TCL 49S517 vs Samsung 50NU7100

TCL 49S517 vs Samsung 50NU7100: Workhorse against the Quality Standard

TCL 49S517 vs Samsung 50NU7100

The TCL 49S517 vs Samsung 50NU7100 testing allows me to see that both models have a great smart functionality and different limitations. These TVs were presented in the 2018 year. The Samsung’s device belongs to the NU7100 series, which provides each user with PurColor feature and very slim design. The TCL’s unit is a part of S517 series. It can surprise with 3 HDMI plugs presence and edge LED backlighting. The 49S517 costs less than the 50NU7100.

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Picture

The 49S517’s display is not as bright as a 4K HDR display has to be. The black looks good at daytime, although it lacks local dimming. At late evening the black is not clear and is closer to dark-grey. The 50NU7100 has an amazing native contrast ratio and black is deep-black even when the room is filled with light. It is moderately bright and colors look natural. Both models have poor viewing angles.

Features & Performance

The TCL’s sound is horrible because all the whistles and bells are barely perceptible. Moreover, the voices are quiet, while the music and nature sound are much louder. The Samsung’s sound clarity of voices is exceptional because I can hear even the whispers. Switching channels is slower in 49S517 that in 50NU7100 because after pushing the button the black screen appears and then the picture. On Samsung’s TV, the image appears immediately.

Design & Build quality

Only one glance is necessary to compare the Samsung 50NU7100 vs TCL 49S517 aesthetic appearance and see that Samsung’s device has a thinner border (0.35" versus 0.55"). I really like that the 50NU7100 is slimmer (2.24"), but it has wider legs for better sustainability; while the 49S517 is thicker (2.91") and has lower unsafe legs. At the same time, the TCL can boast with better ventilation systems, which is able to keep the device cool. Samsung has a very hot backside. Build quality of both units is amazing.

TCL 49S517 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Movies and streaming content via Netflix look great when the content has 1080 or native 4K resolution.
  • There are no input lags on either of the inputs and super-fast paced FPS games.

Cons:

  • The TV suddenly goes black when I start streaming.
  • Advertisements in the TV menu are very annoying.

Samsung 50NU7100 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The remote controller looks very modern and allows operating from any part of the room.
  • The picture is incredible by default. I don’t need to change settings.

Cons:

  • Analog audio output works intermittently. The sound is constantly interrupted.
  • 3 HDMI ports are not enough for a modern TV, especially, if I have to use 1 as an ARC.

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Common

Product

TCL 49S517
Samsung 50NU7100

Model

49S517
50NU7100

Brand

TCL
Samsung

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

612
594

General

Series

S517
NU7100

Screen sizes in series

43, 49, 55
40, 43, 50, 55, 58, 65, 75

Display

Screen size, inch

49
50

4K/HDR

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
109,55/43,13

Display height, cm/in

60,35/23,76
61,62/24,26

Display area, %

93,15
92,28

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
3GPP, MKV, TS, M2TS, WebM, ASF

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

Flash Video, VC-1, VP7, VP8, VP9

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178
178

Vertical, degrees

178
178

Audio

Speakers

stereo
stereo

Speakers power, W

16
20

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

has not
ALAC, AIFF, APE, M4A, MIDI

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black
black

Width, cm/in

109,47/43,09
112,52/44,29

Height, cm/in

63,75/25,09
65,02/25,6

Depth, cm/in

7,37/2,9
6,1/2,4

Weight, kg/lbs

14,2/31,31
13,6/29,98

Width with stand, cm/in

109,47/43,09
112,52/44,29

Height with stand, cm/in

68,8/27
72,9/28,7

Depth with stand, cm/in

24,5/10
26,16/10,29

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

16,1/35,49
13,9/30,64

Connections

HDMI

3
3

USB

1
2

Component video input

0
1

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
1

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, GooglePlay

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
Motion Rate

Backlight technology

Edge LED
Edge LED

Manufacturer

Native refresh rate, Hz

120
120

Panel bit depth, bits

10
10

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0,027/0,011
0,028/0,011

Pixel density, ppi

91
89

Processor

Model

Dual-core
Quad-core

Operating system

Operating system

Roku
Tizen 4,0

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120
100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

40
60

Maximum power consumption, W

100
135

Standby power consumption, W

0,5
0,3

TVs comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 23.5
  • 22.5
  • 23.5TCL 49S517
  • 22.5Samsung 50NU7100

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