I tested LG’s cheapest OLED TV – here are 3 things it does as well as expensive TVs

LG’s A-series OLED TVs are the company’s value-focused range, with models in all screen sizes priced significantly lower than its more performance-focused C-series, a choice sustainable in our Best OLED TV purchase guide.

The new A2 series is sold in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes in the US, with the 55-inch model priced at $1,299 / £1,078. A 48-inch model is also available in the UK for £999.

As the cheapest LG OLED TVs, the A2 series lacks some of the high-end features found in the C2, G2, and even upgraded B2 series models like HDMI 2.1 ports, 120Hz display, AMD Freesync, and hands-free voice control. They also lack LG’s higher brightness OLED evolution panel and the latest generation a9 Gen5 AI 4K processor, having to settle for last year’s a7 Gen5 AI Processor 4K.

But the A2 series nonetheless seems to be quite feature-rich for a value-oriented TV. Here is an overview of what it offers:

  • Screen sizes from 48 to 55.65 inches (48 inches not available in the US)
  • 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ, HLG and HGiG (HDR Gaming Interest Group) high dynamic range support
  • HDMI 2.0b inputs (3) with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and eARC
  • Filmmaker mode
  • OS22 web interface
  • ATSC 1.0 Tuner
  • Air Play 2
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GeForce Now and Stadia Cloud Gaming
  • Game Optimizer mode with Game Dashboard
  • Built-in Google Assistant/Alexa voice assistant

LG sent us the 55-inch version (model number: OLED55A2PUA) to test and, eager to see how the A2 would hold up against more expensive OLED TVs, we gave it a series of quick metrics to get a feel for its performance. This post will be followed by a full TechRadar review, so keep an eye out for that in the near future.

Almost infinite contrast

Multiple light output readings taken on an all-black test pattern yielded an average measurement of 0.0017 nits. That’s surprisingly close to the 0 nits, or true black, needed for a TV to be considered to have “infinite” contrast – something more expensive OLED models like LG’s G2 manage.

Although the contrast on the 55-inch A2 was only “almost infinite”, the blacks seemed extremely deep in the manner of best 4k tvs, making it a promising start for our A2 review. Screen brightness was also good enough for the dim environment where initial testing was done, but we’ll have plenty more to say about that in our full review.

Near complete coverage of the DCI-P3 color space

sony A80K OLED TVa scale model of that company’s OLED range, achieved full coverage of DCI-P3, the color gamut used for mastering films for digital cinema and releasing 4K Blu-ray discs, and so we were excited to see if the A2 would measure up (using Portrait screens Calman color grading software) to this more value-oriented Sony model.

With 98.8% DCI-P3 coverage, it was pretty close and better than many other TVs, including some more expensive models. LG’s OLED TVs have traditionally measured this parameter well, so we weren’t too surprised. This is good news for streamers and for 4K Blu-ray collectors, as the LG’s nearly complete DCI-P3 coverage will indeed do justice to their discs.

Low input lag for gaming

Although the A2 series TVs are not 120Hz compatible TVs, they are still packed with gaming features, including a Game Optimizer on-screen menu that gives you extensive controls over the performance of the set in this fashion. With the Low Input Lag setting selected in Game Optimizer mode, the 55-inch A2 TV measured 10ms – a lower input lag result than the Sony A80K, and one that holds up to best gaming tvs.

Tilted LG A2 OLED TV on TV stand

LG’s A2-series OLED TV comes with spindly legs instead of a sturdy tabletop stand, although upgrade options are available. (Image credit: future)

A2 series: Impressive OLED TV value?

We haven’t had a chance to delve into the LG’s performance yet, but the few sports and news programs we’ve had the chance to watch so far indicate promising overall picture quality for a TV. on a low budget. The big questions now are how this set will hold up to HDR movies and viewing in more well-lit rooms.

These questions – and others! – will be answered in our next full review, so stay tuned. While this set may look even 80% as good with games, movies and sports as LG’s C2 series TVs, the A2 series will prove to be excellent value.

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