With this year’s HDTVs already coming in full force, I decided to do a recap of some of my choice gaming HDTVs from 2012. While every display has its own unique merits, I want to list some HDTVs that have a good compromise between gaming performance and regular usage. As most of you know, the popular input lag database lists over 100 displays based on their gaming performance, and will continue to grow with the new wave of displays very soon. There’s a good chance that most of these HDTVs will be going for reduced prices to make room for new 2013 displays. Without further ado, here’s some of my favorite choices from 2012:
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While considered an entry-level LED HDTV, it packs a punch for its very fast input lag rating at 26ms, being one of the fastest HDTVs in our input lag database! This 32-inch Samsung is fairly modest in its specs, being a 720p HDTV running at a 60hz refresh rate. The HDTV contains 2 HDMI ports and 1 Component port for your high-definition needs, so you can hook up a Xbox 360 and PS3 simultaneously (or one of the upcoming next-generation consoles). The main reason this HDTV made the list is for its amazingly-fast gaming performance. If you’re into fast action gaming such as first-person shooters or fighters, you can rest assured that this HDTV will keep up with your inputs. Typically, you do not find this level of performance in HDTVs and have to rely on getting a sub 32-inch monitor. Most current generation games run natively at 720p resolution or lower, so why spend more for 1080p if you don’t need it? Don’t get me wrong, I love my 1080p Blu-Rays, but for gamers looking for pure gaming performance, this HDTV should definitely be considered. Check the latest price on Amazon.[column size=”one-half”] [/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”] game mode that I had to do several retakes to make sure my meter was working correctly. Sure enough, this HDTV is really fast when it comes to gaming performance. Its one of Toshiba’s premier models for 2012 and comes with the features you’d expect: 1080p resolution, 3D, 4 HDMI ports and Smart TV functions. Its 24ms lag rating means that it’s one of the best in it’s size class for gaming performance, and should be very responsive for fast-paced games. While I tend to stick to the top brands, competition is always a good thing and I don’t want to skip out on Toshiba’s offering. Check the latest price on Amazon.
[column size=”one-half”] [/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”] grading scale. This HDTV comes equipped with Samsung’s Smart TV features and built-in Wi-Fi, as well as 3 HDMI ports. I personally feel that this HDTV will be a great compromise for people that are looking for good picture quality and fast gaming performance. Its 1080p resolution ensures that it will display the full range of pixels from the Playstation 4 and next Xbox’s games, and being a LED HDTV means it will be well-suited for a variety lighting conditions. Check the latest price on Amazon. [column size=”one-half”] [/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. This HDTV is a serious contender for your gaming room, boasting 3D capability, full 1080P resolution, and 3 HDMI inputs. It can be had in a variety of sizes on Amazon depending on your needs. I don’t really need to say much more about this HDTV, chances are you’ve heard of it and if you haven’t, take a search on Google and see the glowing reviews its received! [column size=”one-half”] [/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”] Check the latest price on Amazon.
These five HDTVs above are my overall top picks for 2012 models for gaming performance. While there are many, many more HDTVs that are comparable in our input lag database, I feel that the above HDTVs have a great balance between picture quality and gaming performance. What about the 2013 HDTVs? Lets just say they’re coming VERY soon! Feel free to share your thoughts below and let us know what your favorite HDTV of 2012 was!