The 8 Best 4K Gaming TVs of 2019

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Best Overall: TCL 55R617

TCL 55R617

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One of the best things you can find when you’re investing in electronics like a TV is value, and the 55-inch TCL R617 has value galore. All told, it has a fairly modest price for a 55-inch 4K TV, and that’s even before we consider all the ways it offers a phenomenal viewing and gaming experience.

The TCL 55R617 is a full, 4K Smart TV with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and HDR support for the widely available HDR10 and the premium Dolby Vision. This means you’ll be able to enjoy video that is both sharp and high-contrast, thanks to the 96 zones of local dimming, a powerful backlighting technology that improves dynamic range on LCD displays. A wide color gamut further improves the imagery. And, since modern consoles support HDR, you can game in HDR on the TCL 55R617 as well.

Low input lag on the TV in gaming mode will help keep your games feeling highly responsive, whether you’re playing on a console or PC. For smart features, it has the Roku platform built in, so you can easily access movies and TV when you’re not gaming. The TV is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Best Budget: LG 43UM7300PUA

LG may have some stunningly expensive TVs, but it also has some great budget picks. That’s the case with the 43UM7300PUA, a 43-inch 4K Smart TV running LG’s powerful webOS platform. You’ll have no trouble finding 4K content to enjoy on the LG TV, which has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Additionally, you can even build your game collection with all the money you save on it, as it’s in the same ballpark as most new video game consoles.

The 43UM7300PUA may not be big or costly, but it still comes with full support for high dynamic range through active HDR formats. It also uses an IPS panel, allowing for strong viewing angles, which is helpful when watching TV with a lot of people.

For gaming, the TV offers a low input lag, helping you keep up with the action in even the most fast-paced games. And, because it uses active HDR, you can also enjoy high dynamic range on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. In terms of smart functionality, the TV features LG's ThinQ AI technology and popular voice assistants, including Google Assistant and Alexa.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best 4K TVs for under $1,000.

Runner-up, Best Budget: Samsung UN40NU7100FXZA

Samsung also has an affordable 4K TV that keeps its price down by skipping a few features and maintaining a small size. That model is the Samsung UN40NU7100FXZA, the 40-inch variant in Samsung’s NU7100 series of 4K Smart TVs. While the 40-inch model is a true budget champ, Samsung has six more variants that gradually increase in size up to its 75-inch model.

The Samsung UN40NU7100FXZA has a simple design, with thin bezels around the display and two legs on each side to hold the screen up. But that doesn’t mean the display is simple — you’re getting the 4K, 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution paired with HLG, HDR10, and even HDR10+. Notably, that last format is an impressive inclusion for a TV at this budget level. This Samsung TV can also upscale non-4K content to 4K for improved visuals on older content, and its Motion Rate 120 allows for smooth action in fast moving scenes. Additionally, as a smart TV, you have access to streaming services using the Samsung remote control.

The TV’s game mode can keep the input lag down, so you can play your favorite online shooter without feeling like the TV is holding you back. And given the price, it won’t be holding your budget back either.

Best Value: Vizio P Series 55”

Vizio has a solid reputation for offering value products, and that reputation continues with the Vizio P Series, which comes in a number of different sizes. We’ll look at the 55-inch model, but many of the specs apply to the larger models as well if you want more screen space for gaming.

The 55-inch Vizio P Series TV is a 4K Smart TV built with the SmartCast OS and Google’s Chromecast technology. It can also be controlled using Alexa or Google Assistant, giving you easy access to all the TV and movie content you could want. Better yet, Vizio WatchFree, the brand's free streaming service, lets you stream over 100 channels.

The picture is also excellent, with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, 56 zones of local dimming, and support for HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range profiles. This means you can get a great picture in HDR whether you’re watching TV or gaming. And, with support for over a billion colors, you can be sure your visual experience is top notch. Plus, with low input lag, you won’t be held back gaming either.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best smart TVs.

Best Quality: Samsung QN55Q60RAFXZA

Samsung’s QLED technology has been offering dazzling visual quality when it comes to high contrast ratios that make HDR content really pop. It's come at a high price until recently, which makes the Samsung Q60R series so compelling.

Its 55-inch model, the QN55Q60RAFXZA, is a 4K Smart TV that gets you all the content you want and displays it with stunning clarity and brightness, thanks to the high-resolution panel. Better still is the complete coverage of the cinematic DCI-P3 color space, so colors can really pop and look just how the creators wanted. You’re also getting Quantum HDR 4X support for realistic picture, as well as a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

Beyond the visuals and perks like voice and smart home controls thanks to the SmartThings integration, the Samsung QN55Q60RAFXZA also has some perks for gamers. When the TV is set to Game Mode, it supports FreeSync technology, which adjusts the TV’s refresh rate to match games’ frame rate, creating extra smooth, clean imagery. You can even stream your PC games from gaming platform Steam directly to the TV via the Steam Link app.

Best Features: Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA

Samsung has no shortage of high-value options for gamers who want a 4K TV to fit all their needs. The 55-inch UN55RU8000FXZA model is another killer with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and support for 4K content in HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+ for a high dynamic range that’s optimized on a scene-by-scene basis. And, with the Smart TV platform, you’ll be able to find and stream content easily over either a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. In addition to Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility, the TV includes Samsung's personal voice assistant, Bixby, which lets you adjust settings, change the volume, or search for content on command.

When it comes to gaming, the Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA has a low input lag, making it useful for games that require fast reaction times. And, the Game Mode also enables FreeSync for smooth visuals on supported hardware. If you have a huge library of Steam games on a computer that won’t connect to your TV, you can stream them to the UN55RU8000FXZA with the Steam Link app.

After taking all that into account, the TV only impresses further with how low it keeps the price. And, with thin bezels around the whole display and cable management option in back, it doesn’t sacrifice style either.

Take a peek at some of the other best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy.

Best Premium: LG OLED55E8PUA

If you’ve got some extra money to spend and want a TV that’s going to knock it out of the park with visuals, then one of LG’s top-of-the-line OLED TVs is worth looking at. In particular, the LG OLED E8 series is a solid option — we’re looking at the 55-inch model in this case, the LG OLED55E8PUA.

The power of OLED displays comes from the fact that OLED pixels don’t use a backlight but rather provide their own light. This means that when a pixel is black, it is truly back. Other display types try to block out backlights for black pixels, but even the best don’t quite compete with the blacks of OLED display — this makes the high dynamic range of OLED TVs stunning. That's in addition to LG’s support for HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and over a billion colors. And as a 4K Ultra HD TV, the LG OLED55E8PUA boasts a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

For smart features, this LG TV has Google Assistant built in and works with Amazon Alexa devices. Factor in low input latency for gaming and LG’s incredibly powerful webOS Smart TV platform, and you’ve got a TV that’s well worth its price for gaming, TV, and movie aficionados.

Runner-up, Best Premium: Sony X950G

Sony also has a strong premium offering in the X950G. And, if you want to scale down on size, you can even score a nice price by going with the 55-inch model, though it comes in a 65-, 75-, and 85-inch variant. We’ll look at the 55-inch option for consideration here.

With a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the Sony X950G offers the 4K HDR picture you should demand from any new TV, and it does wonders with it. The TV uses local dimming to offer a higher contrast ratio than edge-lit TVs, and it supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision, so you can enjoy an incredibly broad range of content in high dynamic range.

The X950G runs on the Android TV operating system, offering an easy learning curve for Android smartphone and tablet users, as well as access to a wide range of apps from the Google Play app store including the Steam Link app for PC gamers. It also has Google Assistant built-in, in addition to being compatible with Alexa and Google Home. If all of this weren’t enough, low input lag helps keep gaming responsive for fast-paced shooters and fighting games.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 3.5 hours researching the most popular 4K gaming TVs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 60 different gaming TVs overall, screened options from 10 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 16 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.