TCL Roku TV Review – TCL 32s3800 32-inch 720p roku smart led tv
TCL 32S3800 Roku TV: http://amzn.to/1Ol52yb
Link to 4K TCL Roku TVs: http://amzn.to/24IFtUD
Wall Mounts for TCL Roku TVs: http://amzn.to/1TP1g49
Today we’re reviewing TCL’s range of Roku TVs. Now the unit we’re looking at is the 32inch version. It is also available in 28, 40, 48, 50, and 55 inch screen sizes. Now it’s interesting that screen sizes 40” and above display at a resolution of 1080p, while the smaller sizes display at 720p. And this makes sense, since you definitely need more resolution with larger screen sizes. Roku also offers a 4k variant, and that’s available in 43, 50, 55 and 65 inch screen sizes. I’ll put links to all those variants below, so feel free to check them out. For this review, we’ll be looking closely at the most popular 32” version, but all these TVs are very similar, except for screen sizes and resolution.
The TCL Roku TV combines a regular LED HDTV with a Roku streaming player, all in one unit. Now you don’t need an external streaming player or stick anymore, and because of that, it simplifies the wiring and setup. You don’t need to plug in a streaming device or find a place for it next to your TV. Just Plug the Roku TV into the wall outlet, connect to your home’s wifi network and you’re all set. It also has your traditional set of connectors like 2HDMI ports, RCA ports, a co-ax cable input and even a headphone jack. So you can also use it much like any other TV by hooking it up to your cable or fiber optic tv connection or a even a DVD player. It also has a usb port, so you can playback media from a USb stick.
The TVs entire Interface is much like a Roku player, apps are lined up as tiles on a screen. The major difference between this interface and a Roku player is that you have the option of choosing your input source, right from this main interface, since the TV has no other interface. Navigating through your options is done using a standard ROku remote, which has all the familiar Roku navigation and quick selection buttons. The only thing that’s missing is the wireless headphone port you find on the remotes of some ROku players. But at this price point, under $200 for the 32” version, I really can’t complain. You can also turn your smartphone into a remote by using the Roku App. This makes searching for stuff, much easier than using the provided remote.
In terms of apps, you get all the apps you’d get with a regular Roku device. And that App Store has a ton of apps. You have all your most popular apps: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon instant video, HBO Now and Hulu are all available and they all work really well. You also have a deep selection of apps ranging from ESPN to CBS All access and even PBS.
Video streaming from Youtube, Netflix and Amazon seemed to work pretty well and there were no issues and the TV didn’t hang or freeze at any point. Before I bought it, I was a bit concerned that this version of the TV was 720p, especially in an age where everything is moving to 4K. But frankly, when I began using the TV, I was pretty impressed. The resolution was more than enough for a TV this size and the color reproduction of the display was really good. The audio quality and intensity was also pretty decent, as you can hear in this clip.
Now there are lots of smart tvs on the market, but what makes this one unique is that it comes with a proven platform, the roku. Not only does this mean that you get almost every app on the planet available for TV, its also really important, especially in terms of updates. And this means that each time the Roku platform or apps get updated, you get those updates too. The issue with other smart tvs is the lack of long term support. For example, if a manufacturer stops making that model of tv, you’ll most likely stop getting further updates. Soon enough, apps don’t work as well as they did and your smart tv becomes just another tv. With this one though, you buy into the longevity of Roku, and not the TV manufacturer.
Its stands are stylish and more than sturdy enough to keep it firmly planted on a table. You can also wall mount it using a standard VESA mount. I’ll leave links to some mounts that’ll work, in the description below.
So should you buy this? Absolutely! TCL’s Roku TVs are amazing value for money. They are very simple to use, are built on the stable Roku platform and it just works really well. And to top it all, they’re priced very inexpensively. I really can’t recommend this TV enough! I’ll put links to all variants of this Of the ROku TV below, so feel free to check them out.
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