The OLED42C2PUA is a 42 inch 4K TV from LG, launched in the year 2022. It features a True 10-bit OLED evo panel. It can display a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and pixel density of 106 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the very next specification of a display that defines picture quality is Color Gamut.
This TV doesn't come with a color gamut specification, so we have to make an assumption based on its panel type. Now, since it features an OLED panel, so we can conclude that the equivalent sRGB coverage of this TV would be far above 100%.
Understanding Color Gamut
Color gamut spec of a TV is the measurement of the range of colors that the display can display.
What this means is, it tells the ability of a TV to produce accurate colors. A panel with low gamut coverage will miss out on some colors (such as deep red), thus producing a "washed out" picture.
It is specified in different units - sRGB,sRGB (standard RGB), NTSC 1953, DCI P3 etc.
But don't worry, here is a chart that you can use to choose a TV with good color accuracy.
Other than color accuracy, the static contrast of a TV also impacts its picture quality.
Understanding the static contrast specification
A TV with low static contrast ratio will not produce deep blacks and can bleed backlight as shown in the below image:The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
The static contrast ratio of above TV is 800:1. So make sure you get a TV with a static contrast of >= 1000:1. Ofcourse, More the better.
Also note, static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a TV with low contrast ratio will show both dark gray and black as black, so lesser detail overall.
Given this TV comes with an OLED panel, its static constrast will be Infinity : 1. So no need to worry about this at all.
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10 Pro are also supported on this TV, so that's a plus.
As for brightness, it can go as bright as 250 nits.
If you are planning to use your TV solely for content consumption, you can ignore these specifications. But if you are also planning to use the TV for playing games or use it as a PC monitor, you should get a TV that features the lowest input lag and response time.
The input lag on the LG OLED42C2PUA is 5 ms and its minimum response time is 1 ms. So its a go-to TV if you are interested in gaming.
What is Input lag ?
This lag is the latency at which your device inputs changes the content of the TV. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
For best of both worlds, get a TV that comes with an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
Vertically, the TV measures 42 inches and horizontally 36.69 inches.
In terms of thickness, it is just 1.62 inches thick. In total it weighs approximately 9.3 kgs including stand. Without stand, it weighs 9.0 Kilograms.
Coming to ergonomics — a VESA mount with interface size of 300 x 200 mm is provided for wall-mounting. There is no Swivel, Tilt or Pivot feature support on this TV.
Hardware and Audio
The TV comes with a 4-Core CPU. There is no information on the total available RAM on the TV's specsheet.
Speaking of OS, the LG OLED42C2PUA runs webOS 22 Operating System.
For display connectivity, LG has provided four HDMI 2.1 ports and one S/PDIF port on this TV.
To connect USB devices, it includes three USB 2.0 ports. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Cable/Antenna In (F-type female), 1x RS232 (C), 1x IR Out and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Wireless connectivity options on this TV include Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz), Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth 5.0 and DLNA.
Now, speaking of speakers, it is packaged with 2 x 10W built-in speakers.
Now, coming to power usage, the TV uses 49.63 watts on average and 0.5 watts on standby.
For powering this unit, you'll need either a 110V or 220V outlet @ 50Hz-60Hz.