LG plugs NVIDIA G-Sync into its 2019 OLED TVs
At CES in January NVIDIA promised more big-screen G-Sync-compatible displays were coming and now LG says they're already here. A firmware update for its 2019 OLED TVs will roll out soon adding support for the feature promising "smooth, tear-free immersion" with compatible PC games. That should make them an ideal setup for gamers seeking big screens with imperceptible response times, as long as the company can quell worries about burn-in. LG G-Sync Compatible 2019 OLED TVs 65-, 55-inch E9 77-, 65-, 55-inch C9 Other features in its 2019 lineup that make the TVs appealing for gaming include HDMI 2.
Black Friday is starting earlier than ever in 2019 and now LG is getting into the discount game. The TV maker has just dropped the prices on its newest OLED televisions to the lowest levels yet. They're not cheap by any means, but they're less expensive than any other new OLED TV.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This LG C9 delivers the best picture quality CNET has ever tested, and now it's $400 off. Sarah Tew/CNET © Sarah Tew/CNET
This LG C9 delivers the best picture quality CNET has ever tested, and now it's $400 off.
Here's how the pricing stacks up.
B9 vs. C9: It's your $100 (or $200)
LG's OLED televisions deliver the best picture quality CNET has ever tested. OLED TVs produce better overall image quality than any LCD we've reviewed, including Samsung's QLED TVs, and these prices are significantly lower than Sony's OLED televisions. LG's 2019 versions also have more features than its previous OLED TVs, including Alexa built-in, Apple AirPlay 2 and more HDMI 2.1 extras, including eARC and Auto Game mode and Variable Refresh rate.
Best Buy sale guarantees Black Friday prices today on high-end TVs -- but read this before you buy
That includes 2019 OLED TVs from LG and Sony, but the best value is still last year's OLED.The LG OLEDB9P has the lowest price of any 2019 OLED TV, now guaranteed through Black Friday.
All of that makes the LG's 2019 OLED TVs our go-to recommendation for high-end TV shoppers. But between the B9 and more-expensive C9 series, which one should you choose?
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In my side-by-side comparisons between the two it was tough to see any difference. The B9 was slightly dimmer and it did a bit better job cleaning up some lower-quality video, but that's it. For those reasons the C9 is better overall, but whether it's worth the extra $100 (for the 55-inch size) or $200 (for the 65-inch) is tough to say. Personally I'd be fine saving the money and getting a B9, but you may be comfortable spending a bit more to get the best.
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Although these prices are the lowest ever for a current-year OLED TVs, beating LG's Super Bowl sale last year and its Black Friday drop the year before, they could conceivably go lower. I asked LG whether it planned to drop prices again on the B9 and C9, but haven't heard back by press time. I don't expect a definitive answer.
Watch out OLED, TCL's mini-LED 8-Series TVs are now available
TCL has unveiled price and release details for its new 8-Series mini-LED TVs.That said, the range-topping TCL 8-Series is now available to order at Best Buy in two screen sizes - the 65-inch 65Q825 and new 75-inch 75Q825 - both of which use TCL’s mini-LED technology to close the gap between LED-LCD and OLED.
In the meantime, if you've been looking for an excuse to get a new OLED TV, it doesn't get much better than this.
CNET editors' 2019 holiday picks
Not sure what to get this holiday season? At CNET we've reviewed hundreds of devices this year, and the best ones make great gifts, whether you're looking to spend $20 or $2,000. The Echo Dot with Clock keeps all the best elements of 2018's Dot and adds a smart quality-of-life upgrade in the form of an LED clock display. "Before we talk price, I want to be clear: No one should buy an Echo Dot at full price. Not because $50 or even $60 is a bad deal (it's not), but because you don't have to. Amazon sells Dots at a hefty discount so often, there's no reason not to wait that extra three weeks to get to Black Friday (or Prime Day or Christmas) to pick up a Dot for $25," says CNET's David Priest.
If you're a fan of the Google Home Mini, the Nest Mini offers a similar experience with additional new features for the same price. "Keeping it at the affordable $49 entry-level price makes the Nest Mini an even better value than the Google Home Mini that came before it. The Google Home Mini was a great first smart speaker for anyone looking to add Google Assistant to their homes without spending a lot, and the Nest Mini is even better," says CNET's Molly Price.
The AirPods Pro are brand new for late 2019, and already feel like the must-have gift for iPhone owners. These new models combine full active noise canceling and a tight seal in your ear to deliver much better sound quality than the standard AirPods. They shut out the outside world when you're on a noisy plane or train, but a flip of the button to transparency mode let's you hear everything -- great when you're walking on crowded streets, or just talking to a flight attendant.
The WF-1000XM3 sounds excellent for true-wireless headphones, with a premium look and feel. "It's the best-sounding set of truly wireless earbuds at this price, matching and perhaps even exceeding the performance of pricier competitors," says CNET's David Carnoy.
The smaller, lighter, more colorful "Switch Lite has everything you'd need to play Switch games, including a microSD card slot to store more games, Bluetooth (but not for headphones) and USB-C charging that also works with wired controller accessories. At $200, it's a great price for a system with a fantastic library," says CNET's Scott Stein.
Launching on Nov. 12., the Disney Plus streaming service will be a competitor to video streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Now and Apple TV Plus. It'll be the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney's own studios.
This tiny security camera can fit anywhere in your home. "The truly remarkable thing is that Wyze Labs managed to make small but useful improvements to the camera without raising the price a single penny," says CNET's Rick Broida.
Nearly everything gadget has a rechargeable battery, so what's a more useful gift than a charger? "In my opinion, this little guy is the best of all worlds. It's got both a USB-C PD port and a good old-fashioned USB-A port, so it can charge any device from android smartphones to a wireless headphone to a full-on laptop, and most everything in between," says CNET's John Falcone.
For under $20, kids 7 and up will love the Technic Bash, Lego's buildable race car designed to crash.
The Roku Streaming Stick Plus delivers 4K and HDR video in a compact package for an affordable price. "While the Apple TV continues to offer a more polished experience -- especially on cord-cutter TV services such as YouTube TV -- the Roku Streaming Stick Plus delivers nearly all of the same channels and apps, excellent 4K HDR video and surround sound audio for a fraction of the price," says CNET's David Katzmaier.
The JBL Clip 3 is a better-sounding version of one of our favorite micro Bluetooth speakers. "Not only does the fully waterproof speaker (IPX7) have improved battery life and better sound, it's more durable," says CNET's David Carnoy
The Amazon Echo Show 5 packs a lot of features into a compact smart display. "It is the best smart display Amazon has ever made and it brings new features with it that will improve the full-sized Echo Show too via an update. You can delete recorded commands and access a new smart home control panel. You can watch how-to videos and wake up to a sunrise animation. You can use the screen for video calls or close the camera's shutter if you need privacy," says CNET's Andrew Gebhart.
The Google Nest Hub may be small in size, but it's useful in lots of ways. "If you're a fan of Google and want a Google-centric smart home, or if you just like the idea of a smart speaker with a screen and want to try one out for displaying photos at home, or for the step-by-step recipe guides, I recommend the Google Nest Hub. The seamless touch controls and intuitive voice commands will even help the techphobic members of your family get used to it," says CNET's Andrew Gebhart.
Even though Series 3 is now two years old, it's more affordable than ever, and it has the bulk of the newer features. "Among smartwatches, it's ended up surviving as the best of the bunch, thanks to solid design and software that's continually been improving," says CNET's Scott Stein
Want more flexibility in a smart speaker? The Sonos One supports Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2, so you can stream music from nearly everywhere with ease. It sounds great, too. "The Sonos One offers the best combination of versatility, sound quality and affordability in any speaker you can buy," says CNET's Ty Pendlebury.
This year's 10.2-inch iPad has a larger display, supports keyboard accessories and is one of the most affordable devices in Apple's gadget lineup. "The basic budget iPad is good, and makes a strong case for spending as little as possible on an Apple tablet in 2019," says CNET's Scott Stein.
This year's Roku TV performs even better than last year's model. "The best picture quality for the money in 2019 belongs to the midpriced TCL 6-Series. It's currently $800 for the 65-inch model and $600 for the 55-inch one," says CNET's David Katzmaier.
The XPS 13 is better than ever. "Dell has done nearly the impossible -- it's made a laptop I can find almost no fault with. Since Dell introduced ultrathin screen borders in its 2015 model (the XPS 13 has been around since 2012), the company has steadily been chipping away at my laundry list of complaints, making the XPS 13 smaller, lighter, more powerful.," says CNET's Dan Ackerman.
The MacBook Air is still the best choice if you're buying a new laptop for a Mac fan. "The new MacBook Air doesn't look any different, but it adds Apple's True Tone display, which can adjust the screen's color temperature based on the ambient lighting. But more important than that, the starting price has been cut by $100, from $1,199 to $1,099 (£1,099, AU$1,699)," says CNET's Dan Ackerman.
What to expect from the TVs of CES 2020: Bigger, brighter and 8K-er .
Ground zero for new TVs is CES 2020.That won't stop TV makers from trying to overwhelm you with newfangled buzzwords in their eternal attempt to sell you a new one anyway. Prepare for more 4K, 8K, HDMI 2.1, HDR, 120Hz, OLED, QLED, ULED and ZLED than you can handle (I made the last one up, but it's probably coming soon, too). Don't expect to see any talk of pricing, however, and as for real-world performance — that'll have to wait for the reviews.