TCL S555 (LCD)

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TCL S555 (LCD)

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Cartoons & Animaton:
MOVIES & TV: Good7.9/10
GAMING: Fair6.7/10
SPORTS: Fair6.3/10
NEWS & TALK: Good7.0/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Good7.3/10

The TCL S555 is a lower midrange LCD TV that performs well in general picture quality, dark rooms, and bright conditions, making it suitable for varied lighting environments. It's a good choice for watching movies, series, and cartoons, while its capability for gaming and sports content is fair, and its performance as a monitor is also fair. The S555 doesn't excel at reflections, which may be a concern in very bright, sunlit rooms. It supports HDR including Dolby Vision and has a decent color output straight from the box. However, for those with a keen interest in gaming, there are TVs with better gaming features and response times. The sound quality is fair, so external speakers or a soundbar might be considered for a better audio experience. Give Feedback

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  • Overall picture quality is good
  • Performs well in dark rooms
  • Bright room performance is good
  • Strong contrast ratio
  • Very good for cartoons and animation
  • Gaming performance is only fair
  • Sports content performance is fair
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Mediocre sound quality

Ratings by Category

Cartoons & Animaton:
The TCL S555 is very good for watching cartoons and animation because it displays colors accurately straight out of the box, meaning you don't need to tweak settings for a vibrant picture. Additionally, it offers a good color gamut, ensuring a broad range of colors, which enhances the viewing experience for animated content that often features diverse and bright colors.
Movies & TV shows:
The TCL S555 is ideal for movie and cinematic TV viewing due to its high contrast ratio and solid black uniformity, which allow it to display deep blacks for a more immersive experience in dark scenes. However, its somewhat limited viewing angles and color performance may affect how the picture looks from the side and how vibrant the colors appear, but its out-of-the-box color accuracy is commendable.
Overall Picture:
The TCL S555 displays vibrant colors straight out of the box and supports a wide color gamut, ensuring that hues appear varied and intense, which is central to an engaging viewing experience. Its excellent contrast ratio enhances the depth of dark scenes, and the commendable black uniformity delivers consistency in shading, especially noticeable in darker content.
Bright Room:
The TCL S555 is good for bright rooms because it has a very good SDR brightness, which helps maintain picture quality in well-lit environments, although its ability to handle reflections is poor, which could be an issue with direct light sources like windows or lamps.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
The TCL S555 is equipped with strong upscaling capabilities that enhance lower resolution content, making standard definition news broadcasts and talk shows look crisper, and it boasts very good SDR brightness, ensuring a clear and bright image for these types of programs even in well-lit environments. Additionally, it has appealing colors out of the box, providing a vibrant viewing experience without the need for calibration.
PerfectRec’s gaming score measures a TV's performance when it comes to playing video games. It is based on several factors that can significantly impact the quality of the gaming experience, including screen response time, input lag, and refresh rate. Screen response time is a critical factor that determines how quickly the TV can transition from one color to the next, while input lag measures the delay between the gaming console output and the TV display. Refresh rate refers to the number of times per second that the TV displays a new frame, which can impact the smoothness of the gaming experience. The gaming score also takes into account two other features: local dimming in gaming mode, which can enhance contrast and picture quality, and black frame insertion, which can reduce screen brightness and create a smoother gaming experience.
The TCL S555 has a good response time which is beneficial for watching fast-moving sports, but its poor reflection handling can be a drawback in bright rooms, making it hard to see the action clearly. Additionally, narrow viewing angles may cause the picture to look less accurate from the side, which is not ideal when watching with a group.

Full Specs

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Release Date
September 1, 2022
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Screen Resolution


Operating System
Roku TV
Sound Quality Score
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NextGen Ready
HDMI Ports
Coax Ports


Picture Quality Score
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Bright Room Score
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Gaming Score
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Movies & TV Score
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Sports Score
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Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
25.3" x 43.8" x 3"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
27.2" x 43.8"
Weight without Stand
24.5 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200


Color Depth
11 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Auto Low Latency Mode
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Local Dimming
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Speaker Setup
Speaker Power
20 W
Dolby Atmos

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Caleb Denison | December 2022
"It looks great out of the box and the picture quality it is rock-solid for the price. (...) What really makes this a decent gaming TV, though, is the very low input lag. (...) But if you want to save a little money, the TCL S555 strikes a great balance between cost and performance – the kind of performance that’s impressive enough to deliver some wow to your eyes. (...)"

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