TCL 43S421 Review and Specs

TCL 43S421 (USA version)

SCORE:
62

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LCD Display
  • HDR10, HLG support
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi

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TCL 43S421 Overview

TCL 43S421 was introduced in 2018. It has a LCD screen with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 50 Hz/60 Hz refresh rate. The TV is HDR compatible. It supports HDR10.

We give TCL 43S421 TV 62 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
75
VIDEO FEATURES
54
AUDIO FEATURES
41
OTHER FEATURES
63
CONNECTIVITY
54
FORMAT SUPPORT
42
OVERALL
62

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of TCL 43S421.

The TV has strengths such as Color Depth and HDR10. And it has weaknesses sush as Limited Viewing Angle, no 3D Capability, no HDR10+, no Dolby Vision, no Advanced HDR by Technicolor®, no IMAX Enhanced, no AMD Freesync™, no NVidia G-Sync, no 4K HFR, no 2K HFR, no VRR, no HGIG Compatibility, no Filmmaker Mode, no WiSA Ready and no NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0).

PROS
Color Depth 👍
HDR10 👍
CONS
Limited Viewing Angle 👎
No 3D Capability 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Advanced HDR by Technicolor® 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No AMD Freesync™ 👎
No NVidia G-Sync 👎
No 4K HFR 👎
No 2K HFR 👎
No VRR 👎
No HGIG Compatibility 👎
No Filmmaker Mode 👎
No WiSA Ready 👎
No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) 👎

Selected Features

VA Panel

TCL 43S421 has a vertical alignment (VA) panel which is most commonly used in LCD TVs as it provides deeper blacks compared to the IPS panel. However, it is still limited with the viewing angle compared to the IPS panel or OLED display.

Detailed Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for TCL 43S421.

BASICS
BrandTCL
Country VersionUSA
Series4
Model43S421
Release Year2018
Size43"
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)42.5"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate50 Hz/60 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TechnologyLCD
Panel TypeVA
Backlight TypeLED
LED TypeDirect LED
Color
Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth8 bits + FRC
Color Depth1.07 billion
VIDEO
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Upscaling4K Creative Pro
Frame Interploation TechniqueClear Motion
Frame Interpolation Frequency120Hz
Black Frame Insertion
Filmmaker Mode
Auto Low Latency Mode
AUDIO
Speaker Power Rating8W + 8W
Dolby Digital Plus
WiSA Ready
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet Input
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11ac 2x2 Dual Band (support 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
Bluetooth
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs3
HDMI Version2.0
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CEC
USB Inputs1
USB 3.0 Ports
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) Inputs
Component Inputs
Composite Inputs
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote
OTHER
CPU Cores2
GPU Cores2
Operating SystemRoku
Parental Control (V-Chip)
Mobile App
Teletext
Closed Captions
On-Screen Display LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French
Advanced PQ Setting with Mobile App
VIDEO FORMATS
Accessible Menu System (CVAA)
Quick Start Guide (QSG)1 English
3GPP
AV1
AVI
ASF
DivX
Flash Video
H.263
H.264
H.265
MKV
M2TS
MP4
MPEG-4
QuickTime
RealVideo
TS
VC-1
VP7
VP8
VP9
VOB
VRO
WebM
WMV
Xvid
AUDIO FORMATS
AAC
AC4
AIFF
ALAC
APE
aptX
eAAC+
EAC3
FLAC
HE-AAC
LPCM
M4A
MIDI
MP2
MP3
OGG
RealAudio
WMA
WAV
IMAGE FORMATS
BMP
GIF
JPEG
JPS
MPO
PNG
TUNER
Digital Tuner 1
SAT Tuner
Analog TunerNTSC
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemATSC
Digital Cable TV SystemClear QAM
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSC
GENERAL
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)45 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)38.3" x 22.2" x 2.9"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)38.3" x 24.4" x 7.5"
Stand Size30.0"
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)44.6" x 26.2" x 5.7"
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Dimensions (W x H)100 mm x 100 mm
Wall mount screwM6 x 12
Weight Without Stand16.6 lbs
Weight With Stand16.8 lbs
Weight of Package (Gross)23.6 lbs
ACCESSORIES
RemoteRC282
WARRANTY
Warranty1 year limited warranty

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