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Updated April 10, 2024·

If you are on a budget and looking for a more affordable TV, the TCL S450R could be suitable for you, but keep in mind it has limited gaming performance and isn't the best for bright rooms. On the other hand, if you're willing to invest in a premium TV and gaming is important to you, the TCL R745 offers better gaming capabilities but also isn't ideal in bright viewing environments. Both TVs have fair performance for sports content and movies, but neither excels in bright room performance. If you plan to watch a lot of content in well-lit rooms or require high-quality brightness and contrast, you might want to consider other options. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S450R (LCD)
  • The TCL S450R (LCD) has no clear advantages over the TCL R745 (LCD).
Advantages of the TCL R745 (LCD)
  • Good for gaming
  • Good reflections

Key differences

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Picture Quality

6.5
50S450R
85R745
5.6
6.428571429/10
CONTRAST
4.97/10
6.3/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
5.8/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S450R (LCD) has only fair picture quality, while the TCL R745 (LCD) has poor picture quality.

Movies & TV

6.0
50S450R
85R745
5.2
6.428571429/10
CONTRAST
4.97/10
9.2/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
5.0/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
Yes
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S450R (LCD) is only fair for movies & TV, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

Gaming

5.7
50S450R
85R745
7.4
6.0/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.1/10
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
10.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
0.0/100
5.8/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.7/10
The TCL R745 (LCD) is good for gaming, while the TCL S450R (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$260
50S450R
85R745
$1,700
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$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

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The TCL S450R (LCD) has a price of $260 and the TCL R745 (LCD) costs $1,700.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.1
50S450R
85R745
6.4
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL R745 (LCD) and TCL S450R (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

Cartoons & Animation

6.0
50S450R
85R745
5.9
5.9/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
6.5/10
6.3/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
5.8/10
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
6.6/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
7.7/10
5.8/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
6.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S450R (LCD) to be only fair for cartoons & animation, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.4
50S450R
85R745
6.1
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
The TCL S450R (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) are both only fair for news, talk, & other TV.

Bright Room

6.0
50S450R
85R745
5.8
5.1/10
VIEWING ANGLE
6.8/10
6.3/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
5.6/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.5/10
6.3/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
7.8/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S450R (LCD) to be only fair for bright room, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

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How the TCL S450R (LCD) and the TCL R745 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S450R (LCD)TCL R745 (LCD)
TCL S450R (LCD)TCL R745 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$260
$1,700
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
August 1, 2023April 1, 2021
Full name
50S450R85R745
Screen Size
50"85"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
6/106.1/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
6.6/105.7/10
Bright Room Score
6/105.8/10
Gaming Score
5.7/107.4/10
Movies & TV Score
6/105.3/10
Sports Score
6.2/106.4/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
25.4" x 43.8" x 3.2"42.8" x 75.6" x 3.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
27.1" x 43.8"46.7" x 75.6"
Weight without Stand
18.3 lbs110.7 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200600 x 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
8 bit11 bit
Black Frame Insertion
NoYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
6.4/105/10
Local Dimming
3/102.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.1
Speaker Power
20 W50 W
Dolby Atmos
YesYes
DTS:X
NoYes, Bypass only

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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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