TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018

                         

Bottom line: Which one is better?

Bottom line: TCL 5 Series (S517) is better.

TCL 5 Series (S517) is slightly better when we compare TCL 4 Series Vs 5 Series as it has deeper blacks thanks to better contrast, gets brighter and incorporates motion interpolation.

TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018: DESIGN

The design features of TCL 5 Series Vs 4 Series have the following comparisons;

Resolution; the two TVs have 4k

Stand; the two TVs have stands

Wall mount; TLC S405 has VESA 100×100 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has VESA 200×200

Borders; TLC S405 has 0.39” (1.0cm) whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 0.35” (0.9cm)

Max thickness; TLC S405 is 2.91” (7.4cm), the same as TLC 5 Series (S517)

Max temperature; TLC S405 has 99oF (37oC) while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 111oF (44oC)

Average temperature; TLC S405 has 91oF (33oC) while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 90oF (32oC)

Bottom line: TLC 5 Series (S517) is better

TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018: PICTURE QUALITY

Native contrast; TLC S405 has 4171:1 while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 6000:1

Local dimming; the two TVs don’t have

SDR real scene peak brightness; TLC S405 has 180cd/m2 while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 281cd/m2

HDR real scene peak brightness; TLC S405 has 178cd/m2 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 273cd/m2

Gray uniformity; each TV has 7.1

50% Std. Dev; TLC S405 has 3.112% whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 3.140%

50% DSE; TLC S405 has 0.195% while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 0.197%

Viewing angle; TLC S405 has 4.6 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 5.1

Black uniformity; TLC S405 has 7.7 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 7.5

Native std. Dev; TLC S405 has 0.960% while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 1.020%

Total reflections; TLC S405 has 5.2% while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 5.9%

Pre-calibration; TLC S405 has 7.5 while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 6.9

White balance dE; TLC S405 has 3.97 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 4.15

Color dE; TLC S405 has 2.22 while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 2.61

Gamma; TLC S405 has 2.24 while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 2.21

Post calibration; TLC S405 has 9.8, the same as TLC 5 Series (S517).

White balance dE; TLC S405 has 0.29 while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 0.17

Color dE; TLC S405 has 0.48 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 0.43

Gamma; TLC S405 and TLC 5 Series (S517) have 2.20

Wide color gamut; TLC 5 Series (S517) has this.

Bottom line: TLC 5 Series (S517) is better

TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018: MOTION

When we compare TCL 4 Vs 5 Series we have the following;

100% response time; TLC S405 has 14.4ms while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 15.8ms

Flicker-free; TLC S405 has 4.0 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 4.7

Black Frame Insertion (BFI); the two TVs don’t have optional BFI

Motion interpolation; TLC 5 Series (S517) has motion interpolation (30fps)

Native refresh rate; the two TVs have 60Hz

Variable refresh rate; the two TVs don’t have.

Bottom line: TLC 5 Series (S517) is better

TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018: INPUTS

Input lag; TLC S405 has 9.6 while TLC 5 Series (S517) ha 9.3

Supported resolutions; TLC S405 has 8.3, the same as TLC 5 Series (S517)

Total inputs; each TV has 3 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Digital optical audio out, 1 Analog audio out 3.5mm, 1 composite in, 1 tuner (cable/Ant) and 1 Ethernet.

Inputs specifications; the two TVs have HDR10, HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2, Variable Analog audio out and Wi-Fi support.

Audio pass-through; each TV has ARC, 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS

Bottom line: TLC S405 is better

TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018: SOUND QUALITY

Low-frequency response; TLC S405 has 119.87Hz whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 142Hz

Max; TLC S405 has 91.5dB SPL while TLC 5 Series (S517) has 84.dB SPL

Distortion; TLC S405 has 6.4 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 7.4

Weighted THD @ Max; TLC S405 has 17.03% whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 4.34%

Bottom line: the two TVs have similar sound qualities.

TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018 Vs TLC 5 Series/S517 2018: SMART FEATURES

Smart OS; the two TVs operate on Roku TV

Version; TLC S405 has 7.6 whereas TLC 5 Series (S517) has 8.0

Interface; the two TVs are easy to use with very smooth interface.

Ad-free; the two TVs have ads

Apps and features; the two TVs have apps and features

Remote; the two TVs have small remotes

TV controls; the two TVs have TV controls

Bottom line: TLC 5 Series (S517) is better

Conclusion

In this review of TCL Series 4 Vs 5, TLC 5 Series (S517) is better because it has deeper blacks thanks to better contrast, gets brighter and incorporates motion interpolation.