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LG's 55-inch OLED TV with HDMI 2.1 is great for gaming and below $1,400 right now

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Buying an OLED TV is not a cheap proposition, but it is more affordable than ever before, thanks in part to increased competition (Vizio just recently entered the OLED market) and Black Friday being around the corner. Ahead of the sales bonanza that looms, LG's CX series (2020 model) OLED TVs are marked way down.

The least expensive of the bunch is not the smallest, that being the 48-inch model we reviewed (opens in new tab) in August (and the best TV for gaming (opens in new tab)), as you might expect. Whereas that model sells for $1,449.99, the bigger 55-inch model (OLED55CXPUA) is on sale for $1,349.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab). Just be sure to tick the $47 coupon box to get it at that price. You're saving $450 over the MSRP, and getting more screen real estate for less money than the entry-level model.

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LG CX 55-Inch OLED TV | $1,799 $1,349.99 (opens in new tab)
We found the 48-inch model to be the best TV for gaming, and this one is both bigger and cheaper right now. If you've been waiting to make the plunge into OLED territory, now is the time to jump.

For the most part, OLED displays look much better than LCD. Each individual pixel that comprises an OLED screen can turn on and off, and while some higher end LCD TVs can get brighter because of the luminous backlight, there's just no contest when comparing black levels and contrast—OLED wins, hands down.

The CX series is excellent for gaming, too. Part of that is because it implements the latest HDMI specification, HDMI 2.1, which has the bandwidth for 4K at 120Hz. HDMI 2.1 also supports VRR (variable refresh rate) to keep gameplay frames in sync between the display and GPU, and the CX series is G-Sync Compatible to boot. Rtings (opens in new tab), one of my favorite sources for TV reviews, found the CX to be "exceptional for playing videogames."

If you want to go bigger than 55 inches, the 65-inch and 77-inch models are selling for their lowest prices ever as well. On Amazon, the 65-inch model is priced at $1,896.99 (opens in new tab) (save $901.01), and the massive 77-inch model is priced at $3,569.99 (opens in new tab) (save $1,402.01).

What about burn-in (opens in new tab)? That is a weakness inherent in OLED displays. The situation has improved since OLED first emerged, and mostly manifests in more extreme cases (hours and hours of the same static content). Still, it is worth considering.

Paul Lilly
Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).