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The 6 Best 4k HDR Gaming TVs - Spring 2018
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Best HDR Gaming TVs

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The releases of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X have been a driving force in the markets, with more and more consumers looking for 4k TVs with great HDR capabilities to be able to fully enjoy these games. Manufacturers have been listening, and newer TVs have very low input lag and other features designed for gamers.

While new TVs with even better HDR capabilities and lower input lag have been announced at CES 2018, and some of these have been released, it will be a while before the price comes down enough for them to be worth the investment. There are some truly excellent TVs from 2017 that have been designed from the ground up with gamers in mind.

We've tested 54 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs to buy in the spring of 2018. These recommendations are oriented towards HDR gaming with consoles like the Xbox One and PS4 Pro (you can find our picks for the best gaming TVs here and for the best gaming headphones here).

Best 4k HDR Gaming TV: LG B7A

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.6
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Type : OLED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

The best HDR gaming TV we've tested is the LG B7 4k OLED TV. OLED TVs like the B7 are able to turn individual pixels off, creating infinite contrast and true blacks. They also have very good viewing angles and are among the brightest TVs on the market.

The B7A has consistent low input lag across all input modes while in game mode, so even if your favorite game hasn't been updated with HDR support, you will be able to fully enjoy the game. OLED TVs also have a near-instantaneous response time, and therefore, there is almost no visible blur, which is great for helping games look exceptionally smooth.

The B7A is almost identical to the C7, and depending on sales and availability, you should get whichever is cheaper. The 2018 C8 has been released but it is still too expensive to be worth the upgrade. Like all OLEDs, there is a risk of temporary image retention, especially when displaying static images like the UI elements in games for very long periods of time, and also a risk of permanent burn-in. Most people won't run into these issues, so they are likely to find the B7A to be the best HDR gaming TV currently available.

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LED Alternative: Samsung Q9FN

Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 65" 75"

If you want the best picture quality possible but are concerned about the possibility of burn-in, go with the Samsung Q9FN. While it won't come cheap, it is the best LED TV on the market. It delivers excellent picture quality, and is perfect for dark room viewing. It is extremely bright, and has excellent reflection handling, making it a great choice for a bright room and daytime viewing, although the viewing angle isn't as wide as the OLED TVs.

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Best Mid-Range 4k HDR Gaming TV: TCL R617

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.4
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

The TCL R617 is the best mid-range 4k HDR Gaming TV. It has great HDR Gaming performance better than most of the competition, but is aggressively priced closer to more budget models. It has great picture quality, and is one of the brightest HDR TVs on the market. The color gamut isn't as wide as with more expensive models, but HDR content will still look good and is very bright.

It has excellent low input lag and great motion handling, and it can reduce the flicker frequency of the backlight as low as 60Hz, even in game mode, to help motion appear more fluid.

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Versatile Alternative: Sony X900E

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75"

The X900E is a more versatile alternative to the TCL R617, but it isn't as good for HDR gaming. It isn't as bright as the 617 and it has higher input lag, but it handles motion better and is nearly flicker-free. Overall, the HDR Gaming experience is still good on the 900E, but for more mixed usage it might be a better choice than the R617.

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Best Budget 4k HDR Gaming TV: TCL S405

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.8
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

If you want an even cheaper budget TV but still want a good 4k HDR experience, get the TCL S405. It has excellent low input lag that is even better than some high-end TVs and great motion handling, making for a smooth gaming experience. 

It doesn't get very bright and has a poor viewing angle, making it a less than ideal choice for bright rooms or rooms with wide seating. However, it runs the Roku TV smart platform and has surprisingly good smart features for a budget set.

See our review

Brighter Alternative: Samsung MU6290

Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 40" 43" 49" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung MU6290 is also a good alternative to the S405 if you need something a little brighter. While it doesn't have as good low input lag or motion handling as the S405, it still offers a good gaming experience. It is available in a wide variety of sizes, from 40" to 75".

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Vizio P Series 2017. While it has some excellent input lag for SDR gaming, the HDR capable ports have higher input lag that renders this TV less suitable for less casual gamers. See our review
  • Sony Z9D. Great TV overall, but very expensive for the performance. See our review
  • Sony X940E. Very good TV for HDR gaming, but not as good as our other recommendations. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Great TV overall, but the LG is a bit better and similarly priced. See our review
  • Samsung NU8000. Good TV for HDR gaming, but the R617 is better for less. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming HDR Gaming TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that support HDR. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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First off I really appreciate this site, I purchased my first 4K tv because of this site.. But my questions are 1. I already have the (SONY X800D) but I'm concern if this tv can really still do HDR while game mode is on? 2. For that price range do you think this is a good HDR/4K tv for the new ps4 pro? 3. When using the (SONY-X800D) how do you get the TV to show if your viewing 4K content?
Yes it can. The 43" X800D is our top recommendation for HDR gaming on a more strict budget. The 49" variation is a little different, as it has a lower native contrast ratio but better picture quality at an angle. If you are gaming in a dark room then the KU7000 is a slightly better choice in the 49" size for about the same price. Press the 'DISPLAY' button on the remote for resolution information about the current source.
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How's the Samsung KU6270 in 4K with HDR for gaming?
The KU6270 is very similar to the KU6300, it just lacks bluetooth. The KU6300 is good for HDR gaming due to its low input lag and good response time, although it doesn't have a wide enough color gamut to fully show HDR colors. We expect the KU6270 to be similar.
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Hi, Between these two models(Samsung JU7100 [40"] & Sony X800D [43"]) which one is better for HDR Gaming and Gaming in general?
Since we don't have in our lab anymore the Samsung JU7100, we could not test the input lag in 4k and 4k/HDR, so it is a bit hard to say which one would be the best for gaming. But we can say without a doubt that the Sony X800D is an excellent choice.
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Hello I have a XBR65X930C and I would like your opinion on the input lag in HDR mode for video games, because I consider replacing my Xbox One by the Xbox One S. Thank you.
We have just updated our input lag results for this TV, since it got a firmware update that reduce a lot the input lag in 4k and HDR. Even if it was reduced a lot, the input lag under 4k HDR is around 59ms, which is a bit high even for casual games.
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In your review, you said that the color on the Samsung JU7100 is distorted at an angle. Do you have information on the angle at which the distortion becomes noticeable?
We consider the JU7100 good until about 19 degrees. You can see more information here.
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