LG A1 (OLED)

LG A1 (55" OLED)

LG A1 (OLED)

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BEST RATING
Movies & TV shows:
4.7
PICTURE QUALITY: Very Good8.2/10
MOVIES & TV: Very Good8.9/10
GAMING: Good7.0/10
SPORTS: Very Good8.0/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Very Good8.0/10
NEWS & TALK: Very Good8.4/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Fair6.6/10

The LG A1 OLED offers a very good overall picture quality, and it's particularly strong for movie viewing and watching in dark rooms due to excellent contrast and black uniformity. If gaming is a priority, the performance is good but not top-tier, so avid gamers might want something with faster response times and lower input lag. Sports fans will enjoy very good performance with this TV, although its brightness is only fair, which may not be the best for very bright rooms. The A1 is an upper midrange-priced OLED option with strong benefits for general TV programming and cinematic content, but there are TVs better suited for high-intensity gaming or extremely bright environments. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent dark room performance
  • Perfect blacks enhance contrast
  • Very wide viewing angles
  • Low input lag for gaming
  • Supports Dolby Vision and HLG
Cons
  • Mediocre brightness in bright rooms
  • No HDR10+ support
  • Limited to 60Hz refresh rate
  • Only three HDMI ports

Ratings by Category

Movies & TV shows:
4.7
The LG A1 OLED TV is exceptional for watching movies and cinematic content due to its perfect contrast and local dimming capabilities which enable deep blacks and high black uniformity, providing a rich and immersive viewing experience. Additionally, its wide viewing angles and good color out-of-the-box, along with a capable color volume, ensure that the picture remains vibrant and consistent from different viewing positions.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
4.5
The LG A1 OLED is excellent for watching news and talk shows because it has high upscaling quality which makes lower resolution content look better and its good color production ensures that even standard definition content appears vibrant and clear.
Overall Picture:
4.5
PerfectRec developed this proprietary score designed to provide an overall assessment of a display's visual performance. It is a comprehensive metric that takes into account many quantitative measures of picture quality, including: contrast ratio, color gamut, color volume, color accuracy, local dimming, gray uniformity, black uniformity, viewing angle, reflections (glare) and color calibration. By combining multiple factors, this score offers a more nuanced and comprehensive evaluation of a display's capabilities than a single factor.
Sports:
4.4
PerfectRec’s sports score prioritizes response time and refresh rate as the most important factors to ensure clear images of fast-moving scenes. In addition, we consider gray uniformity, which ensures that the turf looks the same across the whole screen, reflections, to avoid distracting ambient light from the action, and viewing angles and brightness, to avoid color distortion and washed-out images, especially when not seated directly in front of the TV.
Cartoons & Animaton:
4.4
The LG A1 OLED TV displays cartoons and animation well due to its "good" colors straight out of the box, which means less need for adjustments for optimal picture quality. Additionally, its "very good" color gamut ensures a wide range of colors, essential for the vibrant and varied hues often found in animated content.
Gaming:
4.0
PerfectRec’s gaming score measures a TV's performance when it comes to playing video games. It is based on several factors that can significantly impact the quality of the gaming experience, including screen response time, input lag, and refresh rate. Screen response time is a critical factor that determines how quickly the TV can transition from one color to the next, while input lag measures the delay between the gaming console output and the TV display. Refresh rate refers to the number of times per second that the TV displays a new frame, which can impact the smoothness of the gaming experience. The gaming score also takes into account two other features: local dimming in gaming mode, which can enhance contrast and picture quality, and black frame insertion, which can reduce screen brightness and create a smoother gaming experience.
Bright Room:
3.7
The LG A1 OLED TV has fair levels of SDR and HDR brightness, meaning it may not be the brightest option for a well-lit room, yet it handles reflections very well, which helps in maintaining picture quality under lights. The TV offers excellent contrast and good color volume and gamut, providing rich and deep blacks with vibrant colors, but the overall brightness might be insufficient for a bright room setting..

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,148
Brand
LG
Release Date
March 2, 2021
Full name
OLED55A1
Screen Size
55"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
webOS
Sound Quality Score
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6.6/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
3
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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8.3/10
Bright Room Score
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6.7/10
Gaming Score
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7/10
Movies & TV Score
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8.9/10
Sports Score
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8/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
27.8" x 48.3" x 1.8"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
30.2" x 48.3"
Weight without Stand
40.6 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
No
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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10/10
Local Dimming
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10/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.0
Speaker Power
20 W
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
No

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