TCL R745 (LCD)

TCL R745 (85" LCD)

TCL R745 (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Gaming:
4.2
PICTURE QUALITY: Poor5.6/10
MOVIES & TV: Poor5.2/10
GAMING: Good7.4/10
SPORTS: Fair6.4/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Poor5.9/10
NEWS & TALK: Fair6.1/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Poor5.8/10

The TCL R745 is a large, premium-priced LCD TV with a focus on gaming performance and a robust build quality. When used in darker environments, the picture quality might not be ideal, and it also struggles in very bright rooms, which may affect your experience when watching movies or sports. It has good sound quality and supports advanced audio formats like Dolby Atmos. Despite being equipped with great features for gaming including low input lag and rapid response times, this TV might not provide the most uniform picture due to less effective local dimming. It offers four HDMI ports but lacks some high-end features like HDR10+ support and wide viewing angles, which could be a limitation if you have a wide seating arrangement or want the latest HDR format for a more vibrant picture. 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 for gaming
  • Good color accuracy out of the box
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Dolby Vision and HLG support
Cons
  • Poor overall picture quality
  • Struggles in bright rooms
  • Poor contrast and black uniformity
  • Limited viewing angle

Ratings by Category

Gaming:
4.2
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.
Sports:
3.4
The TCL R745 is considered fair for watching sports due to its decent viewing angles and reflections handling, which means it can maintain picture quality when viewed from different positions and in rooms with some light. However, its response time and motion processing are rated as fair, which might result in some blur during fast-moving scenes, potentially diminishing the clarity of sports content.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
3.2
PerfectRec’s news, talk, & other TV score prioritizes upscaling, brightness, contrast, out of the box color accuracy, and screen uniformity. This is because almost all news and talk shows are created in Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) with lower resolutions, such as 720P and 1080P. The purpose of this prioritization is to ensure that lower resolution content looks good on a 4K display and to help you identify which TV will perform best when watching live TV via Cable, Satellite, or Antenna.
Cartoons & Animaton:
3.0
The TCL R745 has a good score for colors out of the box but struggles with color volume, which can make animations look less vibrant and appear washed out on screen, especially where vivid and varied color depiction is crucial. The TV's poor color volume suggests it may not represent the full range and intensity of colors, leading to a less engaging viewing experience for content like cartoons that typically feature bright and diverse color palettes.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,700
Brand
TCL
Release Date
April 1, 2021
Full name
85R745
Screen Size
85"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Roku TV
Sound Quality Score
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6.1/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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5.7/10
Bright Room Score
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5.8/10
Gaming Score
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7.4/10
Movies & TV Score
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5.3/10
Sports Score
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6.4/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
42.8" x 75.6" x 3.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
46.7" x 75.6"
Weight without Stand
110.7 lbs
VESA Mount
600 x 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
11 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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5/10
Local Dimming
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2.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.1
Speaker Power
50 W
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes, Bypass only

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