LG C3 OLED Review (2023 4K OLED TV)

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LG C3 OLED Reviewed at $1,799.00 (55")

Product Name: LG C3 OLED

Product Description: 2023 4K OLED TV

  • Design - 9.4/10
  • Image Quality - 9.4/10
  • Ports & Connectivity - 9.4/10
  • OS, Apps and Features - 9.5/10
  • Price / Quality - 9/10


Reviewed at $1,799.00 (55″)


  • Amazing black levels
  • Good SDR and HDR brightness
  • Great for gaming
  • DTS returns


  • Not so accurate out-of-the-box performance
  • Visible banding in some shades
  • No 144Hz support
  • Mediocre sound

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After reviewing LG‘s flagship for 2023 it is time for one of LG’s best TVs series for the last few years. The C-series was always one of the best traditional OLEDs you can get. As it combines excellent picture quality with affordable price. And so in our LG C3 OLED review today we will analyze and test the latest 2023 version. And obviously compare it to its 2022 predecessor.

LG C3 OLED Review (2023 4K OLED TV)

Naturally, as far as LG TVs, most of the attention is in their new MLA based G3 OLED. But this doesn’t mean that the C3 OLED has lost any of its value. It is still one of the best OLED TVs equipped with a 2nd generation (OLED EX) panel. And keep in mind that it shares many of the same tech found in the G3 OLED. So there is a lot to look for in this one also.

The C3 comes with the OLED Evo branding combining an OLED EX panel and LG’s Brightness Booster technology. It uses the new a9 Gen 6 AI processor, features a 100/120Hz panel, has four HDMI 2.1 ports at full 48Gbps bandwidth, supports the usual HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR formats and for its OS is using the latest webOS 23.

The basic differences of the C3 compared to the G3 is that it loses the MLA tech and the heatsink that goes with it. How much of an impact does these have to the C3’s overall performance? And how it compares to the 2022 C2? Keep reading to find out.


Before we dive deeper into the TV’s performance we will start, as usual, with its design. The C3 OLED has exactly the same design and look as the C2 OLED. LG haven’t changed anything in the 2023 version so we assume they used exactly the same components.


First of all being an OLED the C3 comes with an extremely thin design, that is better than the 2021 C1 OLED and this is a result of the smaller electronics box being used from last year. Also its thickness was just 1.7″ (4.4 cm) at its thickest point making it look great when placed on a wall.

The TV comes with extremely small borders and really makes the screen more immersive than before as the black lines around the image become almost non visible here.

Back Side

The back side of the TV is made of brushed metal with a nice texture to it. The electronics box, as mentioned above, is rather small and doesn’t extend from one side to the other as seen in many other OLED TVs.

All ports are all on the right side looking sideways with the power port being at the center, away from the rest. The back has a really clean look to it and the VESA holes are the only other element visible.

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The C3 also comes with a small stand which some may prefer but surely it cannot hold the TV as stable as the wider one used in previous years. In fact this is the same stand we saw in the C2 last year. And this shows how similar these two models are.

As a result the TV may wobble slightly, especially the bigger sizes so make sure it is placed in a safe position. As you will not need a big surface to place it on.

Another thing to mention is that the stand leaves around 2.7″ between the TV panel and the surface. Meaning that while most soundbars should in theory fit, you should always measure to be sure.


As for the remote, this is exactly the same one we saw in the G3 OLED and very similar to the one LG used in 2022. To be honest the one provided is really good as LG made slight updates on it last year. And it seems that LG feels comfortable with this design to keep it exactly the same for one more year.

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All functions remain the same with LG’s unique pointer system, the same universal remote functionality and smart features. Also the reduced number of buttons is a welcome one while we still get six dedicated buttons as before.

These feature Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, LG Channels, Sling and Amazon Alexa. The only change is the switch from Google Assistant to Sling which is a rather strange one. But we have seen that in some regions this is used for other functionality. So it really depends on the market.

Overall build quality is very high, as was always with the C-series. The changes LG made last year were for the better. And we applaud them for keeping everything the same in 2023.

Video Quality

Processor technology used

The processor in the C3 OLED is the new α9 Gen 6 AI Processor 4K and as usual the details on these chips are very slim. All manufacturers are shy of giving too many details on what is the same or what they change and 2023 is no different.

But as always AI is the key word for one more year as LG is heavily promoting the AI processing capabilities of these chips that use a combination of machine learning algorithms in conjunction to a huge image database in order to offer an improved overall image and superior AI upscaling.

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The a9 processor features a few interesting technologies that are included in LG’s AI Picture Pro and AI Sound Pro suites. As such for image we get face enhancing technology, AI upscaling, object recognition and enhancement along with specific scene analysis.

In the 5th generation of this chip we got Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail. In its 6th generation this year it seems that LG made improvements in two areas. The first one is OLED Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro and the other area is in sound.

Resolution and Up-scaling

As always, to test its up-scaling capabilities we playback a few different videos in various resolutions and quality. These include low quality compressed streaming videos, 480p DVDs, some 720p content and obviously some in 1080p resolution.

The C3 OLED performed really good here. We didn’t see any artifacts from the upscaling process. And the TV was really good at bringing low quality content to 4K. We would like to have some finer details with text, as it seemed slightly blurry at times. But overall very stellar results here.

Audio Processing

In terms of audio we are going to talk in more detail in our dedicated section below but the a9 Gen 6 comes with a small upgrade as it can do 9.1.2 up-mixing instead of 7.1.2 channels that was possible last year.

And obviously we get the full feature set like voice enhancement, auto volume leveling and more.

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Lighting technology used

The C3 is using LG’s OLED Evo technology. As LG clarified themselves OLED Evo is not a specific panel technology. It is a combination of hardware (panel used) and software technologies (better processing, more refined algorithms) that result in the top quality image many of their TVs have.

OLED Technology

Traditional OLED panels feature self emitting pixels. As a result these TVs have no need for a backlight as we see in LED LCD models. Being able to control it’s individual pixels has many advantages. The most obvious ones being the extremely accurate light control and the infinite contrast they have. Deep blacks on an OLED is a sight that needs to be seen to be believed.

On the other hand the problem with OLEDs is that they cannot reach the high brightness output of LED LCD TVs. This has been a problem since the inception of OLED panels.

And although there had been some developments like Panasonic’s solution to add a heatsink, in order to push the panel more without damaging it, OLEDs still remained a distant second when it came to peak brightness output.

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2nd Generation WBE Panel

The C3 OLED is using a 2nd generation WBE panel that is also called OLED EX. These newer WBE panels are better than the first generation WBC ones in a couple of areas. First of all the WBE panels can output more brightness and secondly are less prone to burn-in.

Keep in mind that the C3 OLED not only doesn’t have the MLA technology that is found in the G3. It is also missing the added heatsink.

All the above indicate that the C3 OLED is extremely similar to the 2022 C2 OLED.

Brightness / Contrast

Our first major test of the day is, as usual, brightness. And here we will see if there is any change in the C3 compared last year or we get more or less the same performance.

SDR and HDR Measurements

We start with our SDR brightness over a 10% window and the number we got was 414 nits. Great number for any SDR content.

We then switched to HDR content and in our HDR brightness over a 10% window test we measured 847 nits. This is a very good number, even if it cannot reach the same levels as some of the 2023 flagships.

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Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)

As with all OLED TVs, the C3 OLED comes with an Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). This lowers the overall brightness of the screen when large parts of it become very bright for a long period of time. This may not be very obvious when watching a movie for example. But it more obvious with bright static images, or if you use the TV as a computer monitor.

There is a Peak Brightness option that you can turn off if this change of brightness bothers you. But keep in mind that this will set the TV’s peak brightness at a much lower level. At least it is good that you have this option to choose what you like the most.

From what we saw the ABL in the C3 OLED felt slightly less aggressive than the one in the C2. Not by much, and with most content you will not be able to tell a difference. But there was a few moments when it was noticeable.

Last Year Comparison

In terms of brightness and ABL behavior there are small differences here and there compared to the C2. But these do not seem to be due to any changes made by LG but mostly due to the use of another panel.

The C3 and C2 performed almost the same and this is what remains in the end.

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EOTF Tracking

Brightness level followed the EOTF reference values extremely close up to its roll-off point. At this point the TV behaves differently depending on the content it’s displaying. Its relatively fast roll-off means that some finer details are lost.

One thing that we need to mention here is about a new setting found in the LG C3 called Expression Enhancer. If you leave this off then the EOTF tracking is far less accurate with the TV over-brightening the whole image. Only in its Detail setting the TV comes close to its target values. And this is what you should be using for the most accurate picture possible.

Contrast Performance

As for contrast, having an OLED panel means that the G3 OLED can switch off its pixels entirely. As a result it has almost infinite contrast ratio resulting in true deep blacks compared to greyish blacks we see in many LCD models.

Viewing angles

Another advantage of OLED technology is the extremely good viewing angles this can achieve. This is another area where LED LCD TVs fail to achieve the same results. These have to rely on extra layers in order to somewhat improve this. But can never reach the numbers we see with OLED panels.

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The LG C3 is capable of retaining its brightness, color accuracy and black levels at very respectable levels up to 45 degrees of angle with a maximum of 50 degrees before colors would start to shift. Not much difference here compared to the C2. And any minor differences there are, are not very noticeable with naked eyes.

With OLED’s amazing viewing angles it makes the C3 OLED an excellent choice not only for home theater rooms but also for any family setups with all family members sitting in different positions in the living room.

HDR support

Nothing changed in the HDR front for one more year. LG continues to support the same HDR protocols while being firmly behind the Dolby Vision bandwagon the whole time. As such the C3 OLED supports the basic HDR10 that is needed for 4K UHD playback, it also supports the more advanced Dolby Vision which uses dynamic metadata for more accurate HDR representation and HLG that is used mostly for broadcasting.

The obvious omission is HDR10+. And we don’t see LG supporting this in the foreseeable future in any of their releases as this is pretty much Samsung’s territory.

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Dolby Vision IQ is making a return once again and this basically uses an external light sensor on the body of the TV. This can automatically adjust the Dolby Vision dynamic tone mapping according to the ambient light in the room and also according to the material that is displayed on screen at each moment.

Obviously you can turn this off if you don’t want the TV to do such processing. And its the best course of action as it can really change the final outcome of the image.

Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail can improve even further image quality for all material that use Dolby Vision and not only content made specifically for that.

Color coverage

Next we will measure the TV’s color performance.

The TV can cover 99% of the DCI-P3 color space while in the wider REC.2020 we measured 75% coverage. These numbers are really good but in fact almost the same as the numbers we got in the C2.

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DeltaE Errors

Before calibration the TV was good but not great. And here we believe the C2 OLED fared much better.

Although color temperature was close to its target, gamma was lower so everything was brighter. Also a lot of colors had DeltaE errors above the acceptable threshold of 3.

Curiously even after calibration there were still colors that were above the DeltaE error limit of 3. We did manage to bring gamma and white balance to almost perfect values, but the colors were still more saturated than they should be.

Color Gradients

Color gradients were ok but there was obvious banding in some color shades, especially greens and darker greys. Obviously with real content this is not so much bothering or obvious. But the problem is obviously still there.

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Panel Uniformity

Panel uniformity was almost perfect. We did notice some very subtle vertical bands but these were extremely subtle and you are not going to notice them during normal use.

Basically this is the same as in the C2 and G3. No major differences here.

Motion performance

Next we move on to our motion tests. It seems that this is another area where LG didn’t make any meaningful changes this year. The C3 OLED behaved and performed very close to the 2022 model.

Once again the C3 features what LG calls OLED Motion and is using a 100/120Hz panel (depending the region). But being an OLED it doesn’t need a backlight to light its pixels. While in theory this makes the C3 flicker free in reality this is not the case but the flicker is so small that is not visible to the naked eye.

Motion Interpolation

The TV also comes with the usual Motion Interpolation features that can smooth motion and remove blur and judder from fast camera movements. Motion interpolation in the C3 was really good with some very solid results if used the right way. Obviously in very demanding scenes we did see some artifacts. But this was to be expected. And these were mostly due to the very fast camera moves, which is a problem with most TVs anyway.

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Obviously using very aggressive settings will make the “Soap Opera Effect” to appear so you have to adjust the settings accordingly. Motion Interpolation can be enabled by the TruMotion setting in the menu. You can set that to user and then adjust the De-blur and De-judder sliders according to your preferences.

Black Frame Insertion (BFI)

There is also the standard Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature which basically is a motion interpolation technique that inserts a black frame between every two individual frames and this can really create much smoother motion.

But while the end result is pretty good there are some downsides to this with the most obvious being the lower brightness being displayed due to the black frames and introduction of judder in 24p content. BFI can be enabled from the OLED Motion setting in the TruMotion menu.

As was the case last year, LG has removed the different intensity levels and there is only a single on/off toggle. As a result the LG C3 cannot do 120Hz with BFI.

Overall Motion Impressions

The C3 behaved almost the same way as the C2 in our motion tests. No real differences between the two. Solid performance, but not without some minor inconsistences.

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Input lag Measurements

Next we will test the TV’s input lag performance.

According to our measurements the C3 OLED measured an average of 10.8ms input lag in both 1080p and 4K resolutions at 60Hz. Very good numbers here. At 120Hz we measured 5.8ms in both 1080p and 4K resolutions which again is almost perfect.

With such low figures, you will have no problems gaming whatsoever. But in order to get so low values you need to use the available Game mode with the Boost mode selected in the Game Optimizer menu. Outside Game mode we still got a respectable 52.5ms which is very good and actually a noticeable improvement over what the C2 could do outside Game mode.

As we mentioned in our G3 OLED review, one area where Samsung beat LG is that many of their TVs now support 144Hz. Unfortunately LG has yet to release a TV that can do such high refresh rate. And even the C3, with all its gaming virtues, is still limited to 120Hz.

Other Gaming Features

We should also not forget to mention that the TV supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). This will work when it detects any devices that support that, like the PS5 and Xbox consoles.

We also get HGiG Mode which is HDR Gaming Interest Group’s technology. This ensures you enjoy HDR games the way that their creators and developers intended.

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VRR Support

The C3 OLED comes with support for all VRR technologies including HDMI Forum VRR, AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync. All of them can be enabled in the Game Optimizer menu.

Unfortunately one problem that is visible in most OLED TVs is present in the C3 also and that is VRR flickering. Although the TV comes with a Fine Tune Dark Areas option in the Game Optimizer menu in order to somewhat improve this.

Unfortunately this seems to be a general problem of OLED technology and not one in the C3 OLED in particular. As both the 2022 C2 OLED and the 2023 G3 OLED have it. It is not such a deal breaking one as it is more noticeable with static dark images. And most of the time during gameplay you will not even pay attention to it but nevertheless it should be mentioned in case you notice it.

Trying Out a Few Games

As we usually do, to get a feel of the TV’s responsiveness we connected both our PS5 and Xbox series X. The game we decided to try out this time was F1 2022 which can be played in both 60Hz and 120Hz.

Overall we had a perfect gaming session. Either in 60Hz or 120Hz the TV had extremely fast response times and rendered all our commands on screen blazing fast. No delays at all.

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For testing purposes we did try some gaming outside Game mode and obviously the difference was noticeable. But with the C3’s lower input lag outside Game mode, things were not so bad. In fact we got used to it pretty fast and didn’t bother us afterwards.

Overall Image Quality Impressions

Overall the C3 OLED remains an excellent OLED TV. Compared to the 2022 C2 there are not many differences. In fact we can say that both TVs have more similarities to talk about. Each model has some slight advantage over the other but the differences are negligible. While the G3 is a definite improvement over the 2022 G2, the C3 feels more of the same.

Audio Quality

Continuing with the similarities the C3 comes with exactly he same audio system we found last year.

After all the C3 doesn’t have the necessary space to incorporate anything better than what we have seen in most traditional OLED TVs in the last few years.

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Audio System – Channels & Power Rating

The C3 comes with a 2.2 channels system with a total of 40 watts of power output. As with most TV audio systems the one in the C3 is good enough for casual use only. This means that it will suffice for news broadcasting, TV series and sports.

But if you really want to have great cinematic sound with surround audio then a dedicated audio system is a must. No matter how good its image quality is, the C3’s audio cannot offer an equally pleasing immersion.

Audio Formats Support

For 2023 the AI Sound Pro can up-mix 2 channels audio to virtual 9.1.2 surround sound which gives you the illusion of a wider sound stage and more immersive sound.

Last year the top LG offerings could up-mix up to 7.1.2 channels but to be honest don’t expect to hear a huge difference. You may get slightly different output but the difference is really small and in the end not what you should expect. But this depends a lot on the source material.

And obviously you shouldn’t be fooled by this 9.1.2 channels marketing thing as the TV cannot really portray a fully immersive surround experience as its virtual capabilities are very limited. It just doesn’t have the necessary hardware to create immersive sound and virtual technology can do so much. Yes, sound may feel like it has more volume and depth but there is no real activity anywhere else other than the front.

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Dolby Atmos is once again available and can be used either through some streaming service or through the HDMI eARC connection. Obviously the TV lacks the necessary hardware to make Dolby Atmos real justice but nevertheless support is there for you to have.

If there is one thing we are surely excited about when it comes to sound is the return of DTS support. For the last few years we have been complaining that LG stopped supporting DTS sound. Finally they heard our cries so the C3 OLED supports it once again.

But there is one thing we should note here. The TV can playback DTS sound but not DTS:X. DTS:X can only pass-through the eARC to an external sound device that supports it. Not a big deal anyway as the TV lacks the hardware to render DTS:X properly anyway.

Audio Features

One feature included in the C3 is WOW Orchestra. With this feature you can combine your TV to work in parallel to a soundbar that also supports this. The result is both the TV and soundbar to output sound and create a more convincing front sound wall. WOW Orchestra seems to be the same as Samsung’s Q-Symphony. But this works only for LG’s set of soundbars.

Another feature that makes a comeback is Bluetooth Surround ready. With it you can use the TV’s Bluetooth to connect rear speakers to your TV setup. But there is a catch here as you cannot use this audio setup in order to playback true 5.1 surround audio. The TV will use legacy 2.0 channels audio and up-mix it to the channels available. So the end result is not as good or accurate as a real 5.1 surround mix.

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Overall Audio Performance Impressions

As good as the image quality of the C3 may be, when it comes to sound things tend to be…uninspiring. Yes what the TV can do will suffice for casual viewing. Sports, news broadcasting and TV series will render sound with good clarity and dynamics.

But if you really want to get sound equally good as its image capabilities then definitely make yourself a favor and buy a full surround system. Or a full surround soundbar at the very least.

Ports and Connectivity

Looking at the ports of the C3 we do not see anything different from 2022. This means we get the exact same layout, no differences whatsoever.

Starting from the top we find three USB ports along with four HDMI ports with HDMI 2 being the one with ARC/eARC support. Below these there is an Ethernet port, a Digital Optical audio output, an RS-232C jack, the usual antenna/cable input and an IR blaster port.

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HDMI Specifications

All four HDMI ports are version 2.1 with 48Gbps of bandwidth due to the use of LG’s own SoC making Samsung along with LG the only brands to support the full 48Gbps bandwidth in all four of their ports.

The HDMI ports are v2.1 meaning that they support all new and old features including 4K@120Hz, ARC, eARC, ALLM, VRR, G-Sync, FreeSync, HFR and HDMI-CEC. For the first time we also find support for QMS (Quick Media Switching) which is an HDMI 2.1 feature that eliminates the black screen when the TV has to switch between different framerates.

No 144Hz here unfortunately as LG still does not support this in any of their TVs. Samsung is the only brand so far that officially supports 144Hz.

Connectivity Observations

The Ethernet port for one more year will only support up to 100Mbps. This is a real shame but not entirely surprising. As all manufacturers still include 100Mbps adapters in their TVs. We don’t believe that upgrading these ports to Gbit speeds would up the cost so much.

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And with streaming requirements increasing every single year this change should have been made some time ago. Let’s hope that manufacturers will finally decide to upgrade their Ethernet adapters to Gigabit speeds.

And lastly the USB ports are the older 2.0. Very few TVs come with USB 3.0 and this doesn’t seem to change any time soon.

Wireless Capabilities

When it comes to its wireless capabilities the C3 OLED supports WiFi along with Bluetooth 5.0. This is the same as the C2 had, so no changes here.

OS, Apps and Features

The new C3 OLED is using LG’s latest webOS 23, which is found in all their 2023 releases. While the OS is fundamentally the same it seems that LG decided to make a facelift this year. The previous design, that we got in 2021, could use some updating. So LG’s plan was to improve things a bit.

What we have here is exactly the same software we used in the G3 OLED recently. So this part of our review will be similar and we will make changes wherever we deem necessary.

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WebOS 2023

The WebOS’s UI is still taking up the whole screen and provide you with far more visual information than any of the old versions ever did. This was a change made in 2021 and seems to continue well in 2023.

The latest webOS looks a lot like Google TV and its layout. It seems that smart TV platforms opt for a more personalized experience and as such the new webOS 23 tries to provide you with options that are tailored for your viewing habits. As such there are personalized ads, recommendations based on your viewing patterns both for streaming services and broadcasting channels and even shopping suggestions.

One feature that appeared for the first time in 2022 was user profiles. And obviously LG kept it for 2023 also. With it each family member can have their own favorite settings and streaming apps. Keep in mind that these user profiles do not extend to the image settings of the TV itself as these will remain universal.

In 2023 version the main screen is basically divided into three sections. At the top we get sponsored content. Below it there is a row with quick tabs that you can select and lastly a row of installed apps. Each quick tab opens specific sections like Games or Music for fast access.

In the second screen, which you can access by pressing the down button, you will find highlighted content as well as the “Now Streaming” section. This includes tabs from various streaming services among others.

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Home Dashboard

For another year we find what LG calls Home Dashboard which is a nice little feature that lets you have an overall look at all the connections of the TV. From last year the Home Dashboard has been fully intergraded into the webOS Home screen making its access faster than before.

Streaming Capabilities

One thing that hasn’t changed in 2023 is app support. As such you will find all the apps you may need with more available from the online store for downloading. All the big players are present with Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime, HBO, Vudu, Hulu, Google Play Movies, Disney+ and Apple TV+ just to name a few of the most notable ones.

Other available apps include Apple Airplay 2 and Apple Homekit. With Airplay 2 you can stream content from other Apple devices on your TV. While HomeKit lets you control certain aspects of the TV through your mobile device.

Sports Alert

Another feature that makes a comeback this year is Sports Alert. You can set your favorite team on the TV and the C3 OLED will inform you when a match will be shown. It will also inform you in which channel it is in while it can also give you score updates and the likes. The Sports Alert feature is working with the internal tuner and it gives you the ability to choose from a wide range of teams and sports.

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Voice Control

And since we are talking about a smart TV platform we cannot do without voice control functionality. LG has included not only their own ThinQ AI that you can use to search for various information. But also the two most used voice control platforms including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

By using the Magic Remotes built-in microphone you can issue your commands. These can be search for a specific TV show or control your TVs volume and channels changing.

Mobile App Support

There is also mobile app support if you prefer that instead of using the included remote. LG is using their ThinQ app that is supported both by Android and iOS devices. And with it you can issue some basic commands to your TV from your mobile device. Since it is free we suggest you give it a try.

Game Features

LG TVs were always at the forefront of gaming. And some of their dedicated features make them the best gaming TVs you can get. The C3 OLED could not be any different with the included Game Dashboard & Optimizer menus.

These two menus provide easy access to a wealth of gaming settings without the need to navigate through a myriad of menus. This way you can focus on what matters the most, which is having fun.

And we should not forget that there is also support for Cloud Gaming with GeForce Now available.

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Various Other Features

Other features we get is room-to-room sharing for viewing cable or satellite content on another TV at home and Multi-View capabilities including Picture in Picture (PiP) and Picture and Picture (PaP).

Compared to other TVs

The most obvious comparison would be between the C3 and its predecessor, the C2. The two TVs are almost identical across the board. There are small differences in some areas with each model winning at some of them but there is no clear winner between the two. The most notable difference is the webOS 23 in the C3 but even that is not fundamentally different from last year.

The real competitor of the C3 this year is definitely the Samsung S90C. Between the two we would say that the S90C is the better one. It is brighter, has better color accuracy and higher color gamut while it also supports 144Hz. On the other hand the C3 OLED comes with Dolby Vision and DTS support. Something that you may prefer if you are more of a movie fan.

As for the C3 compared to the LG G3 and Samsung S95C, there is no comparison really. These two mentioned models are clearly better than the LG C3 in more than a few areas and thus belong in a completely different category.

Lastly we should not forget to talk about Sony. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to test any of their 2023 models yet, as at the time of writing this review these have not been released yet. When they do we will make sure to add comparisons in those respective articles.

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Final Thoughts

With all eyes on LG’s MLA OLED and Samsung’s 2nd generation QD-OLED technologies the C3 OLED feels like it takes a back seat in this race for impressions. But being almost the same TV as last year’s offering does it make it a bad model? Definitely not.

The C3 continues to have all the same qualities that made the C-series such a fan favorite. Great image quality that is characteristic of OLED, almost everything you could expect in terms of gaming features and webOS that gives this TV strong smart TV functionality. And let’s not forget the return of DTS which we missed the last few years.

On the other hand the C3 cannot be considered a noteworthy improvement over the C2. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy was not so good, so you need to calibrate the TV to make colors look better. There was some visible banding in some shades and there is no 144Hz support. The audio was average, as most TVs are nowadays and obviously the TV has to be handled with care due to the increase risk of burn-in.

Closing our review we can definitely say that the LG C3 OLED remains one of the best traditional OLED TVs you can buy this year. Either it is for movies or gaming the C3 can be proud of continuing the C-series legacy even if the 2023 model is not as a big improvement as we would like it to be.

LG C3 OLED Review (2023 4K OLED TV)

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4 thoughts on “LG C3 OLED Review (2023 4K OLED TV)”

  1. I am not into buying a new TV in the near future, but I always look at what is new and surely this year is all about the new MLA tech from LG. The C3 seems more of the same, so I think that the C2 is the better value, if one can get it in a discount. I don’t see traditional OLEDs improving any more.

    • Hello Jeeda. Indeed the C3 OLED is more or less the same as the C2. So if you can get one at a lower price it surely is a better value. But the C2 will not be available for long. So anyone looking for one must hurry until stock lasts.

  2. Another solid release from LG. I was always fond of the C series. They always offered good quality for their price. Personally I have the C2 so I am not very much into upgrading but I am glad that the C3 is not so much different overall. Great review you did there. Keep up the good work!

    • Hey John. Thank you for the kind words. If you have the C2 then definitely there is no need to upgrade. The differences of these two TVs are so small that is not worth it. I think the C-series has reached its peak and I don’t see it getting any better unless LG decides to bring MLA to the C series at some point in the future.


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