TCL 3-series Roku TV review: This 32-inch set delivers modern smart TV features for not a lot of cash

    Anyone on the lookout for a smaller, less-expensive TV for the kitchen, bed room, or one other room in the home the place a giant display screen simply received’t match ought to check out this 32-incher from TCL (TCL mannequin quantity 32S325).

    It delivers solely 720p decision, but it surely gives all of the Roku sensible TV options and streaming bells and whiistles that TCL’s bigger units provide, and the image is superb contemplating it’s primarily based on older know-how. Perhaps extra importantly, as I used to be scripting this, Amazon was promoting it for for lower than $130.

    This evaluate is a part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart TVs. Click that hyperlink to learn critiques of competing merchandise, together with a purchaser’s information to the options it is best to take into account when purchasing.

    Design and options

    As famous, the TCL 32S325 is a 32-inch TV bought as 720p, however its precise decision is 1366 x 768, somewhat than 1280 x 720; however the side ratio continues to be 16:9, so it scales evenly. It’s gentle as a feather at lower than 9 kilos, and it has a 100mm x 100mm VESA mount level. The bezel is thinner, and the general look higher than I had anticipated. TVs of this dimension and worth level usually look low cost—this one doesn’t. 

    The port choice on the TCL 32S325 is way extra beneficiant than I anticipated for the value. There are three HDMI ports (1.4a, one supporting the Audio Return Channel), headphone and coax jacks, optical audio out, 3.5mm A/V (composite video and analog stereo audio), and even a USB port.

    There’s 802.11n Wi-Fi, however no Bluetooth so you may’t use generally out there Bluetooth audio system and headsets. It is suitable, nevertheless, with wi-fi Roku audio system. You may additionally use the headphone/aux out to feed a discrete Bluetooth broadcast module .


    The TCL 32S325 may not be as skinny as some TVs, but it surely’s extraordinarily gentle and blessed with a lot of ports, together with three HDMI.

    There’s no mistaking the market section if you connect the 32S325’s toes. Even marginally dearer TVs use bolts, the 32S325’s makes use of screws that go into non-threaded plastic holes. But the TV is so gentle this makes little distinction. Also, the underside of the TV is deep and flat sufficient that it’s going to rise up with out the toes, although it being so gentle, I’d use double-sided tape or another technique to safe it if I have been to go that route.

    Interface, distant, and streaming

    The Roku TV interface one of many easiest and best to make use of within the enterprise. The homepage is configurable, it is going to mechanically sense connected gadgets, and the settings are simple to get to. Streaming aficionados will definitely prefer it as there’s a mountain of simply searchable content material, together with all the most well-liked channels and providers. I used to be additionally impressed by how agile the interface felt total, with little to no lag navigating between sections.

    The TCL 32S325 additionally options an honest- to-goodness native media app that can play images, video, and music from a USB drive. It doesn’t, nevertheless, help HEVC (h.265) or streaming from DLNA servers. For media streaming throughout your private home community, you’ll want to put in Plex from the “channels” listing. I’d a lot favor VLC, which is best than each DLNA and Plex by way of format help, and doesn’t require an account or putting in a server. Alas, it’s not presently out there for Roku. 

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