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TCL 43S425 43 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV 2018

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.1
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
186
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
23
Spam Test
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4K
RESOLUTION
LED
TYPE
Yes
HDMI
1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS

Review Summary - 163 recent, verified reviews

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Picture Quality
 52
quality, tv, sound is good, sound, setup
+98%
-2%
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" ...  The picture quality and sound are both good and it is so easy to go from app to app to find streaming TV.  ...  "
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" ...  Picture is sharp, and if you aren't comparing it side by side with a higher end tv you probably won't notice.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is great but it could use a little deeper black.  ...  "
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" ...  Out of the box this TV was easy to set up and a pretty good picture for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is fantastic.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture quality is amazing and the sound is way better than my old tv.  ...  "
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" ...  TV has terrific quality picture, stock sound is good.  ...  "
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" ...  Picture quality just ok  ...  "
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Software Platform
 39
tv, apps, netflix, app, inputs
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Never used Roku, and so far im ok with it. ... - I like that I can use Plex Roku app, and that this tv doesn't buffering issues with its onboard hardware.  ...  "
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" ...  The built in Roku operating system is super useful.  ...  "
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" ...  This TV is a great addition to my other ROKU tv's.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm a new Roku user so I was prompted to setup my account before proceeding on the TV. ... The Roku interface is very easy to learn (I'm coming from Apple TV) and is ultra fast when switching between apps and menus. ... There are a lot of settings to adjust and the mobile app allows further "expert settings" to tinker with.  ...  "
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" ...  The Roku interface tied into the TV features is very intuitive.  ...  "
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" ...  The menu and interface are very quick and responsive, you can even customize the background image of your menu and you can organize your apps however you want, the sound is good for a bedroom, but if you want better quality just add a sound bar or home theater.  ...  "
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" ...  Mine updated before I ever hooked up the computer so I assume it worked OK before the update. ... Update - Did get an automatic update from Roku that fixed the above issue.  ...  "
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" ...  This TV would be a great deal even without free ROKU!  ...  "
Resolution
 35
tv, hdr, tcl, roku, netflix
+100%
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" ...  Love the 4K streaming.  ...  "
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" ...  If you can find a true 4k broadcat the TV will pleasently shock you.  ...  "
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" ...  This 4K TCL TV IS capable of 4:4:4 chroma with 4K at 60Hz. ... I highly recommend this if you're looking to game or do office work in 4K. ... The extra desktop space coming from 1080p is phenomenal. ... Runescape in 4K is a dream come true for me.  ...  "
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" ...  I decided to replace a 9-year-old 720P Toshiba 37" TV with this unit. ... My primary goals were to get something slightly larger than our 37", that was 4K, and had 3 or more HDMI inputs.  ...  "
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" ...  I haven't watched 4k movie yet and ive never seen 4k before but just steaming my xfinity channel it looks great.  ...  "
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" ...  4K and HDR Netflix movies look great with the built in Netflix app and the 4K Netflix plan.  ...  "
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" ...  I went with the Roku TV because it was the lowest cost and highest rated 4K in the range.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, this TV lacks local dimming which makes the blacks look really good and provides a really high rate of contrast. ... If you really want to have awesome HDR and picture quality, you going to have to pay a lot of money.  ...  "
Price
 33
tv, money, worth, value, range
+100%
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" ...  Great TV for a great price!!  ...  "
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" ...  You can't wrong with this TV for the price. ... But, for casual people that don't have a lot of money and are not sticklers for best quality ever, this TV is great and I highly recommend it.  ...  "
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" ...  For 250 price range you cant go wrong.  ...  "
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" ...  This TV is worth every penny for a budget price!  ...  "
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" ...  Best bang for your buck!  ...  "
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" ...  Great tv for the price  ...  "
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" ...  Best tv for the money  ...  "
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" ...  This television was a great purchase for the price!  ...  "
Sound Quality
 32
picture, speakers, quality, tv, sound is good
+94%
-6%
comment
" ...  Picture is awesome and sound is better than expected.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound is great too.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent picture and sound quality for my horror movie binging and my boyfriend plays a lot of fighting games where the lag from controller to screen is pretty crucial and he has no complaints whatsoever.  ...  "
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" ...  - It has enough options to feel fancy for the price, but lacking just a few things - One being Lack of sound options (if you use onboard speakers)  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is great and sound is good quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Might have the best tv speakers I've ever heard!  ...  "
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" ...  Good picture quality, sound is good enough.  ...  "
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" ...  TV has terrific quality picture, stock sound is good.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 27
smart tv, connect, computer monitor, wifi, television
+89%
-11%
comment
" ...  I just moved to a new apartment with roomates and I needed a tv for entertainment aside from my PC and this TV exceeds my expectations.  ...  "
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" ...  I have never had a smart tv and this one is very simple and easy to use - the setup was seamless.  ...  "
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" ...  use as a bedroom Tv.  ...  "
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" ...  The set up for this tv was kind of charming.  ...  "
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" ...  I needed a new television and wanted a smart TV but did not want to spend a fortune. ... This is a great TV.  ...  "
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" ...  Using it as a bedroom TV  ...  "
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" ...  Are you listening Apple!!  ...  "
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" ...  Mine updated before I ever hooked up the computer so I assume it worked OK before the update.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 16
tv, display, tcl, picture, resolution
+56%
-44%
comment
" ...  The 43" screen of the TCL just made these issues more obvious than my previous 32" TV (which cost nearly $900 in 2008! ... The screen actually looks better to me than my LG 55UH8500 (55" 4k) that's in the den (and cost nearly $1300 just 2 1/2 years ago). ... The LG has a wavy variation in brightness when viewing bright scenes, while the TCL is perfectly uniform.  ...  "
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" ...  The display and sound quality are again great for a product within this price range.  ...  "
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" ...  If we all sit on the couch 5' from the screen, the image is good.  ...  "
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" ...  I set the display resolution so that the text is proportionally larger and that combined with the extra distance has relieved the chronic eyestrain that I normally experience from spending way too many hours in front of the computer.  ...  "
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" ...  Super nice screen quality!  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is much more reflective than our old one.  ...  "
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" ...  The fonts are so large and crisp, I can easily read them with my visual impairment.  ...  "
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" ...  The 50" is perfect for a small apartment if you don't want your WHOLE living room to be taked up by screen.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 14
years, tv, since, couple, well
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Hopefully it lasts a long time.  ...  "
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" ...  Can’t say hold long it will last since I have only had it for a couple of months but it looks to be built well.  ...  "
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" ...  They picked it up with no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Had for a week now.  ...  "
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" ...  But, it is affordable so if it dies in a few years, I won't be as upset, especially since it is not our primary tv.  ...  "
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" ...  Here's what we ended up using to get things working smoothly:  ...  "
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" ...  Worked as expected!  ...  "
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" ...  Edit: Almost 2 months in and still very pleased with these.  ...  "
Setup
 12
easy, simple, installation, use, set
+92%
-8%
comment
" ...  You DO NOT need a credit card to setup your account.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivery was quick, and installation was fairly straightforward.  ...  "
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" ...  Installation was a breeze.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple setup and great picture!  ...  "
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" ...  I have never had a smart tv and this one is very simple and easy to use - the setup was seamless.  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy to install, mount, and set up.  ...  "
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" ...  So easy to set up, just plug it in!  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was easy and it's fairly light weight. ... Navigation is much simpler now than with our old setup.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 12
easy to set, use, tv, setup, weight
+100%
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" ...  This TV is so easy to install and use, it's simple to do.  ...  "
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" ...  easy to set up  ...  "
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" ...  So easy to set up, just plug it in!  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  This is obviously an upgrade, but the controls and user interface is very user friendly.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was easy and it's fairly light weight.  ...  "
Capacity
 12
living room, tv, tcl, room, guest
+100%
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" ...  I've had no problems with this product, or with a larger version for the Living Room.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a TCL 6 Series in my guest room and it's great for the price so figured I'd give this 4 series a shot.  ...  "
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" ...  A great price to put these in seldom used guest rooms.  ...  "
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" ...  My wife and I got this TV for our one bedroom apartment and we have been thoroughly impressed so far. ... The 50" is perfect for a small apartment if you don't want your WHOLE living room to be taked up by screen. ... That depends on the size of your room. ... We sit about 15' away in our living room and the 50" is about the perfect size.  ...  "
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" ...  I got the 43 inch because of price for a bedroom unit.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased this for our living room upstairs.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked in second bedroom  ...  "
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" ...  It works w all other divices in the house  ...  "
Apps
 10
roku, tv, netflix, inputs, app
+70%
-30%
comment
" ...  Much better than the Sony's built in smart tv apps, which we don't use because it always freezes.  ...  "
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" ...  So convenient being a Roku TV you have all your apps on there from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon ect  ...  "
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" ...  Set up is easy and I like the Roku app. ... I'd never used Roku before and am happy with it and the other available apps as well.  ...  "
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" ...  There are a lot of settings to adjust and the mobile app allows further "expert settings" to tinker with.  ...  "
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" ...  The TV also comes with a bunch of TV apps.  ...  "
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" ...  The menu and interface are very quick and responsive, you can even customize the background image of your menu and you can organize your apps however you want, the sound is good for a bedroom, but if you want better quality just add a sound bar or home theater.  ...  "
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" ...  We used to have to switch inputs and remotes to use our rokus or fire tvs, and even the apps on the old TV were not directly accessible from the home screen. ... With our new Roku TV, there's a dedicated home button on the compendious remote, and all the apps and inputs are directly selectable from that home screen (inputs and apps are all together).  ...  "
Remote
 10
tv, control, roku, directly, voice
+70%
-30%
comment
" ...  The remote is responsive and comfortable to us.  ...  "
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" ...  I finally found the picture adjustments, which I haven't needed, but they are under the asterisk on the remote and I finally figured out how to enable all the hdmi ports.  ...  "
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" ...  But I will comment on the ease of use and the simple remote.  ...  "
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" ...  I love having just one remote control for everything.  ...  "
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" ...  - I like that I can use my smartphone or tablet as a remote for the tv.  ...  "
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" ...  With our new Roku TV, there's a dedicated home button on the compendious remote, and all the apps and inputs are directly selectable from that home screen (inputs and apps are all together).  ...  "
Marketplace
 10
picture, contact, picture is great, fantastic
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  This is the first review I have written on Amazon for a reason!  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is great but it could use a little deeper black.  ...  "
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" ...  We had never heard of this brand but felt confident buying it from Amazon. ... The picture is fantastic.  ...  "
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" ...  The image was great.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon has my vote of confidence for customer commitment and ease of ordering.  ...  "
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" ...  And then there was the 2,500+ positive reviews here on Amazon, which pushed me into purchasing it.  ...  "
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" ...  To sum it up, I’m totally satisfied with this product, and kudos to Amazon!  ...  "
Color
 9
picture, colors, brightness, washed, viewing
+89%
-11%
comment
" ...  I did notice some weird pixelation when viewing certain colors of purple and bright red but that is hardly noticeable and may have been from the Movie I was watching. ... I found that the standard color and brightness setttings were fine for our place!  ...  "
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" ...  Vivid colors, crisp edges, no artifacts. ... The LG has a wavy variation in brightness when viewing bright scenes, while the TCL is perfectly uniform.  ...  "
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" ...  The HDR is fine but it does not have the peak brightness or capability to really shine. ... Also, this TV lacks local dimming which makes the blacks look really good and provides a really high rate of contrast.  ...  "
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" ...  The colors and clarity are sensational.  ...  "
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" ...  Is it something you would use for photo editing or perfect color and contrast for movie watching?  ...  "
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" ...  3) In the display settings, turn sharpness to 0.  ...  "
Device Stand
 7
stand, tv, screws, mounting, wall
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  Although It would've been nice to have another hand or two, I was able to get the TV mounted onto the bracket myself.  ...  "
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" ...  It's on a wall mount about 3 feet from where I set.  ...  "
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" ...  We also bought the recommended full range wall mount. ... The mounting kit came with extra screws of various sizes, so we did attach the TV using 4 screws, and it was very secure.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this to mount on our home office wall.  ...  "
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" ...  The set includes some screws and basic TV stands which you could assemble. ... However, I got a TV stand and mounted it on there, so that was taken care of. ... If you’re mounting it on a stand, make sure that it sits well on there and the latches are fixed properly.  ...  "
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" ...  The mount I’m using has two vertical bars.  ...  "
Delivery
 7
arrived, delivery, one, installation, fairly
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Delivery was quick, and installation was fairly straightforward.  ...  "
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" ...  - Box delivered in could have been a tad bit more discrete.  ...  "
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" ...  I received the order delivery a day earlier than initially expected, so that was a surprise.  ...  "
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" ...  It arrived when promised and was packaged well.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived in a perfect box.  ...  "
Gaming
 6
got, amazing, video, tv, perfect
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  Great for gaming too!  ...  "
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" ...  I use it to play PlayStation  ...  "
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" ...  When I got this it was mainly for my ps4/Xbox gaming. ... Is there a setting need to be unlocked or a different HDR got gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  Gaming in 4k on here is amazing! ... Take it from a 36 yr old gamer that's very picky about his gaming screen.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this tv as my main tv, and all I can say is, it's amazing for the price, specially for video gaming and movie nights.  ...  "
Video Playback
 6
watch, watching, tv, prime, netflix
+100%
comment
" ...  It is not terrible but if you watch a lot of sports or action movies and this is a big deal to you, you may want to consider a different tv.  ...  "
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" ...  I use this set both to watch movies and tv but also as my computer monitor (nvidia 1080 gpu video card).  ...  "
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" ...  Watching Netflix or a still picture on the Xbox is amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  Next I pull up an episode of The Man in the High Castle (4k) on Prime Video and watch the intro.  ...  "
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" ...  Quality is exactly what we wanted in audio and video.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 6
pixels, one, dead, cracked, came
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  Unfortunately, After owning it for only 6 hours, the screen died.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived with crack screen.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen was cracked.  ...  "
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" ...  Update: After unboxing the 2nd of two TVs I ordered, I found that the screen came cracked inside and TCL refused to support it under their warranty.  ...  "
Build Quality
 6
well, tape, sturdy, panel, could
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  The box is sturdy and has rigid styrofoam and extra cardboard inside protecting the TV.  ...  "
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" ...  Can’t say hold long it will last since I have only had it for a couple of months but it looks to be built well.  ...  "
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" ...  If you’re mounting it on a stand, make sure that it sits well on there and the latches are fixed properly.  ...  "
Cables
 5
tv, cable box, pay, got, good
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  picture is great but needed to update my cable box to get a better picture all the time .  ...  "
comment
" ...  The TV is good - I got it because I dropped cable and am using indoor antenna.  ...  "
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" ...  With the built in apps, I don't have to buy/rent cable boxes from the cable provider so they practically pay for themselves in a year or so.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture I get, without Cable, is as good as, or better, than friends who pay for Cable. ... I have Netflix, Hulu and an assortment of other possibilities, so why pay Cable.  ...  "
Returns
 5
returning, money
-100%
comment
" ...  Had to return for a refund  ...  "
comment
" ...  Nevermind, I will be returning it.  ...  "
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" ...  Seems like this happens often from the other reviews, so be ready to return I guess  ...  "
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" ...  I’m returning it.  ...  "
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" ...  Too late to return.  ...  "
As Gift
 4
christmas
+100%
comment
" ...  A gift to myself.  ...  "
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" ...  This was a late Christmas gift that was shipped to New York.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Was a gift  ...  "
Product As Described
 4
picture is great, fantastic
+100%
comment
" ...  The picture is great but it could use a little deeper black.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The picture is fantastic.  ...  "
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" ...  The image was great.  ...  "
Ports
 4
tv, 2, make sure, hdr, adapter
+100%
comment
" ...  Make sure you know which HDMI you’re connect which device.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a nice feature where you can pause live TV if you have a USB memory stick in the USB port, so that's new to us.  ...  "
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" ...  After your initial setup, make sure that you go into the TV's main menu and go to Settings > TV Inputs > HDMI mode > HDMI 2.0.  ...  "
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" ...  1) Connect the TV to the card via displayport using the Club3D CAC-1080 Active DisplayPort 1.4 to HDMI 2.0b HDR Adapter. ... Lastly, the TV worked flawlessly with a original PS4, including HDR once I switched the HDMI mode to 2.0 in the TV settings.  ...  "
Weight
 4
light, also, setup, fairly, easy
+100%
comment
" ...  The TV is also surprisingly light weight.  ...  "
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" ...  The clarity of picture ease of use and light weight, it is truly a great bang for the buck.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s also light weight.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was easy and it's fairly light weight.  ...  "
HDR
 3
tv, 4k, 43
+100%
comment
" ...  I wanted a 4k HDR which is what is advertised yet my ps4 says the tv is not HDR.  ...  "
comment
" ...  - It has HDR.  ...  "
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" ...  A 43" 4k UHD HDR TV for under $300!?  ...  "
Network
 3
guest, connect
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  -The WiFi receiver is really weak.  ...  "
comment
" ...  After the first day or two it started not being able to connect to my WiFi.  ...  "
Fit
 3
stand, since, mounting, mount, months
+100%
comment
" ...  Can’t say hold long it will last since I have only had it for a couple of months but it looks to be built well.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If you’re mounting it on a stand, make sure that it sits well on there and the latches are fixed properly.  ...  "
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" ...  The mount I’m using has two vertical bars.  ...  "

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Specifications

Connectivity
HDMI:  Yes 
Number of USB ports:  1 
USB:  Yes 
Display
Resolution:  4K 
Type:  LED 
4K
RESOLUTION
LED
TYPE
Yes
HDMI
1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS