The question is this: Should you buy it, or should you wait for a (possibly) better Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal?
First, you can read David Katzmaier's.
But in light of this lower price (compared to when we first reviewed it), here's what you should know before clicking the buy button.
The case against buying
- This is the $250 more in the same 55-inch size (the only one in which it's offered) than the S (no local dimming) that's on sale now.
- Put another way: Even among "bargain" TVs, the 4K and HDR image quality on the TCL S series isn't the best we've seen. Vizio TVs with
- To that end: With many of the
The case for buying
- Roku is the best-in-class smart TV platform, with every major streaming app -- from Netflix to YouTube TV -- available or coming soon.
- Thanks to the
- The 49-inch version of this same TV is a Black Friday special at several retailers for $350. In that light, spending an extra $50 for a larger 55-inch screen is a no-brainer.
- As long as it stays in stock at Amazon, this is a no-fuss/no-muss buy: No worrying about gift cards, no inducement to buy more stuff. And there's no need to wait: You may well have the TV in your living room by Thanksgiving.
- If you're not a stickler for picture quality, the image on this TV will be "good enough."
- 81 percent of Amazon reviewers (out of almost 900) rated it 4 or 5 stars.
The final decision, of course, is up to you. But I can tell you that at least one CNET editor scooped up this TV when it was available at this same price a few days ago. And -- so far, at least -- he doesn't have any regrets.
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