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TCL 4 Series Review

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The TCL 4 Series Roku TV is an excellent TV for most use-cases, thanks to its superb contrast, smooth 24FPS playback, and decent reflection handling. However, watch out for the poor viewing angles and the inadequate peak brightness.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The TCL 4 Series Roku TV is an entry-level 4K TV from TCL launched in 2021. It promises to provide better contrast than IPS LCDs, thanks to its VA panel. In addition, it features low input lag, judder-free 24FPS playback, and boasts the easy-to-use Roku platform for smooth navigation. Thus, it is very well positioned for non-gaming users who just need a 4K TV that works. Keep reading our TCL 4 Series review below to learn more about what top experts said. Also, don’t forget to check out the top-rated TVs available today.

Consensus

our Verdict

The TCL 4 Series Roku TV is a great budget-friendly 4K HDR TV. It’s great for media and gaming, with fantastic contrast, decent upscaling, smooth 24FPS playback, and excellent reflection diffusion for bright rooms. Just be aware of the poor viewing angles and low peak brightness.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Amazing contrast ratio
  • Good upscaling
  • Good reflection diffusion
  • Judder free 24FPS playback
  • Decent screen uniformity
  • Good out of the box color accuracy
  • Support for Chroma 4:4:4 subsampling
  • Low input lag
  • Smart & easy to use Roku platform

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Low peak brightness
  • No support for wide color gamut
  • No HDMI 2.1 support
  • Only 60Hz refresh rate
  • No local dimming
  • Backlight bleed, clouding, and blooming present
  • High response time

TCL 4 Series Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeDirect Lit
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs3
HDR FormatHDR10
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen size43", 50", 55", 65"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformGoogle TV
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyNo
VRRVRRNo

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)75.83
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)80.29
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)54.49
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)58.6
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)99.55
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)1,253
SDR Brightness (nits)284
HDR Brightness (nits)271
Input Lag (ms)12.6
Response Time (ms)15.8
Color Washout (Degrees)29
Color Shift (Degrees)60
Brightness Loss (Degrees)31
Reflections (%)4.4
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)106.79
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db5.57
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db5.65
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.073
Intermodulation Distortion @80db4.16
EOTF (600 nit delta)0
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    67
    The TCL 4 Series is okay overall. It’s best for watching sports or TV shows… Read More

    By:

    John R. Quain
  • Tom’s Guide
    77.8

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The TCL 4-Series demonstrates that 4K is mainstream now, with respectable picture quality and the… Read More

    By:

    Kyle Bartlett
  • CNET
    89

    Category Trust Rating

    71
    Like: Hard to beat the price – Easy-to-use Roku interface Read More

    By:

    Geoffrey Morrison