into the inclusion of Dolby Vision.
Along with Dolby Vision, you also receive support for HDR10 and HGiG, which combine to create some of the most vibrant and crisp colors ever seen on television at this price point. The OLED panel also shines when it comes to reducing motion blur, so action movies with fast-moving objects on the screen will not blur or look as if they are producing judder.
Equipped with LG’s proprietary software with webOS 22, the LG C2 has plenty of smarts to put it up against the likes of Google TV, Roku, or Amazon’s Fire TV system. Everything from news, entertainment, sports content, and more is available right from the LG C2’s webOS interface. Navigating the interface, which can often be a downfall of many smart TVs, is as easy as it gets with a focus on a row of icons toward the bottom of the screen that shows off installed third-party apps as well as LG’s included selection. There is little question as to whether a show you are looking for will be available as thousands of available apps are downloaded from the webOS interface. This includes all of your favorites like Netflix, Disney+, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Prime Video, and HBO Max.
Along with webOS, the LG C2 also offers support for AirPlay 2, so you can easily stream your iOS or iPad devices directly to your television. The experience is very smooth and integrates nicely with the rest of the webOS interface. If there is any downside to webOS on the LG C2, it’s that LG didn’t shy away from placing sponsored content here and there, but if you can overlook these unnecessary additions, it’s a true joy to use.
While the Magic Remote on the LG C2 isn’t new overall, it’s still one of the most interesting remotes available. While companies like Samsung and Amazon have gone all-in on trying to reduce remotes to only the bare essentials for operation, LG’s Magic Remote has done the opposite. Even though there are shortcut buttons for Disney+, Netflix, and Prime Video, as well as voice assistance for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, none of these are the reasons why this remote is so great.
The Magic Remote excels because it can use motion gestures to control a cursor on the LG C2 screen, which is very much like how the Nintendo Wii used to operate a decade ago. Essentially, having to waive the remote up and down or left and right might sound silly, but in everyday use, it’s quite fun to operate. It might take a few days to get used to, but when you get a handle on how to quickly find the cursor on the screen, it becomes far easier to navigate webOS than it does with a trackpad that offers up, down, left, and right arrows.
As good as the picture, gaming, and design are with the LG C2, the audio has to match to help make this the total 4K television package. The good news is that the audio experience more than delivers with AI Sound Pro. Capable of creating a virtual 7.1.2 virtual surround sound, the LG C2 can provide a cinema-like experience, without the need for extra speakers or a soundbar.
With the inclusion of Dolby Atmos technology, FILMMAKER MODE on the LG C2 really delivers to make it feel as if you are immersed in whatever you are watching. LG really stepped up from the LG C1, the C2’s predecessor, and helped deliver a much improved audio experience that really completes the C2 as the ultimate 4K TV package.
This might be among the biggest reasons for some to buy an LG C2 today, but in a world where competitors are slimming down the number of available sizes, LG has stepped up. As the LG C2 is available in 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, and 83-inch sizes, you really have the opportunity to find the best fit for your needs. Whether this TV will be a mainstay of your family room at 65 or 77 inches, or act as a gaming monitor at 42 inches, there is no question that it can deliver what you need, in a size you need, often a price that’s just right.
Alternatives to the LG C2
- 4K upscaling and Quantum HDR OLED
- Contains 8.3 million self-illuminating pixels
- Built-in Dolby Atmos object tracking sound
- Smart TV hub to help find movies, shows, and games you want to play
- Xbox Game Pass built-in, no console necessary
As one of Samsung’s first OLED panel televisions, the S95B has quickly become an industry favorite with an excellent display that offers even better brightness than the LG C2. Available in 55 and 65-inch sizes, Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor with 4K upscaling does a fantastic job of showing off how good this television truly is. The AI-powered processor works behind the scenes to tie together HDR with the OLED panel to show off incredible detail you won’t find on any other television.
Add in a super slim design — slimmer than a smartphone even — plus features like Dolby Atmos, and it’s easy to see why the Samsung S95B is so well-reviewed. Dolby Atmos pairs together with Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound technology with speakers behind the screen to bring arguably the best sound in the OLED space. Last but not least is built-in support for Xbox Game Pass and a host of other excellent gaming features including HDMI 2.1 ports.
- 0.1ms response time and native 120Hz refresh rate
- LG ThinQ AI voice assistant included
- Features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technology
- Superb contrast
- Comes in a variety of sizes from 48 inches to 83 inches
- NVIDIA G-Sync, AMD FreeSync Premium, and VRR
The successor to the LG C2 takes everything you love about the current model and improves on it to create the LG C3.
While the LG C3‘s price tag is still far above that of the LG C2, you still have the same 42-83-inch options that help create a true choice for everyone. Powered by the Alpha 9 Gen 6 processor, you can find improved brightness over the LG C2 with an updated OLED Evo panel. The AI-assisted processor pairs with the built-in Brightness Booster technology to make sure you can see absolutely everything on the screen, no matter what time of day it is.
Dolby Vision is still a staple of the LG C3 television and helps create a true home theater experience that brings together sound with Dolby Atmos, resulting in one of the best TVs in the market. Similar to the LG C2, you get similar gaming features with a 0.1ms response time with a 120Hz refresh rate courtesy of the four HDMI 2.1 inputs. Other features like VRR, ALLM, and NVIDIA G-Sync all help LG’s Game Optimizer Mode become one of the best reasons to pick up an LG television.
- Quantum Dot color with QD-OLED panel and XR Triluminos Max
- XR OLED Contrast Pro technology
- Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Switch for PlayStation 5
- HDMI 2.1 features including 4K@120Hz, 10 VRR, and ALLM
- Game Motion Plus delivers 144Hz with compatible PC-connected content
Sony has long been at the forefront of incredible TV technology and the A95K continues the company’s run of terrific TV models.
Available in both 55 and 65-inch sizes, gamers, in particular, will love the A95K’s ability to connect with the PlayStation 5 for specialized performance outputs. Four HDMI 2.1 ports ensure the PS5 receives the full 120Hz refresh rate it’s capable of, plus the addition of VRR and ALLM all help solidify why the A95K is a fantastic choice for gaming.
Beyond gaming, the inclusion of the Google TV interface is an arguably best-in-class smart TV experience with thousands of downloadable apps through the Google Play Store. For movies, Sony’s support with the BRAVIA Core brings home a true cinematic experience with 4K UHD movies that are only available on select Sony televisions. Every movie looks great with the Quantum Dot color with outstanding brightness and contrast that is second to none. The realism of the picture feels as immersive as a modern-day television can deliver and Sony does it with a lifelike picture that is best-in-class.
At the end of the day, the LG C2 continues to be one of the best televisions around. Between its outstanding OLED panel, strong blacks, incredibly strong brightness levels, and gaming capabilities, it’s an easy sell for many people. With it coming down in price and often on sale, it’s a must-own for anyone in the market looking for a new OLED television.
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