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Updated April 10, 2024·

If saving money is a priority, the TCL S450R would be the more economical choice and delivers similar performance across most content types when compared to the TCL S435, despite the latter being pricier. Both TVs offer fair overall picture quality and are equipped with a voice commands feature, but the S450R has advantages such as better gaming performance, the ability to use it as a computer monitor, and support for a wider range of HDR formats including Dolby Vision and HDR10+. This makes the S450R more versatile for various content and uses. However, neither TV excels in bright rooms. If cost is less of a concern and you prioritize budget over features, the S435 could still be suitable, but the S450R offers more for less. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S435 (LCD)
  • Good for cartoons & animation
Advantages of the TCL S450R (LCD)
  • Good for upscaling

Key differences

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Cartoons & Animation

7.0
50S435
50S450R
6.0
6.0/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
5.9/10
6.6/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.3/10
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
9.0/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
6.6/10
5.9/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
5.8/10
The TCL S435 (LCD) is good for cartoons & animation, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair.

News, Talk, & Other TV

5.8
50S435
50S450R
6.4
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
The TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair for news, talk, & other TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$394
50S435
50S450R
$299
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The TCL S435 (LCD) has a price of $394 and the TCL S450R (LCD) costs $299.
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Key similarities

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Picture Quality

6.6
50S435
50S450R
6.5
7.50/10
CONTRAST
6.428571429/10
6.6/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.3/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S435 (LCD) and TCL S450R (LCD) both have only fair picture quality.

Movies & TV

6.1
50S435
50S450R
6.0
7.50/10
CONTRAST
6.428571429/10
6.7/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
9.2/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
No
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S435 (LCD) and TCL S450R (LCD) are both only fair for movies & TV.

Sports

5.9
50S435
50S450R
6.1
3.2/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
5.8/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S450R (LCD) to be only fair for sports, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Gaming

5.5
50S435
50S450R
5.7
6.2/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.0/10
5.8/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
3.2/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
0.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
10.0/100
5.3/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
The TCL S450R (LCD) and TCL S435 (LCD) are both poor for gaming.

Bright Room

5.6
50S435
50S450R
6.0
5.0/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.1/10
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
5.1/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.6/10
5.9/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
6.3/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S450R (LCD) to be only fair for bright room, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

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How the TCL S435 (LCD) and the TCL S450R (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S435 (LCD)TCL S450R (LCD)
TCL S435 (LCD)TCL S450R (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$394
$299
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
September 2, 2020August 1, 2023
Full name
50S43550S450R
Screen Size
50"50"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
5.9/106/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
6.7/106.6/10
Bright Room Score
5.6/106/10
Gaming Score
5.6/105.7/10
Movies & TV Score
6.2/106/10
Sports Score
6/106.2/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
25.8" x 44.2" x 3.3"25.4" x 43.8" x 3.2"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
27.8" x 44.2"27.1" x 43.8"
Weight without Stand
21.4 lbs18.3 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 300200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit8 bit
Black Frame Insertion
NoNo
Auto Low Latency Mode
NoYes
Contrast
7.5/106.4/10
Local Dimming
2.5/103/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.0
Speaker Power
16 W20 W
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital Plus Bypass OnlyYes
DTS:X
NoNo

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Geoffrey Morrison | June 2021
"The TCL 4-Series is so inexpensive and capable you might start to question why there are any multithousand-dollar TVs at all. The 4-Series setup is intuitive and easy. If you're just looking for an easy-to-use TV with decent picture, this is an excellent place to start."

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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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