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Updated April 10, 2024·

If you have a tight budget and need a basic TV for mixed usage, the TCL S450R would make sense, as it offers a fair overall picture quality and supports essential HDR formats, while keeping costs low. However, it has poor gaming performance and is not recommended for bright rooms due to its fair reflections handling. In contrast, the TCL R655 costs more but offers very good picture quality, excellent contrast, and great performance for gaming due to very good response time and low input lag. It also has superior capabilities for watching movies and handling reflections, which makes it suitable for bright rooms. If you value a higher quality viewing experience for various content and a more gaming-friendly TV, investing in the R655 may be justified despite the higher price. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the TCL S450R (LCD)
  • Good for upscaling
Advantages of the TCL R655 (LCD)
  • Best in class for bright room
  • Very good for dark room
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for movies & TV
  • Good for news, talk, & other TV
  • Very good for cartoons & animation
  • Good for use as monitor
  • Very good reflections

Key differences

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Picture Quality

6.5
50S450R
55R655
8.0
6.428571429/10
CONTRAST
9.07/10
6.3/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
8.2/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
miniLED FALD
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL R655 (LCD) has very good picture quality, while the TCL S450R (LCD) has only fair picture quality.

Movies & TV

6.0
50S450R
55R655
7.9
6.428571429/10
CONTRAST
9.07/10
9.2/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.1/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
5.4/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL R655 (LCD) is good for movies & TV, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair.

Gaming

5.7
50S450R
55R655
8.6
6.0/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
7.0/10
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.7/10
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
5.3/10
10.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
85.0/100
5.8/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.8/10
The TCL R655 (LCD) is very good for gaming, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is poor.

Cartoons & Animation

6.0
50S450R
55R655
8.7
5.9/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
7.6/10
6.3/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
8.2/10
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
6.6/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
7.7/10
5.8/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
8.2/10
The TCL R655 (LCD) is very good for cartoons & animation, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.4
50S450R
55R655
7.2
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
5.4/10
The TCL R655 (LCD) is good for news, talk, & other TV, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair.

Bright Room

6.0
50S450R
55R655
9.5
5.1/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.2/10
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
5.6/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.5/10
6.3/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
8.8/10
The TCL R655 (LCD) is best in class for bright room, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair.

Cost

$350
50S450R
55R655
$700
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The TCL S450R (LCD) has a price of $350 and the TCL R655 (LCD) costs $700.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.1
50S450R
55R655
6.6
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
5.3/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.7/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
5.4/10
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
9.1/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL R655 (LCD) and TCL S450R (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

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How the TCL S450R (LCD) and the TCL R655 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S450R (LCD)TCL R655 (LCD)
TCL S450R (LCD)TCL R655 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$350
$700
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
August 1, 2023September 1, 2022
Full name
50S450R55R655
Screen Size
50"55"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
6/108/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
6.6/108/10
Bright Room Score
6/109.5/10
Gaming Score
5.7/108.7/10
Movies & TV Score
6/107.9/10
Sports Score
6.2/106.6/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
25.4" x 43.8" x 3.2"28" x 48.3" x 2.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
27.1" x 43.8"31.1" x 48.3"
Weight without Stand
18.3 lbs35.5 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200300 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
8 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
NoYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
6.4/109.1/10
Local Dimming
3/107/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.0
Speaker Power
20 W20 W
Dolby Atmos
YesYes
DTS:X
NoNo

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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 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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