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TCL 5 Series Review

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80
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The TCL 5 Series boasts deep blacks, HDR support, and rich color. It has fast response times and low input lags but lacks VRR, HDMI 2.1, good viewing angles, and good sound.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The TCL 5 Series QLED TV is a mid-tier 2020 release that’s an excellent pick for anyone that wants to bring the cinematic experience to their home.

Its Quantum Dot technology provides rich colors for high picture quality, and its support for Dolby Vision gives good brightness and contrast levels that you wouldn’t find in a typical LCD TV.

In addition, the TCL Series 5’s Roku platform is easy to navigate, and with Auto Game mode, gamers won’t have to sweat about optimizing the TV for the ultimate gaming experience. Have a look at this review to see how it compares to the highest-rated TVs in the market.

Consensus

our Verdict

The TCL 5 Series QLED TV offers great color handling and deep blacks with local dimming zones, making HDR content look great. It also has fast response times and low input lag, making it a great choice for casual gamers.

Unfortunately, it lacks VRR technology, has poor viewing angles, mediocre sound, and no HDMI 2.1 support for advanced consoles.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Deep black colors thanks to Local dimming
  • High contrast ratio
  • Swift response time
  • Low input lag

Reason to Avoid

  • Low peak brightness when viewing HDR content
  • No support for Variable Refresh Rate technology
  • No HDMI 2.1 support for PS5 & Xbox Series X
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Lackluster sound

TCL 5 Series Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeFull-Array
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDR FormatYes
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeQLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen size50", 55", 65", 75"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformGoogle TV
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync, G-Sync
VRRVRRNo

All Specs

Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)94.12
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)96.23
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)76.07
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)77.74
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)99.85
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)46,612
SDR Brightness (nits)477
HDR Brightness (nits)517
Input Lag (ms)12.6
Response Time (ms)12.2
Color Washout (Degrees)26
Color Shift (Degrees)38
Brightness Loss (Degrees)32
Reflections (%)5.9
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)134.54
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db5
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db4.81
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.062
Intermodulation Distortion @80db14.89
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0101
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0102
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0097

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75

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80

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True Score

72

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    78
    The TCL 5 Series is a good TV for most uses. It’s great for gaming… Read More

    By:

    John R. Quain
  • TVFindr
    72

    Category Trust Rating

    47
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    Unknown
  • Tom’s Guide
    77.8

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    If you’re looking for a solid, quality picture from a quantum dot set, the TCL… Read More

    By:

    Caleb Denison
  • Techradar
    56.6

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    With a bit of tweaking you can turn the TCL 5-Series into a solid, mid-level… Read More

    By:

    Nick Pino
  • Digital Trends
    70

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    At $600, the TCL 5-Series is a good value, with good picture performance and a… Read More

    By:

    Simon Lucas
  • Gamesradar
    73.8

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Samsung TU7000 offers an excellent value option for a gaming TV, and you get… Read More

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