CES 2018: LG's New Consumer Tech Lineup


LG delivered the goods at CES, showcasing everything from TVs to robotic lawnmowers. Our first stop was a tour through the company's massive A/V cave. LG's "cave" consisted of a wall of matrixed OLED TVs, literally immersing all who walked through in a high-definition experience. Seeing that many TVs work together was quite a sight—caves tend to be dark—and LG's OLED TVs are certainly up to the task of illuminating.

Next, we visited LG mobile, which included a look at the company's new raspberry-rose-colored LG V30 smartphone and Tone SE headsets. These headsets feature instant language translation and quick access to Google assistant. Going to France? Need to hail a cab? Don't speak French? Put the Tone SE on your short list.

LG's newest computer monitors were also on display, several of which are equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity, which allow you daisy-chain multiple displays. Additionally, LG's new Thunderbolt 3-enabled 34WK95U features detailed 5K (5120 x 2160) resolution, HDR 600 support, and a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it ready for intense graphics applications. LG proudly showcased several resolution options, display types, and sizes, designed to accommodate everyone from the casual gamer to the demanding creative professional, and they were all on display on at CES.

LG 34WK95U 34" 21:9 UltraWide 5K Nano IPS Monitor

A walk-through of LG's audio space was a musical treat. Our first look was at the company's Google Assistant-enabled WK7 Wi-Fi speaker. The WK7 features a cylindrical design and Meridian speaker technology to deliver high-quality, 360-degree sound. LG's Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar was also on display—proving once again, at least to my ears, that while having dedicated-height channels is nice, up-firing speakers can be awfully convincing. Walking by LG's new OK99 all-in-one Hi-Fi system, I couldn't help but stop. Available in two different sizes, separated by wattage, these karaoke-ready systems are ready to get the party started.

Our final stop was my most anticipated of the tour, the display of LG's projectors and TVs. The company's new 4K UHD HU80KA projector produces up to 2500 lumens and offers up to 20,000 hours of life, thanks to laser illumination. With webOS functionality, this projector is ready to connect to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, on demand. Specs aside, its design is a head-turner. With its slender frame and built-in carrying handle, it's easy to see why the UHD HU80KA is a CES award winner.

LG's OLED TVs made another triumphant debut at this year's show along with its "Alpha" image processing. This is a marginal upgrade from last year's displays, which isn't a bad thing, considering the breath-taking images those TVs produce. LG has also integrated its new AI connectivity into some of its displays, along with Google Assistant—telling your TV to switch inputs is great, telling it to dim the lights is a game-changer. LG's smart ecosystem, dubbed ThinQ, is designed to change the way you interact with you gear, and it's not just for TVs. If you want a smart fridge, LG has you covered there, too.

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