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.