TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV : Competent basic TV

Very impressed considering the price, i use it primarily for gaming and it looks amazing. Watching uhd films also looks really good, i saw someone complain about the black levels however there is a setting in the menu to change this, depending on what you’re watching you will need to adjust it of course. It’s definately the best tv i have ever owned. Over the past few months they have updated the settings to improve image quality with new settings such as ‘smart hdr’. The only thing i would say is that the brights arent the best but again you need to factor in the price. I’m more than happy with my purchase and might even buy a second one for the living room.

For the money you cannot get a better television than this. The menu system is a little clunky but i mainly have it hooked up to my pc so it doesn’t bother me.

Ok so the bottom line is this is an outstanding 4k tv. I got the 55inch dp648 model and the tele is huge, i had never heard about tcl so i did a bit of research and found that our us counterparts are getting a better deal when it comes to how ‘smart’ this tv is. There’s no roku on this uk version so you might want to hook it up to a good 4k streaming device to get the most from it ‘smartwise’. The current app store is a bit pedestrian to say the least. It comes with netflix, itv player, 5od etc though. I found the netflix voice and lips where out of sync occasionally but this was down to a stutter in broadband speeds. The picture quality is truly outstanding for a tv at this price point. I’ve never seen reds , yellows and orange so vivid in a non oled tv. Youn’t be impressed with the picture settings out of the box but trust me, when you tweak it to your preference, you will be impressed.

Was looking for a good gaming tv without having to pay £800 plus. This is a good quality product for the price. Gaming looks great and there are plenty of settings to play around with to adjust the picture to your own taste. To be honest you could buy a tv for £800 and unless you are really ultra nit-picky you won’t notice too much difference in picture quality. Also used it for watching movies and as pc monitor but mainly gaming with ps4 and xbox one and was great for everything. It is a nice slim design quite light and great to have a sleek silver colour. For this price to get local dimming, wide colour gamut and hdr 10 you can’t go wrong. Some people will complain about the sound but for me it was fine but i think most people will have a sound bar anyway. One thing to note whether you get this tv or any other tv i personally think gaming looks better without hdr. I have played games on this and high end tvs and have not been impressed with hdr as it makes the picture looks washed out.

The Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution is 4 times greater than Full HD.

I bought a 55” as an upgrade to our old 40” living room main tv. No point in going smaller if you want to actually get the benefit of 4k. Once you’ve fiddled with the settings and got it to your taste you’ll be very impressed. Slight ‘bleeding’ from the edge lighting but only visible on content with thick black banding and even then for the price can’t be quipped at. When viewing 4k hdr/hlg content you’ll be blown away. Watch the bbc iplayer planet earth 4k hlg test footage. The image is so visceral and clear and the colours pounce like the tigers out of the forest. My daughter and wife made the claim that it’s better than real life. I found that the audio problem when viewing netflix is completely resolved by updating to new software and turning dolby digital plus on in the audio settings.

Everythinicg looks fantastic.

Picture quality is superb and build seems reasonable. As noted in other reviews, the viewing angles aren’t great so consider this before buying but if this isn’t a concern the picture quality should be hard to beat anywhere near the price range. Very minor lag issue on sound, barely noticable. The software is somewhat slow and clunky.

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We haven’t had any issues with the tv thus far. We got the 50 inch and use it for gaming and movies and the picture quality is better than anything ive had before. We also loved the fact this tv was in our budget. We looked at a lot of tvs in the stores but didn’t want to spend the money. It was tough making the choice to buy a tv online, but overall it was cost effective and a great investment because we use it all the time.

I have this in the bedroom, my only disappointment is that you cannot my preferred channels into a favourites group.

I’ve had the tv for a few weeks now and i’m really pleased. I got it on the bank holiday sale for £479 which is a bargain for a 55 inch. But if you’re buying for a bedroom like i did, it does the job and i think for this price, what you get is a great budget piece of kit. I think it looks great with a fairly slim bezel of brushed metal. Yes the legs aren’t to the finish of samsung and lg brands but they still fit the look. I much thinner screen than a lot of tvs over double the price. There is daylight glare on the screen as it could be a little brighter but i’ve seen much worse. Viewing angle in my opinion is great.

An ultra thin body (9.9 mm) and ultra-thin frame (4.8 mm), gives full space to the image and will blend perfectly into your interior.

Only 60hz but most monitors arei’m used to 140hz so i do notice a slight difference. The bottom gets a bit warm for my liking they should have used a power pack instead maybe. 🚫(do not block the bottom vents with your sound bar). 🚫🤢and never eat yellow snow🤮.

I primarily use this tv in my bedroom, hooked up to a ps4 pro and soundbar. I play games on this and watch netflix and for these purposes, the tv is great. Absolutely no complaints here – all i care is about getting a decent picture when watching movies and playing games in 4k hdr and this tv does that.

You can’t go wrong at this price, but in fact picture-wise it’s as good as a 2018 panasonic/lg/sony/samsung, but at half the price. Picture: i shopped widely, and i haven’t seen a better 4k ultra high definition picture other than on oled models that are still triple the price. It’s fantastic, mid-2018 leading qualitysound: the speakers are very good bad for a skinny tv – better than my 2016 sony. However, i run the digital optical audio output into a stereo (make sure you switch the digital sound preference if you do this, as i think it otherwise outputs dolby down s/pdif). Ports: it has 3 high-spec hdmi ports, audio out, wireless and ethernet network, usb. Negatives: my only criticism is that the smart tv runs its own store, which supports freeview, iplayer (which i don’t use), and youtube but not amazon video. Not sure what os they are running inside, but the tv is not a chromecast or airplay receiver either. These aren’t major things, but if you’ll want to get an apple tv, fire stick or roku if you don’t already have one. In some ways it’s a plus to have this separate. The feet install easily if you want to put in on a table, uses the same 4 included screws as are used for vesa if you hang it on the wall. Hanging on the wall: i ordered the bracket below to hang it on the wall: bargain around £13.

HDR PRO: unrivalled blacks, higher contrast and vivid colours –

Bought this tv mostly for gaming and a bit of netflix. Watching blue planet ii on 4k is amazing, but the picture quality degrades significantly when you’re watching something dark (thriller/horror movie) in a dark room. There are actually no blacks, only greys, and the contrast seems poor. Playback of sd or 1080 video was average. However i was frustrated by the slightly uneven brightness of the panel. The bottom right corner was always slightly more bright. It wasn’t noticeable in bright shows as the difference wasn’t percetible, but it was in darker movies. Having said that, my gf hadn’t notice it until i showed it to her. Had no problems with audio playbak, and the netflix app was just fine.

30 for this (65dp648 65″) from amazon warehouse deals (with a 20% discount) – it was just about worth it. If you can afford more for a “proper” brand, go for it: i could not recommend this brand unless you can pick it up for a “rock bottom” price. I’m not a uhd aficionado, but the display is certainly crisp and vibrant enough for me watching tv/iplayer and downloaded content. It is a big screen, but light enough for one person to handle although its size means two people would be better for wall mounting (i did it myself, though). That’s all i can find good to say. The niggles start immediately:1. The screws supplied for attaching the two feet do not fit the vesa mount sockets. You’ll have to rummage around your garage or pop down to the diy shop to find suitable screws. This is such a silly lack of attention to detail, and characterises this tv and probably the whole brand.

I ordered this given it was a 10 bit 4k panel at less than £400. Tcl – who are they, well apparently they are the 3rd biggest world wide manufacturer of tv’s, i didn’t know that either. I bought this to replace a 4k 2016 samsung tv. The bezel around the screen is tiny, the 43” is enough for my needs. The interface is a bit clunky, and the app store is a bit spartan, but the usual suspects are there – youtube, rakuten, netflix etc, and i’m sure in time more should become available. Now the picture, it’s pretty good at this price point. Sharp, bright and evenly lit. Input via my pc shows a good picture with some adjustment of image and input settings etc. All in all, a good, cheap, competent tv that you won’t go wrong with.

I recently purchased a ps4 pro, but for a while now have not had a 4k tv to pair it with. The last 4k tv i had from panasonic had ridiculous amounts of input lag making games unplayable. I play rainbow six siege a lot, a game which requires quick response times. This means that input lag is at the forefront of my concern when buying a tv. Before the tcl, i had been playing on a 8 year old sony bravia hd tv. Not bad input lag but not good quality. After researching a lot tcl came up repeatedly as the lowest input lag, and its correct. Even on 4k, the input lag is lower than my old tv. And turn 4k off and play on 2k, the input lag is ridiculously impressive. Great value for money, and an amazing purchase.

Single sound bar provides higher sound quality compared to your TV

Not bad for the price, responsive though basic. Typical picture for edglit led – poor dynamic range with grey pattern instead of black but ok for normal viewing. Apparently wide colour gamut which is a plus. Most irritating aspect is the primitive, uninformative tv guide.

This is my review for the 50in version. Had the tv for a couple of weeks now and i’m very happy overall. In fact this is a fantastic tv for the money, but there are some down sides. There is a audio delay from the optical out and hdmi arc output. The speakers are fine but if your setup means using the audio out on the tv i would look elsewhere, this also means the built in apps are not useable on anything but the built in speakers. I will update this review if a software update fixes this. Netflix stutters, your mileage may vary on this but i have no issues streaming 4k on other devices, but on this tv the installed netflix stutters but only when you watch 4k content. The viewing angle is not great, not the worst i’ve seen but not the best either. Our sofa is in front of the tv so this is not a concern for me, but if you want to have a lot of people over to watch sports, you might want to give this one a miss. The picture quality is fantastic and with hdr 10 content it looks amazing.

4k 43″ with hdr 10 for only £349?- vibrant colours, sharp display and low input lag- a good looking tv- easy to set up- freeview playcons:- interface is a bit slow- wide stand- speakers are poorif you are looking for a tv with these specifications, you won’t find better value for money anywhere and that’s why i’m giving it five stars.

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  1.  i have received this tv 2 days ago. Here are brief pros and cons:pros- superb screen and picture for the budget price – gorgeous saturated colours, fast and responsive- good set of apps come pre-installed, with freeview and netflix integration- simple, easy to use functional menu system and navigation- looks fantastic on ps4- slim design with almost no bezel looks greatcons- laggy menus and switching between inputs, using buttons on remote etc. – at this stage – audio and video on netflix and all4 is not sync’d – it’s especially bad on netflix. It’s hard to un-notice once you see it. The audio is delayed and comes after the vision. I have contacted tcl, netflix and amazon to resolve this. We are all waiting to hear back from tcl. Netflix has been great trying to identify the problem, and amazon has been fast to respond. I’m using current firmware, the default installed neflix app, and we’ve been through all troubleshooting steps including with netflix engineers. So far we’ve been unable to resolve it and i haven’t heard back from tcl.
  2. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

     i have received this tv 2 days ago. Here are brief pros and cons:pros- superb screen and picture for the budget price – gorgeous saturated colours, fast and responsive- good set of apps come pre-installed, with freeview and netflix integration- simple, easy to use functional menu system and navigation- looks fantastic on ps4- slim design with almost no bezel looks greatcons- laggy menus and switching between inputs, using buttons on remote etc. – at this stage – audio and video on netflix and all4 is not sync’d – it’s especially bad on netflix. It’s hard to un-notice once you see it. The audio is delayed and comes after the vision. I have contacted tcl, netflix and amazon to resolve this. We are all waiting to hear back from tcl. Netflix has been great trying to identify the problem, and amazon has been fast to respond. I’m using current firmware, the default installed neflix app, and we’ve been through all troubleshooting steps including with netflix engineers. So far we’ve been unable to resolve it and i haven’t heard back from tcl.
  3. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    65″ – £599 – massive uniformity issues two noticeable dark zones on the screen result in picture quality which is unacceptable and are visible at all times however exacerbated during white scenes. These make some scenes unwatchable. Also has severe panel bleed and potentially warped screen. Panel bleed runs along the entire lower edge and is really bad in the lower left corner of the screen. I also believe that the screen is warped as when viewed from the side the top half of the screen is angled backwards slightly, possibly designed that way but more than likely a further fault. Could not possibly recommend when i have requested a refund and will not be risking a replacement.
    1. 65″ – £599 – massive uniformity issues two noticeable dark zones on the screen result in picture quality which is unacceptable and are visible at all times however exacerbated during white scenes. These make some scenes unwatchable. Also has severe panel bleed and potentially warped screen. Panel bleed runs along the entire lower edge and is really bad in the lower left corner of the screen. I also believe that the screen is warped as when viewed from the side the top half of the screen is angled backwards slightly, possibly designed that way but more than likely a further fault. Could not possibly recommend when i have requested a refund and will not be risking a replacement.
  4. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    The design of the tele was smart and stylish but the picture was a huge let down. Colours were bland dull and seemed grey over all. 4k picture was good but the hdr well there didn’t seem to be one. I have another 4k tv by a more well known brand and the difference is like day and night.
    1. The design of the tele was smart and stylish but the picture was a huge let down. Colours were bland dull and seemed grey over all. 4k picture was good but the hdr well there didn’t seem to be one. I have another 4k tv by a more well known brand and the difference is like day and night.
  5. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    I bought this tv as a major upgrade in both size and features. Initially i had no issues with it, the interface was almost childlike in design but i knew this from other reviews so bought it with my eyes open. Six months later and the tv has been returned due to a series of black lines passing through the screen, presumably dead pixels?. After calling customer service a technician was sent to assess the issue and potentially repair it as at the time i had no urge to return it. They never came, instead a few days after the scheduled appointment i received an email advising that they didn’t have the part to fix the issue and would refund my purchase upon collection. The tv was collected nearly three weeks ago and i am still yet to be issued my refund despite having confirmation that the tv was received in good order. I’ve since purchased a samsung that while admittedly was a touch more expensive (£170 more for a 65 inch), blows the tcl away. They genuinely aren’t comparable. The customer service has been woeful at best and i spent a lot of money to spend 6 months with a tv that simply wasn’t up to scratch with comparably priced competitors.
  6. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    I bought this tv as a major upgrade in both size and features. Initially i had no issues with it, the interface was almost childlike in design but i knew this from other reviews so bought it with my eyes open. Six months later and the tv has been returned due to a series of black lines passing through the screen, presumably dead pixels?. After calling customer service a technician was sent to assess the issue and potentially repair it as at the time i had no urge to return it. They never came, instead a few days after the scheduled appointment i received an email advising that they didn’t have the part to fix the issue and would refund my purchase upon collection. The tv was collected nearly three weeks ago and i am still yet to be issued my refund despite having confirmation that the tv was received in good order. I’ve since purchased a samsung that while admittedly was a touch more expensive (£170 more for a 65 inch), blows the tcl away. They genuinely aren’t comparable. The customer service has been woeful at best and i spent a lot of money to spend 6 months with a tv that simply wasn’t up to scratch with comparably priced competitors.
  7. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    Picture quality—not bad for the price point, there are random flickers though so overall not great. Audio—really bad, not much better than phone speakers through a pringles tube. Well it’s simple you might think, i’ll get a soundbar and all will be good. If only that was the case, however there’s a 100 – 200ms audio delay as well. If the audio delay and smart tv interface were improved this would be a great buy. As it stands i would look at other alternatives.
  8. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    Picture quality—not bad for the price point, there are random flickers though so overall not great. Audio—really bad, not much better than phone speakers through a pringles tube. Well it’s simple you might think, i’ll get a soundbar and all will be good. If only that was the case, however there’s a 100 – 200ms audio delay as well. If the audio delay and smart tv interface were improved this would be a great buy. As it stands i would look at other alternatives.
    1. The only problem with this tv is it broke down after 2 months and i can’t get in touch with the seller as they are not answering my email.
  9. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    The only problem with this tv is it broke down after 2 months and i can’t get in touch with the seller as they are not answering my email.
  10. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    3 dead pixels and really obvious can’t ignore them so really disappointed.
  11. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    3 dead pixels and really obvious can’t ignore them so really disappointed.
  12. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    Didn’t come with batteries for the remote or a power plug. Literally no power plug, like wtf.
  13. This review is from : TCL 50DP648 50 Inch 4K Ultra Thin UHD HDR TV with Smart Freeview Play, Silver + Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar System, Black

    Didn’t come with batteries for the remote or a power plug. Literally no power plug, like wtf.
    1. I bought the 55” version of this tv, i didn’t expect it to be super premium but after some research on the brand and generally good reviews i figured it would be worth a try. Unfortunately there is little to like in day-to-day use. The good:let’s start with the positives, it’s a large, slim, relatively inexpensive panel, with good build quality. The bad:the os is poor and buggy. Improved somewhat after software update, but freeview play was constantly ‘not available’ when trying to launch the ui, it’s a very basic smart interface and the remote is extremely basic, making interacting with the tv a quite frustrating. The built in apps i found to be decent, but buggy. I ended up using an external box for most content watching. The bezel is slim, but there’s an extra 5mm of black screen border inside so kinda pointless. The ugly:the backlight bleed is appalling – huge bright spots in the corners and washed out colours in parts of the screen. Worse, there is some strange juddery software dimming of the backlight that seems to take a while to catch up to the picture and is very noticeable.
      1. I bought the 55” version of this tv, i didn’t expect it to be super premium but after some research on the brand and generally good reviews i figured it would be worth a try. Unfortunately there is little to like in day-to-day use. The good:let’s start with the positives, it’s a large, slim, relatively inexpensive panel, with good build quality. The bad:the os is poor and buggy. Improved somewhat after software update, but freeview play was constantly ‘not available’ when trying to launch the ui, it’s a very basic smart interface and the remote is extremely basic, making interacting with the tv a quite frustrating. The built in apps i found to be decent, but buggy. I ended up using an external box for most content watching. The bezel is slim, but there’s an extra 5mm of black screen border inside so kinda pointless. The ugly:the backlight bleed is appalling – huge bright spots in the corners and washed out colours in parts of the screen. Worse, there is some strange juddery software dimming of the backlight that seems to take a while to catch up to the picture and is very noticeable.