TCL 55S517 Roku HDR Table Mount Television, 55-Inch

Last updated: August 5, 2023

You can save money while still accessing great features with the slightly older TCL model, the 5 Series. It includes Dolby Vision for accurate color and crisp video. But it doesn't get quite as bright as other TVs, making it a better option for darker rooms. The TCL 5 Series is a great set for gamers, thanks to its low input lag.

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

Product Details

Key Takeaway: A more affordable TV that still offers crisp picture quality. Great for gamers.

In our analysis of 49 expert reviews, the TCL Roku HDR Table Mount Television, 55-Inch placed 13th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The 5-series 4K TCL Roku TV delivers stunning Ultra HD picture quality with four times the resolution of Full HD for enhanced clarity and detail, as well as the most streaming channels of any 4K TV. To make the most of all this content, Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) technology delivers bright and accurate colors for a lifelike viewing experience. In addition, your favorite HD shows, movies, and sporting events are upscaled to near Ultra HD resolution with 4K upscaling. The simple, intuitive interface allows seamless access to over 500, 000 streaming movies and TV episodes, your cable box, Blu-ray player, gaming console, and other devices without flipping through inputs or complicated menus.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The TCL 5-Series TV offers image quality on a par with much more expensive TVs, and it offers media-streaming services and some extra features that costlier TVs don’t have.
Roku TV delivers the simplest, most comprehensive smart TV experience on the market, with more apps than competitors, including support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision.
Supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and can produce great vivid colors but can't produce bright highlights. For gamers, it has a low input lag which is excellent.
The TCL 5 Series isn’t quite as dazzling as the 6 series, but its expansive, user-friendly Roku functionality combined with its workmanlike performance makes it a great option for folks who don’t necessarily need a top-shelf TV and the costs associated with one.
The 5 Series is TCL’s step down from the 6 Series, and it essentially replaces the current S Series. For 2018, TCL is introducing Dolby Vision HDR in addition to the already-supported HDR10.
Continues this tradition by offering not only a great price and solid quality, but by adding unexpectedly premium features – like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound, and a better-than-average version of Roku TV – to this value-packed budget TV.

What reviewers didn't like

The TCL 5-Series doesn’t have local dimming, so we don’t consider it a true HDR TV. The panel has only a 60 Hz refresh rate.
Vizio's E series has a superior picture for a similar price. Image quality with HDR sources isn't significantly better than non-HDR.
Image degrades when viewed at an angle Can't produce bright HDR highlights
It doesn't get very bright, so it probably wouldn't be a good fit in a sunny, well-lit room. If that's a concern for you, we recommend spending a little extra on the TCL 6 Series.
Viewing angles were somewhat limited, with noticeable color shifting when viewed for more than about 20 degrees off. Vertical angles were just as limited.
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