TCL 85S446 TV – great 4K UHD picture quality

The TCL 4-Series S446 is a great option for those who are looking for a budget-friendly 4K TV with decent features. With a 60Hz panel refresh rate and a resolution of 3840 x 2160, the picture quality is quite good. The TV is also equipped with HDR10 and HLG, which allows for greater color and contrast accuracy. The display colors are also impressive, with 1.07 billion colors.

The TCL 85S446 TV also has a built-in Chromecast, making it easy to stream content from your phone or tablet directly to the TV. The integrated voice assistant, Google Assistant, is also a great feature, allowing you to control your TV using your voice.

TCL 85S446 TV
TCL 85S446 TV photo source TCL

The audio quality is also decent, with a total output power of 12W + 12W and Dolby Digital Plus support. Additionally, the TV has a multilingual on-screen display, closed captioning, parental controls, and a sleep timer, making it a versatile and family-friendly option.

The TV has multiple connection options, including 3 HDMI ports (1 eARC), 1 composite audio/video input, 1 digital optical audio output, 1 headphone jack, 1 RF antenna input, and 1 USB 2.0 port. It also has 802.11ac 2×2 Dual Band wireless connectivity, which supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

TCL 85S446 TV comes in two sizes, 74.9″ x 46.8″ x 16.7″ with stand and 74.9″ x 43.1″ x 3.9″ without stand, and weighs 108.5 lbs with the stand and 102.1 lbs without it. The package size is 82.2″ x 54.9″ x 13.2″, and the total package weight is 179.5 lbs.

The TCL 4 Series (S446) is a decent choice for daytime sports or TV show viewing in a moderately-lit room. Its wide viewing angle makes it suitable for a broad seating arrangement, and the low input lag makes it acceptable for gaming, although it lacks advanced gaming features. However, it falls short for movie watching in a dark room due to its low contrast ratio and lack of local dimming, which results in poor display of dark scenes. The TV is acceptable for HDR gaming with low input lag, but it lacks features such as HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate support. The TCL 4 Series supports most resolutions, including up to 4k @ 60Hz and 1440p @ 60Hz if you create a custom resolution from your PC. It displays chroma 4:4:4 signals correctly with 1080p and 4k signals at 60Hz, but text looks blurry with 1440p signals. For casual gamers, the TV offers very low input lag, but a slow response time results in significant blur and ghosting behind fast-moving objects. With a 60Hz fixed refresh rate and no variable refresh rate support, the TCL 4 Series is not ideal for PS5 or Xbox Series X gaming.TCL 85S446 TV

The TCL 85S446 TV is a great value for those looking for a budget-friendly 4K TV with good features. While it may not be as advanced as some of the more expensive options on the market, it still offers great picture quality, sound, and connectivity options, making it a solid choice for most people.

Pros:

  1. Stunning 4K UHD picture quality with a panel resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
  2. High Dynamic Range (HDR) Technology, which enhances the color and contrast of the picture, providing more realistic images.
  3. Easy-to-use voice remote with Google Assistant and Alexa, which makes it convenient to search for content.
  4. Access thousands of streaming apps through the Smart Platform Google TV, making it a one-stop destination for all your streaming needs.
  5. Dolby Digital Plus Audio and 12W + 12W output power provide an immersive audio experience.
  6. Fast WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth® wireless connectivity allow easy connection to other devices.
  7. Cord cutting made easy with a digital TV tuner and smart features built in, making it an excellent option for those who want to cut the cord.
  8. Access recommendations, library, and Watchlist on the Google TV app, making it convenient to manage your content.

Cons:

  1. The TCL 85S446 TV is a massive television (really heavy), with a screen size of 43″ – 85″.
  2. The total package weight is 179.5 lbs, which makes it difficult to handle and assemble.
  3. While the TV has Chromecast built-in, it does not support Apple AirPlay, which may be a disadvantage for those who prefer to use Apple devices.
  4. The TV has only one composite audio/video input, which may be a disadvantage if you have multiple devices that require this type of input.--TCL 85S446 TV

TCL 85S446 TV price is $1,799.99

TCL 85S446 tech specs:

Model
85S446
Screen Size 85″
Viewable Display Size 84.5″
Description Google Smart HDR 4K TV
Features
Chromecast Yes
Integrated Voice Assistant Google Assistant
Control Buttons One Button
Multilingual On-Screen-Display English, Spanish, French
Closed Caption Yes
Parental Control (V-Chip) Yes
Accessible Menu System (CVAA) Yes
Sleep Timer Yes
Audio Quality
Output Power 12W + 12W
Premium Audio Dolby Digital Plus
Connected TV Features
Smart Platform Google TV
Tuner Type ATSC / NTSC / Clear QAM
Display
Panel Refresh 60 Hz
Panel Resolution 3840 x 2160
Resolution UHD
Display Colors 1.07 billion
High Dynamic Range Format HDR10, HLG
Connections & Networking
HDMI 3 (1 eARC)
Composite Audio/Video Input 1
Digital Optical Audio Output 1
Headphone Jack 1
RF Antenna Input 1
USB 2.0 1
Wireless Connection 802.11ac 2×2 Dual Band (support 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
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