LG Z2 review (2023) one of the best 8K TV right now

LG Z2 is a TV based on OLED display technology with 8K resolution and flat design.

Even though only a small number of people have 8K TVs, manufacturers are still making them. After I tried Sharp’s 8K Aquos last year, I wasn’t too sure about them. And the LG Z2, an 8K OLED TV that is huge in size, resolution, and price, still doesn’t convince me. It’s a beautiful show, of course. But even if you can afford it, it doesn’t make much sense, just like any other 8K TV.

LG Z2: Description

Unless you make your own 8K videos, you’ll only be able to watch a few nature or cityscape videos in 8K on YouTube. To be fair, true 8K videos on the LG Z2 do look and feel a little too real. More so if they are shot at 60 frames per second. But I don’t think the difference between 8K and 4K is big enough unless you’re really close.

Also, there is no streaming service that offers 8K content right now, and even Ultra HD Blu-ray is limited to 4K. And it doesn’t look like things will get better soon. So most of the upscaling is done by the TV, which the Z2 does well, but it’s not the same. the LG Z2 only comes in two sizes, 77 and 88 inches, so you get a lot of screen. The 88-inch TV I tested can’t be mounted on the wall, but the 77-inch one can. It can also stand on two thin feet. Instead, the huge 88-inch version comes with its own floor stand.

Like the LG C1 from last year, the Z2 has four HDMI 2.1 ports that support features like auto low latency mode and variable refresh rate that are good for gaming. LG has also put its newest 9 Gen 5 processor in the Z2. A new dynamic tone-mapping algorithm is said to make this chip better at processing pictures. It’s also what gives the built-in speakers the “virtual 7.1.2 surround sound” that makes movies sound pretty good.

LG Z2: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Beautiful, balanced picture quality
  • As bright as OLED currently gets
  • Strong sound

Cons

  • Seriously expensive
  • Not as bright or as sharp an image as you might expect
  • Upscaling could be better

LG Z2: Specifications

Screen size77 inches
TypeOLED
Resolution 8K
Operating systemwebOS22
Optical output Yes
Dimensions 98 x 172 x 3.2cm

Design

LG Z2 review

The trend towards minimalism in TV design, which we fully support, doesn’t leave much room for frills or flourishes, so it’s not a huge shock that the Z2 doesn’t look like it’s from the future. Overall, it’s more like a G2 than a C2, with the plastic casework spread thinly and evenly across the back of the panel instead of being concentrated in one thicker area. It doesn’t look quite as much like a picture frame as the G2, though, and it’s also a bit thicker at 3.2cm instead of 2.5cm.

Unlike the G2, which doesn’t come with any kind of stand, the Z2 does. But even though that is an objectively good thing, the feet are so ugly and cheap that they have no business being on a TV that costs five figures. At least you can put them close to the middle of the TV so they don’t take up too much space.

The Magic Remote that comes with LG’s other OLEDs and most LCDs is also included with the Z2. The layout of the buttons and the motion-sensitive pointer are the same, and there is nothing new about the way it works. However, the silver finish looks and feels more expensive, and the more angular shape is actually more ergonomic than you might think.

LG Z2: Display

LG Z2 review

The LG Z2 OLED has an OLED display with a resolution of 8K. It is not only one of LG’s best OLED screens, but also one of the best on the market. As you know, the OLED pixels can turn on and off on their own, which gives the perfect contrast and look. LG calls this “perfect black.” This is because, unlike the Bkaclight displays in NanoCell and QNED TVs, the pixels turn off completely when the scene is dark.

The AI 8K upscaling is another great feature of this 8K TV. No matter what format you’re watching, the LG Z2 OLED can make it look as good as 8K content. This is because of the powerful 9 Gen 5 AI Processor 8K, which not only does this but can also make a 120Hz refresh rate that will help you watch movies and play games.

Also, for such a big TV, the wide viewing angle won’t be a problem. You can watch your TV from any angle you want. When you say “watching,” you’re bringing up the fact that there are many different ways you can set your TV to give you the best experience, such as the Filmmaker mode, which is the newest mode to come out after the big WEB OS update. In addition to Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro, the display has HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. We also shouldn’t forget about the Dolby Vision feature.

LG Z2: Interface

The changes are to how the icons and rows are set up in the hub area. The box to sign up for an LG account is now an icon at the top of the screen, and the (rather useless) box to check the weather has been taken away. They have been replaced by a bigger ad with curated content and a “Trending Now” bar. Below that is the traditional app row, followed by inputs and more rows of curated content in the new gaming shelf (for cloud gaming) and selected streaming video apps. It’s not a huge change, but it makes the interface less crowded.

Apps like YouTube, Britbox, Twitch, DAZN, and more are only available to people who sign up for an LG account. This is a strange choice, but it’s not the only one. The main SVOD apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and Apple TV aren’t blocked, and neither are the Freeview Play apps. However, it’s annoying because YouTube has 8K content that you can’t access without an LG account.

As part of LG’s high-end Signature line, the remote is built and feels better. It’s heavier and has a more premium brushed metal finish. It still lets you move around with the pointer, and I like how soft it feels when I press a button. I don’t like the battery compartment, though, because you have to use the same tool to get the sim tray out of a smartphone.

LG Z2: Image quality

You might think that a super-dark movie like The Batman would be right up an OLED TV’s alley. However, while most models will give you the perfect blacks you need, the Z2 is one of the few that can also give you the contrast pop and shadow detail you want. When watching the 4K Blu-ray in Dolby Vision, the Z2 makes the chapter one montage of criminals looking into scary, possibly Batman-filled shadows all the more powerful.

The bright video billboards of Gotham Square, on the other hand, stand out well against the rain and darkness, and the grim cityscape as a whole has a lovely depth and solidity. If you switch to the new 4K Blu-ray of Drive, the Cinematic Movement motion processing option does a great job of smoothing out the pan across the hotel room without making it look fake.

Detail and sharpness are treated in the same way by the Z2. The characterful, craggy lines on Bryan Cranston’s face are sharply defined but still look natural, and the bodywork lines of The Driver’s 1973 Chevy Malibu (did you know that Ryan Gosling chose, took apart, and then rebuilt this car for the movie?

LG Z2: Sound Quality

With 60W and 4.2 channels that support Dolby Atmos, the performance is similar to that of the C2 and G2, but the stereo imaging is better and the soundstage is bigger. With Atmos content, the TV says it can make a 7.1.2 virtual soundstage, but it doesn’t feel very big. The action on screen doesn’t get taller or wider, and it doesn’t send sound towards the viewer. With Infinity War, the show is big and has a good amount of impact.

Thanos is giving the Hulk body shots, and the bass isn’t exactly booming, but there’s more punch than you’d expect. The vocals are given the most attention in the soundstage, so they are clear and sharp. AI Sound Pro works best with Atmos; with other types of programming, it has sibilant traces. My favourite listening mode was Cinema, which gives energy, movement, and a better grasp of vocals in action scenes like the ones in The Gray Man.

In The Last Duel, the quieter parts give a good sense of the setting. In chamber scenes, small details like the lick of fire on a candle are picked up on to show how wide the soundstage is. Even with the volume turned all the way up to 100, I didn’t hear any bass distortion, but bass isn’t that big to begin with.

When you play Gran Turismo 7, the Game Optimizer mode is like AI Sound Pro in some ways. At about 50 percent volume, its clear sound can sound thin and jagged, and as the engine sounds and music get louder, it can get annoying after a while. If you turn down the volume, it’s easier to deal with, but Standard mode is better because of how smooth it is.

Price and availability

LG Z2 review

The LG OLED77Z2 is a very expensive TV that costs £12,000, which is about $13,000 or AU$23,999. This is much less than its predecessor, but it is still very expensive. The 4K G2 (OLED77G2) with a screen size of 77 inches is a relative bargain, costing “just” £4299, $3800, or AU$8076.

If you want to know how much the Z2 costs compared to other 8K TVs, Samsung’s 75-inch flagship model, the QE75QN900B, costs £6499, $5500, or AU$8995 at the moment you can buy this product directly from LG’s official website.

Final Words

From a technical point of view, the LG OLED77Z2 is an impressive piece of work that can make images that look great. Still, it doesn’t feel that much better than the 4K OLEDs.

It has a lot of features and a smooth, easy-to-use interface that is slowly getting better. But making some apps only available to people who sign up for an LG account is not a good idea.

FAQs

Which LG OLED class is best?

The LG C2 OLED is the best OLED TV we’ve tried in the middle price range. Even though all OLEDs have great picture quality, this one is the best deal because it has so many features that are great for gamers.

Is LG OLED better than Sony OLED?

The Sony’s picture quality is a little bit better because it handles gradients better and has a much better colour volume. On the other hand, the LG is a better choice for gaming because it has a lower input lag and supports advanced gaming features like VRR and “Auto Low Latency Mode.”

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The LG Z2 offers an excellent visual experience with exceptional levels of accuracy and image quality. The AI-assisted upscaling and image processing are remarkable and allow you to take advantage of the panel's increased resolution despite the lack of actual 8K content.LG Z2 review (2023) one of the best 8K TV right now