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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Hisense U8K is generally less expensive and is known for its impressive gaming performance and high brightness, making it suitable for viewing in brighter rooms. However, it may not offer as wide a viewing angle, which could be a downside for large gatherings. On the other hand, the TCL R655 is somewhat more expensive and shines with its natural color reproduction for movies and refined smart platform, but it may not reach the same brightness levels as the Hisense, which can affect daytime viewing in sunny rooms. Consider the Hisense U8K if gaming performance and brightness are priorities, especially in well-lit environments, or the TCL R655 if you prioritize movie-watching experience and smart features, with a slightly higher budget. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Hisense U8K (LCD)
  • Very good for movies & TV
  • Very good for news, talk, & other TV
  • Excellent for cartoons & animation
  • Good for upscaling
Advantages of the TCL R655 (LCD)
  • The TCL R655 (LCD) has no clear advantages over the Hisense U8K (LCD).

Key differences

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Picture Quality

8.7
55U8K
55R655
8.0
8.21/10
CONTRAST
9.07/10
9.2/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
8.2/10
miniLED FALD
PANEL TYPE
miniLED FALD
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The Hisense U8K (LCD) and TCL R655 (LCD) both have very good picture quality, though the Hisense U8K (LCD) has somewhat better picture quality.

Movies & TV

8.5
55U8K
55R655
7.9
8.21/10
CONTRAST
9.07/10
10.0/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.1/10
7.0/10
UPSCALING
5.4/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
HDR10+ SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The Hisense U8K (LCD) is very good for movies & TV, while the TCL R655 (LCD) is good.

News, Talk, & Other TV

8.6
55U8K
55R655
7.2
9.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
7.0/10
UPSCALING
5.4/10
The Hisense U8K (LCD) is very good for news, talk, & other TV, while the TCL R655 (LCD) is good.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.3
55U8K
55R655
6.6
3.5/10
MOTION PROCESSING
5.3/10
144Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
7.6/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.7/10
7.0/10
UPSCALING
5.4/10
9.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL R655 (LCD) and Hisense U8K (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

Gaming

8.6
55U8K
55R655
8.6
6.8/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
7.0/10
7.6/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.7/10
3.5/10
MOTION PROCESSING
5.3/10
90.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
85.0/100
9.2/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.8/10
The TCL R655 (LCD) and Hisense U8K (LCD) are both very good for gaming.

Cartoons & Animation

9.1
55U8K
55R655
8.7
8.3/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
7.6/10
9.2/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
8.2/10
9.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
8.6/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
7.7/10
7.0/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
8.2/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Hisense U8K (LCD) to be excellent for cartoons & animation, while the TCL R655 (LCD) is very good.

Bright Room

9.7
55U8K
55R655
9.5
5.3/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.2/10
9.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
9.1/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.5/10
8.9/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
8.8/10
The Hisense U8K (LCD) and TCL R655 (LCD) are both best in class for bright room.

Cost

$698
55U8K
55R655
$700
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The Hisense U8K (LCD) has a price of $698 and the TCL R655 (LCD) costs $700.

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How the Hisense U8K (LCD) and the TCL R655 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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Hisense U8K (LCD)TCL R655 (LCD)
Hisense U8K (LCD)TCL R655 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$698
$700
Brand
HisenseTCL
Release Date
August 1, 2023September 1, 2022
Full name
55U8K55R655
Screen Size
55"55"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Google TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
8.3/108/10
NextGen Ready
YesNo
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
8.7/108/10
Bright Room Score
9.7/109.5/10
Gaming Score
8.6/108.7/10
Movies & TV Score
8.5/107.9/10
Sports Score
6.3/106.6/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
28.2" x 48.5" x 3"28" x 48.3" x 2.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
30.5" x 48.5"31.1" x 48.3"
Weight without Stand
41.2 lbs35.5 lbs
VESA Mount
400 x 300300 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
8.2/109.1/10
Local Dimming
8/107/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.1.22.0
Speaker Power
50 W20 W
Dolby Atmos
YesYes
DTS:X
YesNo

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Parker Hall | January 2023
"It has an excellent Roku interface, isn’t too expensive, has quantum dots and mini LED backlighting, and looks genuinely fantastic playing everything. If you’re in the market for a new TV, you should still start here. Gamers will like that it has a 120-Hz refresh rate at 4K, which is the maximum that a modern Xbox or Playstation 5 will put out—meaning the smoothest possible gaming and sports viewing in general. We’re no longer in the days of having to spend over $1,000 and spending a few hours on setup for decent black levels and great color accuracy and HDR"

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About Hisense

Hisense, a Chinese TV manufacturer, entered the US market in approximately 2011 and has since acquired TV divisions from various companies such as Toshiba, Sharp, Hitachi, and NEC. Currently ranking as the fourth largest vendor in terms of sales volume, Hisense aims to capture a wide range of TV budget segments. They offer exceptional value with TVs that often outperform their competitors at similar price points, making them a compelling choice for consumers. In the US, they use Google TV as their smart TV software which provides the largest app selection and a very modern user interface, however it is not as user friendly as the software from other vendors.

About TCL

TCL, the highly recognizable TV brand from China, has firmly established itself as the second-largest manufacturer in terms of sales volume. Renowned for striking an impressive balance between affordability, picture quality, and design, TCL TVs deliver a compelling overall package. While they have traditionally excelled in the low-end and midrange TV segments, TCL has recently made remarkable strides in the realm of high-end televisions, introducing impressive models that rival top competitors. Most TCL TVs use Roku software which is very user friendly and easy to use, but they have a few other models that use Google TV which has the largest app selection, but is not as user friendly as Roku.

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