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TCL L40FHDF12TA 40-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV with 2-Year Warranty (2011 Model)

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  • Plug-and-Play Compatibility for More Entertainment Options
  • Numerous Inputs and Outputs, Image contrast ratio - 5000:1
  • Enhanced Picture and Sound Quality
  • Channel Labeling and Sleep Timer for Ease of Use
  • The TCL comes with a glass stand but unfortunately it doesn't swivel
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Technical Details

Size: 40-inch
  • Brand Name: TCL
  • Model: L40FHDF12TA
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 40 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
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Product Details

Size: 40-inch
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  • Product Dimensions: 38.5 x 9 x 27 inches ; 34.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 48.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004UETB20
  • Item model number: L40FHDF12TA
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (736 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,881 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 1, 2011
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Product Description

Size: 40-inch

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the TCL 40-Inch 1080p 60-Hz LCD HDTV. This LCD television offers ample HD connections, premium sound, as well as 1080p high-definition picture quality with incredible contrast and vibrancy. Whether you're hosting movie night, cheering on a favorite team, or sharing your latest vacation photos, you'll love how this high-definition LCD television brings your media to life.

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40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
At a Glance:
  • High-definition picture quality with incredible contrast and brightness
  • 3-D Y/C digital comb filter for enhanced color and detail
  • 178-degree viewing angles ensure optimum enjoyment from multiple vantage points
  • Ample HD connections; 3 HDMI, compatible with mp3, WMA, M4A (AAC), JPEG, and more
  • Two-year limited warranty
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Plug-and-Play Compatibility for More Entertainment Options
The TCL 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV is more than a television--it's an entertainment system that lets you access your favorite media files. Compatible with multiple file formats--including mp3, WMA, M4A (AAC), JPEG, BMP, and PNG--this LCD television makes it easy to watch a photo slideshow in brilliant color with a customized soundtrack, or play a personalized mix of songs for a party.

Numerous Inputs and Outputs
This LCD HDTV has output options for headphones, analog audio output, and coaxial digital audio output. It includes inputs for: three HDMI (two rear and one side), two composite (one rear and one side), one rear component video, one rear RF, one rear PC video, one rear PC audio, and a side USB 2.0 port.

The PC video input lets you see your computer's digital media on the big screen, while the USB port allows for quick connection of a digital camera or other USB device. Additionally, you can connect the latest Blu-ray players, DVD players, camcorders, and game consoles using either the two composite video inputs or the three HDMI (version 1.3) inputs. The HDMI inputs provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video link for the highest quality connection, and they also support copy-protected HD broadcast content.

Enhanced Picture and Sound Quality
You'll enjoy crisp, vibrant images thanks to this TCL television's brightness capability of 430 cd/m2. The 3-D Y/C digital comb filter also provides enhanced color and picture detail, and the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution supports 1080p signals for stunning image clarity.

For a fully immersive experience, this HDTV also includes two built-in 8-watt speakers. Additionally, 178-degree viewing angles ensure optimum enjoyment from multiple vantage points--a great feature for large spaces or social gatherings.

Channel Labeling and Sleep Timer for Ease of Use
Designed with you in mind, this LCD television features a channel labeling option, which allows you to put station call letters (e.g. ABC, HBO, etc.) on the screen along with the channel numbers, so you always know which station you're watching. Additionally, a sleep timer feature lets you set the television to automatically turn off after a preset amount of time has passed.

Who is TCL?
Established in 1981, TCL Corporation is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances. TCL employs more than 50,000 people in over 80 operations, including 18 R&D centers, 20 manufacturing bases, and more than 40 sales offices around the world

TCL Corporation is comprised of four business divisions -- Multimedia, Communications, Home Appliances and Electronics. It also has two affiliated business areas: Real Estate & Investment and Logistics & Services. TCL is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, DVD players, air conditioners, and GSM, CDMA mobile phones.

Backed by a 2-Year Warranty
The TCL 40-inch 1080p 60-Hz LCD HDTV is backed by a two-year manufacturer's warranty. To view the User's Guide, click here. Or, to find the nearest TCL tech support center near you, please visit TCL's website.

What's in the Box
40-inch 1080p 60-Hz LCD HDTV; stand with screws; remote control with batteries; multi- language instruction booklet; and quick-start guide. Product Weight is 29.7 Lbs without Stand.


Height: 27 in

Width: 38.5 in

Depth: 9 in

Weight: 34.6 lbs

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

bought this TV about 3 yrs ago and the picture is GREAT ! Read more ›
It was a good price on sale. The picture is beautiful. No complaints. Read more ›
i heard a lot about off brands, however this one has been working 3 years strong with no issues, nice sound quality and great definition on the LCD screen,…HDMI is a Plus. Read more ›
It is the perfect size for my one bedroom apartment. And the picture is so clear and beautiful. I recommend it to everyone I talk to. Read more ›
One thing though, don't listen to their "picture types" when setting up your pictures. The gaming picture was horrid. Read more ›
I could not be happier with this television! The picture is super crisp, and nearly a year later it still works as great as the day I took it out of the box. Read more ›
It was a cheaper TV but I got to tell you it works great. Picture and sound are very good. Read more ›
So far the TCL HDTV has performed well, the picture and sound quality are very good, I would recommend to a friend. Read more ›
There is some bleed from the backlights when…Sound isn't that great although I will add that it is better than the other TCL tv I had which was the model before this one. Read more ›
While I definitely noticed the quality difference, it wasn't anything that would make me shell out the…The TV does take some time to switch on and the sound isn't the best. Read more ›
We received this TV Jan 31, it worked great, easy to set up and picture was good. Sound was so so but acceptable for the price. Less than 90 days later the TV went to a… Read more ›
The picture is crisp and clear after some tinkering based on other reviewers' recommendations. The sound is good, not great, but perfectly acceptable in this price range. I… Read more ›
Although it is only 60 Hz, I have never had any kind of screen lag, or horizontal delay in the picture with either cable, DVD, or video games. And the price is fantastic! I'… Read more ›
Love it! The price was great!!! Read more ›
Great size for a bedroom. Price is good Read more ›
Wanted to upgrade my TV in the spare bedroom so my guests had a…My nephew who is an electricial geek said for the price this is the best he has seen so I figured he knows.. Read more ›
Well, is not the better but the price is perfect for the product. 4 star just because i can't play movies from a pendrive. Read more ›
I have been satisfied with the purchase of this product. The price was good. I would strongly recommend this product to a friend. Read more ›
I'm glad I did. TV arrived very quickly, set up was simple (love the glass base) picture and sound are great-especially for the price. My Samsung monitor has tinny… Read more ›
Never had heard of this brand before and thought I would take a chance. Setup was easy, great picture quality. No problems. Read more ›
One pixel was out when we took it out of the box but it's not noticeable. Setup was ridulously easy - just attach the base with 4 screws and you're done. It takes longer to… Read more ›
Well pleased with the sharpness of the picture. Setup instructions were easy to follow. The unit itself is very light when it comes to mounting. Read more ›
I've set the TV up initially on a DirecTV analog box, which doesn't showcase…Set up was pretty straightforward, although programming the DirecTV remote took some effort. Read more ›
Mount works well for me but a piece broke during installation. I would recommend a more hefty mount than this one unless you are handy with the tools, stud finder scanner,… Read more ›
Easy to assemble and operate. The picture and color quality is fantastic. Read more ›
I have it hooked up to OTA antenna and HD channels come in great. The colors are nice and vivid and the darks have good contrast. Read more ›
It has a great display, 40 inches is more than adequate for my bedroom, and not a single pixel has died over the…Colors are fairly rich and there hasn't been any burn-in. Read more ›
It was cheap, it was big, but the color was terrible. there just weren't enough adjustments to make the red and the darkness go away. I had to change color settings each… Read more ›
BUt the colors and details looked A WHOLE LOT better on 11TA older series. THe black levels look good. THe details are fuzzy is my only beef with picture. Read more ›
After watching this TV for over 4 weeks, I can tell you that it is a beautiful and very functional television set. The color is fantastic and the sound quality is excellent. T… Read more ›
I have had 0 problems/issues. Screen is clear & sound works for me. I would buy this TV again without hesitation. Read more ›
The glass base, instead of plastic was a nice surprise.(No cheap look or feel there!) The 40 inch screen is a great size for the master bedroom. If it were a larger size, I… Read more ›
For $320 this TV is definitely the best you'll get, the screen is crystal clear, plenty of plug ins at the back (something like 3 HDMIs so I have one for my laptop, one for… Read more ›
- The picture is nice. Refresh rate isn't as good as more expensive flat screens, but you don't notice this for most shows. - Sound seems fine (we don't watch television… Read more ›
Picture and colors are spectacular. On-screen menus are intuitive. The 2 year warranty gives me peace of mind. Read more ›
The screen is clear & sharp. The color is great. Read more ›
There aren't enough HDMI plugs which sucks but they have hubs for that. The remote isn't the best but this is worth its price for sure! Read more ›
The only real downside is that the remote control is terrible. It has very poor range and visibility, making switching channels hit and miss, which is unfortunate. Read more ›
There are several inputs, the remote works great. Picture quality is really good (little bit of light bleed on the corners noticeable when dark, but not bad at all). Read more ›
programming my FIOS remote was easy enough. actually, i sweated it out for a while because i couldn't find anything on it. but then i tried the RCA remote codes for my Vz… Read more ›
We read the reviews so we knew to expect low quality on the sound so we bought a surround system to go along with this tv. The remote is cheap but hey, I'm not complaining!!! Read more ›
At first i was a little concerned…The other reviewers were so helpful to let us know that (at least for comcast) you use the RCA number and the remote works perfectly. N… Read more ›
I'm not a big electronics guru that has to have the latest stuff so the easy plug n play feature was great for me: movies on DVD, antenna cord hookup, Atari Flashback, and… Read more ›
The problem with this TV is that it doesn't have an "OFF" option for a Noise Reduction feature. You have only 3 options which is Low, Middle, High. As many of you know that… Read more ›
The picture is amazing for barely $300. Features are pretty easy to navigate, even for a novice. Sound quality leaves a little to be desired, but most homes choose to add… Read more ›
I purchased this Tv because it had so many positive reviews I couldn't be…Some of the reviews helped with setup and setting and were great it was up and running in 30mins. Read more ›
I do switch over…I think the remote is really good, only took a day or two to get used to, the menus are simple and easy to navigate, and the options are plentiful enough. Read more ›
For example, if I'm watching an NBA game, the "Sports" mode is clearly better and more clear to watch than let's say -- the cinematic mode. And if you're watching a movie… Read more ›
For the price of this TV when we bought it, I wish I would have bought another one. TV image and size is great for playing the ps3 on and the sounds is great too. Read more ›
My daughter needed a TV for her sitting room and this size was perfect. With the price AMAZON gave, which also included a two year warranty, you couldn't beat it! Read more ›
Also, the size is perfect. I really thought I wanted a 42" or 46" but again, this tv does not disappoint and neither does Amazon. Read more ›
For the size this is a great price, along with it being a great quality image. It is really easy to set up and light weight. Read more ›
The design is fairly low profile and modern, and the remote is fine. Obviously the price for the size is a plus. Read more ›
The TV arrived in good shape and was very easy to setup, although finding a "TCL" code for directv, was impossible. I searched online and used an RCA code instead Read more ›
I have had it almost two years now. Easy to use nice picture decent size! Read more ›
An excellent choice for HD TV. Easy to use and has great clarity and sound. Easy to view from anywhere in the room. Read more ›
The input/outputs allow all the game system, PC, laptop, DVD player,and media player to be plugged in at one…The controls are easy to use and the extra features are a plus. Read more ›
First off, if you've waited this long to get an HDTV,…Everyone in the house agrees that this is the best thing we've purchased in years....terrific picture, easy to use. Read more ›
I still had the old model tv in my bedroom, so I said need to up grade my…Nice size, color and model very easy to use and also wasnt alot of trouble to get out the box. P… Read more ›
Sturdy, easy to mount base by simply attaching 4 screws. The remote control is well organized and easy to use. The sleep timer is awesome. Read more ›
the audio hurts your ears, the video hurts eyes, which I can tolerate, then this piece of shit shuts off by itself every now and then,…The customer service is Horrible!!! Read more ›
Three calls and another week later, they still can't find a box to ship to me! The TV doesn't work and the customer service is horrible. Buy any other TV and save yourself… Read more ›
The TV works for now, the handshaking…Amazon's customer service is really good its too bad these other companies aren't but they should if they want to sell their products. Read more ›
Finally, the included 2-year warranty is terrific. I'm also buying an additional 3-year warranty via CostCo (it's $20 cheaper there with a CostCo Membership). Read more ›
If something goes wrong down the road there's a 2 year warranty so there's not much to worry about (although some are saying the OEM's customer service isn't great)- you'll… Read more ›
This TV does not offer a lot of bells and whistles but its basic features…If customer service is as bad as some have experienced, I hope I never have to go through them. Read more ›
At the time I purchased this tv it was on sale, I had gotten some money selling books back, and was…Worked great right out of the box, very sturdy stand which was great. Read more ›
The box was in excellent shape and the television was packaged well. The stand is easy to put on and is quite sturdy. My only descrepancy is the light LED spill on the… Read more ›
I have this tv mounted in my man cave with all current gen consoles hooked up to it,…The glass stand is very nice, but sadly sits in my closet unused due to the wall mount. Read more ›
Very good styling and the silver accent piece is smaller and not as noticeable as I…The TV is also very light and the glass stand was very easy to install and looks great. Read more ›
The screen is anti-glare, but it doesn't sacrifice clarity. The simple frame and stand look very nice as well as clean. The glass stand is also very sturdy, and doesn't let… Read more ›
TV looks good. Stand is nice. Protective plastic where it needs to be. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

670 of 678 people found the following review helpful By MadQueen on December 25, 2011
Size Name: 40-inch Verified Purchase
I purchased this TV on sale in Dec. 2011 for under $300. It's an updated model of TCL L40FHDF11TA. It's put in a master bedroom. I'll rate each category in Amazon's system of 1 to 5 stars. My ratings are relative to how this TV stacks up against other TVs in its price range.

SETUP *** (3 stars)
The TV was well-packed in the shipping box (43.5" x 31" x 10.5") with 2 yellow nylon straps holding it together. (If your straps are missing, the shipper might have broken them while carrying and dropped the TV.) For wall mounting, you need a VESA 400x400mm compliant mount such as this, this, or this. I used the glass stand. If you're trying to fit it into a shelf, the dimensions with stand are 38.5" x 27" x 9" (without stand: 38.5" x 24.5" x 4"; note the 4" depth instead of 1.5" for an LED). The power cord doesn't have a power brick attached which is a plus. I'm using a learning universal remote which did find codes for this TV. Try 'RCA' if 'TCL' didn't work for you. I suggest using an universal remote since it's much easier to replace than to replace the original remote if you break it.
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352 of 372 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Barr on December 22, 2011
Size Name: 40-inch
UPDATE 12/27/11:

Since writing this review, I was contacted by phone both by TCL directly and the management of A&D Electronics and they are currently shipping me a new unit, 2-day air, and have profusely apologized for the extensive communication issues I received during the service process.

I still believe TCL would benefit from a significant investment and restructuring in their customer service workflow, and the frustrations of my customer-service experience will weigh into my decision to purchase again from them. But they have finally resolved my issue in a very high-touch manner, so I have moved my original review of one star to three stars. I hope that others who experience similar customer service woes can also find resolution for their issues.


I have loved this TV and actually bought two more, for my family and my office. The picture quality for the price is unbeatable. However, after 5 months, the screen developed a weird issue where a 2 inch strip of pixels displayed a reversed (left to right) image. I call customer service, and after a long wait talked with someone who took my info and asked me to unplug the TV and plug it back in. When that didn't work, she said "I cannot help you further, so I'm escalating your case to level 2." She gave me a different number to call which is for some company called AD Electronics USA. I called it for 4 days straight and got a perpetual busy signal. Finally, I was able to get through. The guy I talked with (cs10@adelectronicsusa.com) asked me to email him my receipt and a short description of the problem, and then said he would call me back because they were closing for the night.

That was 10 days ago. He will not respond via email or phone.
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December 23, 2011
Hi Brandon, we apologize for your unfortunate customer service experience. Please be assured that your issue will be quickly addressed and your 2 year limited warranty is intact.
88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Erwin on November 25, 2011
Size Name: 40-inch Verified Purchase
12/6/11 -Update regarding the random powering on issue. Finally called TCL customer service. They were aware of this bug and walked me through doing a firmware update. Phone call and update took all of 10 minutes. You go to the website, download the update, put it on a memory stick, plug the stick into the USB port on the TV et voila! 2 clicks and 30 seconds later you're done.

Bought this t.v. for a new apartment and with a few caveats, am pleased with my purchase. The picture quality is great, sound completely adequate for my needs. The only oddities are these. The T.V. turns itself on randomly. I turn it off and somewhere between 1 and 8 hours later it turns back on. read the manual - found nothing to explain it, googled and found one user with a similar complaint who was advised to contact the manufacturer. That seems somewhat ominous - I will contact the company and post later with the outcome. The second oddity is that COMCAST does not have the codes from TCL to program the Comcast remote. The installer had thought I would find something on the Internet and I did, but not for my model. However, after reading that TCL builds many RCA t.v.s I went back to Comcast page on programming your remote and checked the RCA codes. Turned out that the "most likely" RCA code worked like a charm.

From Comcast page
Others to try: 11447, 11347, 11547, 11247, 11147, 10679, 11661, 11958, 10093, 12002, 10051, 10090, 11047, 11602"
Hope that helps someone else out there. :-)
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