If you have visited the display database, chances are you have questions about how the displays are categorized in the input lag database. In this article, I will outline the different categories that each display is graded upon.
There are four main categories that the displays are reviewed under. The categories are color-coded to make it easy to understand, similar to how a traffic light works. The four categories are:
What do these ratings mean?
This rating indicates the absolute best of the best; that a display exhibits unparalleled performance for input lag and response time. The displays rated under this category are suitable and ideal for professional gaming applications, such as gaming tournaments. If you are the type of gamer that demands the fastest display possible, this is what you should look for. Due to the nature of this requirement, only displays ranging from 0-20ms are applicable to fit this category. This means that most HDTVs will not fit this requirement, due to advanced image processing causing delays in response.
This rating is more lenient, and most fast HDTVs will fit under this category. Displays rated under this category are very responsive for fast paced games, and will suit most of your gaming needs. This is the rating you should look for if you want a quality gaming display that does not skimp too much on the image quality. Only the most analytic gamers will be able to tell the difference between GREAT and EXCELLENT displays.
Most higher-end HDTVs will fall under this category. These displays are designed for casual gaming, and do not have strict response requirements. These displays usually put more emphasis on great picture quality that requires more advanced image processing to deliver. If you’re not too picky about input performance and just want to enjoy your games on a pretty screen, this category is for you.
These displays are not recommended for any game that requires responsive inputs. Most HDTVs in this category are designed for simply watching content and put gaming as an afterthought. You should only consider these displays if you do not require responsive inputs for gaming and are buying the HDTV for another reason (such as picture quality, features, design, etc.)
Those are the 4 categories that all displays on DisplayLag.com are graded under. Hopefully this scale is useful towards your display purchase!