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Looking for the best gaming TV in 2021 doesn't just mean balancing picture quality and price (though these are factors), but also looking at gaming-specific features that are compatible with next-gen consoles, so you get something that's future-proof. We want to see low-latency gaming modes and HDMI 2.1 features, so you want be desperate to upgrade a year down the line.

The best gaming TVs for PS5, Xbox Series X and PCs support features such as Variable Refresh Rate and 4K at 120Hz, so that you really get the best performance from these machines. That said, sets with HDMI 2.1 support don't tend to be very budget, so this guide will cover cheaper options that are great for gaming in other ways, as well as TVs at all budget levels that include next-gen HDMI.

In this guide, we'll explain what all these important features mean in plain English along with why you'll want them, and which TVs offer them. And we're still expecting them all to look excellent with movies, of course. You'll be able to find the perfect set that mixes next-gen features with great image quality at the budget you need.

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Which is the best gaming TV of 2021?

The best TV for gaming for most people is the LG G1, which matches top-tier features with a high-quality OLED panel. It includes support for ALLM and VRR (we'll explain what these mean in a moment), plus 4K at 120 frames per second on all four HDMI ports, so it's a perfect match for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, while G-Sync and Freesync Premium support mean that PC gamers are fully covered.

OLED TVs are fairly premium-priced, though, so if you're looking for something on a budget, check out the Samsung Q80A, which include an HDMI 2.1 port for next-gen consoles, along with bright and rich QLED image quality, plus Samsung's excellent Game Bar feature.

The best gaming TVs 2021: the list

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1. LG C1

The best gaming TV for most people


Screen size:: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches

Display technology:: OLED

Game mode response time:: 12.6ms

Reasons to buy

+4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM support+Beautiful OLED contrast

Reasons to avoid

-Limited OLED brightness-Potential for screen burn-in

The LG C1 is the 2021 version of the LG CX near the top of this list. Improved image processing means that it's noticeably better than last year's model for movies, but not transformatively better, and with the CX being such a great price, we're currently of the opinion that it represent better value overall.

However, the LG C1 certainly has good reasons you might go for it. Being newer is great for future-proofing, of course, but it has some new gaming tricks up its sleeve. You've still got 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM on all four HDMI ports, and a great low input lag level, but you can also now customise the gaming mode depending on what kind of game you're playing. Set it for the FPS mode and it'll make sure you're getting the best possible response time; set it for RPG and it'll apply more image processing to make things prettier, letting response time creep up just a little in exchange.

Overall, this remains a fantastic TV, as our LG C1 review explains. Image quality is top notch, the smart platform is excellent, and it's hard to beat on features. It's just that right now, you could buy the LG CX and save enough for one of the best soundbars, and we think a lot of people might prefer that.

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The Samsung Q80A brings the rich colours and bright HDR of QLED at a more affordable price than some of its TV stablemates, but still includes the HDMI 2.1 feature we expect from a gaming TV.

The 50-inch model is the one that really brings the best price, being smaller, though it should be noted that this size includes weaker speakers than the others – the bigger sizes have Object Tracking Sound+ positional audio thanks to speakers around the edges of the screen.

However, all models feature an HDMI 2.1 port, with support for VRR, 4K 120Hz and ALLM. Just the one, mind you – so this is best for people who are happy with a single next-gen console and just want a great TV to really enjoy it. There are three regular HDMI 2.0 ports for other things, of course.

Image quality is really strong for the price, and the brightness is a match for the best OLED screens, and slightly higher than mid-range or budget OLEDs. Black levels are striking for a mid-range LED TV too – it really punches above its price range.

Throw in Samsung's clever Game Bar too – which makes it easy to tweak settings and check whether you're seeing everything exactly as you planned to – and it's quite the package.

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You know what you're getting from a Hisense gaming TV: a big, well-specified TV at a price that makes other brand's entry-level models seem awfully underpowered. The A6G is priced aggressively and features both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR, and it also supports the VRR and ALLM aspects of HDMI 2.1 on all three of its HDMI inputs. There's eARC compatibility, integrated Wi-Fi, and USB, Ethernet, CI Card and RF connectors too. There's even composite video if you have old video kit kicking around.

In our review we found the Hisense picture quality sat somewhere between "acceptable for the money" and "really rather impressive". The motion control isn't unnatural, detail enhancement isn't too aggressive and skin tones are very lifelike.

Budget models do require some corner cutting, of course. The blacks aren't very deep – the darkest is a very deep grey rather than a true black – and it isn't hugely bright, so you don't get the impressive levels of contrast you'll find in more expensive sets. It's not brilliant at upscaling but it's very good with full HD 1080p and 4K content. If you're looking for a 4K gaming TV that won't break the bank, you should definitely have Hisense on your shortlist.

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The Samsung QN95A is the company's flagship 4K TV for 2021, and boy does it show. It uses the brand new 'Neo QLED' Mini-LED panel for its backlight, which means extremely bright HDR performance, but small lights mean more fine control of local dimming, so when areas need to go dark, then can go really dark. 

This is the closest LED TVs have come to OLED's control of contrast, and when you combine it with the cutting edge processing and better brightness, it's the most complete image quality package we've seen on a 4K TV so far. And it has a price tag to match, which is why we think the LG CX is still probably the better choice for most people, balancing cost, performance and price.

However, for those who demand those most control of their gaming performance, this again is second to none. It has four HDMI ports, which means total ALLM, VRR and 4K 120Hz support. But most interesting of all is the Game Bar, which is a special menu designed just for gaming. Want to make sure that what you're seeing is 120Hz, or that VRR is active? The Game Bar tells you, while also giving you control over the two different Game Mode types: one has a bit more processing to improve the image, and has 9.3ms of lag, or you can go extreme with the second mode, which turns off even more processing, and offers a tournament-level 6ms of lag.

The only downside here is no support for Dolby Vision HDR, or Dolby Atmos sound decoding. You won't really mind about the former, because its HDR performance is so good anyway. The latter has yet to make a big impact on gaming, though the set can pass Atmos audio out to a compatible soundbar, so it's not a dealbreaker. Nothing about this TV is – even that high price, as you can see in our five-star Samsung QN95A review.

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5. LG G1

The best gaming TV overall


Screen sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches

Display technology: OLED evo

Game mode response time: 9.4ms

Reasons to buy

+Full HDMI 2.1 support on four ports+Supreme 'OLED evo' panel+Extremely fast response time

Reasons to avoid

-Doesn't come with a stand-Still not the brightest screen

The LG G1 is the first ever TV with LG's new 'OLED evo' panel in – it's a next-gen screen that can go brighter than previous LG TVs, while still offering the infinite black levels that OLED is famed for. As a result, this offers better HDR performance than almost any TV in the world, and LG's excellent processing really makes the most of it when watching movies or TV, even if they're upscaled from HD to 4K.

But that's only part of what gets it a place in this list. The other half is that it's crammed with gaming-friendly features, starting with having four HDMI 2.1 ports, all of which are ready for 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM. Couple that with LG's support for both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync Premium and you've got every gaming feature you could want catered for.

Crucially, input lag is minuscule too – you can play with just 12.4ms in the regular Game mode, or employ the Boost mode for just 9.4ms. LG's new Game Optimizer also gives you flexibility over exactly how you want things to work.

Dolby Vision HDR support means that you'll really make the most of Xbox games that support this option, and there's Dolby Atmos support for 3D audio in compatible games and movies.

There are some downsides. First and foremost: this TV doesn't come with a stand. It's an expensive, premium set, and is made for wallmounting (it comes with an impressive mount arm that holds it totally flush to the wall). You can buy a regular stand or a tall floorstand for it, but factor it into your budget.

And this new OLED panel may still be prone to burn in of interface elements if you leave them on-screen for really long periods unchanged. The new screen should be better for avoiding this, but the potential is still there. Not a problem for most gaming, but some truly hardcore players will need to be wary of it. Finally, though the OLED screen is brighter than before, LED screens can still go brighter, so if you like to play in a strongly living room during the day, you may find this is harder to see clearly than a bright LED model would be.

Read our full five-star LG G1 review if you want the detailed run-down of why this TV gets such a strong recommendation from us.

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Of the TVs here released in 2021, the Sony X90J is the most competitive for delivering really special image quality for the lowest price, while still including HDMI 2.1 features. That's especially true at the huge 75-inch size – if you want to see the full quality of PS5 and Xbox Series X on a BIG screen, this is the way to do it.

The selling point here is really bright and punchy HDR performance, thanks to its full array backlight. Local dimming means it handles contrast well too, though isn't a patch on the OLED sets (or the Mini-LED Samsung QN95A) for dark area detail. But it's still absolutely at the top of the pile for similarly priced LED TVs. That said, it's more prone to reflections than a lot of sets here, which can interfere with making those bright images look as good as they could. Its image quality also degrades a bit when not viewed straight on – more so than other sets here – which isn't a problem for gaming, but if it'll also pull family movie viewing duty, it's a bit of a shame.

The other selling point is gaming performance of course, and you get 4K 120Hz support over two of its four HDMI ports, along with decent input lag times (though Samsung sets do it better). VRR is promised to come in an update, just like is still promised for the XH90. We presume it'll come whenever the PS5 gets it.


The best gaming TVs in the UK for 2021

The best gaming TVs are looking better than ever in 2021. Prices are always falling too, so it's a great time to treat yourself to an upgrade. Newer models from the top brands are coming soon, so prices will drop even lower on the current versions. You'll find all our recommended TVs are a worthy investment for the home for movie and TV show fans too because your thumbs deserve a bit of downtime too.

The best 4K TV for gaming candidates are getting more and more affordable nowadays, and we're quite some time away from recommending the rather madly-priced 8K TVs just yet. There are TVs suited to a range of budgets in this guide with all of them set to do your games collection proud. It just depends on how many future-facing features you need and, of course, how big your new gaming TV is going to be. If you're looking to upgrade solely because of the new-gen consoles though, then our best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X guide or best 120Hz 4K TV guide is certainly worth a look. If you're sticking with current-gen for a while though (and you might well do seeing as PS5 stock is laughably short) then rest assured these are truly some of the best gaming TVs for PS4 and Xbox One still and will be great on the newer consoles when you upgrade.

If you're not only looking for a great gaming TV, but want to make sure it can make use of entertainment services like Disney Plus, and general movie and TV show viewing then rest assured, the picks on this page have been tested in these areas too.

Finding the very best gaming TVs isn't just about finding the most expensive ones from the best brands. We've considered true bang for buck value and weighed up each TV against the competition to give you a mix of feature-rich high-end panels, the best OLED TV screens, best QLED TV panels, and what their special panels offer, and more affordable options that will still leave you gaping at gorgeous graphics with plenty of cash spare to buy more games, or maybe treat yourself to one of the best wireless gaming headsets for an extra immersive experience.

A timely reminder for the sake of value hunting: now that even the newest model of gaming TVs have been out and in the wild for most of this year, and we find ourselves heading directly for the winter sales period, it'll pay to do some research around the upcoming Black Friday PS5 TV deals to know what to expect. And don't forget the Black Friday PS5 deals, and Black Friday Xbox Series X deals too!

Oh, and if you're on the lookout for something truly massive, you might want to consider one of the best projectors, best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X, or best 4K projector instead.

Best gaming TVs for 2021

1. LG OLED C1 series

Excellence in gaming support, image quality, and design


Sizes: 48-, 55-, 65- and 77-inch guises (OLED485C1, OLED55C1, OLED65C1, OLED77C1)

Input lag: 12.6ms (1080/60)

Display type: OLED

Refresh rate : 120Hz

HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Superb image quality+Four 4k 120Hz HDMI 2.1 inputs+LG Game Optimizer

Reasons to avoid

-No HDR10+ support for Amazon Prime Video

The C1 is the OLED screen every new-gen gamer will be lusting after this year and already one of the best gaming TVs of 2021 so far.

With four 4K 120Hz-capable HDMI inputs, plus a dedicated Game Optimizer control panel, it takes playtime nearly as seriously as you do. Chuck in premium image quality, which leans more heavily on AI smarts than we’ve seen to date, is spectacular, both with native 4K and up-scaled HD, and you're laughing. Offering deep blacks, vibrant hues, and almost three-dimensional levels of details, this is an OLED to be ogled.

Motion handling has also had a tweak. TruMotion Smooth is still around if you like a slick interpolated look, but there’s also a Cinematic Movement option that does something clever with frame merging, so movies always look filmic. It works well. HDR performance is also extremely good. The C1 supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HGiG, and HLG. There’s no support for HDR10+ though.

The set is available in a wide range of screen sizes, beginning at 48-inches (although this offers no appreciable cost saving over the step-up 55-incher), and boasts a powerful new processor, in the shape of LG’s 4th Gen Alpha 9 chipset. AI plays a role on the audio front too. AI Sound Pro upscales stereo and 5.1, and there’s a Dolby Atmos decoder on-board. Streaming services and catch-up support are extensive. The set uses the all-new LG webOS v6.0 platform, with a full-screen display.

If you’re looking to take home a premium OLED performer, the LG C1 is the obvious front runner.

Read more: LG OLED C1 review

2. Samsung QN95A

The best gaming TV


Sizes: 55-, 65- , 75- and 85inches (QE55QN95A, QE65QN95A, QE75QN95A, QE85QN95A)

Input lag: 10.1ms (1080/60)

Display type: Neo QLED (Mini LED)

Refresh rate : 120Hz

HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Revolutionary Mini-LED backlight+Game Bar mode+Four HDMI 2.1 ports

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Atmos

For those looking to get the best gaming TV that 2021 has to offer, the Samsung QN95A is already an early benchmark and exquisite proposition. Evolving its already-brilliant QLED panel tech the QN95A. This has Mini-LED-powered 4K flagship has deep blacks, terrific quality, vibrant colours and contrasts, and exquisite HDR management.

Image quality is superb, thanks to an advanced AI-powered Neo Quantum 4K processor, while an Intelligent Mode optimises all sources, making it an easy screen to live with, whatever you watch, and whatever you prefer.

The television comes with one of Samsung's One Connect Boxes which connects to the set via a fibre optic cable, while an extra unit to factor into the setup, this does allow for four HDMI 2.1 connections meaning anyone with a multi-gaming-device setup is surely catered for well. Smart connectivity is provided by Tizen, Samsung’s smart TV platform and there’s a wide range of apps available, including Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, and Now, plus all the usual catch-up TV services. 

A new feature for the QN95A is the Game Bar. This is a dedicated interface for tweaks and adjustments that makes for excellent customisation and tinkering. Latency is very good: we measured input lag at 10.1ms (1080/60), in standard Game mode. When it comes to HDR, HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+ Adaptive are all supported, but there’s no Dolby Vision compatibility, which is a shame - but still doesn't impact the overall performance of the TV.

Even the TV sound system is nicely improved and very good, thanks to Samsung’s OTS+ sound system. Overall, a stunning high-end TV option, and if you want the absolute best 4K QLED screen Samsung makes, then the Neo QLED QN95A is it.

Read more: Samsung QN95A review


The best value premium TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X


Screen size: 48, 55, 65, or 77 inches

Input lag: 13ms

Display type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120Hz

HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG

VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Reasonably-priced+Stunning image quality+Super slick response times

Reasons to avoid

-Bass performance is a little light

If you're picking up a PS5 or Xbox Series X soon then the LG CX OLED TVs are the ultimate next-gen option thanks to an exceptional 4K display running at a blisteringly fast 120Hz. It's pretty tasty for PC gaming too thanks to Nvidia G-Sync support.

That 120Hz refresh rate is perfectly-matched for fast-paced 4K gaming like first-person shooters and racing titles as you can make screen-tearing a thing of the past with LG's class-leading TV. And as you'd expect with OLED technology, the black levels are outstanding and LG has really nailed this with a design that sees the CX line completely shut off individual pixels for the darkest scenes. So if you're tired of black scenes merely looking like very dark gray, this is the gaming TV for you.

We're used to seeing most OLED TVs priced out of reach a wide audience, but the LG CX OLEDs are surprisingly affordable considering all the plaudits they've amassed around the world since release. We think the 55-inch model really nails that sweet spot of value and a great size for most homes too. Still an absolute banger and top dog in the race for best 4K TV for gaming this year.

4. Samsung QNQ80T / QEQ80T

One of our favourite 120Hz 4K TV for gaming


Sizes: Sizes: 49, 55, 65, 75, and 85-inches (QE49Q80T, QE55Q80T, QE65Q80T, QE75Q80T and QE85Q80T)

Input lag: 19.7ms (1080/60)

Display type: QLED

Refresh rate : 120Hz


VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Bright, dynamic performer+Free from image burn+Two Game modes

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks Ultra Wide Angle viewing tech

The Q80T is a great gaming TV and that comes from its ability to offer the triumvirate of excellent image quality, 120Hz capability, and downright, sheer bang for buck value. 

Throw in dynamic HDR, superb colour fidelity (and a full-array backlight upping the ante on both of these), and razor-sharp detail, and this is an exceptional package. What with Samsung superseding these once-top-of-the-pyramid panels with the newest NeoQLED range, it's really worth looking at the Q80T range (and similar models) as their prices will become increasingly attractive.

In addition to 4K 120fps support, there’s VRR and ALLM, plus FreeSync support for PC gamers. We also love its OST (Object Sound TrackIng) audio system, which positions speakers both top and bottom of the set, offering a different edge to the best gaming TV.

The icing on the cake is a two-speed Game Mode. Game Motion Plus keeps some picture processing turned on, for maximum eye candy, while hardcore Game mode just improves input lag, to an astonishing 8.7ms (1080/60). 

5. Hisense A6G

A top-quality low-cost screen


Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes (43A6G, 50A6G, 55A6G, 65A6G and 75A6G)

Input lag: 48.2ms (1080/60)

Display type: Direct LED

Refresh rate : 60Hz

HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Not fully - some HDMI 2.1 functionality

Reasons to buy

+A lot of telly-tech for the money+Dolby Vision HDR+Plenty of streaming apps

Reasons to avoid

-No 4k 120Hz HDMI support-Limited HDR brightest

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Best Budget Gaming TV 2021: Cheap 4K TVs For Gaming

You've surely seen the prices of 4K TVs coming down. It's now more or less the case that any TV you see a good deal on will be a 4K model. That's certainly great news for anyone who wants to get a 4K TV, but it also means that you can get 1080p and HD TVs at even lower prices. With that smorgasbord of budget gaming TVs in front of you, and even some 4K TVs, it's not a bad idea to think about snagging a quality gaming TV to enjoy your favorite Xbox Series games, PS5 games, or PC games across a big screen.

Not all of the budget TVs you come across are going equally suited to gaming, though. If you just pick up any budget TV, you might find that it introduces heavy input lag that can make a game feel unplayable, or you may see that turning on the TV's game mode undoes the processing that made its imagery actually look good outside of games. You can forget those worries, though, as we've rounded up a variety of TV models at a number of different budget price points that can do the job for your games. If you're browsing in the UK, click here to find out where you can go to find the most affordable gaming TVs available at the moment.

TL;DR – These are the Best Cheap TVs for Gaming:

1. TCL 55" Class 6-Series Mini-LED QLED 4K UHD Smart Google TV

Best Budget TV for Gaming

TCL 55R646

Screen size: 55" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Mini-LED QLED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz ● Adaptive Sync: VRR ● Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Composite, 1 x RF

TCL knows how to make a great TV more affordable, and the TCL 6-Series 55R646 continues to strike that excellent balance. This TV is $950, so it’s not exactly dirt cheap, but it brings all of the latest TV tech and it’s well equipped for gaming. The display has a 120Hz refresh rate you can continue to use even at 4K thanks to the inclusion of two HDMI 2.1 ports. It also sports variable refresh rate technology so you can take advantage of FreeSync on both consoles.

TCL has also bumped up the HDR experience with Mini-LED QLED display. Between the more advanced Mini LED backlighting and the rich color of QLED, you’ll get some stunning color alongside bright visuals to enjoy Dolby Vision and HDR10+ content. Lastly, the 55-inch 4K panel hits the sweet spot for affordability while providing a sizable screen to see all the action.

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2. TCL 50" Class 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV

Best Ultra Cheap TV for Gaming

TCL 50S535
Screen size: 50" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: QLED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG ● Refresh Rate: 60Hz ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Composite, 1 x RF

TCL knows how to make an affordable TV, and with the TCL 50S535, it made a great option for gamers who are looking for a bigger screen that can fit a smaller budget. This 50-inch TV comes in at $400, which is less than you'd pay for most 4K gaming monitors that are only a quarter the size.

One thing you won't be getting with the TCL 50S535 is speed, but that's just about the only thing you're going to miss out on (and let's be real, you'd need a graphics card more expensive than this TV to exceed 60fps at 4K without making other sacrifices to visuals). TCL has you covered for resolution with its 4K panel. And, you'll still be able to run at 60Hz for decently smooth visuals. You'll get more than resolution though, as this TV's QLED panel has the brightness and color to offer an HDR picture many budget displays will lack. You'll get support for the broadcast-friendly HLG as well as HDR10 and the more premium Dolby Vision. With four HDMI ports, you can plug a bunch of your gaming devices into this TV, and the TV's Auto Game Mode will help ensure you get minimal input latency.

3. Hisense 55" Class U8G Quantum Series ULED Smart TV (2021)

Best Budget 4K TV for Gaming

Hisense 55U8G

Screen size: 55" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Full-Array Local Dimming Quantum ULED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG ● Peak Brightness: 1,500cd/m2 ● Local Dimming Zones: 132 ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz (480Hz Motion Rate) ● Adaptive Sync: FreeSync ● Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Composite, 1 x RF, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Optical Audio Out, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Out

The 55-inch Hisense U8G may not be a shockingly cheap TV at first glance. The $1,000 sticker price does see it fall below a lot of options from other brands, but there are definitely cheaper models. But, if you’re in the market for a 4K TV for gaming that packs in a bunch of extra features that will really deliver more than just an increase in resolution, then the Hisense U8G becomes an impressive value.

This TV brings a Quantum Dot display to the $1,000 price point, allowing you to enjoy the wider color gamut it can present. So, you’re getting more pixels and more color, but Hisense takes it further still. The display uses full-array local dimming with 132 dimming zones to provide sharper contrast to images, with shadows going deeper and highlights shining bright (at up to 1,500 nits). That’ll make HDR10+ and Dolby Vision footage really pop. And, for the glory of gaming, the Hisense U8G even has a 120Hz native refresh rate with FreeSync support.

4. Vizio 43" Class V-Series 4K HDR Smart TV

Cheapest 4K TV for Gaming

Vizio V435-H11
Screen size: 43" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Full-Array LED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG ● Refresh Rate: 60Hz ● Inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.1 (eARC), 1 x Composite, 1 x RF

Getting the best TV isn't always a priority, but there's no good reason not to get the best TV available in your budget. Vizio's 43-inch V-series TV meets a high bar of quality while costing far less than you'd likely expect. This TV is just a bit under $300, but you'll be getting a decently sized screen that delivers 4K visuals.

The picture is improved further by the display's use of full-array backlighting, which can help keep the brightness of the picture uniform – no weird bright corners or edges. The display also supports a variety of HDR formats, including the premium HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. An Auto Game Mode will also help cut down on input lag for a more responsive experience.

5. TCL 55" Class 5-Series QLED Roku Smart TV

Best Budget QLED 4K TV for Gaming

TCL 55S535
Screen size: 55" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: QLED ● Local Dimming Zones: 48 ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG ● Refresh Rate: 60Hz ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0 (1 x eARC), 1 x Composite, 1 x RF

You may not want all the bells and whistles of a high-end TV when you look at the price, but you can actually still get a QLED panel at a bargain. The TCL 5-Series delivers a large, colorful QLED display for under $500. That panel is capable of giving you a 10-bit color depth that makes visuals richer. It even has 48 local dimming zones to improve the contrast of the display and deliver on HDR.

When it comes to gaming, the TCL 5-Series does miss out on some premium features like VRR and high refresh rates, but it offers a low input lag to make sure your games feel responsive. If you want to game at 4K/60 on your gaming PC or a console, this TV will keep up.

6. LG 65" Class 80 Series NanoCell AI ThinQ

Best Budget Big Screen TV for Gaming

Screen size: 65" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Edge-lit LED IPS ● HDR Compatibility: HDR10, HLG, HGiG ● Refresh Rate: 60Hz ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0 (1 x eARC), 1 x RF

The bigger the TV screen, the higher the price (at least most of the time). LG's 65-inch 80 Series NanoCell TV makes an extra large display a bit more attainable, though. This big screen comes in at a flat $1,000. With the LG 80 Series NanoCell TV, you'll be getting a 4K picture that will help you make the most of that 65-inch screen size, and LG's built-in quad-core processor and ThinQ AI can help take non-4K content and upscale it to 4K. You also get LG's Smart TV platform and voice controls, making it easy to find the content you want to watch.

The TV also makes sure it's delivering more than just resolution, as the panel uses dithering to produce a 10-bit color depth and built-in nanoparticles to filter that color for a vibrant image well-suited to HDR. And, for gaming, it can kick into an Auto Low Latency Mode that'll help keep your controls feeling responsive.

7. Vizio 65" Class M-Series Quantum 4K HDR Smartcast TV

Local Dimming at a Bargain

Vizio M65Q7-H1
Screen size: 65" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Full-Array LED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG ● Peak Brightness: 600cd/m2 ● Local Dimming Zones: 30 ●Refresh Rate: 60Hz ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0 (ARC), 1 x Composite, 1 x RF

Affordable local dimming comes with just a $700 price tag, but that also gives you a 65-inch display to enjoy it on with the Vizio M-Series. Not only is this big screen offering a 4K picture, but it combines Vizio's Quantum Color with 30 local dimming zones and a peak brightness of 600 nits for a strong visuals all around.

When it comes to gaming on this display, you won't be able to go over 60Hz, but you get support for a variable refresh rate between 48Hz and 60Hz, letting you avoid screen tearing when your gaming rig has occasional, small dips below 60 FPS. And, this TV kicks in Auto Low Latency Mode while you're gaming, so you can react faster to everything that happens.

8. Samsung 43" Class TU7000 Smart 4K TV

Best Budget Smart 4K TV for Gaming

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Screen size: 43" ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Direct LED ● HDR Compatibility: HDR10+, HLG ●Refresh Rate: 60Hz (120Hz Motion Rate) ● Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.0 (ARC), 1 x RF, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Optical Audio Out, 1 x Ethernet

Samsung is driving down the price of affordable 4K TVs with the 43-inch TU7000. This model comes in at just $300, but you're getting a sizable display with that sharp resolution that's all the rage right now. The clarity of 4K is one thing, but a good TV goes even further with HDR support, and this model offers up HDR10+ for an extra high-quality picture. The TV's Auto Game Mode is also ready to ensure you enjoy your games with low input lag and fast response times.

Where to Get the Best Budget Gaming TVs in the UK

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, so if you're looking to save a little extra cash while completing your set up UK gamers, we're here to help. We couldn't find all the TVs in the UK, but there's still a decent selection available right now. But, if you are looking for a bit more, check out our best 4K TV deals article for an extensive list of great TVs available in the UK

Best Budget 4K TV for Gaming
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What to look for in a Budget Gaming TV

When shopping for a budget gaming TV, expect to make some sacrifices. To stay on a budget under $700 or $500, don't expect to see too many quality screens bigger than 55-inches. You can also basically forget about OLED, as the screen technology demands a premium of $2,000 and up.

There are two ways of going about buying a budget gaming TV: get a big screen with poor image quality or a good quality screen that might be smaller than you want.

I highly suggest going with the latter route as your TV might only be 43-inches, but if it's 4K in resolution and produces accurate colors, you can always sit closer to the screen to remedy its small size.

Having a big screen might be nice, but if it has muted blacks and an off-putting color cast, no amount of distance is going to fix the way it looks. And you certainly can't fix a poor quality display panel on your own.

To 4K or not to 4K

It’s worth taking a moment to discuss whether or not you should buy a 4K TV. Even if you only have a console capable of 1080p gaming (a PS4 Slim or Xbox One S), there are a couple of benefits to buying a 4K TV.

First, there’s High-Dynamic Range (HDR), a feature found almost exclusively in 4K TVs. However, that's not to say all 4K TVs support HDR. Instead, you should look for budget models featuring a peak brightness above 300 nits to get the full HDR effect.

Increasingly, games are starting to support HDR on the PS4 Slim and Xbox One S, and it can make a big difference in image quality. These games will look a lot better on a 4K TV with HDR support than on a 1080p TV without it.

Second, you're running out of options anyway. If you've been shopping for a new TV anytime in the last year, you've probably noticed HD sets aren't the dominant force in TVs they used to be. You're hard-pressed to find a new TV bigger than 49-inches in 1080p.

Manufacturers and consumers to have already moved on. If you do a quick search of 55-inch TVs on Amazon, you're going to find the results are overwhelmingly 4K. That almost sounds concerning, but the prices on 4K TVs have come down much more dramatically, and in a much shorter time, than similarly-sized televisions during the HD era.

Bargain brands like Vizio and TCL have helped push the price of 4K sets down across the board. It's not hard to find a 55-inch 4K TV with tons of features for less than $400, which is pretty amazing if you look at the historical prices of televisions. As little as 20 years ago, 32-inch CRTs were out of reach of most people. Now a 32-inch TV seems almost quaint.

It's almost surprising how quickly 4K is taking over. You've long been able to get 4K computer monitors, but with the new round of the best graphics cards for gaming, you can now actually take advantage of all those pixels. Gaming laptops, too, are starting to squeeze in those new GPUs, making 4K closer to the norm than the exception. So what's next for display technology? Why 8K of course.

Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

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When You Should Consider A Gaming Monitor Over A TV

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.

10 Best Gaming TVs for PS4, Xbox or PC

Let’s take a quick look at the best gaming TVs based on their specifications and reviews on Amazon.

1. TCL 55R617 4K TV

TCL 55R617 - 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model)Check Price On Amazon

This TCL gaming TV has a quality 4K HDR panel that’s great if you’re looking to upgrade your smart home living room experience without breaking the bank.

It offers HDR via Dolby Vision format, which competes with HDR10, and delivers deeper blacks and more vivid highlights with a rich and broad color spectrum that makes images pop. It also has contrast control zones for better differentiation between bright and dark portions of the screen and smoother contrast gradient.

Overall, the TV gives a greater sense of depth, especially in games with busy scenes where there are complicated lighting sources, such as Assassin’s Creed Origins.

TCL has included its impressive iPQ engine technology that ensures the panel displays clearer and more vivid images even in full sunlight or dark environments. Also included is a built-in Roku OS for easy access to major media streaming services without extra hardware, and voice controlled remote.

However, the refresh rate is not as great but it isn’t a deal breaker for its price range, but generally, you’re getting a well-rounded, high-performance panel, which can hardly be found anywhere.

Screen size: 55 inches | Panel technology: LED | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Curved: No | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Smart TV: Yes | Dimensions: 1231(w) x 777(h) x 271(d)mm


  • Great price
  • Lightning fast input lag (17.9ms)
  • Great contrast levels for punchy pictures


  • Color richness isn’t on OLED-level

2. LG 49SK8000PUA 4K TV

LG Electronics 65SK8000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model)

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Once again, LG delivers an affordable budget gaming 4K TV set, which may not deliver black levels as well as some expensive sets, but it still offers impressive motion handling.

Gamers will appreciate this 4K gaming TV for this and its color accuracy, which are a lot better than what you’d get from an ordinary television. It may not have great edge-lit dimming, but this isn’t such an issue when playing in a room that’s reasonably well-lit.

For fast-paced games, however, the SK8000 LG gaming TV is fantastic with its insanely fast input lag at 14.2ms, which is just about the lowest from a TV, besides its affordable price level.

If deep black levels aren’t a concern for you, then this LG set is good, but if you pony up, you could get a QLED or OLED TV if you’re sold on such tech. But if the refresh rate on this TV excites you, it’s a perfect one to have.

Screen size: 49 inches | Panel technology: LED | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Curved: No | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Smart TV: Yes | Dimensions: 1236(w) x 774(h) x 248(d)mm


  • Great price for quality specs
  • Lightning fast input lag
  • Motion handling is impressive


  • Underwhelming black levels (may appear grayish)

3. TCL 50FS3800 50-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

TCL 50FS3800 50-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

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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


  • Budget-friendly price
  • Great smart Roku TV features


  • Average picture quality
  • No Ethernet port

4. Samsung UN40KU6300 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Samsung UN55KU6300 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

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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


  • HD PurColor technology enhances the color with UHD dimming for sharp color and contrast
  • Affordable price
  • UHD upscaling picture engine
  • Low input lag


  • Suffers from judder issues
  • Below average light reflection

5. Hisense 32H3B1 32-Inch 720p LED TV

Hisense 32H3B1 32-Inch 720p LED TV (2016 Model)Check Price On Amazon

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


  • Value for money
  • Nice viewing angle
  • 4HDMI port
  • Good contrast for the price2


  • No 3D support, smart features neither web apps
  • Long input lag

6. LG UK6300PUE 4K TV

If you’re looking for the best small TV for 4K gaming with your Xbox One, PC, or PS4, this LG is a brilliant set to have for your space, or even a second room in your house.

Being an LG TV, you know you’ll get cutting edge technology, and this one doesn’t disappoint either. It packs 4K with HDR10 and genuinely impressive colors for an LED panel TV.

The refresh rate is at 60 Hz with ease, and beyond that, it has built-in Google Assistance, which means it can be voice controlled, and an excellent LG UI to access menus and adjust features easily.

The UK6300 also has in-plane switching technology that delivers vibrant colors, regardless of the viewing angle, and still gets the best picture possible. For connectivity, it comes with 3 HDMI ports and the sound doesn’t disappoint, but you can use a decent gaming headset or external sound system for a better experience.

Screen size: 43 inches | Panel technology: LED | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Curved: No | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Smart TV: Yes | Dimensions: 8.50 x 38.50 x 24.80 Inches


  • Great price
  • Brilliant 4K set
  • Built-in Google Assistant
  • Excellent viewing angles


Also Read: Best Budget 40 Inch 4K Gaming TVs Under $1000

7. LG 55LH5750 55-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV

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


  • User-friendly smart-TV interface
  • Average brightness and reflections


  • No 4k or HDR support
  • Narrow viewing angle

8. Samsung QN55Q6FN QLED 4K TV

Samsung is one of the leading names when it comes to 4K TVs, but the best gaming TVs in the brand’s range are the QLEDs from the mighty Q90R to the plucky NU6900.

Most of these TVs have panels tuned specifically to enhance 4K play, as well as movies and other shows you watch on your home TV.

However, they’re a close match to the LG OLEDs with mid-range LED sets packed with gaming enhancements and features that are great with Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

The QLED panel makes colors brighter than any other panel type and this Q6 TV is among one of the best gaming TVs on the market today, with prices dropping by the day.

Its blacks may not match that of the LG OLED TV, but it’s panel exhibits colors that are way brighter than the standard LED set, managing about 1500 nits. Although it has since been replaced by its successor, the Q60, the Q9 or Q90R are more advanced, though pricier. This TV still offers some of the best gaming performance you’ll find.

The Q6 offers a 21ms response rate, with sharp images and excellent picture tweaking features that you can access from its fast UI. However, the sound isn’t as great but this doesn’t mean it delivers poor sound.

Screen size: 55 inches | Panel technology: QLED | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Curved: No | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Smart TV: Yes | Dimensions: 1226(w) x 777 (h) x 50 (d)mm | Ports: 4x HDMI, 2x USB ports and composite connection


  • Fast panel
  • Great design
  • Vibrant picture


  • Colors not as rich as OLED


If you have the budget for it, an LG OLED is the best gaming TV as it’ll transform how you experience gaming, media streaming, and movies too. OLED technology lets you experience rich colors at the best possible levels, so blacks are deep black, reds are very red, and blues are the bluest they can be.

This OLED gaming TV delivers a highly intense gaming experience in every scenario with great viewing angles so you can sit anywhere without suffering color drops at any angle.

It has a ‘traditional’ look with a clear, ultra-skinny stand designed to make the picture seem as if its floating mid-air for a truly immersive gaming experience.

Additionally, the 8 series sports an impressive new alpha 9 processor that enhances HDR pictures, making them brighter than previous LG OLED TVs.

Your games will appear more dynamic in HDR10 mode when Dynamic Tone Mapping is enabled, and the responsive input lag is just 21.4ms so the TV will perform as great as it looks.

Screen size: 55 inches | Panel technology: OLED | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Curved: No | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Dimensions: 1226(w) x 777(h) x 50(d)mm


  • Striking design
  • Built-in Google assistant
  • Peerless black performance
  • Great contrast and color range
  • Incredible OLED screen


  • Pricey
  • No Google Cast support

10. Samsung UN60KS8000

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


  • Great picture quality
  • Input lag time is quite low
  • Great for HDR gaming and movies
  • Bright image and handles reflection well


  • Picture quality is poor at an angle


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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The best gaming TVs: High refresh rates, HDMI 2.1 and more

The best gaming TVs make sure you get your favorite games at their best, from picture-perfect 4K visuals and clear sound to competitive frame rates and support for the latest features. Every game system has its specific set of connections and standards, so we've also found the best TVs for any game system you might own, from a new PS5 or Xbox Series X to a Nintendo Switch or custom-built gaming PC. 

Of the dozens of TVs we review every year, only a few can offer exactly what you need for optimal gaming, so we've highlighted the TVs that offer short lag times and great color quality, so you get an excellent TV for gaming and for everything else you want to watch. And since not everyone is ready to game in 4K, we've included some full HD options, as well.

Whether you want the latest features and dazzling eye candy or just need a basic TV for old-school fun, these are the best gaming TVs you can buy.

What are the best gaming TVs?

Of all the best gaming TVs, our favorite is the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED, which uses quantum dots and mini-LED backlighting to offer nearly OLED-level quality while still delivering killer gaming performance. Combine that with HDMI 2.1 support and gamer-friendly features, including adjustable aspect ratios for ultra-widescreen PC gaming,  it's an incredible gaming TV.

For something that's just as impressive, but that's usually sold for under $1,000, the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is an incredible value, boasting impressive gaming capability and forward-looking features, without the premium price.

The best gaming TVs you can buy today

1. Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV

A premium QLED for premium gaming


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches

Screen Type: Neo QLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

Lag Time: 12.6 ms

HDR support: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 HDMI 2.1)

Reasons to buy

+Beautiful, thin design+Neo QLED delivers incredible brightness+Impressive anti-glare abilities+New solar-chargeable remote

Reasons to avoid

-Visible blooming at times-Just one HDMI 2.1 port-No Dolby Vision support

If you're willing to pay more for a top-of-the-line experience, the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K TV is one of the best gaming TVs you can buy, and the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for best gaming TV. The Neo QLED TV combines Samsung's highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, resulting in one of the best TV displays you'll ever see. Brilliant color and unmatched brightness make for superb performance, and Samsung pairs that with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries – delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.

The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we've ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes standard, along with gamer-friendly features and impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time for an unparalleled gaming experience.

Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.

2. TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

Incredible gaming value


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches

Screen Type: QLED

Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Lag Time: 21.5 ms

HDR Support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Ports: 4 HDMI

Reasons to buy

+Excellent QLED and mini-LED display+Great gaming performance+THX Game Mode and future-proofed features

Reasons to avoid

-Sound is a little weak-Roku is missing some of the latest apps

If you want one of the best gaming TVs on the market, the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is the best value, hands down. While all modern TVs have a low-latency game mode, the TCL 6-Series R635 is the first to get THX Certified Game Mode, which not only strips out the extra video processing that would slow down the response time for the player, it also meets a bunch of other criteria for high-quality images. These stringent requirements look at everything from color quality and refresh rates to rise time, which measures how quickly the TV can handle dark-to-light transitions, essential for fast-paced games.

The 6-Series also supports all of the gaming-oriented features of HDMI 2.1 connectivity, like Auto-Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which switches to game mode as soon as the console is turned on, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), which matches the screen to the frame-by-frame output coming from the TV, synchronizing the two for judder-free gaming. All that feature support makes it ideal for handling the 4K, high-frame-rate gaming offered by the PS5 and Xbox Series X later this year.

Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review.


The best OLED gaming TV


Available Screen Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Lag Time: 13.1 ms

HDR Support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1

Reasons to buy

+Stunning picture+Speedy responsiveness+HDMI 2.1 connectivity+Nvidia G-Sync support

Reasons to avoid

-Relatively high price

The LG CX OLED isn't just our favorite 4K smart TV from 2020, it's also one of the best gaming TVs you can buy. The CX's slim OLED display is gorgeous, and it boasts some of the fastest response times we've seen, with a tested lag time of 13.1 milliseconds. It also packs other gamer-friendly features, like a full set of HDMI 2.1 ports, ready to offer full connectivity for next-gen consoles, and Nvidia G-Sync capability for PC gaming.

On top of that, it's an incredible TV, with tons of smart features, like built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, integrated smart home controls and an intuitive motion-control remote, and even AI-powered features for better video and audio quality and smarter content recommendations. With Dolby Vision IQ, it even tweaks HDR to look better in different lighting.

Read our full LG CX OLED review.

4. Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1)

A game-ready OLED bargain


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Lag Time: 21 ms

HDR Support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1

Reasons to buy

+Ultra-low price for an OLED+Generally strong picture and audio quality+SmartCast provides plenty of smart features and free video content

Reasons to avoid

-Gaming performance could be better-Cumbersome stand

The Vizio OLED TV is the most affordable OLED TV on the market, and the first to offer a more budget-friendly alternative to offerings from LG and Sony in the United States. Selling for hundreds of dollars less than the competition, the Vizio OLED packs plenty of smart features alongside the 4K OLED display, and delivers the sort of premium picture quality that normally costs much more. Most notable is a slew of HDMI 2.1 features, like auto game mode, variable refresh rate and up to 120Hz refresh rate support for extremely smooth gaming.

Vizio's SmartCast smart TV platform has also expanded its app selection significantly, and all of the major apps you might want – from Netflix to Disney+ – are available right on the TV. The few that aren't offered on the home screen (HBO Max is the most glaring omission) can still be enjoyed through the TV's built-in Google Cast and AirPlay 2 support. Combine all of this with an improved remote control design and great sound with better-than-average bass, and you've got one of the best TV values of the year, and the easy pick for affordable OLED TVs.

Read our full Vizio OLED TV review. 

5. Hisense U8G Android TV

Quantum color and HDMI 2.1 for less


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches

Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

Lag time: 17.5 ms

HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

Ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)

Reasons to buy

+Very bright+Excellent sharpness, color and contrast+Low lag time

Reasons to avoid

-Overactive motion smoothing-Mediocre viewing angles

For a more affordable option that still delivers HDMI 2.1 connectivity and features – not to mention killer gaming performance – it's hard to beat the Hisense U8G Android TV. With quantum dots for bold color, brightness that beats most competing TVs and the rich features of Android TV, with Chromecast, Google Assistant and room-listening mics for hands-free voice control, it's a great TV, even for non-gamers. But the low lag time and up-to-date connectivity make it a choice TV for gamers that want the latest features.

A pair of HDMI 2.1 ports deliver support for 4K gaming at 120Hz, automatic low latency mode, variable refresh rate and AMD FreeSync, giving you convenience and smooth game play to go with the low 17.5 milliseconds of lag. It even keeps things affordable, with the 55-inch model selling for less than $1,000. Pretty impressive for one of the best Android TVs on the market.

Read our full Hisense U8G Android TV review.

6. TCL 4-Series Roku TV (S435)

A great 4K gaming TV for less


Available Screen Sizes: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches

Screen Type: LED

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

HDMI ports: 3 HDMI 2.1 (1 ARC)

Lag Time: 14.1

HDR Support: HDR10, HLG

Reasons to buy

+Excellent value-priced 4K+Good color fidelity+Solid Roku skills

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Vision support-Minimal sound adjustments-Picture adjustments are difficult to find

The TCL 4 Series Roku TV, is one of the best TV values you'll find in any size, especially if you want a solid gaming TV that gives you 4K resolution without all the expensive extras. It has good color accuracy and supports HDR10 — but not Dolby Vision — for improved contrast. It uses Roku’s system software, which provides one of the best smart TV experiences available and has plenty of apps to choose from. With a low lag time of 14 milliseconds, this set also will handle fast-paced gaming well.

Often sells for less than you’ll find bargain 1080p TVs, the TCL 4 Series is missing a few features that more expensive TVs deliver. It lacks local dimming, so the HDR performance isn’t as good as it could be. It also has weak speakers, with little bass and limited power. If this is going to be your main TV, consider adding a soundbar to overcome the sound issues.

Read our full TCL 4-Series Roku TV (S435) review.

7. Toshiba C350 Fire TV (2021 model)

A killer Amazon Fire TV


Available Screen Sizes: 43, 50, 55 inches

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 ARC)

Lag time: 10.7 ms

HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10

Reasons to buy

+Responsive Fire TV+Good color in standard mode+Low lag time

Reasons to avoid

-Flat HDR-Inconsistent backlighting

The Toshiba C350 Fire TV is the 2021 addition to the small family of Amazon-powered smart TVs, offering good features and decent performance for its extremely affordable price. It's also a killer 4K gaming TV, with a 10.7-millisecond lag time that's one of the best we've ever seen. It lacks HDMI 2.1 and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but if you're still enjoying your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, you won't be disappointed. And even players on the newer PS5 and Xbox Series X won't be missing much, thanks to the Toshiba's excellent color accuracy and Dolby Vision HDR support.

It's a decent example of the Fire TV template, combining good-enough 4K picture quality, impressively short lag times, and Amazon's great Fire TV smart features, like built-in Alexa voice control, a pretty big app store and (of course) an interface that puts Amazon's Prime Video service front and center. With even the largest 55-inch model selling for less than $500 (and likely much less during sales events), it's one of the smartest affordable TVs you can get.

Read our full Toshiba C350 Fire TV review.

8. Vizio V-Series (2020 model)

An affordable gaming alternative


Available Screen Sizes: 40, 43, 50 55, 58, 65, 70, 75 inches

Screen Type: LED

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

HDMI ports: 3 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)

Lag Time: 13.1 ms

HDR Support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG

Reasons to buy

+Super affordable price+Good connectivity+Good response for gamers

Reasons to avoid

-Low brightness-Weak audio

If low prices are what you're after, then the Vizio V-Series (2020 model) might be just the budget-friendly 4K smart TV you're after. It's also one of the only TVs on the market to support both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats, making it a great pick for movie-lovers. With exceptional affordability, decent smarts from Vizio's SmartCast software and great gaming capabilities, it's a fantastic bargain, even when it's not on sale – and it frequently is, with steep discounts occurring throughout the year.

A trio of HDMI 2.1 ports deliver gaming-friendly features like auto low latency mode and impressively short lag times of just 13.1 milliseconds. If you want great gaming performance for less, this is definitely the budget gaming TV to get. But keep in mind that this is a 60Hz display, so variable refresh rates and high refresh rates are off the table. And general performance is decent enough, but the brightness isn't great and the audio would benefit from adding a soundbar.

Read our full Vizio V-Series (2020 model) review.

9. TCL 3 Series Roku TV (32S327)

A Full HD TV that's great for Nintendo Switch


Screen size: 32 inches

Resolution: 1080p

HDMI Ports: 3

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

Dimensions: 28.8 x 17.1 x 3.0 inches

Smart TV: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Good for gaming+Alexa and Google voice control

Reasons to avoid

-Mediocre performance

The TCL 3 Series Roku TV (32S327) is a small 32-inch set that's soft on your wallet. For under $200, it's perfect for playing Nintendo Switch games on the big screen – even if that screen fits into the smallest of game rooms. It also offers both full Roku access and a smart home device that cooperates with your Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystems.

Though the 325327's performance is far from premium, the 1920 x 1080p resolution satisfies for the screen's size. And it's excellent for gaming, with a lag time of 12.3 milliseconds. It may not offer 4K resolution, but the full HD display makes it perfect for the Nintendo Switch and any older consoles you might own.

Read our full TCL 3 Series Roku TV (32S327) review.

How to choose the best gaming TVs for you

When it comes to picking the best 4K gaming TV, there are several factors to consider.

Refresh rate: You'll want to check the TV's frame rate, often listed as the refresh rate. Most current TVs will offer a 60Hz refresh rate, which means that the TV refreshes the picture 60 times per second. Given that most current consoles and games top out at 60 frames per second, this is an ideal match. However, the latest systems demand better, with the new  PS5 and Xbox Series X  consoles offering frame rates up to 120Hz. If you want a TV that will handle next gen gaming, you'll need something that supports 120Hz, as well.

Lag time: The other major aspect of a good gaming TV is lag time, which encompasses the interval between an image or button press registering on the console and the resulting change displaying on screen. Measured in milliseconds, we recommend sticking to less than 30 millisecond lag times for any gaming, but more competitive gamers will want to find sets with lag times shorter than 20 milliseconds for the best performance.

Screen size: Size is another element to consider. A larger TV will fill your field of vision, making for a more immersive gaming experience. Just don't go too big; you want to be able to clearly see everything on the screen. Our guide answers the old question: What size TV do I need?

Design: One additional point to consider is the physical design of the TV. The thinner the set's bezels, the more immersive gaming and picture will be. Port placement will also be a significant factor is you need to disconnect your game system with any regularity - some TVs have easily accessible connections, but others do not, and your own setup will vary depending upon whether or not you choose to wall-mount your TV.

Smart features: Don't skimp on smart features if you plan to use your new TV outside of gaming. Smart TVs let you use your favorite apps and streaming services, mirror content from your phone or tablet, and provide a blend of online and over-the-air options for cord-cutters. 

Price: Budgets play a pretty important role in people's decision making, which is why we include TVs that will support gaming for less than $500. These affordable options prove that you can get a great TV for 4K gaming without spending more than you paid for the console itself. Save a few bucks and go buy the game you really want to enjoy.

How we test the best gaming TVs

We put every TV we review through a series of benchmark tests to measure different aspects of performance, like color accuracy, brightness, lag times and more. We use the results to supplement anecdotal impressions gathered through hours of hands-on evaluation, which includes everything from watching movie clips and streaming Netflix to gaming with the latest console and games.

To test actual gaming capability, we spend time using every TV with an Xbox One X, playing current titles and checking the compatibility of features on each TV. Where it makes sense to do so, we'll also adjust the TV settings to enable all of the features the console offers. In most cases, this doesn't require anything more than switching to the TV's game mode, but in some instances, we'll also need to adjust the TV's input settings to allow the full range of features to be supported, such as higher frame rates and HDR gaming capability.

When evaluating how well-suited a TV is for 4K gaming, we take a fresh look at specific test results, namely refresh rate and lag time, which both play into how well a set will display fast-paced games and handle the responsiveness they require. This is on top of our usual observations about image detail, color quality, brightness and features.

What you need to get your game on

Once you pick one of the best 4K gaming TVs above and your choice of gaming platform, you'll need to get a few details straightened out before you can enjoy high-resolution gaming.

ConsoleHDMI StandardResolution and refresh rate
PS5, Xbox Series X HDMI 2.14K @ 120Hz or 8K @ 60Hz
PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, Xbox One SHDMI 2.04k @ 60Hz
Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox OneHDMI 1.41080p and 720p

You'll also need to check your settings. On the console, enable 4K and HDR content. On the TV, you'll want to check  that HDR content is accepted from external devices. For optimal color support, you'll also want to enable higher bit-rates. The specifics will vary from one TV to the next, but most manufacturers have instructions online for getting set up with a console.

Best gaming TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X

Now that the  PS5 or Xbox Series X  have arrived, it's clear that the new gaming systems have capabilities that demand more from TVs. From new connectivity standards to extremely high resolutions, even the best 4K TVs for gaming might come up short when you bring home one of the latest gaming consoles.

Support for 4K gaming is already significant, and it’ll continue to grow. Recent news is bring greater focus on TVs for gaming, with Sony announcing two "Ready-for-PS5" TVs and TCL launching the first TV with THX certified game mode.

If you're in the market for a TV to go with one of the newest consoles, there are three key features you'll want to take into account: connectivity, frame rates and resolution.

Resolution: Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will eventually be able to handle much higher resolutions, with the promise of games playable at 8K Ultra HD or 7680 × 4320 pixels in a future update. While we don't recommend jumping to 8K just yet – and neither console offers 8K support at this time – there's a case to be made for gamers who want to embrace the new higher resolution experience.

Frame rates: Both consoles offer 4K gaming at 120 Hz, doubling or even quadrupling the current frame rates you can get and producing smooth, judder-free gameplay as a result.

Connectivity: To handle the new 8K and high refresh rates offered by the new consoles, both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 use the HDMI 2.1 standard. Since most current TVs don't support 2.1 connectivity, you'll need to either upgrade your TV and cables, or accept the reduced resolution and frame rates offered over the older 2.0 standard.

Best gaming TV for Nintendo Switch

 The Nintendo Switch does double duty as both a mobile device for gaming on the go as well as a game console that connects to your TV. We love the Switch – our Nintendo Switch review says that it's "a fantastic console for all kinds of gamers." 

But it does have one downside, with the Switch Dock outputting only 1080p resolution to TVs. At a time when 4K gaming is not only possible, but becoming standard on other consoles, it's a bit disappointing to still be gaming like it's 2006. (And current speculation suggest that the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro with 4K may never arrive.) Those more powerful consoles aren't remotely portable, and the Switch offers a great gaming experience whether you're on the subway or on your living room couch.

Does that mean you should pick up a TV with full HD resolution to use with your Switch? Not necessarily. You can pick up some full HD TVs for dirt cheap – we have some full HD TVs you can get for less than $200, but we don't recommend going that route. That may be sufficient for gaming on your Switch, but everything else you want to watch will also be stuck using the lower resolution, and 4K is affordable enough that you should definitely go with a 4K smart TV. 

Best gaming TV for PS4 Pro

The PS4 Pro is the first console from Sony that can game at 4K resolution, and that's reason enough to pick up a 4K TV if you haven't already. The original PlayStation 4 topped out at 1080p, with 4K playback reserved exclusively for photos and videos, not games. Thanks to improved hardware and streamlined rendering, you can finally enjoy games like Mortal Kombat 11 or Red Dead Redemption 2 in all their high-resolution splendor. 

That said, only about half of the current PS4 Pro titles that have been released have 4K support at all. That doesn't mean that 4K is a waste of time, though, since most current games will offer something better than 1080p, and upscale the results for  4K displays. If you want the best-looking version of a game, the PS4 Pro can deliver it.

The PS4 Pro also offers support for high dynamic range (HDR) content, which lets games and other media take advantage of the better brightness, color gamut and contrast that new panels can offer. Thanks to this new standard, images offer richer depth and color in games that support it. Although few games at present offer HDR support, the new standard is gaining ground, and more games will include it going forward. Keep an eye out for games that say "PS4 Pro Enhanced," which indicates that a game offers both 4K and HDR support.

Best gaming TVs for Xbox One X and Xbox One S

Microsoft's Xbox One was a great console already, but with the release of the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X, you can finally go beyond 1080p. The Xbox One S is an evolutionary step forward from the original Xbox One with both 4K and HDR support, but it uses upscaling to present games at their best on ultra-HD TVs.

The Xbox One X, on the other hand, offers native 4K support, meaning that the games are actually rendered at the higher resolution instead of simply being upscaled for the higher-resolution display. In either case, your games will look far better than they did on a 1080p HDTV. 

However, you'll want to pay attention to frame rates and how they match up to the refresh rates of the TV you're considering. Most games that can hit 4K resolution will do so at 30 fps, but a few, like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, will pump out an impressive 60 fps.

The Xbox One X also has Dolby Vision support, offering best-in-class HDR support for the console. While Xbox games aren't yet offering Dolby Vision-based gaming, the console will support the enhanced HDR standard for apps and streaming content, including 4K movies on Netflix and other streaming services.

For those that deliver the full triple threat of 4K resolution, HDR support and 60 fps, you'll want a 4K TV that can do the same. Thankfully, there's no need to shell out extra for the 120Hz premium displays of our top models unless you want that for your non-gaming enjoyment.

Best gaming TV for PC gaming

Even in the PC world, gaming in full 8K resolution is still a rarified experience, reserved for the best gaming PCs out there. The reason is simple: Most hardware can deliver either high frame rates or 4K resolution, but going 8K is still an impressive feat. The latest Nvidia 30-series cards can handle gaming in 4K and even 8K, as can current AMD Radeon RX 5000 and 6000 cards. But these cards can't sustain 8K play for long periods, and the dearth of 8K-enabled games makes it a tough sell, even when you have the gear to do it.

If you're really cooking with these latest cards, or older cards in an SLI or Crossfire configuration, then you'll want a good 4K TV that can show off the eye candy you paid so much for. In that case, you'll need a TV with a higher refresh rate, and that means stepping up to a 120Hz panel.

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Best gaming TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X


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By Henry St Leger

Our picks of the best gaming TV for PS5, Xbox Series X, or even last-gen models

Included in this guide:

The best gaming TVs can seem like they're a dime a dozen, with tons of great models available at solid prices. No matter whether you're after the best 4K TV for PS5, the best 4K TV for Xbox Series X/S, or a top-notch 1080p display for your Nintendo Switch or Switch OLED, we've got something in this guide to suit you.

In fact, even if you're not a huge gamer, you might want to check out the models we've highlighted below. Why is that? Well, as is the case with the best gaming PCs, the best gaming TVs you can buy usually cover all fronts when it comes to the end user experience. They're great for gaming, sure, but remember in most cases you're getting features like 4K and HDR (high dynamic range), which serve to present a higher quality picture and a wider color gamut respectively.

So what should you look for when picking out a new gaming TV?

We’re now well in the midst of a new wave of TV technologies, with HDMI 2.1 acting as the gold standard for accurate display of 4K/120Hz gameplay, as well as reliable variable refresh rate performance and input lag-reduction. As such, there’s never been a better time to look at buying one of the best gaming TVs.

Plus, there’s no reason to miss out if you’re sticking to older consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One, or the 1080p-maxed Nintendo Switch. The best gaming TVs featured here still offer crystal clear image quality and low input lag, which can certainly make more colorful titles like Super Mario Odyssey or Fortnite really pop.

And if 60Hz isn’t enough for your gaming needs, you may want to consider looking at a TV that supports higher frame rates. In which case, you should check out our best 120Hz 4K TV buying guide to suit your needs.

Certain gaming TVs may be better suited better to one console over another, too. For instance, some new Sony TVs will be automatically calibrated by a PS5. When they're connected, a PS5 will soon be able to enable Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode. Auto HDR Tone Mapping will automatically recognize individual Bravia XR TV models and select the best HDR setting for the TV accordingly while Auto Genre Picture Mode switches the TV between Game Mode and Standard Mode depending on whether you’re watching a Blu-ray on the PS5 or playing a game rather than just staying in Game Mode after booting up the console – so it's worth going with a high-end Sony TV if you want the most features.

We have vast amounts of experience when it comes to reviewing the best gaming TVs on the market – and while keeping track of PS5 restocks remains a frustratingly difficult task, those of you lucky enough to own Sony’s elusive console – or the Xbox Series X/S or Nintendo Switch – need look no further than the gaming TVs listed below.

Best TV for PS5

Best TV for PS5: Sony X90J 4K TV

Sony finally makes a gaming TV deserving of its PS5 console


Available sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75-inch

Input lag: 17ms

Refresh rate: 4K/120Hz


HDMI 2.1: Yes (x2)

Reasons to buy

+Best-in-class image quality+Easy setup and Google TV

Reasons to avoid

-Lingering HDMI issues-Slight screen glare

The Sony X90J 4K TV sees the company behind the PS5 finally get its TVs in line. While last year's Sony TV range was marred by inconsistent support for HDMI 2.1, this year's range gets the input standard right, with two HDMI 2.1 ports for connecting next-gen games consoles. 

The X90J has a 120Hz panel with 4K resolution and two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for your PS5, with VRR (variable refresh rate) and ALLM (auto low latency mode, for sub-10ms lag) to really up your gaming experience. Just be sure to head into the picture settings and switch on 'Enhanced format' for your selected HDMI port, otherwise you won't get the benefit of its 2.1 specification. There's no VRR, though as the PS5 still doesn't support it, that shouldn't be an issue here either.

It has excellent image quality, thanks in part to a new Cognitive XR processor rolled out to Sony's top 2021 sets, making for excellent upscaling and contrast control. The X90J also sports the new Google TV smart platform, for easy setup and broad app support as well as the perks of Google Cast from Android devices.

There are still a few lingering issues, including some middling off-axis viewing and struggles with direct daylight – and the X90J will no doubt be beaten by the capabilities of its step-up X95J model for a small uptick in cost. Still, the Sony X90J succeeds in delivering stellar performance for a reasonable price. 

Read the full review:Sony X90J 4K TV

Best TV for Xbox Series X

Best TV for Xbox Series X: LG C1 OLED

New for 2021, the LG C1 OLED is the current king of TVs


Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77-inch

Input lag: 6ms

Refresh rate: 4K/120Hz

VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes (x4)

Reasons to buy

+Beautiful 4K/HDR picture+Four HDMI 2.1 ports

Reasons to avoid

-Reflective glass surface-No HDR10+

If you want the best gaming TV with a knockout OLED screen, then the LG C1 is your best bet.

With a 4K OLED display, you can expect truly breathtaking black levels and an 'infinite' contrast ratio (the range between the darkest and brightest parts of the screen) to a level the gaming TV above can only dream of.

You're getting four dedicated HDMI 2.1 ports (ideal for plugging in multiple consoles) and even comes with a new Game Optimiser menu that gives you the option to quickly adjust brightness, contrast and VRR (variable refresh rate) on the fly. You can expect 4K/120fps support for any compatible games, too, as well as sub-1ms input lag. 

With Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos support, too, you'll be able to make the most of out your Xbox Series X – given the PS5 doesn't currently support these technologies.

All in all, the LG C1 is a massively specified television, and LG's work to attract gamer's is very clear, especially with the addition of Nvidia FreeSync support last year for those hooking up a gaming PC to their television. You can always opt for last year's LG CX too, which has largely the same specifications for a little less cost.

If you have concerns around image retention, when static sections of a picture (say, a HUD) are looped so often that they permanently mark the panel, we wouldn't worry. This isn't a sizeable risk, especially since OLED TV makers have developed 'screen shift' technologies to regularly adjust the placement of onscreen pictures to help prevent this (via LG).

Read the full review:LG C1 OLED

More gaming TVs

Best TV for PS4 / Xbox One: Samsung Q80T QLED TV

A mid-range Samsung QLED with low, low input lag


Available sizes: 49, 55, 65, 75, 82-inch

Input lag: 8.7ms

Refresh rate: 4K/120Hz

VRR: Yes

HDMI 2.1: No

Reasons to buy

+Very low input lag+OTS audio

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Vision support-No Freeview Play

Sure, there are more expensive new Samsung TVs out there, but none make the case for gaming quite like the Samsung Q80T. As much as we'd like to recommend higher-end models like the Q95T or (moving into 8K territory) the Q950TS, it's the Q80T that really nails that price-performance ratio. (It's no coincidence you'll find it in our guide to the best 65-inch TVs too.)

Launched in 2020, it was the cheapest Samsung QLED with a full-array backlight, meaning you don't have to skimp with an edge-lit display (like last year's Q60R). Despite the name, it's also the successor to last year's Q70R, which previously topped this guide – but beating the Q70R's 14ms input lag with an exceptionally low 8.7ms. That means you'll get as little delay as possible between button mashing your controller and seeing the action onscreen.

That figure is reached by turning off Game Motion Plus (which reduces screen judder), but even without it you'll get a respectable 19.7ms.

There's only one HDMI 2.1 port, so this is the best gaming TV for you only if you stick to the PS5 or the Xbox Series X and not both – or don't mind plugging and unplugging every time to want to switch devices. But as a slightly older model compared to the top screens above, this might be the best bet for a gamer still using an Xbox One or PS4, who wants good gaming performance without a truly next-gen price tag.

The OTS sound system also means you're getting some serious audio credentials – whether you're listening to the cry of enemies or the ambient sounds of walking simulators.

You won't get Dolby Vision here, either, so if you are looking for a PS5 TV, this should still be a decent choice in the long run.

Read the full review:Samsung Q80T QLED TV


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The 5 Best Small TVs - Fall 2021 Reviews

The best small TV for gaming is the Sony KD-43X85J. It's a well-rounded mid-range model that has a few extra gaming features. It's a good choice for gaming in both dark and bright environments, and the built-in Google TV has a ton of apps available to download if you don't want to stream content through your gaming console. Although we tested the 55 inch size, the 43 inch variant should perform the same.

It has a 120Hz panel with two HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you can easily play 4k games up to 120fps from either the Xbox Series X or PS5. It doesn't have any variable refresh rate support at the time of writing, but that should come in a future firmware update. Input lag at 120Hz is low, and even though it increases a bit with 60Hz content, it's still low enough for competitive gamers. Motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time, and it has a black frame insertion feature that flickers at 120Hz. If you game in the dark, it has a fantastic contrast ratio, and it gets bright enough to combat glare for gaming well-lit rooms.

Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast. Also, its reflection handling is just decent, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a bright window. On the plus side, it displays a wide color gamut and has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Overall, it's the best small TV for gaming that we've tested.

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