The 6 Best 4k Gaming TVs - Winter 2020 Reviews

Nicholas Di Giovanni

Updated by: Ryan Lim

Best 4k HDR Gaming TV: Vizio P Series Quantum 2020

The best TV for gaming in HDR we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020. It's an all-around great TV that delivers stunning picture quality for nearly every type of content. It's well-suited for dark rooms, as it has an outstanding contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, allowing to produce deep blacks. It also performs very well in bright lighting conditions due to its excellent reflection handling and high peak brightness. Unfortunately, its VA panel has fairly narrow viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for large rooms or wide seating areas.

It has low input lag, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a fast response time to deliver a fantastic gaming experience. Every action feels instantaneous, and fast-moving scenes look crisp and smooth. On top of that, it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate to minimize screen tearing. It has near full coverage of the DCI P3 color space to produce rich and vibrant colors in HDR content, and it gets bright enough to make small specular highlights pop.

If you get most of your content through streaming services, Vizio's SmartCast platform has a reasonable number of apps. However, they all come pre-installed, and you can't add anymore since Vizio doesn't have an app store. Also, while its upscaling of lower-resolution content is decent, it isn't as good as other 4k TVs on the market. On the upside, its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in, so you don't have to worry about playing the same game for hours on end. Overall, it's an impressive TV that should satisfy most people.


Best Budget 4k Gaming TV: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020

The best TV for gaming in the budget category we've tested is the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020. Despite its low price tag, it has a simple and elegant design that looks just as good as more premium models. It has a high contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, making it an excellent choice for gaming in the dark. It handles reflections well and gets decently bright, but it may not be able to overcome intense glare. Like most VA panel TVs, its narrow viewing angles make the image look washed out from the sides, so it isn't ideal for wide seating arrangements.

Its motion handling is good, as it has a fast response time and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to deliver fast-moving scenes with minimal blur. The refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, but on the upside, it supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing. It has exceptionally low input lag, even when VRR is enabled and in 10-bit HDR. It can display most common resolutions and chroma 4:4:4, making it a good option for gaming on a PC.

If you want to game in HDR, this TV has an outstanding color gamut to produce a wide range of colors, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content. Screen uniformity is just okay on our unit, as there's a fair amount of dirty screen effect; however, your experience may vary. Overall, this is a good TV for a wallet-friendly price.


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