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A Recap of 2012’s Best Gaming HDTVs

 

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:

 

[column size=”one-half”] Samsung UN32EH4003[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]

Samsung UN32EH4003

[list style=”plus”] [li]Excellent for gaming[/li] [li]Affordable price[/li] [/list][list style=”minus”] [li]Only 720p[/li] [li]Entry level, so feature set is limited[/li] [/list]

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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”] Toshiba 55L6200U[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]

Toshiba 55L6200U

[list style=”plus”] [li]Extremely low input lag for its size[/li] [li]Offers 3D and Smart TV features[/li] [/list][list style=”minus”] [li]Glossy screen, avoid putting near direct light[/li] [li]Smart TV features may be limited[/li] [/list]

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[/column] What the heck is Toshiba doing here?! I’ll be the first to admit, I was extremely unimpressed by almost every single Toshiba I came across while hunting for the best gaming HDTVs, however this one really stuck out as something special. I was very surprised when I measured its ultra-low input lag rating of 18ms in 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”] Samsung UN45EH5300[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]

Samsung UN46EH5300

[list style=”plus”] [li]1080p resolution[/li] [li]Great for gaming while offering Smart TV features[/li] [/list][list style=”minus”] [li]Not true 120hz[/li] [li]No swivel-stand[/li] [/list]

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[/column] Another entry from Samsung that I’d like to mention. What the UN32EH4003 lacks in resolution and size, the 5300 makes up for with its 1080p resolution and multiple sizes. This HDTV is currently offered in 32, 40, 46, and 50-inch varieties. Specifically, the 46-inch version was tested to be 29ms in our input lag database, meaning its very responsive for gaming. For reference, displays rated between 21-41ms fall under the “GREAT” category on our 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”] Panasonic TC-P55ST50[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]

Panasonic TC-P55ST50

[list style=”plus”] [li]Deep blacks and amazing color reproduction[/li] [li]3D capable, great motion clarity for gaming[/li] [/list][list style=”minus”] [li]Thicker, not as bright as LED HDTVs[/li] [li]Plasma requires a little more care than LED HDTVs[/li] [/list]

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[/column] Panasonic’s ST50 needs no introduction; its probably the most recommended overall display of 2012, and for good reason. Panasonic have built up a name for themselves with their line of plasma HDTVs, as they offer up nearly unmatched picture quality and motion clarity. While most LED HDTVs top out at 240hz, plasma HDTVs can far exceed that, with a manufacturer’s rating of 600hz, giving you a very clear picture even when the action gets fast. The ST50 tested at 40ms in our input lag database, sealing a “GREAT” rating and ensuring that it will deliver fast responses to your gaming inputs. The big advantage that this HDTV has over its LED counterparts is its aforementioned superiority in picture quality and motion resolution. What this means is that your blacks will actually look black instead of dark gray, your reds and greens will pop, and fast-action sequences will be crystal clear. This makes a huge difference for today’s blockbuster 60 FPS action games, such as 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”] LG 55LM7600[/column] [column size=”one-half” last=”true”]

LG 55LM7600

[list style=”plus”] [li]240hz refresh rate[/li] [li]Offers Smart TV, 3D, and low lag rating of 34ms[/li] [/list][list style=”minus”] [li]May notice some flash-lighting on edges[/li] [li]Uses edge-lit local dimming method[/li] [/list]

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[/column] I’m a fairly big fan of LG’s offerings for 2012 as gaming HDTVs, mainly the LM7600. This LED HDTV features a 240hz refresh rate, 3D, 1080p resolution and special ISF-certified picture modes for the home theater enthusiast. The LM7600 scored a great 34ms rating in our input lag database, meaning its fit for fast gaming, and having played on it first-hand I really enjoyed my experience. LG earned its good reputation by offering top-level features at very competitive pricing, and the LM7600 is no slouch. It comes equipped with 4 HDMI ports for all of your devices, as well as local-dimming functions for those that absolutely hate poor black levels in dark scenes. Its a safe bet if you want a HDTV that has it all with very little shortcomings. It comes in 47 and 55-inch flavors, both of which scored great in our database. 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!

 

About the author

Adeel Soomro

Adeel Soomro

Adeel Soomro, also known as "Four Wude", has been a competitive Street Fighter 4 player since 2008. Using his extensive gaming experience on a casual and professional level, he aims to spread the awareness of input lag existing in today's displays. Having tested over 300 displays for input lag, he hopes that DisplayLag will aid gamers around the world when purchasing the best HDTV or monitor for gaming.

9 Comments

  • Hi there, I really appreciate this site. I looked to see if anyone had asked this previously, but I have a question regarding the Panasonic P50ST60. The score you posted was favorable at 40ms. CNET posted a less than favorable score at 73.6 ms, apparently using the same Bodnar lag tester. I’m just wondering what your thoughts are on why there be such a large difference? Different testing method? Screen size? etc.. I’m seriously considering this tv as my next purchase, but I’d like to feel a bit more secure about the lag before I plunk down the money. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Sincere thanks!

    Link to their article : http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57587317-221/game-mode-on-cnet-tests-tvs-for-input-lag/

    • Glad to hear you appreciate the site Stibs! The difference is because they are not the same HDTV. The one listed in this article is the ST50, and the one tested by CNET is the ST60. The ST60 is the 2013 model, whereas the ST50 is the 2012 model. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Ahh, Whoops. I guess my eyes missed that one. Sorry about that. Have you tested the ST60? I suppose it might be safe to say the CNET article is accurate then? In any case thanks again for the site. Very informative!

  • is this samsung UN32EH4003 32-inch lowest input lag hdtv tv todate or can i still find lower input lag tvs? i,m looking around 27-32 inch tvs

  • Is the input lag 19ms on standard mode or game mode( Samsung Samsung UN32EH4003)
    If it was tested on standard would it be lower when played on game mode?

  • i have a question. i bought asus monitor for gaming and television. but television is only provided via an analog signal coxial cable in my dorm room. is there any coxial cable analog signal converter i can use so i can view tv on my monitor? Iview and homeworx boxes wont work on analog signal

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