Dealmaster: As prices on last year’s OLED TVs fall, LG’s B8 is now $400 off
Wednesday February 27, 2019. 02:27 PM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / LG's B8 OLED TV. (credit: Jeff Dunn)
It’s getting to be that time of year when TV prices start to drop. The late winter/early spring period is typically when we start to see retailers and TV manufacturers discount last year’s models in order to clear inventory and make way for their successors. Oftentimes, those old TVs are still more than good enough for the average consumer, so the money saved can make up for whatever new features you’d get by waiting for a new model.
These kinds of deals have started to pop up sporadically in recent weeks, but today brings a discount that feels especially worth calling out: the 55-inch variant of LG’s B8 OLED TV is currently down to $1,100 at Walmart and Amazon. That’s a good $400-500 off its usual going rate and as low as we’ve seen this specific model at a major retailer. The purchase comes with a one-year warranty, which is standard for LG.
What you’re getting
Until MicroLED panels start to take off, a good OLED screen is tops in terms of modern TV performance. It has superior contrast, more vivid colors, and better HDR performance than the best LCD panels. The B8, while technically the lowest end of LG’s OLED lineup, is no exception. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Technicolor’s Advanced HDR format, and they all look excellent. If it wasn’t already obvious, the display is in 4K resolution. Ultra HD content still isn’t ubiquitous, but OLED’s contrast and color advantages are still handy when you’re stuck streaming in 1080p.
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