This is the third 4K gaming TV article we’ve run here at Twinfinite since 2017. Previously, we’ve tended to focus on the “best” models available, but for 2019 we’re putting a focus on the budget options.
Our thinking is that year-on-year the best TV models really haven’t changed that much, and even the older models of the top tier bracket are still astronomically expensive. Models like Sony’s A1E, and LG’s BP and C series are still top dogs, and they’re still over $1500.
So what if you’re preparing for the next console generation but wanting to keep some money in the bank for the hardware itself? Well, you probably won’t want to be spending too much over $500. So let’s take a look at the cheaper end of the spectrum.
All TVs here feature 4K resolution and high dynamic range mode (HDR). Prices are taken from Amazon.com and accurate at the time of writing. We’re basing performance on tests run at RTings.com.
- Price: $299
- Screen Size: 43 in
- Dimensions: 37.8 x 8.4 x 24 in
- Item Weight: 18.8 lbs
- Refresh Rate: 120 hertz
- Total HDMI Ports: 3
TCL TVs have long been favored by those on a budget looking for the sharpest gaming-specific performance. The quality of the S series’ screen is sharp enough and features a good contrast that makes blacks appear nice and deep, but it’s the low input lag and motion blur that really makes this TV a winner for gamers.
The downsides to the S series is that it lacks brightness compared with more expensive units and the quality of the picture drops off when viewed from an angle. But with the 43inch model as cheap as $300 new, it’s the perfect option if you’re just wanting something inexpensive for a small gaming room.
If you can afford a little more than $500, then we’d suggest stretching for TCL’s P Series, which features equally low input lag with a sharper screen and more brightness.