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TCL Roku TV's ... Anyone have any current recomendations?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: December 22, 2021 08:57AM
I’m going to be replacing an older Pansonic Plasma (Given to me a few years ago) in my basement and grab a TCL Roku TV (Series 4 or Series 5). The plasma is around 47” (Thought it was bigger but I guess the case tricked me) so thinking a 50”-55” would be perfect. I did consider moving my 5 year old 55” Samsung to the basement and getting a newer TV for our main TV (Like a Series 6). But, starting to think just replace the TV in the basement and leave my main TV alone for now. It appears TCL discontinued the 55” Series 5 so wondering what everyone thinks of the current TV’s on the market? I will mainly stream to it, play my classic game systems on it and my son might play his Xbox Series X on it on occasion.
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Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 22, 2021 10:11AM
Here's a starting point:

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Re: TCL Roku TV's ... Anyone have any current recomendations?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 22, 2021 10:29AM
We have a TCL/Roku in one room and a Samsung with a Roku stick in another. I would not buy another TV with a built-in Roku. The stick is fine and works better if you have anything beyond Roku hooked up. A 4k Roku stick is only ~$25, so get the best set you can afford and just add the stick to it.



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Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: December 22, 2021 11:25AM
IMHO the 5 series is the sweet spot in TCL's lineup.



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Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 22, 2021 11:53AM
we have a 55" S4 TCL/Roku. Quite like it. It's about 3 yo.



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Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 22, 2021 12:34PM
I have a 65" TCL Roku, works great. Developed some dead pixels on the right center of the screen. Could not message those back to life!



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Posted by: jdc
Date: December 22, 2021 03:19PM
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Ombligo
We have a TCL/Roku in one room and a Samsung with a Roku stick in another. I would not buy another TV with a built-in Roku. The stick is fine and works better if you have anything beyond Roku hooked up. A 4k Roku stick is only ~$25, so get the best set you can afford and just add the stick to it.

we have two 50" and a 55" 4 series with Roku, and what we enjoy is the one remote for everything.

Woudl be interesting to know why you think the roku stick is better than built in, cause they seem to have the same exact functionality?

we arent critical about TV quality, so the 4s are totally fine for us.





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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 22, 2021 04:57PM
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Woudl be interesting to know why you think the roku stick is better than built in, cause they seem to have the same exact functionality?

Simply that the stick gives more options. I can get any brand TV I want and still have Roku. I can take it with me anywhere and have Roku on any set (as long as there is wifi that I can access).



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Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 22, 2021 07:35PM
So, if I got a ROKU 4K stick for our older Samsung (has its own archaic smart platform) would it auto-detect to 1080p every time it is used?

I'm fairly ignorant about certain tech things.



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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 22, 2021 07:47PM
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So, if I got a ROKU 4K stick for our older Samsung (has its own archaic smart platform) would it auto-detect to 1080p every time it is used?

I'm fairly ignorant about certain tech things.

it should, the one we have I got my mother sometime earlier than 2016 and it works fine.



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Posted by: DavidS
Date: December 22, 2021 08:47PM
We got a 55" 5 Series TCL Roku last year on Black Friday and still love it. Great picture and colors. The Roku functionality works well (we also have had 3 other Roku units, a FireStick, and AppleTV).
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Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 23, 2021 10:50AM
jdc,

I wouldn't rely on a TV's built-in smart features, regardless of who is providing it, i.e. Roku, manufacturer's own version, etc. The manufacturers don't update the built-in features nearly as quickly or comprehensively as the 3rd party streaming device manufacturers.

If a feature on an external media box stops working or you want something newer, replace the box. Can't do that with the built-in features of the TV. You're stuck with what the manufacturer offers and/or updates. And, that's assuming, they even update apps and features.

Unfortunately, in my experience, the better TVs have smart features. So, buy the TV for its superior picture and overall quality and ignore the smart stuff. Want smart stuff, add a box to it.

Robert
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Posted by: Cary
Date: December 23, 2021 04:46PM
I own 2 TCL Roku TVs -1 series 4, 1 series 5. Very happy with both. Highly recommended.

I can always buy a a Roku stick if TCL ever stops updating, or I want more flexibility. I can add an Apple TV or Firestick, or whatever to the TV. Haven't felt the need to do this, so far.

I second the rtings.com site as a great place to research.
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 23, 2021 09:23PM
For a Roku stick do you just select the HDMI port it is plugged in to, and follow the on screen menu?



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Posted by: bazookaman
Date: December 24, 2021 07:01AM
We are a Roku house. I've got them everywhere. When the Roku TVs came out I thought they were the cat's pajamas. I don't think that anymore. Will never buy one again. Why? We are currently using a Roku stick IN a Roku TV b/c the TV had gotten SO slow it was next to unusable. So what am I supposed to do? Go out and drop another couple hundred on a TV just to replace the built in Roku? Nope. Just get a $20 Roku stick. It's probably 5 times faster than whatever is built in.



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Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 24, 2021 07:39AM
Bazooka,

That’s a great example of what I was saying in my post. In some ways, having the smart features built into the TV is easier. No need to switch inputs. Use a single remote. But, it does come with a possible price. Yours is one of them.

Robert
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Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 24, 2021 07:42AM
Racer,

You use the remote of the TV (or receiver) to switch HDMI ports. Once the screen of the stick appears on the TV, switch to the remote of the stick and go. What you see in the TV will be the interface of the stick. Some TVs or receivers may switch automatically if you press a button on the remote to a device connected to an HDMI port. Not all of them, though.

Robert



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