TCL 55S425 review & specs

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TCL 55S245: Budget-Friendly Smart TV with Native 4K

TCL 55S425

The first thing to mark in the TCL 55S425 review is the real UHD quality and the affordable price. While the TV lacks the high-class developments like local dimming and full HDR functionality, it provides an easily navigable menu and fast operating system for various watching activities.

The TV is a representative of the entry-level series S425 manufactured since the year 2018. The strengths include high contrast ratio (and, therefore, good black representation in the dark environment) and good motion handling letting watch sports and dynamic movies comfortable. Still, the overall luminosity and color variety aren’t rich resulting in the quick washout at changing the viewing angle. While the Roku OS works well and represents user-friendly interface and navigation, the TV misses the enhancements (like Bluetooth connectivity and FreeSync) for comfortable switching to gaming mode / mobile streaming.

The TCL 55S425 specs reveal the decent VA matrix supported by the full-array direct backlight. The picture features good contrast and ranging dark colors that are well traced in the dark room. The Clear Motion technology implemented provides efficient motion handling even at a standard 60Hz refresh rate. The blur originating from the fast movement is little and doesn’t spoil the overall performance.

The smart menu works fast and is easy to get used to. The Dual-core processor serves for quick switching between the options and apps and lagless content loading. The connectivity panel has 3 HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI ports, among which one is enhanced with HDMI ARC technology. The TCL is complemented by a USB connection for media files transmission, composite and component ports, audio ports, Ethernet jack. It works well as a part of the home media system, maintaining good UHD signal throughout the playback.

The TCL 55S425 TV features a simple design, with a rather wide bezel. The finish is smooth and glossy. The TV is thin, with a depth of just over 3 inches. The set sits on the branch type legs put rather wide and ensuring good balance. The power cable port is located on another side of the TV, which is good for safety (no current path crossing) and not mixing the cords.

TCL 55S425 pros and cons

Pros

  • Low input lag enables fast streaming and the TV can replace a monitor.
  • Full set of popular streaming apps including Netflix, Hulu, etc.
  • Smart input labeling option lets name the inputs to the user’s liking and switch between them quickly.

Cons

  • HDR support is basic only, the higher class HDR content looks washed out.
  • A remote control sensor is of poor quality, to make it work, you should aim the remote on the sensor at the bottom of the TV.

Common features

Product

TCL 55S425

Model

55S425

Brand

TCL

Rating

4.3 of 5

Reviews

655

General

Series

S425

Screen sizes in series

43, 49, 50, 55, 65, 75

Display

Screen size, inch

55

4K/UHD

Full HD

Resolution, pixels

3840 x 2160

Display type

VA

Screen design

flat

Display width, cm/in

120.06/47.62

Display height, cm/in

68.04/26.78

Display area, %

91.66

Display colors

1.07 billion

Refresh rate, Hz

60

Aspect ratio

16:9

High dynamic range (HDR)

HDR10

3D

3D

2D to 3D

has not

Video file formats

AVI

WMV

MP4

MOV

Other

MKV

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

TS

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178

Vertical, degrees

178

Audio

Speakers

stereo

Speakers power, W

16

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

has not

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black

Width, cm/in

124.46/49

Height, cm/in

72.14/28.40

Depth, cm/in

7.8/3.1

Weight, kg/lbs

12.1/26.68

Width with stand, cm/in

124.46/49

Height with stand, cm/in

77.72/30.59

Depth with stand, cm/in

20.3/7.99

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

12.3/27.12

Connections

HDMI

3

USB

1

Component video input

1

Composite video input

1

VGA input

1

Optical digital audio output (S/PDIF)

1

Analog audio output (3.5 mm)

1

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 5GHz

Bluetooth

TV tuner

Analog

Digital

Ergonomics

VESA mount

VESA interface

200 x 200

Removable stand

Landscape/Portrait pivot

Accessories

Camera

Microphone

Internet movie streaming

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon video

HBO

Other

YouTube

Features

Remote control

Smart TV

Local dimming

Bluetooth audio streaming

Voice remote

Picture in picture

MHL-compatible

Parental control

Artificial Intelligence

Google assistant

Amazon alexa compatible

Mobile features

Mobile App

Recording features

Digital recording

Watch and record

Panel

Panel technology

Clear Motion

Backlight technology

Direct LED

Manufacturer

Native refresh rate, Hz

60

Panel bit depth, bits

8

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0.0315/0.0124

Pixel density, ppi

80

Processor

Model

Dual-core

Operating system

Operating system

Roku TV

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

Maximum power consumption, W

Standby power consumption, W

User manual

Manual

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