LG OLED65W8PUA Review – LG’s OLED TVs have consistently stood out as some of the best we have experienced in the last few years. Technology simply provides a much better image than conventional LCD’s can produce, and allows some creative designs with extremely thin panels mounted in different ways. LG’s OLEDE8P series continues this tradition. The 55-inch OLED55E8PUA model we tested offers incredible contrast and extraordinarily wide and accurate colors, and adds Google Assistant’s voice control to the mix.
Like most OLED TVs, the 4k E8P has a striking and unique visual appearance. The design is completely bevel-free, with a single pane of glass covering the edge-to-edge OLED panel, with a slim quarter-inch frame that surrounds the active part of the screen (which disappears when the TV shows something black , thanks to the OLED technology). The panel is slightly more than a quarter of an inch deep, thickening up to two inches in the lower third of the cabinet containing all electronic components and physical connections.
The bottom edge of the screen contains a 0.75-inch black speaker grille, below which two inches of clear glass are extended. The glass edge is mounted on the enclosed bracket, a wide, shallow metallic gray hexagon that holds the TV securely, giving the impression that it is floating one inch above the table thanks to the glass between the screen and the B Ase. It’s not exactly the floating rectangle design of the even more expensive LG Signature W7P, which places all of its electronic components in a separate compartment that bends like a sound bar and just leaves the OLED panel to hang on the wall, but it’s still pretty Striking
LG OLED65W8PUA Review – The cabinet at the bottom of the back of the TV has all the ports in two holes near the left side of the screen, with the exception of the power cord connected to the right side of the back of the screen, facing backwards. The left-most recess opens to the left side of the screen and features three HDMI ports and a 3.0 USB port. One more HDMI port, two more USB ports, one composite video input, one optical audio output, one RS232-C port, one Ethernet port and one antenna/cable connector are in the more centered hole, looking back.
LG OLED65W8PUA Review – The included Magic Touch remote control is effectively identical to the remote controls included with the OLEDC7P and LG high-end LCD TVs. It is a curved black wand dominated by a circular navigation pad with a scroll wheel in the middle that can be clicked. A numeric keypad and volume/channel buttons are located above the Navigation Pane, while playback controls, four color buttons and dedicated buttons for Amazon and Netflix are located below it. The remote has a hole microphone near the top to use WebOS’s voice search feature, and has built-in air-mouse functionality to control an on-screen pointer. Thanks to a wireless connection to the TV, the remote control does not need a line of sight to operate.
LG OLED65W8PUA Review – LG continues to use its WebOS platform for smart TVs. Visually, WebOS in the E8P is identical to LG’s previous intelligent TVs. When you press a button, a pop-up menu bar appears at the bottom of the screen, showing your most recent entries and applications with additional options available when you scroll to the right. A live TV guide is supported, and you can add your favorite streaming channels and content to the my channels and my content menus on the left side of the screen.
WebOS also includes a Web browser, which is relatively easy to use thanks to the mouse functionality of the remote control. The platform also supports screen sharing with WiDi and miracast dongle, but that leaves out most modern Android devices from switching to Google Cast for local transmission and duplication. It can transmit Bluetooth audio, however.
Instead of drowning in another explanation of the many benefits of OLED, let’s talk about the improvements made last year.
The most notable enhancement is the use of LG’s Alpha 9 processor for a better contour between areas of bright light and darkness (such as a picture of a moon on a dark night) and motion processing. In a demonstration of the E8 OLED, we could see how well the new Alpha 9 processor faced another leading OLED panel. In short, the OLED E8 was not only brighter, but it also resisted the action better, making sure that the images remained clear when the camera was passing from one shot to another in an urban landscape.
LG OLED65W8PUA Review – The Alpha 9 processor will also allow for a massive jump in the query table, a term you’ll hear a lot from LG in the new year. A query table is a way to color the correct source entry. Using what is called a 3-D reference table, colors can be corrected individually; If a blue is too blue, for example, it can be made less blue without impacting the green or red tones in the same image. For this example, LG used a video of a parrot to show how clarity and color processing came together to create a more refined and vibrant image.
And while image processing seems to have received a major review on this occasion, a representative from LG told us that the panels are more or less the same as those used last year. That means there are no changes in the overall brightness of the panels, which means that the HDR content might look roughly the same as last year, except for some minor tweaks.
LG OLED65W8PUA Review – Speaking of HDR, all 8 series OLEDs (W8, G8, E8, C8 and B8) are allowed to support four types of HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, Technicolor advanced HDR and HLG. This will work in conjunction with LG’s patented HDR Pro and HLG Pro technology that works on a scene-by-scene basis to find the right balance between low points and highlights.
Although not a massive improvement in the almost perfect W7 OLED last year, the W8 has many promises. It’s a bit smarter and looks better with its new Alpha 9 processor that provides clarity in color processing and clarity, and although HDR performance has not received a great boost in power, it still looks tremendous compared to other OLED screens S competitors
We are not fully convinced that the W8 will spin around the competition this year, especially since no tangible improvements have been made on the panel itself, but we trust that the W8 will probably be worthy of a place on your wall when you launch to finale S this year around spring.