TCL - 49" Class - LED - 4 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV

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Stream high-definition content smoothly with this 49-inch TCL Roku LED TV. Its Ultra HD resolution produces lifelike picture details, and its Clear Motion Index enhancement technology lets you view fast-action scenes seamlessly. The 4K Creative Pro upscaling engine of this TCL Roku LED TV optimizes the picture quality of lower-resolution videos.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Batteries
  • Owner's manual
  • Remote control
  • Stand
  • TCL 49" Class - LED - 4 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (801 out of 842)

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Features


Roku Smart TV

Roku TV offers access to stream 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from one simple, intuitive interface.

4K Creative Pro Upscaling

Allows you to view your favorite HD content in near 4K quality.

48.5" screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner)

A great size for a living room or mid-sized home theater space.

2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images

Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality.

Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV

With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content.

Smart TV with access to streaming services for countless entertainment options

Stream shows, movies, games and more with the TV's built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps.

LED TVs perform well in all lighting conditions

They also deliver plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors.

Advanced TV sound

Two 8W main channel speakers.

3 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection

High-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable not included.

120Hz Clear Motion Index effective refresh rate

Enjoy high-speed action with good motion clarity.

1 USB input

Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or other USB device.

Manage the viewing experience for your kids

The built-in V-chip lets you block content based on program ratings and check ratings of unfamiliar programs.

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Customer rating

4.6
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, Best Entry-Level TV

    Posted
    MaxH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So I did more then a bit of research when looking for the right TV, being my first HDTV I personally bought for myself. Quite obsessively/compulsively, in fact, including calling the company about how the included stand would handle carpet floors since I dont have a big wooden/metal stand for the whole thing to sit upon, and checking review sites like rtings to figure out input lag (excellent) if had issues like banding, etc. Making sure measurements were accurate, because of limited space in my living area. No color issues or loss at the corners. All the little details. I compared this to other brands in the range and televisions much above it as well, trying to figure out what the amount of money I was willing to risk on a unit. I would say that you are very likely not going to get a better all around value for a television from here to around 5-600 dollars. It's certainly the best value for a true 4K television as far as I can see. That being said, my value is for video games in a darker space with limited lighting (drapes covering window). In the dark, this television is beautiful and the colors, especially blue's, show through very well, which is why i make the value comment above. Most TV's above this have good visuals, but are better for super lit or bright rooms due to aformentioned window locations and perform poorly in the dark visually. This TV is made for dark spaces and does okay in lit areas. The only other flaw I would include would be viewing angles, which straight on this is great, but I could imagine in a larger room for a big event it wouldn't do super well. Additional points: I think the sound issues are a bit overstated. In my case which is optimal sitting distance, it sounds good. Maybe not for a big location. For your kid or your personal bedroom or other similar size spaces, this would do more then fine.There's an LED that stays on in rest mode, but you can turn it off (stays on during use and blinks however so unfortunate). The biggest plus for me, outside of that, is having backwards compatibility with older devices that dont use HDMI, and you can menu manually all the seperate inputs outside of your devices in such a way that it auto detects if you are using say, your N64 versus your new PS4. Or turn that off if you hate that. That's really appreciated. All in all, a great video game television that makes the most of your buck. I really hope this company keeps taking steps as they've done since being introduced a couple years back, as I'd be more then happy following this purchase to reup with them 8-10 years down the line. I really appreciated their efforts to answer my questions over the line, even when they had to actually connect their manufacturing branch to verify any and all specifications. I was annoying, but I needed to be. You only get your first HDTV once, and I honestly can't stop smiling when im around it playing Evil Within 2. Getting sick standing in line for black friday for this feeling makes it all the more worthwhile. Hope this helps you others that are on the fence brutally like me that spend sleepless nights clicking on sites finding the right thing for your circumstance.. Any other questions, feel free to comment and ill try to offer what I know this far. I'll include a picture from my phone (not the best, apologies) to show you what it looks like in terms of blues. BIG NEW POINT: The display at my Best Buy set it up as purple, which I think is its most boring color. I think it doesnt sell the product as well, and I respect the reason why given how many TV's behind it are on a wall showing blue as well as it gives it a fair shot to stand out. I think you should check out its red,blues and grays/blacks to get a feel for this unit. I hope Best Buy takes that into consideration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic TV, related remote issues

    Posted
    pzoo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I wasn't quite sure how many stars to give this television. I decided on 5, because at the end of the day TCL has built a great television, with a caveat. Firstly, I don't have cable and consume only streaming programming, so I can't comment on the limitations of the tv in regard to watching live tv, navigating dish or cable channels with the remote, etc. Now about the tv itself. I found myself split between getting this television or a comparable one from the TCL P series, which has local dimming and other schmancy stuff. The P series was more expensive and was also unavailable in a 49" version, so I saved the money and the space by purchasing this 49" S series. That said, I love it. I understand that technically the P series has better colors and blacks, but the blacks on this set are pretty darn black and the colors are quite vivid. Maybe the P series would have been more impressive, but I'm very impressed with this set. Shows on Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube are clear, vibrant, and great to watch, and animation looks bonkers good. I also took some time to watch some HDR footage on Amazon and thought it looked amazing. One exception to this has been a show called The Punisher on Netflix. It’s dark and gritty and was the series I was watching when I purchased the set, I was taken aback at how grainy the images seemed on this set (but warm, similar to older black and white photos), and sometimes the shadows would look blotchy in areas. I couldn't replicate these issues on almost any other shows though, and once I accepted that the show in question was going to look this way I decided that the graininess was fine by me and that it was a stylistic decision by the director. The blotchiness is noticeable, but it's also very occasional. The app can be used to adjust the picture settings, but man is it overly complicated. There are rows of color options with different percentages and I don’t understand how to begin using it. I really wish the adjustments were simplified… contrast, vividness, dark, light, and more or less of the basic RBG would be fine to get me there. I suppose I will eventually figure this out, but yeesh. I’m really happy with the options for connections on this thing. I’ve always run my televisions through an older analog stereo with really great speakers. With this tv I use a 3.5mm to RCA adapter and feed that to my stereo… as long as the stereo is turned on I can control the volume with the Roku remote! This probably sounds exceptionally old-school to you folks with digital receivers, but this is a fantastic option for me. Also, instead of pressing various buttons on the stereo if I want to watch the blu-ray player, I can get to it via the Roku menu. Brilliant! And once I choose the blu-ray player, the Roku remote controls the blur-ray player like the native remote! So. Dang. Cool. Now I can physically turn on the stereo or the blue-ray, and the Roku remote controls everything. I love this. As for the caveat, the lack of a headphone jack on the remote is a total head-scratcher. My house isn't that large and I tend to stay up after the family has gone to sleep, and I've always been able to watch shows silently with the built-in headphone jack on my Roku 3. This tv's remote was made without the jack, so I need to use the Roku app on my phone to use the headphone option, which would be fine if it were worth a dang, but it's a truly lousy experience. Using the phone as a remote as already a limiting experience, as there is no tactile button pressing in the dark, and my phone goes to sleep after 10 second. So any remote usage through the app means I need to look at my phone, wake it up/unlock it, and visually search for the buttons. I acknowledge that it's very much a 1st world problem, but nobody should make a standalone remote for a tv out of a slab-- they have physical buttons for a reason. My solution has been to use the Roku app for headphones and the Roku remote for navigation, which seems silly. Hey TCL: just charge me $10 more for the tv and include a headphone jack! But I digress. The app is glitchy as heck and the audio constantly cuts out or disconnects through it. The audio on the Roku 3 remote would cut out for a second from time to time, which was livable. But now if i'm forwarding through a YouTube video, either on the remote or the app, the audio through the app speeds up or slows down like an old reel to reel tape, or just stops. I know that this review is about the television itself, not the phone app, but the remote is limited and the app is touted as a selling point on the box. If customers don’t want the headphone option, then fine, the tv itself absolutely rocks. But for those of us who consider a headphone option a killer feature, this feels like a really dumb choice. So there it is, 5 stars for the television, with a big caveat that if you rely on the beautiful, mind-blowingly simple option to plug your headphones into your remote you will definitely be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Looks OK, has other problems though

    Posted
    sboom

    I wanted to like this TV. It looked so good on the floor at Best Buy. And it looks good at home, too! The picture is great. That said, after having owned it for a few months now, there are a few issues with it that drive me crazy. The main problem is the wifi. Once it's connected, I've had basically no problems with it. It's never been slow or buggy or disconnected or anything. The problem is with the wifi making the initial connection after turning on or being woken from sleep. About 20% of the time, the wifi doesn't connect, and I can either reboot the TV, or go through the wireless setup menu and it will always connect after that. I've used the default cable modem wifi and an internal LAN wifi (Archer AC1750), been on the phone with TCL customer support for hours trying to fix it, and they even sent someone out to replace a bunch of parts in the TV - the wifi still fails to connect 100% of the time. The speakers suck. Like, they're bad. I live in an apartment with shared walls and don't want or need a stereo system, but I ended up buying a receiver and speakers because the speakers on this TV were so bad. You have to point the remote directly at the TV or it doesn't work. From time to time, I'll select some app (like Netflix) through the ROKU home screen menu, select a TV show, and hit play, then the TV glitches out and sends me back to the ROKU home screen menu.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TCLExpert

      We apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your TV. It is definitely not normal. We would like to look into this further for you. Please email us at tclusasupport@tcl.com and reference this post along with your contact information and we will get back to you right away.

      Thanks,

      TCL USA Support

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for people with devices

    Posted
    RobertP
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My four year old Vizio TV died and I needed to replace it quickly. I did a little research and had settled on a mid-range Samsung TV. When I went into the store, I spotted this TV for about $200 less. The Samsung was brighter and had a few more features, but I was attracted to the Roku interface. After discussing it with the salesperson, I opted for this TV. I haven't been sorry. Pros: *The TV turns on to the Roku interface. It makes it incredibly easy to switch between our Nintendo Switch, Tivo, DVD player, and AppleTV. This is a game changer for my family. *The Roku apps themselves are easily available. They seem to work well. *Picture is beautiful. It may not be true HDR, but for our purposes, it is good enough. *Remote is easy to deal with. Cons *Doesn't play nice with TiVo remote (not a big deal as we view live/recorded tv less and less (can't turn the tv on/off, control the volume with the Tivo remote). *Compared the Amazon app on the Roku with the one on the AppleTV. Roku app seemed to have trouble streaming a true 4K HDR show (Blue Planet 2) where AppleTV on same connection did not. *One additional HDMI input would be nice. We came from a mid-range Vizio purchased 4 years ago. We had no complaints with it, aside from some fussiness when trying to change inputs. The roku interface on this is truly something my family is happy with. As long as you don't object to needing to chose what you're going to watch (rather than just flipping the tv on to a channel), this is going to be the TV for you. Given that this tv is going to be used and abused by my seven year old, and my wife has a visual impairment that makes it difficult for her to see small interfaces - this tv is perfect. It's at an excellent price point with a good interface and a solid picture. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    STUNNING PERFORMANCE AND VALUE

    Posted
    Frisco

    This television is replacing two other televisions; a 50 inch 1080p plasma Samsung and a 37 inch Vizio 1080p LCD. I ordered the TCL from Best Buy and took advantage of the free shipping. It arrived on my front porch, packed very well and undamaged 3 days after placing my order! I love this television! If you sit farther than say 10 feet away from it, some of the finer details will be lost in the 4k mode. Still, the picture, color, black levels and motion are superior to both my other televisions. It did take a few adjustments of the controls to get the picture the way I wanted it, but was well worth the small effort it took! The picture controls are easily accessed by the remote. The remote reminds me of going from a regular computer mouse to a trackball. Not bad, just different and in some ways..better! The 4K content on Netflix both with HDR and non-HDR are so sharp and lifelike, it is hard to stop watching! This is a binge-watching machine! The ROKU app is intuitive and you can download and then access many functions via a home computer or smart phone. The simplicity of the ROKU Application is obviously what is responsible for its excellent ratings! It only takes a few buttons on the remote to master navigation. The amount of streaming content available is like having the keys to your own Blockbuster! I bought the top tier Netflix to take advantage of their 4K choices and highly recommend it for this tv! The other channels that I have added are all free and meet or exceed my viewing expectations. Pluto tv even streams the local news channels live for free! Nice! Overall, this television is a seriously competent entertainment device! If you put on some 4k content, scoot your chair up a little closer to the screen and prepare to be saturated in colors and details that only 4k can reveal! For the money, this represents truly stunning performance and extraordinary value!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    stunning

    Posted
    scfl

    The picture is a solid 4k. Any 4k video is stunning, in my opinion, and the picture on this TV is very nice. Getting the TV set up is easy, it takes a few minutes to assemble the TV, which is basically just attaching the legs. The TV powered on easily and went into a setup wizard. Setting up the TV was also easy (wireless connection and roku setup). My intended main use of the TV is a second monitor for my Lenovo WIndows 10 laptop. The laptop detected the TV on wireless immediately and so I connected to try that out, and that worked well. I had no idea that was even available. It appears to be some kind of screen mirroring through roku. Impressive that it was so easy to set up, windows detected the tv on wireless and I suppose it used WIDI or Miracast or something. Anyway, what I really wanted was to connect via HDMI cables. Initially the cables were not plugged in firmly enough, but once I figured that out, the laptop detected the TV, and in no time I had the dual screen working. I was able to have the windows 10 laptop at its own max resolution and the tcl s405 showing a dual desktop at the larger resolution of 4k. So at that point I had stunning 4k youtube videos playing on the TV. The videos are stunning on this TV. To get this TV at this price is also stunning. Could not be happier with this purchase so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Roku TV is nice, mounting holes are weird

    Posted
    mfusa
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my second TV on the "Roku TV" platform, first being a TCL branded one. So far this TV has worked very well in our living room. The sound and picture quality is perfectly adequate; we have no problems hearing the dialog with the bottom firing speakers being wall mounted about 3 feet off the ground. I'm not a professional TV installer but have had a lot of experience with home theater type stuff over the years. I figured the installation of this TV would be a snap since I was just using an existing wall mount that had previously held a 37 inch Toshiba and 42 inch Sharp. However, after hanging the TV I noticed that I could see the wall box/wiring underneath the TV. Previous TVs had always covered this up when mounted at the exact same height. What I noticed was that the TCL had its mounting holes almost at the complete bottom of the rear of the TV. This meant that the TV would mount higher than almost every other TV in the world that has its holes in the center of the rear. So, I ended up having to remove my mounting bracket from the wall, and lower it, so that the TCL TV would cover the wall box behind the TV. So, at the end of the day, the TV works fine and I'm happy with it. However, knowing what I know now, I probably would have opted for a different TV that had mounting holes in the center of the TV so that I could have saved time during install and not had to make new holes in my wall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV for the price

    Posted
    Mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been a LOYAL Samsung customer for 6 years and 4 Tv's. I wanted to upgrade my 40" Samsung 4K in the bedroom that I bought last year, to a 49" or 50". I did a lot of research and had settled on the 50" MU6300 series. After seeing the TCL I ran comparisons using the 3 major websites that review TV's and they all were fairly similar with their reviews. The S405 series TCL is a fantastic TV for the price. It is very close to the MU6300 series EXCEPT the TCL screen is not as bright. Don't think I'm saying the TCL has a dim screen because it doesn't! The TCL just will not perform as well in a very bright room. It would have a glare or reflection in a bright room. This isn't an issue if it's in the bedroom. And most people don't watch TV in direct bright light. Overall I'm VERY happy with this TV and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great tv on a budget. The Roku built in is a really cool feature. Although, it would be nice to have more access to apps like a regular Roku. But that's just a preference. I took off 1 star for the remote. It's a little odd with the back button up top and the 10 second rewind button below. And it would have been nice to have the headphone jack in the remote like on a Roku. But again, that's just a preference.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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