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Best Low Input Lag Gaming TV 2014-2015

Updated on February 18, 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
Input Lag

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.

Sony KDL-47W802A
Sony KDL-47W802A
5 stars for the Sony KDL-47W802A

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 Sony KDL-47W802A. 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.

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.

Sony KDL55W950B 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV (2014 Model)
Sony KDL55W950B 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV (2014 Model)

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.

 
Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV (2012 Model)
Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV (2012 Model)

Inexpensive with relatively low lag at 26ms.

 
Sony KDL55W950B
Sony KDL55W950B

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.

Final Thoughts

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

Toshiba 47L6200U
Toshiba 47L6200U

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

Panasonic TC-32LX85

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.

Connectivity Options

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.

Picture

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.

Availability

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.

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.

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      Dee 2 years ago

      Regarding input lag numbers: tv ones nowadays are often taken with a Bodnar device. These numbers come out a lot higher than the traditional CRT refererence method. That Sony W807A or W805A over here has 6ms input lag measured the old way according to hdtvtest uk; the number you quoted was using the Bodnar device. This year's pick of the bunch is the W705B series but notreleased in the US or alternatively W800B

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello. I'm John, Greece. I owned the lg 42sl800 200Hz at 2ms response time according to the technical specs. This is THE BEST so far for racing games such as f1 2011 and f1 2012 as well as most oher racing (and not only i assume) games out there. I played f1 2012 on a sony bravia 32" hd ready, on an lg 37ls5600, a sharp aquos 32le600e, which was pretty fine, and on a philips 37pf3321 hd ready. I am not familiar as to how to check input lags, but I one thing i know for sure is that my lg42sl800 did have almost zero motion blur where the rest gave me painful eyes afer 1 hour constant racing. Very smooth movement, the scenery around the tracks -i play cokpit cam view- changed almost like in real life, no flickering at all. Amazing tv for gaming i tell you that from exprerience. Sad i had to replace it cause broke down (intense clouding on the screen) when still under guarantee with the pretty decent Panasonic TXL 42E6 EW smart tv. (the store sent me the panasonic cause i had a 3 year extension pack guarrantee and were not obliged to replace my tv with an lg tv as well. Nice tv anyway). The lg's downside i think is It lacks in the matter of brightness and colours but i would give it an 9/10 for games.It it sad to know that the lg sl800 is not produced by the lg company anymore. Couldn't even find it in stock at most e-markets. People, if you find it, grab it! you won't regret it. Greeting from solemn Greece.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is madness, this is BLASPHEMY! are you saying my ps3 is slower! (I have the slim version)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's less than 1/3 of one frame. If you can perceive that you're either 12 and ADHD, or you've got some sort of genetic mutation. The latter being much cooler than the former.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: good luck with that on a HDTV, #'s might work on PC monitors but forget seeing those with tv's.

      relatively Good gaming tv's are like 30-40ms

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Iv been looking at a lot of TVs lately trying to decide which to get but how am I supposed to know its lag time what exactly am I looking for?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think 5ms is not important for serious gamer. In a TV is probably the best inpug lag I have ever seen.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What do you think about LG 26LS3500? What is its input lag? Is it a good TV for online games?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm using an older Hisense 42" (model No. LCD42V68PAM), and, say what you will about the company, there's virtually NO lag. It's as fast as my 21" computer monitor. And that's a good way to check the lag speed of a flatscreen TV. Hook it up as a second monitor,via HDMI cable, to your 'puter and make sure you can see both screens simultaneously. You'll have to go into the control panel under display to multiple displays and set that to 'Duplicate these displays'. Now when you change your computer screen you can see how big the lag is on your flatscreen. I'm taking a 47"LG back to the store because the lag is huge. Gaming was all but impossible. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey im looking for a good HD tv with high quality pictures not a lot of input lag just a good tv to play console gaming help me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Anything over 5ms is too slow for any serious gamer

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Sony KDL 32 EX725 and it has a Inputlag of 50 ms in game mode. Not recommended for FPS.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I own a Sony Bravia Z series. Extreme Lag

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a panasonic p42S30 and i am experiencing input lag playing on the xbox 360

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have lg lw5500 3d cinema and is very bad for play games. i no made test but only need a play for a i know it have delay a lot. not recommended for play games. i play kof ssf4 halo and modern warfare 3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just bought a Sony Bravia EX640 40 inch LED 1080p and the lag is terrible in regular auto mode. Video games work good in game mode, but like the article was saying, the picture quality in game mode is awful. My friends bought samsungs and have had no problems.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Any input lag numbers on the sharp LC32SV29U? I can't find anything anywhere about it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: what size and model of the Panasonic plasma HDTV as well the Samunsung LCD that u got it? thx.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought a Panasonic plasma to replace an old Vizio LCD, the picture looked great for TV, but any light from windows caused extreme glare, and if I had my ceiling light on you could see it's reflection big time on the TV. This already had me 2nd guessing, but then I started playing my xbox, and the colors in games were dull compared to my old Vizio LCD. I wanted to upgrade my existing TV not have trade offs. I took the plasma back, bit the bullet and paid a little more for a Samsung LCD. I couldn't be happier. No glare, games look great, and movies are on par with the plasma. If you can get a LED TV you get the darks of a plasma, and great colors of a LCD, all at a more efficient usage of power, and thinner TV.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I got a Samsung LN46D630 and couldn't be happier with it. It replaced my LN46C650 that got busted due to some overzealous friends. It's a great no frills tv that does just what you want it to and nothing else.