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TCL - 55" Class - LED - 5 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV

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Immerse yourself in the magic of 4K viewing with this TCL ultra HD TV. Featuring a 55-inch display and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, it's easy to watch your favorite streaming service and show off your favorite vacation photos in JPEG or PNG format. This TCL ultra HD TV also lets you adjust the screen's backlight for optimal viewing in any lighting conditions.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 2 AAA batteries
    • Stand
    • TCL 55" Class - LED - 5 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV
    • TCL RC280 remote control

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (252 out of 272)

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    Features


    Dolby Vision HDR

    Provides images with superior color, contrast and brightness, so all your favorite movies, shows and games come to life in stunning clarity.

    Wide Color Gamut with NBP Photon technology

    Delivers a vibrant and rich color palette and produces images with superior color, contrast and brightness.

    HDR Dynamic Contrast

    Advanced technology offers striking contrast for brighter whites and darker blacks.

    HDR Pro Gamma

    Details remain visible in any environment - from the darkest home theater to the brightest sun-lit living rooms.

    iPQ Engine

    Precision color performance tailored to deliver accurate color reproduction and optimized DCI-P3 color space coverage.

    Roku Smart TV

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

    54.6" screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner)

    Large enough to provide an immersive experience for everyone in the room.

    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.

    Built-in Roku smart platform delivers access to a world of entertainment

    Stream from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, or choose from more than 4,000 other streaming channels.

    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.

    Enjoy the picture from multiple angles

    178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen.

    Natural Motion 240

    Delivers exceptionally smooth clarity during fast action scenes.

    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.

    Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 278 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent 4K HDR TV for the $$$

      Posted
      Lawyer4Ever
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Let me start this review by giving you a summary of the other 4K TVs I have owned, as well as my use case. I think that will inform you as to why I think this is such an amazing TV for the $$$. I have a 65 inch Sony XBR 750D 4K HDR TV, which cost me $1000, and a 40 inch Samsung MU6300, which cost me $399. The 55 inch TCL S515 that I am reviewing fits between these two TVs, but it is easily the best bang for the buck. I am using it in our bonus room upstairs, where it is primarily used by my son for video games on our Xbox One X PS4 Pro and by me for watching cable TV and movies. The S515 works very well for all of these uses, but I would not recommend it for a large room where people will be watching it at an angle, nor would I recommend it for a bright room. Here are my pros and cons, followed by a summary as to why I think this is a phenomenal 4K HDR TV. Pros: -Roku TV Interface - best TV interface out there, hands down, makes it very easy to access the devices connected to your inputs, as well as your streaming apps. -Includes VESA mounting holes in decent location on back of the TV, was relatively easy to wall mount. -Powers on quickly. -Very good picture quality, not quite as good as my Sony XBR 750D, which cost more than twice as much, but as good as my Samsung, which cost almost as much, despite being much smaller (Samsung cost $399, this cost $404.99 on sale). -Good connectivity, has 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, as well as Toslink Optical and Ethernet, and so you can hook up your cable/satellite box and two of your gaming consoles. The Roku software will automatically label your devices but you can edit as well. -4K looks amazing, HDR is better than I expected given the limited peak brightness, just make sure you crank it up in the settings as the out of the box setting is too dark. -Viewing angles are better than expected from a VA panel, but not nearly as good as my Sony XBR 750D, which has an IPS panel. -Micro contrast setting works very well, it brings out the blacks very nicely. -Did I mention the blacks? They look amazing, watching Jumanji in a dark room, for example, illustrates how well this TV does blacks, better than my Sony. -Decent build quality -Price - The price for this TV was $404.99, which is am AMAZING deal considering what you get!!! No other TV gives you this kind of price-performance ratio in my opinion. -Includes HDR 10, but also the higher end Dolby Vision HDR feature. I use the VUDU app to watch many of the movies in my collection with Dolby Vision enabled. -Good selection of options to adjust picture to your taste, including Brightness, Contract, Color, Dark/Normal/Bright HDR, etc. -Works with the Roku iPhone or Android App if you prefer to control the TV using your phone. -Remote is good, its the standard Roku TV remote. No complaints. -Programs on cable TV look very good, the upscaling engine does a good job. The colors are deeper than my Sony. -4K and HDR video games look amazing. -55 inch size is a nice middle ground as far as size, it will work for a wider variety of areas than a 65 inch or 40 inch TV. Cons: -This is not a great TV for a bright room, as it lacks good peak brightness. I keep the blinds up in our bonus room and so I don't need higher peak brightness. -Viewing angles are not great and so I would not recommend this TV if you are going to have lots of people watching it from sharp angles. -Football and other sports look OK, not great like my Sony. -Overall specs are mediocre and so if you are a spec hound, don't buy this TV. Go OLED if you want to have specs to brag about. -A little heavy and wide, you might need two people to wall hang it. -Needs some calibration out of the box, but you can get good starting settings from rtings.com, and then just crank up the HDR settings. They have them too dark. The bottom line is that this TV will do very well for many use cases, including console video games (I don't like using TVs for PC gaming, but that is another story), movies, cable TV and sports. Yes, my Sony is better for watching football but as I note above, it cost more than twice as much. If you can only spend $400-$500, then this is a very solid option. Buy with confidence!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      5 stars for the price, but has flaws.

      Posted
      Wojovox

      I’m going to edit this review throughout the week as I become more familiar with this product. Initial impression opening box: wow, this thing looks so impressive. It’s thiness and thin bezels and heavy stand legs truly make this look more expensive than it is. Seeing this thing from the front is almost as impressive as looking at it from the side. Gaming: set the picture to game mode to essentially eliminate input lag (and to add, each input can have customized picture settings so you don’t have to constantly change it). It’s quite impressive. I played an hour of Rocket League and it felt no different than when I was playing on my 39” Toshiba 1080p. I chose that game specifically because input lag can essentially break the playing experience due to how fast paced Rocket League is. 4k HDR movies: I played Ghost in The Shell and wow did it look good. BUT, I did have to tweak picture settings to get the desired best picture. The automatic settings made it look too dark. Interface: Roku menu looks poor on the screen. This isn’t on the television end; it’s on Roku’s I think. I use an Apple TV so I’m not too concerned about it, but this is my first Roku tv and I immediately think they need to address the quality of their menu images because it doesn’t even compare to how pleasing Apple TV is on the eyes. The one noticeable flaw (light bleeding): the edge-lit lighting is a compromise for the thinness of this tv and it’s where personal preference comes into play. If you want a higher end HDR experience from TCL, save $150 more and go with 6 series, but if you can compromise on picture lighting for the price and thiness of this model, then go with the 5. The compromise here is just light bleeding, mostly from the bottom 2 corners and this is due to the thinness requiring edge lighting. It’s most noticeable when you’re on a full black screen or when the black bars appear on top and bottom of the image. It’s not the most bothersome thing in the world, but I did notice it immediately because I expected it. This is the compromise I am talking about. To get this incredibly thin and cheap 4K HRD Dolby vision tv, you need to overlook the light bleeding. I personally do not think as of right now that the bleeding will be a deal breaker. Designated room: I think this should be a dark bedroom tv. If you are looking for that bright living room main television, I would recommend the 6 series over this. Current first day summation: for $450, You’ll be hard pressed to find a competitive tv. Even when I was comparing TVs, I found myself ending up just comparing TCL models. I ultimately chose this one for the price, thinness/bezel, and because it’s a 4K with HDR and Dolby vision so my movies look even better. Looking at this in my bedroom right now, I can’t believe just 4 years ago, I spent >$300 on a 39” Toshiba 1080p television. This is the best tv I’ve ever purchased. Of course, I see the $3,000 TVs and they look like you could reach into the picture they’re so real, but at $450 for this quality, TCL is definitely going to be the go-to namebrand for most Americans as the company continues to build their reputation in the states. After buying this, I have no doubt that TCL will soon be a household name.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Almost perfect for the price

      Posted
      BenM

      I really love this TV. Almost everything about it is great. Pros: -Price is amazing for what you get... -True 10-bit HDR -4k resolution -Dolby Vision / Dolby Atmos support -Built-in Roku - if you're a Roku user this is even better than some of the Roku devices for a few reasons (see below) -Almost instant-on. My other roku / TVs take a few seconds to turn on, boot up, and get to a point where you can start navigating and accessing your content. This TV/Roku interface turns on almost immediately. -Another thing I like about it is you can mange your entire TV through the ROKU interface, and switch inputs on the Roku interface, and it even shows you a live preview window of what content is playing on that input. For example I have a PS4 and a Steam Link connected on HDMI 1 and 2, but I don't remember specifically which input is which. But if I turn on my PS4 I can see it in the hdmi INPUT mini-preview windows built into the Roku tiles. It's a cool/minor feature that's great. -Some ROKU devices have slower processors which makes everything lag, whatever processor they are using is on par with the Stream Stick+, snappy and responsive and only very minimal lag on some resource intensive apps. Overall no complaints here. -I'm not subscribed to cable/sat service and like to watch Football on an external TV antenna which can be accessed with in the ROKU interface easily as well. -It seems to upscale things pretty well, including my PS4 games (don't have the 4k PS4, but the games do look way better than on my Samsung FHD screen I was replacing) -Watched some shows I've been watching for years and saw them in a whole new way. Can't really describe it but you feel like you're standing in the room with the actors at times. -It has built-in 802.11AC WiFi which is awesome. But, it also has an ethernet jack which is totally unexpected and a really nice and thoughtful feature. I used to have a lot of connectivity issues with WIFI and would love to have had the option to connect to the internet with a hard connection. Now for the cons...there are not many, but there are some: -There is a bit of light bleed in the corners, which I guess comes from the thinness of the display and the backlighting being on the corners instead of directly behind. I don't honestly notice it much and usually only on menus, not in any video playback. In fact I haven't noticed it at all during any content consumption, but it is visible on menus. -Wall mounting this was a bit of a pain. For some reason they chose to include these metal standoffs on the top VESA holes but not on the bottom, which creates a weird angle and because the bottom holes were sunk in behind the casing the wall mount I bought didn't fit. The wall mount kit I bought included like 10-20 different screws, spacers, almost everything you could possibly need for any TV, but I still ended up having to make a trip to the hardware store to get special screws and washers to get everything to line up evenly. It's just a weird setup for the VESA holes on the back and I'm not sure why they did it that way. In any case it's a minor annoyance and something you hopefully only need to deal with once. -The actual picture quality is not A+, I mean it's a <$500 TV (when I purchased), so you're not going to get a $2.5k OLED experience, but for the money I still think it's more than good enough, and if you're upgrading from a Full HD/Non-HDR screen you'll be blown away nonetheless. This was replacing a 45" FHD Samsung TV I bought a couple years ago for the same price and is better in every way, very pleased with it, would definitely recommend based on the features you're getting at this price, hard if not impossible to beat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      After 3 sets with the 6 series.....

      Posted
      OssPR

      After 3 sets with VB issues on and DSE on the 6 series I gave up. I own The S405 43in since last year, no problems there. I read review of 5 series on Amazon and Rtings and for some reason(maybe because is edgelit) that display didnt seem to have these issues. I went to best buy yesterday to see if sony 900e had any discounts but it's still at $1000 so no way. I decided to get the 55in 5 series. And WOWWWWW JUST WOW. Is local dimming really that important for me to pay extra $200 with DSE and Vertical Baning on panel? Na. This 5 series doesn't have a single VB issue. No DSE noticeable. I can now watch sports . No dark corners. The tint is much better because the 6 series comes very reddish. This also has a Micro Contrast feature which makes HDR brighter than the 6 series (dont know why) . Blacks are great. Better than last years S405 wich I also own. Not better than the 6 with local dimming but the ratio is 6000/1. I mean if I had known this before. There seem to be some issues on Action Smoothing in the 6 series(artifacts and frame drops) which let me to disable it while I had it. It doesn't happen on the 515. Action Smooth really does a very good job(Guardians of the Galaxy). Uniformity is so good for this price. With the discount they gave me I paid $399 for the 55 inch 5 series and was able to buy a 99$ TV for my daughter plus a sound bar with the extra money left. If you are going for just.movies ..then I'd say 6 is a good buy if you can live with vertical banding. If you watch lots of sports, movies and gaming, believe me , go for the 5 series. Micro Contrast works superb. Only Cons: I would've like for it to be a bit brighter for day use but its brighter than the S405. Minimal clouding. A note: for the 5 series the Action Smoothin and Micro Contrast only comes in the 55inch and 65 inch. No VB, No DSE, Nice contrast, low input lag, brighter HDR due to Micro Contrast. Now I'm happy! BTW I took 1 star is because of all the hassle I went through with the 6 series which I reviewed and TCL just said "those issues are normal" ..they did sent a technician with a new unit which would've been my 4th but it was worst than the other 3. Anyways 5 series for this price is a steal! I don't know if Vizio can match this with their new E series

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      excellent entry level 4k tv

      Posted
      Dazz

      First of all do not be put off by entry level comment , it is just that this TV should not be compared to OLED,QLED or high end LCD TVs as they do have better picture quality but also cost at least 3 times as much. This TV is in the same range as Samsung 7100series or LG 6300 series TVs. I have been using this TV for nearly a month now and have found its performance and quality to be excellent for the price. Here are some pros and cons of this model. Pros. Excellent contrast . Wide color gamut bright and vivid colors. Good motion handling (55” model) of sports and movies. Very good black and gray uniformity . very good up scaling from spectrum cable over the air antenna and streaming sources. Very good range of picture and color settings. some settings can only be accessed from Roku app on phone, tablet. Very good picture quality. Roku interface is clean simple to use and fast. Internet connections on both wireless and Ethernet are completely stable with zero issues. Zero issues with HDR content on HDR10 or Dolby Vision. HDMI ARC works perfectly, I have a Samsung soundbar set up with zero issues. Cons some very slight light bleed but not noticeable when watching content just on test screens. Viewing angle is not great but is typical of all VA panels from all manufacturers, it is an issue with that type of panel. Sound is not the greatest but again that's typical and an issues with thinner flat panel TVs not just this one. Remote is small and the volume buttons on side can be easy to hit by mistake but not a big problem. Brightness in HDR could be better but for the price is not bad and marvel movies for example look awesome on this. Overall I have been very impressed with this purchase and the few cons do not take away from the fact that this a a very good TV and well worth the money. I have watched sports movies and TV shows all with very good picture quality, sharp image and vivid color. Just keep your expectations reasonable as this is not a $1500+ top of the line TV, it is a great value TV though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A very nice TV...and looks great too!

      Posted
      Jake
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      I’ve owned the TCL 5 Series television for about three weeks now. I’ve had time to familiarize myself with all aspects of the television’s functionality. Here is a quick summary of my thoughts about this very nice TV: Pros • Nice, minimalist design • TV powers on quickly • You can view the results of your calibration tweeks on the screen as you are making them. There are multiple calibration options and it may take you some time to get the picture just the way you want it. I used the Internet to find a recommended calibration setting and it’s a perfect setting for my taste. • Clear, superb image • Roku operating system is fast and the availability of apps is robust, to include multiple options for cord cutting • The sound from the TV speakers is average to good and can get very loud if needed Cons • The remote control is pretty basic and there is no back-lighting • The IR sensor for the remote is located at the center of the bottom bezel and is somewhat blocked even by my smallish cable receiver box. A sound bar or center channel speaker with a higher profile would probably block this sensor. Just be aware of this so you can arrange your cable box, center channel speaker or sound bar accordingly. • The sound from the TV speakers can get very loud, but quickly loses fidelity as you increase the volume. Adding a sound bar or other AV receiver/amplifier and speakers options is a must • The contrast ratio is good, not great. You would probably need to go up to the 6 series or pay $200 more and up to get a better contrast ratio. For most people the contrast ratio on this TV will be just fine. Overall, the TCL 5 Series TV seems to be a great performer at a very nice price point. I will update my review later as needed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Picture

      Posted
      Tiger

      I was looking for a replacement 55" TV, and made the decision to look for a "value priced" TV. I didn't really care about all the smart features, but it doesn't hurt to have them. The TCL was the one I wanted, but I did actually bought and returned a couple of other brands based on price that were OK, but not great. BB put the TCL 5 Series on sale, so back I went with another return, and picked up the TCL 55" 5-Series. So far it was been a great decision. There are a few odd things about this unit, most of which have already been discussed in other posts. The initial startup process is a little long and cumbersome, but not awful. The remote is decidedly simple with few buttons compared to lots of other remotes, but it works. The usual TV picture and audio settings are all there, but are a little hard to find until you get used to how they are arranged. The TV defaults to a splash screen that shows all the inputs and all the various Roku apps (which you can customize). I wanted the TV to go straight to my TV source on startup, and finally I found the way to make that happen buried in custom settings. I could go on about some of the other little quirks, but let me just say there is 148 page user guide found online at tclusa.com and NOT included with the TV that explains everything. Its worth reading. The biggest positive on the TCL TV is unbelievable video quality. The 4K up scaling was fantastic. I watched Jurassic Park on Showtime and was amazed by the clarity and depth of images. This was a BIG improvement over the 4K images generated by some of the cheaper 4K TV's I saw. The TV speaker sound is acceptable, but I run digital through a surround system that connected to the TCL just fine and sounds great. To summarize, this isn't the cheapest 4K HDR smart TV on the market, but for around $100 more than the cheapies you get a solid performer with an excellent picture and a reliable Roku interface. Pay a little extra and get a TV you will love.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Impressed with TCL

      Posted
      4picture

      I actually work in post finishing and we create and color content for features for theatrical release and home video HDR Dolby Vision and HDR10. i say this because i have seen the content created on $20k monitors from the orig cam files and viewed in pristine conditions. that being said my thoughts on the TCL at only $449 was actually quite impressive. it was good right out of the box but i did tweak some adjustments and the picture looks great now. Dolby vision content looks great. i mean at this pricing point and with a company starting to make a name for it self and with the feature set it offers, Dolby Vision and roku setup. You will be hard pressed to find something else better at this pricing point not mention tvs that are even priced higher. sure side by side against a $3,000 tv you will notice some things but for only $449 this is a great offering to the average consumer. at the lowwe end budget spectrum this is better than the category its in by a long shot.. not perfect but provides performance and features way above its pricing point. only thing you need is a sound bar and i would recommend the Vizio 3651 5.1 which nothing beats that at that pricing point being 5.1. i was lucky and picked that up on sale for only $200 couple week ago. normally 250..

      I would recommend this to a friend




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