TCL 43S517 vs Hitachi 43R80


TCL- 43S517


Hitachi- 43R80

  • Title - TCL 43S517
  • Series - S517
  • Screen size, inch - 43
  • 4K -
  • Title - Hitachi 43R80
  • Series - R70
  • Screen size, inch - 43
  • 4K -

Hitachi 43R80 vs TCL 43S517 – Plenty of Content, Good Picture

Hitachi 43R80 vs TCL 43S517

While testing Hitachi 43R80 vs TCL 43S517 I’d like to compare two budget models - Hitachi 43R80 from R70 series (2017) and TCL 43S517 from S517 one (2018). Hitachi 43R80 appeared one year earlier, but it is still more expensive than TCL 43S517.

Both units have VA displays with a narrow viewing angle that is not the TVs’ but the tech’s issue. Hitachi 43R80 has High-efficiency Liquid Crystal Display to enhance resolution and energy efficiency jumped by 3 times. TCL 43S517 has a brand NBP Photon tech to provide wide color space coverage.

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Hitachi 43R80 and TCL 43S517 are 4K smart TVs to watch high-quality 4K content. Hitachi 43R80 has a direct backlight tech to make the contrast better. TCL 43S517 provides a great color reproduction and accuracy due to a small Delta-E rating. It also supports Dolby Vision HDR that increases the dynamic range, makes bright colors brighter and dark shadows darker.

Features & Performance

While checking TCL 43S517 vs Hitachi 43R80, the necessity of the external speakers became clear because of lack of bass and poor volume. Hitachi 43R80 has twice faster frame rate than TCL 43S517 (it has only basic 60Hz) to reduce motion blur completely and to deliver great fast-movie experience.

TCL 43S517 43R80 is based on the Roku TV platform that delivers plenty of apps and content to enjoy whatever you want and the opportunity to manage from the smartphone TV via Roku mobile app. The TV doesn’t support HDR10 for gaming.

Either Hitachi 43R80 or TCL 43S517 are both Wi-Fi and Ethernet capable to provide backup for Internet connection.

Design & Build quality

Both TVs are flat and have a removable side stand that looks different – Hitachi 43R80 demonstrates silver finish versus TCL 43S517 common glossy black design. However, TCL 43S517 has an extremely narrow bezel and a partially metal back panel that makes the TV look very stylish. Both units are sleek and have a sturdy building.

Hitachi 43R80 Pros & Cons


  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices.
  • Very easy and logical menu for input units.


  • Some problems with a yellow color while using the TV as a replacement for a monitor.

TCL 43S517 Pros & Cons


  • The TV can be connected to a laptop as a wireless display.
  • Built-in Netflix allows watching content without toggling between the TV and console.


  • The second USB and the fourth HDMI ports would be great.
  • Some unwanted brightness in the corners of the screen.

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Common TCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Model 43S51743R80
Brand TCLHitachi
Rating 4.1 of 53.9 of 5
Reviews 6125
GeneralTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Series S517 R70
Screen sizes in series 43, 49, 55 43, 60
DisplayTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Screen size, inch 43 43
Full HD
Resolution, pixels 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Display type VA VA
Screen design flat flat
Display width, cm/in 94.13/37.05 94.13/37.05
Display height, cm/in 52.94/20.84 52.94/20.84
Display area, % 92.47 92.12
Display colors 1.07 billion 1.07 billion
Refresh rate, Hz 60 120
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
High dynamic range (HDR) HDR10 HDR10
3DTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
2D to 3D has not has not
Video file formatsTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Video file codecsTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Other has not has not
Viewing anglesTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Horizontal, degrees 178 178
Vertical, degrees 178 178
AudioTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Speakers stereo stereo
Speakers power, W 16 16
Dolby atmos
Dolby surround
DTS decoder
Audio file formatsTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Other has not has not
Dimensions, weight and colorTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Colors black black
Width, cm/in 96/37.79 96/37.79
Height, cm/in 56.13/22.09 56.13/22.09
Depth, cm/in 7.37/2.9 7.37/2.9
Weight, kg/lbs 8.4/18.52 8.4/18.52
Width with stand, cm/in 96/37.79 96/37.79
Height with stand, cm/in 60.96/24 60.96/24
Depth with stand, cm/in 21.34/8.4 21.34/8.4
Weight with stand, kg/lbs 8.6/18.96 8.6/18.96
ConnectionsTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
HDMI 3 3
USB 1 1
Component video input 0 0
Composite video input 1 1
VGA input 0 0
Optical digital audio output (S/PDIF) 1 1
Analog audio output (3.5 mm) 1 1
Ethernet (RJ45) 0 0
Wi-Fi 5GHz
TV tunerTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
ErgonomicsTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
VESA mount
VESA interface 200 x 200 200 x 400
Removable stand
Landscape/Portrait pivot
AccessoriesTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Internet movie streamingTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Amazon video
Other Vudu Vudu
FeaturesTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Remote control
Smart TV
Local dimming
Bluetooth audio streaming
Voice remote
Picture in picture
Parental control
Artificial IntelligenceTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Google assistant
Amazon alexa compatible
Mobile featuresTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Mobile App
Recording featuresTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Digital recording
Watch and record
PanelTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Panel technology Clear Motion
Backlight technology Edge LED Direct LED
Manufacturer VA VA
Native refresh rate, Hz 120
Panel bit depth, bits 10
Pixel pitch, cm/in 0.024/0.009 0.024/0.009
Pixel density, ppi 103 104
ProcessorTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Operating systemTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Operating system Roku TV Smart TV
PowerTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Power supply, V 100 - 120 100 - 120
Typical power consumption, W
Maximum power consumption, W
Standby power consumption, W 0.5 0.5
User manualTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Manual N/A N/A
DisplayTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Artificial IntelligenceTCL 43S517xHitachi 43R80x
Apple AirPlay

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  • 18
  • 21.7TCL 43S517
  • 18Hitachi 43R80

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