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TCL C725 QLED TV Review

We have been using the C725 for some time now and here's our review.

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TCL has been in India for some years now but is still comparatively a new name for the domestic market. The company recently expanded its product lineup and has launched its Android 11 based smart QLED TVs in India. Among the recently launched, the C725 comes with a screen size of up to 65-inches and features a quantum LED display assisted by high dynamic range formats like Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR, and HLG. It also gets an Onkyo sound system which is powered by Dolby Atmos and comes with a wide range of input and connectivity types.
We have been using the C725 for some time now and here's our review.

Design and display

The C725 was delivered with additional protection by Styrofoam frames and a cardboard cover, as is customary. The hardwood frame increased the level of protection. So, despite the fact that the TV is well-protected, unpacking it, especially the wooden one, was a hassle. Lifting the TV and placing it on a table is simple once it has been removed. Here's what you'll find inside the box:

  • TV
  • Table Top stands
  • Remote
  • Wall mount frames (VESA)
  • External video camera
  • AV cable
  • Installation and user manual
Because of the exceptionally thin bezels on all sides except the bottom, the C725 seems to be quite small. This silver-coloured chin features a gleaming TCL logo in the centre and an Onkyo emblem (for the integrated speaker) in the right-hand corner. The speaker outlets are located near the bottom.

The TV isn't very heavy, but it's also not flimsy. We immediately sensed it in our backs as we lifted it from the floor and sat it on the bed to protect the display. To insert the base, there are two sets of holes. As a result, you can position the stand closer to the centre or space it out slightly. TCL made a wise design decision. If you want to install the TV on the wall, the manufacturer also includes the VESA mount brackets in the box.
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TCL C725 QLED TV Review

The TCL C725 QLED TV includes a plug-and-play USB webcam, as well as built-in microphones and privacy shutters. Voices from the front and back are picked up by the TV's forward-facing microphones. The voice is picked up from a distance by the two far-field microphones on the screen's side. Two HDMI 2.0 ports, a far-field microphone on/off toggle, and a detachable right-side charging cord are also included.

The QLED 4K display on the TCL C725 TV has a 60Hz refresh rate. It also supports Dolby Vision, DCI-P3 colour volume of 100 per cent, and HDR 10+. It gets its power from a combination of the AiPQ Engine and the MEMC.

There is a lot of attention to detail which is evident from the side profile of the TV as well. There is a bulge near the back of the gadget, but it is reduced in size and is where the device's core equipment is kept. A number of connectors, the on/off toggle for the far-field microphone, the power button, and the detachable charging cord are present. The latter's position is on the right (when you look from the back). This is unlike other televisions we've seen.
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TCL C725 QLED TV Review

The image quality is sufficient, as it has been optimised to ensure that the stuff we see is displayed properly. First and foremost, we have a 4K resolution, which provides us with greater power than Full HD, allowing us to see more details.

Another essential feature is that it provides us with a QLED panel, which can be considered a direct competitor to the OLED. As a result, the backlighting that it provides us with produces good results. This is also true for extremely dark or bright surroundings, where quality is generally reduced, but not in this scenario.

Furthermore, the TV includes a dedicated processor that uses motion estimation and motion compensation (MEMC) interpolation technology to eliminate motion blur. In terms of performance, the screen is bright and colourful. It works nicely with UHD material and can upscale 1080p to 4K without losing much information. The contrast on the screen is good, if not spectacular. The TV lacks a regulated backlight system, which is popular in luxury QLED TVs, but it compensates with a plethora of other value-added features such as pre-set colour profiles.
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TCL C725 QLED TV Review

The Onkyo audio system, powered by Dolby Atmos and DTS, enhances the viewing experience. The TCL C725 QLED TV has a fantastic audio experience that enriches the TV-viewing experience.

Performance

The TCL C725 QLED TV comes pre-installed with Google's latest Android 11 TV operating system, with TCL Smart UI built on top. In terms of user experience, the UI is comparable to vanilla Android, with TCL integrating some additional apps and features for greater functionality.

Having said that, the TV's home screen displays the majority of the apps and their primary content. If you need to download apps, there is a Play Store for TV. Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Zee5 applications, among others, are pre-installed on the set. There is also a Chromecast built-in, which is a common feature in Android televisions that allows you to cast video from supported mobiles, tablets, or PCs to the television screen.
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TCL C725 QLED TV Review

The TCL C725's QLED 4K display gets a refresh rate of 60Hz, Dolby Vision, and a colour volume of 100 per cent DCI-P3. It also has HDMI 2.1 and MEMC memory capability. The C725 has a plethora of connectors, including HDMI 1.4 and 2.1, USB 3.0, and an RJ45 LAN socket. Its operating system is Android TV.

The TCL C725 is among the first televisions that support the QLED TV alliance. Its QLED technology produces deeper blacks and more vibrant colours. It lacks full-array local dimming, for example, which may limit the dynamic range of some content. Regardless, the TCL C725 remains one of the better options for a modern smart TV. This model includes an in-built QLED engine that optimises the television for various content genres.It has HDMI 2.1 and MEMC compatibility, as well as Hands-Free Voice Control 2.0. It can play Blu-ray discs and is compatible with Dolby Vision and HDR10+.
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TCL C725 QLED TV Review

In addition, billions of quantum dots are used to filter ultra-high-definition material for enhanced picture quality. The screen is extremely bright and has a large dynamic range.

Final verdict

The C725 is a mid-range premium Android 4K QLED TV that ticks all the right boxes. We mean, the MEMC is a massive plus considering it completes the trinity of 60fps, MEMC, and 4K - all combining to give you a super entertainment experience. The speakers at 24W - are still reasonably loud - thanks to the Dolby Atmos speaker system. Priced at Rs 72,990, the C725 is all that you would want from a smart 4K QLED TV at this price point.
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