TCL - 55" Class - LED - 5 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV
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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.
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 Disney+, Apple TV+, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime Video, 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.
- 2 AAA batteries
- TCL 55" Class - LED - 5 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV
- TCL RC280 remote control
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Dolby Vision Broken After UpdatePosted .
First off if you read this and it sounds like a deal-breaker then just spend $100 to $250 more (depending on sale prices) and get the "TCL 6-series" (55R617/55R615) which has all the same great features but also has a wider "Wide Color Gamut" greater peak brightness and Full-Array Backlight with "FALD" (FullArrayLocalDimming), which TCL calls "Contrast Control Zones", with a decent amount of "dimming zones" which greatly enhances the capabilities of the Dolby Vision Ive had 2 other TCL tvs in the last 5 years. And those two other both died from backlight/power-control issues. But I still consider them THE BEST tvs for under about $500. All were AMAZING for gaming and were all very color accurate out of the box. Now with this, TCL 55S515, I still stand by those remarks about performance but with the 5-series its got an even better picture and works with game systems even better. 4k content is beautiful, STANDARD HDR is above average just cant truly get bright enough. Now, the reason for the single star deduction, the "Dolby Vision HDR" is horrendous compared to other units ive witnessed with it. One of the reasons for tv manufacturers to put Dolby Vision on their units is that DOLBY themselves are supposed to find and adjust the "optimal picture settings" for the manufacturer and then give them continued directions on how to keep the units optimized. The MAJOR PROBLEM is that when TCL forces software/firmware updates they apparently arent recalibrating to the original Dolby Vision settings because when I first got the tv I skipped the online connection during setup then manually connected a LAN cable and began watching Netflix and VUDU content. The DVHDR(Dolby Vision HDR) enabled videos were beautiful and adjusted contrast/lighting appropriately. Now Dolby Vision in general can be a bit annoying without "FALD" to some because of the backlight reduction for dark scenes but it is normally still VERY watchable. But because of the color, contrast, and gama enhancements it still looks good. Well here comes the dumbs*#t that TCL/ROKU has done. I finally decided to run the "system update" so I could use my "Enhanced Roku Remote" and have the latest versions of all the apps(Channels). After doing this I realized that ALL of the settings I changed in the "Settings" and "System" and all the "Advanced picture settings" and the settings I adjusted using the "Expert Picture Settings" in the Roku App on my mobile device, had all been RESET TO FACTORY defaults. Which to begin with was frustrating to say the least. Well after changing everything back exactly how I had it before I then opened Netflix to finish watching a "Dolby Vision" compatible movie I had been previoysly watching. IMMEDIATELY I noticed nothing looked right. The colors were dull, sharpness adjustments had no effect any longer, "Dynamic Contrast" was now locked, "Brightness" adjustments were way too extreme(i.e. 46 was nearly what 0 was before and 55 was like 90), and the MAJOR PROBLEM was how it was now handling the scene-to-scene backlight/gama highlights brightness. Litterally within a 10 second time frame it would go from being way too bright and washed out(dull colors) to being so dark nothing on-screen could be made out in the picture about 10 times, as if it had a strobe-effect, and there really isnt any inbetween. I contacted TCL about this and was told by the person I corresponded with that, "According to our technical team this is perfectly normal and is how it is supposed to perform" yet after asking him why, he couldnt tell me anything except that same exact quoted line again and then he closed my support ticket. Oh and also in the same support ticket I also asked if it is normal for the bottom edge of the tv bezel to get so hot it nearly leaves burn marks when touched but that question was never addressed. By the way, if this is normal on the TCL 55S515 MAKE SURE TO LEAVE PLENTY OF BRATHING ROOM AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT OF THE TV. So I began searching Reddit and other AVForums only to find about 90% of people with the 55S515, 55S517, some with the R617/R615 and even the older P607/P605 and C807 models are now experiencing the same issues that they never had before. I did find a post where one person managed to get a "private beta update" several months back that fixed the problem, at least until the next update. So if you buy this tv, or one of the other models i mention, TRY TO HOLD OFF ON UPDATING AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. But if you absolutely must update, then search google for "Roku Secret Menus" and find the menu, using the correct combination button presses, that lists "Change HDR Mode" and then select that and then select "Open HDR" which enables "HDR10" or "Standard HDR" and will prevent the tv from loading the horribly bugged "Dolby Vision" HDR mode that TCL/Roku has broken with some buggy update. You can also just click "Disable HDR" and watch movies in beautiful full-color and full-brightness 4K "SDR"(which now looks like what Dolby Vision used to minus dynamic lighting). You can always come back to this "Secret Menu" and turn either or both back on. Now if TCL/ROKU fix the problems or at least re-enable the option to manually adjust or disable "Dynamic Contrast" for Dolby Vision HDR mode then it will be nearly perfect. THIS TV DOES NOT, i repeat, DOES NOT HAVE "Full-array Backlighting" IT IS "EDGE LIT" ONLY ON THE BOTTOM EDGE so it also DOES NOT HAVE ANY TRUE "Local Dimming" capabilities which is really necessary for the way Dolby Vision is currently implemented on this model. Local Dimming IS technically still possible with "Edge-Lit" backlighting on tvs but it MUST be "Edge-Lit" along all four sides. Which, along with some of the issues people with the same model and older models experience, it leads me to believe that TCL/Roku are lazily just pushing the EXACT same software/firmware updates out to ALL their models, with and without the capability of "FALD" or any "Local Dimming", as long as they "support Dolby Vision" HDR. Think about it. The way the Dolby Vision is treating the TCL's "Dynamic Contrast" is EXACTLY the same way I have personally witnessed it treating other "high-end" TVs that have any kind of real local dimming capabilities. (OH AS A NOTE TO ANYONE WITH A ROKU TV PLEASE USE THE APP AND TURN OFF THE "Noise Reduction" FOR ALL PICTURE MODES THIS MAKES EVERYTHING CLEARER. ITS A 4K TV FOR GOODNESS. WhitePoint balance and Color Calibration is located here in the app as well)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent 4K HDR TV for the $$$Posted .
Let me start this review by giving you a summary of the other 4K TVs I have owned, as well as my use case. I think that will inform you as to why I think this is such an amazing TV for the $$$. 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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Upgrade From The 4 SeriesPosted .
I replaced my 4 (2017) series with this 5 series (2018) yesterday. Completely different motion ratio, brighter picture, refreshing colors, more advanced picture options, and a faster processor. Things That Blow The 4 Series Out Of The Water. Dolby Vision And HDR. Micro Contrast Allows Dynamic Contrast In One Or More Areas On The Display. Backlight Is Superior. Action Smoothing Still Leaves Very Sharp Picture. Gamma Has Higher Color Ratio. Great For Gaming, Way More Advanced Processor For Anti-Lag. Body Of TV Is A Nice Heavy Metal, Body Is Super Slim. Can’t Beat The Price Overall I would buy again for my man cave or buy the upgraded 6 series. Tcl really stepped up their game, almost on par with Sony and Samsung in 2018. It just keeps getting better at a very nice budget price point.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent TVPosted .
I shopped on line and visited Target, Walmart and other stores looking for a TV for my newly remodeled guest room. My son sugggested to go to Best Buy (his favorite store) and when I saw this TV, I immediately fell in love with it. Compared to the other stores, there is no contest. This TV is by far the best value and best quality. I am very satisfied. The very friendly sales associate was a subject matter expert and explained all its capabilities clearly.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good TV at a great price pointPosted .
Overall I'm satisfied with my TCL 55" 4K. The TV is stylish, simple, and very thin. Picture quality Is great and the Roku features are easy to use and very enjoyable. My only two complaints, which are minor, is the picture could be brighter. Even on the highest setting it seems a bit dim at times when theres a lot of ambient light. But overall isn't really an issue. My biggest complaint is the lack of controls on the remote. Theres no button to put the TV on a timer and if your in a app you must exit and access the menu to set the timer. Also backlighting would be nice to see the controls at night time.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love it!Posted .
First off it’s a great TV, love it it’s super bright and love that you can dim it. Love the 4K HDR experience, the Dolby vision experience is also awesome. The whole user platform is extremely easy to navigate. I was uneasy about the Roku control but I ended up falling for it. I love this tv awesome investment so thin also. Have had it for almost a month can’t get enough, the blacks on here are great for it not being an OLED. Was iffy about the purchase but I love it, highly recommend. And the PRICE! Wow can’t ask for anything moreI would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5Quality4 out of 5Value4 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Picture quality for the valuePosted .Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
This TV is great quality with a great price tag. Its 120hz @ 1080p refresh rate is awesome and you can see it when you watch action movies or game on it. It is 60hz with 4K content but it’s still awesome. The only thing that worried me when we got it is the very thin bezel. You want to be careful when handling it otherwise you might bend it and can damage the screen.
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5Quality4 out of 5Value4 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing 4k hdr setPosted .
Great out of the box picture. 4k hdr looks amazing. Great brightness and contrast, even coming from my old Samsung 8500 ($3000 4KTV). The enhanced color is what really sticks out to me from a standard 4ktv. Very little if any "flashlighting ". Speakers aren't the best but fine for tv viewing. Highly recommended.I would recommend this to a friend
Asked by Jesse.
- A:Answer Yes - dolby vision will make difference in 4K.
Answered by Preet
Q: QuestionIs this Tv good for video gaming.
Asked by cindy.
- A:Answer Quoted from rtings.com: "The TCL 5 Series has excellent input handling. The input lag is very low on all supported resolutions, as long as Game mode is enabled. It supports most of the common resolutions and refresh rates without issue, but since it is a 60Hz panel it does not support 120 Hz input from an Xbox One. Chroma 4:4:4 is properly displayed"... "works well as a PC monitor thanks to the low input lag."
Answered by Rapidchris
Asked by hursty93.
- A:Answer Yes.Better yet if your soundbar has HDMI ARC connection hook up to HDMI ARC port on tv and your tv remote will control soundbar volume.W/out tv speakers on .
Answered by Kevin
Asked by Jesse.
- A:Answer Yes, this is the 2018 model. The 55S515 is the Best Buy only model. The 55S517 model is the full retail version with a better remote and bezel.
Answered by Mtrsprt