LG 55EA9800 review

It's OLED. It's curved. It's bloody brilliant

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With its amazing super-slim and subtly curved design and groundbreaking OLED picture reproduction system, there's truly never been a TV quite like the 55EA9800 before.

I sincerely hope there will be more like it in the future, though, for its picture quality proves that its beauty is way more than skin deep, serving up picture thrills the likes of which I've genuinely never seen before.

The decision to curve the 55EA9800's screen feels a bit like adding an unnecessary layer of controversy to its mostly seriously tasty proposition, but unless you've got a particularly large family fighting for seating positions the curve shouldn't represent enough of a problem to put you off buying into the 55EA9800's countless other charms.

In fact, only the set's price and lack of 4K resolution count significantly against it.

We liked

The 55EA9800 had me from the very start thanks to the extraordinary slimness of the majority of its rear, and its spectacular if controversial curved sculpting. And my love for it merely grew when it became apparent that in pretty much every important picture area OLED technology simply makes pictures better.

We disliked

Given how much I love 4K, it's clearly a shame – if hardly a surprise at this point in OLED's journey – that the 55EA9800 is HD only. Its eight grand entry price is also clearly prohibitive, and it doesn't sport a comprehensive suite of key catch-up TV services.

Verdict

The long, long wait is over and vaguely affordable big-screen OLED entertainment has finally arrived. And what style it's arrived in, with the 55EA9800 imperiously rising to the challenge of living up to all the hype OLED has built up around itself over the past three or four years.

Apparently OLED screens remain prohibitively difficult to make, leading to everyone bar LG seemingly withdrawing from the OLED market again for the time being. But that loss looks set to be LG's gain, for if it can continue to make OLEDs as outstanding as the 55EA9800, there will surely always be people out there desperate to buy them.

Also consider

If you fancy saving some money but still want to secure yourself some 'miles ahead' picture quality, I think you can still get one of Panasonic's P60ZT65 flagship plasma TVs. If you fancy going this route, though, I suggest you get a shift on.

The same goes for what we'd say is the best LED-based full HD TV in town, the Sony 55W905A, with its impressive local dimming system (though this is no match, in truth, for the pinpoint luminance abilities of OLED).

Otherwise your best alternatives in terms of price and cutting edge performance – certainly if you value resolution over contrast - are the Sony 65X9005A 4K/UHD TV and the Samsung UE65F9000 4K/UHD TV set.

Tech Specs

Product TypeOLED TV
Scan Format1080p
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyEA9800
Brand NameLG
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Operating Power Consumption300 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports4
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Type3D
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height798.6 mm
Width1227.1 mm
Depth192 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS
Product SeriesEA9800
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model55EA9800
Product Name55" OLED Smart TV with Cinema 3D (54.6" Diagonally)
Manufacturer Part Number55EA9800
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationOLED

Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with the new LG CURVED OLED TV. With deeper, richer colors and stunning contrast, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

VIVID COLOR

LG's 4 Color Pixel technology adds a white sub-pixel to the conventional 3 color red, green and blue that enhances both color range and accuracy. This considerably improves the OLED pixels' ability to express the realistic colors and represents a giant step ahead of conventional displays. The 4 Color Pixel is LG's unique innovation for the next generation OLED TV.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)17.20 kg