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CNET First Look
Solid 40-inch TV at a low price!Although low on features, the TCL L40FHDF12TA is a value at 40 inches for just around $350.
Hi. I'm (Tom Avery?) from CNET.com and this is a review of the TCL L40FHDF12TA. There's no secret that the two most important things to people buying a new TV are price and size. They want the biggest panel possible that fits within their budget and this brings us to TCL. A Chinese brand that catered to people who want a decent size for not very much money. The L40FHDF12TA is a 40-inch television which is apparently an internet shop' favorite due to its $350 price tag. As you could expect for some cheap TV, it's low on features. It's not an LED, doesn't connect to the net and Angry Birds, well, forget it. However, it does feature three HDMI ports and a USB port that reads MP3's and picture files of external disks. Styling is a throwback to 2005 with a two-tone scheme. But at least the remote looks up to date. Even if it's difficult to use in the dark because all the buttons are sort of the same. Picture quality is just possible. The TV really shows budget origins in its lack of true black levels and a color palette that goes a little bit wonky when showing anything but skin tone. But it's 350 bucks. We wouldn't put it in the kids room but we're sure granny would love it. It may be the cheapest TV we've seen in a while but it's a whole lot better than the Insignia connected TV we saw last year and it's half the price. I'm (Tom Avery?) and this is the review of the TCL 40-inch television