My home entertainment experience has completely changed since unboxing the LG G3 OLED TV. While a full review of the set is still to come (we’re in the process of putting the G3 through our rigorous testing), I couldn’t wait to shout about how it actually changed my movie-watching experience.
Its superb image quality really stood out to me while watching a series of close-ups in the new Netflix movie Hunger (if you’re looking for more culinary thrillers like this one, then here are five more worth checking out). Tight shots of various people’s mouths chewing, itching and licking their lips during a scene depicting a fine dining experience made me visibly cringe.
My old TV didn’t do this. I would feel more detached from the image on the screen – I certainly can’t remember the last time I punched the air like I was trying to get rid of something that was in the room… The extra visceral quality of the crisp image triggers such a physical reaction in me that made me stop to consider what had just happened. I found it to be almost like an immersive 3D experience, just without the VR headset.
If you’re like me and get excited when VR finally goes mainstream (I like to imagine a reality not too dissimilar to the one depicted in Ready player one), then you’re probably looking for a TV that can get you as close as possible to a fully cinematic experience – and the G3 delivers.
I feel it’s also worth noting that the LG G3 model I used was 65 inches. Given that this is certainly a large TV, that probably added to the immersive effect it had on me. Unlike a projector – whose scale can seem intimidating when couch-sized faces stare down at you – if you don’t have a huge viewing room, the 65-inch LG G3 has a more subtle effect.
Meet the LG G3 TV
The LG G3 OLED is the company’s latest flagship 4K TV, and as someone who hasn’t yet made the jump to the latest high-end TVs at home, I have to tell you: the buzz surrounding the new screen will make this one of the best OLED TVs on the planet feels justified.
Of course, if you have experience with high-end TVs, this will come as no surprise to you. But if you’re one of the vast number of people thinking of upgrading from a mid-range LCD TV or similar (like me), it makes an amazing difference – I just wish I’d made the switch sooner.
What stands out the most for me in my viewing experience with the LG G3 OLED TV so far is its immersive effect, which is made possible by the sheer amount of picture detail and, more importantly, the all-new levels of contrast that this model has.
LCD TVs have come a long way in recent years thanks to mini-LED technology, but if you’re trying to decide which TV technology is better, then – for me – OLED is the one to look out for. if you are wonderingwhat is OLED?‘, this basically means that each pixel acts as its own backlight, making a clearly visible difference to the overall picture.
The G3 Series is a game-changing enhancement to the LG G2 OLEDwith scaling and HDR tone mapping performing better than its predecessors and some other high-end TVs – but its biggest difference comes from having LG’s brightest OLED screen we’ve ever tested.
The G3 became available for pre-order in the US on March 6, but we got a sneak peek at it a few days early. During our early impressions of the LG G3 OLED TV review time for testing, we were amazed by its brightness, which is around 1,300 nits in real-world tests. By comparison, the excellent LG C3 hits just over 800 nits, so the G3 is over 50% brighter.
All the latest OLED technology and next-generation features are packed into the LG G3 TV, although you’ll have to pay for it. This new model is at a higher price than its predecessor (G2), but given that it is much brighter, the increase already seems justified to me.