The Best Gaming TVs of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

If you spend more time playing Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Switch than watching Netflix or channel surfing, you've probably got slightly different priorities than the average person when it comes to buying a new TV.

Like everybody else, you don't want to compromise on picture quality—high contrast, deep color saturation, and so on—but you also don't want a picture that's so posh and processed it introduces input lag, where the game's on-screen response lags between when you push a button and see something happen. That's why you need a TV that looks great, but won't slow you down.

If you just want our top recommendation for a high quality, low input lag set, check out the TCL 6 Series. However, there are a lot of good choices for gamers in every budget bracket. These are the best right now.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated October 26, 2018

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55-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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55-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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The TCL 6 Series—the 55-inch specifically—is our top recommendation for most gamers looking for a high quality, low input lag TV.

At $650, the 55-inch 6 Series does everything modern console (and PC) gamers might want. It's got 4K resolution, high brightness/color for HDR gaming, and fast responses on its HDMI inputs. TCL as a brand seems to prioritize gaming when designing these TVs, as last year's TCL sets were highly recommended, too.

For what you're paying, this is already a great value for most TV buyers, but it's also an especially good choice for gaming. Check out our full review of the TCL 6 Series for more information.

65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

This is the 65-inch version of our top pick from above. It's basically the same TV, just bigger.

For around $1,000, you're getting 10 more inches of screen, plus the same 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, built-in Roku features, and everything else that makes the TCL 6 Series such a valuable choice this year. Check out our full review of the TCL 6 Series for more information.

How We Test

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I've been testing and reviewing TVs at Reviewed since 2012. In our TV testing lab, we have the latest CalMan calibration software, a QuantumData signal generator, and individual light/color measuring meters—not to mention about 200 Blu-rays and sundry AV equipment.

We use industry-backed and scientifically sound tests to determine things like a TV's HDR peak brightness of what percentage of the DCI-P3 color standard it achieves. We also watch an awful lot of Netflix. Our top priority is to discover what the consumer will actually experience at home—regardless of what the meters say.

I personally tested and reviewed almost every TV on this list myself, and for those I didn't, it was still tested via the methodology and human vision-related weighting metrics I designed in conjunction with Reviewed's staff scientists and tech experts.


Other Gaming TVs We Recommend

Obviously, while the TCL 6 Series above is our pick for "most people," it's not going to work for everyone. It's not a perfect TV from a performance standpoint, but it's also not the most affordable gaming-forward set you can buy in 2018. If you're looking for something a little higher in the food chain, or something a little easier on your wallet, read on.


65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

If you're a gamer with the deepest of pockets, we've got a treat for you: this mega beautiful OLED TV.

The LG C8 is actually one of the more affordable LG OLEDs for 2018: only the B8 series is cheaper, and that one lacks the alpha 9 processor that makes the higher-up series more valuable. Naturally, the C8 is 4K, HDR, smart, with all the fixins, including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio. Generally, OLED TVs as a technology elicit low input lag, too, though we've heard some mixed things regarding 4K/HDR input lag processing.

However, for most gamers, you're not going to find a more beautiful picture, so if breathtaking landscapes and full-bodied game soundtracks are your bread and butter, check this guy out. Read our full review of the LG C8 series for more information.

55-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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55-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

This is the smaller variant of the 65-inch C8 from above.

Especially because it's an OLED, you can expect the same great picture quality in this slightly more affordable 55-inch TV. Same features, same input lag response, etc.

Read our full review of the LG C8 series for more information.

65-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum (2018)

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65-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum (2018)

Any Fallout fans out there? The P-Series Quantum might be perfect for you—and not just because it sounds like that delectable brand of Nuka-Cola.

If you're looking for ultra-premium type specs at a not-quite-ultra-premium price, the Quantum is your friend. For around $2,000, you're getting incredible performance and Vizio's signature attention to gaming responsiveness. This TV has 5 HDMI inputs, and one of them is designed specifically to be faster. How's that for customer service?

Naturally, you're losing out on some things here and there, otherwise this TV would be $3,000 like the other ultra-premium options for 2018. You can read our full review to find out more.

65-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

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65-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

The next series down from our top recommended TCL 6 Series, the 5 Series is very similar in terms of its low input lag—it just isn't as good of a performer.

However, you're still getting 4K resolution, HDR (though the brightness/color isn't terribly impressive), the much lauded Roku smart platform, and a decent enough design aesthetic. Check out our full review of the TCL 5 Series for more information.

55-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

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55-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

This is the 55-inch version of the 5 Series, detailed above.

This is the actual model we tested, so all of the results from the review apply directly. However, despite being different sizes, we expect our performance results to apply to every size in the series because these TVs use full-array local dimming backlights.

Check out our full review of the TCL 5 Series for more information.

49-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

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49-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

This is the 49-inch version of the 5 Series, detailed above.

Like with the other sizes in this series, we expect the performance here to be on-par with the 55-inch model that we tested in our labs.

Check out our full review of the TCL 5 Series for more information.

43-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

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43-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

This is the smallest (and cheapest) member of the 5 Series.

If you're just looking to spend as little as possible, this is the TV we recommend for your gaming needs. There are definitely cheaper TVs out there, but this one at least delivers a standard of quality, and respectable input lag results.

Check out our full review of the TCL 5 Series for more information.

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