TCL 49S517 vs TCL 43S517

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TCL 49S517 vs TCL 43S517

The S517 series has been released all the way back in 2018 as affordable HDMI Smart TVs with a relatively high price point for all screen sizes. TCL 43S517 vs TCL 49S517 has a smaller screen, 43 inches versus 49 and 103 PPI vs 91.

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Both of these TVs have a flat VA display with 1.07 billion colors. HDR10 technology is used for both of them. Also, both TVs have viewing angles of 178 both horizontally and vertically.

Features and Performances

Neither has a 3D feature. But the array of playable file format is amazing: MKV, TS, AVI, WMV, and MP4. The amount of codecs is also great: DivX, H.264, H.263, and MPEG-4.

You have 16 W stereo speakers but no surrounding sound technology, no DTS, Dolby Atmos or Dolby Surround either. However, the series recognizes all existing audio file formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, AC3, and FLAC.

Both TVs are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. The connectivity options are USB, Component video input, Composite video input, VGA input, Optical digital audio output, analog audio output, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 5GHz and 3 HDMI inputs. There is no Bluetooth. You have a digital and an analog TV tuner.

You also have the parent control as well as all the known streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon video. TCL 49S517 vs 43S517 has YouTube. But TCL 43S517 also has Vudu.

Design and Build quality

The TVs have an identical minimalistic matte metallic black design with legs stand. TCL 49S517 vs TCL 43S517 is 43x25 inches vs 37x22 inches. Compare the weight as well, 18 and 31 pounds. The weight with stand is 19 and 35 pounds respectively.

TCL 49S517

PROS:

  • The lettering was really sharp when I tried working on it.
  • Roku operating system is really good.
  • The brightness and crispness are amazing, no issues for me.

CONS:

  • Some customers have complained about the remote control issues. And solving them took more than just changing a battery.
  • Cannot connect it to the satellite. There is no manual add function.
  • Customer support is hard to reach as it is located in China.

TCL 43S517

PROS:

  • The setup was easy and quick, only took me a few minutes.
  • I loved how the HDMI connectivity with the PC worked.
  • The picture quality is really good, identical to the quality you get from premium brands.

CONS:

  • Some users have reported network connectivity issues and an error code 003.
  • Another common issue is flickering, black screen and stripes.
  • The backlights are in the corners not in the entire frame thus sides might look more backlit.

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Common

Product

TCL 49S517
TCL 43S517

Model

49S517
43S517

Brand

TCL
TCL

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

612
612

General

Series

S517
S517

Screen sizes in series

43, 49, 55
43, 49, 55

Display

Screen size, inch

49
43

4K/UHD

Full HD

Resolution, pixels

3840 x 2160
3840 x 2160

Display type

VA
VA

Screen design

flat
flat

Display width, cm/in

107.29/42.24
94.13/37.05

Display height, cm/in

60.35/23.76
52.94/20.84

Display area, %

93.15
92.47

Display colors

1.07 billion
1.07 billion

Refresh rate, Hz

60
60

Aspect ratio

16:9
16:9

High dynamic range (HDR)

HDR10
HDR10

3D

3D

2D to 3D

has not
has not

Video file formats

AVI

WMV

MP4

MOV

Other

MKV, TS
MKV, TS

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

has not

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178
178

Vertical, degrees

178
178

Audio

Speakers

stereo
stereo

Speakers power, W

16
16

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

has not
has not

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black
black

Width, cm/in

109.47/43.09
96/37.79

Height, cm/in

63.75/25.09
56.13/22.09

Depth, cm/in

7.37/2.9
7.37/2.9

Weight, kg/lbs

14.2/31.31
8.4/18.52

Width with stand, cm/in

109.47/43.09
96/37.79

Height with stand, cm/in

68.8/27
60.96/24

Depth with stand, cm/in

24.5/10.1
21.34/8.4

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

16.1/35.49
8.6/18.96

Connections

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

Wi-Fi 5GHz

Bluetooth

TV tuner

Analog

Digital

Ergonomics

VESA mount

VESA interface

200 x 200
200 x 200

Removable stand

Landscape/Portrait pivot

Accessories

Camera

Microphone

Internet movie streaming

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon video

HBO

Other

YouTube
Vudu

Features

Remote control

Smart TV

Local dimming

Bluetooth audio streaming

Voice remote

Picture in picture

MHL-compatible

Parental control

Artificial Intelligence

Google assistant

Amazon alexa compatible

Mobile features

Mobile App

Recording features

Digital recording

Watch and record

Panel

Panel technology

Clear Motion
Clear Motion

Backlight technology

Edge LED
Edge LED

Manufacturer

VA

Native refresh rate, Hz

120
120

Panel bit depth, bits

10
10

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0.027/0.011
0.024/0.009

Pixel density, ppi

91
103

Processor

Model

Dual-core

Operating system

Operating system

Roku TV
Roku TV

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120
100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

40

Maximum power consumption, W

100

Standby power consumption, W

0.5
0.5

User manual

Manual

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  • 21.5
  • 18.7
  • 21.5TCL 49S517
  • 18.7TCL 43S517

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