TCL S334 (LCD)

TCL S334 (32" LCD)

TCL S334 (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Sports:
3.3
PICTURE QUALITY: Poor5.2/10
MOVIES & TV: Poor5.2/10
GAMING: Poor5.7/10
SPORTS: Fair6.2/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Poor5.8/10
NEWS & TALK: Poor5.9/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Poor4.6/10

The TCL S334 is a budget LCD TV that is suitable for general use but may not satisfy those looking for high-quality picture or performance. Its overall picture quality, gaming experience, and performance in dark or bright rooms are considered poor. If you enjoy watching sports, its performance is somewhat better but still not at a premium level. It also struggles with contrast and local dimming is not available, which affects the deepness of blacks. This TV performs decently for color accuracy out of the box and has a good score for reflections, making it somewhat suitable for well-lit rooms. It possesses a standard 60Hz refresh rate and while it has low input lag, which is good for casual gaming, its motion processing capabilities are not impressive. With only two HDMI ports, connectivity options are limited. The S334 does not support advanced HDR formats like HDR10+, Dolby Vision, or HLG and lacks features like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for immersive sound, which means a less engaging experience for movies and serious gaming. However, its sound quality is rated as poor, and if sound is important to you, consider investing in external speakers. This model, due to its lower price point, might fit customers who are not seeking advanced features and are satisfied with a basic television experience. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good reflections handling
  • Very good upscaling
  • Very good response time
  • Good for casual gaming
Cons
  • Poor overall picture quality
  • Poor performance in bright rooms
  • Poor contrast and brightness
  • Limited color performance

Ratings by Category

Sports:
3.3
The TCL S334's motion handling is adequate for watching sports, with reasonable response times that keep the action relatively clear, but its limited viewing angles can cause the picture to look less accurate when viewed from the side. Moreover, although its ability to reduce reflections is decent, this might still be a concern in very bright rooms.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
3.0
The TCL S334 is rated poorly for SDR brightness, making it less suitable for watchability in well-lit rooms which is common for news and talk show viewing. Additionally, while the colors out of the box are considered very good, the poor upscaling may result in lower picture quality when viewing lower resolution content commonly found in standard TV broadcasts.
Cartoons & Animaton:
3.0
PerfectRec’s cartoons & animation score places great importance on several crucial aspects of TV picture quality, such as color gamut, color volume, brightness, and out-of-the-box color accuracy, in addition to good gray uniformity and contrast, to ensure that you can fully enjoy your favorite animated content. Cartoons and animation are characterized by vibrant and colorful imagery, however, accurately displaying this type of content can pose a challenge for TVs, particularly during scenes with complex lighting or subtle color variations.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$185
Brand
TCL
Year Released
2022
Full name
32S334
Screen Size
32"
Screen Resolution
720P

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Android TV
Sound Quality Score
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5.7/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
2
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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5.3/10
Bright Room Score
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4.7/10
Gaming Score
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5.8/10
Movies & TV Score
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5.2/10
Sports Score
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6.3/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
17.2" x 28.8" x 3"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
19.1" x 28.8"
Weight without Stand
9.5 lbs
VESA Mount
100 x 100

DISPLAY

Color Depth
8 bit
Black Frame Insertion
No
Auto Low Latency Mode
No
Contrast
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4.3/10
Local Dimming
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2.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.0
Speaker Power
10 w
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No

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