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Updated January 10, 2024·

The TCL S446 is typically much less expensive and offers a good balance for general content like news, talk shows, reality TV, and animation, performing well in bright rooms. However, in dark rooms, its picture quality is limited, and it has no local dimming to improve contrast. The TCL R745, on the other hand, is typically much more expensive. It provides a superior gaming experience and supports advanced HDR formats like Dolby Vision and HLG. This TV comes with more HDMI ports and better sound quality but shares the same performance in bright rooms as the S446. It doesn't excel in dark room settings either. Both models struggle with picture quality in dark environments and offer comparable bright room performance. If gaming and advanced HDR support are priorities and you're willing to pay more, go with the R745. However, for regular TV watching and a budget-friendly choice, the S446 would suffice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S446 (LCD)
  • Good viewing angle
Advantages of the TCL R745 (LCD)
  • Good for gaming

Key differences

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Gaming

5.8
65S446
85R745
7.4
6.2/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.1/10
8.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
0.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
0.0/100
5.6/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.7/10
The TCL R745 (LCD) is good for gaming, while the TCL S446 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$400
65S446
85R745
$1,700
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$0

$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The TCL S446 (LCD) has a price of $400 and the TCL R745 (LCD) costs $1,700.
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Key similarities

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Picture Quality

5.8
65S446
85R745
5.6
5.37/10
CONTRAST
4.97/10
6.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
5.8/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED
IPS
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) both have poor picture quality.

Movies & TV

5.4
65S446
85R745
5.2
5.37/10
CONTRAST
4.97/10
4.8/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
5.0/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
No
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) are both poor for movies & TV.

Sports

6.4
65S446
85R745
6.4
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
8.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

Cartoons & Animation

6.4
65S446
85R745
5.9
5.8/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
6.5/10
6.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
5.8/10
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
9.1/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
7.7/10
6.0/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
6.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers TCL S446 (LCD) to be only fair for cartoons & animation, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.4
65S446
85R745
6.1
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) are both only fair for news, talk, & other TV.

Bright Room

5.8
65S446
85R745
5.8
7.5/10
VIEWING ANGLE
6.8/10
6.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
5.4/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.5/10
7.2/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
7.8/10
The TCL S446 (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) are both poor for bright room.

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How the TCL S446 (LCD) and the TCL R745 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S446 (LCD)TCL R745 (LCD)
TCL S446 (LCD)TCL R745 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$400
$1,700
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
September 4, 2021April 1, 2021
Full name
65S44685R745
Screen Size
65"85"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Android TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
6/106.1/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
34
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
5.8/105.7/10
Bright Room Score
5.8/105.8/10
Gaming Score
5.9/107.4/10
Movies & TV Score
5.5/105.3/10
Sports Score
6.4/106.4/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
33.2" x 57.4" x 3.3"42.8" x 75.6" x 3.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
35.3" x 57.4"46.7" x 75.6"
Weight without Stand
37.9 lbs110.7 lbs
VESA Mount
300 x 300600 x 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit11 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
5.4/105/10
Local Dimming
2.5/102.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.1
Speaker Power
16 W50 W
Dolby Atmos
Bypass onlyYes
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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