Last Updated on by Kevin Chidi

Smart televisions have come a long way since their inception, and the technology is still evolving. The TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV could be the answer if you want to enjoy the latest technology but don’t have the space or budget for a large home theater. This 32-inch smart TV is tiny and light, making it suitable for small living rooms. If you don’t worry about things like the latest Wi-Fi standard (this TV uses dual-band 802.11n), 4K or HDR picture quality, the TCL 32S325 is a good choice.

We put this small Roku TV through its paces, paying close attention to the setup, picture and sound quality, and overall watching and user experience.

Design

The TCL 32-inch Roku TV has the appearance of a smaller version of larger Roku TVs. With a weight of about 8.6 pounds, it’s slim, light, and stylish. It measures 28.8 inches in width, 19 inches in height, and 6.8 inches in depth. While it’s categorized as a 32-inch screen, the diagonal measurement is 31.5 inches.

Despite its relatively small size, the device offers a wide range of connectivity options, including three HDMI ports, a USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, A/V and antenna inputs, and optical digital audio output. The power cord linked to the rear of the gadget isn’t as long as it is on other Roku TVs. This may limit your placement options, but it reduces the risk of losing the power line, and if you’re working in a small room, the short cord may not be an issue at all.

In terms of simplicity and size, the remote follows suit. The bottom of the remote has four shortcut buttons that transport users directly to Netflix, Sling, Hulu, or Amazon. The buttons—including a mute button—are situated on the right side of the wand, as they are on all Roku remotes with volume controls. This allows for quick and easy access while also improving the remote’s already pleasant and intuitive feel in the hand.

The Setup Procedure

A 32-inch television should be simple to operate. And this little, nearly weightless device does not let you down. It’s simple to set up and doesn’t require the assistance of another person. It took less than a minute to attach the two TV stand legs, but you may also install this television if you buy a VESA 100 x 100 wall mount with 8-millimeter screws.

We were ready to go through the simple Roku setup procedures after connecting the stands, plugging in the TV, and replacing the batteries in the remote. This straightforward procedure is consistent with what we’ve seen on other Roku TVs and streaming devices. We only had to log in to register and activate this gadget because we already have a Roku account.

While the initial setup isn’t difficult, we did find that the installation and update times were substantially longer than we’ve seen with other Roku streaming devices and televisions. Nonetheless, we got the TV unboxed and ready to watch in less than five minutes. That’s as close to a plug-and-play solution as you can get.

Image Quality

We were blown away by the picture quality as soon as we started streaming content. Colors appeared to be bold and vibrant across the board on sites including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hulu. The asterisk button on the remote opens a menu of picture options right within the video you’re watching, which is a great way to see how your adjustments are affecting the picture. When we experimented with these settings, there was no noticeable difference in streaming quality.

Colors appeared to be bold and vibrant across the board on sites including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hulu.

We also liked how we could brighten and darken the picture in both bright and low-light situations, which helped to compensate for its lack of brightness. When watching content in a bright room, this did make a difference. There are numerous picture modes to consider in addition to changing the brightness settings. Normal is the default mode, however there are also Movie, Sports, Vivid, and Low Power options. In both dark and bright rooms, Movie mode appears to have the best effect, rendering the most realistic color. Sports and bright modes tend to produce an artificially oversaturated image.

Beyond these basic presets, the advanced picture options allow you to fine-tune the image quality even further. By default, dynamic contrast is turned off, but you can change it to low or high to modify the backlight when streaming content. You can also change the lighting, contrast levels, and even color temperature for cooler or warmer tones—or choose standard, which is in the middle of the two.

We were blown away by the picture quality as soon as we started streaming content.

To put it another way, the watching experience is richly complex and adaptable.

Audio Quality

Sound, like picture quality, is surprisingly powerful for such a small device. The built-in 5-watt speakers produce a full-bodied sound that can be extremely loud. The sound options aren’t as extensive as the image options. The loudness mode is set to off by default, which means the sound quality is determined automatically based on the content. However, you may choose between leveling, which equalizes high and low noises, and night mode, which lets you select the maximum volume. Extreme lows and highs were a problem, however putting on the leveling option seemed to help smooth out the dips.

Software

The Roku OS is one of the most user-friendly streaming platforms available. The interface is straightforward, and it’s simple to navigate and find common settings.

The home screen is where it all begins, with the different inputs and outputs accessible to you displayed at the top, followed by the streaming apps you’ve loaded. By tapping the asterisk button and selecting the Move option, you may even change how the tiles look on your Home screen. The asterisk is a versatile button that may be used to move, delete, and add apps to your collection. We like how this simple app arrangement allows us to quickly access the apps we use the most, as long as they’re not among the four shortcut buttons on the remote.

While there is no built-in speech assistant on the accompanying remote, this TCL Roku TV is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant if you have a supported smartphone. If you have an itch for voice control, you can also use the Roku mobile app to search for entertainment. The only disadvantage is that you can’t launch stuff from the app automatically.

The mobile app remote has all of the same features as the wand, including a keyboard that allows you to type without having to go via the on-screen keyboard in streaming apps. In principle, this is fantastic, however we couldn’t get the keyboard to function in all of our apps. Even so, we noted that the mobile app remote scrolled through content and exited apps considerably faster than the physical remote. The ability to put in headphones to your phone and have your own private audio and viewing experience is another excellent feature of the mobile app. This could be useful if you don’t want to disturb your neighbors or if your partner doesn’t want to listen to whatever you’re watching.

In terms of other performance difficulties, we discovered that loading apps took an average of 10 seconds on the first load, which isn’t very fast. With repeated launches, however, loading times were substantially faster. When switching between programs, we saw some sluggish reactions to remote inputs, particularly with Netflix.

Price

This is one of the most affordable smart TVs available.
Given the device’s qualities, the TCL 65 – Inch class 4 – Series 4k UHD HDR Smart Roku TV’s average market pricing is a deal. As smart TVs add features like HDR and 4K picture quality, prices rise dramatically as the screen size increases. At this price and with this feature set, there aren’t many new 32-inch smart TVs on the market.

OTHER FEATURES

  • Product Name: 32S325 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
  • Product Brand: TCL
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 19 x 6.8 in.
  • Screen Size: 31.5 inches
  • Platform: Roku OS
  • Screen Resolution: 720 pixels (1366 x 768)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 1 Composite Audio/Video, 1 Digital Optical Audio, Headphone Jack, RF Antenna, 1 USB 2.0
  • Speakers: 5 watts
  • Connectivity Options: Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Warranty: One year

 

PROS CONS
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Uses Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Launch or switch inputs with just your voice
  • 4K Ultra HD resolution
  • Average Remote

 

Conclusion

The TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2019) is compact, but it packs a punch in terms of value. The picture quality on this low-cost HD TV is adequate. A decent viewing experience, smart features, and ease of use round out this value-packed plug-and-play smart TV. It will not overpower dorm rooms, studio apartments, or smaller rooms in your home because it blends in.

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