LG OLED E7 vs C7 Review (OLED55E7P vs OLED55C7P, OLED65E7P vs OLED65C7P)
LG OLED E7 and C7 are part of LG’s 2017 4K HDR OLED TV lineup. One of the advantages that offered by them, they use OLED panel technology that offer infinite contrast and perfect black level where any LED TV can’t do. Additionally, the use OLED panel also makes both LG OLED C7 and E7 have some advantages than LED TV like wide viewing angle coverage and nearly perfect performance in motion handling. In the market, both of them come with 2 screen size option available, including 55 Inch (OLED55E7P vs OLED 55C7P) and 65 Inch (OLED65E7P vs OLED65C7P). With the same screen size, when I was writing this comparison, OLED E7 is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than OLED C7. Nevertheless, their prices certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, what are the differences between them so OLED E7 is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than OLED C7 and which is better choice between them?
The Difference and Similarities between LG OLED C7 and E7
Technically, LG OLED E7 and OLED C7 are supported with almost similar technology and also have almost similar features. The most obvious, both of them equally use OLED panel technology which has some advantages than LED panel technology. Coming with HDR technology, they are equally powered by “Active HDR” technology and already support most of HDR formats like HDR 10 by UHD Alliance, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) by BBC and NHK, Dolby Vision by Dolby Laboratories, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor. Additionally, both of LG OLED C7 and OLED E7 also has a feature called “HDR Effect” that improve the brightness and color range of SDR images so you can enjoy any contents with the quality as close as 4K HDR. There is also Tru 4k Up-Scaler engine that up-convert low resolution content as close as possible to 4K resolution. Meanwhile, for maximizing each aspect of picture quality, both of them are equally powered by the number of LG’s most advanced technologies. For delivering wide color gamut, OLED C7 and E7 use 4 colors sub-pixel technology RGBW as the instead of standard RGB sub-pixel. Additionally, there is also True Color Accuracy and Cinematic color that maximize its rendition of colors. Additionally, for maximizing its peak luminance, both of them are also equally powered by Ultra Luminance technology.
Both of LG OLED C7 and E7 also equally have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel that allows them to interpolate both of lower frame rate contents 30 fps and 60 fps video. To connect to the other devices, they equally provide 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity and the same other inputs/outputs like Composite In and others. Additionally, both of them also equally have low input lag in “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”, make them very comfortable when used to play any kind of games. And for offering simple, responsive and attractive smart TV experience, both of them equally featuring WebOS 3.6 as their smart TV platform.
The major difference between them is about their design where LG OLED E7 comes with a unique and ultra thin design called “Picture on Glass” while LG OLED C7 comes with standard design like most of TVs which available in the market. The outer of the edges of E7 is glass and looks translucent with about 5 mm of width, while the inner of the edges is a black border with about 10 mm of width. Meanwhile, when viewed from side, OLED E7 looks very thin at two third of the top, while in the bottom third of the TV looks thicker where in this part, all of electronic component and built-in sound bar are located. On the base of the TV, there is a metal plate stand that supports the TV. On other hand, the design of LG OLED C7 is similar to the predecessor B6. Like E7, when viewed from the side, the TV looks very thin at two third the top while in bottom third, it also looks thicker and this is also a part where all electronic component are located. But unlike E7, OLED C7 doesn’t have glass design and built-in sound bar.
Built-In Sound Bar
The other major difference between them is about the built-in sound bar where LG OLED E7 has built-in sound bar that designed which blend with the main panel that makes the TV looks nicer, while LG OLED C7 is not equipped with built-in sound bar. In addition to make the TV looks nicer and more elegant, this certainly also improve the sound performance of LG OLED E7 so makes the sound produced heard more impressive and steadier. Meanwhile, although without built-in sound bar, OLED C7 still has decent sound quality. To improve its sound quality, you just need to buy an external sound bar separately. But of course, it cannot blend to the main panel like E7 that has built-in sound bar.
LG OLED E7 vs OLED C7 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||LG OLED C7||LG OLED E7|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Sizes Available||55 Inch (OLED55C7P), 65 Inch (OLED65C7P)||55 Inch (OLED55E7P), 65 Inch (OLED65E7P)|
|Picture On Glass Design||No||Yes|
|Dimming||Pixel Dimming||Pixel Dimming|
|Backlight||Self Lighting Pixel||Self Lighting Pixel|
|HDR Engine||Active HDR with Dolby Vision||Active HDR with Dolby Vision|
|HDR Format||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR|
|Ultra HD Premium Certification||Yes||Yes|
|Color Technology||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW)||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW)|
|Advanced Technology||Perfect Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, Cinematic Color, True Color Accuracy, etc||Perfect Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, Cinematic Color, True Color Accuracy, etc|
|4K Up-scaling||Tru 4K Up-Scaler||Tru 4K Up-Scaler|
|Platform||WebOS 3.5||WebOS 3.5|
|Features||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc|
|Remote||LG Magic Remote||LG Magic Remote|
|HDMI||4 (HDCP 2.2)||4 (HDCP 2.2)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1||1|
|Composite In (AV)||1||1|
|Wi-Fi Built In||802.11 ac||802.11 ac|
|Built In Sound Bar||No||Yes|
|Channel||2.2 Channel||4.2 Channel|
|Total Audio Output||40W (Woofer: 20W)||60W (Woofer: 20W)|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
LG OLED E7 vs C7 Performance
Essentially, both of LG OLED E7 and C7 have outstanding picture quality. One of the major strengths of picture produced by them is the infinite contrast and perfect black level. As we know, OLED TV has self-lighting pixel and doesn’t use backlight. The light source is obtained from the light of sub-pixel itself where each of the sub-pixels can switch on/off/dim individually without affected by the light condition of sub-pixel surrounding. This allows the TV doesn’t emit the light at all when showing totally black, result in infinite contrast ratio and perfect black level. Additionally, this also make its black uniformity is also excellent. And combination of perfect black level and excellent black uniformity makes dark scene of image displayed on their screen looks fantastic, make both of LG OLED C7 and E7 become a perfect TV when used in a dark room. On other hand, infinite native contrast ratio and perfect black level delivered by them are also able to reveal detail of images in dark scene like what intended, makes shadow details of HDR images looks perfectly like what intended by HDR technology itself.
While LG OLED E7 and C7 have similar perfect black level and excellent black uniformity that makes their dark room performance is excellent, about peak brightness, LG OLED C7 has a bit brighter peak luminance than OLED E7. Nevertheless, their difference is not significant and essentially, their peak luminance is excellent for OLED TV. When inputted by SDR signals, both of them have about 350 nits of peak brightness, quite bright to fight the glare of from a bright light or window. Combined to its excellent reflection handling, this is able to maintain the excellent quality of the picture displayed on their screen when set in bright room. Meanwhile, when inputted by HDR signal, both of LG OLED C7 and E7 even have far brighter peak luminance. With more than 700 nits, this certainly is quite bright to show highlight of HDR images looks very bright. Their peak brightness even brighter than 550 nits as the minimum recommendation set by UHD Alliance for OLED TV to get Ultra HD premium Certification. This means, both of them can show highlight of HDR images like what intended by UHD alliance. But even so, their peak brightness is still not brighter than what reached by premium LED TV like Samsung Q9F or Sony X930 and both of LG OLED C7 and E7 cannot show highlight of HDR images at 1000 nits – 4000 nits of brightness range where HDR images usually mastered.
Although not quite as wide as what delivered by Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV lineup, but the color gamut of LG OLED E7 and C7 is excellent and not far behind them. Color gamut produced is by them is similar and can cover almost all colors in DCI P3 color space, makes most of colors of HDR 10 images that mastered in DCI P3 color space can be properly shown, result in HDR image with very accurate color. Their color gamut even also can fairly good cover colors in Rec.2020 color space where Dolby Vision image is mastered and only saturated green that cannot be shown fairly saturated. But even so, overall, colors in Rec.2020 can be reproduced fairly well, result in color of HDR images that mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision image looks fairly accurate. Meanwhile, discussing about their color volume, LG OLED E7 has a bit better color volume than OLED C7. Nevertheless, since their difference is not too significant, their color volume can be considered equal. Both of them can show their color gamut for dark and moderately bright color. Since both of them have infinite contrast, both of them even can show its wide color gamut for extremely dark colors where the color gamut of LED TV usually narrows. But unfortunately, nearly as bright as they can make pure bright, their color gamut slightly narrows. Additionally, both of LG OLED C7 and E7 also equally have good color gradient. Both of them already support 10 bit depth of color that means they are able to deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color. The result, color of HDR images which mastered in 10 bit of colors looks very smooth without any major color banding. Some small imperfections might still be noticed in the darker shades of colors and dark part of grayscale, but overall, their color gradient is fairly good.
Unlike most of premium LED TVs where they are only able to show good picture quality when viewed from the front and center, both of LG OLED E7 and C7 can maintain good picture quality from any angle, even when viewed from extremely side viewing angle. As we know, since OLED TVs don’t have backlight, this certainly makes they have extremely wide viewing angle coverage, even far wider than LED TV with IPS panel technology. The result, no matter the angle you are watching from, the picture displayed on their screen looks consistently amazing. With this great performance, this certainly makes both of them as perfect TVs when used in wide room where the viewers watch TV from multiple angles.
Meanwhile, for anticipating the many of lower resolution contents which available in the market, both of LG OLED C7 and E7 are equipped with great performance of UHD Up-scaling engine called Tru 4K Up-Scaler. No matter the resolution of the video source, even for low resolution videos like DVDs movies with 480p resolution, they will be up-converted as close as possible to 4K quality sharply and clearly. And of course, the higher resolution of the source, the final image in 4K shown looks sharper and clearer with small details preserved better. Not even just that, both of LG OLED C7 and E7 also has a feature called “HDR Effect” that has a function to improve the brightness and color range of HDR image to nearly 4K HDR quality. This allows you to enjoy any video contents with the quality as close as possible to 4K HDR.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
The other perfect performance and far superior to LED TV which offered by LG OLED E7 and C7 is about their motion handling. They equally have an extremely low pixel response time, far lower than as low as possible LED TVs can reach. The result, when playing fast moving images like sport or fast movies, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth and clear with almost no motion blur noticeable. Following fast moving objects, there is only an extremely short trail where most people might not notice. Combined to their good gray uniformity, this makes both of them as an excellent TV when used for watching sports or other fast moving images. Additionally, both of them also equally do an excellent job when used playing 24p movies. No matter the source of the movies, whether it is 24p videos like Blu-Ray movies, 24p videos via 60i signal like movies from Satellite TV, or even 24p videos via 60p signals like movies from streaming device, all of them can be shown smoothly and clearly without judder noticeable. To remove the judder without add “soap opera effect”, you just need to set “TruMotion” option to “Cinema” and se both sliders to “0” and also turn on “Real Cinema” on the picture setting.
As their major inputs/outputs, both of LG OLED C7 and E& are equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports. Their HDMI ports equally support most of formats that required for this time like HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audio Return Channel, and more formats. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, they are also equally equipped with 1 Composite In (AV IN), RF In (Terrestrial), Ethernet, Built IN Wi-Fi, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). There is no Component In behind it, so if you have other device which has Component In as their major connectivity, you need an external adapter. Nevertheless, with all inputs/outputs provided by them, I think they are more than enough to cover your other electronic devices you want connect to your TV. The difference between them is where all of these ports are located. On OLED E7, all of its HDMI ports and USB ports are located on the side panel, while the other ports are located on the rear panel. Meanwhile, on OLED C7, there are only 3 HDMI ports and 1 USB port (USB3.0) on its side panel, while one other HDMI port, 2 USB port and other inputs/outputs are located on rear panel. Talking about their input lags, both of them also equally have low input lags in “Game Mode” and “PC mode”. With about 21 ms of input lags at any source, whether it is 1080p inputs, 4K inputs, even 4K HDR inputs, this certainly is low enough to play any games so feel responsively without laggy, particularly for casual games. For fast paced games that require fast reflexes, this might still feel responsively, but not as responsive as TV with lower input lags like SJ8500 series.
As their smart TV platform, both of LG OLED E7 and C7 equally come with WebOS 3.5, the 2017 version of WebOS which first released in 2014. Like last year version, it has a lot of interesting and useful smart features, but it is still simple and easy to navigate. Once you enter in its home screen, the interface is split into three sections: apps, inputs, and settings where each of the sections a full menu containing advanced option, a quick menu containing common item, and its own button on the remote. Meanwhile, at the bottom across the screen, there is “strip bar” as the quick menu to access most popular apps and features, so you can launch them without leaving the home screen. This certainly makes the navigation is simple and fast despite for first time user, this might be a bit confusing. Additionally, its performance is also fast and responsive. Once an app is launched, it will quickly open. Not just that, switching between opened apps also feels responsively. Meanwhile, discussing about apps provided, there are a lot of useful and most popular apps provided as their preinstalled apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web browser, Live TV, and many more. Additionally, although not as complete as Samsung Apps store or Google Play Store, there is also LG Apps store that contain tons of interesting apps, games, and contents where you can directly download from your LG TV.
As their controller, both of them also come with LG’s magic Remote. This remote is larger and has a lot of smart features. There are quick access button to Amazon Videos and Netflix, so this allows you to open this app without entering the home screen of WebOS. Both of them their remote also has excellent voice command that allows you to control some functions of your TV with your voice. The high of the remote is about “point and click” function where with “scroll ball” on the remote, it can be functioned like a mouse on your laptop or notebook. Additionally, both of them also can be functioned as a universal remote, allow you to control other device connected on your TV via HDMI port with a single LG remote. But even so, although both of their remote has almost the same button configuration, smart features, and functionalities, the remote of LG OLED C7 is shorter and thicker than the remote of OLED E7.
As we have difference about, the other major difference between LG OLED C7 and E7 apart their design is about its audio system where OLED E7 is equipped with built-in sound bar while OLED C7 is not equipped. This certainly makes sound quality of OLED E7 is steadier and more impressive than C7. Nevertheless, although not as good as E7, sound performance of C7 is good enough for the people who are not too concerned about sound quality. Moreover, if you want to improve the sound performance of C7, you just need external sound bar separately. On other hand, although E7 come with built-in sound bar with impressive sound quality, it is not enough to match a set of dedicated sound bar.
Winner: OLED E7
|Performance||LG OLED E7||LG OLED C7|
As we have discussing a lot above, the excepting of their audio performance and design, LG OLED C7 and E7 have similar performance. Both of them equally have excellent picture quality and great performance on all features that offered. Almost all aspects of their picture quality have great performance whether it is about their contrast ratio, black uniformity, gray uniformity, side viewing angle coverage and others. The flaw of both is about their peak brightness where they are unable to reach more than 1000 nits where HDR image is usually mastered. Nevertheless, actually it is not their real flaw considering their peak brightness is still brighter than 550 nits as the minimum recommendation set by UHD Alliance for OLED TV to show HDR image fully. Additionally, other features of LG OLED E7 and C7 also have excellent performance like motion handling, 24p Playback, Input Lags, Smart TV, and others which make both of them as an excellent TV for mixed usage. Meanwhile, the major drawback of both is bout their expensive price.
Which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned above, with the same screen size, LG OLED E7 is sold about hundreds dollar more expensive than C7. The advantages that offered are about the aesthetic of its design and built-in sound bar, while performance and their picture quality are almost similar. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your budget and preference. If you don’t mind to spend more hundreds dollar to get the aesthetic of “picture on glass” design of OLED E7 and its built-in sound bar, this TV might be a good option for you. Meanwhile, if you only focus on picture quality and performance, OLED C7 might be a better option for you considering it is sold cheaper but have similar performance and picture quality than OLED E7.