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TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Review updated Feb 22, 2023 at 01:12 pm
Latest change: Retest Jun 07, 2023 at 09:34 am
TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.9
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.6
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.6
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.1
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench

The TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 is an entry-level 4k TV. It's a basic TV in TCL's 4 Series lineup that includes the TCL 4 Series/S435 2020 and the TCL 4 Series/S434 Android 2020. It's different from the other two 4 Series TVs because it uses the Google TV smart interface, while the S434 uses a similar Android TV interface, and the 4 Series 2020 has Roku. It competes with other entry-level TVs like the Hisense A6G, Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021, and the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The TCL 4 Series is okay overall. It's best for watching sports or TV shows during the day in a moderately-lit room. It has a wide viewing angle that makes it a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as you can move around and still enjoy a consistent image. It's alright for gaming because it has low input lag, but its response time is on the slow side, and it lacks extra gaming features. Unfortunately, it's disappointing for watching movies in a dark room because it has a low contrast ratio and lacks local dimming, so dark scenes don't look very good.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray and washed out.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Distracting motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
5.9 Movies

The TCL 4 Series is disappointing for watching movies in dark rooms. It has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, and because there's no local dimming feature, dark scenes don't look very good and blacks look washed out. On the other hand, it upscales lower-resolution movies well, and it can remove judder from most sources, so movies are played back smoothly. There's also very little stutter in slow panning shots thanks to its relatively slow response time.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources and native apps.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray and washed out.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Bad black uniformity.
7.6 TV Shows

The TCL 4 Series is good for watching TV shows in bright environments. It performs well in rooms with a few lights around because it has good reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It upscales older shows on DVD well, with no noticeable issues, and the smart interface has a huge selection of streaming channels available, so you can easily find your favorite shows. Finally, it has a wide viewing angle, so the image remains consistent if you have a wide seating arrangement or like to move around with the TV on.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Disappointing built-in speakers.
7.4 Sports

The TCL 4 Series is decent for watching sports. It has a wide viewing angle, making it a good choice for watching the game with a few friends as the image remains consistent from the sides, so you don't have to fight over the best spot. It has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, but its peak brightness is disappointing, so glare is still distracting if you have a lot of windows. Also, fast-moving content looks a bit blurry because of the only decent response time.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Disappointing built-in speakers.
  • Distracting motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
6.6 Video Games

The TCL 4 Series is okay for casual gamers. It has very low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience with very little delay between your actions and what you see on the screen. Unfortunately, it has a slow response time, so there's more significant blur and ghosting behind fast-moving objects. It's also limited to a 60Hz fixed refresh rate, with no variable refresh rate support, so it's not ideal for the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray and washed out.
  • Distracting motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • No extra gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate support.
5.5 HDR Movies

The TCL 4 Series is disappointing for watching HDR movies. It only supports HDR10 and not Dolby Vision or HDR10+, and it can't display a wide color gamut. Also, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. It has a low contrast that makes blacks look gray and washed out, and it lacks a local dimming feature to improve the dynamic range. Overall, HDR looks dull and muted, and adds very little over SDR.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources and native apps.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray and washed out.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
6.6 HDR Gaming

The TCL 4 Series is alright for HDR gaming. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, but it doesn't have any extra features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate support. Also, it doesn't offer a good HDR experience because it has a low contrast ratio, poor HDR peak brightness, and it can't display a wide color gamut, so highlights and colors don't stand out at all.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray and washed out.
  • Distracting motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • No extra gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate support.
8.1 PC Monitor

The TCL 4 Series is great to use as a PC monitor. Your mouse movements feel responsive thanks to the low input lag, but you may notice some motion blur due to the slow response time. It has a wide viewing angle, so the sides of the screen remain uniform even if you're sitting up close. Finally, it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Distracting motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 5.9 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.4 Sports
  • 6.6 Video Games
  • 5.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.1 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Feb 22, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology updates.
  4. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  6. Updated Dec 16, 2021: We rechecked our gradient results as they seemed unusual.
  7. Updated Nov 26, 2021: Review published.
  8. Updated Nov 24, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch TCL 4 Series, and it's also available in 43, 50, 55, 75, and 85-inch sizes. The 65-inch version has an IPS panel, but some of the other sizes use VA panels, which offer better contrast and deeper blacks, but a worse viewing angle.

Size US Model Panel Type VESA Mount Notes
43" 43S446 IPS 200x200  
50" 50S446 VA 200x300  
55" 55S446 IPS 300x300  
65" 65S446 IPS 300x300  
75" 75S446 IPS 300x300  
85" 85S446 VA 600x400 Different stand configuration

Our unit was manufactured in September 2021, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The TCL 4 Series TV is a basic entry-level TV that doesn't deliver good picture quality, as it has a low contrast ratio and it lacks local dimming. However, for a cheap option, it has a few more features than similarly-priced TVs, like motion interpolation, backlight strobing, and judder-removal.

Also see our recommendation for the best TVs under $500, the best smart TVs, and the best budget TVs.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are okay TVs, and the units we tested have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with high contrast, while the TCL we tested has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, but there are variants with a VA panel instead. Although neither gets bright, the TCL is a better choice for rooms with a few lights around because it has better reflection handling. Both TVs flicker their backlight, which isn't ideal, but the Samsung flickers at 120Hz while the TCL flickers at 150Hz, which results in image duplication. The TCL also removes judder from 24p sources, which the Samsung can't do.

Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 is a better entry-level TV than the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021. Both models we tested have IPS-type panels, but they're each available with VA panels, depending on the size. The TCL has a few more features the Toshiba doesn't have like backlight strobing and motion interpolation features, and it can remove judder from 24p sources. It also displays chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p and 4k signals, and the Toshiba doesn't display it with any signal. Lastly, the TCL doesn't have any issues displaying 720p and 480p content, but the Toshiba has problems with them.

Insignia F30 Series 2022
65" 70"

The differences are minor, but overall, the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 is a bit better than the Insignia F30 Series 2022. The TCL gets significantly brighter and it has slightly better reflection handling, so it can overcome more glare in a bright room. The TCL also has a faster response time for clearer motion when gaming, and it's better for use as a PC monitor as it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC.

Amazon Fire TV 4-Series
43" 50" 55"

The Amazon Fire TV 4-Series and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are basic entry-level TVs, and the models we tested have different panel types with strengths and weaknesses. The Amazon TV has a VA panel, which has a higher contrast, while the TCL we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles, but there are variants of the TCL with a VA panel instead. The TCL has much better accuracy out-of-the-box. The TCL also upscales 480p content better because it doesn't crop the image, and it displays 4k content without issues. Both TVs remove 24p judder from native sources and apps, but the Amazon TV also removes it from 60p/i sources, which is great.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Hisense A6G and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are both okay entry-level TVs. The 65-inch models we tested both have IPS-type panels, but each TV is available in a variety of sizes, and some have VA panels instead. Picture quality is similar between each, except the reflection handling is better on the TCL. The TCL also has motion interpolation and backlight strobing features, both of which the Hisense doesn't have. The Hisense uses Android TV while the TCL has Google TV, and while they're essentially the same interface, Google TV is an upgraded version, so apps and settings open more quickly.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G is much better than the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021, mainly because it has more features, and the units we tested have different panel types. The Hisense has a VA panel with a local dimming feature that allows it to display deep blacks, while the 65-inch TCL we tested has an IPS panel without local dimming, so blacks look gray in the dark. However, that means it has wide viewing angles instead. The Hisense also gets much brighter, allowing it to fight glare, and it has better motion handling thanks to its quick response time.

Hisense A6H
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Hisense A6H and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are extremely similar. The Hisense is slightly more versatile, as it has more HDMI inputs and a few extra features, including variable refresh rate support for gamers. The TCL is a bit brighter, so if you don't care about gaming features, it has slightly better picture quality and can better overcome glare.

TCL 4 Series/S435 2020
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL 4 Series/S435 2020 and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are both part of the same lineup from TCL, but they have different features. The 4 Series 2020 uses Roku TV and has a VA panel with high contrast, while the 4 Series 2021 we tested has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles, but there are variants with a VA panel instead, and it has Google TV. The 4 Series 2021 is a better choice for bright rooms because it gets bright and has better reflection handling, and it has a quicker response time. The 4 Series 2021 also has a motion interpolation feature, which the 4 Series 2020 doesn't have, and it has lower input lag for a more responsive gaming experience.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is a high-end TV that's much better than the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021. The LG has an OLED panel that displays perfect blacks with no blooming around bright objects, and it has wider viewing angles. It also has a bunch more gaming features like a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing you to play high-frame-rate games, and it has better motion handling. The one advantage that the TCL has over the LG is that LED TVs like this one won't suffer from burn-in like on OLEDs.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TCL 4 Series has a very simple design that looks a bit dated. Its bezels are thicker than most premium TVs, but the TV still looks nice in most setups.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

After two months on our accelerated longevity test, this TV doesn't show any signs of degradation.

Design
Stand

The stand is basic and doesn't support the screen all that well because there's wobble from front to back. It raises the screen enough to place a soundbar in front without blocking the screen. The 85-inch version has a different stand, with two T-shaped feet at the very end of the TV, similar to the one on the TCL R745 QLED.

Footprint of the 65 inch TV: 43.5" x 12.6" x 2" to the bottom bezel (three-inches from the table to the bottom of the screen). It's tall enough that most soundbars won't block your screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The TCL 4 Series has a metal back panel, with plastic at the bottom section, and where the inputs are. Sadly, there's no cable management. The inputs face to the side, but they're difficult to access as they're in the middle of the TV.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.37" (8.6 cm)

The bottom section where the inputs are sticks out, so the TV doesn't sit flush against the wall when mounted.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is okay. Most of the TV is made of plastic, but the back panel is made of cheap metal and it flexes easily, although this isn't likely to cause any issues. The plastic in the back and on the borders also feel flimsy, and the TV wobbles noticeably from front to back. Overall, it's although there are no significant issues noticeable with it, it feels pretty cheap.

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,253 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Unfortunately, this TV has a very low contrast ratio, so blacks appear gray and washed out in dark scenes, especially if you're in a dark room. There's no local dimming feature to improve this, either.

5.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
223 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
277 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
276 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
274 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
276 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
276 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
274 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The SDR peak brightness is disappointing. It doesn't get bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms, but it's consistent between different scenes as there's no frame dimming.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Backlight: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Color Temperature: Warm -5

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The TCL 4 Series doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos are still filmed so you can see how the backlight performs versus another TV.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

Once again, there's no local dimming feature. The videos are still filmed so you can see how the backlight performs versus another TV.

4.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
228 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness is poor, as it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. The EOTF doesn't follow the target PQ curve well either, as most scenes are darker than they should be. Near-blacks are raised a bit, so shadow details are maintained but dark scenes look blown out overall.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Backlight: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Temperature: Warm -5

4.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
228 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
272 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness is the same in Game Mode as outside of it. The image looks the same.

These measurements are with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Game
  • Backlight: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Temperature: Warm -5

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.496%
50% DSE
0.204%
5% Std. Dev.
0.645%
5% DSE
0.080%

The TCL 4 Series has okay gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are significantly darker than the center, which is noticeable in any content. There's also some dirty screen effect in the center, which is distracting when watching sports or displaying anything with a large area of uniform colors. Near-black scenes are a lot more uniform, with no significant issues.

4.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.790%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, this TV has bad black uniformity. The entire screen looks blue and washed out due to the low contrast ratio. There's a significant amount of backlight bleed, especially towards the bottom right corner, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it.

7.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
29°
Color Shift
60°
Brightness Loss
31°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
59°

The TCL 4 Series has a wide viewing angle, so the image remains consistent when viewing from the sides. It's a good choice for wide seating arrangements or if you like to move around with the TV on, as you'll see more or less the same image from anywhere.

7.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.4%
Indirect Reflections
0.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.6%

The reflection handling is good. It handles a moderate amount of light well, but it can't get very bright, so glare is still distracting if you have a lot of windows.

9.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
0.87
Color dE
0.86
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,951 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

The accuracy before calibration is incredible. There are minimal inaccuracies to the white balance and colors. Gamma is great overall, but really dark and really bright scenes are too bright, while others are a bit too dark. The color temperature is on the cold side, but it's still good.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.51
Color dE
0.91
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,769 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration is remarkable. We didn't have to adjust the colors at all, and the white balance is slightly better. Both the gamma and the color temperature improved a bit, but not by much because we couldn't calibrate it too aggressively.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The TCL 4 Series upscales lower-resolution content without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The TCL 4 Series TV doesn't have trouble upscaling 720p content like from cable boxes.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The TCL 4 Series looks similar to the TCL 4 Series/S434 Android 2020 with the way it upscales 1080p content, which is fantastic.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly, and there aren't any visible issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS

The 65 inch model has an ADS panel, which is a type of IPS, similar to the Sony X80J. Unlike most other TVs, it uses an RGB subpixel layout, which helps deliver clear text from a PC.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.83%
DCI P3 uv
80.29%
Rec 2020 xy
54.49%
Rec 2020 uv
58.60%

The TCL 4 Series can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has disappointing coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space, and while it has better coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used in most HDR content. However, it's still not as good as higher-end TVs.

5.6
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
64.8%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
24.9%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
46.8%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
17.9%

The color volume is disappointing. It's limited by the narrow color gamut, low contrast, and low peak brightness.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.122
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.126
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.089
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.206

The gradient handling is just decent. There's noticeable banding with most colors, especially darker shades, noticeable in scenes with shades of similar colors, like in a sunset. Setting the Gradation Clear setting to 'Low' or 'High' does a decent job at reducing the banding with the test pattern and in real content, but it also causes the loss of fine details in high-quality content.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

Although some IPS-type panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.

Motion
7.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.1 ms
100% Response Time
15.8 ms

The TCL 4 Series has a decent response time, but there's overshoot in most transitions that leads to motion artifacts like inverse ghosting. You'll generally see this as a white trail behind fast-moving objects in shadows or darker areas of scenes.

2.1
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
150 Hz

The TCL 4 Series uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at low brightness levels. Nearly all picture modes flicker at 150Hz if you set the Brightness to anything above '28', but the 'Low Power' mode starts flickering at '37', and 'Smart HDR' doesn't flicker at all. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people because setting it to '28' with most picture modes results in such a dim image.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's a backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to improve the appearance of motion. It flickers at 60Hz, and it reduces motion blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on the flicker frequency, and not the actual performance.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

There's a motion interpolation feature to try to improve the appearance of motion when watching low frame rate content like most shows and movies. It looks similar to the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, as it handles slow scenes well, but there more artifacts like halos when there are fast-moving objects on the screen.

7.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
25.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.9 ms

Due to the slower response time, low-frame-rate content doesn't stutter much.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The TCL 4 Series removes judder from native apps and 24p sources, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. If you're looking for a similar TV with VRR support, check out the Hisense A6H instead.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
111.8 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
14.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
14.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
14.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
14.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
99.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
99.2 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The TCL 4 Series has low input lag in Game Mode. It increases with a 4k or 1440p resolution compared to 1080p, but it's a minor difference that most people won't even notice.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV support most common resolutions up to 4k @ 60Hz, including 1440p @ 60Hz if you create a custom resolution from your PC. It also displays chroma 4:4:4 signals properly with 1080p and 4k signals at 60Hz, which is essential for clear text from a PC, but text looks blurry with 1440p signals.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

Since this is a basic 60Hz TV, it doesn't support high frame rate signals from the PS5 or Xbox Series X. However, you can still play 4k games up to 60 fps in HDR10 from either console, and there's an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (incl. adapter)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

The TCL 4 Series has eARC support, and it can pass Dolby Atmos signals to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI connection.

Sound Quality
5.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
106.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.57 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.65 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.49 dB
Max
86.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.71 dB

The frequency response is disappointing. It doesn't get loud, and there's no bass, if at all. Its sound profile isn't that well-balanced either, and it's fine for listening to dialogue, but you'll want to get a soundbar or receiver for the best sound experience.

7.0
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.073
Weighted THD @ Max
0.215
IMD @ 80
4.16%
IMD @ Max
12.68%

The distortion handling is decent. There isn't too much distortion unless you're listening to content at its max volume, in which case, there's more. However, this depends on the content, and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 11
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
2 s
Advanced Options
Many

The TCL 4 Series uses Google TV, which is essentially an upgraded version of the Android TV used on the TCL 4 Series/S434 Android 2020, but with a few aesthetic differences. It's fast and easy to use, and the Play Store offers one of the widest selections of streaming apps.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Like most smart interfaces, there are ads throughout the interface, and there's no way to disable them.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Google Play Store has a massive selection of apps you can download.

7.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Android TV

This TV comes with the same remote as the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED. It's a straightforward remote with the necessary buttons to navigate the interface, and there are shortcut buttons to popular streaming services. It has a built-in mic for voice control, and you can ask it to change inputs, search for content, or open apps, but you can't ask it to change settings like the brightness.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center branding to turn the TV On/Off and change the inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • Composite In adapter
  • Power cable
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 53 W
Power Consumption (Max) 119 W
Firmware V8-R51MT05-LF1V177.020179