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Better Gaming TV: TCL 5 Series S535 or TCL 6 Series R635?

In 2020, TCL released a new model for the 5 Series with the S535 and a new model for the 6 Series with the R635. So, which of these provide the better experience when it comes to playing games on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X as well as other gaming consoles? You can find out in this comparison guide between the two budget friendly television sets.

Quick Summary

When compared to the TCL 5 Series S535, the TCL 6 Series R635 is a much better gaming television set as it comes with support for 120 frames per second and features great HDR brightness levels. The 5-Series tops out at 60 frames per second and has poor HDR brightness. With that said, the TCL 5 Series S535 does have slightly better input lag reduction in game mode.

If you are interested, you can purchase either television set on Amazon with the following links:

Gaming Specs and Features: TCL 5 Series S535 vs. TCL 6 Series R635

 TCL 5 Series S535TCL 6 Series R635
HDMI Ports 4x HDMI 2.0 ports4x HDMI 2.0 ports
Dolby Vision?YesYes
HDR10?YesYes
HDR10+?NoNo
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness 247 cd/m² 869 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window 214 cd/m²641 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window 376 cd/m²982 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window 432 cd/m²1068 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window 358 cd/m²773 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window 337 cd/m²648 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window 213 cd/m²639 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window 375 cd/m²977 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window 429 cd/m²1052 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window 356 cd/m²771 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window 335 cd/m²646 cd/m²
HDR ABL 0.0400.031
Refresh Rate 60Hz120Hz
Variable Refresh Rate?NoYes
FreeSync?NoNo
GSYNC?NoNo
Input Lag at 1080p/60Hz (Game Mode Enabled)11.2 ms18.4 ms
Input Lag at 1080p/60Hz (Game Mode Disabled)111.1 ms144.0 ms
Input Lag at 1080p/120Hz (Game Mode Enabled)N/A8.8 ms
Input Lag at 1440p/60Hz (Game Mode Enabled)10.9 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 1440p/120Hz (Game Mode Enabled)N/A9.3 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60Hz (Game Mode Enabled)10.8 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60Hz/10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)10.8 ms18.0 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60Hz (Game Mode Disabled)110.9 ms143.7 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60Hz with Interpolation111.0 ms151.5 ms
Input Lag at 1080p/60Hz/4:4:410.9 ms17.8 ms
Cable/Antenna Input?YesYes
Composite Input Yes with adapter (sold separately)Yes with adapter (sold separately)
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HDMI Ports

Both the TCL 5 Series S535 and TCL 6 Series R635 come with four HDMI 2.0 ports. Neither have any HDMI 2.1 ports, which are being supported by the PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

Dolby Vision

Both TCL television sets in the versus guide support Dolby Vision, which will be used for displaying HDR games on the next-generation Xbox Series home consoles.

HDR10

The S535 and R635 also supports HDR10.

HDR10+

Neither of the TCL 2020 television sets support HDR10+, however.

The TCL 5 Series S535 TV on Amazon.

HDR Brightness

The 2020 TCL 6 clearly has a major advantage against the 2020 TCL 5 when it comes to high dynamic range brightness. According to RTINGS.com, the 6-Series can reach up to 869 nits as opposed to the 5 Series’ 247 nits at HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness. In HDR Peak 100% Window, the TCL 6 can get to 648 nits when compared to the 337 nits of the TCL 5. At HDR Sustained 100% Window, the 6-Series can reach 646 nits as opposed to 5-Series’ 335 nits.

In general, we consider the 2020 version of the TCL 6 to be a great HDR gaming television set as its brightness levels are comfortably above our recommend 500 nits threshold on all scenes. On the opposite end, the 2020 version of the TCL 5 is quite below average as it fails to reach anywhere near 500 nits.

You can take a look at RTINGS HDR brightness levels for the newest TCL 5 and TCL 6 below:

HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 247 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 869 cd/m²

HDR Peak 2% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 214 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 641 cd/m²

HDR Peak 10% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 376 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 982 cd/m²

HDR Peak 25% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 432 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 1068 cd/m²

HDR Peak 50% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 358 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 773 cd/m²

HDR Peak 100% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 337 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 648 cd/m²

HDR Sustained 2% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 213 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 639 cd/m²

HDR Sustained 10% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 375 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 977 cd/m²

HDR Sustained 25% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 429 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 1052 cd/m²

HDR Sustained 50% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 356 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 771 cd/m²

HDR Sustained 100% Window

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 335 cd/m²
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 646 cd/m²

HDR ABL

  • TCL 5 Series S535: 0.040
  • TCL 6 Series R635: 0.031

Refresh Rate

The TCL 5 S535 has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which means that it can display video games at up to 60 frames per second. The TCL 6 R635 has a refresh rate of 120 Hz as the TV can display video games at up to 120 frames per second.

Variable Refresh Rate

The TCL 6 Series R635 is the only television set in this comparison to support a variable refresh rate, a feature that is designed to eliminate screen tearing and remove judder from PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X games with inconsistent frame rates.

FreeSync

Neither of the television screen support AMD’s FreeSync.

GSYNC

The TCL TVs also do not support NVIDIA’s GSYNC.

Input Lag

The TCL 5 S535 has better input lag reduction than the TCL 6 Series R635 when game mode is enabled. You will get lower latency at 1080p/60Hz, 1440p/60Hz, 4K/60Hz, 4K/60Hz/HDR and 4K/60Hz/4:4:4. With that said, the differences are pretty small and both are well below our recommended under 30 ms latency threshold.

You will play Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox One S and older HDMI consoles on 1080p/60Hz. The 1440p/60Hz is supported by Xbox One X and Xbox Series S. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X videogames will be played at 4K/60Hz/HDR.

You can take a look at RTINGS input lag findings for the TCL 5 S535 and TCL 6 R635 below:

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 11.2 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 18.4 ms

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 111.1 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 144.0 ms

1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 8.8 ms

1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 10.9 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 17.9 ms

1440p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 9.3 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 10.8 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 17.8 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 10.8 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 18.0 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 110.9 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 143.7 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 111.0 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 151.5 ms

4K resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate and 4:4:4

  • TCL 2020 5-Series: 10.9 ms
  • TCL 2020 6-Series: 17.8 ms

Cable/Antenna Input

Both the TCL 5 Series S535 and TCL 6 Series R635 include a cable/antenna input that you can use to connect very old consoles like the NES, Super NES and Sega Genesis.

Composite Input

You need an adapter (sold separately) to connect consoles that use the composite input. These systems include the PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube and Xbox.

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