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TCL - 50" Class 5-Series QLED 4K UHD Smart Google TV

Model:50S546
SKU:6470258
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QLED 4K - 5-Series
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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 422 reviews

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Expert rating, 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great picture but still some software issues

    The TCL 5 Series S546 offers a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to features and value, my experience has been good with prior models so it’s an obvious choice for a TV with decent picture quality on a budget that will please the majority of people. The TV’s picture is fantastic with no major panel defects like DSE, banding etc. Picture is very clear, but colors seemed off to me out of the box (this is very subjective according to taste) with it being oversaturated and skin tones having a slight green tint to them. I prefer natural skin tones and less exaggerated colors, I attempted to calibrate the colors myself and could not get the picture the way I wanted it. After a YouTube search for “TCL S546 Settings” I found a guy named QUANTUM TV video who settings fixed all my issues with color and made the picture perfect. SDR over the air via antenna content 720p & 1080i looks really good with 480i just looking ok. HDR content Dolby Vision & HDR10 with streaming services, Blu-Ray is fantastic. Sound is just average. Google TV user interface was fine until it updated to latest firmware: Software Ver: V8-R51MT05-LF1V173.020128 which made slower afterwards, hard resetting the TV by turning it off -holding the power button for 15 seconds-then choose reset option fixed this, but OS is still glitchy sometimes with the settings button not working when depressed every now and then. Live OTA TV guide lags and does not propagate info sometimes also. I’m sure TCL with address these bugs in future firmware updates. Overall, I really like Google TV’s layout and voice commands that makes it so much easier to find what I want watch. There are 12 gigs of total storage for apps so that future proofs it a bit. With any newly released device there are going to be a few bugs to iron out and when that happens this is 5-star product, many will be happy with it.

    Posted by Gadgetmang

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV for this price range

    The Google interface is a bit choppy and laggy. I feel the home screen struggles with this responsiveness due to loading up so much "recommended content." To bypass this, I selected the option to just display installed apps (which kind of defeats the purpose of having a Google TV). The remote is a little odd at first if you're used to having number buttons and channel/volume select on the front. Other than that, picture quality is very good. Obviously you can't compare this to a QN90A or an LG OLED, but the S546 produces crisp images and its local contrast (dimming) feature is solid. It handles reflections pretty well. I mainly use this TV for gaming with my PS5; fast responsiveness little input lag and smooth motion. It isn't "future-proof" since the panel's refresh rate is only 60Hz, but I honestly don't see console games running 4k120 anytime soon. The built-in speakers are ok, so I'd recommend adding a sound bar if that's your thing. I use my Sennheiser GSP 601 headset when I game. My kids use the TV for Disney+ and Youtube. No complaints from them!

    Posted by Anonymous

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Budget TV for Most People

    I went with the 50 inch tv... this is easily the best 4K tv for those of you who want an impressive screen without breaking the bank! First, I was hesitant to put money in an "off-brand", but at the black Friday price I was tempted to take a risk after I gave my wife my 5 year old 1080p LG tv. I know I am such a good husband! Thus far, I am impressed at what this TV gives me. Out of the box, installation is snappy quick and is literally plug in and play. You can choose to sync with your Google account which I didn't and instead chose the basic tv UI. This helps dramatically with beating lag. I will update this review after I digest the Google TV UI. The no frills basic mode meets my needs: YouTube, Netflix, and a few other standard apps. You will need to use an external cast device such as fire stick or Roku if you want to use basic mode without the Google UI. I also played around on my Xbox series X a bit which the tv seamlessly connects with. I see the full potential of UHD and 4K through the Xbox... Albeit at 60 frames. However, the visuals still pop and the motion blur is minimal. The default brightness on the TV is at maximum so I advise lowering them if you don't want a washed out screen and exaggerated colors. I did adjust the settings a bit for live sports, but the tv display settings are quite responsive. Sound wise, the tv is not nearly as impressive. I remedied this sort of by connecting my LG sound bar with the tv. The two devices did not intially connect, but I plugged in and out and hard reset the tv a few times until it did recognize the soundbar. I've had the tv for a little bit more than a week and I see a clear upgrade from my previous gen LG HD TV. Is it the best picture on the market? No. Is this an excellent under $500 tv that meets the needs of most people short of hardcore gamers and tech snobs? Yes. Remember to customize your tv settings if you have issues with the UI, look, or other modifiable aesthetics. TCL provides an included a manufacturer warranty but I went ahead and added a 2 year service plan just in case. My pics are of the Xbox UI and a few shots from sci Fi classics (T2 and Robocop). Again, the TV maximizes the picture quality of these older Blu ray movies.

    Posted by Ducksauce2Go