Reviewed on May 13, 2016

TCL FS3750 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.1
Movies
6.7
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.5
Video Games
5.1
HDR Movies
4.7
HDR Gaming
4.9
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the TCL S Series/S305 2018

Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The TCL FS3750 1080p Roku Smart LED TV offers a good picture quality and one of the best smart TV platform around. Its very simple interface is also part of its strengths which makes this TV appealing to a very broad audience. Unfortunately, it's picture deteriorates when viewed from the side.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Picture Quality 6.7
Motion 7.5
Inputs 7.2
Sound Quality 5.5
Smart Features 9.0
Pros
  • Great for video games.
  • Excellent smart platform with tons of apps.
  • Good basic picture quality.
Cons
  • Picture deteriorate when watched from the side.
  • Average uniformity.

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6.0

Design

Curved : No

The TCL FS3750 doesn't look bad but its added labeling at the bottom part of the television frame and its fair thickness doesn't make it stand out.

Stand

The two plastic stands are quite stable, the television does not wobble when being pushed.

Footprint of the 48" TV stand: 37" x 9.5"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The back of the television is bulky and unattractive. If wall mounted you may not be able to have access to the composite inputs.

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders are made with reflective plastic.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.75" (7 cm)

The television is thick, but light at the same time. It might not be ideal to wall mount it as it will stick out.

6.7

Picture Quality

The TCL FS3750 offers a good but basic picture quality. It appears sharp no matter the content and dark scenes offer good details. The FS3750 has accurate colors. HDR, 4K, 3D, local dimming and other extras usually found on more expensive TVs are absent. It deals quite well with reflections. Unfortunately the picture quality degrades even when viewed from a slight angle. 

8.1 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3390 : 1

The contrast ratio is average-good on this television. Although not the deepest, blacks appear good even in a low light environment.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

There is no local dimming feature on this TV.

6.9 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
209 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
280 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
278 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
277 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
272 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
280 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
278 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
277 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
272 cd/m2

Decent peak brightness values but cannot get extra bright like a TV that supports HDR.

N/A HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A

This TV does not support HDR.

6.5 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.039 %
50% DSE
:
0.234 %

The TCL FS3750 has an average screen uniformity. When watching sports, dirty screen effect (DSE) can be seen (darker spots) when camera pans over playing fields of uniform color.

4.1 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
11 °

Even from a slight angle, the color of the TV shifts considerably, blacks look more grayish and the whole screen gets a yellow tint.

Update: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results.

8.5 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.218 %

A totally black screen show several faint clouding spots. This isn't a big issue when watching regular content.

8.5 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

The TCL FS3750 has an 8 bit panel as can be noticed in the shift of colors in our gradient test pattern. This won't be an issue in regular content even though 8 bit banding can be seen in some scenes.

9.2 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.57
Color dE
:
1.3055
Gamma
:
2.27

Very good color and white balance dE for an out of the box state. Impressive for a low end TV like this one.

9.2 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.59
Color dE
:
1.3911
Gamma
:
2.25

No white balance or color fine tuning possible on the FS3750. Increasing contrast to 100 is the only change we made so the TV can get a little brighter.

8.0 480p Input

The TCL FS3750 delivers great details whatever the resolution used. Despite their lower resolution, DVDs looks great and detailed.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV also looks very good when upscaled.

10 1080p Input

When playing greater quality content like Blu-rays, the picture also looks very crisp.

0 4k Input

6.5 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
71.17 %
DCI P3 uv
:
78.67 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
51.09 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
57.47 %

The range of colors the TCL FS3750 can display is good enough for Rec. 709 content.

5.1 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
56.178 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
31.207 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
40.941 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
22.7724 %

The FS3750 can't produce saturated colors at any luminance level.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.000 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

The TV handles reflections correctly and can get bright enough to fit for most living rooms.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

Pixels
7.5

Motion

The TCL FS3750 handles motion well. The picture remains clear even in very fast plays. Quick traveling balls or pucks still look detailed. Movies played over a blu-ray player or the TV apps are smooth. There are no motion interpolation features.

8.9 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
12.0 ms
Overshoot
:
0.8 ms

Pixels response time is good which doesn't produce a lot of blur on fast action sequences. Fast moving objects or players stays defined.

2.8 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
No
BFI Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
No

7.1 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

There is no judder when a movie is playing at 24p (blu-ray, DVD). However over 60p as well as 60i, judder is present.

0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

There is no motion interpolation option on the TCL FS3750.

7.2

Inputs

The FS3750 is fast and responsive due to the good input lag. Unfortunately it has limited resolution support and text can appear blurry on certain backgrounds. It does support a wide range of inputs though.

8.4 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
30.3 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
31.4 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

Whether you put 'Game Mode' on or off, the television has a similar input lag across all settings. Your gaming experience with this television will be responsive.

0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No

4:4:4 isn't supported at all. When using the TV as a PC monitor, text sometimes appear blurry.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 0
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : No
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

5.5

Sound Quality

The TCL FS3750 doesn't sound good even for a TV. Distortion is present even at medium volume and bass is nearly non-existent. Anyone that buy this TV and care for sound should invest in an additional external sound device like a sound bar.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.7 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.35 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.08 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
4.56 dB SPL
Max
:
89.1 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
160 Hz

Very poor low-end cut off, even for a TV. This TV doesn't produce much bass. However, the frequency response is decent, especially at moderate volumes. At higher volumes, pumping and compression may be present.

3.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.044
Distortion @ 80
:
0.400
Distortion @ Max
:
6.280

Poor distortion overall. At lower volumes the amount of harmonic distortion is acceptable. However, at moderate to high volumes, there is a big jump in harmonic distortion and noticeable amounts of aliasing may be present.

9.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Roku

With the integration of the Roku platform, the TCL FS3750 delivers excellent smart features with an overwhelming amount of available apps and very straightforward menu navigation. Even the TV settings, although scarce, are very simple to use and understand. The remote also helps with the simple experience with its minimalist design. People that likes to fiddle with a lot of options might be turned down by this approach but for the others, even the non-techy ones, the experience is great.

Apps

Literally tons of apps available, more than on any other TV smart platforms.

10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

TV Controls

Controls on the TV are hidden behind the television near the left stand. They can be hard to access if the TV is wall mounted.

Remote
Remote : Basic

The remote for the television feels comfortable in the hand. It is easy to navigate through menus with the remote and it has four quick access buttons dedicated to 'Netflix', 'Amazon', 'Radio' and 'Vudu'.

In The Box

- Remote
- Batteries
- Manuals

Misc
Power Consumption : 44 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 99 W
Firmware : 7.1.0

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 48" (48FS3750). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for other sizes of the FS3750.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their TCL FS3750 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
40" 40FS3750
48" 48FS3750
55" 55FS3750

Compared to other TVs

Top row, from left: Sony W600D (KDL32W600D), TCL FS3750 (48FS3750), TCL FS3800 (40FS3800). Bottom: Sony R510C (KDL48R510C), Vizio D Series 1080p (D50-D1), LG LF5500 (49LF5500). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

TVs in the same price range of the TCL FS3750 usually don't offer as much smart features which makes the FS3750 kind of unique and somewhat hard to compare. Something is clear though, that amount of features combined with a picture quality this good is really hard to beat for the price.

6.7 Mixed Usage

Average performance for a range of usages. Picture quality is decent but lacks advanced features found on higher end TVs. Fast motion is well handled and even low quality content appears quite clear. Unfortunately the picture quality degrades even at a slight angle.

6.1 Movies

Movie performance is average. The picture quality is okay but lacks more advanced features such as local dimming. Blacks appear deep. Colors are decent but can't be adjusted.

6.7 TV Shows

TV shows in a bright room appear average. Not bright enough to counteract strong glare. Good upscaling of low quality content. Picture quality is decent but degrades quickly when viewed from the side. Great app support for a range of content.

7.2 Sports

Above average sports performance. Motion is handled very well. Uniformity is average with some dirty screen effect visible.

7.5 Video Games

Great for gamers. Very good motion handling for fast camera movements. Good input lag so feels responsive. Decent picture quality.

5.1 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR. Limited colors only suitable for SDR content. Can't get very bright highlights. Average picture quality.

4.9 PC Monitor

Slightly worse than average as a PC monitor. Doesn't support a wide range of resolutions or 120Hz content. Lack of chroma support means some text appears blurry.

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