The 2018 OLEDs are coming, and yet LG has decided that the Signature OLED G7 will remain in the company's TV lineup. So, while I wait to unbox a 2018 OLED sometime soon, I've decided to get some hands-on time with the G7, which is a gorgeous TV in every sense.
This hands-on will be informed by the discussion here in the comments. I have a number of video sources at my disposal including UHD Blu-ray, Apple TV 4K, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, a gaming PC with a GTX1080 graphics card, and a 4K pattern generator (for colorimetry).
Now, before getting into this hands-on, I'd like to note that going forward my reviews will point to sites like rtings.com and reviewed.com when discussing strictly objective measurements (when available). The reasons for this are twofold: First of all, there's no point in duplicating a properly performed measurement. And secondly, I don't review enough TVs to create a useful database for comparison, those sites do. And regardless, it certainly doesn't mean I won't take my own measurements when appropriate.
My goal in reviewing TVs, going forward, is to correlate subjected measurements, including those of my peers, with subjective impressions of overall picture quality, especially as pertains to specific usage scenarios such as watching HDR movies or 4K HDR gaming.
In 2018, a top-level goal of mine is to incorporate the experiences I've had covering the TV industry into a more organic and open way of examining the flagship offerings of the major players in the North American TV market.
Okay, enough of that. Here's the LG G7 hands-on...
- The Signature OLED G7 is undeniably a "statement" TV. You are paying for some (very cool) design elements like "Picture-on-Glass"
- I've had the G7 on-hand for about a month and used it as a giant PC monitor.
- I haven't had a single instance of image retention, much less any risk of burn-in. That's with static elements including white "windows" on a black background. I think that whole subject of OLED burn-in is overblown.
- Today I'm beginning the hands-on with the G7 in the living room, connected to my main system.
- Also today, I used the G7 double check the graphics quality of Shadow of the Colossus in HDR on a PS4 Pro. The result looks stunning.
- Tonight I will watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 4K HDR (streaming) on this system with 5.1.4 Atmos sound. Really looking forward to that.
Here's a picture of the G7 and my new living room setup: