LG’s 15in 15EL9500 TV thinks it’s so darned special that it doesn’t even ship in a normal TV box. In place of the cheap brown or white cardboard and flip top of your usual container, the 15EL9500 luxuriates in a jet black affair with a slide off lid - the sort of box you might usually find holding an engagement ring or the latest high-tech fashionable smartphone.
But then when you’ve just shelled out the best part of £1,500 for a 15in TV, you probably feel entitled to packaging that’s a bit more pukka than most. Yes, you read that right: the 15EL9500 really does cost four figures.
The assumption from this price has to be that the 15EL9500 is no ordinary 15in TV. And actually, that assumption is absolutely spot on. With knobs on.
For the 15EL9500 is not only the first TV to use OLED technology that we’ve ever tested at TrustedReviews, but it’s also the largest OLED TV currently available commercially. In other words, despite its petite size, it’s a groundbreaker twice over.
Not that it’s actually the very first OLED TV to be launched in the UK. That honour belongs to Sony’s even smaller 11in model, the XEL-1. A snip at £2,500. But Sony doesn’t seem keen to let us review one of these TVs for some reason!
OLED technology is a big deal for two reasons. First, it allows screens to be almost unbelievably slim. And second, the quality it’s delivered whenever we’ve seen it demoed is absolutely stunning.
The 15EL9500 certainly ticks the 'unbelievably slim' box. For the majority of its 15in screen features a back end that sticks out just 3.2mm. Let us say that again: 3.2mm. Truly extraordinary.
There is a section towards the bottom of the screen that extends the depth to around a centimetre, but this doesn’t actually matter that much since it’s cunningly disguised within the curves of the rather swanky, brushed aluminium prop-up stand that screws to the screen’s underside.
The remarkably slim bezel is nearly as black as the strikingly dark screen it sits around, and it’s backed by a hugely pleasant brushed metal backplate - a plate that gives the thin screen rigidity and robustness, as well as giving the TV a suitably opulent, gleaming feel. In fact, the design is apparently waterproof, to the extent that it’s been approved in the EU for bathroom installation.
The stand allows you to adjust the tilt angle of the screen by a few degrees to suit your tastes or viewing position, or it can be used to hang the TV on a wall.
Please note, though, that the stand/mount can’t be completely removed to leave the screen in all it’s breathtakingly slim glory. Why? Because the folds of the concertina stand also house all of the screen’s connections, including its power inlet.
Space is at a premium where connections are concerned, as you might well expect, so you get just a single mini HDMI (a rather short large HDMI adaptor cable is supplied), a USB port, a little service port, and last but not least a tiny antenna input that takes in your aerial feeds via another supplied adaptor.