LG has somehow done it again; the new 2021 C1-series and G1-series OLED TVs look even better than last year’s CX and GX models. These are considered by many to be the best TVs on the market. Unlike Sony and Vizio, LG now has several generations of updates under its belt, and its well-oiled OLED lineup overcomes pretty much all of the OLED pitfalls while incrementally improving image quality each year.
The LG C1-series OLED TVs feature an improved A9 Gen 4 processor that boasts slightly better image quality, better 4K scaling, and improved audio handling as well as an upgrade to its smart TV interface (webOS). The G1-series OLED TV features the all new LG OLED Evo panel, which offers a brighter and more vibrant image. This is currently the only way to score the new Evo panel, which boasts the best image quality from an TV right now, hands down.
New 2021 LG C1 4K OLED TVs with Bonus Gift Card
Amazon is offering some sizeable discounts on the newest 2021 LG C1 OLED TVs ahead of Prime Day. Save $200 off the 55″ and 65″ models, $300 off the 77″ model, and $100 off the 48″ model, which doubles up as one of the best computer gaming monitors out there.
New 2021 LG G1 4K OLED TVs
The LG G1 series “Gallery” OLED TVs have also been discounted for the first time ever. These are bar-none the best TVs out right now thanks to the new LG OLED Evo panel. They’ve been pretty hard to find consistently in stock, but currently both Amazon and Best Buy are offering $200 off the 55″ and 65″ models (the 77″ model is still out of stock).
Play Every Xbox Exclusive Game at E3 with Game Pass Ultimate
The sheer amount of value you get with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is impressive. This membership gives you both Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Game Pass for PC. Xbox Live Gold is required for online gaming. Xbox Game Pass gives you access to a huge library of games that is free as long as you maintain your membership. The list includes AAA games that you can play as early as launch day. These include MLB The Show 21, FIFA 21, The Medium, and every Bethesda game ever. If you’ve also got a great gaming PC, Xbox Game Pass for PC offers stellar games like Crusader Kings 3, Forza Horizon 4, Nier Automata, and more. If you watched the Xbox/Bethesda E3 2021 presentation, you’ll notice that the vast majority of upcoming Xbox exclusive titles will also be on Xbox Game Pass. Additional perks include exclusive discounts at the Microsoft Store and a free 30-day Disney+ trial.
48″ 2020 LG CX 4K OLED Smart TV for $1249.99
After 8 months of using the LG CX 48″ OLED TV as my primary gaming monitor, I still firmly believe that this (along with the newer C1 model below) is the best gaming monitor you can buy right now, especially if you have an RTX 30 series video card. Both the CX OLED and RTX 30 series cards support HDMI 2.1, so you can output 4K at 120Hz. The LG CX also supports 4:4:4 chroma at 4K and G-SYNC technology. The OLED panel blows away any IPS, VA, or TN monitor in terms of black levels and color rendition, sub-1ms response times, and plenty of brightness for true HDR. There really isn’t any disadvantage of OLED TVs in terms of pure image quality.
One disadvantage of OLEDs is a higher chance of burn-in with static images; that said, LG OLED TVs have been out for 9 years now and there are many built-in features that are designed to prevent this. There are plenty of good recent tests that show that burn-in is a negligible issue with regular use. I’ve used my monitor for at least 12 hours per day for 6 months (that’s at least 2,000 hours) and I have yet to notice any burn-in problems. I haven’t heard of many first-hand reports of other PC gamers who’ve experienced this problem, either.
The Lord of the Rings Extended & Theatrical 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
This long-awaited Lord of the Rings 4K box set came out in December of 2020 at a hefty $99.99. It subsequently dropped to $89.99 in a relatively short amount of time and stayed at that price until this month. Last week, the price dropped once again to $70 and I thought that was a pretty solid deal. Today, though, it finally reaches that sweet spot of $59.99. This is probably an early Amazon Prime Day deal but you best jump on it now since the best Prime Day deals don’t last. This set includes 4K Ultra HD and digital versions of the LotR trilogy, including both theatrical and extended editions.