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Updated January 10, 2024·

The TCL S446 is slightly more expensive than the TCL S455. The S446 offers a better gaming experience and is more suited for watching cartoons and animation, with a wider viewing angle which makes it a better choice if you often have a group watching together from various seating positions. However, it struggles in dark environments as it doesn't display deep blacks well. The S455, on the other hand, performs better with movies and series due to its higher contrast, making it more suitable for viewers who prioritize cinematic content. It also performs slightly better in bright rooms and offers better black uniformity, which means it will handle dark scenes better, but its narrower viewing angle may limit the view for those sitting off to the side. Both models are budget-friendly LCD TVs and will not be the best choice for very bright or very dark rooms. If your priority is gaming or watching with a large group, the S446 could be a better choice. If you prefer watching movies and want a TV that performs slightly better in a variety of lighting conditions, the S455 might suit you better. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S446 (LCD)
  • Good viewing angle
  • Good reflections
Advantages of the TCL S455 (LCD)
  • The TCL S455 (LCD) has no clear advantages over the TCL S446 (LCD).

Key differences

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Picture Quality

5.8
43S446
43S455
6.5
5.37/10
CONTRAST
6.43/10
6.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.3/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED
IPS
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S455 (LCD) has only fair picture quality, while the TCL S446 (LCD) has poor picture quality.

Movies & TV

5.4
43S446
43S455
6.0
5.37/10
CONTRAST
6.43/10
4.8/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
9.2/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
No
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
No
The TCL S455 (LCD) is only fair for movies & TV, while the TCL S446 (LCD) is poor.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.4
43S446
43S455
6.1
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
8.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL S455 (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

Gaming

5.8
43S446
43S455
5.7
6.2/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.0/10
8.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
0.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
10.0/100
5.6/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL S455 (LCD) are both poor for gaming.

Cartoons & Animation

6.4
43S446
43S455
6.0
5.8/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
5.9/10
6.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.3/10
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
9.1/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
6.6/10
6.0/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
5.8/10
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL S455 (LCD) are both only fair for cartoons & animation.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.4
43S446
43S455
6.4
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
The TCL S455 (LCD) and TCL S446 (LCD) are both only fair for news, talk, & other TV.

Bright Room

5.8
43S446
43S455
6.0
7.5/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.1/10
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
5.4/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.6/10
7.2/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
6.3/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S455 (LCD) to be only fair for bright room, while the TCL S446 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$230
43S446
43S455
$228
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The TCL S446 (LCD) has a price of $230 and the TCL S455 (LCD) costs $228.

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How the TCL S446 (LCD) and the TCL S455 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S446 (LCD)TCL S455 (LCD)
TCL S446 (LCD)TCL S455 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$230
$228
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
September 1, 2021May 1, 2022
Full name
43S44643S455
Screen Size
43"43"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Android TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
6/106/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
34
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
5.8/106.6/10
Bright Room Score
5.8/106/10
Gaming Score
5.9/105.7/10
Movies & TV Score
5.5/106/10
Sports Score
6.4/106.2/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
22.3" x 38.2" x 3.3"22" x 37.7" x 3.1"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
24.6" x 38.2"24" x 37.7"
Weight without Stand
15.4 lbs13.7 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesNo
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
5.4/106.4/10
Local Dimming
2.5/103/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.0
Speaker Power
16 W20 W
Dolby Atmos
Bypass onlyYes
DTS:X
NoNo

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USA Today

Lee Neikirk | January 2022
"A highly affordable but reliably kitted-out 4K Roku TV that, while far from perfect, still punches above its price and delivers a great user experience. If you want to soup up movie night for a bargain, the 4-Series won’t let you down. You may never need to plug in a set-top box or streaming device."

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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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