Following up on last year’s best gaming HDTVs, I managed to get my hands on nearly 30 new HDTVs from Samsung, Sony, Sharp, and LG’s 2013 lineup. Many of the 2012 HDTVs are currently being cleared off store shelves to make room for these new models, rightfully so as they boast some great new features! If you’re on this site, the main question on your mind is whether or not any of these HDTVs are suitable for gaming. Great news, because some of them are! I will be updating the input lag database very soon with further models from 2013, but for now I’m going to list some of my top picks based on what I’ve measured so far.
- Great gaming response
- 240hz, micro-dimming, 3D, slim
- Remote quality is questionable
- Active 3D instead of passive (this is subjective)
My personal favorite choice so far is the F7100 series from Samsung. This HDTV boasts a 40ms input lag rating in our database, meaning it will be responsive for the majority of gamers (check out our grading scale here). Normally, a HDTV with a low input lag rating would offer the expected bells and whistles such as Smart TV, 3D, etc. However, the F7100 goes an extra mile offering a true 240hz 3D LED panel, as well as micro-dimming! Most LED HDTVs suffer from terrible black levels and poor motion clarity when compared directly to their plasma counterparts, and can be a real pain for serious gamers to deal with. With the F7100’s 240hz panel, fast paced gaming will be noticeably clearer than other HDTVs in its class, and micro-dimming allows the HDTV to darken its pixels where dark content is present. This means that your shadows will be deeper, your contrast will pop, all while delivering the smooth motion clarity of 240hz, all housed into a thin LED panel! If you’re the kind of gamer that wants outstanding picture quality with a fast controller response time, look no further than the F7100. This HDTV comes in 46, 55, 60, and 65-inch varieties, starting from just under $1500 on Amazon.
- Responsive for gaming
- 70-inches, its huge!
- 120hz for price range
- Price premium for its size
Joining our list of expensive gaming toys is this monster-sized HDTV. Previously a market dominated by Sharp, Sony enters the 70-inch battle with a display that’s great for gaming. I was very disappointed with Sharp’s large-sized offerings as they all offered terrible gaming responses ranging from 60ms+, which was unfortunate for gamers that wanted a big screen gaming experience. I was expecting the same with Sony, but to my surprise it fell under our great category with 36ms of input lag under game mode! This HDTV features all you’d expect from a premium HDTV, including Smart TV, Motionflow, as well as cell phone connectivity to play your content on the big screen. If you’re not quite looking for 70-inches of real estate, this HDTV also comes in 50 and 60-inch flavors, starting at just under $1200 on Amazon.
- Very fast for gaming
- Variety of sizes, affordable
- 60hz refresh rate
- Lacks Smart TV functions
Our budget king for this year, Samsung’s F5000 series does not disappoint. While falling a tad shy of last year’s great UN32EH4003 (which boasts a great 26ms input lag rating), the F5000 still holds a respectable 28ms rating, being one of the fastest HDTVs in our database regardless! Unlike the UN32EH4003, it does offer 1080p resolution. It comes in 22, 32, 40, 46, and 50-inch sizes, and comes equipped with 2 HDMI ports. There’s not much to say about this set, it does what its supposed to do and is great for fast-paced gaming. Nothing more and nothing less. Prices start at $173 on Amazon, however I would personally avoid the 22-inch version.
- Great gaming response
- Deep blacks, great motion clarity and colors
- Reflective screen
- Plastic base stand
The F5500 series tested admirably in our database, with approximately 37ms of lag time. This qualifies under our great rating score. The F5500 series comes in 51, 60, and 64-inch flavors depending on your needs. I listed the 60-inch version as its a good compromise for most people. This HDTV houses a Samsung plasma panel, operating at 600hz and features full Smart TV and 3D features. It also comes equipped with Wi-Fi if you’re short on ethernet cables to use on a HDTV. One of the main features that Samsung is pushing this year is voice control, which, as you guessed, allows you to control your HDTV with your voice. If you’re like me, you could care less about this feature and want to get straight to the action. With plasma’s proven track record of great motion clarity and color reproduction, it’s hard to go wrong with this set. Its low input lag rating ensures that your gaming will go smoothly. The 60-inch version can be had for under $1200 on Amazon.
This concludes part 1 of our 2013 gaming HDTV roundup! Stay tuned for part 2 to come in the near future with more brands. Don’t forget to check out our input lag database that currently contains over 200 displays to find the best gaming display for your needs! Also, please visit the following links to learn more about input lag and how it affects your gaming experience: