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TCL - 43" Class - LED - 5 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 571 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great performance at an unbeatable price

    Posted
    Breakdancefight
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    As an enthusiast in all things display tech I have heard lofty promises and to good to be true specs before, but the TCL delivers something I didn’t think possible with very little compromise. Let’s get the “bad” out of the way. The 5 series won’t be winning any awards for its design. This doesn’t mean that it is an unattractive display by any stretch, but little thought was likely put into it’s design. Simple black brushed metal frame, glossy black crows feet stand and a simple Roku remote to navigate it’s smart hub and semi-limited picture setting menu. My first suggestion if you have calibration tools or like to really tinker and fine tune your display the Roku app for Apple/Android is a must. You will have calibration tools to adjust noise reduction, gamma and complete control over the color management system. If you aren’t interested in tinkering than the Movie preset is the most accurate out of the box. It may be a little dim and two reddish orange for some, so the normal mode is likely a better option that prefer a cooler image without being overly blue. I currently own the Sony X900E and Samsung KS8500, so I have a baseline for what near perfect motion, excellent HDR and low input lag gaming can be. I don’t own any meters or pro calibration gear, but comparing the three models in my home here are a few observations. 1: Static contrast is likely around 2000:1-4000:1 2:Peak brightness 300-400nit (KS8500 can reach 1000+nit) 3:Input lag is imperceptible across any picture setting in and out of game mode (15-20ms) 4:Motion is some the best I have seen for a VA based panel showing little to no unnatural blur, no judder (30-60hz content) and no smearing/overdrive trailing during panning shots in game in darker areas. 5:Uniformity is great for an edge lit display, while not perfect. White slides will reveal some vertical banding and minor dirty screen effect, but very little during normal content. 6:This is likely am 8 bit panel w/FRC (dithering) to simulate a 10 bit panel, but there is no color banding normally found in 8 bit panels. Color gradation and transitions are smooth and pleasing to the eye. I shopped for over a month for a new display since I was downsizing due to size restrictions. I had considered 32”-40” monitors that offered some of features and display size I was looking for to take advantage of the Xbox/Pro, but for almost double what I paid for the TCL they weren’t as appealing to me. TCL: Wide color gamut:check HDR10 and Dolby vision support:check Low input lag for gaming:check Great motion:check Plenty of calibration options:check If you are interested I can recommend checking out the TCL 5 series and if a little unsure of a relatively unknown brand it is less than $40 for a 2 year geek squad warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just mad I didn't wait

    Posted
    EricH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Everyones eyes are different, what I like probably wont be what you like. Regardless I spent the whole summer researching TV's and finally decided on this -Price -Features -Performance Just couldnt be beat for 319.99 I owned a budget 4k samsung and I owned a budget 4k LG out of all 3 this TCL takes the cake. Yes on some models due to edgelit there is some back light bleeding. Its one of those things that you really have to be looking for to notice it. My only true gripe is the same with any flat panel, the speakers just plain suck. Right now LG makes some of the best speakers on their budget TVs. Regarding HDR You cannot and will not get the true enjoyment of any HDR title without a TV approaching 1000 nits of brightness. Most budget TVS hover between 250-500 its how they keep the price low. If you want the true HDR experience budget 4k TVs are not the answer. While HDR on this tv is noticeably better then the LG and Samsung i owned its still way to dark at times especially when playing video games. The bightness is essential in allowing everything in a scene to be highlighted from light to dark. When the picture is bright enough HDR looks great. So I wish i had settled on the TCL 6 Series instead as that gets a lot brghter and approached the 1000 nits necessary to atleast be average and ok HDR vs just why is it even here. TCL is very much the Vizio of the 20-teen years just like vizio made a name for themselves back in the mid 2000s. DO i recommend this TV: Yes especially if you are on a budget do not even look at anything else like the westinghouse, the fire TVs are ok but only if you are truly obsessed with amazons OS. This TV willl def satisfy those on a budget Duds happen especially on electronics I have had just as many name brand products crap out as I did cheap. So do not let the TCL name make you think this product isnt quality. Roku is easy to use and is getting a huge UI update soon for anyone who doesnt care for their interface Great buy and love the colors and picture everytime I watch something like The Avengers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value

    Posted
    Greg

    + All 3 HDMI ports support 4K w/ HDR. + HDMI Port 3 has ARC support. + 10 bit panel (No color banding, excellent reproduction) + Low Latency with no ghosting. + HDR & Dolby Vision Support. + No dead/stuck pixels and no backlight bleeding. (This impressed me the most) + Roku OS built in. There is no other TV OS that's even close at the moment. - Off-Axis viewing will result in color shifting. (For example, Orange will become Yellow) - Roku OS is not as smooth as it should be. When navigating menus it lags behind and isn't as responsive as my Roku Streaming Stick. - Similar to last years model, You will need to change your "HDMI Mode" to HDMI 2.0 to enable HDR on your gaming consoles/PC. By now, this should've been fixed. It should be automatic. - Remote is IR, not WiFI Direct. Direct line of sight is required. - Without proper testing equipment, I would guess the max brightness to be 300-350 nits. So your HDR experience will suffer. - No Local Dimming. While I can understand this Panel not having 96 zones like the new 6-series will, It would've been nice for at least 10? - You will have to turn the TV upside down to install the feet. Vizio has a much better implementation that they should've copied. - 60hz Panel with "Clear Motion Index" making this "120hz effective." At least the soap opera effect isn't noticeable to me. If it was, I would've returned it immediately. I know that's a lot of dislikes, but I am not blinded by the fact this TV is only $350. If you're really an HDR snob, wait for the 6-series, it will be released May 1st. If great color and 4k resolution is most important, this is a must buy. It's crazy just how good bargain base TV's are these days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great TV, bad quality control

    Posted
    CountryMusician
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So, I'm posting this review now buy I may write another later. Here's why: Ordered this TV a few weeks ago, it was out of stock. Was able to pick up in a few days. Got it home, unboxed and setup. I was very impressed initially. It lived up to all the expert reviews etc. BUT then after a while I noticed a defect. It was noticeable in dark scenes and when the screen was black. There were very noticeable bright blotches in all 4 corners of the TV! It wasn't as noticeable in bright scenes, but regardless I knew they were there and I couldn't just live with it. So I went to exchange it a few days later after work. My nearest Best Buy is about 30 miles one way, 60 round trip. It was our first snow storm of the winter and traffic was terrible. I was not a happy camper. Best Buy was great! Exchanged it without hesitation. I was happy. Drove through the storm again in stop and go traffic. Immediately went to unboxing and setting up the replacement. The second I turned it on I realized that this one was also defective! Only something different on this one. The right side of the picture did not fill the entire screen. So there was about a half an inch black bar on the right side of the screen. I was fuming! Tried a factory reset, turning on/off and unplugging. Still there. (Both TV's came in pristine looking boxes with no signs of shipping damage). So I immediately went online and got in a live chat with customer support. After a few troubleshooting measures, they determined that this one was also defective and they would send out a replacement. I said that if I was going to drive another 60 miles round trip and waste my own gas to bring this one back, then I would be exchanging it for a more reputable brand. Customer support has been good, thus far, They were very kind and helpful. This was a couple days ago, so I have not yet received the replacement. When I receive it and test it for some time, I will come back and write an update. Now with that being said...despite those issues, I was actually quite impressed with this TV! The picture quality, the Roku platform etc. Everything was spot on. If the 3rd replacement functions properly and lasts, I will be very happy. I think that's the major downfall to these budget brands, the features may be great but sometimes quality control suffers. Stay tuned....

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TCLExpert

      Hello Country Musician,

      Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. It's to see that we were able to help you find a resolution. If you need any assistance setting up your new TV please don't hesitate to reach out. Simply reach out to us at tclsocial@tcl.com with your contact information and reference this review. Someone will get back to you right away to help. Happy viewing!

      Thank you,

      Sara
      TCL Customer Support

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible bang for the buck

    Posted
    IshsTV
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    If you take the S515 for what it is at the given price, you simply cannot be disappointed. I use it primarily for gaming. I would NOT recommend this TV if you can spend $500+ and can fit $49" and above. At that point you can just get a 6-series TCL which is WAAAY better. The build quality is quite good despite being plastic. Its a reeaally good plastic. Stand is sturdy. The ROKU OS is wonderful. It was only say about 2 years ago where you had to spend $650+ for today's entry level 4k and software experience. And this TV does it for $350. The image is surprisingly good if you are staring straight at it. Not good from an angle. The blacks have a very weak emphasis and depending on you, you may need to increase the gamma which in turn will reduce the accuracy of other colors. Personally i kept the gamma as is and simply increased the brightness. Local dimming would of sure as heck made this TV a lot better. If you are looking for a big accurate screen get a 1440p monitor! HDR just like the S405 makes the image much darker but the S515 seems to remedy that issue with better brightness. But it does make a positive subtle difference overall. Makes the colors look a wee bit more natural. Speakers are well....passable. They are good enough for a bedroom setting.I actually prefer my $20 logitech speakers that i hooked up though. So yes, in conclusion, nothing quite beats the value of this TV at $350 unless you go for an older S405 which is really almost the same as the S515. Differences mainly lie in the backlight vs edge-lit, and difference in brightness. Everything else, like sound and image quality can nearly matched by calibration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best value for the money

    Posted
    Horologyguy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The shining star here is price, Where can you get a Dolby Vision, (Samples on the TV for free) and Dolby Atmos for current price$319! I could go into type of lighting, and some technical specs, but that really is not appropriate for what you are paying for, suffice to say that the experience on this TV is truly wonderful, I have several TV's that are 5 times the price and wonder if they are truly worth it, I'm starting to wonder. What you will get is a TV with a good build quality, not quite up there with the big players, plastic feet instead of steel (like the Q led of Samsung) but adequate and a bit more for the job, overall physical construction better than decent, you really should not take exception. I feel the picture is very good, Roku always a pleasure, sound is more than good, for every day watching, you would want to take advantage of Dolby Atmos sound, unfortunately this will cost three times the price of this TV, and while I'm very impressed with it, I would not use it as a main home entertainment center. Why? First entirely too small at slightly under 43, but if you have to adhear to a budget, by all means go for it, you will not be disappointed. You can use any old amplifier to power the sound, with optical out or RCA out using the TV headphone jack and you can control the sound with the Remote, while functional the remote is a bit small with close buttons, but is functional, just small and fiddly in my large hands. If you are on the fence, and price is a concern, jump right in you will not be disappointed, picture is wonderful and sound is very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best value for money

    Posted
    Nik49
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I just got it delivered yesterday and spent the whole evening testing it. I currently own a Samsung Full HD 32" TV. So, that's my reference when comparing ++++Pros: Price obviously. Roku Tv. Dolby Vision & HDR. But, not noticeable difference between them Youtube(HDR) & Netflix(Dolby Vision) native apps are working great. Tv supports Dolby Atmos. Thinner than expected. Thin bezels Game mode 2 HDMI ports + 1 HDMI with ARC Displays logo on top right if content is HDR or Dolby Vision Image brighter than previous TCL 43S405 ----Cons For some reason i can get Prime Video only in Full HD(1080p). I am not sure if it's an issue in the app which might get fixed in future or Amazon uses different HDR technology which TCL doesn't support at all. Though speakers are good enough for my bedroom, I am not sure if they are loud enough for living room No Bass at all. Even in high bass setting Except "Picture Mode: Movie" all other modes looks VERY HIGHLY saturated while watching low Resolution content 480p(SD) or 720p(HD) my old Samsung was considerably better looking. Might be an issue with upscaling "Dynamic Contrast" option in settings feels like a Gimmick Verdict : Still gonna keep it just for price, Dolby Vision & Atmos support Recommendation: Get a sound bar(preferably with Atmos support ) along with this. Ask me if u want ant other info

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TCLExpert

      Glad you’re enjoying the TV! You should know that with Amazon,they offer numerous titles in both HDR and Dolby Vision. You must scroll to the specific catagory of 4k and HDR rows. If you select the title in the wrong row, you’ll get the standard 1080p version. Hope that helps, TCL USA Support

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Value, not a fan of remote control

    Posted
    Kam71
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    So far so good. I wall mounted the TV a few days ago and everything is good so far. This 5 series was great deal at $250 before using a bunch of reward certificates. It has a true HDR processor in dolby vision and not just a compatible TV. The HDR/4K programming I've watched so far on netflix looks real good. This is my first Roku tv and I'm not a fan of the very basic remote at all. There's a lot of free programming; tv shows and movies with some of the roku apps and you don't need a login. I still need to get an indoor HD antenna and the 30 day trial of sling still needs to be activated. I'm also not a huge fan of the menus; especially the settings. Maybe I'm used to the settings on my high end Samsung KS8000 from a few years ago. They seem a little less usable. The movie picture mode is not great at all. It makes the picture more yellowish along with dimming it. The other picture modes are fine. You can also manually adjust the picture settings. There are separate contract (dynamic and micro) settings outside the normal one. Not sure what the micro is for in comparison to my KS8000. The specs say it has a 178 deg viewing angle. It does but you can see the picture degrade when you view it off to the side. I would say its still decent to about 120 deg. The sound modes are almost the same; very hard to tell the difference. Probably need a receiver or sound bar to get a better experience. In comparison to my 2017 samsung 6 series in my bedroom (TCL is in second family room) which is only HDR compatible, this TV might be better and was about the same price before the sale. Its definitely worthwhile; especially if on a budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Near-perfect 4K PC monitor (forget HDR, though)

    Posted
    YouIdiot

    I'm using this as a PC monitor (exclusively, though I might buy a 4K Blu-ray player at some point down the road), and thus far, though I had to return the first unit due to a dead green sub-pixel (the replacement is perfect), it's been flawless in this capacity (at 4K/60Hz/RGB [444]). Rtings.com recently posted their review (517--same television, different remote); there's not much I can add to what they wrote, except to emphasize that as they indicated, it simply isn't bright enough for HDR (content looks better, to me, in SDR [HDR disabled]). That said, there are no 4K monitors on the market, to my knowledge, that are even HDR-capable, let alone bright enough for it (300 candela seems to be standard, and it's sufficient for SDR content). (If HDR content doesn't hurt your eyes, the panel isn't bright enough. :) [I'd put that at around 1000 candela.]) Note: 28"-32" will not suffice for 4K resolution; you must buy a 40"+ panel (40-50" is where you want to be), and this one fits the bill perfectly. Give it a chance, but scan it for dead pixels upon receipt.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flawless first 4k

    Posted
    Daniel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I took months of looking into 4K TVs and what I wanted out of mine. It’s so hard to choose especially on a budget. I was conflicted with so much choices and having to sacrifice on some features. Then my friend found me this TCL. Which I am thankful for his help. Because I had to make much less sacrifices in the features and specs of the TV. I actually got some more features that I wanted, that are normal more expensive. All in all the color, visuals, and sound are wonderful. It’s so convenient to own this TV. I can access many apps. I now have my one place to stream and game. My all in one device. So yes, if you’re on the fence and hesitant like I was with this TV or the brand TCL. I can 100% assure that this is for sure worth your money and time. No longer am I watching media or playing games. Because with this 4K TV, I’m now experiencing them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great TV with tons of features

    Posted
    Wins4fins
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This TV does a lot for the cable cutter. First, the picture quality is fantastic. We bought this size for our office and my one regret is that I didn’t go bigger to use as a home theater TV. The Roku features are great and easy peazy to use when subscribing to a streaming service. We use the 2 top services and OTA broadcasts together in that room. You can set the TV to start on any input or OTA Tv. Nice feature. The remotes CEC allows me to use it for the attached Firestick as well without switching back and forth. How it knows I switched to the Firestick is technical marvel. My main reason for the purchase was that we needed a Roku because the Firestick does not have the Spectrum app. A service, and bill, we are soon to rid our selves of. And when you figure in the cost of a stand alone Roku this TV with its 4K, HDR is a no brainer decision. I came to find out that this TV can record live over the air broadcast for up to 90 minutes of rewinding and playback capabilities. All you need is a 16GB thumb drive. How awesome! Haven’t used the 4K yet to watch a full show, but I have tested it. Nice!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Screen for Use as a Huge 4K Computer Monit

    Posted
    CuiJinFu
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was shopping for a PC monitor upgrade and saw multiple web discussions about how the TCL 4 and 5 series 4K TVs can be used as amazing, inexpensive computer displays. I'm extremely pleased with the quality of this screen for that purpose. It was relatively easy to connect this screen to my PC via HDMI and I'm getting beautiful 4K 60 Hz output with crisp text (I'm using a Nvidia 1060 6GB graphics card). Note that you'll need to adjust a few settings on the TV (turn on "gaming mode", enable HDMI 2.0) to get the best image, as discussed online in various places. One minor inconvenience with using this TV as a computer display is it will not power off and wake with the PC as a traditional monitor would. It's possible to set it up to power off soon after the computer stops sending out video, but I've found it necessary to hit the power button for the TV to get video back once the PC wakes up. Another thing worth noting is that this screen is so big that if you're sitting within 3 or 4 feet of it, there will be some minor but noticeable dimming on the far edges of the picture. It doesn't bother me much at all but some users might not like that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal TV for the price

    Posted
    Jstar269
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    One of the best TV's in the market for under $300 (when I bought this two months back). Very sturdy, port selection is good (3 HDMI and a powerful USB port for hard drives), Roku OS is fantastic and one of the best things to have running internally on a TV, and the screen itself is great for the money. Admittedly the HDR is a little lacking at times and the panel itself probably isn't a true 10-Bit panel (so there may be dithering in the colors when watching HDR10 content) and there's also no local dimming so the whole screen's backlight remains on, but the contrast itself is great when viewed directly in front of, and off-topic but the latency when playing video games is incredibly low for when I play competitively. The next 5-Series TV will probably be much better value and the 6-Series is significantly better value as-is, but if you desperately need a 43-inch TV and want one that's great value, this is the way to go. Don't expect perfection, but for the money and size, and until other TVs release, it's hard to go much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect sized Flat Screen for my Apartment

    Posted
    MRushing
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My previous 32 inch Panasonic CRT set, that I purchased from this same store 26 years ago, finally died on me. So after a bit of online research and measuring my openings for a replacement I headed back to Bestbuy. I had a couple sets I wanted to look at and measure to see if they would fit so I asked a salesperson about them and he showed them to me. He then said he had a recommendation for me and we moved to this 43 inch 4K TCL set. My two were not 4K and it was easy to see the difference. I did not recognize the TCL brand but after the salesperson informed me of TCL's background there was no doubt that this was the TV for me and it fit perfectly on top of my entertainment center next to my turntable. I was so happy I actually offered the salesperson a tip but he refused to take it. This set produces a crystal clear image with exceptionally bright colors and had Roku as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good for the money, but frustrating.

    Posted
    Susan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Paid $249 for the 43-inch on a Black Friday sale. Bought it as it fits into my 50-inch cabinet perfectly. The good: lots of technical ability like HDR, DolbyVision, Atmos sound. The picture is is very sharp and the color gamut is jaw dropping gorgeous. Love this for the price. The bad: no local dimming is brutal. If there is a lot of white on the screen, the brightness will near blind you. The detail washes out and text has a drop shadow or halo effect, almost like a gauze filter causes. There are many settings for brightness but nothing defeats the lack of local dimming. The side angle viewing is worse than expected. I knew it was limited going in, but, even 2 feet to left of center washes out the color. Bummer! Last, the remote control you get from Best Buy does not have voice input and the infrared line of sight does not work well, skipping key strokes and having significant time lag. The remote apps, Google and Apple, do not work for more than one day without having to Reset the Internet IP address. Buy a TCL/Roku Internet remote with voice control if you can find one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TCLExpert

      Hi Susan,

      If you are looking for a TV with local dimming you would want to check out our Award Winning 6-Series. Additionally, you shouldn't need to reset the Internet IP address on the free Roku mobile app. This sounds rather odd. You may want to try to uninstall and reinstall to see if this resolves the issue. You may also want to try restarting your phone/tablet that the app is downloaded on. Hope this helps!

      Thank you,

      Sara
      TCL Customer Support

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing TV for an amazing value

    Posted
    Alex
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was looking for an affordable upgrade from my 32 inch Samsung, and wanted an exceptional picture at an affordable price. This TV BLOWS ME AWAY. I was interested partly because I only watch TV through my Roku anyways through Sling, Netflix, and Amazon so I don't need anything more than that. That said, it's very easy to switch over to antenna TV. Pros: Great price for a 4K TV AMAZING picture even in SD--bright and great colors Loud speakers with good quality sound AMAZING in HDR and UHD Built in Roku is fantastic Roku remote is fantastic Numerous HDMI ports and other connections Cons: Sometimes if you are off too far to the side the picture can look a little washed out, but it has a wide enough viewing angle that this isn't a major issue. UHD content costs extra, though that's to be expected and as I said even SD works great If you tend to use things through or streaming device anyways this is perfect. It truly is a fantastic TV. It's a perfect "millennial" TV. That said, if you are a slightly less tech-savvy person and aren't comfortable with newer technology it might be a little tough to figure out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best choose for light PC and Console gaming

    Posted
    Dave76
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    If you are looking for a TV/Monitor for Media consumption and light gaming, don't look forward! You get the best bang for the buck with this TV. My choose fallen on this TV since I was looking for a budget monitor that could manage Netflix in 4K and HDR/Dolby Vision as well as any other HDR videos. At this moment all the monitors in the market that offer HDR support are way too expensive and perhaps don't even work that well, I tried quite a few. At some point I took in consideration TVs and I found multiple good reviews of TCLs so I decided to give it a try. I honestly couldn't be happier; great price, great quality and almost zero compromises when compared to a monitor, which most of the time were missing of something. I'm very happy with this product and I strongly recommend it to anybody looking for a PC/Console monitor for light gaming and Media consumption.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First one was faulty - used extended warranty

    Posted
    Nedward
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First panel I purchased could not reach full brightness, would blink off/on when set to the highest setting. Contacted tech support who were very thorough at troubleshooting, the warranty option is to ship it out then get it back in a week or two or pay for an extended warranty and get another one off the shelf in the store. I decided I can wait a week while it ships back, but was informed that the extended warranty that I paid extra for would be used up by this choice too. There is a 30 day window to buy an extended warranty, weigh your choices. Geek Squad made disparaging remarks about TCL's panel supply chain and recommended trading up with my return, I did not appreciate this treatment an stuck with the same model based on reviews of displays in this range. The second display has worked perfectly with my Amazon Fire Stick and 4K capable PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome TV for cost & size

    Posted
    kelso
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Purchased the TCL series 5 (43") about a month ago and couldn't be happier with it. Prior to the purchase I was warned be "brand-specific/popular friends" that TCL is not as good as a Samsung or Sony. I get that, but I feel that that stigma fits if you are purchasing a screen 49" or bigger OR if you are highly aware of the best picture clarity and color. Myself, I can tell the picture quality differences between TVs. But in the end at home, you're staring at one TV and not two. And so you can't really tell the differences, for some TVs - and this includes the TCL series 5. Especially if your last TV was a a grade lower, which was my case, so the TCL seemed like an upgrade for me. Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor, and consider this TV if your looking for a 43" or smaller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    mph56
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Already had several Roku Ultra devices so was attracted by idea of Roku built into a TV. Unfortunately this TV does not offer the same experience as a real Roku. The remote is noisy and clicks loudly and harshly. Network speed seems to be limited to about 35 Mbps wireless or hardwired whereas I can get 100+ Mbps with a Roku Ultra in the same room. TCL support said that 35 Mbps is all I need for streaming, which is true. Unfortunately scrolling through movies on Netflix or HBO is quite sluggish. Angle of view is very narrow as expected for a cheap TV. LED light at the front of the TV is extremely bright so I covered it with black electrical tape. Ultimately I kept the TV, but bought a Roku Ultra. I reset the TV to function as a dumb TV, without its Roku functions, and have it go directly to the Roku Ultra HDMI input when powered up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TCLExpert

      Hello mph,

      An external Roku device is a bit different than a Roku incorporated into a TV. However, our TVs typically provide a similar experience, and receives continual updates like the traditional Roku devices. Our TVs also provide quick navigation, high refresh rate, low lag, and dedicated game mode for gaming. By having the Roku device incorporated into the TV it allows an addition HDMI to be open for other devices to connect to. There is not a limitation on Internet speeds, so it is unclear why this is happening. Additionally, you can turn off the menu sound by going to Home>Settings>Audio>Menu Volume>OFF. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at tclsocial@tcl.com. Hope this helps & enjoy!

      Thank you,

      Sara
      TCL Customer Support