Price (RRP): $8999
OLED TVs are now straightening out. The first couple of generations of relatively accessible OLED TVs featured curved screens, but now LG has added flat models. Coming in Ultra High Definition resolution and both 55 and 65 inch screen sizes, LG’s EF950T range includes the webOS operating system and, on the picture quality front, support for HDR – High Dynamic Range – video.
LG provided the larger model – the 65EF950T, all 164 centimetres of it – for review (on my premises, rather than its own, unlike last year). Aside from the flatness and the HDR, there wasn’t much that was new since last year. Given that last year I called the 55EG960T ‘the best TV I have ever reviewed’, it starts from a promising base.
I prefer flat. Curved screens can look very attractive from a furnishings point of view, but they provide a more distorted picture to viewers who are watching from an angle. So for me, flat is very welcome indeed. Yet as handsome furniture goes, the 65EF950T is still a thing of beauty.
That’s thanks to the minimalist design. Not only minimalist in styling, but in bulk.
The TV presents itself as an unmarred piece of glass, with no bezel protruding forward of the glass surface. The picture reaches to 10.5mm from the edge of the TV body on all four sides. The bottom (except for the protruding LG name plate) and top are the same width as the sides. At the edge, protecting the glass, is a metal strip around 1mm wide.
Aside from the stand, that’s it. The rising section of the stand is transparent perspex, so it also tends towards understatement.
The panel itself is so, so, so thin!
I measured 6mm (LG says 5.8mm), or less than a quarter inch, as though it were just a sheet of thick glass. And not only at the edges: this glass panel is all that there is of the TV for its entire the top half.
The bottom half the rear swells out at the middle to reach the full screen depth of 51mm, necessary of course for the connections and wall mounting points. The rear is finished in white: plastic for the deeper half, but with a glossy diamond-shaped crosshatch for the top half. The finish is beautiful.
The OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panel uses LG’s four sub-pixel system, with each pixel being constituted by red, green, blue and white elements. Blue remains the weak point of OLED, but LG is able to boost blues thanks to the addition of the white sub-pixel.
There are the usual inputs, including a USB 3.0 socket for attaching a hard drive which can be used for recording TV programs and couple of extra 2.0s for plugging in flash memory or a HID (Human Interface Device – known to mortals as mouse and keyboard). As it happens, you can also record broadcast TV to the modest amount (there was 4GB free on the review TV) of built in memory.
All three HDMI inputs conform to the latest HDMI 2.0 standard, support expanded colour specifications and support the latest HDCP copy protection system, so they’ll work with UHD Blu-ray when it appears.
There’s one digital TV tuner (so no recording one while watching another live station), while the four speakers are mounted in the wider section at the rear and fire downwards. The sound is ‘Designed by Harman/Kardon’, but I’ll ease the suspense by disclosing right here that they sound just like TV speakers, which makes them great for watching the news.