TCL 3 Series 2020 Calibration Settings

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For additional settings information, please consult the Common Problems and How to Calibrate pages.

We used the following calibration settings to review the 32 inch TCL 3 Series 2020 (32S335). These settings should apply to most types of content, except for gaming or use as a PC monitor, which require a few additional changes, listed below.

General Settings

Eco Settings

One of the first things we did was disable all of the Auto Power Savings options, as we don't want the TV to adjust the image during testing.

SDR

For SDR content, there are five preset picture modes. We recommend choosing the 'Movie' picture mode, as it's the most accurate one out of the box, and allows for the most customization. From the Picture Settings menu, we recommend setting Contrast to '90', Brightness to '50', and Sharpness to '20'. We also set Color to '50', and Tint (G/R) to '0'. Finally, we chose the 'Warm' Color Temperature.

To make the image brighter in SDR, you should first select the TV Brightness range in the TV Picture Settings menu to one of the five preset options and then adjust the Backlight on the Picture Settings depending on your specific viewing conditions. Changing this setting does not have any impact on the overall picture quality. The Brightness setting is a picture adjustment setting, and we do not recommend adjusting it.

Image Enhancements

As we aim for an image that is as close as possible to the content creator's intent, we disable most image processing options, including Dynamic Contrast. You should adjust these to your personal preference, though.

Motion Settings

Although we disable most motion enhancing functions for most of our tests, you should adjust these to whatever looks best for you. Some settings may need to be adjusted depending on the specific content you are watching.

Judder Settings

The TV automatically removes judder from native 24p sources, such as DVDs. There aren't any settings you need to adjust for it to work.

Gaming

This TV can enter game mode from any picture mode. When you start gaming, set Game Mode to 'On' to get the lowest possible input lag. Continue using the recommended settings for SDR content.

When connected to supported gaming devices, including the Xbox One, the TV will automatically enter 'Game' mode when it detects a game is running, and it leaves game mode when the game stops. However, we experienced issues during testing where we needed to restart the TV for it to properly enter 'Game' mode and get the lowest input lag possible.

PC Gaming

The TV will automatically detect when it's connected to a PC, and will automatically enter PC Mode. If it doesn't detect your PC, simply change the input icon to 'Computer'.

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