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    This Smart TV Is Basically The Future

    Seriously, it even has A.I. tech.

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    Prices on flat-screen TVs have been falling over the past few years, which is good news if you’re looking to buy one.

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    The bad news is that with so many options, it can be confusing to sort out which one fits your needs. Luckily, we’re here to help. So don't worry, we’ll get your gorgeous eyes pointed at the right screen.

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    LG C8 Series 55-Inch Smart TV

    Hey there, big spender. You skipped those other categories, didn’t ya? No budget TVs for you. You’ve got bags of money and wanna throw some at a television. But where to start? That new Samsung TV that looks like a picture frame? It’s nice. Neat concept. And it looks good hanging on the wall. Or how about the LG wallpaper TV? Come on, that’s pretty cool. It’s thinner than Trump’s hair and looks WAY better. Or are you just a thriving billionaire with an extra $20,000 sitting around? There’s this thing. Those are all good options. However, if you’re looking for a TV with an image so sharp you could cut yourself on it, the LG C8 series is the one to beat.

    Not content with the standard LED televisions, LG has put its energy into OLED screens, which can produce blacks darker than the devil’s shadow and make the millions of colors almost pop out of the screen. OLED is the next evolution of the LED screen and offers several improvements over both those and LCD televisions. Those improvements come at a higher price, but if you’re looking for the absolute best image money can buy, you’re going to want an OLED. Trying to write about this screen is like trying to describe colors to someone who has been blind since birth. You really do just have to see it to truly understand.

    Flat-Screen TV Facts: What are LCD, LED, and OLED? LCD (liquid crystal display) screens have a distinct disadvantage, in that they need to be lit by another panel in order to produce an image. It’s like, if you had a picture on a clear piece of plastic and wanted to light it up, you’d have to put a light source behind it. This makes them thicker, brighter, and bulkier — but also cheaper. That backlighting panel is made of LEDs, and this is why some makers call their LCD models “LED” in their advertisements. The UK actually doesn’t allow this, because it is misleading.

    LED (light-emitting diode) screens, on the other hand, do not need a light source since they can, y’know, emit light. This makes them thinner but also more expensive. It also gives them those deep, inky blacks that are necessary for producing sharp, crisp 4K images. OLED (organic LED) screens are LEDs made from an organic compound much smaller than the one used in the standard LED. An OLED screen is thinner, more flexible, and capable of richer blacks but are not quite as bright as LCDs. This is not to say that they are dim — they’re not — it’s just that LCDs can achieve a higher brightness peak, provided you stand right in front of it. If you move too much to one side, though, the LCD screen will get darker and the colors will desaturate. An LED or OLED, on the other hand, looks great from almost any angle.

    The LG C8 is one of the best OLEDs on the market, if not the best. That combined with LG’s incredibly smooth user interface pretty much makes this a television straight out of the future. It comes with its own artificial intelligence technology, which LG calls ThinQ, as well as built-in Google Assistant. This lets you control your television with voice commands; you can give it simple instructions like “Turn on the Xbox” or even “Show me pictures from my trip on Google Photos.”

    LG supports Dolby Vision as well as HDR 10+, making it more flexible in terms of options. The C8 looks less like a TV and more like a magic window into another world. The LG C8 is an incredible TV that should stay relevant for years to come, but if you just HAVE to have a TV that doubles as a picture frame, you should know that the C8 can do that, too.

    Get it from Amazon for $1,299.95.