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55" TCL 55S546 QLED 4K UHD Google Smart TV EXPIRED

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Best Buy.com has 55" TCL 55S546 QLED 4K UHD Google Smart TV for $399.99. Shipping is free, otherwise free curbside pickup is available where stock permits.

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Specs:
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Google TV, Google Assistant Built-In
  • WiFi 802.11ac 2x2 Dual-Band
  • Ports:
    • 3x HDMI (1x w/ eARC)
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x Ethernet
    • 1x RF Input
    • 1x Digital Audio Optical
    • 1x Audio Output Headphone

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    • This TV has earned a 7.7 out of 10 rating by Rtings.
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TCL - 55" Class 5-Series QLED 4K UHD Smart Google TV. 55S546

Specs:
Resolution: 3840x2160
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
Google TV, Google Assistant Built-In
WiFi 802.11ac 2x2 Dual-Band
Ports:
3x HDMI (1x w/ eARC)
1x USB 2.0
1x Ethernet
1x RF Input
1x Digital Audio Optical
1x Audio Output Headphone

7.7 @ rtings

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews...-2021-qled

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tcl-...Id=6470259
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ark1074 asked this question on 01-18-2022 at 11:42 AM
01-18-2022 at 11:42 AM
Can you? Yes.

SHOULD you?

Not unless you’re willing to make a lot of sacrifices. That being said, if you’re not a PQ snob, it might be ok for you.

The peril in using a tv as a monitor, especially an entry level 60hz is that once you find a shortfall in a game/program it can drive you NUTS. But a lot of people value size over PQ so…

Size matters?

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01-18-2022 at 03:11 PM
The 43 4 series is better as a monitor
DealSeekerer asked this question on 01-18-2022 at 05:30 AM
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The TCL google TVs were pulled off shelves not the Roku versions.
The TCL Google TVs were buggy so they stopped selling them for like a week. TCL sent out a software update to fix the issues and they resumed sale of the tv.
I have both a series 6 (google) and series 4 (roku) set. I also purchased and returned the Series 5 (google) for the Series 6. There was an update to the series 6 in late December 2021. It fixed many of the bugs in the google interface. For the most part, the google interface is now quick and responsive. There are still times when it lags, but it only lags only for a few seconds -- then it's back to normal. I have a roku stick and Xbox Series X plugged into the series 6. When I compare the picture the from the roku stick to the native google, the picture from roku stick is more colorful - even using the same "mode". In other words, if I use Movie Mode to watch Avengers on Disney Plus from roku stick and google, the roku stick provides a more colorful picture. The other aspects of the picture (such as brightness and sharpness) seem very similar. The roku stick also is more colorful than watching the same movie from the same app on the Xbox Series X. The picture from the Xbox also is not as sharp as the picture from roku stick. The Dolby Vision doesn't seem to be as good as advertised. Regardless of whether watching Dolby Vision on roku, google or Xbox, Dolby Vision seem darker and less colorful than other modes - and there is not a lot of ability to modify the settings of Dolby Vision. I'm hoping a future upgrade fixes this.

Comparing the Series 4, 5 and 6.
The pictures from both the native google apps and Xbox Series X on the Series 6 are much better than the Series 4 (using native roku, roku stick or xbox). The difference is night and day. The picture from the Series 6 is so much clearer and brighter than the series 4. The picture quality and brightness are significantly better on the Series 5 than the Series 4. I would definitely recommend spending an extra $100-150 for the Series 5 over the Series 4. It is a little closer between the Series 5 and Series 6. The Series 6 is still brighter and clearer than the Series 5 but the gap is much less than as between the Series 4 and Series 5. The Series 6 is still definitely a good upgrade from the Series 5. Where the Series 6 really shines over the Series 5 is gaming. The Series 6 supports 4k 120hz and VRR. Series 5 supports VRR but only does 60 hz. There is a significant difference at gaming at 120hz than at 60hz. If you don't need 120hz, to play the latest games on PS5 or Xbox, the Series 5 is a great TV. After I purchased the 65 inch Series 5, I saw an Open Box (excellent) 65 inch Series 6 for $699. It was the around the same price as the Series 5 65. So I returned the Series 5 for the Series 6. When the Series 6 had the google bug, there were a lot of open box Series 6 available. If you can still get an open box Series 6 for the same price as a Series 5, it is definitely worth the open box risk.

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The more I read people seem to like Roku better than google TV, but google is a lot cheaper.
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The more I read people seem to like Roku better than google TV, but google is a lot cheaper.
Google TV is reeeeeeally nice on the newer Chromecast. I would definitely pick that over Roku and I've been using Roku for ~7 years. I've heard it's extremely slow on these TCL's, though... they had to pull them from shelves last year because of so many complaints. Not sure if it's been mitigated yet.
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Can anybody speak to the Google Home integration with these?

Can they be added to speaker groups?

If somebody rings your Nest doorbell, does the feed pop up?

Im looking for a tv for my office and this could fit the bill. The reviews are giving me pause though…
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The more I read people seem to like Roku better than google TV, but google is a lot cheaper.
I'm selling my 6 series with Roku asap. Twice the software upgrades have essentially bricked my tv and I just have to wait for a roll back or fix. First time almost took 6 weeks. 2nd time took 2. Their QA is awful
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Google TV is reeeeeeally nice on the newer Chromecast. I would definitely pick that over Roku and I've been using Roku for ~7 years. I've heard it's extremely slow on these TCL's, though... they had to pull them from shelves last year because of so many complaints. Not sure if it's been mitigated yet.
The TCL google TVs were pulled off shelves not the Roku versions.
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The TCL Google TVs were buggy so they stopped selling them for like a week. TCL sent out a software update to fix the issues and they resumed sale of the tv.
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I have the 2020 version (55S535) and like it overall. I did put a Firestick and set it as default when the TV powers on. I prefer the FireOS (Android) and have side-loaded apps on it to give it more use. Recently installed Retroarch LMAO. Google OS would probably be nice!
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The TCL google TVs were pulled off shelves not the Roku versions.
Re-read what I wrote... I was speaking about Google TV's, how they were nicer than Roku but they were pulled from the shelves.
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how iis the upscaling on this model for low res content? Hisense h9g was pretty bad.
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how iis the upscaling on this model for low res content? Hisense h9g was pretty bad.
According to rtings it is not good at all.
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Roku for life
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I must be early there aren't any weenie babies complaining about 60hz being UNUSABLE!
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