TCL 50EP658 50" Smart 4K Ultra HD Android TV - Amazon £379
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TCL 50EP658 50" Smart 4K Ultra HD Android TV - Amazon £379

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Posted 29th Apr
This TCL's newest 2020 televisions. It's also available on AO for the same price.

TCL 43EP658 43-Inch 4K UHD Smart Android TV with Freeview Play, Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, HDR10, Micro Dimming, Dolby Audio, Bluetooth, WiFi, 2*HDMI, 1*USB, Slim Bezel - Black

This slim-design 43-inch smart TV from TCL not only looks great, but comes loaded with fantastic tech. With 4K Ultra HD, you’ll get a razor-sharp picture, while Micro Dimming Pro delivers the darkest blacks and images bursting with colour. It comes with Android TV, so you can download loads of streaming and catch-up apps and binge watch old favourites as well as the latest releases. And with built-in Chromecast, you’ll be able to enjoy your phone and tablet apps on your TV. Plus, it’s got Google Assistant, so you can change channels and adjust the volume just by asking.
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You might need to edit this post. Is it a 43 or 50 inch tv
Looking for a 50" as a gift for someone. I seen some offers for a cheap Samsung, Philips ambilight all around this price range. What's the thoughts on this Vs the other current deals?
enallum29/04/2020 01:01

You might need to edit this post. Is it a 43 or 50 inch tv


Strange, but drop down should give you 50"
Thanks for sharing, i want to get a 65 inch tcl for a good price. Missed out on the Ebay deal last time.
Costco are selling the top of the range model for £700 it's the 65 ". That is £50cheaper than Amazon. Can't say how good the TV is yet. Great specs but hard to pin down a reliable review.
Edited by: "Karl_Nolan" 29th Apr
imcg198929/04/2020 03:22

Looking for a 50" as a gift for someone. I seen some offers for a cheap …Looking for a 50" as a gift for someone. I seen some offers for a cheap Samsung, Philips ambilight all around this price range. What's the thoughts on this Vs the other current deals?


Avoid the Samsung 7020 series, awful picture
Just got this set a few days ago. Never had 4k before so not really qualified to comment on picture quality but 4k content looks amazing to my untrained eye.
Having android, chromecast, freeview and satellite all built in is fantastic but there are quite a few software bugs I've found so far and have raised with TCL.
ITV and BBC HD channels don't work on satellite despite 100% signal but other HD channels are fine. Pluto tv from the sources menu had no audio yet plays perfectly from it's own app. Freeview streaming channels don't seem to work so presumably the set is not fully freeview compliant. Also after scrolling a few pages of the epg it returns the first page.
And just noticed that apps removed from the homescreen keep returning. Hope they can sort all this out with a software update at some point, it is a brand new model so I guess some bugs can be expected at the start.
psul29/04/2020 08:48

Just got this set a few days ago. Never had 4k before so not really …Just got this set a few days ago. Never had 4k before so not really qualified to comment on picture quality but 4k content looks amazing to my untrained eye.Having android, chromecast, freeview and satellite all built in is fantastic but there are quite a few software bugs I've found so far and have raised with TCL.ITV and BBC HD channels don't work on satellite despite 100% signal but other HD channels are fine. Pluto tv from the sources menu had no audio yet plays perfectly from it's own app. Freeview streaming channels don't seem to work so presumably the set is not fully freeview compliant. Also after scrolling a few pages of the epg it returns the first page.And just noticed that apps removed from the homescreen keep returning. Hope they can sort all this out with a software update at some point, it is a brand new model so I guess some bugs can be expected at the start.


How are the boot times and navigation?
Boot time from cold is under 30secs same as an android box though there is a standby and instant on which just switches the screen on and off. Navigation is fine, had an occasional lag but generally ok. Channel change is ok, not rapid but not slow either. Has 2g of ram and storage is 16g. I've installed quite a few apps and showing 11g available.
Edited by: "psul" 29th Apr
This TV looks ok but for £20 more U would recommend the 50 inch Hisense u7buk or z 8204 which are both on sale at the moment for £399. Both have Wide Colour Gamut which I don't think the TCL has also Dolby Vision and or HDR+. However all are good deals and the TCL looks to have the latest Android.

I bought the Phillip's yesterday which is a VA panel, so better blacks but worse viewing angles. Not too sure what the TCL is.
Edited by: "DealHunterChaos" 29th Apr
DealHunterChaos29/04/2020 14:54

This TV looks ok but for £20 more U would recommend the 50 inch Hisense …This TV looks ok but for £20 more U would recommend the 50 inch Hisense u7buk or z 8204 which are both on sale at the moment for £399. Both have Wide Colour Gamut which I don't think the TCL has also Dolby Vision and or HDR+. However all are good deals and the TCL looks to have the latest Android.I bought the Phillip's yesterday which is a VA panel, so better blacks but worse viewing angles. Not too sure what the TCL is.


Heard the software on Philips is really bad unless you have Android
Does this have full-array local dimming like the R625 US model? It mentions micro dimming that means "lighting is controlled in hundreds of local areas" but is this just marketing speech for it analyses in hundreds of areas but actually it's just edge lit and the analysis results in calculated changes to the edge lighting?

The below from TCL website isn't 100% clear but to me sounds like it just changes the overall brightness based on local analysis.

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Edited by: "abomb1987" 30th Apr
ganon29/04/2020 19:20

Heard the software on Philips is really bad unless you have Android



Don't worry Philips managed to screw up android on their tv's too so makes no difference software wise. Probably philips will have better panel and PPI rate inclusive ambilight. Hisense u7buk would be clear winner here picture over both, but their software - just buy tv box
Karl_Nolan29/04/2020 06:54

Costco are selling the top of the range model for £700 it's the 65 ". …Costco are selling the top of the range model for £700 it's the 65 ". That is £50cheaper than Amazon. Can't say how good the TV is yet. Great specs but hard to pin down a reliable review.


I was looking at the TCL 55EC788 on there, looks a lot of TV for the money
boughth 50! TCLfrom costco for £27, it was bad, very bad, a lot of background noise pixealtion, sent it back,tomorrow the 55" hisense will be delivered,lets see how good that is
Anthonis30/04/2020 22:54

Don't worry Philips managed to screw up android on their tv's too Don't worry Philips managed to screw up android on their tv's too so makes no difference software wise. Probably philips will have better panel and PPI rate inclusive ambilight. Hisense u7buk would be clear winner here picture over both, but their software - just buy tv box


People knock the Android OS, even the guy at Richer Sounds when I bought my Philips a few months ago, but I've had zero issues either with usability or functionality. It does everything I ask of it, quickly and without any issues. I hit the Netflix button, it's open almost instantly.

But most of the time I'm using my Fire TV stick or Netflix, so I don't really have to interact with menus etc.

I had a Samsung before that which was faulty, but before it broke yes the menus and overall user experience was slicker...but it broke within a month and the picture was mediocre compared to the Phillips, so it's just about what you value more.
Out the box these tvs are meant to terrible but after semi-professional calibration they are meant be very good, also heard on a forum you have to disable dimming through secret menu. Hope it help.
jtalep30/04/2020 23:10

People knock the Android OS, even the guy at Richer Sounds when I bought …People knock the Android OS, even the guy at Richer Sounds when I bought my Philips a few months ago, but I've had zero issues either with usability or functionality. It does everything I ask of it, quickly and without any issues. I hit the Netflix button, it's open almost instantly.But most of the time I'm using my Fire TV stick or Netflix, so I don't really have to interact with menus etc. I had a Samsung before that which was faulty, but before it broke yes the menus and overall user experience was slicker...but it broke within a month and the picture was mediocre compared to the Phillips, so it's just about what you value more.



Well I actually love android OS, it is Philips which actually break it by incompetent coding removing features or filling it with bugs Biggest disappointment that as example when android OS is playing up simple restart sorts everything out - Guess what its not possible to restart philips tv with remote, you have to unplug tv and plug it back again in order to do full reboot! There is now way where with use of third party app you can map button command to bring power menu but you still cant select anything with tv remote, you need air mouse! So effectively you need to spend another £30 just to be able to reboot tv without going under cabinet to reach awkward socket
You can reboot any android tv box, but not philips I could list endlessly issues with philips in relation to android OS.
craiger08230/04/2020 22:54

I was looking at the TCL 55EC788 on there, looks a lot of TV for the money


Just seen this myself and hunting for any reviews/opinions. Definitely seem to get a lot for your cash and with ONKYO soundbar is tempting me
MarkParrott14/05/2020 14:49

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084HDRDRX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_qUuVEbFPGAHXCHmm doesn't seem fantastic...


Wouldn't trust Amazon reviews mate. TCL have there new brand 2020 TVs coming to UK in June. Previews look great, a low end budget one, with top end features, and a higher end one also.
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