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TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.8
Updated Nov 24, 2022 at 09:08 am
TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED Picture
8.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.7
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6H
7.5
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.2
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6H
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is a budget 4k TV released in 2022 that runs the Roku OS smart interface. It sits below the much more advanced TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED and replaces the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It's available along with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, which runs the Google TV smart interface instead of Roku TV. It has a few new features compared to the S535, including variable refresh rate support, but like the S546, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It has a full array local dimming feature, but like most budget models, it doesn't use Mini LED backlighting and has a small number of dimming zones. It's available in 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch sizes, so there are options available for many different needs, and all sizes perform the same.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a great TV for mixed usage. It's an impressive TV for watching movies in a dark room thanks to its superb contrast, fantastic black uniformity, and decent local dimming feature. It looks good in a bright room, with high peak brightness and decent reflection handling, but it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image fades and looks washed out when viewed at an angle. It delivers a great gaming experience, with low input lag and a very good response time, but it's a bit limited by its 60Hz refresh rate and lack of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

Pros
  • Superb contrast ratio results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • High peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Image degrades rapidly when viewed from the side.
  • 480p content isn't upscaled properly.
8.4 Movies

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is an impressive model for watching movies in a dark room. It has a superb contrast ratio, resulting in very deep, uniform blacks in a dark room. Bright highlights stand out well in dark scenes without causing blacks to appear washed out. It automatically removes judder from 24p sources, but unfortunately, it can't remove judder from 60Hz sources like most cable boxes. It upscales 1080p content, like Blu-ray movies, well, but DVDs aren't displayed properly.

Pros
  • Superb contrast ratio results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
Cons
  • 480p content isn't upscaled properly.
7.7 TV Shows

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a good model for watching shows in a bright room. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so it can overcome moderate amounts of glare with no issues. It upscales most lower quality content well, but it doesn't display 480p sources properly, so it's not good for watching shows on DVD if you have an older player. The built-in Roku smart interface has a great selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly find your favorite shows. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image appears dull and washed out from the side.

Pros
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • High peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Image degrades rapidly when viewed from the side.
  • 480p content isn't upscaled properly.
7.5 Sports

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a good model for watching sports in a bright room. Thanks to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, it can easily overcome glare in moderately-lit rooms. The response time is good enough that you won't see much blur behind fast-moving objects. It has decent gray uniformity, but there are a few uniformity issues that are distracting when watching sports. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image fades and colors look washed out when viewed from the side.

Pros
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • High peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Image degrades rapidly when viewed from the side.
  • 480p content isn't upscaled properly.
  • Uniformity issues.
8.3 Video Games

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a great model for playing video games. It has a very good response time, so there's just a bit of blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has superb low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, and supports a variable refresh rate to reduce tearing in games. Unfortunately, it's a bit limited by its 60Hz refresh rate, as it can't take full advantage of the performance modes offered by the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Pros
  • Superb contrast ratio results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Superb low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
  • Variable refresh rate support.
  • High peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Limited 60Hz refresh rate.
8.2 HDR Movies

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a great model for watching movies in HDR. It has a superb contrast ratio and fantastic black uniformity, so dark scenes are displayed well, with little blooming around bright objects. It has alright peak brightness in HDR, so bright scenes aren't as bright as they should be, but midtones are displayed well. It also has a great color gamut, ensuring HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It has just good gradient handling, so you'll notice more banding in areas of similar color than on higher-end TVs with better processing.

Pros
  • Superb contrast ratio results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Wide color gamut with HDR content.
  • Excellent PQ EOTF tracking.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in HDR.
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.
8.3 HDR Gaming

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a great model for gaming in HDR. It delivers a great gaming experience with low input lag and a fast response time, ensuring a smooth, clear gaming experience. HDR looks great, thanks to its superb contrast ratio and decent local dimming feature, so bright highlights stand out well in darker scenes. It has just alright peak brightness in HDR, though, so it bright scenes aren't as bright as the content creator intended.

Pros
  • Superb contrast ratio results in deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Superb low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
  • Wide color gamut with HDR content.
  • Variable refresh rate support.
  • Excellent PQ EOTF tracking.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in HDR.
  • Limited 60Hz refresh rate.
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.
7.9 PC Monitor

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor, but there are some limitations. It displays chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, which is important for clear text from a PC, and it has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience. On the other hand, it has a narrow viewing angle, so the sides of the screen appear dull and non-uniform if you're sitting up close. It also has some noticeable uniformity issues, which can be distracting when browsing the web.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Superb low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
  • Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly for clear text.
  • High peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Image degrades rapidly when viewed from the side.
  • Limited 60Hz refresh rate.
  • Uniformity issues.
  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Movies
  • 7.7 TV Shows
  • 7.5 Sports
  • 8.3 Video Games
  • 8.2 HDR Movies
  • 8.3 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Nov 24, 2022: Updated the 480p Input text to clarify that this won't be an issue for most people.
  2. Updated Nov 23, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Nov 22, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch TCL 5 Series Roku TV, and our results are also valid for the 50, 55, and 75-inch models. There's another 5-series TV still available, the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED; it's a very similar TV but it runs the Google TV smart platform instead of Roku.

Size Model Number
50" 50S555
55" 55S555
65" 65S555
75" 75S555

You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other TVs

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV is a good budget TV that performs well overall. It offers better picture quality than most other budget models, like the Hisense U6H and the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022. There are a few uniformity and quality control issues, but you can find the same issues on any budget TV, so unless you're willing to spend a lot more, it's one of the best TVs in its price range.

See our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 65-inch TVs.

Hisense U6H
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is better than the Hisense U6H. The TCL gets a lot brighter, so it can better overcome glare in a bright room. The TCL also has better contrast and better black uniformity, meaning it's a better choice for a dark room. Finally, the TCL is better for gaming thanks to its much faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur behind fast-moving objects.

TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED is a noticeable step up from the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. The R655 gets significantly brighter and has much better reflection handling, meaning it can handle more glare in a bright room. HDR also looks noticeably better on the R655 thanks to its higher peak brightness, and bright highlights stand out better. Finally, the R655 is a much better TV for gaming thanks to its faster refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing for 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the latest consoles.

TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is better than the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED. The S555 has much better accuracy both before and after calibration, and it looks better in a dark room thanks to its better local dimming feature and better black uniformity.

TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is much better than the model it replaces, the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. The S555 is significantly brighter, so it can handle more glare in a bright room, and HDR content stands out better. The S555 is also better for gaming, as it supports a variable refresh rate feature to reduce tearing in games.

Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED Series
65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is a bit better than the Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED Series. The TCL is a lot brighter, so it can better overcome glare in a bright room, and HDR content is a lot brighter. The TCL is also much better for use as a PC monitor, as chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly, resulting in much better text clarity.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has a very nice, premium design. The side and top bezels are extremely thin, and other than a small gap of dead space between the frame and the first pixels, it blends into your surroundings well. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker, with a brushed metal finish, and it looks nice.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A

This TV isn't part of our accelerated longevity test, but its predecessor, the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, is.

Design
Stand

The v-shaped feet are pretty basic, but they support the TV well. There are two positions for the feet, which is great if you have a smaller TV table and aren't planning on wall-mounting it.

Footprint of the 65" stand in the narrow position (as shown): 26.7" x 12.7". In the wide position (as shown here), the footprint is 50.9" x 12.7". In both positions, the feet lift the screen about 3.11" above the table, so most soundbars fit without blocking the screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

Like most budget TVs, the back is pretty plain, but unlike the Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED Series, there are clips on the feet for basic cable management. The inputs all face to the side and are easy to access when the TV is wall-mounted.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.15" (8.0 cm)

The bottom half of the screen houses all the electronics and inputs, and it's thicker than the top half. The thicker section prevents the TV from sitting completely flush against the wall if it's wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has decent overall build quality. The stand is stable and supports the TV well, and although there's a bit of flex in the back panel, it's not too bad and won't cause any issues. It's mostly made of cheap plastic, and although it doesn't feel very premium, it looks good, and there are no serious issues. There are a few spots on the display that you can see when displaying uniform images (like football or hockey). They appear to be pressure points and are likely a factory defect.

Picture Quality
9.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6,853 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
9,004 : 1

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has superb contrast. Dark scenes are displayed well, with deep blacks, even when bright highlights are on the screen. The local dimming feature increases contrast a bit, but it's limited by the relatively large size of each dimming zone.

8.4
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
544 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
328 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
602 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
612 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
586 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
519 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
328 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
597 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
606 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
583 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
518 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.037

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has great peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to handle moderate amounts of glare in a bright room, and there's very little variation in brightness with different scenes. Very small highlights in near-black scenes are dimmed by the TV's local dimming feature, though.

These measurements are after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Backlight at '100', and TV Brightness set to 'Brighter'. Local Contrast was set to 'High', Contrast was set to '100', and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm'.

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has a decent full array local dimming feature. There are only 30 zones, so each zone covers a relatively large area of the screen. The TV gets around this by averaging the backlight out over a greater area than it needs to, so blooming is softened and not as noticeable. Zone transitions are a bit noticeable with fast-moving bright objects in dark scenes, but the TV's processing does a decent job minimizing trails behind bright objects.

The TV averages out bright highlights across multiple zones, resulting in raised blacks in most scenes. It results in very little black crush, which is good, as fine details in near-black scenes, like a starfield, are preserved. It also results in a bit of noticeable blooming around bright objects in dark scenes, including with subtitles.

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The local dimming feature performs the same in Game Mode as in the other picture modes.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
450 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
313 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
166 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
291 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
601 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
611 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
588 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
531 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
290 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
596 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
607 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
586 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
530 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.044

Unfortunately, this TV has just okay peak brightness in HDR. Some bright highlights stand out well, but very bright scenes aren't bright enough to stand out.

These measurements are in the 'Dark' HDR Picture Mode with the Backlight at its max, TV Brightness set to 'Brighter', Contrast at '100', Local Contrast on 'High', and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm'.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
449 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
314 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
168 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
290 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
602 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
612 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
588 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
532 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
290 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
597 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
608 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
587 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
530 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.045

Switching to 'Game' mode doesn't result in any noticeable difference in peak brightness with HDR games.

8.7
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0085
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0085
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0085

The TV has excellent PQ EOTF tracking. Shadow details are preserved well, but near blacks are dimmed a bit. With content mastered at lower peak brightness levels, there's a sharp cutoff near the TV's peak brightness, but content mastered at 4,000 nits has a smoother roll-off, so fine details are well-preserved in bright scenes.

7.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.116
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.136
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.103
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.142

This TV has good gradient handling, but there's more noticeable banding than you'll see on higher-end TVs. Blues are the best, but all colors and shades of gray show signs of banding. There's a noise reduction feature that you can enable through the companion app, but it doesn't reduce banding at all.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.553%
50% DSE
0.202%
5% Std. Dev.
0.932%
5% DSE
0.117%

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has decent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, and there's some dirty screen effect in the center that can be distracting when watching sports like football or hockey. There are also a few round spots, especially four large spots along the top edge of the screen. These appear to be pressure points that occurred during assembly.

9.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.475%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.813%

The black uniformity on this TV is fantastic. Even with local dimming fully disabled, the screen is remarkably uniform, and the dark spots noticeable in the gray uniformity slides aren't noticeable. Enabling local dimming (Active Contrast) worsens the black uniformity, as the large size of each zone causes a halo around bright objects, like the test cross.

5.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27°
Color Shift
44°
Brightness Loss
32°
Black Level Raise
22°
Gamma Shift
18°

Unfortunately, the TCL 5 Series Roku TV has a sub-par viewing angle. Colors fade and appear washed out as you move off-center. This TV isn't a good choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on, as you'll see a degraded image from the side.

7.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.8%
Indirect Reflections
1.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has just decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish reduces the intensity of direct reflections but causes some smearing across the display. It's bright enough that glare won't be an issue for most people, though.

8.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.40
Color dE
1.28
Gamma
2.24
Color Temperature
6,448 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

The overall accuracy of this TV in SDR before calibration is excellent. There are no noticeable issues with colors, but very bright shades of gray are a bit off. The color temperature is very close to our calibration target of 6500K. Gamma is close to the target of 2.2 we chose for a moderately-lit room, but darker scenes are a bit too dark, and bright scenes are slightly too bright.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.16
Color dE
0.85
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,505 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes

This TV is very easy to calibrate with the Roku companion app, and the results after calibration are fantastic. We didn't have to adjust any colors, as they were already fantastic after calibrating the white point to D65.

You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.

5.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Unfortunately, like the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, 480p signals aren't scaled properly. Adjusting the scaling setting has no impact on this. It isn't an issue unless you have a really old DVD player that doesn't support upscaling; it's unlikely that you'll encounter this issue with modern equipment.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like many cable TV channels, is displayed perfectly, and looks great.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content is displayed well and looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly. There are no signs of subpixel issues like dithering.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

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

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

Like most TVs on the market, this TV uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional Red-Green-Blue layout. For video content, it doesn't cause any issues, but if you're planning on using this TV as a PC monitor, this reduces text clarity a bit, although there are easy workarounds for it. You can read more about this here.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
90.05%
DCI P3 uv
95.29%
Rec 2020 xy
66.47%
Rec 2020 uv
73.58%

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has a great color gamut in HDR. It has fantastic coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. Its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is more limited, though, which isn't ideal. The tone mapping is very good for the most part, which is important for content that exceeds the color space of this TV.

7.2
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
57.7%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
27.1%
White Luminance
329 cd/m²
Red Luminance
73 cd/m²
Green Luminance
238 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
24 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
262 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
99 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
311 cd/m²

The color volume is just decent. Thanks to its superb contrast ratio, it displays dark saturated colors well. Unfortunately, it's limited by its relatively low peak brightness in HDR.

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 on this TV.

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

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
7.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.8 ms
100% Response Time
12.3 ms

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has a very good response time. There's very little black smearing in dark scenes, which is great, and transitions are consistent for the most part. There's some motion blur behind fast-moving objects when watching sports or playing games, but it's not that noticeable.

9.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
960 Hz

Unfortunately, the TCL 5 Series Roku TV isn't flicker-free. It uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, and it flickers across all picture modes with all settings. It flickers at a very high frequency, though, which won't bother most people.

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 an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. It only flickers at 60Hz, but unfortunately, the timing is off, causing a duplicate image. The score for this test is based on the flicker frequency and not the actual performance.

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

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the appearance of motion. Like most budget TVs, it works best with slow motion, as it can't keep up with busy scenes, and there are noticeable artifacts.

7.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.4 ms

There's a bit of stutter when watching movies or other low frame rate content. It's especially noticeable in slow panning shots.

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

Unfortunately, unlike the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, this TV can't remove judder from 60Hz sources like a cable box. Enabling the Natural Cinema feature is necessary to remove judder from 24p sources, including anything with a Match Frame Rate feature like an Apple TV.

7.1
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

This TV supports a variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Unfortunately, due to the 60Hz max refresh rate, the screen can only refresh within a narrow range, and low framerate compensation (LFC) isn't supported, so you'll see more tearing in games that are locked at a lower refresh rate or in busier scenes.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
118.5 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
11.0 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
118.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
132.1 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has superb low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. The input lag is also low in 'PC' mode, which is great as you can enjoy clear text and a smooth desktop experience.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
Resolution 4k
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV has good compatibility with most resolutions at 60Hz. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly with all supported resolutions, even when 1440p is forced, which is great as this is necessary for clear text from a PC.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV can't take full advantage of the PS5, as its HDMI ports lack the bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the new-gen consoles, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate anyway.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X, as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and its HDMI inputs don't have the bandwidth necessary for 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the new-gen consoles.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Unfortunately, this TV doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. All four HDMI inputs are limited to 18Gbps, so despite TCL's advertising, we don't consider this to be HDMI 2.1. Unfortunately, it doesn't support ATSC 3.0, so over-the-air broadcasts are limited to 1080p.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 4)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV supports eARC, but strangely, it doesn't support the two most common audio formats supported by eARC. If you watch content mastered with those formats, it instead downmixes the signal.

Sound Quality
5.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
126.99 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.50 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.45 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.15 dB
Max
84.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
2.25 dB

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV has a disappointing frequency response. Like most TVs, it has very little bass, with no thump or rumble. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, and there's very little distortion, even at higher volume levels. Sadly, there's no room correction feature, and it can't get very loud, so it's not a good choice for a noisy environment.

6.6
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.476
Weighted THD @ Max
0.886
IMD @ 80
5.51%
IMD @ Max
6.34%

There's some noticeable distortion on this TV, even at moderate listening levels. It hardly increases at all at high volume levels, though.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Roku TV
Version 11.5.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
4 s
Advanced Options
Many

This TV runs the Roku TV smart interface, which is very simple, with fewer animations and a simpler user interface than you'll get with more premium TVs. It's very fast, though, and easy to use.

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

Unfortunately, like all Roku TVs we've tested, there are large ads on the home screen and they can't be disabled.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Roku app store has a great selection of streaming apps, with many free streaming apps built-in.

7.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Search, Some Other Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Roku

Unfortunately, this TV comes with the same basic remote found with most Roku devices. This means there's no built-in voice control; you have to use the Roku companion app instead for that. There are a few quick access buttons for popular streaming services, but like most TVs, you can't change them.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The power button is on the back of the TV on the right, and you can change inputs with it too.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • Manual

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 59 W
Power Consumption (Max) 201 W
Firmware 11.5.0 build 4235-DK

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