Low Input Lag HDTVs for Gaming: Holiday 2014 Edition

Earlier this week, I made an update to our input lag database with several new HDTVs, just in time for the holiday/Black Friday sales. I felt an updated guide was in order, as several new HDTVs have hit the market, including a plethora of 4K options. With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 seeing some tempting price drops and bundle deals, it only makes sense to pair them with a new low-latency display. Tired of what you’re currently gaming on? Then read on to find out our top picks for this fall!


Sony KDL-65W950B

It should be no surprise to anyone to see Sony once again claim the top spot for one of the best gaming HDTVs on the market. Sony has been offering incredibly low input lag timings in their main HDTVs since 2013, once set into the “Game” scene mode, bringing average input lag values as low as 17ms. This makes the HDTV responsive enough for almost any kind of gaming genre you throw at it, whether it’s twitch-based shooting or frame-perfect fighting games. I personally own a 2013 KDL-65W850A, tested to be approximately 18ms of input lag, and it feels wonderful for everything I throw at it. The W950B also features Sony’s strobing backlight technology, labeled as Motionflow Impulse. Enabling this mode drastically increases motion clarity, at the cost of display brightness. Enabling this function will provide similar motion clarity to an old-school CRT display. The W950B series comes in both 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, with identical input lag ratings across both. While not a 4K set, its 1080p resolution will be relevant for several more years before 4K becomes a true standard. It’s definitely a set to consider if input lag is a big priority for your gaming needs. Click here for reviews and current pricing from Amazon


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This is a really hard category. Unfortunately, unlike 1080p sets, there isn’t a clear-cut winner when it comes to 4K gaming sets. The best ones all hover in the same 40ms input lag range, a consistent trend since 4K’s big debut this year. The best sets I had tested at the time were Sony’s line of XBR sets, with everything else testing over 60ms of input lag. The story changed a bit this year, particularly with Samsung. Samsung issued a firmware update to several of their 4K sets, such as the HU9000 series, which cut input lag numbers by nearly half. The input lag of Samsung 4K HDTVs are now very comparable to Sony’s lineup of 4K HDTVs, literally within 1-2ms of each other. The HU8550 series is one of the 4K models that achieved this lower input lag rating, with an input lag rating of 40ms under “Game” mode. I personally feel that the HU8550 achieves the best balance of picture quality and input lag. Some of Samsung’s higher-end 4K sets also have the same input lag rating, but are cost-prohibitive, venturing into the $5,000+ price range. Several of them also feature curved screens, which aren’t for everyone. On the opposite end of the spectrum, entry level sets such as the Sony X850B and Samsung HU7250 may lack the kind of quality you expect at the $2,000 price range. After all, 4K capability still carries a premium for being a new standard. The HU8550 series features local dimming, a 120hz refresh rate, and the Smart TV features you’ve come to expect from modern Samsung HDTV. Four HDMI 2.0 inputs, as well as component and composite inputs, are available to connect almost every device you’d need to connect. It does support HDCP 2.2 to maximize the compatibility of 4K content. Click here for reviews and current pricing from Amazon


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There is another 4K HDTV that must be considered, as it features the lowest recorded input lag in a 4K display. I haven’t tested this HDTV personally, but there is enough evidence submitted to me by readers that a specific VIZIO model, the VIZIO P552ui-B2, features an excellent average input lag rating of 18ms under “Game” mode, using the HDMI 5 input. A video posted by AVSForum user buzzard767 documents the latency when these conditions are met, which greatly exceeds any other 4K set on the market. This HDTV is also capable of accepting a native 1080p@120hz signal from a PC under the HDMI 5 input, which VIZIO dubs as “High Velocity” mode. VIZIO is currently the only manufacturer on the market that officially support native 120hz input via HDMI, which does wonders for PC gamers and reducing input lag. Some other HDTVs also have this capability, though it requires unofficial workarounds and tweaks to get it working. If you must have a 4K HDTV with the lowest possible input lag, then the VIZIO P552ui-B2 is currently the only 4K HDTV on the market that can offer it. Click here for reviews and current pricing from Amazon[/tab][/tabs]


LG 42LB5600

Almost certain to fly over everyone’s radar, I tested this little gem earlier this week and found it to have one of the lowest input lag numbers available in its screen size. It’s one of LG’s most basic displays, featuring a 1080p resolution and a 60hz refresh rate. No fancy WebOS or Smart TV functionality here either. For what it lacks in flash, it makes up for in operation. The OSD is very quick and responsive, along with its low input lag numbers when set to “Game” picture mode. Which, by the way, clocks in at a very low 27ms, putting it very close to some of Sony’s faster displays! Two HDMI inputs are present, along with an old school component/composite connection, for those still rocking analog devices. The real star of the show is its price tag. Here’s a hint: it’s well under $500, making it the perfect impulse purchase for any gamer. Click here for reviews and current pricing from Amazon


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With the emphasis on 3D, 240hz, 4K resolution, curved screens, and everything in between, sometimes we tend to forget about the little guy, like this tiny 32″ LG HDTV I recently came across. Don’t expect anything crazy here; you’re getting 720p resolution, 60hz refresh rate, no Smart TV functions, and two HDMI ports. With that said, it meets two important criteria worth mentioning: low price and low input lag. Specifically, a low input lag of 30ms. It can also be found for under $300, which warrants consideration if you’re on a strict budget. Click here for reviews and current pricing from Amazon

Want something even cheaper? The 2012 Samsung UN32EH4003 is still one of the best values found in budget-priced HDTVs, and features an input lag of 26ms. I’m sure one of these two displays will fulfill the gaming needs of those unwilling to break the bank.

This concludes our top gaming choices for fall 2014. Hopefully this article helped towards narrowing down the perfect gaming display for your needs!

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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.


  • can you please tell me the full results for the asus mx279h. i bought it based on your rating and i am impressed. im going to recommend it to a friend also i have sent a lot of people to your site in the past month. thanks looking forward to your response. ill check back or email me @ thanks

    • I am thinking about getting this monitor or mx259h. because in mx279h distance between 2 pixels is too high. Are the mx279h results(input lag, response time) same with the mx259h? i want to get the results too, if it is possible. my mail is And last question is mx259h good for cs go(fps games)? any suggestions?

  • The Vizio P-Series 4K televisions are excellent; being Full Array Local Dimming rather than Edge Lit panels, their contrast levels are superior to almost any Edge Lit LED/LCD. Their smart-TV features aren’t nearly as fancy as Samsung’s or Sony’s but they’ve got all of the major streaming service: Netflix, Amazon, VUDU, Hulu Plus, etc, with 4K video from Netflix’s currently tiny selection thereof. I originally bought the P552ui-B2, the series’ sole IPS panel, but switched to a P602ui-B3, a VA panel, for VA tech’s higher native contrast. All of the models have similar low display latency, though my P60 is a couple of MS slower than the P55, measuring about 19 ms in the center.

  • Hi! One question: since the Leo Bodnar’s tester only supports 1080p output, is it possible that (at least) some of the reviewed 4K TVs would perform better if they wouldn’t have to upscale? And of course it would have to be a HDMI 2.0 connection to support full 60Hz, otherwise you couldn’t get better than the theoretical limit of 33ms (1 frame at 30Hz).

    • There is a chance, yes. However, I presently don’t have a way to conveniently test input lag at 4K. I can’t imagine it being too different from a 1080p/60hz signal though, as scaling doesn’t introduce too much additional latency. It’s possible that these HDTVs do have more complex methods of scaling 1080p sources. Once a method is developed to test input lag at 4K, I will be sure to add it to my current testing method. If a 4K HDTV can do a good job with a 1080p/60hz signal, then I’m sure a 4K/60hz signal will perform even better.

      • Hi Adeel. I’m wondering which TV should I buy next month. I would live to play COD / Quake Live / CSGO / GTA V. I have i7 4790K and 970 GTX .. but I don’t know should I buy an LG 4K 49UB850V or LG 55LB730V? I heard the 4K TV is better for gaming after the new firmware but the 730V model has got really low input lag. What do u think? If I were you which LG model will you buy?

  • Lags and HackerBots really make gaming on cosoles hard. Also there is the ting that the controller sucks for aiming 🙁 But I cant buys a PC I dont know how to install things.

    • Unfortunately, I am unable to test displays located outside of the US market. If the specs are comparable, then it should be pretty close!

  • Hi! I wanna ask you, is sony 42w800a with 24.3 ms is perfect for playing fighting games such as, Tekken and Street Fighter. I hope you answer my question. Thanks!

    • I think it’s definitely playable, and most people won’t notice any issues. There will be a difference if you’re used to playing on tournament level monitors, which typically have 14ms less input lag. But it won’t detract from your enjoyment at all, especially if you mostly play online or locally with friends.

  • Hi there, great article. Im interested in buying LG 42LB5600 but the only thing im finding atm is 42LB5610 model, is there any difference? They look the same, have the same spec but im lil bit afraid of that “10” at the end.

    • Yes, Europe does use different model numbers. Unfortunately, I can’t say for certain whether or not the 42LB5610 will have similar input lag. If the specs and OS seem identical, then there is a good chance it should be similar.

  • We don’t get Vizio here in the UK,must be US only TVs.The picture on my 3 year old Samsung is great,but there’s a bit of input lag,even in game mode.

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