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TCL LE40FHDP21TA Review – 40-inch LED LCD HDTV

Originally Reviewed on January 31st, 2011


Up for review: TCL LE40FHDP21TA LED LCD TV. Many manufacturers are introducing new models since the LED technology has gained wide popularity. TCL is a major player in the video player market, and has released many LCD and LED models during last few months. The models from TCL look attractive, come with a set of basic features, and do not support advanced features like 3D or internet connectivity. LE40FHDP21TA is launched by TCL as a part of its ultra-slim black TV series and sports a 40–inch screen. Also, like other sets made by the company, this model is available at a comparatively less and affordable price tag.

You can enjoy the videos at 1080p resolution, 450 cd/m² brightness, and 120 Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate is good enough to enjoy different fast moving actions and sports scenes. Your kids can watch their favorite action shows on a 40-inch screen. But still some advanced features like 3D is not included in the system, which brings its score down while some new 3D movie is being aired on special occasions. The feature also makes the model less likable by your kids. With a higher resolution and refresh rate, you can surely expect something more to enjoy on a larger 40-inch LED TV screen.

TCL LE40FHDP21TA Features and Specifications Review:

  • TV Type (Display technology): LED LCD
  • Vertical Resolution (Digital Compatibility): 1080p
  • Screen Size: 40″
  • Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Brightness: 450 cd/m²
  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Viewing Angle (Vertical x Horizontal ) Degrees: 178 x 178
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • PC video or VGA input: 1
  • Comb Filter: 3D
  • Premium Sound
  • Channel labeling option
  • Sleep Timer
  • Energy Star 4.0 compliant
  • Two-years warranty from the manufacturer

The video quality is also backed by 180 degrees angular viewing form both horizontal and vertical angles. This feature gives you the option to watch the movie from any corner or side of your room. You may feel the viewing angle to be restrictive from below, but the same will not affect your TV viewing by occupying a side or corner seat of the room. While your viewing will be enriched by much better resolution, brightness, and angular viewing, you may feel the sound quality provided by the system as almost outdated. Your experience would have been enhanced with the TV supporting some of the advanced digital audio standards like Dolby Digital or DTS. But without these supports, the sound seems ordinary and makes the model score low in comparison to other 40-inch sets available in the market.

You have a lot of input option like HDMI, PC video or VGA. There is option to connect your PC directly to the TV and access the stored contents on a much bigger TV screen. Similarly, your kids will love to play their video games by connecting the game console through HDMI. The device provides further options to simultaneously connect more than one digital device like Blu-ray player or camcorder and access their contents on a bigger LED screen. But still the contents would have been more enjoyable with a better digital sound quality. The manufacturer has set the price comparatively lower, which provides you with the option to use the set as a second or back up TV at your home. You can also keep it at your office where you do not watch programs regularly. gives LE40FHDP21TA 3/5 stars!

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