LG C1 OLED 48" – Should You Consider An OLED TV As A PC Monitor?
. In this video we’re going to review the newer 48 inch, LG C1 OLED to see how it performs so that you can decide whether you should consider using an OLED TV as a monitor., Hi, Im Kelsey a tester at RTINGS.com, where we helpyoufind the best product foryourneeds.. We bought the 48 inch LG C1 OLED to test, but it’s also available in larger sizes from 55 to 83 inches.. We expect the larger sizes to have very similar picture quality, but of course the pixel density goes down the bigger the screen is.. One thing to note is that if you’ve already seen our TV review of the C1 just know that our testing methodologies for TVs and monitors are different, so the scores aren’t comparable., Alright let’s, get to the design. Overall. Not much has changed from the CX OLED. You still get thin bezels. This center mounted stand and there’s still this horizontal texture on the back. Most of the inputs are side facing, and you have cable management through the stand. Of course, because this is a TV, there are no ergonomic adjustments. So what you see is what you get., You can VESA mount it, and for that you need a 300 x, 200 mount.. The overall build quality is outstanding, not much has changed, there. It’s, a mix of metal and plastic. The screen doesn’t flex and the stand is very stable. To know more about the inputs. Stick around for the Input Section later in the video.
. Before we talk about the individual test, results let’s just do a quick overview of the C1., Basically it’s an OLED TV that we’re testing as a PC monitor.. It gives you tons of space for work and gaming, and it has amazing picture quality., It’s best suited for a dark to moderately lit room and it’s meant to be viewed from a farther distance than a typical monitor, because the pixel density is a bit low. At this screen, size., You get full sRGB coverage and wide gamut support with 91 DCI P3 coverage. Motion handling is amazing because it has a 120Hz refresh rate and near instantaneous response time, and you also get variable refresh rate support. And, lastly, the stand doesn’t allow for Any ergonomic adjustment and there’s a risk of permanent burn in over time. Now let’s move on to the picture. Quality. We’ll be comparing it to the CX OLED, because it’s the direct predecessor. For an updated comparison with other monitors that we’ve tested see the review page on our website, which is linked below.. The first thing that we notice right away is the sheer size of the screen.. The 48 inch model is the smallest one, but even at this size, the pixel density is not that great. It’s 92 pixels per inch, which is about the same as a 24 inch. 1080P display.. This means that you’ll likely be able to see individual pixels when up close, so it’s best to sit a little farther.
Back. It’ll also help with neck strain, because a lot of people have said that they experienced neck pain from being too close to the screen.. It can display chroma, 444 and text. Clarity is pretty decent overall, but you might still have some issues in some applications and that’s, because OLED panels typically have a WBGR subpixel layout.. You can read more about that here. In terms of room suitability. Obviously this is an OLED with a near infinite contrast ratio. So it’s about as good as it gets for dark, rooms. Sine there’s, no backlight, you won’t get any backlight bleed or IPS glow., Blacks, look, deep and inky, and black uniformity is perfect, because the pixels can turn off completely. For bright rooms. On the other hand, that’s a different story., The screen can get relatively bright, at least enough for most lighting conditions.. The bigger issue is the Automatic Brightness Limiter in PC mode.. The ABL makes the brightness more consistent across different scenes, but limits it to around 210 nits. In most scenes and it’s, even dimmer when the whole screen is lit, which you can see in the 100 window, result. It’s about the same as the CX. The only reason why it’s different in our written reviews is that we used different picture modes for testing.. The C1 can get just as bright in the Expert Dark Room picture mode, but that comes at the cost of higher input latency. So we expect most people will use the Game.
Optimizer mode., The reflection handling is outstanding, but you might still have problems with direct reflections which you can see in the photo here.. As for the viewing angles, they’re outstanding, as well, both horizontally and vertically., It’s a slight improvement over the CX from last year, because colors don’t shift as quickly when you move off center.. This means that you’ll get an accurate image at almost any angle, whether it’s from the side above or below.. The color gamut in SDR is excellent.. You get near full sRGB coverage and the calibration is decent out of the box.. Most colors are a bit oversaturated because it’s targeting a wider gamut and the color temperature is slightly on the cooler side.. The gamma is almost exactly like the CX, where most darker scenes appear too dark and bright scenes are too bright.. The Adobe RGB coverage is good, but it might not be good enough for photography professionals.. Of course, this being a high end TV, it supports a wide color gamut for HDR.. The DCI P3 coverage is outstanding at 91 that’s, the color gamut used in most HDR content and the wider Rec. 2020 coverage is decent. For the color volume. It doesn’t have any problems in sRGB because it essentially has 100 coverage, which means it can display all the colors at different luminance levels.. However, the volume in HDR is only okay and that’s, mainly because of the screen brightness, so it struggles to display those really bright.
Colors in HDR., Speaking of the HDR brightness it’s good., It gets pretty bright overall at 714 nits in real scenes, which is a big improvement over the CX’s 571 nits.. But it also has an aggressive automatic brightness limiter, so the image dims as the window size, increases. Gradient handling, is fantastic. There’S only a little bit of banding in the darker shades.. We did measure a tiny amount of color bleed, but that’s not really noticeable in most content.. Okay. The last thing to touch on before we talk about Response Time is the unavoidable subject of image retention.. We do see some image retention after displaying a high contrast image for ten minutes, but that disappears quickly within a minute or two.. The more important issue is permanent burn in which can happen to all OLEDs.. This is particularly important for PC use, because many user interface elements stay on the screen for a long time.. That being said, it shouldn’t be a problem if you watch varied content and take some preventative measures like not leaving the screen on all day, with the same image displayed, auto hide the taskbar or have a screen saver that activates after a few minutes of inactivity. Let’s Move on to motion handling. OLEDs generally have a near instantaneous response time and that’s. Definitely the case here. Fast moving content looks clear with almost no blur trail at all.. What’S different about the C1 compared to traditional desktop monitors is that there are no overdrive settings.
. The response time is slower than the CX at 60Hz, when transitioning from full black to a brighter color, but that’s hardly noticeable. If you’re sensitive to flickering there’s, good news., OLEDs, aren’t, technically flicker free, but they don’t use Pulse Width, Modulation, either or PWM. On OLEDs there’s. Just a slight dip in brightness at every frame change, which is not visible to most people.. But you can make the image flicker to reduce motion blur with the Black Frame Insertion feature just keep in mind that it can only flicker at 60 or 120Hz, and it reduces the overall screen brightness.. Just like the CX. It has a 120Hz refresh rate which feels a lot more responsive than a 60Hz panel, and it supports variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing., That includes HDMI Forum, VRR FreeSync and G SYNC compatibility., While we’re on the subject of responsiveness. The input lag is actually lower than on the CX likely because LG introduced the Prevent Input Lag feature which shaves off roughly 2 to 3 milliseconds of latency. For inputs. We have four HDMI 2.1 ports: three USBs, a 3.5mm analog audio out an optical digital audio out a coaxial and an Ethernet port. eARC is on HDMI 2. If you want to plug in an external home, theater system.. One thing that you’ll notice is that there’s no DisplayPort, which is pretty normal for TVs. This means you can only achieve 4k 120Hz with a graphics card that has an HDMI, 2.
1 port. In terms of extra features. This is a TV, so you get Smart features, a remote with voice control and other features like motion interpolation.. So overall, should you consider the LG C1 as a monitor, It’s excellent for most uses, but there are a few things you need to consider.. First, the stand is fixed, so you can’t adjust the position unless you move the entire TV.. Second, the SDR peak brightness is on the low side, which means that glare might be a problem if you’re in a fairly bright, setting. Third there’s a risk of permanent burn. In., If none of those things bother you, then it could be a good fit for you. Compared to its direct predecessor, the CX it’s, a slight upgrade when it comes to the viewing angles, but the most notable improvement has to be the HDR brightness. Other than that. They’Re almost identical., So that’s it. What do you think of the LG C1 as a monitor? Also, If you use the CX or C1 as a monitor, send us a picture of your setup in the comments below You can check out all of the measurements on our website.. If you like this video, please subscribe to our channel., You can also become an insider on the website for early access to our latest results.