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Updated April 10, 2024·

If you're on a strict budget and want to save money, the TCL S450R could be a good option. This TV is better suited for a dark room and if you enjoy watching movies with deep blacks, as it has excellent black uniformity. However, it has poor local dimming, HDR brightness, and color performance which might not be ideal for vivid HDR content. On the other hand, the TCL S446, while a bit more expensive, has a better viewing angle making it suitable for wide seating arrangements, and good upscaling for watching lower resolution content like cable TV. It also supports more HDR formats but lacks HDR10+ support and has only fair sound quality. Neither of these models are optimal for gaming due to high input lag, and their motion processing and reflection handling are only fair, so they might not be the best choice for a very bright room or for fast-action sports. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S446 (LCD)
  • Good viewing angle
  • Good reflections
Advantages of the TCL S450R (LCD)
  • The TCL S450R (LCD) has no clear advantages over the TCL S446 (LCD).

Key differences

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Picture Quality

5.8
50S446
50S450R
6.5
5.37/10
CONTRAST
6.428571429/10
6.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.3/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED
IPS
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S450R (LCD) has only fair picture quality, while the TCL S446 (LCD) has poor picture quality.

Movies & TV

5.4
50S446
50S450R
6.0
5.37/10
CONTRAST
6.428571429/10
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
Yes
The TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair for movies & TV, while the TCL S446 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$433
50S446
50S450R
$260
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The TCL S446 (LCD) has a price of $433 and the TCL S450R (LCD) costs $260.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.4
50S446
50S450R
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 S450R (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

Gaming

5.8
50S446
50S450R
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 S450R (LCD) are both poor for gaming.

Cartoons & Animation

6.4
50S446
50S450R
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 S450R (LCD) are both only fair for cartoons & animation.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.4
50S446
50S450R
6.4
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.3/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
The TCL S450R (LCD) and TCL S446 (LCD) are both only fair for news, talk, & other TV.

Bright Room

5.8
50S446
50S450R
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 S450R (LCD) to be only fair for bright room, while the TCL S446 (LCD) is poor.

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How the TCL S446 (LCD) and the TCL S450R (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S446 (LCD)TCL S450R (LCD)
TCL S446 (LCD)TCL S450R (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$433
$260
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
September 2, 2021August 1, 2023
Full name
50S44650S450R
Screen Size
50"50"
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)
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
20.7 lbs18.3 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 300200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit8 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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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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