Best Low Input Lag Gaming TV 2014-2015
Casual Gaming TV or Low Input Lag for FPS
There are two types of gaming fans that go in search for a great gaming HDTV. Those who are looking for an HDTV that they'll use for casual gaming and watching TV and hardcore FPS gamers who want a dedicated HDTV with low input lag.
To satisfy the demands of both this post will be split up into two parts and include a learning section for those of you wanting to know more about what you should look for when choosing a gaming TV.
Input Lag and Responsiveness of Your Gaming TV
Input lag, not to be confused with response time, is the difference in the time from when the signal to your device is sent to the TV from when it's actually displayed. Low input lag is most important for FPS-type games where a fraction of a second could mean the difference between life and death. That being said even RPG and strategy gamers are affected by some HDTVs whose input lag can reach well in excess of 100ms!
Reducing Input Lag
Some HDTVs come with a game or PC mode that does reduce their overall input lag by reducing the number of filters that the picture goes through. This trade-off usually comes by sacrificing picture quality but can be well worth it for serious gamers.
While covering this topic goes beyond the scope of this article I do recommend four sites for learning about input lag and gaming on your TV:
1.) AVS Forums - AVS Forums is one of the most respected audio, video, technology forums on the internet. See the input wars entitled thread where participants give you over 100 pages of information on input lag for today's newest televisions as well as how you can run these tests yourself.
2.) Shoryuken Forums - In fighting tournaments input lag can make a huge difference. Shroyuken.com is a well respected forum on the subject matter. Specifically, see their post about sub 1 frame input lag monitors and televisions.
3.) TFT Central - TFT central is adament about reviewing HDTVs and including input lag numbers. It's worth a look if you're looking for a new TV.
4.) HDTV Test - A relatively new site which like TFT Central includes input lag as a standard test in their reviews.
5 Good Gaming HDTV's for 2014 heading into 2015
Taking the forums into account and my own research and testing I've come up with 5 modern TVs that are good options for PC gaming as well as console gaming on the PS4 and Xbox One. For these options I made input lag a priority considering anything under 20ms extremely good while avoiding anything above 34ms or 2 frames of lag.
Keep in mind that we're making input lag a priority. While most of these models would be rated fairly well by the average consumer gamers, with input lag in mind, make a bit of a tradeoff between having a top rated model and one that's well rated and has extremely low display lag.
1. Sony KDL-47W802A Gaming TV
A Good Mix of Modern Features and Low TV Display Lag:
At the top of my list is the . Released in 2013 the KDL-47W802A is fairly new and as such has all the modern features you're looking for like NFC screen mirroring for your smart phone, built-in wi-fi and applications, and a modern engine. In addition, the sound on it is great even without external speakers. Sony KDL-47W802A
That being said it's greatest feature is its low input lag. Sporting an incredible 17ms of input lag it rivals and beats many good gaming monitors on the market. This means you get the big screen HDTV feel and picture without the lag that plagues most of these televisions.
Purchasing a new one can be a bit difficult as the newer 2014 models have been released; however, if you can find one, then it will be well worth it.
At 17ms input lag this Smart LED TV not only gives you modern features like 3D support, browsing, and Social network compatibility, it also makes for one of the best gaming TVs available.
Inexpensive with relatively low lag at 26ms.
A Good 3D Smart TV for PC and Console Gaming - Sony KDL55W950B
If you're looking for something a bit larger and more readily available, then I'd recommend the Sony KDL55W950B. It's a 55 Inch 1080p 3D smart LED TV with tons of functionality and more importantly an input lag of just 17ms. While I'm not sure on the lag of the 65" version of this TV if it follows the pattern of other models and sizes across its series for 2014, then more than likely it's under 20ms as well.
Playstation Now Ready
In addition to its great specs the KDL55W950B also comes with features like Playstation Now which allows you to easily stream games.
Overall you pay a bit of a premium for the features that this TV gives you. That being said I've never thought twice about spending a little bit extra for quality. If possible, find it in the $1700 to $1800 price range.
Toshiba 47L6200U 120Hz Smart TV - Good Overall Value for the Money
While Sony has most of the lower input lag options on the TV market Toshiba has one very good model I thought I'd mention. The Toshiba 47L6200U, released in 2012, has an impressive 18ms of input lag.
Despite being released in 2012 it still has many modern features like web browsing, and streaming services like Netflix, VUDU, and YouTube.
Overall, this is a good TV if you can find it at a discount. While it's not readily available everywhere you can generally find it for around $1200 to $1400 new.
Input Lag List for Classic Models
If you can get one of these models for cheap, then do it. That being said it's not always easy because people like me try to snipe them from E-bay all the time.
- Samsung LE32C530 - 14ms
- Panasonic TX-P50ST50B 16ms
- Samsung UE32D5000 16ms (also model UA32D5000)
- Panasonic TX-P42GT20 16ms
- LG 32LD450 16ms
- Sony 32W400 9ms Input Lag
- Toshiba 47VL863B - 16ms Display lag
Best Low Input Lag 720p TV for Gaming
Did you know that a lot of games and most satellite and cable programming can't even be viewed in 1080p? For this reason a 720p is a cheap alternative to some of the pricier 1080p models.
One of the best 720p gaming HDTVs is the Panasonic TC-32LX85 which has performed admirably in input lag tests and is a great all around TV.
With 3 HDMI, 2 Composite video, 1 S-Video, 2 Audio inputs, 1 Component, and an SD Memory card slot Panasonic has made it easy for you to connect to any number of devices which you may have.
The contrast ratio for this model is 10000:1 Contrast Ratio which is a decent number, but beyond the number the blacks just look deeper than other models I've compared it with.
This model is not widely available on many sites but if you can find one at a decent price, then I highly recommend it. You should also take a look at its more recent replacement the Panasonic VIERA TC-L32X30 which has an IPS LCD panel.
Input Lag Xbox 360 vs. PS3
Here's another video I found extremely interesting comparing the input lag between an Xbox 360 and the PS3. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about how the author claims that his Playstation 3 has considerably more input lag. If you've tested this for yourself, then please leave a comment in the section at the bottom of this page.
LG 32LV2400 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED-LCD HDTV
Technical details include a 9ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 100,000:1 DCR, 2 HDMI, D-Sub 15 Pin x 1, 1 USB, 1 Optical Out, 1 Composite A/V, 720p resolution, and a 1 year parts and labor warranty. Input lag unconfirmed.
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I'd love to hear what TV you're using as well as any results you may have from your input lag tests. Constructive feedback including recommendations for additional models which I should feature is also appreciated.