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TCL 43P715 review

43inches display size. Priced at $695.

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CHOICE recommends TVs that earn an overall score of more than 75% and at least 70% for standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) picture quality performance.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

The overall score is made up of high definition picture quality (30%), standard definition picture quality (20%), 4K picture quality (5%), user interface (10%), remote control (10%), smart TV (10%), EPG (5%), energy consumption (5%) and sound quality (5%). Voice assistant scores are not included in the overall score.

Standard definition picture quality score View more details.

Picture quality is one of the major components of our TV test and includes both a technical and subjective assessment of how well the TV can handle a number of different source materials. CHOICE has found many TVs with very high resolution struggle to upscale SD sources to their native resolution, leading to low scores in our testing for SD. SD accounts for 20% of the overall score.

High definition picture quality score View more details.

Picture quality is one of the major components of our TV test and includes both a technical and subjective assessment of how well the TV can handle a number of different source materials. Online streaming routinely delivers HD-quality video and most of the free-to-air stations now broadcast HD content on their main channel. HD accounts for 30% of the overall score.

4K video picture quality score View more details.

Picture quality is one of the major components of our TV test and includes both a technical and subjective assessment of how well the TV can handle a number of different source materials. Online streaming now delivers 4K-quality video and we look at 4K content to see which TVs deliver the best overall picture. The 4K assessment accounts for 5% of the overall score.

User interface score View more details.

The on-screen user interface should be easy to read, easy to follow, tell the user what is happening (e.g. tells the user to wait while TV is scanning for DTV broadcasts), and show clear prompts, which button to press, or what to do next. User interface accounts for 10% of the overall score.

Remote score View more details.

The tester checks the size and spacing of the buttons, dials or touch pads to make sure they're easy to reach, logically grouped and not too close together. Labels should be big enough to read and of sufficient contrast to be easy to read in low light. The remote's overall size and shape is assessed for how well it fits in the hand and how easy it is to use with one hand. Remote accounts for 10% of the overall score.

Sound quality score View more details.

The tester plays a number of high quality voice and music recordings on a DVD player connected to the TV and compares it to a reference system. The assessment is made at a volume that the tester feels is sufficient for listening in a normal room and also at the TV's maximum volume (assuming the latter is louder). Sound quality accounts for 5% of the overall score.

Energy score View more details.

Energy accounts for 5% of the overall score. Standby and in-use energy measured to deliver an annual cost to the owner assuming you watch 10 hours of TV a day and leave the TV in standby when not in use.

EPG score View more details.

EPG refers to the electronic program guide. This accounts for 5% of the overall score.

Smart TV score View more details.

We have increased our testing in this area as TVs become an intrinsic part of the modern smart home. The Smart TV assessment accounts for 10% of the overall score.

Voice assistant score View more details.

This is an assessment of the ability of the TV to understand commands and questions from the user with the TVs integrated voice assistant feature and/or the smart assistant such as Google, Siri, Alexa etc. This score doesn't count towards the overall score but will in 2021 when enough TVs use this feature.

Energy consumption per year (kWh) View more details.

Based on 10 hours in use and 14 hours in standby mode for 365 days.

Tested model
Price View more details.

The recommended retail price as supplied by the manufacturer or the average price you can expect to find the TV for online.

Annual running cost View more details.

Running costs per year standby. Based on 30c/kWh with the TV in standby mode for 14 hours per day.

Screen size (cm)
Display size (inches) View more details.

While many CHOICE members have reminded us that we are living in a metric world, this information hasn't reached the TV companies who continue to show their products in inches rather than centimetres. Our TV comparison table provides screen measurements in both so you can decide which figure is more suitable.

Screen resolution (px) View more details.

The majority of TVs deliver a resolution of 3840 x 2160 also called 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) which is an improvement over HD or a resolution of 1920 x 1080)

3840 x 2160
Screen finish
semi gloss
Smart Apps
Netflix, Stan, YouTube
HDMI inputs View more details.

This figure notes the number of HDMI inputs for your TV.

USB 2 input rear
Effective video and audio inputs View more details.

Some TVs have a number of video and sound inputs, but some can only be used when others are not in use.

Bluetooth version View more details.

Bluetooth 3 is a good option for sharing data from a mobile device.

Bluetooth 4 increases transfer rates with less power required.

Not stated
Dimensions (cm, HxWxD) View more details.

Rounded up to the next centimetre or half-centimetre, with the base attached and all protruding parts included. Power cord and connecting cables excluded.

62 x 96 x 31
Weight (kg) View more details.

Weight of the TV, including the stand.

Country of origin View more details.

While not indicating the origin of the components, this is at least an indicator of where the TV was assembled and shipped.

Warranty (yr)
4K or UHD View more details.

TVs with support for 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) video are able to show a picture resolution of 3840 x 2160 which may be an issue to consider if 4K movie content becomes readily available and you watch lots of streaming video that supports 4K such as Netflix.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) support View more details.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) TVs deliver greater contrast between dark and bright colours, giving you greater detail in shade areas and more realistic colours in difficult video situations such as overly dark or overly light scenes. However to enjoy HDR, you need a TV to support the format and the content needs to have the information stored in the video to let the TV know how to deal with the picture.

Netflix key on the remote View more details.

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services at the moment and some of the latest TVs now have a dedicated button on the remote making it easy to access the service.

Composite inputs rear
Component inputs rear
Stereo audio RCA inputs rear
Stereo audio 3.5 mm input rear
HDMI easily accessed
USB 3 inputs rear View more details.

Handy for connecting a USB 3 external drive for recording live TV to watch later.

USB easily accessed
Ethernet connection
Digital audio TOSLINK optical outputs View more details.

This connection (a small black plug with a small red laser light) streams digital audio from your TV.

Wi-Fi View more details.

Useful for internet access when you can't get a network cable connection from the router to the TV.

Wi-Fi 802.11ac View more details.

TVs supporting Wi-Fi 802.11ac can transmit data over the popular 2.4GHz band, as well as a secondary 5GHz band. Having access to more bands frees up data congestion for quicker transfers. Having a TV that supports dual band Wi-Fi is particularly handy when it comes to large file transfers, such as photos, music and videos.

Auto volume leveller View more details.

This feature should help lessen the irritating situation where commercials seem to deliver a louder volume than the show.

Balance control
Bass boost
Speech emphasiser View more details.

This feature alters the audio output to enhance the speech effect.

Speakers off View more details.

A setting on your TV where it recognises, through an HDMI connection, that you have turned on your home theatre system or soundbar and it will automatically turn off the TV speakers.

Previous channel button View more details.

On the remote control.

Voice recognition View more details.

Smart TVs now essentially conduct searches and process commands using your voice with trigger words such as 'OK Google' or 'Alexa' telling the TV that it should act on your commands.

Closed captions retained View more details.

Closed captions retained when changing channel.

Records to USB
Child lock controls View more details.

The TV has some form of log-in control to prevent children accessing inappropriate content.

Child lock individual View more details.

The TV can be set to require a login for individual channels.

Favourites View more details.

You can set your favourite channels to show up in a custom list by selecting a dedicated button on your remote control.


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