TCL R655 (LCD)

TCL R655 (85" LCD)

TCL R655 (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Bright Room:
4.9
PICTURE QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10
MOVIES & TV: Good7.9/10
GAMING: Very Good8.6/10
SPORTS: Fair6.6/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Very Good8.7/10
NEWS & TALK: Good7.2/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Best in Class9.5/10

The TCL R655 is a midrange-priced LCD TV that offers very good overall picture quality and is particularly strong in a dark room environment. It features excellent contrast and local dimming, enhancing the viewing experience for movies and series. The TV fares well with gaming content due to its very good response time and input lag performance, making it suitable for gamers who also want a TV for general viewing. However, it may not be the best for sports content, as it scores lower in motion processing. If you often watch TV in bright rooms, you'll appreciate its top-notch performance against reflections and ample brightness. Colors out of the box are good, meaning you'll get a vibrant picture without needing much adjustment. On the audio side, the sound quality is very good but lacks great speakers, so you might consider adding a soundbar for a better audio experience. With support for various HDR formats like HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG, the TCL R655 ensures you get great HDR performance as well. Keep in mind, though, its viewing angle is not the widest, which could be a concern if you frequently watch TV from side angles. 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
  • Midrange price
  • Very good color accuracy
  • Excellent contrast
  • Good for gaming (144Hz)
  • Supports 4K resolution
Cons
  • Fair viewing angle
  • No advanced gaming features
  • Reflection handling good, not best
  • Sound quality is fair

Ratings by Category

Bright Room:
4.9
The TCL R655 shines in bright rooms primarily because of its excellent SDR brightness, which ensures that daytime TV shows and news are displayed brightly and clearly. Additionally, its very good handling of reflections minimizes distractions from light sources in the room, enhancing visibility even under challenging conditions.
Gaming:
4.6
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.
Cartoons & Animaton:
4.6
The TCL R655 boasts good colors straight out of the box, which means cartoons and animations will look vibrant without the need for calibration, and its color gamut is also rated as good, ensuring that a wide range of hues is represented accurately which is essential for the typically bright and varied colors found in such content.
Movies & TV shows:
4.4
PerfectRec’s movies & cinematic TV score takes into account the most important TV features for cinematic content. Our score considers the following factors:color gamut, color volume, out-of-the-box color accuracy, local dimming and black uniformity. We also factor in gray uniformity and viewing angles to a lesser degree.
Overall Picture:
4.4
The TCL R655 boasts a high contrast ratio that enhances the depth of blacks, paired with effective local dimming that improves detail in dark scenes, contributing to its very good picture quality. Additionally, the TV offers commendable HDR brightness and a wide color gamut that ensures bright and vibrant picture presentation, particularly beneficial for HDR content.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
4.1
The TCL R655's high SDR brightness ensures clear picture quality in various lighting conditions, making it suitable for daytime viewing of news and talk shows. Additionally, it has solid upscaling capabilities, which ensures that lower resolution content from cable or standard broadcasts is crisp and detailed on the TV's display.
Sports:
3.6
The TCL R655 may not be the best choice for watching sports as its motion processing is rated low, which can result in blur during fast-moving scenes. However, it handles reflections very well and has decent viewing angles, making it suitable for rooms with some light, but the viewing experience might degrade when viewed from the side, which is a consideration if you often watch sports in groups.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,000
Brand
TCL
Release Date
September 4, 2022
Full name
85R655
Screen Size
85"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TV
Sound Quality Score
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8/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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8/10
Bright Room Score
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9.5/10
Gaming Score
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8.7/10
Movies & TV Score
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7.9/10
Sports Score
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6.6/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
42.8" x 74.5" x 3.1"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
45.8" x 74.5"
Weight without Stand
88.4 lbs
VESA Mount
600 x 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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9.1/10
Local Dimming
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7/10

SOUND

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

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Parker Hall | January 2023
"It has an excellent Roku interface, isn’t too expensive, has quantum dots and mini LED backlighting, and looks genuinely fantastic playing everything. If you’re in the market for a new TV, you should still start here. Gamers will like that it has a 120-Hz refresh rate at 4K, which is the maximum that a modern Xbox or Playstation 5 will put out—meaning the smoothest possible gaming and sports viewing in general. We’re no longer in the days of having to spend over $1,000 and spending a few hours on setup for decent black levels and great color accuracy and HDR"

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