June 15, 2020 at 2:38am
By Jason Stettner

This is the latest model within the OLED line-up from LG featuring a number of fresh features for a premium viewing experience. The LG OLED55CXPUA has the latest and greatest in visual quality, with many additional extra features present within this iteration.

There’s the typical glorious 4k resolution experience with HDR10, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support. To the side of that you get Apple Airplay, Bluetooth and of course WIFI with the option for a traditional Ethernet cord if you’d still like to connect in that way. This line-up presents three options, a 55”, a 65” and a 77” with the model I got to check out being the low tier 55” screen.

It was solid in terms of size, and in regards to the scale. I would personally suggest picking the middle tier size if that’s within your means as I find that to be a really good modern size. That being said, any of these threes are exceptional options. This model was the same size as I’m used to with my regular TV, but obviously a massive jump in terms of the quality that’s present.

The colors were more vibrant in movies, the games looked even better and I was pleasantly surprised by what it provided. Everything did generally look great, as did upscaled content with the new AI processor pushing that even further with this iteration. When reviewing these TVs I like to try various lower resolutions to see how it performs and the upscaler is certainly grand. 720p and 1080p resolution based content did upscale in a lovely way.

With the WebOS you do get many apps to download, this a natively built in store area. There are standard ones such as Netflix, Amazon Prime among others. New additions for this year include Apple TV and Disney+. You also get buttons right on the remote for the first two noted option, including just a movies button. Building on that, the voice support is fantastic here. Right from the remote you can call upon the built in AI ThinQ, take advantage of Google Assistant or also Amazon Alexa.

I definitely enjoyed using the Bluetooth music player with this, it connected to my iPhone XS beautifully. Building on that, the home server works fairly well for streaming most types of formats I threw at it. I was disappointed that some audio profiles didn’t seem to work through that way. They did however work while using the Xbox One X 4k Blu-Ray player functionality. There’s a nice home hub to take advantage of, this connects to all your other smart devices if you have those available.

The remote was fairly solid, traditional as it’s stacked with buttons. It gets the job done, I personally prefer a more minimalistic remote however though few would I imagine. I did like that it can control devices, was neat to run the Xbox One X without needing a controller to be turned on. This will be a fine remote option to use in your day to day usage.

The TV has connection spots for four HDMI; three USB, a RS-232C, a composite and an optical port. There are many options, and you get some on the straight back, or to the side on the left when facing the screen. I’m used to these ports being right, but purely preference when it comes to that aspect of course. There’s a small cord for power, and that’s about all there is to it.

The wall mount option is for VESA 300 x 200. The TV without the stand is 48.3“ x 27.8“ x 1.8“ weighing 41.7 lbs. With the stand it is 48.3“ x 29.1” x 9.9“ at 50.7 lbs. The screen is really quite thin, and it’s about on par with what we’ve seen recently. The bezel is very thin, we’re getting close to it almost not being there at all. It just immerses you, and when you look at the clear thin screen you’ll be blown away by its majesty.

The back is also just a rather gorgeous smooth glossy finish that you can get lost in if you happen to be looking back there. When it comes to the setup I did find the base stand a tad confusing, but we understood it after a second look. I will mention that I’m not a huge fan of how low sitting this was and the wide expanding base. I’m not sure if it was similar to last year and I didn’t complain then, but I would have liked it to be a bit smaller considering this was the lower size model offering.

To dive into the more technical aspects of what’s included. First off, there’s support for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) which is great to see. There are true black colors present, and it has little to no screen reflection when it comes to the background environment. It’s basically perfect at any viewing angle and that was impressive. It was very bright if needed, and the colors did just pop in some situations and were beyond my expectations. I would suggest turning off the blur effect though as is tradition for a mention.

The 120fps support is wonderful through the 120Hz native refresh rate. This prepares it for the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 console generation that’s on the horizon. This also has ALLM where we’re getting extremely low input lag and a super fast response time which was awesome for Call of Duty: Warzone action. This has less than a millisecond response time. For those that really want a seamless game time there’s NVIDIA G-Sync and FreeSync (through a software update).

There’s also 4k Cinema HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. You get deep learning AI picture through the a9 Gen3 processor, definitely powerful and smooth for quick responsiveness with better AI enhancements. On top of that, a Filmmaker’s Mode to capture the true vision of those behind the movies you enjoy. This was truly appreciated as an addition. For sports fans they do have a live updating tool, so that’s neat if there were sports to watch at the current time.

The Conclusion

The LG OLED55CXPUA is a perfect modern TV that’s here today while being ready for tomorrow’s console generation, delivering a gorgeous native 4k HDR with Dolby Atmos for perfect audio quality and topped off with vibrant Dolby Vision. It brings a excellent 120fps through its 120Hz refresh rate that is essential for fluid gaming. It plays everything very well, and it all looked better than ever.

It greatly enhanced some movies far beyond my existing expectations and every game felt like a step up from what I had been experiencing with my usual TV. The HDR helps a lot of course, and there are many smaller visual additions that really cover all grounds. The voice elements within the remote were responsive, and varied in regards to which groups were supported.

This is a generally excellent option for viewing, playing anything you want while making it look better than you had previously seen it. The screen is very thin as expected, it’s elegant and you can just get lost in the visual quality at times. That’s present whether you’re playing something brand new, or enjoying a classic. It was great to check this out, certainly an enjoyable time. The movies were impressive in terms of quality no matter the initial native resolution, and the games were very responsive.

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LG OLED55CXPUA Review product loaned by LG tested with Xbox One X with Games, Movies and Streamed Content. Games; Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, The Last of Us Part II, Minecraft. Movies (all 4k, some HDR); Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Dark Knight Rises, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ready Player One, La La Land, Thor Ragnarok, Mission Impossible - Fallout.

Rating Overall: 9.0

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner