TCL S405 series Roku TV (2017)

The Good The TCL S405 series are among the least expensive 4K TVs on the market. Roku TV delivers the simplest, most comprehensive smart TV experience on the market. A superb user interface delivers thousands of apps and the most 4K video of any system.

The Bad Worse picture than competing Vizio TVs. 4K resolution and HDR don't deliver a substantial improvement in image quality.

The Bottom Line Although the image quality is just "good enough," the S405 series is still an excellent choice for budget buyers focused on streaming and simplicity.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 9.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

The best smart TV system in an affordable 4K TV

When you're in the market for a budget TV you have to make some compromises. In the case of the TCL S405 series, you'll be sacrificing some picture quality to get the best built-in streaming app system around.

Roku TVs like this TCL trounce the built-in app systems on most other TVs. They're ridiculously simple to use, quick and responsive and they receive constant updates of new features and apps. Streaming staples like Netflix, Amazon Video and Sling TV are front-and-center and just a remote shortcut button away: no need to switch inputs to another device. And the S405 can stream more stuff in the highest quality -- 4K and HDR -- than non-Roku smart TVs.

Compared with the Vizio D series and E series TVs, however, the S405's actual picture quality doesn't quite measure up. Its 4K resolution and HDR compatibility don't make up for the basics: namely lighter black levels that hurt contrast and deliver less pop than those Vizios. 

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand TCL
  • Type LED-backlit LCD TV
  • Diagonal Class 65 in
  • HDMI Ports Qty 3 ports
  • Display Format 4K UHD (2160p)
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model 2017 Roku TV

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