Best 4K TV for Gaming with Low Input Lag Time

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Best 4K TV for Gaming

Gaming consoles are just getting better and better as years pass. They have evolved at an exponential pace that it would be a bummer if you hook up your new PS4 or XBOX up to an ordinary 1080p television.

There are many reasons why an ordinary or old fashion high-resolution TVs will not be enough if you hook it up with the latest game consoles.

The apparent reason can be found when compare a regular full HD 1080p TV which only has 1920×1080 resolution, meanwhile 4K televisions able to provide 3840×2160 resolution. Hence, you are getting superb color accuracy plus with 8 million pixels it makes graphics clearer and crisper.

Top 4K Gaming TVs in 2019

When it comes to choosing a good television, there is no “one size fits all” principle. You need to determine what you need and choose the best product that offers you a great deal.

Below are the top 4K televisions that has been proven given superb experience for gamers.

Product NameMax. Refresh RateInput Lag TimeGame Mode
Capable?
Display
Technology
LG OLED55C7P120 hz21msYesOLED
Sony XBR55X930E120 Hz26msYesLED
LG 55SJ8500120 hz15msYesLED
Samsung UN55MU6300120 Hz20msYesLED
TCL 55C807120 Hz16msYesLED
LG OLED55B7A120 Hz21msYesOLED
lag time score in 4k @ 60Hz with game mode on

1. LG OLED55C7P – Best OLED TV Superb for Gaming

LG OLED55C7P ReviewIf you’re looking for a premium 4K TV with high-quality pictures, extra low latency, and smart features, this LG OLED television is arguably our top pick.

The quality of the picture of this TV is arguably the best among what we have seen so far. Its OLED pixels are built to light individually providing outstanding contrast and excellent images.

In addition, to support your gaming activities this television has 21ms lag time which is significantly lower if we compare to its contemporaries. You will notice absolutely no blur and latency in the images making it more perfect for Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty or the latest Assassin’s Creed Odyssey which support 4K on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

For you who like to enjoy a game that has a lot of low light or dark scene, you will be amazed by this television because its HDR (High Dynamic Range) content performance is merely unquestionable. It delivers the deepest black and the brightest white colors resulting in an exceptional contrast.

The transition from frame to frame is also seamless and virtually undetectable. Without a doubt, LG OLED55C7P is a must buy if you want to bring your PS4, XBOX, or Nintendo Switch gaming to a whole new level.

LG OLED55C7P SpecificationBeautiful and CharmingConnectivity Set-up with Convenience
  • Lag Score: 21ms
  • Speaker: 2.2 Channel
  • Wi-Fi Built-in: 802.11ac with IP Control
  • Others: Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Dolby Atmos®, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming
OLED55C7P screen
Razor Thin Screen on LG OLED55C7P

Right away after you open this TV out from its box, it’s hard to not fall in love with this LG TV.

When you look at its design, the first thing that your eyes will take attention is its razor-thin top portion. Measuring just a quarter of an inch wide, it is almost as thin as laptop monitors.

Also, the bezel around the screen occupies only a minimal space make it looks sleek and also giving you more significant area for viewing. The classy silver stand with the iconic LG OLED logo adds to the premium look of this TV.

LG C7

Hooking up your PC or console gaming will never be a problem with LG OLED55C7P. It is built-in with 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports.

It also includes one composite video input, an Ethernet LAN, 1 RF or antenna input, an optical digital audio output and you will get an RS-232 minijack port.

Another feature of LG OLED55C7P that appeals to a lot of customers is the convenience of setting it up. Using LG’s patented Web OS, even the most tech-challenged person will be able to make it work. Also, using the Web OS application, you can quickly detect and display if you are getting HDR pictures or Dolby Vision.

Pros
  • Superb quality of picture with minimal latency which is perfect for PC and Console gaming
  • Excellent picture contrast rather than other non OLED TVs
  • Eye-catching ultra-thin design making it a great addition to your gaming room
  • Wi-Fi Built-in 802.11ac with IP Control makes it easier to connect with the networks at your home.
Cons
  • Occasional image retention problems when playing games due to the absence of black frame insertion
  • A little too pricey for customers in tight budget

Our Overall Take

With all the extraordinary performance and the stunning images comes from the OLED screen technology, it is hard to say no to this LG OLED55C7P. With this OLED 4K HDR TV you guarantee bring your gaming experience in the next level.

The design is also appealing, and it built with premium design, and cutting-edge features make this 4K HDR TV something that will give you pleasure at a high-class level. Though it is a little costly, every buck you spent will be all worth it.

2. Sony XBR55X930E – Super Bold 4K TV

Sony XBR55X930E Review

Another TV that successfully landed on our list of the top 4K UHD gaming TV is the Sony XBR55X930E.

Sony TV known with their graphic quality, and If you want to spoil your eyes with all the game animations, then this Sony 4K TV should be the first that you want to check out.

True to life colors and distinct contrast – these are some of the strengths of this television. If you’re looking for a TV that performs best in upscaling HD sources to 4K, this TV is the one you need.

Thanks to its X1 Extreme chipset, picture details and colors grade in HD is effortlessly upscaled and can look like a 4K source. What is good about this model is that the quality of images is not distorted nor exaggerated during the process of upscaling. Isn’t it cool?

In addition to superb picture level, Sony XBR55X930E also performs way beyond other brands when it comes to motion handling. In fact, it is one of the top choices when we talk about fast response time.

With a refresh rate of 120Hz combined with a MotionFlow XR960 technology, every movement will be as smooth as silk. Assassin’s Creed IV and Sea of Thieves are guaranteed to run seamlessly in this flagship model from Sony.

Combining an upgraded version of Slim Backlight Technology and X1 Extreme chipset, this TV is ready to rock up your video game adventure.

Sony XBR55X930E SpecificationClassy DesignBetter SoundConnections & Ports
  • Latency score: 26ms
  • Speaker System: Front-face 3-way (tweeter/mid-range/woofer)
  • Others: Slim Backlight Drive+, 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, Dolby Vision™, X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO, TRILUMINOS™ Display, Motionflow™ XR 960

Considering that this TV is built with the Slim Backlight Technology, it is quite disappointing to note that it is quite chunky compared to its contemporaries.

That being said, the combination of black and gold finish on its bezel makes it look premium and classy. The connection parts were also smartly located at the rear portion of the TV so that cable management won’t be a problem.

Previous models of Sony TVs received flak from consumers due to the characteristic of sounds. Their R&D teams seemed to have dedicated a lot of time resources with Sony XBR55X930E TV as it has a much improved sound aspect. In fact, Sony even widened the sound-stage in this model spreading under the screen from left to right.

As a result, you get to enjoy decent sound with depth and height. However, if this still falls below your standards, using a separate surround system is a viable option.

With a total of 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, Sony XBR55X930E TV offers more HDMI connections compared to other brands with usually 3 ports only.

Aside from this, you will get the same connection options including 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet connection, 1 component and 2 AV composite input.

Pros
  • Exceptionally bright HDR images displaying real to life colors with optimum clarity
  • Top of the line upscaling capability converting HD sources to 4K versions with almost undetectable distortions
  • Improved sound with broader sound-stage compared to similar TVs
Cons
  • Insufficient viewing-angle that distorts image quality in as little as 20 degrees off the center

Our Overall Take

This Sony TV definitely has a great picture which can satisfy your eyes when you like to enjoy every single detail of your favorite game characters during playing the game.

The lag score probably not the best one in its class but it still able to give you speed experience without any lag issue.

The only downside probably on the view-angle which is not better than the other aspects such as picture and sound characteristic. With all things considered, we still recommend buying the Sony XBR55X930E for gaming purposes.

3. LG Electronics 55SJ8500 – HDR TV with the Lowest Input Lag Time

LG Electronics 55SJ8500 Review

The biggest aspect when choosing 4K TV for HDR gaming is latency score, and  LG SJ8500 has superb score which only have 15ms latency time, which can be categorized as the best we can find in the market.

The other thing that LG can proud with this TV is is the view angle performance. Using an in-plane-switching (IPS) technology, you can enjoy undistorted picture and unaltered color saturation from side angles.

In addition, LG’s Nano Cell Display delivers over a billion true to life colors giving you crisp and sharp displays with minimal latency. This breakthrough technology helps LG SJ8500 display the same quality images no matter which seat in the gaming room you’re at.

LG 55SJ8500 Specs Decent Picture GradeGorgeous DesignConnectivity and Configuration
  • Latency Time: 15ms
  • Speaker: 2.2 Channel (Sound Designed by Harman Kardon™)
  • WiFi Built-In: 802.11ac
  • Others: TruMotion 240 (Refresh Rate 120Hz), Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Nano Cell Display, Wider Color Gamut, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance

Compared to OLED 4K TVs of LG, SJ8500’s picture quality is decent but not outstanding. This is expected given that generally, LED TV’s are inferior compared to OLED TV in this aspect.

However, SJ8500 still displays strengths regarding color accuracy, local dimming, and non-reflective screens. Also, LG SJ8500 uses a unique 4-step process that allows it to evaluate, process, and enhance videos thus improving its level.

SJ8500 retains the usual designs of LG TVs. Its silver arc stand looks stunning and compliments its ultra-thin borders measuring only 1 cm on all sides

Opposed to other models, this TV is thicker measuring 6.5 cm at the bottom where all connectivity is located.

What turned us off in the design aspect is the plastic chassis at the back of the unit which does not flex as expected. Overall, this TV deserves to be the focal point of your game room.

There is nothing special with the connectivity of this LG TV. It has the normal 3 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Ethernet LAN and RF antenna inputs.

Unlike Samsung models, this TV allows you to connect non-HDMI sources via its analog video input. The configuration process is somewhat similar to other LG TVs using the WebOS operating system.

Pros
  • The best latency score which guarantees you get a fast response times
  • The IPS screen offers the best wide viewing angles among other LCD TVs
  • Excellent price for a midrange TV
Cons
  • Ineffective local dimming making blacks appear less deep and darker
  • Average High dynamic range performance resulting in just decent picture quality

Our Overall Take

LG SJ8500 may not the best regarding the high dynamic range experience if we compared with the first LG OLED that is on our first list, but it was able to make it up in terms of viewing-angle from the IPS screen, sounds quality by Harman Kardon™ and due to the ease configuration & connectivity.

Beside that the lag time of  LG SJ8500  can be categorized as the best in its class which make us to include this LG TV on the list. At a very affordable price, this 4K TV will surely be gentle to your pockets.

4. Samsung UN55MU6300 – Mid Range 4K HDR on a Budget

Samsung UN55MU6300 4K Ultra HD

This 4K Samsung TV belongs to the mid-range level of UHD LED TVs in the market. Even it comes with a lot of features that will support your gaming activities, yet the price is still reasonable.

Relative to other 4K televisions in the same range, Samsung UN55MU6300 has a more superior picture grade. In fact, it has one of the most commendable contrast ratio and deepest black. Thus, you get to enjoy superb graphics.

However, we don’t recommend placing this TV in a huge room since the screen may not be bright enough and overcome the glare from other sources of light or reflection.

When it comes to motion and latency score, Samsung UN55MU6300 settled at the mediocre level, with 20ms latency time it still above the average and able to deliver smooth gaming performances without any issue.

When running at 120 Hz refresh rate, it is quite hard to see doubling of an image when playing video games compared to regular 60Hz TVs. Its latency score figure falls along with the rest of the top brands making this TV competitive in this aspect.

Samsung UN55MU6300 SpecDecent DesignAvg. Sound PerformanceInput & Connection
  • Input Lag: 20ms
  • Speaker: 2 channels (Down Firing w/Bass Reflex)
  • WiFi Built-In: Yes (WiFi Direct)
  • Others: InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch), Anynet+™ (HDMI-CEC), Bluetooth®, Eco Sensor

It may not be the most stunning TV on our list but Samsung UN55MU6300 is certain to amaze you aesthetically.

Its chassis is usually mistaken to that of Samsung KU6300 due to a lot of similarities. With only 1.7-cm border and a maximum thickness of 6.5 cm, you need not a lots space for this to mount on the wall.

Don’t expect too much about the quality of sound reproduced by Samsung TV UN55MU6300. To be fair, it still a bit better than similar TVs when it comes to sound performance, but it is still far from perfection.

To optimize your gaming impression, a stand-alone sound bar or surround system will be necessary.

There is nothing special about Samsung UN55MU6300’s connection options. You still get to enjoy 3 HDMI and 2 USB alongside the Ethernet and the antenna connection.

The ports are perfectly situated at the side of the TV. Knowing the location of the ports will help you plan for cables and installation.

Pros
  • Excellent depth of blacks that results in an incredible contrast ratio
  • Very responsive to games due to its commendably low latency time
  • Less expensive compared to its contemporaries
Cons
  • Unsatisfactory HRD capabilities making pictures look like SDR sources
  • Unflattering viewing angle that significantly changes the color when the viewer moves a few degrees from the center of the TV

Our Overall Take

This Samsung TV is a typical a great choice which can give you outstanding quality in above average score as one of the top 4K televisions that gamers love, with the fact it comes with an affordable price in the market can make this TV a real deal for you.

You will still appreciate the crisp and bright images and average sounds from the speakers. If there is one thing that disappoints us on this TV, it is the viewing angle. After moving a few degrees off the center of the TV, the black easily turns into grey and other colors are affected as well.

5. TCL 55C807 – Best Cheap 4K TV for HDR gaming

TCL 55C807 Review

It there is a TV on our list that stands out for both performance and cost, that is the TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD.

Arguably, this TV will crash all myths saying that in order to get a quality product, you need to spend a fortune.

Certainly an upgrade from TCL’s previous line of HDR TVs, this amazing TV comes with a great price and can be your best option on a tight budget.

TCL manages to achieve a pretty decent latency score on its more than one billion display colors. It is operating at the maximum 120Hz rate, with input lag 16ms, lags will never be an issue while you are in the middle of a game.

Plus, together with all other features, makes TCL 55C807 4K Ultra HD very responsive to even the latest game that you can ever imagine. After various tests using the different spectrum to evaluate a TV’s performance, TCL 55C807 showed a more than impressive results. Its level of contrast can be compared to some of HDR TV.

TCL 55C807 SpecsCommendable PerformanceFabulous as AlwaysRoku is the New Smart
  • Lag time: 16ms
  • Speaker: Built-in soundbar in toe
  • WiFi Built-In: 802.11ac 2×2 Dual Band (supports 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
  • Others: Dolby Vision HDR, Wide Color Gamut with TCL’s NBP Photon Technology, Roku TV Smart Platform.

The contrast is certainly above average without over-saturating the colors. Thanks to TLC’s trademark NBP Photon Technology, you get to enjoy true to life and vibrant colors.

Since TCL 55C807 also uses a great combination of decent HDR Technology and Dolby vision to display HDR contents with optimum quality. The balance of colors merely is unimaginable.

Considered to be a member of TCL’s most stylish series, TCL 55C807 puts a significant emphasis on its sleek and slender design.

A bezel surrounds its screen with a metallic finish that supplements to its premium look. The thickest bezel is located at the bottom of the frame that conceals the TV’s soundbar.

Ports and connectors are located at the back are in a location that you may not be able to access with ease of your TV is mounted on the wall.

You may connect up to 3 HDMI devices with one port for LAN. You may also connect your thumb drive to its one and only USB 2.0 port, alongside it there is one digital audio, 3.5mm jack, and AV input.

TCL won’t allow its competition to leave them behind with regard to smart TV technologies. Roku allows you to stream the Internet through your TCL TV. Powered by Roku System, TCL 55C807 impresses its users with its organized interface that offers multiple options to make your gaming and streaming experience more convenient and smart.

What better way to go through Roku’s features other than using its state of the art remote control? This weird-shaped device has the buttons that you need to navigate. In addition, by simply hooking up as headphone, you can instantly take advantage of its voice search options.

Pros
  • Very responsive to games due to its commendably low input lag time
  • Excellent depth of blacks that results in an incredible contrast ratio
  • Super cheap in its class
Cons
  • Unsatisfactory HRD support making pictures look like SDR sources
  • Unflattering viewing-angle that significantly changes the color when the viewer moves a few degrees from the center of the TV

Our Overall Take

If you are on limited budget, then you will never go wrong with TCL 55C807. The latency score is the best after LG 55SJ8500, which guarantee you to leave the lag issue into a history.

Besides the fact that it is providing HDR quality displays, it is one of the best considering the price of this TV is. Although the sound quality is a major let down, this TV is still a jewel worthy of a spot in your homes.

6. LG Electronics OLED55B7A

LG Electronics OLED55B7A Review

We are all know that OLED TV is the perfect match for the real gamers. That is why we can’t leave LG OLED55B7A from our list.

It may still not cheaper than average HDR TV, but LG OLED55B7A could still be an option for your who still want to have OLED TV but with a little bit cheaper price.

Similar with OLED55C7P  it has 55 inches screen size, with OLED panel technology which will wow you with its exceptional picture quality. The only difference between this type with OLED55C7P is, it comes with lower quality of sounds that comes from 4.0 Channel without Dolby Atmos Support.

As we mentioned above, this all LG OLED adapt the Picture Motion technology which is definitely its strength. When operating this TV with 120Hz refresh rate, there is almost an undetectable delay in its pixel’s response time.

Despite all of these, the major downside of this TV for gamers is the absence of a black frame insertion. This part is responsible for reducing the blur whenever you are playing high-resolution games. As a result, you may experience lag or stuck ups from time to time but on a minimal frequency.

LG OLED55B7A SpecsIncredible PictureA Real Winner in Viewing AngleStriking Design
  • Input Lag: 21ms
  • Speaker: 4.0 Channel
  • Wi-Fi Built-in: 802.11ac with IP Control
  • Others: Active HDR Support with Dolby Vision™, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming

LG OLED55B7A has simply a picture quality beyond compare. The colors appear to be natural with all really deep black. Local dimming and contrast ratios are almost perfect which should be expected for high-end TVs like this.

When it comes to brightness, LG seemed to have mastered the art of optimizing 4K TVs brightness for both SDR and HDR sources.

Another major strength of this model is upscaling the quality of sources. The perfect combination of peak brightness and deep-blacks together with a wide color gamut makes creates an unbeatable HDR experience even from low-quality sources.

In addition, brightness remains unaltered even in bright rooms since the screen has the capacity to reduce the intensity of glare and reflections.

If you are tired of televisions with terrible angle of views, LG OLED55B7A  is here to bring you some good news. Compared to other TVs with similar specs, this premier TV from LG has a wider view angle.

Color will start to change when you move 34 degrees away from the center which is very good compared to the 16-18 degrees of other brands. Finally, this TV is perfect for individuals who prefer to be seated on any side of the gaming room.

Move over Samsung and Sony, LG is definitely taking the competition seriously. It is hard not to notice how stunning LG OLED55B7A’s design is. Wrapped with a 1.1-cm glossy border and a white back chassis, you can easily tell that this model was built with elegance and durability.

Some of the ports are smartly located on the left side of the TV while others are at the back. You’re getting a total of 4 HDMI, 3 UBS, 1 Ethernet, 1 Cable, 1 digital output and 1 composite in.

Pros
  • Incredible picture quality even from an angle due to a good view angle
  • Deep blacks and peak brightness that results in outstanding contrast and colors
  • Excellent upscaling HDR performance despite a source of low quality
Cons
  • Doesn’t support Dolby Atmos sound speakers
  • Occasional image retention problems due to the absence of black frame insertion

Our Overall Take

Without a doubt, LG OLED55B7A 4K is one of the best options on our list. Considered to be a top-tier TV for gamers, this flagship product of LG is out to take over the market.

Given how powerful its HDR capabilities are, you can virtually immerse yourself in the game with its picture quality. Although there a few hiccups when it comes to image retention,  it is still an HDR TV that your game buddy will be envy of.

What to Look When Reviewing 4K TV for your Game Consoles

Buying a 4K HDR TV can be easily considered as an investment. Considering the amount of money you’re spending for a single piece of an appliance, the selection process must be taken very seriously.

But how exactly should you choose the right TV with 4K technology for console or PC games? Below are just some factors that you need to consider to ensure that your decision will be a smart one:

1. Check The Maximum Refresh Rate

You might see this number often when you window shop for a television but not everyone knows what a refresh rate is. On a lay man’s perspective, refresh rate indicates by how many times an image or a video screen is updated for every sec.

Expressed in Hertz(Hz), the higher the refresh rate the smoother the display on the TV will be. Refresh rates on TV usually run in 60, 120, and sometimes even 240.

Slow refresh rate may lead to doubling of image commonly known as “ghosting effect” and drastically effects your experience.

2. Get 4K HDR TV with Lowest Input Lag Time Score

Have you experienced playing your favorite Xbox or PS4 games but there seems to a delay between the moment you pressed the button and the actions on screen? Your TV may have a huge input lag time.

When talk about input lag time, It doesn’t matter if you are a professional gamer or just a neophyte, this is something that you would obviously try to avoid. For a smooth and seamless gaming feels, choose the one that was input lag tested and select a model with the lowest result.

3. Choose TV with Feature Game Mode

As a gamer, you need to understand that not all TV is specialized for gaming. Hence, you need to ensure that the television has a Game Mode feature.

Game mode is a feature of some TVs that disables some of its basic functionalities and protocol. At times, turning the this mode on may result in distortion of colors.

But why would you want to activate this feature? The features of the TV that brings stellar and bright pictures are the main reason why gaming becomes sluggish and less responsive.

In short, the less activity your TV does, the more responsive it becomes to any kind of games.

4. Use the Latest Display Technology Whenever Possible

Ultimately, TV’s will be judged and opposed to what the viewer can see on the screen. This is the main reason why the display technology is an important aspect to be considered when buying a smart HDR TV.

There are 2 main display technologies that you can choose from – OLED and LED. What’s the difference between the two and how it affects your gaming performance? Here’s how:

LED or light emitting diodes are millions of light bulbs and are commonly used as the backlight for LCD Displays. OLED, on the other hand, are LED’s that are made up of extremely small organic compounds that will only light up if electricity is present.

Hence, unlike LED, OLED pixels can light individually resulting in deeper back and brighter whites. To summarize the difference between these two technologies and how they affect your gaming experience, please refer to the table below:

CriteriaWinnerWhy?
Back LevelOLEDPixels that are not getting electricity is completely shut off and is totally black
BrightnessLEDLED pixels partnered with quantum dots can be very right without causing damage to the pixels. Adjusting brightness to a maximum may cut the OLED’s pixel life significantly
Response TimeOLEDSince OLED diodes work independently from one another, response time is several folds quicker than LED
Screen BurnLEDAs mentioned, peak brightness can cut short the life of OLED diodes making LED a clear winner in this category
Power ConsumptionOLEDOLED screens are more power efficient since they do not require an additional back-light

Will you prefer display quality over longevity? Given this comparison, try to weigh out the pros and cons and decide from there. Either way, both OLED and LED displays can surely elevate how you play your favorite game.

5. Check the Ports

Regardless of screen size, a native 4K television will be useless without the necessary ports that will allow you to connect your PC or gaming console.

An ideal TV must have at least 3 HDMI ports for high definition displays. These HDMIs must be version 2.0, 2.0a or 2.0b for a HDR quality display. USB ports may be available allowing you to connect thumb drives and other instruments. And for the rest, there should be for audio, Ethernet, and component.

Knowing these factors will narrow down your choices and will increase your chances of getting quality 4K HDR gaming television.

Final Verdicts

Every model has their strengths and features for further improvement. What is important is choosing the product that provides what you’re looking for without spending more than how much you wanted to spend.

If budget is not a problem I would suggest you to pick the OLED TV from LG, but for you who don’t want to spend much for a gaming television then TCL 55C807 is the best option you can get today.

Passtools.com author Richard Bernhardt
Richard is 35-year-old IT and tech enthusiast. He holds a master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering which complements his passion for science, technology and related aspects. Currently, he is initiating various tech-related startup projects including working as the founder of Passtools.com

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