For its services, TCL is working with Yahoo, which provides some basic news and information widgets, but misses out on some of that nifty app functionality offered such as ABC TV’s iView and the SBS equivalent.
You can overlay the news on a regular screen, and it works even with 3D switched on, so you could technically watch a 3D movie with the kids while checking stocks or the latest news, just don’t expect your kids to like you much that day.
The only other thing lacking with the TCL is the sound, which uses speakers on the bottom.
There’s depth here, but not much, and we’d easily recommend finding a sound system to plug into it since dimensionality isn’t the only problem, but also bass.
Your kids probably won’t have have a problem here, and while there’s an equaliser here, it’s better to leave it untouched, because it can make volume blow out rather drastically.
Still, our first taste of a TV from TCL was surprising, and there’s more quality on offer here than what we initially expected, with good colour, very good 3D, and a fantastic energy rating.
There are still areas that could see an improvement, and we’d love to see an improvement on sound and a Smart TV system that feels better designed, but overall, it’s not bad, and if you’re in the market for a small new television, our hands-on shows that this could be a good choice, especially if you’re tired of all the other brands and are keen to check out something else.