When looking for a great gaming experience for your PS4, Xbox, PlayStation or PC, the right gaming TV plays a vital role.
However, its painful to research for the best TV to match your needs, with the given number of choices, technology and prices.
So, we decided to do some research for you and came up with the list below.
First, let’s target at breaking down our requirements and narrowing down the search with these filters –
Screen size – Bigger screen size means more detail and a better sense of immersion. However, if you are going to sit close to the screen you might miss out on the edges, if your screen size is too big.
Input lag time – One of the most important requirement, input lag time is the delay in millisecond, between receiving a signal (like pressing a button on game controller) and displaying on the screen. Low input lag prevents delays in response which is really important if you are playing a fast paced game. Look for a TV with 40 ms or lower input lag for high-end multi-player gaming and 55 ms or lower for single-player games.
Display technology – OLED and LED LCD are two most popular gaming display technologies. Except LG TVs, nearly all other TVs used LED display which are more affordable but do not provide the best picture quality as OLED.
Refresh Rate – Measured in Hz, refresh rate depicts how often the image on the screen changes on TV. Though refresh rate has an impact on the input lag, one should not overspend on this feature as most TVs offer the maximum refresh rate of 60Hz or 120 Hz.
Other essential features include resolution, number of connectivity ports, smart TV and screen shape.
Let’s take a quick look at the best gaming TVs of 2017 based on their specifications and reviews on Amazon.
This is a great entry level TV with awesome picture quality and features available at very reasonable price. It comes with a 6-inch android tablet that acts the remote.
Screen size: 50/55/65/75 inch | Resolution: 4K | Display technology: LED LCD | Smart TV: Google Cast | Curved: No | Input lag time: 16.3ms | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 5 HDMI ports, 2 USB port | Price: Starting from $800
If you are looking for a cutting edge 4K HD TV at a price under $1000, this Sony TV can be a great option. You do not need to spend all your savings into buying an OLED as this alternative delivers great picture quality with low response time, making watching and playing fast paced games really fun.
Screen size: 43 inch | Resolution: 4K UltraHD | Display technology: LED | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 33.2ms | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports | Price: $679.92s
This Samsung 4k LED TV is one of the best overall TV with great features, picture quality and excellent video processing. However, it is a little expensive and picture quality quality degrades when viewed at an angle.
Screen size: 60 inch | Resolution: 4K SUHD (3840 x2160p) | Display technology: LED LCD| Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 20ms | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Digital Audio Out | Price: $1,694.23
This LG OLED TV has excellent picture quality, wide viewing angles, perfect blacks, bright and accurate colors. You can get one of the best HDR experiences with superb picture with this OLED TV at par with other more expensive OLEDs in the market today. The motion blur response time is 0.1ms which makes transition very smooth. However, the input lag is a little on the higher side.
Screen size: 55 inch | Resolution: 4K Ultra HD | Display technology: OLED | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 34.2ms | Refresh Rate: 240 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical and 1 RS232C | Price: $1,996.99
If you are under a tight budget but looking for great picture quality with average feature list, the Vizio E series will meet your requirements perfectly.
Screen size: 24/32/43/65 inch | Resolution: 1080p Full HD | Display technology: LED backlit LCD TV | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 40.4ms | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 1 HDMI input, USB 2.0, VGA input, audio line-in, composite video / component video / audio input | Price: Starting from $169.99
This great 4K HDR TV from Sony, who are market leaders in terms of technology and innovation, was launched for the budget conscious gamers. This is great for watching HDR movies, video games, gaming and everything else.
Screen size: 49/55/65/75 inch | Resolution: 4k HDR Ultra HD | Display technology: LED | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 31.5ms | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 4 HDMI, 2 USB2.0, 1 USB3.0, 1 Component/Composite Hybrid, 1 Composite | Price: Starting at $1,098.00
The TCL TV provides great value for money with excellent smart features, average picture quality and screen uniformity.
Screen size: 50 inch | Resolution: 1080p | Display technology: LCD | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 29.4ms | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out | Price: $569.00
This affordable 4K gaming TV has a comprehensive list of features with good picture quality, HDR compatibility and simple smart hub. This can serve as a great entry level TV if you are willing to compromise a little on the performance but still have everything.
Screen size: 40 inch | Resolution: 4K UHD | Display technology: LED | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 19.6ms | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, 2 component and composite video adapters, 1 Ethernet port, 1 optical audio output
| Price: $597.99
If are looking for something inexpensive for the kids, guests or something entry level, the Hisense TV is a well reviewed LED TV on Amazon. It might not have the sharp picture quality or brightness, but is good enough. It also does not have smart features like Roku TV (similar price range), but is a simple set with 3HDMI ports and nice design.
Screen size: 32 inch | Resolution: 1080p | Display technology: LED-backlit LCD | Smart TV: No | Curved: No | Input lag time: 52.7ms | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 RF input, 1 RCA component input, 1 RCA composite input, 1 digital audio output
| Price: $193.31
Another budget TV from LG available at a price close to $500 for 55-inch smart LED TV, this is an all-round performer with average picture quality and motion performance.
Screen size: 55 inch | Resolution: Full HD | Display technology: LED | Smart TV: Yes | Curved: No | Input lag time: 30ms | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Connectivity Ports: 2 HMDI, 1 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C, 1 Ethernet | Price: $569.00
While it can be overwhelming to choose the right gaming TV, it is always easier if we clearly define our requirements.
Paying a bomb for cutting edge technology will not always make sense, especially if you are a casual gamer and do not care about performance or picture quality so much. Look for overall package, with feature, design, performance, motion, sound quality along with size and smart features to get good value for your hard earned money.
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