TCL S455 (LCD)

TCL S455 (58" LCD)

TCL S455 (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Overall Picture:
3.6
PICTURE QUALITY: Fair6.5/10
MOVIES & TV: Fair6.0/10
GAMING: Poor5.7/10
SPORTS: Fair6.1/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Fair6.0/10
NEWS & TALK: Fair6.4/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Fair6.0/10

The TCL S455 is a 2022 model LCD TV on the lower midrange price spectrum. It delivers fair overall picture quality, making it a reasonable choice for common viewing needs, but it may not impress users looking for high-performance TVs, especially for gaming, where it falls into a poor category. For sports and general TV content, it's decent, but won't stand out in terms of motion handling or bright room conditions – it performs averagely in brightly lit spaces. It has limitations in HDR brightness, which detracts from an immersive HDR experience. On the upside, its 4 HDMI ports offer ample connectivity, and it supports HDR formats like Dolby Vision and HLG, beneficial for movie enthusiasts who want better color and contrast. The sound quality is fair, meaning that for enhanced audio, external speakers or soundbars would be advisable. Overall, it has a fair performance for its price point and could serve well for everyday TV watching and content consumption, provided that gaming performance and peak HDR brightness are not primary concerns. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good upscaling of lower-resolution content
  • Decent performance in darker rooms
  • Supports HLG format
  • Can be used as a monitor
Cons
  • Poor gaming performance
  • Limited HDR brightness
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • No Dolby Vision support

Ratings by Category

Overall Picture:
3.6
The TCL S455 has fair picture quality, primarily due to its good contrast and black uniformity, which help deliver deeper blacks for a more immersive viewing experience. However, it's held back by its poor HDR brightness, limiting its ability to make HDR content stand out, and a poor color gamut, which results in less vivid and less accurate colors.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
3.5
The TCL S455 has fair SDR brightness, which is sufficient for viewing in moderately lit rooms but may not be ideal in very bright settings. Its ability to upscale lower-resolution content from standard TV broadcasts is also fair, ensuring that such content appears clear, while colors out of the box are fair, necessitating potential color adjustments for optimal viewing experience.
Sports:
3.2
PerfectRec’s sports score prioritizes response time and refresh rate as the most important factors to ensure clear images of fast-moving scenes. In addition, we consider gray uniformity, which ensures that the turf looks the same across the whole screen, reflections, to avoid distracting ambient light from the action, and viewing angles and brightness, to avoid color distortion and washed-out images, especially when not seated directly in front of the TV.
Cartoons & Animaton:
3.1
The TCL S455 is considered fair for watching cartoons and animation primarily because it delivers fair performance in 'Colors Out of the Box', meaning that the initial color settings do not require significant adjustment for a satisfactory experience. However, it has a poor 'Color Gamut', which indicates a more limited range of colors, possibly making vibrant animated content look less lively than on TVs with better color representation.
Movies & TV shows:
3.0
The TCL S455 has a high contrast ratio, which is beneficial for watching movies, but its local dimming feature is not effective, which can result in less detailed dark scenes. Additionally, while the colors out of the box are acceptable, the limited color volume means that certain hues might not be as vibrant or distinct, which can reduce the cinematic experience.
Bright Room:
3.0
The TCL S455 LCD TV provides fair SDR brightness but has poor HDR brightness, which suggests it may not be the best for well-lit environments where bright images are key. Additionally, while it handles reflections fairly, the screen could still be prone to some glare, further complicating viewing in bright rooms.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$340
Brand
TCL
Release Date
May 4, 2022
Full name
58S455
Screen Size
58"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TV
Sound Quality Score
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6/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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6.6/10
Bright Room Score
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6/10
Gaming Score
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5.7/10
Movies & TV Score
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6/10
Sports Score
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6.2/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
29.5" x 50.6" x 3.2"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
31.5" x 50.6"
Weight without Stand
24.3 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
No
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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6.4/10
Local Dimming
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3/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.0
Speaker Power
20 W
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
No

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USA Today

Lee Neikirk | January 2022
"A highly affordable but reliably kitted-out 4K Roku TV that, while far from perfect, still punches above its price and delivers a great user experience. If you want to soup up movie night for a bargain, the 4-Series won’t let you down. You may never need to plug in a set-top box or streaming device."

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