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Kids want spoon fed, any normal person could've figured it out or at least hit the link smh.


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So rather than one person adding 3 characters (55") you think it's best that everyone else assume? Assume is never a good thing, esp when it's unnecessary.
This was a better deal when I thought it was a 55 speaker 425" tv, based on the model number
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TCL is pretty much the only company I would buy a 55+" tv that was under 350$... that being said, I've had a 55" TCL 4K (not sure if it's the exact same as this model) and it has been the best TV I have ever owned for many reasons. You won't be disappointed (unless you're completely irrational)
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I'm not sure what resolution my camera is, but it was enough to capture the pixel layout. See attached. The area in the black box of the Notepad window is enlarged w/Photoshop. An extra picture w/additional text FWIW. This was w/an HDMI cable to my laptop. I had set the input back to be just "HDMI 1", so it looks like the TV auto identified the source was a computer. I set the resolution to 4k on my laptop (defaulted to my laptop's native 3000x2000 resolution, which would have been blurry when scaled on the TV).

Anything else that would be helpful? As far as I can tell, it's working just fine as a computer display. It's only a few hundred bucks, so I wouldn't claim it'd compare to the Thunderbolt or UltraSharp displays I use at work for color accuracy or all of that, but I'd hope someone looking for a higher-end display wouldn't expect it to do that anyhow. As a basic "monitor" or casual use with a computer, it seems like it'd work fine.
Wow, SD just messed up my long ass reply.

In a nut shell.... thats definitely RGB and NOT what my panel shows. I'll have to eat my words and have my own words with TCL, because using different panels for the same product line is unheard of in my experience and something is most definitely wrong. It also explains why there are people randomly bitching about the dithering even in pc/computer mode/label.

Thank you tremendously for taking the time to respond with evidence. It is very much appreciated.
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Wow, SD just messed up my long ass reply.

In a nut shell.... thats definitely RGB and NOT what my panel shows. I'll have to eat my words and have my own words with TCL, because using different panels for the same product line is unheard of in my experience and something is most definitely wrong. It also explains why there are people randomly bitching about the dithering even in pc/computer mode/label.

Thank you tremendously for taking the time to respond with evidence. It is very much appreciated.
I didn't realize you had this TV yourself. Sounds like the key thing to know is TCL is sourcing panels from multiple places with different specs. (Apple, for instance has sourced iPhone displays, modems, etc from multiple suppliers for the same model). Perhaps not surprising for the low price model for a TV. When/where did you get yours?
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I didn't realize you had this TV yourself. Sounds like the key thing to know is TCL is sourcing panels from multiple places with different specs. (Apple, for instance has sourced iPhone displays, modems, etc from multiple suppliers for the same model). Perhaps not surprising for the low price model for a TV. When/where did you get yours?
Purchased in March from BB.
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That's so they can sell you soundbars.
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I bought this a couple years back for the same price after stacking coupons. It's hanging in my bedroom. It's been excellent. I have no major complaints. If I were being picky I would say the sound is it's weakness
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I bought the prior sale from the same seller on Rakuten last week. Just unboxed the TV yesterday. A few things:

- There was a comment here about RGBW and crosshatching pixels. FWIW, I didn't notice anything and the rtings photo shows otherwise. They also say it can do 4:4:4 chroma: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews...-s425-2019

- I'm actually really impressed at the picture quality for the price. I've got a 65" M series Vizio from 2017 in the same room I've been using (just trialing out the TCL until I can move it to its final location). I was worried that I'd be disappointed that I didn't get a 55Rxxx over the 55Sxxx. For my use case (home gym), the S will be great. No local dimming, but has good native contrast. What it means for me is no weird backlight fluctuations like I notice on my Vizio depending on the brightness and positioning of the content (newer Vizio M series have more local dimming zones, but mine doesn't have a ton, so things like loading spinners centered in the screen can cause the different zones to pulsate brightness and it's kind of funny/distracting)

- Colors on the TCL (to me) don't seem washed out or oversaturated. I tuned it a bit to have a warmer color temp, dimmed the backlight, and used the "movie" mode and like how it looks. (Fits my use case but in general those settings may not be what everyone wants. Rtings has some suggestions from their calibration for their goals.)

- Menu brightness does not respect any picture tuning settings. it seems like this thing has three modes: "I'm on a menu" mode, "I'm watching SDR content" mode, and "I'm watching HDR content" mode. The last two seem to remember tuning options separately. The first seems to not have any tuning options. So for the the brightness jumps way up when finishing a show and returning to a "channel"/app's UI. A tad annoying.

- Roku seems pretty nice. I'm more of a Chromecast guy myself, but now have Chromecast, Smartcast (Vizio's smart functionality w/Chromecase built in), an Amazon FireTV stick, and an old Apple TV (which I've not used much at all). The Roku looks like it'll do all that I need. I may throw a Chromecast into the fix for my setup, but it really is nicer to have a menu and apps w/remote than pulling things up on your phone and casting. The Roku is way more responsive/better than Smartcast. Smartcast seems to me to be the Chromecast subsystem (Chromium-based browser displaying menus that are probably written in HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Vizio must not be putting a fast enough (or tuned?) SoC in their TVs (or the one that I bought a few years ago), so the whole UI feels a bit laggy. TCL w/Roku doesn't feel laggy at all.

- HDMI CEC: I just turned this on last night when I plugged in my Onkyo receiver to it (HDMI 3 is the one with ARC). Had no issues. Haven't played with it much, but I didn't need to force it to scan for it to sync the devices together. I'm hoping I won't see weirdness I've seen with my (quite old) Sony TV (it randomly cuts out the picture when using HDMI CEC) or my (a few years old) Samsung TV (it does something weird to send my receiver to the TV input mode when the TV is set to the receiver's output and I'm using a streaming stick w/the Onkyo. So I end up with no audio. Standards are great. But rarely used standards with poor testing/manufacturer's takes on ambiguous language (maybe?) results in problematic performance at times.) So far so good with the TCL and an Onkyo receiver.

- WiFi: seems to work well (I use a UniFi AC Pro). Plex was streaming h.264 content at 12mbps or so (direct play) w/o any noticeable buffering at the start or random glitches or pauses. I'll be going wired in the final location, but looks like WiFi worked well. I used a 5GHz SSID so that confirms the TV can use 5Ghz networks (I guess that's pretty common now that everything is dual band... even the cheapest Fire tablets just added that, right?)

- Remote: basic Roku remote. Uses infrared. No backlight. Volume buttons on the side. No complaints. Means it'll be easy to have a Harmony remote control it.

- Seller/Shipping: Shipped and arrived quickly. Delivery by FedEx in my case. FedEx's tracking seems to update slowly so it told me it'd arrive Thrusday, but I saw it hadn't been to my local FedEx routing point Thursday morning, so I was skeptical, but figured it was possibly a ground delivery/courier setup that may operate differently. Nah, the site updated late Thursday to say delivery on Friday. Came on Friday. Rakuten is a really large seller (somewhat newer to/less well-known in the US). I've never bought from this third-party seller, but it went smoothly. I haven't had to talk to them so I can't comment on what it'd be if something went wrong. Check their ratings if you're concerned.

- I just tested using the YouTube app to cast to the TV when it was off. It turned on very quickly and launched the YouTube app. That took a bit longer to come on, but did work. Receiver turned on as well. So looks like the Roku lets YouTube listen/broadcast itself when the TVs is "off" so you can cast to it easily.


Overall, for $280, I'm super pleased. It's not the most stylish bezel or a high-end TV, but if you want something that's not totally stripped down and has decent quality overall (and great for the price, IMO), this seems like a good choice.
Good write up. I was a big TCL fan. My 1yr 9 month old 55S405 just died this evening. Thank God for the extra year warranty through Discover. Sure it was only $315, but this is too soon. First the sound went hollow, then within an hour the entire picture went out. TCL trouble shot with me for 30 minutes even though it was out of their warranty. Kudos to them. But without year two through a cc, I'd be SOL. These are truly disposable sets. Square Trade is your friend. And I was just bragging to a friend last night how good the picture and color was on the set. 😭
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TCL is pretty much the only company I would buy a 55+" tv that was under 350$... that being said, I've had a 55" TCL 4K (not sure if it's the exact same as this model) and it has been the best TV I have ever owned for many reasons. You won't be disappointed (unless you're completely irrational)
Me too, until tonight. See above.
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was a little hotter at $318 over a year ago. Love it for general purpose streaming. DTVNow looks incredible on it.
I'm crying tonight. See above. Like your first HS breakup.
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I'm crying tonight. See above. Like your first HS breakup.
gosh sorry to hear that, I'm pretty attached to them too. Buying new with CC ext warranty is a must. I got my first ST warranty ever for my 65R since it was so big and heavy, and talk of quality control here.

So far so good and I think my S405 is over two years now. I have a spare Vizio P50 in bdr for back up. I was trying to get the same color saturation on my 65R, it just seemed richer if not as bright.

The 65R was kind of dull looking until I cranked up the color, now enjoying it even more. Still have to dial it down to *low power and night mode for PC use. That AT&T Beta box is still stuck on HDR on everything but it does look good on this TCL. The new 4K firestick lets me choose ALL HDR or auto. Now that Plex on HTPC changed I'm using the Roku P+ player more or TCL app. I keep pretty busy just keeping up and swapping boxes around with latest updates and streaming products.
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gosh sorry to hear that, I'm pretty attached to them too. Buying new with CC ext warranty is a must. I got my first ST warranty ever for my 65R since it was so big and heavy, and talk of quality control here.

So far so good and I think my S405 is over two years now. I have a spare Vizio P50 in bdr for back up. I was trying to get the same color saturation on my 65R, it just seemed richer if not as bright.

The 65R was kind of dull looking until I cranked up the color, now enjoying it even more. Still have to dial it down to *low power and night mode for PC use. That AT&T Beta box is still stuck on HDR on everything but it does look good on this TCL. The new 4K firestick lets me choose ALL HDR or auto. Now that Plex on HTPC changed I'm using the Roku P+ player more or TCL app. I keep pretty busy just keeping up and swapping boxes around with latest updates and streaming products.
Spent an hour on YouTube. Found a strange reset that worked. On the remote, home up 5x, up 1x, rewind 2x, ffoward 2x. Wait 5 minutes. Like new. Also found the boards for this set at shop Jimmy.com for $65 plus s/h. TConn, Main, and PS boards. Talk about a budget set!
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Spent an hour on YouTube. Found a strange reset that worked. On the remote, home up 5x, up 1x, rewind 2x, ffoward 2x. Wait 5 minutes. Like new. Also found the boards for this set at shop Jimmy.com for $65 plus s/h. TConn, Main, and PS boards. Talk about a budget set!
woohoo, like making $200 on youtube! That might be good in TCL wikis along with settings. https://www.cnet.com/forums/discu...a-hd-roku/

I just looked at my order from Amazon, got mine November 19, 2017 so I guess I'm still under CC ext. warranty. Streaming 14hrs a day to get the most out of my DSL and ATT Now.
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woohoo, like making $200 on youtube! That might be good in TCL wikis along with settings. https://www.cnet.com/forums/discu...a-hd-roku/

I just looked at my order from Amazon, got mine November 19, 2017 so I guess I'm still under CC ext. warranty. Streaming 14hrs a day to get the most out of my DSL and ATT Now.
Update - tried the set today and no sound or picture. Filed a claim with my extended 3rd party warranty through Discover. We have no approved TCL repair centers within a few hours of Columbus Ohio. This may be a dead end.
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Update - tried the set today and no sound or picture. Filed a claim with my extended 3rd party warranty through Discover. We have no approved TCL repair centers within a few hours of Columbus Ohio. This may be a dead end.
sad, better luck next time. I need to read the write up above by timehat.
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