We’ve updated our guide of gaming TVs for early 2017. Our picks work well for consoles and PC gaming at 60 Hz. Check out our recommendations for PC gaming at 120 Hz and for the best TVs for HDR gaming with the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro.
Best high-end TVs for gaming
Contrary to other usages like movies or sports, the difference between a cheap and a high-end TV is not as big when it comes to playing video games. If you can afford them, though, high-end TVs are still worth it for gaming.
The best 4k TV for gaming we tested so far is the LG B6 OLED. The input lag is not the lowest at 27.8 ms, but since it is an OLED TV, it offers no motion blur following moving objects and perfect blacks. Regarding picture quality, OLED can't be beaten.
Another great option for a gaming 4k TV is the Vizio P Series 2016. It got a very low input lag of 17.7 ms, and almost no motion blur (we measured the response time at 10.2 ms). It also has a great picture quality overall, especially for movies in a dark room, thanks to its great blacks created by its effective local dimming.
It is not as great for PC gaming, though, since it doesn't support 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 perfectly like the LG B6 which results in slightly fuzzier text. Input lag also gets quite high when sending an HDR signal, so the Samsung KS8000 is a better choice if you want to do HDR gaming.
If you care about HDR gaming, buy the cheaper Samsung KS8000. The input lag isn't far off (20.9 ms). The picture quality when sitting directly in front of the TV is not as good as the OLED; no LED TV is, but it is still great, and you won't have to worry about image retention like on the B6.
The Samsung KS9000 is an even higher end model, but we've found in our testing no significant picture quality difference, at least not to be worth the price difference. Stick to the cheaper KS8000.
If you don’t want to spend an enormous amount of money on a new TV, your best bet is the Sony X800D. The picture quality is very good and work well no matter which video games you will play. The input lag is decently low, too, at 33.3 ms. Only the most sensitive gamers will have an issue with this TV’s responsiveness.
Note: The 49” X800D is an IPS TV. That means lighter blacks, but a wider viewing angle. Go for the 49” model only if you need something that looks decent from off to the side.
The Samsung KU6300 is also a decent choice in the mid-range. It has an even lower input lag (19.8 ms), which rivals high-end TVs. It can also get brighter than the Sony X810C. It has slightly more motion blur, but nothing noticeable.
For the price, it is an excellent gaming TV, especially for playing fast-paced video games.
The best budget gaming 4k TV is the Hisense H8C. Motion blur is good, and input lag is also not bad. Picture quality is very close to the Samsung KU6300, making it a good alternative. It's very hard to beat its value.
A good alternative is the LG UH5500. It offers good picture quality and size for the price. Motion blur isn't as good as the Hisense, but it has since a recent update much better input lag at a low 25ms.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to play video games for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:
LG EF9500. OLED, so great picture quality and no motion blur. However, the input lag is a bit high for playing video games. See our review
LG UH8500. Good TV, but there are better TVs for playing video games in the same price range. See our review
Samsung JS9000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, or priced too high. See our review
Vizio M Series 2016. Good TV for playing video games, but not as good for games on a PC, since 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 is not displayed as perfectly as other TVs. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
Questions & Answers
83 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
What 40" TV would you recommend for gaming?
For a 40" for gaming, your best bet is the Samsung UN40KU6300.
Update: Changed the recommendations to current models.
Great website, it's been very helpful so far. I'm looking for a TV that I will use for gaming and watching Netflix that's at least 40 inches. However, I have a budget of $400 max. Could you recommend the best TVs to fit my needs?
The best option is the Vizio D40u-D1. It's just over your budget, but it's the best blend of good picture quality and low input lag that you can find in your price range. Update: Changed the recommendations to current models.
I plan on buying the Sony W600B strictly for gaming on my PS4, but I don't plan on using impulse mode due to the dark screen and flickering effect. Can this TV handle motion okay without that mode turned on?
We score TVs on motion blur without any backlight flickering features enabled. Overall, the W600B has average motion blur. It's not the best, but it should be okay for gaming.
I have spent a lot of time on the site reading reviews. All the good work you guys have done has helped me get close to choosing a TV. I will use the TV primarily for watching TV shows, YouTube, Netflix and a ton of gaming. I am a hardcore gamer, but I do most of it on a monitor because I have become sensitive to input lag.
I've been looking for a 4k option (for future-proofing) right around $1,000. I was leaning heavily towards the Vizio M-series, with its very low input lag, for an HDTV, but then I saw that you guys did not give it a great review for motion blur.
I will still use my monitor for most FPS games (definitely COD), so is the M-series viable if I don't plan to play most online shooters on it, or is there another option you would recommend?
Games will still look okay on the M-series - there will just sometimes be a bit more of a trail on fast movement. If you're okay with that (it helps that you'll be doing FPS games on your monitor), get the M. It's a great overall value.
If you can't stand the idea of that extra blur, your best bet for performance and minimal blurring is the Samsung UN40JU7100, but that's much smaller than an M-series TV in the same price range.
For $2000 and a split between gaming, sports, and movies (33% each) which TV is the best? Ought one stick with the W850B, or is an upgrade to the JU7100 worth it? You lose five inches with the Samsung, and having gone smaller before, that seems like a deal breaker, but not necessarily. And, even though you haven't tested it yet (you will, right?) the W850C looks like an option, but it was tested at 37ms input lag over at AVS, and that is a major let down. Thank you for your advice!
The W850B would be a great choice. It has lower input lag than the W850C, and its overall picture quality is in the same ballpark as the JU7100. Keep the larger size and take the W850B.
We will have our review of the W850C up next week.
Hey there! Have you reviewed the LG UH610? Also do you plan to review other 2016 models?Thanks you.
No we have not reviewed the LG UH6100, but we have reviewed the UH7700 and the UH8500, and we definitely are planning to review all LG 2016 models. We have reviewed other 2016 models such as the Samsung KS series, Vizio, Sony, and TCL.
Does there exist / what is your recommendation for a TV between 55-65 inches, $2000 max price, that can do true 1080@120 FPS and supports 4:4:4 chroma @60hz? The JU7100 would be perfect, but no 120 fps support kind of kills it.
Unfortunately, we haven't encountered a TV that has all of these features. Of the TVs we've seen, the closest to what you are looking for is the Sony XBRX850C. It can do 1080p @ 120 hz, and while it can do chroma 4:4:4, it can only do it at 30 hz.
If you don't mind halving the refresh rate with chroma 4:4:4, get the X850C. Otherwise, you'll probably be best off by sacrificing 1080p120 and getting the JU7100.
Question: When HDR 10 console gaming happens, would a 4k HDR TV that has say 17ms input lag tested now would the input lag go UP once HDR is enabled? If yes, virtually all sets reviewed right now at "excellent" input lag rating would virtually be unplayable with HDR enabled..Please let me know ASAP. Thanks.
So far we have only tested the Vizio P Series 2016 for input lag with a 1080p HDR signal, and we have found an increase in input lag (on HDMI 5, from 37.2ms SDR to 62.1ms HDR). We will continue to test more sets to see if this is the case across the board.
First of all, I just wanted to say how much I love your website. It is very interesting and very informative, you guys do great. Considering my budget, which is around $500, I've been able to narrow it down to three TVs that I am considering buying just for gaming: the LB5600, Vizio M series, and the W600B, all in the 40". range. I've noticed they all have low input lag, and you gave them all a 7.5 in your motion blur test, so I'm assuming they handle motion the same. Between these three TVs, which one is the the best gaming TV?
The Vizio M's input lag is a bit higher than the other two, so it's not really as good of a choice. The W600B and the LB5600 are similar in terms of gaming capability, so choose based on viewing habits. If you plan on sitting directly in front of the TV, the W600B is a better choice, as it has better overall contrast, but loses saturation at wide angles. If you need to be able to play and watch from wide angles, the Lb5600 retains its quality better, but doesn't have quite as good contrast.
Which is best for me? Around $1700, fast for gaming, good picture clarity, and the biggest screen.
The Samsung UN65JU6500 is the best choice. It's a big TV, falls within your budget, and has good picture quality and gaming performance.
Its main downside is that it has judder on 24 fps movies, but since most people won't notice this, it's not the worst thing. You can see what this judder looks like here.
Hi. I am thinking of getting a TV for my room, but I'm not sure what kind. I will mainly use it for casual gaming (PS4) and sports (mainly soccer). I don't want to spend too much money, and I don't need the best TV on the market. I don't care about the size, but I want at least two HDMI Inputs. Which TV do you recommend?
Go for the Vizio E-series. It's inexpensive, but its overall picture quality is quite good. It has little blur and low input lag, so it's a solid choice for both sports and gaming.
My 52" DLP died a couple weeks ago, and I was literally going buy a 65" JU7100 TOMORROW based on this page over the past week saying that model was the best for gaming, and now it's changed! Also confusing, is that the JU7100 isn't even listed as a runner-up/notable mention for gaming sets, when others with lower ratings that were notables against it (especially the X850C, which "isn’t a great 4k gaming TV") are still there. I do not want a curved screen (expensive gimmick that gives no perceivable benefit) like the JS9000, and the JS8500 is still about $400 more than the JU7100.
I considered the J6300 as a 1080p option, possibly even going with 75" at about the same cost as the 65" JU7100. 75" is the most that will fit the wall, but the stand on the J6300 also changes at 75" and may not fit the intended furniture stand (it goes from a center stand to widely-spaced legs); I wasn't planning on wall-mounting immediately. At my 13' seating distance (9' at closest but from the side) 4K is said to not be worth it, especially with so little 4K content out there (not to mention how the price skyrockets when you go bigger than 65"). But that input lag time on the J6300 really scares me away quite a bit (I generally play first- and third-person shooters, though usually solo campaign games).
Even though I once considered the M-series 4K Vizio (which is half the price of the Samsungs), I've heard way too many horror stories with the brand (especially power issues) from just about everyone I mentioned my intention to. Shame there aren't more 70" TVs on the market, as it seems like Vizio are the only ones making them.
I feel like I'm back to the drawing board! I know you said this to someone else, but am I overthinking it?
We've been tweaking our articles a bit this past week, but the results for the JU7100 have not changed. It's still a great gaming TV, and is a better choice than the Sony X850C we listed.
Our inclusion of the Sony sets was to provide a little variety for people looking for an alternative to Samsung, but you're right that it isn't properly representative of the results of our tests. We'll add the JU7100 to correct that issue.
For your needs, the JU7100 is probably the best bet, so you should go for that.
For cable TV viewing and college football, would the 40 inch Samsung 5203 be ok, or would I need to go to the 6203? Would the LG 42 inch 5600 work, or would I need the 5800 series?
For Samsung, you will prefer the H6203 to the H5203. The 5203 has more motion blur, which isn't great for watching sports. For LG, the 5800 is better, as again it has lower motion blur than the 5600.
Ultimately, you should choose your TV according to your viewing habits. The H6203 is better if you plan on sitting directly in front of your TV, and the LG 5800 is better if you need to be able to watch from wider angles.
Hello, I was wondering what is the better buy here. I can get the Sony KDL48W600B for $565.93 or the Samsung UN50H5203 for $597.42. This TV will be put in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, but it also gets pretty dark at night. This TV will be used for watching TV/movies mostly, although I might use it for gaming every now and again. I bought both current gen consoles for my TV upstairs and no longer have any room for my PS3 there, so I'll hook up my PS3 to this TV. I'm leaning towards the Sony because it is better for gaming.
I'd look at this year's TV offerings, but I want a 46"-50" TV (obviously with good reviews) for under $600 so, these are pretty much my only options. Thanks!
Both TVs are good, but you're right that the W600B is a better choice for gaming, since it has less motion blur. You should go with that.
I'm looking for a 32" TV to use primarily for gaming. I have read that the Samsung UN32H5203 might not be the best in terms of motion blur, but for 250 dollars is it a steal? What might be some better options in the 300 dollar price range?
Great website by the way!
The Vizio E32-C1 would be a better gaming TV. It has similar contrast to the H5203, but less motion blur and lower input lag, which are both hugely important. Its uniformity is a bit below average, but for a budget 32" gaming TV, it's the best choice.
I see you have the Samsung JU7100 as the best gaming TV and Samsung JU6500 as second best. I didn't want to spend any more than $1,000 on a TV, but is it worth it to spend $300 extra (price difference between the two 50" models) for smoother movie playback (24p) and 2.5m lower response time?
I get that without a budget the JU7100 is the best option, but I feel like the JU6500 is the better bang for buck. I mainly game with my PS4, use my TV as a monitor for my PC, and I stream mostly shows and some movies from any of those devices. I sit anywhere from 3-8ft away from my current TV. What is the best course of action?
If you don't really care too much about judder, then the JU6500 is a fine option, and you should save money and go for that. It's about equally good as the JU7100 for playing games and watching TV.
Love the website. Great job. What's your opinion for a TV to be mostly used for regular TV, but also for some gaming, priced at ~$2,300: Samsung UN65JU7100 or UN75J6300?
The main difference is the resolution, so it depends on your distance. If you sit further than 10 feet, you will probably prefer the extra 10" over the 4k resolution. Closer though, 4k is more important. Both are great TVs, so don't overthink this.
The Samsung J6200 got a 8.9 video game score and the Vizio E-series got an 8.8 video game score. However, the J6200 is not listed in you recommendations for 1080p gaming TVs. Why? Additionally, CNET tested the 40" Vizio E-series model and got input lag of 46ms, compared to 29.5ms on this site. Does this change the recommendation for 40" 1080p gaming TV?
We'll be updating our selections for the best gaming TVs soon, and the J6200 will be a new addition.
We have not been able to confirm that input lag difference for ourselves, but if that is true, the 40" E-series wouldn't have any advantage over the J6200 or the J6300, and so wouldn't be a top choice for a gaming TV (though it would still be an okay budget option).
I have been doing a ton a research on getting a new TV, your website has been the best that I have come across yet. I am currently using a older Samsung LCD (LN52A550) which is about 7 years old, I have narrowed it down to E70-C3, UN75J6300, UN65JU7100, UN65JU6700, and UN65JU7500. I know, quite a range. The TV will be about 13 or so feet away so the bigger the better. We currently stream all media from XBOX one, or HTPC which is set up for HDMI. Would like to get the best TV for the money, having a hard time trying to decide which TV that would be. Mainly game on the weekends and don't want to deal with tons of lag, but also hard to judge due to the fact that never had a smart TV and my TV being so old. So out of the choices which would the best choice for the money.
Since you are quite far, 4k wouldn't be better. You would definitely get more value for your money with the Vizio E. The downside with this one is the lower upscaling capabilities but since you stream everything through other devices, they can do the upscaling for the TV. The Vizio E is also an excellent TV for gaming.
When looking at how good a particular tv is for gaming, both lag time and response time is typically looked at. The 2016 LG Oled G series response time is 0 (superb). A certified calibrator has tested the lag time, which came in at 33 ms (fair/good), which is a sizable improvement over the 2015 model. I know Rtings has not tested this TV yet, but hypothetically, will this combination of measurements end up making the TV nearly as good (relative to lag/speed combination) as a Samsung LED like the JS7500? As we are aware, the 7500 has a response time of 8.9 ms and a lag time of 21.1 ms.
In light of the above 2016 OLED's stats, will this year's OLEDs likely be fast enough for competitive FPS games like Killzone 4 and Halo 5? Thanks.
We include response time measurements in our 'motion blur' testing, so yes, it is taken into account when we evaluate TVs for gaming. Currently, the scoring is as follows:
31% Input Lag
6% PC Monitor
63% Motion Blur
As you can see, the motion blur score (which is mostly based on response time) counts for the majority of the gaming score. If those numbers are accurate, the OLED TV you're talking about should do very well in this category.
However, response time doesn't really matter in terms of the responsiveness of games, which is what matters most for competitive games. It's more about how games look. For responsiveness, it really is down to input lag.
33 ms is pretty low, and definitely low enough that very few people would notice the lag, but it isn't the lowest we've seen - more like the low end of average. However, unless you're a very serious, very sensitive, competitive gamer, you should have no problems with that amount of lag.
Hi, thank you for all information on this website. You guys are doing a great job! I plan to buy a TV for gaming, and would like to spend under $500. Which one is better? The Sony KDL48R510C or the Vizio E43-C2 ?
The Sony R510C has higher input lag and a much worse viewing angle, so go for the Vizio E instead.
The Sony W850B is 2014's best LED TV for gaming. Is it still true for 2015? What is the the 2015's best LED TV for gaming so far?
The best gaming TV we've seen so far this year is the Samsung JU7100. It has really good picture quality (good contrast and motion handling, and decent uniformity), and it also has low input lag. The W850B has slightly less blur and very slightly lower input lag, but it's not a significant improvement, and you don't get 4k capability. If you have room in your budget, the JU7100 is a better buy.
I mainly play PS4 games, with some PC gaming too, on my TV. I just bought a Sony XBRX850C because I really want the best picture and low input lag for gaming. I understand as of right now that it's around 39 ms, which is still great. I am still within the return policy and was wondering if I should return it and get something else that you can recommend. Please help. I want the best bang for the amount of cash I am spending. I also want something future proof, like 4k.
If you want a drop of ~13 ms, you could go for the Samsung JU710. That's a noticeable, but not monumental difference, so it's really your call whether you want that reduction or not. The two are similar in terms of picture quality, and are equally capable in terms of 4k compatibility.
I'm thinking about getting a gaming TV between 42 and 50 inches. What would be the best one for under $500? Also, I'd prefer that it wasn't a smart TV. Some I've been thinking about getting are: the Vizio D43-C1, LG Electronics 42LF5600, and LG Electronics 49LF5500.
The best is the Vizio E48-C2. It has very good overall picture quality (contrast, uniformity, motion blur) and low input lag. It's a smart TV, but generally only TVs with very poor picture quality have no smart features at all. You don't need to use the smart features, so don't worry about them - just think of them as an extra.
I am looking forward to buy the Vizio E400i-B2. Is it good? And what is the TV with the least motion blur? Thank for your help.
It's a decent budget TV. It has good contrast, little blur, and low input lag, which are all great. The main downsides are that the upscaling is a bit weak and the uniformity is kind of sub-par. This year's E-series is a bit better for upscaling, and keeps all the strengths of last year's E-series, too.
The best TV we've seen for motion blur this year is the Samsung J6200.
I was looking for a TV to buy under $500 that is around 48", specifically for gaming on a PlayStation 4. Thanks for the help.
There's not much available in that price range, so we'd recommend going with the Vizio E48-C2. It's only a little bit over budget, and it has good picture quality (with little motion blur) and low input lag, so it's a good choice for gamers.
I'm having trouble narrowing down my choices between the Sony W850B and the Samsung JU7100. I play a lot of Xbox One games, and occasionally Netflix here and there. Price isn't an issue, and I do want a big TV, 50" to 60". Which TV will be great for gaming?
If price isn't an issue, get the Samsung JU7100. The input lag and motion blur levels are similar between it and the Sony W850B, the overall picture is really good, and you get the option to watch 4k content if ever you want to. It's a better all-around TV, and a great choice for gaming.
This websites great! Question: I'm looking for a 4k 4/4/4 60hz TV to use as a TV/PC monitor (for gaming as well). I mostly will use it with the PC. Is this Samsung your recommendation? I just bought two powerhouse video cards that support HDMI 2.0 and am looking for the other piece to the puzzle.
We recently released our picks for the best TVs to use as a PC monitor, including a pick for those looking for 4k @ 60 hz @ 4:4:4. You can find it here.
Great website, it's been very helpful so far. I'm looking for a TV that I will use for gaming and watching Netflix that's at least 40". However, I have a budget of $400 max. Could you recommend the best TVs to fit my needs?
Go for the Vizio E40-C2 or E43-C2. They have good picture quality, low input lag, and are well within your budget.
I plan on purchasing an 80" TV for our shop, and will be sitting from 10' to 15' away. We have always bought Samsung products, and would like the 4k feature. Any suggestion on which TV would be the best? We use Direct TV for our service. Thank You
The Samsung UN78JU7100 is the closest fit. It's just under 80", is 4k, and isn't as prohibitively expensive as Samsung's other 78" option, the JS9500.
I am between the Vizio M-series 50-55" and the Samsung JU6500 50-55". I like that the JU6500 has less motion blur for gaming and sports, but I also like that the M-series can handle 24p movies without stutter and/or the soap opera effect. I also like that the M-series has 8ms less input lag than the JU6500. But I am unsure if the JU6500's motion blur advantage trumps the advantages of the M-series.
I will continue to do most of my fps gaming on my 2ms input lag monitor with very little motion blur, and I'll use the TV for playing other games and watching Netflix. Since I am used to gaming on my monitor, will the 8ms input lag advantage of the M series be noticeable to me? Or does the motion handling of the JU6500 get the edge? What do you guys recommend?
For your needs, the M-series is a better buy. There will be a bit more blur with fast movement in games, but since you're already playing shooters on a monitor, that's not a huge issue. The lack of judder on movies you get with the M is worth choosing it, and the low input lag is nice, too.
I'm a gamer and I love watching Netflix, so I'm looking for a TV that looks absolutely amazing for my ps4. I'm in college so a 32" inch would be perfect but I'm paying for it myself so my price range is $160. Please help me!
Your budget is really limited, so you don't have a lot of choices. Check out the TCL 32S3800. It is only 720p, but this doesn't matter much for a 32 inch.
If the p series is bad for gaming now then some of its review is off.
Only if you are interested in HDR gaming, since the HDMI 5, that has the best input lag, is not compatible with HDR. If HDR gaming is not in the picture, then the Vizio P is still a very good choice for gaming.
Worth to mention at the Samsung TVs that this low ~20ms lag is only for the console players, PC players probably need that chroma 4:4:4 so it's 37ms in this case. But I guess you calculated with it because the 34ms E6 is the first (of course the OLED is the first :) )
For gaming with 4:4:4 support, look to the PC Monitor article found here. We put the E6 at the top of the list due to the excellent picture quality, but note the input lag differences between the B6 and the E6 depending on your desired resolution.
I've narrowed my picks down to the JS9000 or the JS8500. The 9000 seems to be your top pick for just about everything, but I don't think I want a curved screen. Many of your responses in the comments seem to favor the 8500, but I want the lowest input lag possible. Should the 36ms be a deal breaker? The price difference is not really an issue either. I just don't want to sacrifice too much with the 8500. What do you suggest?
No, the 36 ms isn't a huge deal. Go with the JS8500.
Would you pick the JS8500 over the JU7100 if gaming was the main use for the TV? Price isn't an issue, I just want the best all around flat screen mainly for gaming, with the occasional movie. Should I consider waiting for the Vizio R series?
The JS8500 has better picture quality, and its input lag isn't much higher. We'd recommend the JS8500.
We can't comment on the Vizio R-series before we test it, so we'll only have an opinion on that when it releases later this year.
Hello. I'm looking to buy a TV for gaming that has low input lag, while retaining good picture quality, so the games still look good. I've narrowed it down to the Vizio E43-C2 43" or the Samsung UN40J6200 40". It also seems that almost all the decent TVs now are smart, which I'm not really a fan of, so if there are any non-smart TVs similar to the previous two, that would also be good. Thanks.
Generally, only TVs with really poor picture quality don't have any smart features, so just consider those extras. We recommend the E43-C2, as it has lower input lag, which is better for gaming. Apart from that, those two TVs are pretty similar.
Hey, I'm looking to get a 40" TV for PS4 gaming. I've read the reviews, but I still don't know what's best for me. I want no noticeable lag/delay while gaming with great picture quality. The only thing is that I want good sound as well, and since it will be in a smaller room I'd rather not go for any external speakers. I was considering the Vizio until I read that the sound quality is not great and that some people even hear a buzzing noise. What's the best solution without external speakers, if possible?
Everything available in that size range has comparable audio, so you might as well get the Vizio. If you want better sound but don't have lots of room, a soundbar would be a good choice. They can fit right under your TV, and can even be mounted with it.
Whats the best 40-49" gaming TV that doesn't have smart features? I know the picture might not be as good, but I do not want a smart TV.
We haven't seen any non-smart TVs that are great for gaming, so we do recommend just getting a budget TV (like the E-series) and not using the smart features.
For gaming, the LG LF5600 is the best non-smart TV we've seen. It still has too much blur to be really good, though.
Having a really tough time deciding on a gaming TV (PS4). I'm down to either the 60" Sony W850B (2014 Model) or the 60" Samsung JU7100. The Sony is 1080p and the Samsung is 4K. Not sure I really care about 4K, as I'll be sitting about 9' away anyway (will I even notice a difference?). Plus I worry that the PS4 can't take advantage of the 4K (1080p only), so will it even matter? Long-story short -- which is the better buy? Price isn't a factor. I ultimately want the best gaming TV, and don't need a curved TV (seems like a gimmick to me, anyway).
Both are great picks. You'll get some benefit from 4k while watching genuine 4k video (you can do so with the TV's apps), but if you don't care much about that, the W850B is a fine choice instead. Both TVs have low input lag, so games will be responsive.
I'm interested in the Samsung JU7500. However, the TV will be used strictly for gaming. Is this a good TV for that, or any other recommendations? I'm concerned, obviously, about input lag and motion blur. Based on your review, this seems like a good fit for me. My second question is, does input lag increase with a bigger screen? I'm looking at a 65" TV. Do the stats posted for motion and lag still apply?
It's the best TV we've seen for gaming this year, so definitely worth getting. We don't expect there to be a significant difference in input lag or blur for the bigger sizes.
I'm looking to find a TV for ~$1,100, with the least amount of judder/blur possible, and which will be good for gaming. I'm not going to be using it as a PC monitor, but I will probably stream Netflix on it from my computer over HDMI. From what I've read, it seems that my options are limited to the JU7100, Vizio M-series, or the Sony X830C. Am I missing any? Which one would be the best?
Those are the main options.
The JU7100 is the best option in terms of overall picture quality and minimal blur, but only the 40" size is available in your price range. If you're okay with having a bit more blur than ideal, you could get the 55" M-series instead, and for less money.
The Sony X830C is an IPS TV, which means it has weak blacks and a wider viewing angle. Overall, it's not as good for picture quality as the other two options, so we don't recommend it.
I enjoy reading the reviews, and have spent hours reading them but still not able to settle down to a tv.
I dont see any reviews on LG 49UF6400. I have settled down to LG 49UF6400, Sharp UH30U, and both Vizio E series and M series.
My budget max is $700, this will be a TV in my room and i play games, Netflix and mostly connect to my computer.
What would be a good advice among those tvs?
Thanks in advance!
We will review the UF6400 in the following weeks. We expect it to be in line with other IPS LG TVs so good viewing angle but poor picture quality. The Sharp UH30U is out of your budget since it is only made in 70" or 80". The main differences between the Vizio E and M is that the later have 4k. Both TVs offer good input lag for gaming. The Vizio E will do 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 for sharp looking text on the PC while the Vizio M would give you the possibility of PC gaming at 1080p @ 120Hz. They can't do both. If you sit at 4.5 to 5 feet from the TV, 4k could be worth it. If not, or if you want a slightly bigger TV for the money, the 1080p Vizio E would be good and offer slightly better motion handling.
Hi. I'm trying to find the best gaming TV possible. I definitely would prefer a Samsung. I see that you guys rate the JU7100 pretty high, but was wondering whether the JS8500 or JS9000 would be a lot better.
I definitely want the best money can buy, and I don't mind the price for all of them. I'm also looking at the 48" TVs, if that makes a difference. Just really can't decide whether the JS8500 is that much worse than the JS9000.
Those JS* TVs would be better, but they're also overkill if you only plan on playing video games. You could get the Samsung JU7500, which is the best gaming TV we've seen this year (very little blur, very low input lag), for a lot cheaper.
The main advantage of the JS9000 over the JS8500 is that it has lower input lag (and not that much lower). Apart from that, they're very similar, so the JS9000 won't be worth the extra if you're on the fence.
If I want a TV to play both PS3 and PS4, will I have to have one for the PS3 and another for PS4 if I want little to no lag? I'm looking for a 32" and would like to spend less than $300. I currently have an E280I-B1 and have been having lag on my PS4.
No, the same TV will be fine for both. Just to confirm, did you enable the 'Game Low Latency' option on your current TV? That should lower the lag for you.
The best choice for what you're looking for is the Vizio E32-C1. It has good picture quality, good gaming performance, and is well within your target budget.
"By Usage" has both "Video Games" and "PC Monitor" categories. Which would be the best guide to selecting a TV for PC-based gaming (as opposed to console games)? Is there a difference between gaming platforms in this regard?
Generally, I'm looking for a 4K TV for:
- PC gaming: YES
- Console gaming: NEVER
- Watching movies: YES
- Watching broadcast/cable TV: NEVER
I have also received suggestions to consider a large 4K monitor, to add to my indecision.
We can't suggest a 4k PC monitor but if you decide to use a TV, you can use both our 'Video Games' and 'PC Monitor' sections to help you make your decision. What you want is the lowest input lag possible (it is slightly more noticeable when gaming on a PC than on consoles). You also need low amount of motion blur and preferably chroma 4:4:4. Then you need to know at what settings you want to play. Since you mentioned 4k, we suggest the JU7500, our best rated gaming TV. It has 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with very low input lag. Movies on it will look great too. If you sit really close to the screen and you don't want the picture to deteriorate from an angle, you might be better with an IPS TV (although the picture quality isn't that great). The x830c has more input lag but has a wider viewing angle and would give you the additional option of gaming at 1080p @ 120Hz.
Do you recommend the M43-C1 for gaming? I saw the review mention the motion blur is high. How does that translate to in game performance?
It isn't the first TV we recommend for gaming since there is a little more blur than we'd like but it isn't that bad either. It does have a very low input lag that compensate somewhat to it's motion performance. If you are looking for a multi-purpose TV, then the Vizio M is a good choice. For gaming only, there is better.
I have just seen on vizio's website they have the new D series (many sizes) they are 4k and a true 120Hz tv. Will u guys be doing a review on them? It has 5 hdmi ports like the M series. I am wondering if the input lag will be the same as the M series. I am also wondering if they will use VA panels on there 55 inch size since IPS gives worse picture quality.
The D series is of lower quality than the M series so they can sell it at a lower price. We don't plan to review the D series for now but if enough persons are interested we might give it a shot but we have a couple of TVs we want to do first. It's hard to say about the panel type in the 55" without seeing the pixels of the TV but we would assume it will have a low input lag, like all other Vizio TVs.
For console and PC gaming on a 4K TV, I am strongly considering the Samsung JU7500. I have always gamed on Sony XBR TVs, and so I am very accustomed to their smooth, flicker-free motion.
The RTINGS reviewers state that the motion handling on the 7500 is excellent, yet there is often a comparison to clear/smooth motion on the Sonys. Not having gamed on a Samsung TV before, please discuss gaming motion (particularly with first-person shooters) between the flicker-free Sonys and the PWM (pulse-width modulation) Samsungs.
Does the Samsung PWM add flicker, reduce smoothness, motion clarity and cause eye fatigue? Or should I not be concerned with the Samsung 7500's motion handling and just go with it?
In case I go the Sony route, please list the Sonys in order of preference for strictly gaming in the 55"/65" category. What has held me back from going with Sony is the relatively high lag numbers. Thanks.
The Samsung PWM won't be that noticeable for most. It does help some with the motion clarity, and doesn't negatively impact smoothness, or cause eye strain. It's not a must-have, but it's also not going to be a downside for most people. Again, it's not going to be noticeably different from the look of Sony TVs for most.
The benefit with Sony TVs is that you're able to add motion interpolation or flickering without too big of an impact on input lag (generally sub-60 ms). A bit high for competitive gaming, but a worthwhile trade-off for games where lightning-quickness isn't as important. With Samsung's game mode, neither of these is possible.
Sony TVs ranked for gaming: X810C, X900C, X930C, X850C.
I will either purchase the 55" Samsung JU7500 or the Sony X810C. The tv will be used solely for PS4/Xbox One and PC video games. In response to a recent prior question, you said the lag numbers on the 810C are low enough with interpolation on for non-competitive/non-lightning quick games. I mainly play multiplayer first person shooters that are a bit slower than the fast twitch Call of Duty type games, i.e Gears of War, Kill Zone, Battlefield, the soon to be released Battlefront, but I do like paying COD/Black Ops Zombies. Will Sony's motion flow add too much lag for even these kinds of games? If so, and I opt to turn off motion flow on the 810C, is there a noticeable difference in lag between the 7500 and 810C with these types of games or in fast twitch games? In light of the above, which tv do you recommend I go with? Thank you
There's two problems using motion interpolation for gaming. 1) The higher input lag as you mentioned. A 70ms input lag like on the Sony is playable, but it's also noticeable. It's definitely too much for fast games, but you could be able to live with it for slower games if you really like motion interpolation. 2) Interpolation errors and skipping. Sony TVs are better than others for this (when 'CineMotion' is set to high), but you will still see that problem when you are moving too fast.
When interpolation is off, the difference in input lag between these two TVs isn't that noticeable, especially on consoles. It is a bit more on a PC, but even then you need to look for it.
Overall, it really depends on how much you are willing to spend. The JU7500 is better, but for most people the X810C is more than enough.
I want to thank you all for a great website and for answering my numerous questions. If the TV is going to be used pretty much exclusively for video games PC/console, now that the JS9000 and the JU7500 are nearly the same price ($200 difference) would you still go with the 7500? Also do you have any plans to review the very reasonably priced Best Buy exclusive 60" JS8000? If so, when? Thanks.
It depends. The JU7500 is still a tad better for both motion blur and input lag, but doesn't come with extras like HDR and a wider color gamut. If you want those features, then the JS9000 is a better choice. If you don't care about those, or if you want the absolute best performance for gaming, then stick with the JU7500.
We don't currently have plans to review the JS8000 unfortunately.
Which is best in order of importance. Around $1700, fast for gaming, picture clarity and the biggest screen.
You have a few good options. For a 1080p TV, you can get the 70" Vizio E that has a great picture quality and is good for gaming. If you plan to watch contents of lower resolutions than you might consider the J6300 instead. If you are ready to sacrifice size for picture quality, you can't get much better than the LG OLED EC9300. On the 4k side, the 65" Vizio M is also a great budget option and deliver a nice picture. The 55" Samsung JU7100 is even better if you sit close enough to benefit from it's 4k resolution (no more than 8 feet away).
Any of them. The OLED models are great (almost no blur, average input lag), as are the Samsung curved models (low input lag, minimal blur).
For the best balance of low input lag and minimal blur, the Samsung JU7500 is the one to get.
I understand if you guys have a high volume of questions during the shopping season. I'm in no hurry though so no worries if my question takes a bit to be answered but I desperate need help deciding on a tv. The vast amount of information and suggestions does not mix well with my ADHD medicine to say the least. I'm looking for a 1080p tv to use almost exclusively for Xbox One gaming (90% Xbox gaming 10% Netflix or Blu-ray through the Xbox. Destiny, Call of Duty, Halo, GTA, Assassin's Creed, etc... Currently I'm using a 2010 Samsung 32 inch LCD 720p tv. After discovering input lag I have come to blame it for many virtual deaths, and the optimal tv settings for gaming make the picture garbage. Therefor I'm now looking for a TV in the $500-$900 price range. 1080p, low input lag (best if out of game mode so the picture is better), low motion blur, and great contrast so I can see enemies camping in a dark corner or sniping across the in-game valley. I will be sitting about 5-7 feet away from the tv, in my dark bedroom with a blanket over the window during the day. I will never use any 3D or smart tv features. The viewing angle will be optimal so that's no issue. I will be using a gaming headset for games and I have surround sound speakers when not gaming so I'm not concerned with the tv's speakers either. Lastly, I am looking for the biggest picture possible while staying 1080p, and sitting 5-7 feet away so maybe 50 or 55 inch? I really appreciate any suggestions you guys can offer, all of the options out there are making my head spin. Your site rocks!
Get the 55" Samsung J6200. It has great contrast, motion blur and a low input lag perfectly suitable for first person shooters. It is a great gaming TV.
I love the price range for the UN50JS7000 but do not see it in the list for gaming. Is there a specific reason this didn't make the list? I was thinking about buying this next week. I'm willing to drop a bit more if you think something may be better. I mainly game on my TV and have never been able to see judder of any sort so that does not bother me.
It is a great TV for gaming. If you look at the table on top of this page it ranked #3 based on the Motion Blur and Video Games scores. It didn't make the recommendation list since the size we reviewed have an IPS panel that produce weaker blacks and contrast. The 50" won't have this problem and will make for a very good TV for gaming.
I'm considering between the JU7500 and the JU6400. The JU6400 is notably cheaper and is actually rated a little better for gaming. Is there a reason to spend more on the JU7500? Also, I notice the 6400 isn't a recommended gaming choice for some reason. Why? It seems to be the top-rated Gaming TV. If nothing else, the wide angle encourages face-to-face multiplayer as no other TV can.
The JU7500 has deeper and more uniform blacks, so it is better for overall picture. We took that into account when choosing the best TVs for gaming, so while the JU6400 does score quite highly for gaming, its shortcomings in other categories (which do also matter for the overall gaming experience) kept it off the list. If you want an inexpensive LED TV for local multiplayer, though, it is indeed a very good option.
Is the Sony Bravia 55 inch x850c a good tv for gaming? Or should I take it back and get the Samsung 55 inch ju7500? They are about the same in price at BestBuy.
Interesting question. The x850c is really great for gaming but the JU7500 is usually considered better because of its lower input lag and lower amount of motion blur. But we don't suggest you run to the store just yet. Sony TVs have some nice unique options for gamers that have no match on Samsung TVs. For one, they give you the option to control the backlight to clarify motion some more (even more so than on the JU7500) for the cost of overall image brightness. Add to this the option to play games with image interpolation turned On without sky rocketing the input lag in the hundreds (we measured 70 ms). While it definitely isn't as responsive as in game mode, the added smoothness is impressive (Sony image interpolation is generally better than other brands) and still manage to be playable for some games. That said, we still think the majority of gamers would prefer the JU7500 but the added options of the x850c are worth considering. If you don't mind the added options, then just go get the JU7500.
First off, amazing website and detail. Amazingly helpful.
My question is, "What type of 'gaming' are we talking about?" The TV I'd want for a game like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout is significantly different than one for Xbox Live play. I assume, due to the inclusion of input lag and response time, that the focus is more of the Call Of Duty line of games or Madden online, but I wanted to check.
Secondly, I burned through a Panasonic plasma TC-P50UT50 (I would suggest everyone avoid Panasonic as well, due to the manner in which they followed-up with me and the broken TV) three times in two years, so I would suggest not using one.
The score is more reflective of games requiring fast reflexes, so yes, things like CoD. You're right that input lag tends not to be as important for RPGs, but given that it's common to play a variety of games and we already have categories encapsulating overall picture quality, we think it makes sense to have input lag be a major part of our gaming score.
And Panasonic plasmas are no longer made and should pretty much all be gone by this point, but thanks for sharing your experience!
Awesome site. I'm looking at the Sony 55" X810C or the 60" Samsung JU6500. I'd be mostly watching sports and playing games. I really like the 120hz native on the Sony, but the 35ms input lag kinda worries me. My current tv is around 25ms. So should I put more weight on the 120hz panel or maintaining my current level of input lag and going up 5 inches?
With the x810c, you get a good input lag, better motion and screen uniformity. This is an excellent TV for gaming and watching sports. It also offer more option settings for gamers like its impulse mode. The JU6500 is also good with its better input lag and extra 5" but overall not as good as the x810c. Get the Samsung JU6500 only if you think 55" will be too small for your needs.
First, I want to say thanks for making such an awesome website for us info junkies! Can you please give me your opinion on the Benq RL2755HM? How are the blacks? The motion blur? Input lag? And any other areas you rate for TVs.
Unfortunately, we don't currently review monitors, so we don't have any thoughts to share.
I love what you guys are doing here. Is there any way, that in future reviews you can add in certain stuff you guys tend to miss until after? Mainly stuff like whether backlight strobing options like Vizio's Clear Action, Sony's Clearness, Samsung's LED Motion work in their gaming modes (least input lag modes)? And always have images of their effect (it's good to have a point of reference). Like mention if the TV being reviewed has those modes (perhaps in the area where motion interpolation is mentioned in reviews).
Lots of gamers do put LCD motion blur under more scrutiny (i.e. blurbusters), and it's a bit baffling that some of the motion blur numbers are so high.
You guys rated the Vizio P very high in motion blur and in general gaming, but I find it a bit questionable. The Vizio P blurs a LOT in motion, as well as have that double image effect at 60fps. Unless they used Clear Action which may eliminate the double image, but at the moment has a TON of problems which either cause it to work, or leave a long double image trail at random. I addressed on Avsforum (search Vizio P Series motion issues)
Basically, I'm hoping that in the future, more information is added in the reviews for stuff like this, which can be dealbreakers.
Thanks for the reviews, and I look forward to more in the future.
Thanks for the suggestion. We are always updating our reviews, even the past ones, so yes it is possible. We will think about adding the backlight strobing feature into our official reviews. We are also planning on making the PWM/double image more clear in the reviews.
I believe the 2016 P series actually will accept 720p on HDMI 5.
When we pick 720p from our computer connected through HDMI 5, the Vizio P only display a black screen. Even if it worked, the quality would be sub par as this specific port is optimized for higher resolutions.
I play a lot of video games and watch Netflix/YouTube and some movies. I want a super sick TV, but I don't want to spend anymore than 2k. I'd like to get a 60-70", 4K for future benefits, and something that is very good with motion blur and lag time. I also watch a lot of sports (NFL,NHL,NBA)
Go for the UN65KS8000. It has excellent picture quality in bright or dark rooms. Its great for video games and sports with low motion blur, and it also has low input lag. It is also future proof with HDR support. The biggest downside is that the picture quality degrades when viewed at an angle.
Is there any way that your site could feature a side-by-side comparison for each category? I'm trying to compare the OLED65E6P to the UN65JU7500. Thank You
You can go here and select the TVs (up to 4 at the time) you want to compare in the drop down menu. Each test results will be align so you can easily compare each TV. For gaming, the most important test will be motion blur and input lag.
Should I not buy the Vizio P for gaming now that you updated that it has more lag now? Or Should I go with the Samsung KS9000 or the KS8000? Thanks. I will also be watching 4k movies.
The Vizio P has more input lag when gaming with an HDR signal. If HDR gaming is not your main interest, the Vizio P is a good choice for gaming and for movies. If you plan to do any HDR gaming, then the KS8000 or KS9000 are a better option, since the input lag is much better with an HDR signal.