Pros Great HD picture;
Surprising amount of video/picture adjustment options;
CHEAP! (for it's screen size);
3 HDMI ports;
2 Component inputs (Wii, etc);
Good, wide viewing angles;
Cons Okay SD quality;
Average TV speakers;
Remote control has stiff buttons;
Summary For the price, this TV is excellent. The only thing I do with this TV is play PS3 games and watch movies and TV streaming from my computer, using the PS3's wifi. No problems with any blurred images, or ghosting or whatever.
I set the TV to Cinematic mode, turned sharpness to 0...the only thing I have to do is change the brightness level for certain games....some games are darker than others and I have to adjust the brightness accordingly. I'm not an expert, but I know what basic over saturation is and when things just don't look right. The lighting in the TV is pretty even, blacks look black, colors look natural.
I don't care about the TV's included speakers, I will never use them and people that do use the built in speakers are idiots. I have a 5.1 surround sound that is not fancy by any means, it's a 200 dollar Pioneer sound system that was made for the Xbox 360 like 6 years ago that you can't even buy anymore, but it's a great sounding system for the price and I'll continue to use it until it dies.
I'm sorry but even if I was using this TV in the bedroom, which I also think is stupid and I don't understand why people watch TV in the bedroom, a bedroom is for having sex and sleeping...watching TV is meant for the living room on a couch. Anyway, even if for some reason beyond my control a TV magically appeared in my bedroom, I would hook up external speakers, as all speakers built in to TV's since the creation of the very first TV have always sounded at best sub par, and at worst more horrible than even a pair of 6x9 1980's car speakers that had a blown voice coil but people think it sounds good cuz it has the "bass".
A flat screen speaker simply does not have the proper dimensions to accurately reproduce sound of any type...forget about bass, and even the mids and highs will be tinny or harsh or just bad since I doubt they have actual separate piezo tweeters or anything actually good....so just save your ears and get a 50 dollar set of Logitech computer speakers to connect to the TV, it will be light years beyond any built in computer speakers.
Bottom line is, this TV is awesome, I would not hesitate to buy TCL in the future in an even larger size when it's time for me to upgrade. This TV has more input and outputs than all the TV's I looked at in the price range...I would have to pay over 500 dollars to get a better TV of the same size or slightly larger 42 inch, and that was out of my price range, plus none of the other TV's had a 2 year warranty, or a USB port.
Note: if you're will buy the TCL L40FHDF12TA, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: Prices-Comparison.info/TCL-L40FHDF12TA
You simply can't find a better value.
Pros fairly decent picture, ok for the price
Cons TV went bad in 5 months
Summary My sister had this tv and while the picture was fine, it only lasted 5 months. The TV suddenly developed thin, black and purple vertical lines directly in the center of the picture. Over several weeks, it got worse and worse until the lines were several inches wide. It was still under the Mfr warranty (TCL's warranty, which is actually 2 years). Trying to get her issue resolved turned into an awful nightmare with terrible service from TCL's customer service as well as from TCL's repair center. Needless to say, they couldn't repair the TV, so they finally sent another TV, however it was a different brand (RCA refurb), and it contained no paperwork whatsoever, NO POWER CORD, and an old, beat-up remote where the batteries inside had corroded and leaked out. The remote was unusable. SO they couldn't even check if the replacement TV worked or not. It took about 2 more months, after I contacted a major tech related media company for her that features a consumer help section, that they finally got a new remote, the paperwork for the RCA, and a power cord. Out of the blue some rep from TCL also contacted me and left voicemails, but that was after it was finally resolved. I think in total, it took 3 months or so for her to get total resolution. All the while, the TCL c/s reps gave her excuses like they have nothing to do with repairing TVS, that my sis would need to contact their repair centers, not them; That was when she first called to report her problem. She was told some inside lingo like she was supposed to know that or know what they were talking about. It was a terrible experience trying to deal with the manufacturer. There is no reason when you have a legitimate defective item for it to take months to get resolved. It might have taken longer or not been resolved if I hadn't contacted an outside party about it. Yes, we all know that when something goes wrong, the small print always says they can substitute with something similar and/or refurbished, which is fine if it works. My sister wasn't even upset about that, it was the fact she couldn't even plug it in, had no paperwork, and the condition of damaged remote she received with leaking batteries. How could anyone think someone would just accept that completely unacceptable quality? So anyway, I would NEVER recommend this TV to anyone. It's not even because it went bad in only 5 months (as this can happen with anything), it was the extremely poor, non-responsive service.
Pros It had the dimensions to fit a specific cabinet.
Cons 1.Quit working after ten days of use.
2.Customer service was not even an option.
3.Troubleshooting remedies are useless and common sense stuff (ie...unplug and plug in again.)
4.Weird "movement" of the pictures on the screen.
Summary When I called their service number, all I got was static (literally) on the other end. Tried a number I found on an Amazon review and no luck there either. Nothing was hooked up to the tv except the cable wire. This purchase was not worth the few dollars I thought I was saving. Next time I'll go the extra mile and pay for a well known brand with a reputation and a customer service department that actually exists! This set is going back to the store I bought it from! Stay away from this product!!
Pros The price. The picture is more than adequete for an entry level Large screen
Cons The set is hard to set up the exact color schemes you want. Some shows look darker than others and yes, there is the 'flashlight' effect.
Summary While I agree with most of the comments from the 'experts' that wrote this article, I have to point out, what were they expecting with a larger screen TV under $400? For the price of this TV, it is an excellent set. TCL models are branded under RCA in the US and the system board inside the case is has a Samsung sticker on it, so it's not exactly 'Yugo' quality.
If you are looking for a TV for the bedroom, the spare room, or just budget conscious and replacing the old CRT, this TV is fantastic. If you're setting up your Home Theater and want all the bells and whistles, go with the $5000 sony.
"Buy IT!!!!!"on by jc3879
Pros Picture, inputs and quality
Cons na, I have found no con's
Summary I love Cnet. But, they're flat out wrong. I love this tv. I purchased it for my kids and love it. It's easy to setup, the quality is very good. Lots of inputs. We have five tv's in our home; One being a 3500 50". The quality rivals the Samsung. It's amazing. Just make sure you read actl. reviews from users; not associates paid by the big names to write a review. Buy it!!!!!