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5 of the Best HDTV for Gamers

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There are thousands of different TVs developed to-date and with that many options it can be difficult to run a side by side comparison for which is the best and at what price. Our friends over at BestCovery.com gave us their insights and expertise on some of the best TVs for gaming.

While LCD TVs suffer from problems that were never an issue with old fashioned CRTs, they are recommended for gamers because of their excellent picture quality, slim and sleek styling, widespread availability, and increasingly affordable pricing. Gamers should pick a model with a VGA input for PC gaming and at least 3 HDMI inputs to connect an Xbox 360, PS3, and other HD equipment. Many newer HDTVs also have a “Game Mode” that can reduce lag, a major concern for serious gamers when they play FPS games online. Lag is mainly seen with older game consoles that cannot output in your HDTV’s native resolution. If you’re using an Xbox 360, PS3, or HTPC for gaming, you probably won’t notice any lag issues because you can set the system output to match your HDTV’s native resolution (720p, 1080i, 1080p). For more information on the topic and ways to measure the input lag of your HDTV, check out this AVS Forum thread on this HDTV Lag Guide. For more information on the topic and ways to measure the input lag of your HDTV, check out this AVS Forum thread on this HDTV Lag Guide.

5. Samsung LN32A650 32″ LCD TV

The Samsung LN32A650 is a favorite among gamers. Not only does it deliver excellent image quality in a sleek, stylish cabinet, but it also features 1080p native resolution to take full advantage of the Xbox 360 and PS3 output and solid connectivity with 4 HDMI ports and a PC port. Input lag isn’t bad with the HDMI2/PC trick or when using the VGA input, and you probably won’t notice lag at all with the latest generation consoles that output in HD. The 32″ size is well suited for gamers with a personal gaming pad because it will fit on a compact tv stand. You can find this LCD TV under $1k which is really good deal considering its top notch performance.

4. Sony Bravia KDL-32XBR6 32″ LCD TV

Sony’s XBR series LCD TVs is a leader when it comes to picture quality, and the KDL32XBR6 does not disappoint. It performs well for gaming with 1080p native resolution and fairly low input lag, and it’s packed with 4 HDMI inputs and a PC input for connecting all of your HD equipment. There are also unique features like an enhanced Xross Media Bar with 3D graphics and integrated TV Guide program information, DMex functionality that allows you to add capabilities to your TV, and BRAVIA Engine 2 for an even better picture. If you can find this at a decent price under $1k, then it’s well worth the money.

3.Panasonic TC-37LZ800 37″ LCD TV

If you need something a little larger for gaming in a small living room or bedroom, the 37? Panasonic TC-37LZ800 is a solid choice. It has 1080p native resolution, 3 HDMI inputs, a VGA input, and very low input lag. Picture quality is very good, especially for an LCD TV under 40?. The stylish screen features 1080p resolution with a native contrast ratio of 10,000:1 for deep black levels and crisp, detailed imagery. With its 3 HDMI ports, this LCD screen is ready for all your HD gear with one-cable pure digital connections.

2. Samsung LN52A650 52″ LCD TV

The Samsung LN52A650 is one of the most popular HDTVs on the market, and for good reason. It’s the best choice for gaming on a big screen with 1080p resolution to take full advantage of the Sony PS3’s and Xbox 360’s 1080p output, plenty of HDMI inputs for connecting all your gear, and a VGA input for PC gaming. The set’s overall image quality is excellent with deep black levels and accurate colors. Lag shouldn’t be an issue with the newer consoles, but you might run into problems with older gaming machines that can only output in 480i. Note that to minimize input lag, you should set your Xbox 360 or PS3 to output in 1080p. Other ways to reduce input lag include using the VGA input or using the HDMI 2 input and renaming it to “PC”. While this TV is on par or even better than the Sharp Aquos, it does cost quite a lot and that will turn most gamers down.

1. Sharp Aquos LC-42D65U 42″ LCD TV

You might say it is the perfect match for a PS3 or Xbox 360 because of its native support for 1080p and very low input lag. It’s also packed with 5 HDMI inputs and a PC (VGA) input for connecting multiple gaming consoles, a HTPC, cable/satellite box, and other HD gear. The Sharp 65U series is one of the best LCD TVs in terms of input lag, but for best results, configure your PS3 or Xbox 360 to output in 1080p. If you’re using a console that can’t output in 1080p, this HDTV’s “Game Mode” actually does a pretty good job reducing input lag. Picture quality can’t match the best Samsung or Sony LCD TVs, but the Sharp Aquos is much less expensive and still looks great, making it the best choice for gamers.

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Nice post....I am actually buying the Samsung LNA650 46 inch model in the next couple of weeks

I have two Samsung's and I love them both. Absolutely no complaints. You're making a good choice.

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If you like one of those tvs but you can't actually afford it, try Venue.com its like a rent to own type of deal but cheaper and brand new.

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Thanks for posting that, because I'm in the market for a new HDTV.

One thing that I keep hearing though, is that 1080p is barely noticeable on televisions smaller than 40 inches or so...

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My tv is about 4 yrs old now a sony wega 55" rear projection lcd 1080i , which was the highest res for the $$ at the time.

No complaints here everything looks great!

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Sharp Aquos???? Wow! My girlfriend has the 37" version of that TV and that thing sucks.

Meanwhile, im kicking the 50" Sony Bravia SXRD 1080P. Great TV.

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sweet! I have the Sony Bravia in my dorm, it is absolutely amazing. I love hooking up my laptop and having everything right there in front of me, my laptop looks great on that screen and as does the PS3, especially bluray.

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i have a 55" plasma and never have lagging or any problem i've had it about 4 years and played regular x-box on it too. i have a hitachi ultravision brand and play for hours on end.

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My Samsung 32" 1080p Series 4 has 3 hdmi inputs and one slot for pc connection with 30,000:1 contrast ratio. It's just perfect for my needs especially tv viewing in which my cable provider only broadcasts sd channels. Even then the picture quality is still great which is very much better than the one on my old CRT unit. I think Samsung tv's are one of the best LCD TV as far as picture quality and budget are concerned.

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Samsungs are king as far as LCD's go IMO. My gaming TV is a Sony A3000 series 55" and I love it. I hate that DLP/SXRD tech is dying because it still offers the best price to PQ in my eyes. If you're on a budget, the new Vizio XVT series are some nice sets for the money. I just bought a Vizio for the bedroom for an awesome deal (32" LCD for $315) and I'm happy with it for a bedroom TV.

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