LG 55EG920V review

The rise of OLED continues apace, as the price keeps dropping

LG 55EG920V

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We liked

It's all about that OLED screen for me. The picture quality, contrast and black levels are seriously impressive. And any source picture benefits from the OLED advancements, not just the top end 4K HDR content.

And speaking of HDR, LG's TVs already support the HDR 10 standard used in Amazon's HDR content, and which is expected to be used when Netflix introduces support early next year. They also support the Hybrid Log-Gamma standard which the BBC is creating for high dynamic range broadcasts.

LG 55EG920V review

The webOS software is quality too – it's probably my favourite smart OS around for the simple fact that it's the most supported. Netflix is almost standard for any smart TV, but adding both native NOW TV and Amazon Video apps makes webOS stand out from the rest.

It's also slick, mostly, and very user friendly. It's also a resolutely TV-oriented OS, never trying to dominate proceedings and only dragging you away from the content you're watching when you dive deep into the settings screens.

The design is worth a mention too. That slimline chassis with its absolutely minimal bezel is quite beautiful. And, while we may not spend too much time looking at the rear of our TVs, the EG920V has got quite an attractive derriere too.

We disliked

I'm really not sold on EG920V's curve, especially after having lived with it for a while. The sweep is too subtle to really draw you into a scene in any particular way, and when you're sitting off-axis it can lead to strange reflections and odd geometry too. TV-watching is seldom a solo experience, so you want everybody to have an equally good view.

It may be an issue peculiar to me, but while the curve added nothing to my movie experience, it made watching snooker rather unpleasant; and I really like watching snooker before you get unnecessarily snarky.

The rigid rectangle of the table gets broken into curves across the expanse of the screen, especially when you're looking top-down onto a full, single shot of the baize. This may be a very particular example, but when the curve detracts more than it adds, then I'm out.

It also seems odd even bothering to have a brightness control in the settings when just nudging it up a couple of notches utterly destroys the beauty of the OLED blacks. And while that advanced screen tech does add to non-native sources, the upscaling performance of the EG920V isn't the greatest.

Final verdict

At around £2,200 the LG 55EG920V represents one of the best-value Ultra HD OLED TVs you can buy, and shows the direction in which the cost of this advanced screen tech is going.

Ignore the somewhat artificially inflated price of the Panasonic OLED (likely born of buying in the OLED panel from LG); the cost of OLED is dropping on an almost monthly basis.

And this TV will deliver on pretty much all the promise of the technology too, thanks in part to LG's updating of its televisions to support the latest HDR standards out of the box.

The LG 55EG920V is a great-looking panel, whether it's turned on or off, although that curve may be somewhat divisive in the final reckoning. For me I'd rather have a flat screen; but now I also know that whatever I do, I need to have OLED in my life.