TCL S305-Series Roku Smart LED HD TV Review

LED TVs have finally done what electronics have been doing for decades: become incredibly less expensive. The TCL S305-series of Smart TVs are all HD, equipped with the best WiFi, range from 28-inch to 49-inch, and are all less than $300. The future has arrived.

 

TCL S305 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

720p vs1080p vs 4k

It is tempting to buy the highest resolution possible because you want the best picture possible. However, research suggests that the human eye is incapable of detecting the difference between 720p and 1080p when screens are smaller than a certain size and are a certain distance away.

The 28-inch and 32-inch TCL S305-series TVs are 720p, while the larger sizes are 1080p. According to recent research, if a 32-inch TV is farther than 6 feet away, you cannot tell the difference between 720p and 1080p (for the 28-inch screen, that distance is 5 feet). So, if your TV is going to be farther than 6 feet from you, buying the higher resolution would be a waste of money. And, pretty much everybody’s TV is more than 6-feet away.

For the larger sizes, the TCL S305-series TVs are 1080p, not the popular 4k. That same research suggests that for a 49-inch TV the screen would have to be closer than 6.5 feet for 4k to be visibly different from 1080p. So, again, buying higher resolutions with these smaller TVs would just be a waste of money for most viewing setups.

So, for those reasons, we don’t recommend spending the extra money to upgrade these TVs to higher resolution due to their size. These TVs are a great bargain, ranging from about $140 to about $300, and that is because you are buying the right resolution for the size.

TCL S305 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

SmartTV

Straight out of the box, the TCL S305-series Roku TVs are ready to provide nearly endless entertainment options. Each Smart TV has the full Roku operating system, which gives you access to over 4,000 streaming channels via Roku TV. You can also easily connect these Smart TVs to Cable, or Over-the-Air broadcasts with an HD antenna. And, with built-in 802.11n Dual Band Wifi (the best currently available), you can quickly and easily access your home Wifi network without any need for a wired ethernet connection.

Each TV has 3 HDMI inputs so you can connect a game console, cable box, or media player (DVD, BluRay, etc). There is a digital optical out port, so you can connect your TCL S305-series TV to you surround sound system or sound bar. And, there is a USB port, so you can play videos, music, or show pictures that you have locally on a flash or HD drive.

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What’s in the Box

Each TCL Roku Smart TV includes:

  • HD Smart Roku Smart TV
  • Power cable
  • Remote
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • 2-TV Stands with screws

TCL S305 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

Specifications

The TCL Roku Smart TV S305 series comes in 5 sizes: 28-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch, 43-inch, and 49-inch.

28S305 Specs

  • Screen size: 28 inches diagonal
  • TV Type: LED
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Maximum resolution: 1366 x 768 (720PP)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Composite Audio/Video Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Output: 1
  • Headphone Jack: 1
  • RF Antenna Input: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1 (compatible with MKV, MP4, MOV, TS, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, JPG, PNG, GIF
  • Wifi: 802.11 2×2 Dual Band
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturers warranty
  • Dimensions: 25.3″ x 15.1″ x 7.3″, 7.5 lbs

32S305 Specs

  • Screen size: 31.5 inches diagonal
  • TV Type: LED
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Maximum resolution: 1280 x 720 (720PP)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Composite Audio/Video Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Output: 1
  • Headphone Jack: 1
  • RF Antenna Input: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1 (compatible with MKV, MP4, MOV, TS, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, JPG, PNG, GIF
  • Wifi: 802.11 2×2 Dual Band
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturers warranty
  • Dimensions: 28.9″ x 17.1″ x 7.2″, 9.9 lbs

40S305 Specs

  • Screen size: 40 inches diagonal
  • TV Type: LED
  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080P)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Composite Audio/Video Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Output: 1
  • Headphone Jack: 1
  • RF Antenna Input: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1 (compatible with MKV, MP4, MOV, TS, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, JPG, PNG, GIF
  • Wifi: 802.11 2×2 Dual Band
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturers warranty
  • Dimensions: 36.3″ x 23.4″ x 7.8″, 14.6 lbs

43S305 Specs

  • Screen size: 42.5 inches diagonal
  • TV Type: LED
  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080P)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Composite Audio/Video Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Output: 1
  • Headphone Jack: 1
  • RF Antenna Input: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1 (compatible with MKV, MP4, MOV, TS, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, JPG, PNG, GIF
  • Wifi: 802.11 2×2 Dual Band
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturers warranty
  • Dimensions: 38.3″ x 24.4″ x 7.5″, 16.8 lbs

49S305 Specs

  • Screen size: 49 inches diagonal
  • TV Type: LED
  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080P)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Composite Audio/Video Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Output: 1
  • Headphone Jack: 1
  • RF Antenna Input: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1 (compatible with MKV, MP4, MOV, TS, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, JPG, PNG, GIF
  • Wifi: 802.11 2×2 Dual Band
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturers warranty
  • Dimensions: 43.7″ x 27.7″ x 8.5″, 25.4 lbs

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