The TCL FS3800 Series 1080p LED is a basic TV with an average picture quality. It cannot get very bright, has average screen uniformity and the motion could be better. When viewed from the side, its picture also degrades quickly. The Roku smart features are great though.
Average TV for mixed usage. Picture quality is okay, but degrades quickly when viewed at an angle. No HDR support. Can't get very bright to deal with ambient light.
Average TV for movies. Picture quality is average and performs okay in a dark room. Lacks high end features such as 3D and local dimming. Plays movies over blu-rays or built in apps smoothly.
Average TV for watching in a bright living room. Can't get bright to overcome reflections. Upscaling of low quality content is good. Built in smart OS is great for casual viewing. Unfortunately picture quality degrades significant when viewed at an angle.
Average sports performance. Average picture quality. Handles motion quite well. Average gray uniformity results in some dirty screen effect. No motion interpolation features.
Good TV for gamers. Handles motion well with little blur. Low input lag is good for responsiveness. Picture quality is decent.
Poor HDR performance. Average picture quality. Doesn't support HDR format. Highlights can't get bright. Limited color support.
Below average PC monitor. Limited resolution support. Average picture quality. Doesn't support chroma for sharp text. Good motion handling and input lag.
We tested the 40" (40FS3800). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 50" (50FS3800). The 32 inch version (32S3800) has a 720p resolution.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their TCL FS3800 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
The TCL FS3800 is an average 1080p TV in a crowded market. Some other TVs offer better picture quality either in other sizes or slightly higher prices. The TCL FS3800 is then hard to recommend.
The peak brightness is not good. The TV should not be used in a bright room such as a living room. The lack of local dimming results in a consistent brightness at all window sizes.
This TV does not support HDR.
The viewing angle is extremely limited, and only suitable for viewing from directly in front.
Update: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results.
Just like the TCL FS3750, it doesn't have any calibration settings to play with. You can't adjust them at all with the handheld Roku application unlike the TCL US5800. For this reason, the pre-calibration is identical to the post-calibration.
Like the Sony W650D, the panel inside the TCL FS3800 has an horizontal pixel substructure which results in a very narrow horizontal viewing angle but slightly better vertical angle.
There are a few issues with the response time of this TV. The transition from 0% to 100% takes about 65 ms, and there is overshoot present in all transitions. Thankfully, the trail behind the motion blur logo isn't too long and is faint. The backlight of the TV is flicker free.
There are no options to reduce or remove judder for 24p content. 24hz signals are displayed without judder but it is still visible for 24p content sent over 60p and 60i.
There are no motion interpolation features on the FS3800.
There is low input lag, which should not be noticeable to most people. The game mode setting did not affect the measured input lag with the Leo Bodnar tool.
The TCL FS3800 does not support signals at more than 60Hz, or with Chroma 4:4:4. It is not recommended as a PC monitor as text is not well defined.
The TCL FS3800 offers a genuine smart interface. It's integration with Roku will allow the user to have access to an endless supply of applications, and to a very reliable smart platform that will be frequently updated. The interface was also quick and responsive. In terms of inputs, the TV offers a reasonable amount of ports, which will be great to plug all your devices in, it also offers USB 3.0 that will have faster transfer speeds for those who plan on plugging a hard drive to the TV.