You no longer need to spend too much to get out of an LED TV. LG’s OLEDs are still quite expensive, but QLED models are starting to have competitive prices. We recently tested the Q80T, a 4K QLED TV from Samsung that is still above 5,000, but releases since this year can cost less.
So today we bring you the analysis of TCL’s C715 TV, a QLED that can cost less than three thousand. Is the difference too much? Does her Android TV work well? We answered that and much more in this review here at TudoCelular.com.
Design and connections
To have a lower price, cuts need to be made. And that’s kind of true on the C715. It is possible to see simpler finishes on this TV, as in the matte plastic back, but the metal finish on the edges and the chin brings elegance.
Below the screen, in addition to the hidden speakers, is a gray fabric module, which accommodates power LEDs, infrared sensors and Google Assistant LEDs. like a Nest Mini flat under the TV. The edges are even thin, even though the TV is more than 7 centimeters thick at the thickest part. At the thinnest part, it has an inch.
The feet are in some metal alloy and are light, V-shaped, and the cool thing is that you can fit in two places and adapt the feet to the furniture you have, and they make the TV very firm. If you want to hang on the wall, there are standard VESA 200 holes, and it weighs 14 pounds.
All connections are turned sideways, making it easy to use. On the left side there is only the power cable, and on the right are all connections, without any cable management system.
We have: a USB, a LAN, two HDMI, an RF for antenna or cable, digital audio, another HDMI, another USB, an AV that needs an adapter that comes in the box and one for headphones. HDMI are 2.0, one of which is ARC for higher quality audio.
For wireless connections, dual band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. Below them, multifunctional button and another button to turn off the microphone.
How does AndroidTV work?
Between a Samsung and a TCL, a big difference is in the system of these SmartTVs. While the South Korean uses Tizen, the Chinese brings AndroidTV on their televisions, just like Sony. On the C715, it is in version 9 Pie.
it is a serious and practical interface, with an upper part where search commands, inputs, system accelerator (yes, we need to have this on an Android TV) and settings.
Below, the first track gives access to some apps and the next tracks are apps chosen by you that show content they have. Music apps have a player at the beginning of the home. AndroidTV is not intuitive like Tizen and WebOS, but it will be ideal for those who like to tinker with the system a lot.
Just like on an Android phone, you can change permissions, clear cache, access the developer area, among others. So much about it makes it one of the slowest systems on SmartTVs, and navigating the time-consuming interface, and apps can take a while to open.
Like all 2020 TVs, this one has voice assistants. The most complete of these is Google Assistant, an integral part of AndroidTV, and brings a function seen only on more expensive devices: it allows voice commands without using the control, and with that you can control the TV itself, open applications, and also control smart home devices.
This is also the only TV we’ve tested so far that allows you to use the Assistant with the TV turned off, but you can only do that if you turn off the TV by voice command. If you use the controller, it doesn’t work.
It also has Alexa, but only the Work With Alexa function, which means that you can’t use Alexa on your TV, but you can use your Alexa devices to control that TV. However, strange, because it does not allow you to turn on the TV, just turn off or change the volume and others.
Finally, like a good AndroidTV, it has Chromecast built-in, and it goes into the familiar interface if you spend a while without messing with the connected TV. This facilitates the mirroring of content, be it the screen, photos and videos on Androids with the Home app and even on iOS.
With a certain part of the app offer available for smartphones, AndroidTV is the system that has the biggest offer of apps and games for a TV, an extensive library with practically everything you need, except AppleTV. In addition to the expected, there are good things like Crunchyroll, Twitch, Tidal, Looke, Steam Link and others.
The number of games is huge near other systems, but not all will work at a good speed. Some can be played using the TV control, others require the use of gamepads via Bluetooth or USB.
The control and the MagiConnect app
The control of the TV peculiar, starting with the fact that it Bluetooth. I had no disconnect problems and it could be used further than normal, but its usability is not very good. He doesn’t even have a mute button.
There are no buttons for media control, you need to use the navigation buttons to enter the controls on the screen. Some buttons are very similar in shape and relief, and the icon is printed in white on gray, making it difficult to use, looking or not at them.
Two buttons are special: the home button opens an app drawer and Ok opens a drop-down menu on top of an application with quick options, functions similar to those of Android for mobile. There are buttons with shortcuts for Netflix and Globoplay, and one dedicated to the Assistant. For this, there is also a microphone in the control.
Although TCL has at least four apps for its TVs, only one is the correct one, and installing more than one problem among all. The correct MagiConnect Android TV Roku TV TCL Remote Control, very small name.
The best functions are to emulate the keyboard and TV control on the phone screen, capture screen, display videos, music and images straight from the phone, perform screen sharing and even a function that automatically lowers the TV volume when you receive a call on the cellphone.
Image and sound quality
The biggest debt here is if a QLED of three thousand reais faces one that can cost twice as much. And the answer is that if you are not very demanding, you can take the cheapest one without any problems. It is better than a common LED and it pleased in several points.
A QLED is nothing more than an improved LED, with an extra layer. After the light panel at the bottom of the screen, there is a layer of quantum dots, semiconductor particles, of nanometric size, which allow greater control of energy and light, bringing more brightness and more faithful colors to the images.
But it is still an LED panel, so it does not get blacks as deep as an OLED. Another advantage is the presence of local micro-type dimming. This is when the TV is able to turn off parts of the LED panel behind it to improve details in dark scenes and not to burst the light.
The micro type is not as good as the Full Array that we have on more expensive models like Samsung’s, but it does mean that it varies the contrast in different areas of the screen and is better than a common LED panel.
it is a canvas with very strong colors, even bursting with red in some situations. The strong brightness, the interesting contrast and the good sharpness. In this, the C715 owes nothing to more expensive QLED models.
When we place a solid color image on the screen, we can see spots at the edges. Although this is not a good thing, more expensive QLED displays also show some kind of stain.
Upscalling of content in Full HD and other reasonable, and many artifacts can be seen. Dynamic contrast is present and interesting, and the viewing angle leaves nothing to be desired.
Dolby Vision and HDR10 + are supported and they are activated when you play content with these technologies, as on YouTube, Prime Video and Netflix, offering more vivid colors and better image contrast. The lower price charges a price here: it is not at 120Hz, it does not bring those more fluid images.
And speaking of fluidity, it makes it not very ideal for games. There’s even a game mode available, but it doesn’t do much, and you’ll be playing at 60Hz. In addition, HDMI connections are 2.0 and 2.1, allowing for a lower data transmission rate. Another way present is sport, es, there is no other pre-defined profile for the user.
In the sound, there is little to talk about. There are no pre-defined audio profiles and you need to set everything up manually. There are only two 10W speakers, and they still support Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD.
it is loud and clear enough at moderate volumes, without much fluctuation in volume and well adjusted to the audio of most films and TV shows. If you want more depth and reality, it is better to buy a soundbar or home theater.
The T7 C715 was launched for 4 thousand reais but, as I said, it can already be found just under 3 thousand. This makes your shortcomings near a more expensive model like a Samsung Q80T to be put aside, as the price is worth it and what matters your choice.
It is not suitable for high performance games like the new PS5 or Xbox Series S or X consoles, nor for mirroring PCs. Its interface is not very fast and more technical, with few pre-defined things. At 120Hz. If these things don’t make a difference to you, it’s a potential choice.
The quality of its QLED screen practically touches Samsung, costing more than two thousand reais less, it has extras like integrated Chromecast, many applications, independent voice controls and thin edges, with a beautiful look.
If you need to save money and want better image quality, in addition to many apps, go for C715. If you want something a little more neat and quick, you can invest in a Samsung model, like the Q60T.
So, do you think the C715 is worth it for the price charged? Would you replace your home TV with a TCL QLED? We want to know what you think, leave your comments below!