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.
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.
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.
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.
Above average sports performance. Motion is handled very well. Uniformity is average with some dirty screen effect visible.
Great for gamers. Very good motion handling for fast camera movements. Good input lag so feels responsive. Decent picture quality.
Doesn't support HDR. Limited colors only suitable for SDR content. Can't get very bright highlights. Average picture quality.
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.
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.
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"
The back of the television is bulky and unattractive. If wall mounted you may not be able to have access to the composite inputs.
The television is thick, but light at the same time. It might not be ideal to wall mount it as it will stick out.
The contrast ratio is average-good on this television. Although not the deepest, blacks appear good even in a low light environment.
There is no local dimming feature on this TV.
Decent peak brightness values but cannot get extra bright like a TV that supports HDR.
This TV does not support HDR.
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.
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.
A totally black screen show several faint clouding spots. This isn't a big issue when watching regular content.
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.
Very good color and white balance dE for an out of the box state. Impressive for a low end TV like this one.
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.
The TCL FS3750 delivers great details whatever the resolution used. Despite their lower resolution, DVDs looks great and detailed.
When playing greater quality content like Blu-rays, the picture also looks very crisp.
The range of colors the TCL FS3750 can display is good enough for Rec. 709 content.
The FS3750 can't produce saturated colors at any luminance level.
The TV handles reflections correctly and can get bright enough to fit for most living rooms.
Pixels response time is good which doesn't produce a lot of blur on fast action sequences. Fast moving objects or players stays defined.
There is no judder when a movie is playing at 24p (blu-ray, DVD). However over 60p as well as 60i, judder is present.
There is no motion interpolation option on the TCL FS3750.
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.
4:4:4 isn't supported at all. When using the TV as a PC monitor, text sometimes appear blurry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.