TCL 50S425 50-Inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV

Last updated date: October 8, 2020

DWYM Score

9.4

TCL 50S425 50-Inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV

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We looked at the top TVs and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best TV you should buy.

Editor's Note October 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best TV for a detailed review of all the top tvs.

Overall Take

You’ll have over 5,000 streaming channels to choose from with this high-tech, 4K Ultra HD TV. It works with voice control, so your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa is compatible. The Roku mobile app is also supported, which provides even more viewing choices. This TV measures 44 inches and requires two AAA batteries.


In our analysis of 13 expert reviews, the TCL TCL 50S425 50-Inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV placed 1st when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

TCL, one of the world's largest TV manufacturers in the world and America’s fastest growing TV brand, bring the latest in 4K technology and design. We've simplified the 4K Ultra HD TV so you can instantly enjoy endless entertainment. With compatibility, choose from more than 5, 000 streaming channels that feature 450, 000 movies and TV episodes plus live sports, news, music, kids and family, food, science and tech, fitness, foreign language and so much more. The standby power consumption is less than 0.5 watts. Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 44.1 X 25.7 X 3.2 inches, TV with stand: 44.1 X 28 X 8 inches. Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500, 000 movies and TV episodes, accessible through the simple and intuitive Roku TV. Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of high dynamic range (HDR) for the most life like picture. Direct lit LED produces great picture quality. Stand separation distance 39.6 inch. Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Screw Size-M6 x 12. Note: Kindly refer to the user manual provided as a PDF manual in the product description section

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.0
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
24,947 user reviews

What experts liked

Has a lot of nice features like Roku, 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR. You can also control your TV through an app on your phone.
- BestReviews
One of the least expensive smart TV. Comes with pre-programmed apps and upgrades.
- CNET
This Roku TV is affordable, lightweight and has a great 4K picture quality.
- Lifewire

What experts didn't like

Viewing angles could be slightly better and the sound could also be improved.
- BestReviews
It has worse picture than Vizio's E series TVs. 4K resolution and HDR don't deliver a substantial improvement in image quality.
- CNET
Remote lags at times and the buttons are loud. The flashing LED indicator can be distracting.
- Lifewire

An Overview On TVs

With television technology improving so rapidly, sets are replaced much more often these days. They certainly are more affordable than they used to be, and they come with features unimaginable even just a few years ago.

The first step in buying a new television is establishing a budget and sticking to it. Otherwise, you could end up with features you may not need at a price you’re not comfortable with.

Then, you will need to decide if you want the TV to be wall-mounted or tabletop. This choice can lead you to your ideal screen size, which can range from 14 to 100 inches. A tape measure will be handy in this case.

The next decision is whether to get an LCD or OLED TV. LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs have edge-mounted lights, or lights mounted right behind the screen. The latter is preferred because of better contrast, but these models are not as sleek and slim and can be more costly to buy and operate.

LCD and LED TVs have panels that use liquid crystal pixels, which may have more limited viewing angles; higher-end models may have Quantum Dot technology, which offers a better viewing experience.

OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs work with organic phosphors, and their self-emitting pixels each generate individual light. This results in better contrast and light for viewers. They may be more expensive and not work as well with HDR content, though.

Resolution is another factor to consider. Ultra HD (4K) and HD are the two big choices on the market today. Here is a comparison in terms of pixels:

  • HD TV = 1920 by 1080 pixels
  • Ultra HD =  3840 by 2160 pixels

That’s a big difference. Since more and more services like Amazon and Netflix are using 4K, your decision may be influenced by how often you stream content. 4k also looks better on larger screens of 50 inches and more.

The TV Buying Guide

  • You may want to get an Ultra HD TV for your main viewing room and a smaller HD to use in the bedroom, office or kitchen.
  • Some TV screens are curved, although these are not as popular as they once were. Some people prefer them, but they can distort on-screen reflections. You also have to be sitting in just the right spot to avoid distortions.
  • With so many multimedia options, you also need to know what kind of connections you will need for your new television. The most important ones are USB ports, multimedia support, and HDMIs. The TV’s product description should contain useful information about this.
  • Take some time to research the TV’s speakers, too. Sound quality can make or break your TV purchase.