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TCL UP130 4K Roku TV (2016) Review

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Credit: Reviewed.com / TJ Donegan
May 10, 2016
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About the TCL Roku 50UP130

The TCL 50UP130 is the 50-inch version of TCL's 2016 Roku TV series. The UP130 is a budget-friendly way to get a large panel with 4K resolution, compared to last year's 1080p models. We conducted all of our tests for this review on this exact model, so all of our conclusions below are the result of about a week of hands-on experience and testing.

About the TCL Roku 43UP120

The TCL 43UP120 is the 43-inch size of the company's UP120 series, which boasts 4K resolution and the Roku 4 smart platform. It's identical to the UP130 series in every way that we could find, except it has the basic Roku remote with branded buttons for services such as Netflix. We expect near-identical performance to the 50UP130 we tested for this review.

About the TCL Roku 55UP120

The TCL 55UP120 is the 55-inch size of the company's UP120 series, which boasts 4K resolution and the Roku 4 smart platform. It's identical to the UP130 series in every way that we could find, except it has the basic Roku remote with branded buttons for services such as Netflix. We expect near-identical performance to the 50UP130 we tested for this review.

About the TCL Roku 55UP130

The TCL Roku 55UP130 is the 55-inch variant of the UP130 Series, with 4K resolution and the Roku smart platform. It's just slightly bigger than the 50-inch that we tested for this review and as such as expect near-performance as they otherwise share all the same features.

About the TCL Roku 43UP130

The TCL Roku 43UP130 is the 43-inch variant of the UP130 Series, with 4K resolution and the Roku smart platform. It's just slightly smaller than the 50-inch that we tested for this review and as such as expect near-performance as they otherwise share all the same features. The one downside is that at 43 inches you may not get as much benefit out of the increased resolution compared to larger 4K TVs.

About the TCL Roku 50UP120

The TCL 50UP120 is the 50-inch size of the company's UP120 series, which boasts 4K resolution and the Roku 4 smart platform. It's identical to the 50-inch UP130 TV that we tested in every way that we could find, except it has the basic Roku remote with branded buttons for services such as Netflix. We expect near-identical performance to the 50UP130 we tested for this review.

The TCL Roku UP130 is a solid standard performer, but it doesn't take aim at the loftier goals set by the High Dynamic Range standard. However, for what you're paying, this one is a very reliable performer with only a handful of flaws that might discourage a small percentage of viewers.

Testing revealed accurate colors, high contrast, even emphasis of RGB tracking, and color-free grayscale—a good balance of quality that will make most content look good.

On the other hand, picky viewers make take issue with the TV's lower-end 60 Hz locked refresh rate, which properly render Blu-rays that play back at 24 frames per second.

The TV also exhibited some backlight uniformity issues, specifically with regard to vertical rows of LEDs, where full-field colors or grayscale elements sometimes appear uneven.

But outside of these small issues, the UP130 doesn't have too many picture quality-related flaws to speak of, and that's a great result.

We didn't calibrate this one because the controls simply aren't there to do an extensive, in-depth calibration.

However, the TV's Movie mode is extremely accurate by rec.709 standards, which you'll discover below.

Color Accuracy

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When displaying rec.709/standard color sources (anything not HDR), the UP130 exhibits extremely good color accuracy, with just a little extra green for increased luminance performance.
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Grayscale Accuracy

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The UP130 tested with a total grayscale delta E (max error) of 1.82, which is an awesome result. Any dE lower than 3 is imperceptible to human eyes.

RGB Emphasis

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As we expected based on the grayscale delta E performance, the UP130 boasts a very tight RGB balance, with only mild aberrations in overall emphasis from dark to bright.

Gamma Curve

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The UP130 tested with a fairly flat gamma curve of 2.25, which compares favorably for an out-of-box Movie mode, which should sit around 2.2 or 2.3. There's a bit of a snag around 90 IRE, but nothing too egregious.
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