Surprisingly, you can't rearrange the working order of the drop-down content shelves on the screen of 'welcome, and overall I couldn ' t help myself fromThinking that the new interface is probably going in the right direction, it has not yet reached its end destination.
However, it scores well for its connectivity with mobile devices, including a cool new feature that lets you share TV pictures to your phone and TV audio with up to three mobile devices at the same time.
Some territories have a fun new magic search feature, where a long press on the select button on LG Magic Remote can display additional detailed and interactive information about the movie or the TV show you are watching.
Speaking of the Magic Remote, it has been redesigned for 2021. Now it features a slimmer design that's more comfortable to hold, and a list of direct application open buttons for Netflix , Prime Video, Disney +, Rakuten, and the sGoogle Assistant and Alexa voice recognition / control systems (if you prefer these over the default (and very good) LG ThinQ platform).
Corner detail of LG OLED65G1. Photo: LG
LG has even changed its TV settings menus for its 2021 televisions. By clicking on the Settings button, you now get the familiar (now editable) line of setting shortcuts on the left side of the screen.Choose the Advanced Settings option at the bottom, however, and the old black-and-white, text-rich menus are replaced by much simpler menus, white on transparent gray.n here to make the menus less overwhelming is good, again, it feels more like a step towards a better future rather than The Final Operation. Particularly because the organization of image adjustments is currently quite confusing.
A final drawback is that despite carrying much less text, the new menu graphics take up a large part of the screen. This can be quite unnecessary when trying to make some image adjustments.
The OLED65G1 features four HDMI connections, all capable of handling data rates of up to 40 Gbit / s and the 4K at 120Hz, HDR, and the variable refresh rate that the latest gaming platforms can offer. As other brands look to improve their gaming support for 2021, LG still looks set to be the most consistent brand in this area of pioneering TV features.read more importantly.
Xbox Series X gamers might also be drawn to the OLED65G1 support for the Dolby Vision HDR system, which Microsoft has announced it will offer on Xbox Series X games at some point. given this year. Samsung TVs, by comparison, support the "dynamic" HDR HDR10 + format, which is not currently on any gaming roadmap.
There are three key elements of the OLED65G1 's picture quality that I want to focus on: the overall picture quality, taking into account pane account 'evo ' l; game performance, including the new Game Optimizer feature; and LG's latest AI Picture Pro system.
First things first: the extra brightness and all-important color performance promised by the new G1 panel make a difference for the better. But it may not be a difference as spectacular as I had hoped.
The LG OLED65G1 Photo: LG
The brightness of a white HDR window covering 10% of An otherwise black image is around 778 nits in the Standard preset, around 767 nits in the Cinema Home Preset, and around 760 nits each for the Cinema and Filmmaker mode presets. Vivid mode hits a pretty impressive 872 nits, but l The overall aggression of this preset is far too strong to deliver a natural and appealing picture.
The 2020 77GX, by comparison, produced 754 nits in Vivid mode, 744 nits as standard, 741 nits in Cinema. Home, plus 683 nits in mode cinema and in Filmmaker mode.
The cross-references of these measurements suggest that LG only explored the outer limits of the new panel's brightness for Vivid mode (the colors in this mode are also extremely intense compared to LG OLEDs. previous ones, especially with regard to reds and greens). It only provided fairly modest increases in brightness for the Standard and Cinema Home presets, but it increased it again in a reasonably practical way for the more precise Cinema and Filmmaker Mode presets.
In search of brightness
There was nothing I could do with its settings to bring the OLED65G1 closer to 1000 nits or more than numbers I was hoping to see from this new LG OLED hardware. Although that's not to say that the relatively s mall increases still don't make a difference.
Cinema and Cineast mode presetsIt certainly looks brighter and more intense than previous LG OLEDs, making it much more satisfying options for me with HDR content. The color gamut looks slightly improved in these modes as well, with a bit more presence and richness present in relatively pure red, green, and blue image elements - such as red, white, and blue balloons and garish costumes. shown during the Derry Carnival sequence in "It".
LG OLED65G1 Photo: LG
Like brightness extra, the improved color maybe not the drastic change we can-be dreamed of. But then again, especially in conjunction with the slight increase in brightness, the color enhancements make enough of a difference that the two most accurate picture presets look like one. more spectacular HDR experience than we've seen before on LG OLED TVs.
Even the popular standard default preset derives more benefits from the evo panel than the minor measurable brightness increase might lead you to think. Small highlights, such as the light in the projector lens in Chapter 8 of 'It ', seem incredibly powerful, giving the HDR effect a boost that exceeds around 30 nits of difference. luminance measured between G1 and GX.
Bright full-screen HDR images also appear brighter and more intense than LG's previous OLED displays, further enhancing the feeling thate, once all the various enhancements of the evo panel and LG's latest Alpha 9 Gen 4 processors work hand in hand, the OLED65G1 can deliver crisp ults that perform beyond simple "measurable ".
And to be clear, other than the garish Vivid mode, none of the enhancements made by the OLED65G1's evo panel detract from the picture. Nothing looks overcooked or out of balance. It looks better.
The LG OLED65G1 Photo: LG
Crucially, too, none of the improvements in the evo panel damage the black level and local contrast intensities that we have long associated with tLG OLED risers. So there is no need to worry about the hues losing purity or naturalism in dark scenes, as there is literally no gray on dark tones that could erode their richness. It is also not necessary for LCD TVs that use locally dimmable backlighting to greatly reduce the brightness of dark colors to avoid backlight halo effects.
Perhaps the best news of all about the OLED65G1's brightness and color improvements, however, is that LG has managed to accomplish them without damaging the stability of its nearly black handling. . So very dark scenes still benefit from those impeccably deep, gray-free black levels we've come to expect from LG OLEDs without increasing the likelihood of those scenes falling prey to changes in brightness or distracting flickers.
In fact, loIn addition to being made worse by the additional panel brightness, the near-pitch black jitter of video content has become virtually non-existent on the OLED65G1. Especially when the image has been calibrated or you are using the Cinema or Filmmaker mode presets.
The new evo imaging system also did not negatively impact shadow detail. Subtle nuances and details remain abundantly evident, even in the darkest corners.
Covering all angles
The operation of OLED technology also means that you can watch the OLED65G1 from virtually any without having to the image does not lose color saturation or black level / contrast. Although I did notice a slight magenta tone creeping up in bright image areas at very severe angles - around 70 degrees off axis.
Glassy screen is a bit reflective compared to some LCD models as well, but I suspect that a lot of people willing to pay as much as the 65G1 costs to own a 65 inch TV probably won't mind doing the honor of making their room as dark as possible while watching TV "seriously" .
That said, the brighter image of the OLED65G1 makes it arguably LG's most user-friendly model to date.
The LG OLED65G1 Photo: LG
The The OLED65G1 's extra vibrancy of images is given a bit more control if you can feed it with a Dolby Vision source. The only exception to this, oddly enough, is the Dolby Vision Cinema setting, which appears to bethe too dark for comfort and loses shadow detail in the process.
If apart from Dolby Vision viewing, you feel that the picture becomes too dark when you view it in a dark room, you can also make sure that the TV's AI Brightness feature is turned off in the AI Service menu. Although with non-Dolby Vision sources - whether HDR or SDR - I suggest you at least try another AI option: the AI Picture Pro processor.
AI Picture Pro
I realize that automatic image optimization systems like AI Picture Pro can increase avid self-esteem. Including, in particular, the type of AV enthusiasts most likely to consider splashing out on a premium TV like the OLED65G1. I also realize that I was not too complimentary about the first generation of LG's AI Picture technology.few years ago. However, thanks to its latest AI-based enhancements, AI Picture Pro is now, for me, an invaluable tool in LG's picture quality arsenal. A setting that can genuinely but significantly improve just about every aspect of the OLED65G1's picture quality while generating virtually none of the annoying picture quality issues that have made it more or less a no. -starter just a few generations ago.
With HDR10 content, enabling AI Picture Pro clearly introduces more vibrancy and brightness to "enhance" the picture. There's more oomph, more emphasis on key image elements, more realistic skin tones (aside from the rare occasions when a little too much red creeps in), more colors. richer and more vibrant, less black crushing and more sharpness (although this is useful) seems to be applied locally, to specific objects and areas, ratherthan the whole image).
The design of the OLED65G1 's gallery means it may look like a painting when not viewed. Photo: LG figcaption >
The combination of all these factors helps AI Picture Pro to make HDR10 look more three-dimensional and immersive.
LG's latest AI picture app also allows for a Upscaling of sub 4K sources. Scaling adds authentic detail and texture, rather than just making the pixel count denser. The extra detail is added smartly enough, moreover, to ensure that different areas and different objects ofimage benefit from different levels of noise reduction and detail enhancement. The result is a more natural high-end, again with increased depth and three-dimensionality.
There is a limit to the quality of the sources that the scaling of the OLED65G1 handles well. Heavily compressed standard-definition digital broadcasts are not very pleasant to watch, and there remains clear evidence of gray blocking noise and posterization during the infamous operation difficult for OLED TVs to handle the Peeping Tom footage at 35.35. in Vikings Season 5 Part 2 Episode 2 on Amazon Prime.
It's likely, however, that most people who buy a TV like the OLED65G1 will be well-armed with decent HD quality and hopefully native 4K sources.
Another impressive aspect of the new AI Picture Pro system is its ability toadapt to different types of plans and content. Dark scenes, high contrast scenes, bright daylight exteriors, muted interiors, night scenes, cities and cityscapes… All are enhanced differently and, therefore, more effectively. Most importantly, the enhancement is provided without really causing any negative side effects.
In some ways, the AI Picture Pro feature now feels more like an additional refinement to dynamic tone mapping, with additional refinements to color and sharpness as a bonus.
Some would say that the improvements introduced by AI Picture Pro are all steps away from the idea of recreating images "as the director intended". Personally, I don't really buy into it. For starters, nothing about the AI Picture Pro system feels out of control, random, or out of balance. In fact, it works so intelligently and organically that I would say iIt delivers the best overall non-Dolby Vision presentation of `` It '' (a very difficult 4K Blu-ray in many ways) that I have ever seen.
In fact, for me, AI Picture Pro could even be argued to make the image of the OLED65G1 more like the appearance of an OLED panel professional, rather than just looking like an OLED panel professional. 'move away.
Either way, the simple fact is that AI Picture Pro frequently produced pictures that really took my breath away on a level than the 'normal' pictures on the OLED65G1 do. had not. Although, to be clear, the images of the G1 without AI Picture Pro active are never short of exceptional.
Of course, AI Picture Pro is just a choice. You can turn it off if you really don't want it to "interfere" with the picture quality of the TV. But by working so well and generating so few unwanted distractions and side effects in the process, this is a system that I think is truly expanding.t what LG OLED TVs have to offer.
For the most part, the 65G1 is a sensational gaming display. Notably because the brightness and color enhancements of the evo panel deliver perfectly matched HDR game graphics.
The LG OLED65G1 game optimizer . Photo: LG
The generally sunny outdoor environments of the COD Cold War, for example, look much more realistic , while the added dynamic range and intensity of your weapon to surrounding characters and objects feel more three-dimensional and immediate.
D 'especially since, as with the video, the black levels of the OLED screen were not damaged at all by the injection of a little extra light.
Games supporting 120Hz frame rates look and feel incredibly smooth and responsive, without any hint of jerky, blur, shake or any other artifacts . Especially if the game you are playing supports VRR.
The gaming experience also makes the most of the 65G The soft color enhancement of the 1 evo panel, which gives gaming environments an incredibly vibrant, exciting and, wherever it goes, feel. is intended for game makers, realistic.
I'm not saying that LG's C1 line when it appears probably won't also deliver fascinating, enhanced gaming performance. by the new Game Optimizer features that I'm about to go through. I am sure thatit will be. I would expect the C1 to probably be, though, gaming will be the area where the 65G1's advantages shine through most clearly.
Let's go through the settings of Game Optimizer one by one.
First of all, you can just turn off all the functionality if you want and play in one of the standard picture modes of the OLED65G1. The images are so good in Game Optimizer mode, however, that I honestly don't see much of a case for turning it off.
Below the toggle to enable or disable the Optimizer is a box informing you of the genre game you've toggled image handling to and whether you've enabled variable refresh rate support .
The OLED65G1 supports all variants of variable refresh rate technology. Photo: LG
Then comes the option to choose the kind of game you want as the graphics configuration privileged. Along with Standard mode, presets are designed to suit first-person shooters; RPG; and RTS games. FPS mode clearly increases the visibility of shadow detail in dark areas without ruining overall black levels, to help you spot enemies lurking (or camping). However, it also increases the intensity of bright images, which can cause a little clipping with very aggressive HDR games. I always f But I enjoyed using it, at least when playing online multiplayer.
Let's focus on you
RPG modeis designed to focus on enhancing the contrast and focusing the image on the characters and your presence around the world. It's actually quite strange how bringing the image of your character a little closer makes you feel more connected with that character while still making the game world seem bigger.
The RTS setting also makes sense, as the extra emphasis it places on the edges of objects and HDR reflections help you choose individual units and enemies on the battlefield.
Overall, the image feature of the kind of game that I thought would probably just be a gimmick ended up being a feature that I used on a regular basis.
The next options of Game Optimizer are what we call black and white stabilizers. Of these, the black stabilizer has much more impact and allows you to significantly change the aThe appearance of dark or light / gray parts of the image. This is also done, while affecting the bright parts of the image less than the FPS Genre setting - you might prefer to set the Game Genre to Standard and tinker with the Black Stabilizer rather than choosing the FPS Genre mode.
The effect of the white stabilizer, on the other hand, seems so subtle that I didn't really see much of it.
OLED Motion Pro is next on the list (although it's greyed out if you're gaming in 120Hz), and is provided for people who want to introduce a more cinematic take on motion. in the game you are playing. It inserts black frames into the images to create a 24p film effect - although in doing so it significantly softens the images. Add to that the ultra high frame rates that are becoming commonplace in the gaming world today and I can't really imagine that many gamers will experience it.understand the need to use OLED Motion Pro function.
The OLED65G1 receives LG's new Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor. Photo: LG
The Reduce Blue Light option of Game Optimizer is a bit more interesting. It increases the heat of the image to reduce eye strain that can be caused by a cold / blue image. games were generally at their best with the Reduce Blue Light option turned off. Its Level 1 setting, however, is at least fairly gentle when it comes to the color temperature change it introduces, so if your eyes start to feel a little tiredfords after your 24th consecutive hour of Assassin 's Creed: Valhalla, this is an interesting option to have at your disposal.
I admit to being a little puzzled by the upcoming 'Prevent Input Delay (input lag) ”. There are two choices here: Standard and Boost. Unlike what you would xpect these labels, however, Standard mode provides a measure of input lag with 1080p 50 / 60Hz streams of just 12.4ms, while the Boost option is actually slightly higher, at 12.7 ms! Odd. Of course, the key point, of course, that these two figures are extremely low.
LG's latest AI Game Sound feature comes next, which as the name suggests uses analysis of AI to calculate optimal sound usage 5.1.2 compatible audio processing to match the sound of the game you are playing. This usually opens up the soundstage, projecting sound further to the left, right, and beyond.away from the screen, and more precisely placing sound details such as firing enemies far away from your on-screen view. While this is handy, especially for FPS games, the expansion of the soundstage causes bass and impact sounds to take a beating.
Last but not least among the features of Game Optimizer we come to the variable refresh rate of 65G1 Support. This included supports Nvidia G-Sync, the standard HDMI 2.1 VRR system and AMD FreeSync Premium. All of these options can be enabled or disabled in the Optimize menu.
Note that, as with last year's LG OLED models, activating AMD FreeSync Premium strangely causes the image to lose its native 3840x2160 pixel by pixel. lock ', which causes a slight expansion so that its edges are pushed back from the screen. To resolve this issue, you need to manually choose the option"Just" instead of the Auto option in the G1's aspect ratio menu.
As you may know if you have owned a recent LG OLED or if you follow my articles on Hfrance.fr, the 2020 and 2019 models from LG suffered from some refresh rate related issues variables. The first is that the gamma profile of the image changes slightly when you activate VRR, making dark areas look lighter / slightly grayer than before. The other is the potential flicker / jitter in dark scenes.
While the flickering issue is still present on the OLED65G1 (although it doesn't seem to show up on my review screen as often as it did last time around X series of the year), LG came up with some kind of solution to the gamma shift problem. Basically, a new dark area fine-tuning option that is only available when VRR is active allows you to adjust with aThe brightness of the dark areas in game footage is impressive granularity. It really only significantly impacts the dark parts of the image, leaving the rest of the content just as it should, and so this is a realistic way to at least try to counter the innate gamma shift of VRR.
< Sound quality
The first thing to say here is that the new AI Sound Pro feature is surprisingly effective at add a sense of verticality with respect to sound sources under 5.1.2.
The second thing to say, however, is that while the OLED65G1 sounds pretty good overall, it's not without problems.