LG 55EA9800 review

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

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The 55EA9800 certainly can't be accused of not trying unusually hard to be user-friendly. Especially impressive is the latest version of its Magic Remote concept, which combines excellent, impressively accurate 'point and click' technology with a simple, tactile wheel for scrolling through long menus.

The remote fits perfectly in your hand and within seconds even the most technophobic of users should be using it to whizz through the 55EA9800's menus and features as if they'd been born to do it.

LG's onscreen menus are among the more attractive in the TV world too, and generally make it pretty clear where you need to go next in order to achieve a desired end. They also do a quite thoughtful job of screening the most complex adjustments from people who aren't keen (and thus, presumably savvy) enough to seek them out.

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The smart TV hub

The Smart TV menus are perhaps a touch overwhelming as LG seeks to fit into one densely populated 'scrolling' hub screen quantities of stuff that rival brands are increasingly tending to put into completely separate screens. But this is a small point, really, and overall the 55EA9800 is much easier to use than you might expect from a TV of its spec level.

Sound quality

While you struggle to see the 55EA9800's speakers thanks to their small size and see-through design, you can certainly hear them. The power and dynamic range they're capable of producing is pretty incredible all things considered, outperforming the speakers found in many much larger, deeper TVs that use speakers you can, you know, actually SEE.

It doubtless helps that the 55EA9800's speakers fire forwards rather than down like those of many other skinny TVs.

The only complaint I might make about the 55EA9800's audio in the circumstances is that the soundstage they produce is a bit narrow – possibly because the TV's curved design forces the speakers at each end of the chassis to face slightly towards each other.

Value

On the one hand – and probably, sadly, the hand that applies to the vast majority of the TV-buying public - $8k is an awful lot of cash to splash on a mere 55-inch television. On the other hand, the 55EA9800 is no ordinary 55-inch television.

Its OLED technology makes it both prettier and a better performer than any other HD TV to date, and we could even imagine fans of 4K having their heads turned by the 55EA9800's advantages in every other department bar straight resolution.

It's also worth remembering that when it launched the 55EA9800 was four grand more than it now costs. And when 55-inch OLED TVs were first announced not far off 18 months ago, five-figure prices were being talked about.

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