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Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Crave saw a dramatic spike in subscription at beginning of lockdown. As more people hunkered down to binge watch popular TV series or rediscover old-favourites, many have realized that it’s time to give their current entertainment system a much needed upgrade.
Long gone are the days of hiding away with your laptop or watching your shows from your tablet. If you’re going to stream content, then you need to be comfortable - and you need a television that makes it easier than ever to enjoy your favourite series without breaking the bank.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $220
What is it?
The TCL Smart LED TV is a sleek and modern unit designed to suit your streaming needs. Easily search for your favourite shows using the built in Roku digital media player, that synchs with the Roku mobile app that doubles as a remote and entertainment guide.
The TCL 3-series features 720p screen resolution delivering standard HD for “lifelike” picture quality. At only 8.6 lbs, the slim design won’t add bulk to your living space and is light enough to be mounted on your wall.
Above all else, the TCL unit is designed to be easy-to-use. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a streaming newcomer, the TCL offers an intuitive design for navigating your favourite channels and streaming services, and offers a Roku remote with less buttons than the average entertainment system, meaning there’s less guess work and more time enjoying video games, apps and movies.
What people are saying
Amazon customers have given the TCL unit a thumbs up, thanks to it’s easy set-up and picture quality for an affordable $220.
“Definitely one of the best purchases we've made in electronics. Put this in the bedroom. Perfect for those 'I don't want to get out of bed days', and that's exactly why we bought it,” one customer wrote. “Love the smart features, how easy it is to navigate and download programs too. So simple, even a mom could figure it out without asking her 14-year-old for help.”
“For an inexpensive TV, this thing ROCKS! The value vs. price for this purchase made me very happy. I have had it for over a month, and have had zero issues with it. I was looking for a bang-for-the-buck situation, and it does not disappoint!...” another said. “The picture is much clearer than my old 32" Samsung and streaming from Netflix, Youtube and other online services is a breeze! All you need for this baby is an internet connection and you can watch just about any content you wish.”
If you’re on the look-out for an affordable unit to go in your bedroom, spare room or small space - the TCL 3-Series might just be the way to go. Although some customers have said they had issues with their remotes, the TCL customer service team has been praised for resolving issues quickly and for delivering units quickly - even during a pandemic.
The common misconception is that the Roku app gives you access to streaming platforms for free upon purchase. The Roku app allows you to access your streaming platforms easily, but you still need to purchase your own Netflix, Amazon Prime or Crave subscription.
If you’re looking for a bigger setup, there’s also a 40” model available for $250 — another affordable option, with the same features and Roku access.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.