TCL 43S421 Review and Specs

TCL 43S421 (USA version)

SCORE:
55

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LCD Display
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • No
  • No

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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 55 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
67
VIDEO FEATURES
46
AUDIO FEATURES
39
OTHER FEATURES
61
CONNECTIVITY
49
FORMAT SUPPORT
37
OVERALL
55

Pros and Cons

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

PROS
High Resolution ๐Ÿ‘
LED Type ๐Ÿ‘
Color Depth ๐Ÿ‘
HDR10 ๐Ÿ‘
CONS
Low Refresh Rate ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Limited Viewing Angle ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No 3D Capability ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10+ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Advanced HDR by Technicolorยฎ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No AMD Freesyncโ„ข ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No NVidia G-Sync ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No 4K HFR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No 2K HFR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No VRR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HGIG Compatibility ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Filmmaker Mode ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No WiSA Ready ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) ๐Ÿ‘Ž

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
CountryUSA
Series 24
Model43S421
Release Year2018
Size43"
Smart TVYes
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)42.5"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate50 Hz/60 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TypeLCD
Panel TypeVA
Backlight TypeLED
LED TypeDirect LED
ColorNo
Viewing AngleNo
Panel Bit Depth8 bits + FRC
Color Depth1.07 billion
VIDEO
3D CapabilityNo
HDR10Yes
HDR10+No
Dolby VisionNo
Advanced HDR by TechnicolorยฎNo
IMAX EnhancedNo
AMD Freesyncโ„ขNo
NVidia G-SyncNo
4K HFRNo
2K HFRNo
VRRNo
HGIG CompatibilityNo
Upscaling4K Creative Pro
Frame Interploation TechniqueClear Motion
Frame Interpolation Frequency120Hz
Black Frame InsertionNo
Filmmaker ModeNo
Auto Low Latency ModeNo
AUDIO
Speaker Power Rating8W + 8W
Dolby Digital PlusYes
WiSA ReadyNo
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet InputYes
Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11ac 2x2 Dual Band (support 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
BluetoothNo
ChromecastNo
Google HomeNo
Virtual AssistantNo
Works with AlexaNo
HDMI Inputs3
HDMI Version2.0
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)Yes
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CECYes
USB Inputs1
USB 3.0 PortsNo
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) InputsNo
Component InputsNo
Composite InputsYes
RCA Audio OutputsNo
3.5mm headphone Audio OutputYes
Optical Audio OutputYes
RS-232C RemoteNo
OTHER
CPU Cores2
GPU Cores2
Operating SystemRoku
Parental Control (V-Chip)Yes
Mobile AppYes
TeletextNo
Closed CaptionsYes
On-Screen Display LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French 
Advanced PQ Setting with Mobile AppYes
VIDEO FORMATS
Accessible Menu System (CVAA)Yes
Quick Start Guide (QSG)1 English
3GPPNo
AV1No
AVIYes
ASFNo
DivXYes
Flash VideoNo
H.263Yes
H.264Yes
H.265No
MKVYes
M2TSNo
MP4Yes
MPEG-4Yes
QuickTimeNo
RealVideoNo
TSYes
VC-1No
VP7No
VP8No
VP9No
VOBNo
VRONo
WebMNo
WMVYes
XvidNo
AUDIO FORMATS
AACYes
AC4No
AIFFNo
ALACNo
APENo
aptXNo
eAAC+No
EAC3No
FLACYes
HE-AACNo
LPCMNo
M4ANo
MIDINo
MP2No
MP3Yes
OGGNo
RealAudioNo
WMAYes
WAVYes
IMAGE FORMATS
BMPYes
GIFYes
JPEGYes
JPSNo
MPONo
PNGYes
TUNER
Digital TunerYes 1
SAT TunerNo
Analog TunerNTSC
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)No
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 MountYes
VESA Hole Pitch (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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