HDTV Reviews: TCL 55UP130 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

Most 4K TVs with excellent performance are usually expensively priced and out of reach of many people. However, TCL has come to the rescue. The company has produced a model that brings the best features of the 4K TV platform at an affordable price. The new TCL 55UP130 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV provides good picture quality. Although the TV has a few performance issues when it comes to some specific content, it worth every dollar you spend on it.

Excellent built-in Roku platform

Though the TCL 55UP130 uses a third party platform for its connectivity, the Roku platform is bundled together and specifically tailored for TV. This is unlike other third-party partners like Google or Firefox. This helps simplify the Roku plug-and play app network. The result is a 4K TV which is very simple to operate and a fun way to watch 4K content. In fact, it takes only 10 minutes from the initial turning on of the TV before you start streaming content on Netflix or other sites like YouTube and Vudu. This makes the TV very convenient.

The intuitive Roku 4 remote

The new remote is very easy to use by anyone whether tech-savvy or technophobe. Its layout is very intuitive. Putting in user accounts and passwords is easy due to its quick key travel functionality. What’s better, you can plug in a headset into the remote control and listen to private audio without disturbing others. This feature was a preserve of the Roku boxes so kudos to TCL for adding it to the remote control.

Numerous 4K-ready HDMI inputs

Many 4K TV’s fail to include dull hardware and connectivity options including compatible 4K-compatible HDMI inputs. However, the TCL 55UP130 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV is fully fitted with these inputs. The TV features 4 HDMI 2.0 4K capable inputs. It also features HDCP 2.2 inputs which enable for 4K disc playback. In addition, the TV is also fitted with an input for ARC (Audio Return Channel).


  • It has an excellent Ultra HD resolution that delivers enhanced clarity
  • Full Array LED Backlight display
  • Provides an easy search tool including voice search
  • Dual band Wi-Fi and Ethernet port
  • Affordable


  • In case you are a huge fan of another brand, then this TCL 4K TV may not be for you


In summary, TCL 55UP130 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV is an affordable, super convenient 4K TV to look at. Though it does not have all the features like the priciest mainstream TVs, it provides a great performance and its Roku platform is excellent.