Manufacturer: TCL Part number: L40FHDF12TA
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CNET editors' review
price range: $380.00
- Reviewed by: Ty Pendlebury
- Edited by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 03/02/2012
- Released on: 11/01/2011
The good: The TCL L40FHDF12TA is one of the cheapest 40-inch televisions we've ever seen and delivers a better performance than the price might suggest. Picture processing is one of its strongest points and it's possible to get something that looks impressive at first glance.
The bad: The "pop" you see is a result of highly crushed blacks, which means no shadow detail. The set's poor black levels and inaccurate colors make it difficult to get a decent picture. Calibrating the TV is impossible due to the poor gamma levels and lack of fine control. The set displays some flashlighting in the corners.
The bottom line: The TCL L40FHDF12TA is a cheap television that provides a usable picture, but that's about it.
You can't go wrong, great value!
by HermanFly on March 12, 2012
Pros: Great HD picture;
Surprising amount of video/picture adjustment options;
CHEAP! (for it's screen size);
3 HDMI ports;
2 Component inputs (Wii, etc);
Good, wide viewing angles;
Cons: Okay SD quality;
Average TV speakers;
Remote control has stiff buttons;
Summary: For the price, this TV is excellent. The only thing I do with this TV is play PS3 games and watch movies and TV streaming from my computer, using the ...
Summary: For the price, this TV is excellent. The only thing I do with this TV is play PS3 games and watch movies and TV streaming from my computer, using the PS3's wifi. No problems with any blurred images, or ghosting or whatever.
I set the TV to Cinematic mode, turned sharpness to 0...the only thing I have to do is change the brightness level for certain games....some games are darker than others and I have to adjust the brightness accordingly. I'm not an expert, but I know what basic over saturation is and when things just don't look right. The lighting in the TV is pretty even, blacks look black, colors look natural.
I don't care about the TV's included speakers, I will never use them and people that do use the built in speakers are idiots. I have a 5.1 surround sound that is not fancy by any means, it's a 200 dollar Pioneer sound system that was made for the Xbox 360 like 6 years ago that you can't even buy anymore, but it's a great sounding system for the price and I'll continue to use it until it dies.
I'm sorry but even if I was using this TV in the bedroom, which I also think is stupid and I don't understand why people watch TV in the bedroom, a bedroom is for having sex and sleeping...watching TV is meant for the living room on a couch. Anyway, even if for some reason beyond my control a TV magically appeared in my bedroom, I would hook up external speakers, as all speakers built in to TV's since the creation of the very first TV have always sounded at best sub par, and at worst more horrible than even a pair of 6x9 1980's car speakers that had a blown voice coil but people think it sounds good cuz it has the "bass".
A flat screen speaker simply does not have the proper dimensions to accurately reproduce sound of any type...forget about bass, and even the mids and highs will be tinny or harsh or just bad since I doubt they have actual separate piezo tweeters or anything actually good....so just save your ears and get a 50 dollar set of Logitech computer speakers to connect to the TV, it will be light years beyond any built in computer speakers.
Bottom line is, this TV is awesome, I would not hesitate to buy TCL in the future in an even larger size when it's time for me to upgrade. This TV has more input and outputs than all the TV's I looked at in the price range...I would have to pay over 500 dollars to get a better TV of the same size or slightly larger 42 inch, and that was out of my price range, plus none of the other TV's had a 2 year warranty, or a USB port.
Note: if you're will buy the TCL L40FHDF12TA, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: Prices-Comparison.info/TCL-L40FHDF12TA
You simply can't find a better value.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Know your expectations!
by robrote on March 13, 2012
Pros: The price. The picture is more than adequete for an entry level Large screen
Cons: The set is hard to set up the exact color schemes you want. Some shows look darker than others and yes, there is the 'flashlight' effect.
Summary: While I agree with most of the comments from the 'experts' that wrote this article, I have to point out, what were they expecting with a larger screen TV under $...
Summary: While I agree with most of the comments from the 'experts' that wrote this article, I have to point out, what were they expecting with a larger screen TV under $400? For the price of this TV, it is an excellent set. TCL models are branded under RCA in the US and the system board inside the case is has a Samsung sticker on it, so it's not exactly 'Yugo' quality.
If you are looking for a TV for the bedroom, the spare room, or just budget conscious and replacing the old CRT, this TV is fantastic. If you're setting up your Home Theater and want all the bells and whistles, go with the $5000 sony.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pay for cheap..and it'll cost you!
by rass27 on August 7, 2012
Pros: It had the dimensions to fit a specific cabinet.
Cons: 1.Quit working after ten days of use.
2.Customer service was not even an option.
3.Troubleshooting remedies are useless and common sense stuff (ie...unplug and plug in again.)
4.Weird "movement" of the pictures on the screen.
Summary: When I called their service number, all I got was static (literally) on the other end. Tried a number I found on an Amazon review and no luck there either. ...
Summary: When I called their service number, all I got was static (literally) on the other end. Tried a number I found on an Amazon review and no luck there either. Nothing was hooked up to the tv except the cable wire. This purchase was not worth the few dollars I thought I was saving. Next time I'll go the extra mile and pay for a well known brand with a reputation and a customer service department that actually exists! This set is going back to the store I bought it from! Stay away from this product!!
by jc3879 on March 5, 2012
Pros: Picture, inputs and quality
Cons: na, I have found no con's
Summary: I love Cnet. But, they're flat out wrong. I love this tv. I purchased it for my kids and love it. It's easy to setup, the quality is ...
Summary: I love Cnet. But, they're flat out wrong. I love this tv. I purchased it for my kids and love it. It's easy to setup, the quality is very good. Lots of inputs. We have five tv's in our home; One being a 3500 50". The quality rivals the Samsung. It's amazing. Just make sure you read actl. reviews from users; not associates paid by the big names to write a review. Buy it!!!!!
The picture is MUCH better than you would expect.
by logandraven on March 3, 2012
Pros: Price (as low as $299) and warranty. Outperforms far more expensive sets, and sets in same category.
Cons: Limited control over picture.
Summary: This set sells in brick and mortar stores like Menards and Vann's but can also be found at Amazon and Tiger Direct as well. We (Menards) were selling this ...
Summary: This set sells in brick and mortar stores like Menards and Vann's but can also be found at Amazon and Tiger Direct as well. We (Menards) were selling this set for anywhere from $299 on sale to $379. Some of the issues put forth by the reviewer were absent from the same models seen at our store. The set possessed fairly deep blacks for an LCD, and the colors were accurate, rich, and vibrant. None of the sets demonstrated the "flashlighting" put forth by the reviewer. Most importantly, I have personally seen these sets side by side against both Sony and Toshiba LEDs that were, at times, double and triple the price, and, at times, matched or exceeded those sets in color richness and sharpness.
Other points put forth by Katz (the reviewer) were valid. However, the review also demonstrates the tech snobbery that becomes common amongst left-coast technophiles who fall victim to the mentality that every TV, cell phone, DVD player, game system, etc., must be some Swiss Army Knife of electronics that can do virtually everything.
Bottom line? It's a good, affordable television that would serve someone well in a bedroom, playroom, or guest room.
Terrible Warranty Service
by baybreeze on March 3, 2012
Pros: fairly decent picture, ok for the price
Cons: TV went bad in 5 months
Summary: My sister had this tv and while the picture was fine, it only lasted 5 months. The TV suddenly developed thin, black and purple vertical lines directly in the center ...
Summary: My sister had this tv and while the picture was fine, it only lasted 5 months. The TV suddenly developed thin, black and purple vertical lines directly in the center of the picture. Over several weeks, it got worse and worse until the lines were several inches wide. It was still under the Mfr warranty (TCL's warranty, which is actually 2 years). Trying to get her issue resolved turned into an awful nightmare with terrible service from TCL's customer service as well as from TCL's repair center. Needless to say, they couldn't repair the TV, so they finally sent another TV, however it was a different brand (RCA refurb), and it contained no paperwork whatsoever, NO POWER CORD, and an old, beat-up remote where the batteries inside had corroded and leaked out. The remote was unusable. SO they couldn't even check if the replacement TV worked or not. It took about 2 more months, after I contacted a major tech related media company for her that features a consumer help section, that they finally got a new remote, the paperwork for the RCA, and a power cord. Out of the blue some rep from TCL also contacted me and left voicemails, but that was after it was finally resolved. I think in total, it took 3 months or so for her to get total resolution. All the while, the TCL c/s reps gave her excuses like they have nothing to do with repairing TVS, that my sis would need to contact their repair centers, not them; That was when she first called to report her problem. She was told some inside lingo like she was supposed to know that or know what they were talking about. It was a terrible experience trying to deal with the manufacturer. There is no reason when you have a legitimate defective item for it to take months to get resolved. It might have taken longer or not been resolved if I hadn't contacted an outside party about it. Yes, we all know that when something goes wrong, the small print always says they can substitute with something similar and/or refurbished, which is fine if it works. My sister wasn't even upset about that, it was the fact she couldn't even plug it in, had no paperwork, and the condition of damaged remote she received with leaking batteries. How could anyone think someone would just accept that completely unacceptable quality? So anyway, I would NEVER recommend this TV to anyone. It's not even because it went bad in only 5 months (as this can happen with anything), it was the extremely poor, non-responsive service.
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Do not buy this product for any reason.
by AnonymousA1798 on May 14, 2012
Pros: The TV looks nice when it works. I would elaborate but it did not work long enough to form a positive opinion.
Cons: Stopped working after 2 months.
Worst customer service in the world.
Summary: Don't buy this product! My TV stopped working two months after I purchased it through Amazon, and for 41 days now I have been writing/calling the manufacturer trying ...
Summary: Don't buy this product! My TV stopped working two months after I purchased it through Amazon, and for 41 days now I have been writing/calling the manufacturer trying to get the TV repaired. The manufacturer rep (Terry, firstname.lastname@example.org) at first said this problem was common and expected and they would send me replacement parts. I still haven't received the replacement parts after dozens of phone calls and emails. Last week I spoke to the supervisor (Elise) at the call center. She told me they don't ship replacement parts for this TV! Instead, she would ship me a return box. Three calls and another week later, they still can't find a box to ship to me! The TV doesn't work and the customer service is horrible. Buy any other TV and save yourself money and headaches!!!!
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: TCL
- Part number: L40FHDF12TA
- Bottom Line: The TCL L40FHDF12TA is a cheap television that provides a usable picture, but that's about it.
- TV type LED-LCD
- Screen size 40 in
- Viewing angle 178 degrees
- Viewing angle (vertical) 178 degrees
- 3D No
- Technology LED-LCD,
- Backlight technology LED Backlight technology
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 120 Hz
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- Response time (ms) 6 ms
- Contrast ratio 5000:1
- Brightness 450 cd/m2
- Comb filter 3D
- Color temperature control Yes
- Backlight life 50000 hour(s)
- dbx noise reduction Yes
- Speaker(s) 2 x Bottom speakers - Built-in
- Built-in decoders Dolby Digital
- HDMI ports qty 5
- Input/Output connections 5 x HDMI - Rear,
1 x USB - Side,
1 x Headphone,
1 x Component video input,
1 x Composite video input,
1 x RF input,
2 x Stereo audio input,
1 x Stereo audio line-out,
1 x SPDIF output
- Video interface Component,
- Closed captioning Yes
- V-chip control Yes
- Menu language English,
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Yes
- Stand design Tabletop
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.5 in x 0.4 in x 1.1 in
- Weight 85.1 lbs