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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Tale of Two TVs: 900E vs S405

    Posted
    KGrinols
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    There are two ways to review this TV. The first is relative to its price and the second is independently of price. For its price this is a 5 star TV, but compared to the alternatives it's a 4 star TV, maybe 3.5 stars depending on where you set your standards. For me I'm comparing directly to a Sony 900E. Widely regarded as the best LCD TV of 2017, the 900E is almost an unfair comparison for the TCL. But if you're here trying to make an educated decision and like me trying to decide whether the extra money is worth it, then this is the review you want to read. I purchased the Sony 55" 900E on Black Friday for $999. I purchased the TCL 55" S405 one month later for $399. So what does an extra $600 get you? Much blacker blacks, whiter whites, more vivid colors, a wider range of colors across a gradient, less bleeding and blooming, and far better uniformity across the screen on single color images. First, allow me to say I calibrated both TVs to the exact specs recommended by Rtings.com, put them side by side, and played the exact same Youtube 4k Ultra HD videos on them simultaneously while comparing any differences I could find. Blacker Blacks: Exactly as it sounds, when a black background was on the screen, with a small logo in the center of the screen like GoPro, the 900E has blatantly blacker blacks. The TCL can only get down to a dark grey. This will be most noticeable on the screens that are dominated by a single dark color in the background. In movies that have a lot of dark scenes, this will also come into play, and in a side by side test, will look pretty bad. This is the most noticeable deficit the TCL has to the Sony, and will be visible with the naked eye, even to casual viewers. Whiter whites: Again, exactly the way it sounds, when the 4k video shows you a snow covered mountain range, you can tell the Sony's whites are a bright white and very clean. The whites on the TCL have a yellowish hint or hue to them, but this isn't nearly as noticeable as the blacks mentioned above. Without this TV side by side with another to compare, you might never notice this, and honestly you can alter the 'temperature' of the TV from 'Warm' to 'Cool' to get whiter whites, but you usually sacrifice skin tones when doing this it seems. More Vivid Colors: The Sony may be cheating here, as when I put these TVs side by side, I could argue the Sony over-saturates its colors. The TCL's reds and greens seem faded comparatively. Honestly, I actually think there could be a happy medium between these two, with more pop than the TCL, but less saturation than the Sony. In fact, if someone told me they felt the TCL was more 'accurate' to real life nature scenes, I wouldn't disagree. Altering the Red/Green Tint balance on the TCL forces you to sacrifice one for the other, unable to make both more vivid. Adjusting the 'Color' slider can definitely improve the greens, but it starts making reds look pinkish the higher you go, and you lose some depth. Wider color gradients: I didn't really notice this until a sunset or sunrise video came onto the screen, so consider this minimal. But the Sony was much better at showing you a more colorful gradient transition when a sunset faded from purple, to red, to orange, to yellow, etc. Whereas the TCL felt like it just didn't have the same range of color, it would often appear it was just missing some colors. On a sunrise the TCL would almost appear as a full white light, versus the Sony where you could see the white center, yellow outer, and so on. Blooming: Because the TCL can't get as dark as the Sony, it means that when there's a bright spot on the screen, it effects more area around that specific spot. Think of a Moon in the night sky, the Sony will show you a crisp moon on a very dark background. The TCL will show you the moon, with some lighting around it, because it simply can't reach the same black levels as the Sony, so the immediate area around the moon will look dark grey instead of black. Bleeding: The Sony is Full Array and the TCL is Edge Lit, so this isn't really fair, but if you want to know what you're paying for with the Sony, or sacrificing with the TCL, this is the technical aspect. An Edge lit TV gets it's light source from the Edge of the TV, this means that you'll see what appears like bright spots, or splotchy-ness on the TV. Most noticeable around the edges of the TV where the light source is coming from. This goes hand in hand with the next topic... Uniformity: Because the light comes from the edges of the TCL rather than from directly behind the TV like the Sony, it means it's incredibly difficult for the screen to look consistent across the TV. This is really only an issue when displaying screens that are the same color for a vast majority of the screen. Consider when Netflix is loading, that Red Screen, with just the Netflix logo in the center. On the Sony that Red Background is the same shade of Red no matter where you look on the screen. However on the TCL you can definitely see that the TV is unable to produce the same color consistently from edge to center. This doesn't really matter for a lot of regular TV or movie watching though, as those type of screens are rare, or at least only displayed momentarily when transitioning between scenes most likely. It's without question that the Sony 900E is a better quality TV across the board. So why 4 stars for the TCL? Because the TCL is $600 cheaper than the Sony, and if you never put them side by side for direct comparison, the TCL is a great TV independent of price, and an amazing TV for the price. The only real concern listed that will noticeably impact your watching experience is the black issues in my opinion. There's a reason OLED TV's are the cream of the crop right now, and it's because they have the blackest blacks in the game. In a lot of movies, there are so many dark scenes these days, and the clarity of these scenes struggles when your blacks are the same colors are the dark grays that the movie is trying to display. In my personal opinion I would not want the TCL to be my main TV for my living room or family room, which is where I watch all of my movies. BUT as a spare or guest room TV, a TV for your kids, or your bedroom, or in my case a second TV specifically for gaming, the TCL is the smarter choice. We, or at least I, often get caught up in wanting the best of the best, the latest and greatest, and when you're at the store you see everything side by side so you can easily spot the differences. Once you get your TV home, there is no longer a comparison point. Your eyes will adapt to what you buy, and you'll never remember the colors of the TV that was next to it at the store. For the vast majority of people looking for a good budget TV, I can easily recommend the TCL S405 for you. If you're a pixel peeper, heavy movie watcher, or home theater enthusiast, then you'll likely want to spend a bit more and invest in a higher quality set. The Sony 900E has noticeable upgrades over the TCL, but those upgrades won't be worth it to everyone, and a few of them won't even be noticeable if you never set it next to a TV that costs twice as much. If you set the 900E next to an LG B7, some of the same concerns could potentially arise, but it's another $500 jump in price. You get what you pay for. The TCL is worth every penny, but so is the Sony 900E. If price is your largest deciding factor, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase the TCL. If picture quality is your largest deciding factor, the TCL can't quite keep up with the high end TVs currently available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good budget TV for the price

    Posted
    Parish
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have reviewed the 55LF621U19 which was my first purchase, but only gave it 1 star as there was issues with jittering/stuttering of certain sections of the screen as the motion was happening in any video, you can read my review on that to see. This TCL is the replacement as it was the only other 55" TV at the same price in the store. This TV works as expected. The video is smooth, there are no glitches in the video. Connection to the Roku part was little bit of a pain as you have go to the website to get it enabled. But so far NO issues with video or configuration setup with the TV. I'm giving 4 stars due to the fact that the image quality is not quite that of the Toshiba in the same size/class. Although the image/video play is clear as it should be, it still has look of the older LED TVs where it doesn't look like can just reach in and touch the object on the screen. BUT still has really nice coloring corrections through the Roku app you can down load on your phone. The on screen configurations doesn't have near the configurations options that the APP does. So you'll want to definitely download the app to do any changes. I DO recommend this TV if you are looking to upgrade from a 5+ year LED tv as I did. My other was a 8+ year Vizio 42" LED 1080i/720p. PROS to me: Video playback was very smooth with NO hiccups of any kind in the video/streaming/satellite playback, no issues with setup, TV works as expected. Still has pretty decent picture quality for a 'budget' tv. CONS to me: Setup of Roku required you to log onto the Roku website and enable the roku features and the on screen configurations are not near as intuitive or extensive as the Roku phone app you can download. Also the video 'clarity' or 'crispness' is not a as good as other TV's in the same price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good tv for price!

    Posted
    Viinnyc
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    For the price is pretty amazing. It is a bit glarey from angle if you are watching it from the side. I had it for two weeks and I was going to return it for a smaller tv because it is in my bedroom and I watch tv a lot from the side. The picture is a bit whiteish but I realize I had to change the picture settings because it was on low and you can change it to movie or vivid mode and it makes a big difference. Also it was on dark mode when the tv came but I changed it to brighter. Picture looks great now. Also the sound can be changed and it makes a difference. But sound from the tv needs improvement. When watching a movie with guns, the shooting sounds are very loud, but when people are speaking in the movie it does not sound as good as can be! I am very happy with the tv now after the settings are changed. Also the remote control is a bit awkward. I have a tv antenna plugged into the tv to watch local channels. For the first couple of days the channels were on the right channels, but now the channels are 5.2, 7.2, 11.2. Instead of the main channels 5.1, 7.1, 11.1. The roku remote doesn't have the numbers on the remote so I can't press the channels in. I had an insignia 40" roku tv before and it was good for 3 years but stopped working.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TV part great - bad for wall mount.

    Posted
    BillK
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    The TV and features are surprisingly good for the price - however - the location of the screws for wall mounting is terrible. The holes are way down low on the back of the TV - which causes the TV to mount MUCH higher than it should be. Because the mounting holes are so low - there's no real "wiggle room" for moving the brackets up or down or else they'll show underneath the TV. In my case the recessed wall plugs I installed were exposed because of the height of the TV on the wall. I ended up returning it and go a Samsung that has the mounting holes in the center of the back of the TV which allows you to adjust the mounting brackets up or down. I didn't realize how low the bracket holes were on this TV or I'd have either addressed my recessed plug locations on the wall or simply bought something else. Just hoping someone with intentions of wall mounting this particular TV sees this and either accounts for the weird locations of the holes or looks else. If you only want to put the TV on it's legs and on a stand it would be great for the price. Wall mount - no so much. :(

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing deal for 4K TV

    Posted
    Dtemp38
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    Overall this TV is probably the absolute best budget 4K TV you can buy. What I loved most about this TV is how simple and responsive the User Interface is - when you want to snap between Netflix and the Home menu, there’s very little wait time. Scrolling and searching using the remote is very easy. The reason why this TV is so price friendly, is actually 2 things: First, the backlight isn’t as bright as higher priced 4K models. If you’re in a normal room without a crazy amount of natural light, it performs just fine. But if you’re in a room engulfed with natural light, or windows without curtains, it could be a little difficult to see the screen through the glare even at the highest backlight setting. Secondly, the other reason why this TV is so price friendly, is the sound. It’s not horrible, however there are many times when watching Netflix that I need to turn the volume up to around 50, and sometimes 60, just to hear properly. This issue is easily fixable, however, by purchasing a decently priced sound bar. Overall the picture quality is amazing! The price is boarderline comical because of how cheap this TV is and you’re getting 4K HDR. And this TV’s “ease-of-use” is perfect. If you’re looking for a 55” 4K TV for less than $500, I would absolutely tell you to consider the TCL 55S405!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good tv

    Posted
    Gman
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    First off great tv for the price good 4K picture, good options to search for content my PS4 syncs up nicely with it. I wall mounted it and synced my sound bar. Everything is pretty seamless. I like sound on the tv and how it connects to Sound bar, along with the fact that it starts on such a trendy selection page. I'd give it all stars except for color options. I Think that the automatic color selector could be better the vivid option is kind of blown out. Sports option seems to be the best but I still had to manually do slot a lot of tweaking and using online tutorials to get it right. I'm still working on it but it's better. When you tweak the color however the depth of picture is there. So over all for the price it's pretty darn good. I watch jr every day it's my favorite new toy. Oh also the themes are really cool like wallpaper for your computer. Ok have a good day. If you haven't please Say this blessing Jesus is lord and I believe He died on the cross for me and arose from the dead fill me with the Holy Spirit in Jesus name amen. That's eternal life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the best TVs value TVs on the market.

    Posted
    Jlwilli4
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    I bought this TV for my parents as they were looking to get into the 4K realm since they have a 4k receiver from their satellite provider. The interface was simple as was setting up the roku interface for them. Now they are streaming shows on Netflix with ease. Before they struggled with the setup on an old blu ray player and cancelled their subscription. As for the picture quality they thought it was great before they installed the 4K HDMI cable and were blown away by the difference of the 4K HDMI cable. The sound appears to be decent from the internal speakers as they are used to a 5.1 channel setup, but can't seem to figure out how to connect the optical input. I'm pretty sure this is an issue with the older receiver and not the TV (we tried switching the HDMI to another non ARC input with the same results). This TV is not and will not replace or measure up to an OLED or a QLED type flagship TV, but if you have a budget for a TV, this is an excellent choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good off brand TV for the Price

    Posted
    homeyintheville
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    We bought this tv for seasonal use in an outdoor screened in porch. We needed smart tv cuz it was too much of a hassle to run cable line or set up additional wifi satellite service. This was my first Roku device and I have to say while I'm not going to return this tv, I would not buy another "smart tv with Roku". It does not give you free reign of surfing the web but rather choosing from its preloaded apps, most of which require an additional monthly subscription...of course with most offering your first month free. I'm sure I can jailbreak it but why chance it on a $400 part time tv?? The picture is great, sound quality is decent but now a days, all the new tv's come with horrible speakers so you upgrade to a soundbar that makes it sound amazing, right!! Super easy to set up and with additional hardware (sold separately) mounted to the wall in no time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellant Picture, Easy Set Up

    Posted
    NiteLord

    ...This 55" TCL has a Great Picture, good sound, very easy set up and at less than $400.00 is a Great Bargain. The only things that I have found wrong with it so far is I get a strong smell coming from it when I first turn it on lasting up to 20/30 minutes. The smell doesn't go completely away but isn't as bad as with start up. I'm still wondering if I should return it because of this. The other thing that you need to be aware of is it has two leg stands located 38" apart instead of the standard one center stand, make sure your TV Stand is wide enough to accommodate this wide spacing for the TV's Legs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to for the price

    Posted
    Orrbione

    Over all this is a great TV. It isn't the highest quality blow you out of your seat experience but if you want to enjoy 4k gaming and entertainment and you have a limited budget this is the TV for you. It has all the bells and whistles all the high-end names have like 4k UHD and it does support HDR. The main reason I didn't give this TV 5 stars is the speaker quality. The speakers are not great but they aren't terrible either. I would recommend getting a sound bar or surround sound for this TV. Also I like the fact that it's wifi and I can look at Hulu and other streaming services right from the tv. This is also a great way to get away from high cable or satellite bills as Roku offers tons of free streaming channels that may not provide as good of movies as Hulu or Netflix but I'm not complaining. All in all really good TV for the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TV going blank

    Posted
    chase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Nice set but does have some flaws. If your not standing right in front of the TV the picture guilty goes down. I have found that this TV and other TV'S such as the Insignia TV will go blank for a few seconds then come back on quite a bit. The TCL 55 will also go completely off but I think it's due to WiFi connection but not for sure yet. I found that when a memory stick is used to record in the USB port for Air TV is when the TV starts to go blank then back on. Stopped using the stick and problem solved. Since BestBuy only gives you a LOUSY fifteen days to play with your set there not much time to figure out these things. This was trial and error since not much help from Best Buy had to do it myself. They should listen to there costumers more. We can teach you a few things too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice features with a few glitches

    Posted
    ValB
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    The TV was super easy to install and set up except that we couldn’t find the code To make the TV work with our cable remote. Went through a list and tried random ones until one worked. Sorry, don’t know what it was. About a week after had occasion where it wouldn’t turn on. Changed batteries in remotes, reset cable box. Still no luck. Online search found that it does this sometimes. UNPLUGGED set, plugged back in and it has worked fine since. Also, there is an odd placement on the remote. When you pick it up, your hand will likely press the MUTE button on the right side. Don’t panic if the volume is gone. Just check the MUTE and volume controls on the right side of remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV, lousy manual

    Posted
    Scotty
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    I would have given this a 5 star review because, for the money, it is a fantastic value. However, the manual is, without a doubt, the worst I have ever gotten with any product. If you are a person who needs a manual to work with then forget this product. The web site offers no better. I bought a Samsung 9000 series and the 166 page manual covers just about everything you could possibly want. The manual for this TV tells how to set it up, where the various ports are and that is about it. While it is easy to set up with the wifi etc. if you want to delve deeper into the functionality of the TV, and there is a lot into which you might want to delve, you had better know exactly what you are doing. All in all I love the TV but I thank God I didn't need a manual.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good so far, with a few caveats

    Posted
    Phantom
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    So far it looks great, but I have some gripes: - I can't find a way to turn the audio off and rely fully on the optical out. I want to disable the internal speakers. - The USB stays on for ~15 minutes once you turn off the TV. This is annoying for those of us with bias lighting. - The Roku remote doesn't have a built in headphone jack like I'd get with any decent Roku unit. This is also an annoying feature to lack. All in all, it's fine? I thought having a built in roku would be like having a roku but it's definitely missing some common sense features. If you're looking for a cheap TV with basic function, this is the one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4 stars for quality, but 5 for value

    Posted
    TimothyDon
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    I come from a long line of high-quality TV's. My current set is the ZT60 for all your A/V geeks out there. I'm always skeptical of the quality that the lesser names offer, but this is a solid TV. It's not an OLED but it packs a punch - great brightness, nice contrast, nice motion and pretty good audio. If you're not a tech-head, this is an awesome TV. For the price, you can't go wrong. Built-in Roku, easy to use, and more. It's a champ. I'm actually buying a 2nd one for my GF in a few weeks. Again - not the best in the world. For that you'll pay over 3K. But it's a great value and produces better-than-average A/V.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not Great

    Posted
    CrasH
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    This is an amazing value at the price I paid. Great Picture. The color is not as good as my Samsung but very acceptable. The sound however, the sound that this produces is terrible. I mean 1 out of 5 stars terrible.. but that being said, I am able to watch 4k movies and play my xbox one x in 4k no problems. and the Roku part of the tv works just fine, I really only use Netflix, and I tried sling. Both worked fast and smooth no problem. And there are loads of apps or streaming "things" available too. so all in all I give this a 4 star because my only real issue is the sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A steal at current price.

    Posted
    ArcaneOpera

    Amazing TV in my opinion. This was my first 4K TV and honestly, as a hardcore gamer, I couldn't be happier. Many of the reviews will berate the sound quality, though since I am almost always using a gaming headset, I can't offer a valid opinion on this. It is an absolute beauty of a picture though. Another thing that must be mentioned is that this TV IS HDR. For some reason, this is never mentioned when advertised, but it literally states ON THE BOX that it is. Just thought I would clear that up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV

    Posted
    Likeaudio
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    The TCL ROKU TV saves you $ no need to buy the ROKU stick. The picture is excellent if watching straight on. No great for a wide room or side watching. Mounting the TV on the wall is different than other brand the VESA holes used on these TCL TVs are different and makes the TV sit higher on your existing bracket so be aware of that. On a table the feet/stand are wide need space length wise to place on a table. I have much higher price TVs and these TCLs are really close in picture quality and the apps are outstanding. Great buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good bang for the buck!

    Posted
    Shmorz4
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    Ok. So I am not all that concerned with the ROKU but I am about Amazon Prime and have Playstation Vue and this TV gets these apps. This TV is really easy to set up and use. I had no problem at all. Remote is seamless. This is a second vacation home so I don't need anything more. Great picture (maybe color isn't as epic as Sony or Samsung but price point makes that a mute point!) and good sound so I am not getting a sound bar at this time. I highly recommend this. I may pick up a Apple TV so my wife and I can get our iTunes movies. I also attached an indoor antenna that works great for local stations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price but vertical banding is awful

    Posted
    swdove
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    I've owned this tv for over a year and have had no significant performance issues. It links well with my Visio soundbar and looks great. The main problem is the vertical banding (noticeably discolored vertical bars). This is most apparent on solid color backgrounds; the Xbox One dashboard in particular makes it very obvious. I thought I would get over it at some point but I haven't and regret not returning it to see if another unit would have the same issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend