In 2017, even cheap TVs are perfectly fine for gaming—regardless of which genre of games you prefer. The trick is to know which budget TVs have the features and the image quality you as a gamer need and desire. We present you a list of five cheap TVs for gaming in 2017, all of which were handpicked by us because they stand out compared to their competition.
Best Cheap TVs For Gaming
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The TCL 49S305 is the perfect budget TV for gaming. With its slim bezels and modern design, the TV will look just as good in a child’s room as it will in an expensively furnished bachelor’s pad. The TCL 49S305 has the Full HD resolution and LED backlighting, which saves you money in the long-run because it makes the TV more energy efficient and allows you to score a few extra kills thanks to the superior contrast ratio, which brings out details in dark areas. The connectivity options include three HDMI inputs, USB, RF, composite, headphone jack, and optical audio output. Should you ever run out of games to play, you can fire up the Roku TV app on your smartphone or tablet and enjoy thousands of streaming options.
If you don’t mind paying a bit extra compared to the TCL 49S305, the LG 49LJ5500 offers a special gaming mode, which reduces lag to minimum for smooth gaming regardless of which genre you prefer. Besides the gaming mode, the LG 49LJ5500 also has slightly better image quality than the TCL 49S305 thanks to the Color Master engine. The TV automatically enhances the entire color spectrum to appear more life-like. Unlike the TCL 49S305, which runs on the Roku TV operating system, the LG 49LJ5500 comes with the latest version of webOS, offering convenient access to popular streaming video apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Video, VUDU, and many others.
The latest version of the TCL 55S405 has turned out to be an excellent budget TV for gamers and movie enthusiasts alike. The TCL 55S405 now supports the 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR). When these two technologies are combined, the results can be striking. Games in 4K look stunning even when sitting close to the TV, and HDR makes colors pop out and darker areas radiate with such a high level of detail that regular TVs don’t come even close to it. Like the more affordable TCL 49S305, the TCL 55S405 also runs on the Roku TV operating system, which gives you access to an endless amount of content either with the Roku TV smartphone app or the included Roku TV remote with a simplified button layout.
Even though this TV is betrayed by its thick bezels, which make it seem outdated, the image quality can rival even some mid-range models. We recommend the 49-inch model because of its availability and excellent value, but the same TV is also available in 32 inches, 40 inches, 43 inches, and 50 inches. Regardless of which size you ultimately go with, you’ll always get to enjoy rich colors, wide viewing angles, smooth motion, and all the perks of Samsung’s smart TVs, such as the ability to browse the web right on your TV, video on demand, or downloadable apps.
The TCL 32S305 is the smallest budget gaming TV on this list, with only 32 inches across. Because of its smaller size, the TV can get away with the HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), instead of the Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Just like its large siblings, the TCL 32S305 features multiple HDMI inputs, USB, RF, composite, headphone jack, and optical audio output. The color reproduction is excellent and the power consumption is minimal thanks to direct LED backlighting. The Roku TV operating system provides easy access to over 4,000 streaming channels, cable TV, gaming consoles, and other devices.