LG's amazing C3 OLED TV just crashed to its lowest price in huge Black Friday deal — and it's a great gaming monitor alternative

LG C3 OLED Black Friday TV deal
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My title here at Tom’s Guide may be Computing Editor, but an equally big tech passion of mine surrounds TVs. Specifically, the best OLED TVs. I’ve been buying LG OLED displays for nearly 10 years, so when I recommend one of the best Black Friday TV deals, rest assured you can trust my advice. 

Right now, the 42-inch LG C3 OLED 4K TV is $896 at Amazon. That’s a hefty $300 saving compared to this amazing television’s normal $1,196 retail price. In the UK, the 42-inch LG C3 OLED 4K TV is £889 at Amazon — a whopping £600 saving, as the smallest C3 usually goes for £1,499 on my side of the Atlantic.  

Update Nov. 21: As of now this Black Friday OLED TV deal is still in stock. 

LG 42" C3 OLED 4K TV: was $1,196 now $896 @ Amazon

LG 42" C3 OLED 4K TV: was $1,196 now $896 @ Amazon
If you work from home and have a large desk, this 'little' LG is the perfect replacement for one of the best gaming monitors. The smallest LG C3 weighs just 22.3 lbs and sports 4 HDMI 2.1 ports. Its excellent Game Optimiser is packed with frame rate-smoothing features, like G-Sync, FreeSync Premium and ALLM. This is a brilliant OLED TV to play the best PC games on.  
Price check: $899 @ Best Buy

LG 42" C3 OLED 4K TV:

LG 42" C3 OLED 4K TV: was £1,499 now £889 @ Amazon
This deal is even sweeter than the US one. If you're in the market for a new gaming display, I'd strongly suggest you give the LG C3 OLED a try over a traditional gaming monitor; many of which are IPS panels with subpar black levels. The relatively small size of this set also makes it a great second TV for a bedroom. 

You’re probably asking yourself why I’m recommending the 42-inch model over either the 48-, 55- or even 65-inch versions of this TV, right? After all, each of the larger models are also currently discounted at Amazon in both the States and good ol’ Blighty. That’s a fair question, and one I have a specific answer to.

As someone who spends a lot of his downtime playing on one of the best gaming PCs, I think the 42-inch LG C3 OLED is the perfect alternative to some of the best gaming monitors

It’s small enough that it can fit on a reasonably sized desk, and it takes up substantially less space than a monster of a monitor like the brilliant (but colossal) Samsung Odyssey OLED G9.

I owned this TV’s predecessor — the 42-inch LG C2 OLED — for the best part of a year, only upgrading to the 48-inch version because I got a great Black Friday deal on it last year. 

Specs-wise, there’s very little to separate the LG C2 OLED and the LG C3 OLED. They both have four HDMI 2.1 sockets that support a 4K signal up to 120Hz. Both panels also sport sweet gaming features, like G-Sync, FreeSync Premium and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). 

Delving deeper into the numbers, there’s almost no difference when it comes to our testing results between the two TVs. This year’s C3 hits peak HDR brightness of 820 nits, while the C2 is only a tiny bit behind, hitting 794 nits across a 10% white window. They’re also evenly matched when it comes to Rec. 709 Gamut Coverage, with the C2 OLED hitting 99.0904% and the C2 delivering a result of 99.977%. 

Essentially, these are extremely close to being identical TVs. 

The only screen that’s gotten a truly significant upgrade over LG’s 2022 lineup of OLEDs is the exceptional LG G3 OLED; a set that reaches an astonishing 1,361 nits thanks to its new, brightness-boosting Micro Lens Array panel.

OLEDs are famed for their excellent handling of fast moving content, which makes them great for gaming and the LG C3 is no different"

OLEDs are famed for their excellent handling of fast moving content, which makes them great for gaming and the LG C3 is no different. In Game Mode, response time measures in at just 2.3ms, meaning input lag is all but imperceptible when playing the best Steam games at 120 fps.

If you’re worried about OLED burn-in when it comes to using the C3 as a work or gaming monitor, I wouldn’t fret too much. As long as you learn how to hide the taskbar in Windows 11 and ensure you don’t have the same static images on screen for hours upon hours (like desktop icons), you should be fine. Modern OLEDs are much better at guarding against burn-in than they were a few years ago, thanks to features like pixel-cleaning cycles.

Considering some of the best gaming monitors regularly sell for over $1,000/£1,000 nabbing the 42-inch LG C3 OLED for $896/£889 is a no-brainer in my book. I loved its predecessor, and based on our testing results and glowing review, the C3 really is a great alternative for PC gamers who have desk space to spare.

Dave Meikleham
UK Computing Editor

Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting edge laptops to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist for 15 years, with bylines across GamesRadar+, PC Gamer and TechRadar. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, buying new TVs at an embarrassing rate and obsessing over his beloved Arsenal.