Table of contents:
- The best gaming TVs 2020: entry-level model - LG 55UM71007LB
- The best gaming TVs 2020: mid-range - Samsung GQ55Q60R
- The best gaming TVs 2020: luxury class - LG OLED 55C97LA
- The best gaming TVs: The selection was based on these criteria
- Playing on the TV: you should pay attention to this
- These features are particularly important
- For whom is a gaming TV worthwhile?
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2023 Author: Sheila Hailey | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 15:18
|Entry-level model:||LG 55UM71007LB||approx. 460 euros||To MediaMarkt|
|Middle class:||Samsung GQ55Q60R||about 800 euros||To Amazon|
|Luxury class:||LG OLED 55C97LA||approx.1,360 euros||To MediaMarkt|
The best gaming TVs 2020: entry-level model - LG 55UM71007LB
LG 55UM71007LB (55 inch)
Now from € 454.60 at Mediamarkt price comparison price can now be higher. Price from 26.07.2020 10:22 p.m.
First comes our entry-level model: the LG 55UM71007LB. Cheap does not automatically mean bad, because according to the Stiftung Warentest, the LED TV was rated “good” (2.4). In any case, this model offers an extremely good price-performance ratio. However, gamers have to be satisfied with fewer features because this device does not offer a variable refresh rate or support for FreeSync or G-Sync.
But you get a 55-inch TV with 4K resolution and good picture quality. The sound is just as solid. In addition, the input lag of the LG 55UM71007LB is extremely low at just 11 ms, making it ideal for gaming. Unfortunately, the maximum refresh rate for this model is only 50 Hz. So that should be considered before buying.
LG 55UM71007LB at MediaMarkt
- Excellent value for money
- Good picture quality
- Low input lag (11 ms)
- Solid sound
- No FreeSync / G-Sync
- Low refresh rate (50 Hz)
The best gaming TVs 2020: mid-range - Samsung GQ55Q60R
Samsung GQ55Q60R (55 inch)
Now from € 997.00 on Amazon price comparison price can now be higher. Price from 2020-27-07 01:02 a.m.
If your budget is a little more generous, the Samsung GQ55Q60R would be a good choice in the middle price segment. The Stiftung Warentest, which rated the device as "good" (1.9), is of the same opinion. The model has a 4K resolution and a screen size of 55 inches.
Why this size? On the one hand, it represents the best price-performance ratio and, on the other hand, your device then has a variable refresh rate (VRR) of up to 120 Hz. The smaller models with 43 and 49 inches are unfortunately overlooked and only come with 50/60 Hz. This could be a decisive criterion, especially for gamers.
This television also supports FreeSync, which is particularly beneficial to Xbox One owners. The overall package is supplemented by the extremely low input lag of 14 ms. If you only gamble in Full HD and support your console VRR, an input lag of only 7 ms is possible. Currently only Xbox One S or Xbox One X support this feature.
Samsung GQ55Q60R at Amazon
- FreeSync support
- VRR up to 120 Hz
- Very low input lag (7 to 14 ms)
- Mediocre sound
- Version with 43 and 49 inches unfortunately only 50/60 Hz
The best gaming TVs 2020: luxury class - LG OLED 55C97LA
LG OLED 55C97LA (55 inch)
Now from € 1,363.75 at Mediamarkt Price comparison Price can now be higher. Price from 27.07.2020 00:27 a.m.
This television really leaves nothing to be desired. On top of that, Stiftung Warentest rated the device "very good" (1.5). The variant of the LG OLED 55C97LA listed here is 55 inches tall and has a 4K resolution. The TV is also available in 65 inches, the price is then just under 1,900 euros correspondingly higher. Furthermore, the TV has an HDMI 2.1 port and in this case also a variable refresh rate (VRR), which is particularly useful when gaming - both on the console and on the PC.
The maximum refresh rate is 120 Hz and adapts dynamically to ensure that the images are as quiet as possible. What owners of an Nvidia graphics card should be particularly pleased about: the LG OLED 55C97LA supports G-Sync. This feature was added in a software update and is intended to prevent distorted images (tearing) by synchronizing the frame rates between the graphics card and the television.
LG 55C97LA at MediaMarkt
- G-Sync support
- VRR (up to 120 Hz)
- Very low input lag (12.9 ms)
- HDMI 2.1
- High image quality for all content
- Good sound
- Low brightness and risk of burn-in for static content
- High price
The best gaming TVs: The selection was based on these criteria
The selection of televisions is immense these days. At the same time, manufacturers are advertising with more and more special functions, which makes a decision all the more difficult. As far as video games are concerned, televisions are receiving more and more gaming functions, which should make them an attractive alternative to conventional PC monitors.
In our selection, we therefore deliberately chose models that have these properties. Various price segments were also covered. So that we can give you the best possible overview, we have not only based our own experience, but also on user ratings and external test institutions such as test.de.
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Playing on the TV: you should pay attention to this
The most important features of a TV are the resolution and the screen size. In the former, we deliberately chose only devices with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). Said resolution has now become the standard, is future-proof and owners of a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X can enjoy their games in the best graphics. Depending on the performance of your hardware, the resolution can also be scaled down to Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at any time.
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As for the size of the TV, a device with a minimum size of 55 inches (140 cm screen diagonal) is recommended. Smaller gaming TVs often have the disadvantage that their refresh rate is limited to only 50/60 Hz. While this does not always have to be a problem, it makes sense for your future console generation if your television can display 100 Hz or more.
The biggest disadvantage that TVs have compared to monitors: the input lag. In addition to the response time, this also depends on other factors such as the resolution and the refresh rate of the television. The input lag thus represents the total time required for all processes to process your inputs accordingly and then display them on the television. The lower this value is, the better. An input lag of 15 ms or less is particularly recommended for responsive games.
These features are particularly important
Depending on the purpose for which a television is primarily intended, it offers different functions that should be considered before buying. Since this is all about gaming, we have limited ourselves to those features that are particularly useful in this area.
Starting with the connections, the TV should ideally support HDMI 2.1. The main reason for this is that many other functions are only supported by this HDMI standard. Among other things, HDMI 2.1 is mandatory if newer HDR standards such as Dolby Vision are to run. Basically, "High Dynamic Range" (HDR) ensures a wider color spectrum. In addition, the maximum brightness is increased and contrasts are shown more clearly. In our video we go into detail about the technology:
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So-called “local dimming” can significantly improve contrasts and the HDR effect. Usually also coupled to HDMI 2.1: The "Variable Refresh Rate" (VRR) and the "Automatic Low Latency Mode" (ALLM), which should provide a better gaming experience thanks to flexible refresh rates and lower latencies.
AMD's FreeSync or G-Sync from Nvidia works in a similar way. The synchronization of the refresh rates of the TV and the console or the PC prevents unsightly distortions (tearing). Currently, however, this works only on the Xbox One S / X and on the PC if you have a compatible graphics card. Unfortunately, the PS4 is currently empty. With the new generation of consoles, however, a lot could change in this regard, which is why it is worth considering investing in a gaming TV with such functions at an early stage.
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For whom is a gaming TV worthwhile?
A larger screen area basically has the advantage that you can experience games much more immersively. Even more so if your television has the appropriate speakers or an additional sound bar. For many there is hardly anything better than lying down on the sofa or bed after a hard day and playing comfortably. Consoles in particular are perfectly suitable for such a scenario, although this is also conceivable for gaming PCs.
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Good sound is at least as important as breathtaking graphics:
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When is it worth buying a gaming television?
- You want to experience games as immersively and in the best 4K graphics - for example on your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
- You own an Xbox One and would like to benefit from FreeSync and other practical features.
- You prefer to play comfortably from the sofa or bed and conventional monitors are too small for you.
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