July 23, 2018

LG 55EG9A7V OLED Smart TV Review

LG 55EG9A7V

Do you want the image quality of OLED, but do you have no interest in such things as Ultra HD or HDR? Then the LG 55EG9A7V can be an interesting and also much cheaper option. This OLED TV is just Full HD and does not support HDR. Is the LG 55EG9A7V still worth the effort?

LG 55EG9A7V

LG 55EG9A7V specifications

  • Price: 899 euro
  • Screen Type: OLED
  • Diagonal screen size: 55 inches, 128,8cm
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)
  • Frame rate: 100Hz
  • Connectivity: 3 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 2 x IF inputs, Bluetooth, composite input, optical input, WiFi, Ethernet -LAN
  • Smart TV: WebOS

 

If super slim is your taste, then this LG OLED TV has the right proportions. The screen is barely 5 mm thin. The central, metal-colored base plate supports the screen with a wide plexiglass neck.

Connections

The device is equipped with three HDMI connections, and three USB connections, two of which are on the side and one on the rear. All connections at the back point to the wall, you have to take this into account if you opt for wall mounting. There is no headphone output, but the device does offer Bluetooth for a wireless headset.

Image quality

With an OLED screen, each pixel itself produces light and can be individually switched off so that it is perfectly black. OLED TVs, therefore, have an unrivaled, almost infinite contrast. The main difference with other OLED models is that the 55EG9A7V uses a Full HD (1.920 x 1.080) resolution instead of Ultra HD (3.840 x 2.160). As long as you are sitting far enough away from the screen (about three meters) you will not be bothered by it, although you obviously lose a little bit of detail.

The images are very natural, with enormous depth and excellent color reproduction.

In the Cinema mode, the device is calibrated in an exemplary way. The images are very natural, with enormous depth (thanks to the perfect black) and excellent color reproduction. The only point of attention: the screen hides some shadow detail, making dark scenes sometimes a bit flat. You can adjust this by adjusting ‘Brightness’ to 52. In soft color transitions or very dark images, you can sometimes see faint color stripes or blocks.

The 55EG9A7V delivers a great picture with all your sources, from DVD to game console, although in some cases, such as noise reduction, it has to recognize its multiple in the E6 and G6. The differences are small, however, and will seldom disturb you. The OLED screen shows a lot of detail in fast-moving images. In addition to the lack of Ultra HD resolution, HDR support is lacking on this television.

Smart TV

WebOS 2.0 is an excellent smart TV platform that provides you with clear and playful access to all sources, apps, and functions. You can organize the tiles on the Home screen so that you can find all your favorites immediately. Our only complaint is that this model is equipped with a too weak chipset which makes the interface sometimes slow and log reacts.

Magic Remote

LG equips its WebOS TVs with the Magic Remote. That is perfectly in hand, and by pointing to the screen you move a cursor on the screen. The remote follows your movements very accurately, and you do not have to put much effort into it. This way you can quickly click on the desired tiles or navigate through the menus quickly. If you find that hassle with pointing out nothing, then there are still enough keys on the remote to control your TV in a classic way. The remote is equipped with a microphone with which you can record your searches.

Sound quality

The speakers built into the back perform well for everyday use. Do not forget to switch off the ‘Smart sound mode in the menu, which regularly opts for a too sharp display.

The sound is excellent for dialogues, background music, and if you watch a movie every now and then. If the volume is turned too far, the TV should hear the dynamic range, which may cause slight distortion.

Conclusion

OLED screens are an excellent choice for film and sports enthusiasts. The perfect black, enormous contrast and rich colors make this television a true miniature home theater. He shows a lot of detail in fast-moving images. Gamers have to take into account a little too high input.

Attention: the LG 55EG9A7V is a Full HD device, not Ultra HD and it does not support HDR. Apart from these two important differences, you get a handsome OLED TV. The image quality is still excellent: beautiful, neutral display with rich colors and excellent processing of the different sources. The older WebOS 2.0 may lack some refinement and is mostly slightly slower and slower, but offers the same ease of use as the more recent version. If you can find this TV with a solid price advantage compared to for example a B6 or C7 and you do not care about HDR or Ultra HD then it is definitely worth it.

 

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