LG OLED55B26LA is, as we announced in the title, an improved version, in many aspects, of the LG OLED55A26LA TV. I say this because because of the name they can be confused or believe that they are very similar and, although they have identical points, others are totally different.
Technical characteristics of the LG OLED55B26LA
|Make model||LG OLED55B26LA – LG OLED55B2 – LG 55B26LA|
|Size||55″ (139cm), flat|
|Resolution||Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)|
|Frequency||100 Hz native (40 to 120)|
|SmartTV||Yes, webOS 22|
|Integrated Wi-Fi||Yes, dual Wi-Fi|
|Sound||20W (2ch) RMS, virtual 5.1.2|
|Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth)||708 x 1228 x 46.9mm|
|Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth)||744 x 1228 x 246mm|
|Weight (without/with base)||18.9kg / 19.9kg|
|VESA compatibility||Yes, 300×200|
|HDMI ports||4, 2 2.0 and 2.1|
|USB ports||2 2.0|
|IC+ Integrated||Yes, v2.0|
|Energy classification||Label G, 84W|
|Content / Accessories||
Design and connectivity of LG OLED55B26LA
Delight in the model’s UltraSlim design that offers bezels just millimeters thick to frame the 55-inch TV panel in smooth black . It offers a certain relief that hugs the screen and shows subtly rounded corners .
If you want to put the panel on the wall like this, you should know that it needs to be mounted on a VESA 300 x 200 . In addition, it will measure 708 x 1228 x 46.9 mm and weigh 18.9 kilograms .
Its base consists of two metal trapezoids , a wider one that can be seen in the center of the front area and a smaller one that supports the back and is not seen from the angle of the viewer. Without a doubt, it is a stand that offers the greatest possible stability . In addition, LG has given it a really beautiful style, not at all coarse, in a somewhat darkened metal tone, aluminum type but without shine. Consider that the width of the front trapezoid is 55.9 cm, to take it into account when adjusting it to your furniture!
And attention because this is one of those special models that can be mounted on a special stand. In the case of the 55-inch LG, the support you see below, a metal tripod on the ground , is compatible.
Tuning and connectivity
Starting with wireless connectivity, this LG OLED55B26LA comes with certified WiFI ac as well as Bluetooth version 5.0 .
The tuning it has goes through a given analog in NTSC/PAL/SECAM, CI+ in 2.0, unknown HbbTV and digital DVB-S2, DVB-T2 and DVB-C . We got it with the IC card reader, an RF antenna and a dual satellite in this case.
The rest of the connections are an optical output for digital audio, dual HDMI 2.0 and dual 2.1 to offer incredible support that includes ALLM, ARC, eARC, HDCP 2.2, CEC, HFR, VRR and HGiG, two USB 2.0 and a jack RJ-45 .
Image quality and general functions of the LG OLED55B2
The LG 55B26LA mounts an OLED panel whose matrix is 30 bits , capable of reproducing 1073 million colors. It has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels , commonly known as UHD. In addition, the television’s processor, the alfa7 5gen AI 4K, is responsible for improving it if content has a worse resolution. The frequency, for its part, is 100 Hz , although it can be stretched, depending on the input source, up to 120 and it works from 40 when we do not need more.
This is one of those “pure black” models that are giving so much to talk about this year. Achieving them has been possible thanks to the introduction of 33 million pixels that are self-luminous to cover the backlight. Thus, the degree of black is adjusted to the point where, when we want it pure, the pixel directly turns off . This, in turn, makes colors appear brighter by contrast. LG OLED55B2 represents both 100% fidelity and color volume , which translates into, in LG’s words, infinite contrast.
With Dynamic Tone Mapping the TV is constantly analyzing each frame. To do this, it divides these into 576 areas and studies them individually to assign the values that truly correspond to each detail of the image.
The HDR formats that the model supports and reproduces without losing quality are considerable, HDR Dolby Vision IQ, HDR 10 Pro, HLG Pro, HFR, HDR Effect and HGiG, for games.
Depending on the content and its characteristics, the television will determine, through the autogenre mode , if it plays in SDR, HDR or Dolby HDR mode. It also has Filmmaker mode .
LG OLED55B26LA has a sound power of 20 W coming from two channels that are conventional bass reflex speakers. With LG’s AI, yes, we are able to create virtual 5.1.2 sound and the model is also compatible with WiSA 2.1 , although it covers the quality of the content. The sound it reproduces is from Dolby, including up to Dolby Atmos .
In addition, this also includes audio scaler to improve this, Clear Voice PRO technology to clarify dialogues, LG Sound Sync , adaptive sound control, audio sharing modes and sound bar, simultaneous audio and Surround via bluetooth .
Analysis of the software / smartTV of the LG 55B26LA
Continuing with the firm’s norm, the model has its own operating system in version 22 called webOS .
You have to know that this LG update is the first one that lets you create profiles for each user. This means that in yours you will have the apps in direct access that you prefer, that, depending on your searches, you will be recommended particular content, that you will have your own “Keep watching” section to continue where you left off and , in short, that the TV is personalized, as much as possible, for each user in the different profiles .
We can see an interface that, despite being full of options, allows us to easily find what we want thanks to the design of the buttons and the layout, a point that LG has improved a lot with each version of webOS.
LG offers you both an app store and LG Channels , where you can watch free content. In addition, you can search for everything that you do not find through these channels using a browser , just like on your computer, to enter the sites you want and do your searches on the Internet.
Screen Share from LG and AirPlay 2 , from Apple and for which the television now has support, will allow us to launch the content of our smaller devices so that we can see them in large size. Mirroring can be done, mind you, in both directions.
To make everything easier, the company integrates a voice assistant into its smart TVs, in this case two, Google and Alexa . Any of them will follow the orders you give them in relation to the TV and the other devices that are linked and recognizable.
If you’re a gamer, you’re in luck. You have already seen the support for HDMI that you get with the television. But it is that, in addition, it offers other aspects such as running 2K or 4K content at 100 fps , a negligible response time, 0.1 ms , like the monitors, and low latency, always below 12 ms. Add access to the Stadia and GeForce cloud service , compatibility with both nVidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync , and an express menu for games, and without a doubt, we have an almost unbeatable combo, I would say.
LG OLED55B2 TV: Pros and Cons
- pure blacks
- Updated smart platform
- Optional special floor stand
- gaming options
- Energy classification
- Unknown HbbTV
- Heavier than usual for 55″