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TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV (2019) Review

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TCL TVs has grown 60 percent in each of the last two years, according to market research firm NPD, and its Roku TVs continue to dominate Amazon’s best-seller lists. Our favorite TCL is the 6 series, with the worth picture quality for the money of any TV we’ve tested. But cheaper models, TCL 50S425 are the ones that remain the most popular.

TCL 50S425 can’t compete with more expensive sets for black level performance or contrast. If you want a home theater-worthy image in a budget set, start with the Vizio E series — just keep in mind that it’s not available in sizes under 43 inches. It has a worse picture than Vizio’s E series TVs. 4K resolution and HDR don’t deliver a substantial improvement in image quality. As long as you don’t expect too much, you might be perfectly satisfied with TCL 50S425 model, especially for the price.

The only difference between the 2018/2019 models is in their design. Yes, the design is slightly different, with the newer sets having black stand legs instead of silver, and slightly different frames around the picture. TCL’s representative said they’d be slowly phased out and replaced by the newer models this year.

TCL 50S425 50 inch Roku TV

TCL 50S425 50 inch Roku TV

Most people choose a TV size first, then worry about everything else, so there’s not much of a choice in those sizes. You’re better off saving the money and getting the 1080p, HD, non-HDR versions instead of the 4K HDR versions. Yes, you could see some improvement in image quality with some 4K HDR material, but it will be minor at best. The best thing about TCL 50S425 is built-in Roku.

It gives you dead-simple access to just about every streaming app available, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Sling TV, Pluto TV and more. Since the apps are built-in, you can get to them faster and easier than via an external streamer, which requires switching inputs and probably juggling a second remote. Of course, you can connect other gear to these Roku TVs too, and they have some cool features for people who use an over-the-air antenna to get free TV.

Although the image quality is just “good enough,” this 50-inches Roku TV is still an excellent choice for budget buyers focused on streaming and simplicity. The TCL 50S425 series is one of the least expensive smart TVs you can buy with a simple, responsive user interface, thousands of apps and constant feature upgrades.

 

Highlights

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 44. 1″ X 25. 7″ X 3. 2″, TV with stand: 44. 1″ X 28″ X 8″
  • Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500, 000 movies and TV episodes, accessible through the simple and intuitive Roku TV
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of high dynamic range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
  • Direct-lit LED produces great picture quality
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI 2. 0 with HDCP 2. 2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet

TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV (2019)


TCL TVs has grown 60 percent in each of the last two years, according to market research firm NPD, and its Roku TVs continue to dominate Amazon's best-seller lists. Our favorite TCL is the 6 series, with the worth picture quality for the money of any TV we've tested. But cheaper models, TCL 50S425 are the ones that remain the most popular. TCL 50S425 can't compete with more expensive sets for black level performance or contrast. If you want a home theater-worthy image in a budget set, start with the Vizio E series -- just keep in mind that it's not available in sizes under 43 inches. It has a worse picture than Vizio's E series TVs. 4K resolution and HDR don't deliver a substantial improvement in image quality. As long as you don't expect too much, you might be perfectly satisfied with TCL 50S425 model, especially for the price. The only difference between the 2018/2019 models is in their design. Yes, the design is slightly different, with the newer sets having black stand legs instead of silver, and slightly different frames around the picture. TCL's representative said they'd be slowly phased out and replaced by the newer models this year. [caption id="attachment_2636" align="aligncenter" width="290"] TCL 50S425 50 inch Roku TV[/caption] Most people choose a TV size first, then worry about everything else, so there's not much of a choice in those sizes. You're better off saving the money and getting the 1080p, HD, non-HDR versions instead of the 4K HDR versions. Yes, you could see some improvement in image quality with some 4K HDR material, but it will be minor at best. The best thing about TCL 50S425 is built-in Roku. It gives you dead-simple access to just about every streaming app available, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Sling TV, Pluto TV and more. Since the apps are built-in, you can get to them faster and easier than via an external streamer, which requires switching inputs and probably juggling a second remote. Of course, you can connect other gear to these Roku TVs too, and they have some cool features for people who use an over-the-air antenna to get free TV. Although the image quality is just "good enough," this 50-inches Roku TV is still an excellent choice for budget buyers focused on streaming and simplicity. The TCL 50S425 series is one of the least expensive smart TVs you can buy with a simple, responsive user interface, thousands of apps and constant feature upgrades.   Highlights Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 44. 1" X 25. 7" X 3. 2", TV with stand: 44. 1" X 28" X 8" Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500, 000 movies and TV episodes, accessible through the simple and intuitive Roku TV Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of high dynamic range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture Direct-lit LED produces great picture quality Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.…

Our Rating

Overall - 8

8

Very Good

The TCL 50S425 series is one of the least expensive smart TVs you can buy with a simple, responsive user interface, thousands of apps and constant upgrade.

User Rating: 4.05 ( 1 votes)
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