TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV Review
- Image quality
- Sound quality
- Production quality
- Remote controls and service
- Operating system
TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV Review in two sentences
The TCL C735 is a very versatile TV, but like everyone in this budget, with a lot of compromises. It does not have as good a picture as the competition, but it has a 144 Hz matrix, good sound quality, and an operating system with the most applications.
TV prices increased significantly this year – both due to inflation and the weak economy rate. Although some models are able to provide similar characteristics to the same price range a year ago. The TCL C735 review will show it well, because it is a TV that debuted at the same price as the TCL C728 reviewed by us . Is the TCL C735 worth the money? What does it offer? Is it better than last year’s model? Our TCL C735 review, to which I cordially invite you, will answer all these questions and even more.
- Sound quality
- Production quality
- Two remote controls included
- Smooth operation
- 144 Hz matrix
- Small differences from last year’s model
- Worse image quality than the competition at this price
Set and price
The reviewed TCL C735 TV comes to us in a standard cardboard box, not much larger than the TV itself. It is well packed, inside you will find a lot of polystyrene and foam fillers. The elements useful for use inside include:
- Two remote controls (multimedia and standard)
- Battery packs for both remote controls
- Power cord
- Complete paperwork
- Two feet and a cover
TCL C735 is available in seven sizes, but the two smallest have significant differences from the higher models. The prefix before “C735” indicates the diagonal of the model.
- TCL 43C735 Approximately costs USD $429
- TCL 50C735 Approximately costs USD $589
- TCL 55C735 currently costs USD $1,195
- TCL 65C735 currently costs USD $1,395
- TCL 75C735 currently costs USD $1,995
- TCL 85C735 currently costs USD $3,999
- TCL 98C735 currently costs USD $9,999
- Diagonal from 43 to 98 inches
- 144 Hz refresh rate for 55 to 85 inch dies, 60 Hz for 43, 50 and 98 dies
- UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels
- QLED technology, or quantum dots
- VA matrix
- Dolby Vision, HDR, HLG, HDR10 + support
- Direct LED backlight
- 2.0 speakers with a power of 20 W
- Google TV system
- 10cm thick without the base
- Two remote controls included
Build quality and build
The TCL C735, which is the subject of this review, is a very decently made TV with one drawback, or simply something not fully understandable to me. I mean the base, which consists of two feet and a cover made of brushed plastic . It slides under the matte plastic feet, and in the end it looks pretty bad in my opinion and it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the TV.
In my opinion, black, brushed plastic also clashes with many of today’s interiors, but here it is a matter of taste. In addition to this element, I can not complain about the performance of the TCL C735 TV. Very thin frames, stable structure despite two narrowly spaced legs, connectors located on the side and a nice back of the TV. What more could you want?
In addition, thanks to the small thickness and small frames, the TV will look great if you hang it on the wall , with the help of a bracket that is designed to keep the TV as close to the wall as possible.
All the connectors on the TV are located on the right when viewed from the front side. We have a fairly large set to choose from, because we have four HDMI connectors to use , where one supports 4K 144 Hz , one 4K 120 Hz, two 4K 60 Hz, and one of the last supports eARC. Going further, we find one USB2.0, which makes me a bit sad, because I would like to see USB 3.0, RJ45 connector, optical and headphone output, as well as antenna and satellite input. On the left side of the TV you will find a 230V connector which is the standard eight.
TCL C735 has very easy access to all ports thanks to their location on the right side of the screen. We do not have to take the TV off the wall to connect an additional device, or combine it with moving the TV cabinet on which it stands. It is certainly a very convenient issue for many if someone needs to connect a laptop or a USB flash drive.
The remotes are still very nice
TCL C735 continues the company’s series of adding two remotes to its televisions. They are well-made, very comfortable thanks to a decent balance and have soft-touch buttons made of matte rubber. They have a fairly shallow, but hard jump, so we quickly know if we pressed what was needed.
The first is for more multimedia use, with dedicated buttons for six apps , although four of them make sense anyway. The penultimate one is TCL Channel, an application. The last button irritated me a lot, but it was only because my cat liked to stand directly on it and launch the Safety Guard application, which in theory is to improve the operation of the reviewed TCL C735 TV. In addition to this drawback, the remote control has everything that a person who mainly uses streaming video services needs.
The second remote control is intended rather for fans of cable TV. It has a full numeric keypad , simple arrows and the rest of the standard buttons you see in the photo. In addition, there are only two buttons pointing to the application, and more specifically to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Google TV is smoother but slower and slower
The TCL C735 TV, which is the subject of this review, is equipped with the Google TV system , which has one major advantage over the rest, but also has some disadvantages. This advantage is, of course, the number of applications that are available for this TV set. In this regard, Google TV is the clear winner. Unfortunately, in my opinion it is a bit behind the competition. Let’s start with the initial setup.
In theory, the TCL C735 TV should start up easily with the Google Home app on the phone. It should guide us through most of the process, log the TV on to the internet and suggest the most frequently used applications. In theory, because in practice the whole process took me almost 40 minutes.
The Google Home app kept getting kicked out and the TV wouldn’t connect to the network. Once it connected, the Google Home app stopped seeing it and the TV wanted me to continue on my phone. However, when I managed to go through the whole process after one approach, I had to wait for the application to download and install (where I chose only seven: Netflix, Twitch, Canal +, Prime Video, Disney +, F1TV and Spotify), which took another 30 minutes. At that time, I couldn’t use the TV at all , but simply downloading apps from the store was already much faster.
Basic use of the system on a TCL C735 TV is very satisfactory in terms of fluidity , much better than the TCL C635 we reviewed , which is a lower model. The TV shows no animation jams or clipping when jumping in the list of applications or in the applications themselves, which is very much appreciated. It is a pity, however, that the compromise is very long actions in terms of launching applications and using them. Personally, this annoyed me, because I browse videos on a variety of platforms on a “click-and-exit” basis, and it often took a relatively long time.
The settings on the TV are decent
This snippet is another where Google TV thrives. There are more and more image settings, and more and more of them are disabled, which I personally liked very much. However, I do not like access to them, because some options have a rather confusing access path. The most basic ones, such as choosing the image mode or changing the brightness, are on top , which is a strong advantage, because we can quickly and conveniently change them depending on what we watch or the time of day.
Personally, I stayed at maximum brightness and Movie mode for each type of content watched , because it has the smallest display errors. Additionally, unlike the lower model, the TCL C635, the settings never jumped to the full screen, so I could see the changes on a regular basis.
Image quality, i.e. several times yes and several times no
The reviewed TCL C735 TV is a lower-middle-shelf device, so I will also compare it to this shelf. Including the Hisense U7HQ TV , which offered better picture quality in many respects. First of all, what stands out in synthetic tests is that the image is too warm and slightly too dark.
TCL C735 has a large grayscale deltaE error, amounting to an average of 5 in the reviewed model . Values below two are no longer visible to the naked eye. The second thing is gamma, which should be around 2.2 as a base, and that’s 2.3 . Not a big difference, but some scenes are a bit too dark and the TV can lose shadow detail. It makes up for it with details in bright points, which are very good especially in materials using Dolby Vision.
The contrast of the TV in the tests reached a value of 5800: 1, which is a decent result for this class, although again worse, even ten times compared to the competition in the form of Hisense U7HQ, which at this price already offers zone blanking of the image, thanks to which the contrast can be much taller. The evenness of the backlight is a plus, which is at a good level and only one segment was visibly brighter. Other advantages are colors, where the average error delta E is about 3.5, and at the same time the error scale is quite equal, so that none of them stand out excessively.
One of the elements where the reviewed TCL C735 has an advantage over the Hisense TV set is the DCI-P3 color space ( FRC ). TCL has four percent greater filling of this gamut, i.e. 94% . Another advantage is, of course, the 144 Hz matrix , which will be appreciated by fans of playing on a TV via a connected computer. The two connectors offering HDMI 144 Hz and 120 Hz refresh rate also have VRR, ALLM and Dolby Vision support with them, although the DV image is limited to 60 Hz.
On the plus side, however, the blur reducer is available, which works naturally and significantly improves the gaming experience. The motion reproduction itself is decent, it is not fully natural, but I did not notice any significant image tearing or exaggerated blurring and streaking of the image except for small, bright objects on a dark background, where it is normal for VA matrices.
However, the TV is very versatile because it worked well in many viewing options. It was pleasant both in everyday use, simple series like Chicago Fire, but also in high-budget productions like Blade Runner 2049 . It also worked well in animated series or quite amateur materials, such as productions on YouTube. Playing on the tested TV was also enjoyable thanks to the low response time, as well as the 144 Hz refresh matrix with VRR and ALLM support.
Brightness that is too low
Comparing to Hisense U7HQ, the brightness of the reviewed TCL C735 is simply too low compared to the competition. The maximum measured value is around 360 nits , which is just poor compared to 540 from the competitor.
If we decide to use the TV in a bright living room, we may have problems with reflections that may outweigh the displayed image. The TV will work better in a room where we watch movies when it is already dark, or simply from the northern, less sunny part of the house.
The sound quality is decent
The reviewed TCL C735 TV set has two Onkyo speakers with a total power of 20 W. They work well in everyday TV watching or sports. In most cases, the dialogues are clear, but the sound itself is simply boring. There is not a lot of dynamics or the wow feeling that comes in handy in movies. The sound is perfectly fine for everyday use, for popular series and movies.
If we plan to watch movies like Blade Runner or Dune on it quite often, then I would personally buy a soundbar like Sonos Ray or Teufel Cinebar 2.1 Set, which should fit under the TV and provide us with very good sound. After all, such productions provide the best experience when each element is of the highest level.
Is it worth changing TCL C728 to TCL C735?
Definitely not. These TVs are very similar to each other in almost every aspect, except for the operation of the operating system, where the C735 definitely beats its predecessor. In terms of picture quality, sound and handling, they are almost identical TV sets. In addition, in the newer model, the legs were made of plastic, not aluminum.
TCL C735 review – summary
The TCL C735, which is the subject of this review, is the TV that made some compromises on picture quality, and this is by far the most important for many. It has no contrast or brightness like, for example, Hisense U7HQ, but it has a much better sound, two remote controls, and a different operating system, which for many may be better due to the much larger number of available applications.
When choosing, however, you have to consider where you prefer to compromise yourself. If you are on the sound quality and quantity of the application, Hisense will be the better option. If, however, the image quality and brightness of the TV itself, then you will be satisfied with the TCL C735, which, despite these compromises, can be considered a more complete TV.