We first noticed the 48-inch LG CX again at CES 2020 when the world was “regular”, pre-pandemic. Whereas the LG CX is obtainable in 55, 65 and 77-inch display screen sizes, it’s the 48-inch variant that’s marketed as a gaming monitor. Its small measurement, assist for HDMI 2.1, FreeSync and G-Sync made it perfect for console and PC avid gamers. Whereas the CX’s bigger display screen sizes have been out there in India since 2020, the 48-inch LG CX made its debut in India in 2021. Is it nonetheless the penultimate small display screen gaming TV? Let’s discover out.
LG 48-inch CX: Key specs at a look
Panel Dimension: 48-inch (out there in 55, 65 and 77-inch display screen sizes)
Panel Kind: OLED
Panel Decision: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel Refresh Charge: 120Hz
HDR 10 assist: Sure
Dolby Imaginative and prescient Assist: Sure
Weight (with stand): 14.4 kgs
HDMI Ports: 4
USB Ports: 3
Bluetooth: Sure (v5.0)
Audio system: 40W (2.2Ch)
Worth (MOP): Rs 1,35,000 for the 48-inch
LG 48-inch CX: Show Panel and Image High quality
LG’s 2020 OLED TVs convey with them the identical options throughout the board, with the important thing distinction being the design and some options right here and there. We reviewed the LG GX back in 2020, and whereas the efficiency of the CX’s panel is nearly at par with the GX, the 2 TVs differ within the design audio output and hands-free voice controls. We will even speak concerning the 48-inch display screen measurement and the way it differs from the 55-inch variant, particularly for these searching for this TV to be their main gaming machine.
The CX has LG’s Alpha 9 Gen 3 chips which LG confirmed off at CES 2020, and in addition comes with a Filmmaker Mode that adjustments the settings of the content material to signify the image the best way it was supposed by the filmmaker. Like the opposite LG OLEDs from 2020, the TV helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient, Dolby Atmos and HDR 10. Let’s begin with the efficiency of the TV.
LG 48-inch CX: Gaming Efficiency
Let’s kick issues off with what the TV is marketed for – its gaming efficiency. It has all 4 HDMI 2.1 ports with assist for ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), VRR (Variable Refresh Charge) and 4K at 120Hz. If you’re rocking an Xbox Collection X (review), PS5 (review) and even the RTX 30 sequence GPU then, you’ll be able to take full benefit of what the TV has to supply.
We linked a PS5 to the TV to take a look at its gaming efficiency together with a number of video games that assist a excessive refresh price, like Dust 5 (review) and DMC 5 (review). For the cinematic expertise, we additionally performed Spider-Man: Miles Morales (review). For the reason that PS5 does not assist VRR we bought a hard and fast refresh price on the TV. Beginning with Spider-Man the sport seems to be lush with its snow-filled environments and the colors on Spider-Man’s fits pop. When swinging across the metropolis you may make out the intense highlights very effectively particularly when you’re swinging in direction of the solar. Even at nighttime sequences within the sport, the blacks are deep and shadows clearly seen enhancing the gaming expertise.
In a sport like Satan Could Cry 5 Particular Version we performed it within the excessive body price mode and whereas the console does not assist VRR, the 120Hz mode on this sport made the combating silky clean. In a fast-paced sport like DMC 5, reflexes are all the pieces and the upper body price positively provides to the precision. For sure, the sport seemed breathtaking as effectively.
General, in case you are searching for a gaming TV, then the LG CX ought to positively be on the prime of your checklist. The 48-inch measurement is sufficiently small to suit on a desk and sitting 4 ft away from the TV was the candy spot for hours of gaming.
You need to go into the settings and change on HDMI UltraHD Deep Color to take advantage of the potential of this TV. A professional tip – if you wish to see the decision, bit price and even the body price the TV is producing, you’ll be able to mash the inexperienced button on the distant management until the popup comes that offers you this data.
LG 48-inch CX: 4K and HDR Efficiency
LG’s OLED TVs have supplied a number of the greatest efficiency cash can purchase, and the case isn’t any completely different right here. Whether or not you’re looking on the 48-inch variant for a small room or a desk and even the 77-inch variant for a house theatre expertise, you’ll be able to’t go flawed with this TV. Whereas we’ve got the 48-inch CX for evaluation and we’ve got reviewed the 65-inch GX, we will anticipate comparable efficiency from the panel on the opposite display screen measurement choices of the CX.
With self-emitting backlighting, we get an infinite distinction ratio on this TV and the colors on the OLED look deep as ever. Relating to HDR efficiency, the TV is classy. The height brightness of the TV might not be as excessive as some LED TVs we reviewed final yr just like the Sony Z8H (review), however there isn’t a halo impact or blooming particularly when consuming content material in pitch darkness because of the pixel degree brightness management.
We consumed loads of content material from streaming companies like Netflix, Prime Video and Apple TV in HDR and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and the expertise was nothing wanting theatrical. The panel will get reflective in a well-lit room. However you probably have curtains or the room’s lighting isn’t immediately in entrance of the TV, try to be nice.
The one qualm I’ve is that the Disney+ Hotstar App on the LG TV doesn’t assist Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Contemplating the huge library of content material on supply on the platform, it’s excessive time the app is up to date. We now have the up to date app with assist for Dolby Imaginative and prescient and encompass sound on the Fireplace TV Stick (review) and Android TVs already.
LG 48-inch CX: FHD Efficiency
Relating to FHD and SDR efficiency, as soon as once more, you wouldn’t know you’re consuming FHD content material should you didn’t know what you’re searching for. A present like Younger Sheldon on Prime Video is in SDR, and even motion pictures like Mission Unattainable and Spider-Man Homecoming on Netflix are in FHD and SDR. On the usual preset, the image seems to be barely muted and that isn’t a nasty factor. If you’d like colors to pop, you’ll be able to at all times change to the Vivid mode. It’s normally in such SDR content material that we’ve got seen Sony’s OLEDs to provide higher colors, however until you place the 2 TVs facet by facet, you wouldn’t be capable of inform the distinction.
General, whereas some will fear about burn-in, should you differ the content material you devour on this TV, it shouldn’t be a problem. The TV affords a number of the greatest efficiency we’ve got seen, for SDR, HDR and even gaming.
LG 48-inch CX: Audio Efficiency
The LG CX has a 2.2 Chanel arrange with 40W of sound output. In case you plan to make use of this TV as a monitor or plan to place it in a small bed room, then the output from the TV ought to get the job carried out for watching motion pictures and enjoying video games. The audio system on the TV assist Dolby Atmos, however do not anticipate the sound to encompass you from all angles.
Within the opening race in Prepared Participant One, you’ve gotten automobiles whizzing previous one another making an attempt to keep away from being destroyed by King Kong. Whereas the audio is loud and clear, do not anticipate it to return from above or behind you. The audio from the audio system is pleasant. You might miss some bass, however contemplating the readability and quantity degree, the audio system are adequate to present an entry-level soundbar a run for its cash.
LG 48-inch CX: UI
The UI of the LG 48-inch CX is exactly the identical we noticed with the GX we reviewed final yr. The TV runs on the corporate’s WebOS platform, which has a really fluid UI. All of your apps are listed in a row on the backside of the display screen, making it straightforward to navigate. You even have a “House Dashboard”, supplying you with management of your IoT gadgets.
LG revealed a new UI at CES 2021, which is visually completely different from its 2020 UI. We aren’t positive if the brand new UI will come to the CX, however because it stands, the CX has an easy to make use of UI. The settings have moved round a little bit when in comparison with the LG C9 (review). You even have the comfort of LG’s magic distant, which makes navigating the UI a breeze.
The LG GX got here with far-field mics to allow you to management the TV by utilizing your voice, with out the distant management. Sadly, that characteristic isnt out there within the CX. You may have a mic button on the distant management that offers you voice controls, and you’ll long-press the Prime Video button to convey up Alexa should you like.
LG’s UI additionally has an app retailer, and whereas it isn’t as sturdy because the Google Play Retailer discovered on Android TVs, it will get the job carried out for these searching for fashionable streaming companies. Apps like Plex can be found for people who use it, however an app like VLC is lacking from the LG app retailer.
LG 48-inch CX: Distant Management
As soon as once more, the LG CX comes with the identical distant management we’ve got seen on the GX, the C9, B9 and plenty of extra LG OLED TVs. LG’s 2021 TVs will convey a redesigned distant management, and we cant wait to see how the ergonomics have modified, particularly when the distant itself could be very ergonomic.
The distant management is effectively constructed and a barely curved design. This helps give the distant management an excellent grip, particularly when navigating the UI utilizing the distant management like a mouse. It feels hefty in a single’s arms with out feeling heavy. The distant has all the standard controls just like the quantity pad on the highest, the centre has the press wheel surrounded by directional buttons, and the underside has hotkeys to convey up Netflix and Prime Video. You additionally get a Play and Pause button. You even have the voice management button above the directional buttons.
General the distant management is effectively constructed, ergonomic and one of many higher distant controls we’ve seen include high-end TVs.
LG 48-inch CX: Construct and Design
LG has gone with an “if it ain’t broke, do not repair it” angle with the design of the CX. Positioned subsequent to a C9, you wouldn’t know which TV is which. It has a small tabletop stand that holds the TV in place from the centre when saved on a tabletop. It’s comparatively quick, so do not anticipate to maintain a set-top-box or gaming console beneath the TV. The tabletop stand is angular and appears premium.
The panel of the TV is extraordinarily slim, with virtually no bezels surrounding the show. It’s barely thick in direction of the underside, the place you’ve gotten the elements and connectivity choices.
Talking of connectivity choices, the TV has three HDMI ports and one USB port going through the facet. Dealing with the again, we’ve got one HDMI port, two USB ports, AV in, LAN, optical port, 3.5mm port and an excellent previous antenna.
Whereas we’re trying ahead to the LG Evo OLED and even the LG C1 in 2021, it is easy to suggest the CX particularly because it has all of the bells and whistles one seems to be for in a premium OLED TV. It has 4 HDMI 2.1 ports making it perfect for avid gamers. The image efficiency of the panel is classy and the sound output is sweet too. Whereas Android TV nonetheless has a bigger library of apps, the LG app retailer caters to all fashionable apps and streaming companies one would want to take pleasure in content material on this TV. If you’re available in the market for a premium TV then you’ll be able to most positively contemplate the LG CX. The one catch is the 55-inch variant of the TV might be discovered for near Rs 1,35,000. So, until you’re particularly searching for the 48-inch variant to slot in a particular room or on a desk as a alternative to your monitor, you possibly can additionally contemplate its bigger sibling for a extra cinematic expertise.