Hitting the sweet spot between price and performance, LG’s C2 lineup of OLED TVs is likely to top many tech analysts’ lists of the best TVs of 2022.
However, if you have one in your shopping cart while you are patiently waiting to see what Black Friday deals are available, it might be time to pause for thought.
Sneaking out into nature without much fanfare in recent weeks is a cheaper new LG OLED model that retains almost all of the key features that made the C2 such a hit and might be a better bet for many in the market for a new TV – and it is. actually cheaper than the LG B2 model, despite offering better image quality and features!
The stealthy LG CS lineup is currently available from several major retailers, including Currys in the UK and JB Hi-Fi in Australia – it doesn’t appear to be available in the US at the time of writing.
Crucially, the range features the same α9 Gen5 AI processor as the C2 series, along with LG’s Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro image rendering engine, but it still manages to come out at least £200 cheaper for all size variants.
It also has the same connectivity and built-in audio, as well as the latest ThinQ AI webOS user interface, plus full support for Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos built in.
The tradeoffs will likely be ones that many users will be able to live with – the CS models feature last year’s C1 frame design, don’t have hands-free voice control, nor do they include the practical but not essential C2 Always Ready Mode. which allows you to turn off the screen while keeping the TV on to receive voice commands and AirPlay and Chromecast requests, or turn it into a digital canvas to display artwork.
The main differentiator and potential point of contention for some users is the CS line panels, which are the same type used in the LG B2 and which were used in last year’s LG C1 model.
This means the CS lacks the brighter OLED Evo technology of the C2, which offers up to 20% more luminance when compared to the panels that feature on the CS and B2.
However, the display still supports a 120Hz refresh rate and the CS is equipped with four HDMI 2.1 ports, meaning it’s one of the best gaming TVs out there for the price when it comes to features for the price.
The C2 series currently comes in just two size options – 55-inch and 65-inch – with the former hovering around the £999 mark and the larger-screen model coming in at £1,499.
Review: CS OLED will give Black Friday bargain hunters plenty to ponder
While the less-bright screen may be a deciding factor for some, we still think that most people in the market for a new OLED TV are likely to find the CS lineup the most attractive of the current LG lineup.
That’s also without taking into account the potential for some retailers to lower their price even further on Black Friday.
The fact that it retains the C2’s excellent HDMI 2.1 support makes it a particularly good buy for high-end gamers who want to take advantage of its excellent high frame rate performance, but the high-end image processing also makes it a dream for lovers of films .
These features also elevate it to the currently pricier B2 lineup, which may feature more up-to-date finishes like the latest bezel design, but we’re confident most buyers will be more interested in having better image quality and more features. ..and save money in the process.
We’ll be on the lookout for the best LG CS OLED discounts as we collect all the best Black Friday TV deals – there are already plenty of deals.