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Updated January 10, 2024·

The TCL S546, while generally a bit pricier than the TCL S435, offers better overall performance. The S546 improves picture quality in both dark and bright rooms and it has a higher score for watching movies, sports, and all types of TV content. Its local dimming feature enhances contrast and it supports advanced HDR formats including Dolby Vision and HDR10+, providing superior color and brightness in high dynamic range content. It also boasts a lower input lag, making it a better choice for gaming. On the other hand, the S435 is less expensive and still performs well for cartoons and animation viewing. However, it lacks local dimming, doesn't support Dolby Vision or HDR10+, and doesn't do as well in bright environments. If you're looking for cost savings and mainly watch animated content, or if advanced HDR support isn't critical for you, the S435 could be sufficient. In summary, for a better overall viewing experience with enhanced gaming performance and superior HDR support, choose the TCL S546. If saving money is your main concern and your viewing preferences are less demanding, the TCL S435 is a viable option. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S435 (LCD)
  • Good for cartoons & animation
Advantages of the TCL S546 (LCD)
  • Good for bright room
  • Good for dark room
  • Good for movies & TV

Key differences

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Picture Quality

6.6
65S435
65S546
7.4
7.50/10
CONTRAST
8.21/10
6.6/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
8.0/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED FALD
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S546 (LCD) has good picture quality, while the TCL S435 (LCD) has only fair picture quality.

Movies & TV

6.1
65S435
65S546
7.0
7.50/10
CONTRAST
8.21/10
6.7/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.8/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
Yes
No
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S546 (LCD) is good for movies & TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is only fair.

Gaming

5.5
65S435
65S546
6.6
6.2/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
7.6/10
5.8/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.0/10
3.2/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
0.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
60.0/100
5.3/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.9/10
The TCL S546 (LCD) is only fair for gaming, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

News, Talk, & Other TV

5.8
65S435
65S546
6.4
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.2/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
The TCL S546 (LCD) is only fair for news, talk, & other TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Bright Room

5.6
65S435
65S546
7.2
5.0/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.3/10
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.2/10
5.1/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.8/10
5.9/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
6.0/10
The TCL S546 (LCD) is good for bright room, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$494
65S435
65S546
$398
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The TCL S435 (LCD) has a price of $494 and the TCL S546 (LCD) costs $398.
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Key similarities

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Sports

5.9
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6.3
3.2/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
5.8/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.0/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.2/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S546 (LCD) to be only fair for sports, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cartoons & Animation

7.0
65S435
65S546
6.6
6.0/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
7.8/10
6.6/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
8.0/10
5.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.2/10
9.0/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
4.4/10
5.9/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
7.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S435 (LCD) to be good for cartoons & animation, while the TCL S546 (LCD) is only fair.

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How the TCL S435 (LCD) and the TCL S546 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S435 (LCD)TCL S546 (LCD)
TCL S435 (LCD)TCL S546 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$494
$398
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
September 4, 2020August 3, 2021
Full name
65S43565S546
Screen Size
65"65"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TVAndroid TV
Sound Quality Score
5.9/105.9/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
43
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
6.7/107.4/10
Bright Room Score
5.6/107.2/10
Gaming Score
5.6/106.7/10
Movies & TV Score
6.2/107/10
Sports Score
6/106.4/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
33.2" x 57.4" x 3.3"32.9" x 56.9" x 3"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
35.3" x 57.4"34.8" x 56.9"
Weight without Stand
37.9 lbs47.4 lbs
VESA Mount
300 x 300300 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
NoYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
NoYes
Contrast
7.5/108.2/10
Local Dimming
2.5/105.7/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.0
Speaker Power
16 W16 W
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital Plus Bypass OnlyYes
DTS:X
NoNo

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Geoffrey Morrison | June 2021
"The TCL 4-Series is so inexpensive and capable you might start to question why there are any multithousand-dollar TVs at all. The 4-Series setup is intuitive and easy. If you're just looking for an easy-to-use TV with decent picture, this is an excellent place to start."

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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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