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TCL LE48FHDF3300ZTA LED TV Review

48 in.

For the budget buyer, it's a match made in (retail) heaven.

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Science Intro

Guess what? This LED from TCL (abbreviations—love 'em) is an excellent performer when it comes to blacks, whites, and colors. Viewing angle? Not so much.

Contrast

Brighter whites and deeper blacks than more expensive TVs

Talk about a pleasant surprise: The TCL FHDF3300 has satisfyingly deep black levels for an LED display (0.09 cd/m2), plus it achieves a brilliant peak white level of 306.45 cd/m2. The inky black level wouldn't be too noteworthy on a plasma television, but on an LED, it is terrific. The nearly-scorching peak brightness will allow consumers to use this TV in a sunny room.

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This TCL displayed acceptable black levels and bright white levels.
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Viewing Angle

From this angle, you don't look so good...

Looking at the TCL FHDF3300 straight-on is a treat, but viewing from a slight angle won't give you that same fuzzy feeling. We calculate viewing angle based on the point where a TV's contrast drops below 50% of its original value. In the case of this TCL, its contrast degraded incredibly quickly: You will only get about 17° of acceptable viewing on this TV.

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The total viewing angle of 17° is pretty awful.

Color

A budget TV with color accuracy like this? Miracles do happen!

After reviewing countless TVs, it's amazing that great color performance can still bring a smile to our battle-worn faces. The color gamut for this TV is incredibly accurate. Each of the three primary colors are just ever-so-slightly off their ideal mark—if you're a normal human and not a color-sensing robot, you won't notice any problems.

The way these colors travel from black to their full values is also quite good, although red does suffer a bit: It reaches its peak value too quickly, meaning transitional shades are lost. Luckily, color temperature is not a problem on this display. While the temperature runs slightly too cool—meaning a more orange hue—it will not be noticeable on most content.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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