TCL R745 QLED TV Review

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TCL R745 QLED TV Review

Type LED
Resolution 4k

The TCL R745 QLED is a great 4k TV that's only available in an 85 inch model. It's the mid-range model in TCL's XL lineup that they released in 2021 and only has three TVs. The larger size provides a bigger option compared to TCL's past models. It performs well in dark environments because it has a VA panel with a high contrast ratio to display deep blacks, but even though it has a full-array local dimming feature, it's mediocre and causes blooming around bright objects. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare, but its reflection handling is just decent. It has a few extra gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, a quick response time, and relatively low input lag, but it lacks HDMI 2.1 inputs, so it's not future-proof for gaming with the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

The TCL 85R745 is great for most uses. It's great for watching movies in dark rooms because it has a VA panel that produces deep blacks, but its local dimming feature is mediocre and causes a ton of blooming. It's good for watching sports or shows in bright rooms because it has fantastic peak brightness, but its reflection handling is just decent, and it has narrow viewing angles. It's great for gaming, either in SDR or HDR, because it has a quick response time, low input lag, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR.

  • VA panel with high native contrast.
  • High real scene peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Excellent response time.
  • 120Hz panel with VRR support.
  • Mediocre local dimming feature causes blooming.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • No HDMI 2.1 inputs.

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