There is no doubt in our minds: the TCL P6 series was the best low budget in the price range of $ 1,000 in 2017
If there was a disadvantage to that year’s models, one that could and should have been repaired by the end of the year, was the fact that televisions were limited to one size and production could not keep up with the high demand.
Fortunately, the biggest problem with the TCL P6 series last year has been solved in the new TVs of the 6 series that offer a variation of 65 and 55 inches.
As for the panel itself, there have been some modifications for that of 2018: TCL has increased the number of contrast control zones from 72 to 96 on the 55-inch models and more than 120 on the 65-inch versions of the televisions.
Simply put, if there is a TV of better value in the market, we still have to watch it.
Before diving too deep into it, it should be noted that there are two different TV models, each of which is available in variations of 55 and 65 inches.
For our review, we will talk about 55-inch R617 but can apply the vast majority of what is said here to both the R615 and the R617 in the 55- and 65-inch versions.
Let’s see how the latest televisions are … that, for lack of a better word, we would describe as industrial.
That said, even though TCL TVs do not have the extremely thin frame we’ve seen before on OLEDs and some LED / LCD TVs with edge lighting and may seem a bit daunting on a TV stand, it’s relatively unobtrusive.
What’s below, in case you need a reminder, is a full array LED panel with an incredible amount of contrast control zones.
In terms of connections, what you’ll find on the back of the R615 and R617 are three HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2, one with HDMI ARC, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and optical digital input, plus a
The only area that we would like the 6 Series to improve next, and it is a small criticism, is that its open design with the HDMI ports protruding from the sides leading to an unsightly mess of cables hanging from the side
One possible solution would be to design something similar to Samsung’s T-shaped bracket that routes all the cables through the base of the bracket and then along the slots in the back of the TV.
Design TL; DR: TCL ‘s 6-Series is a bit thick, but that’s because it houses the all-important full-array panel.
SMART TV (ROKU TV)
Once you have the TV working, you will come across the familiar look of Roku TV, an egalitarian operating system that comfortably maintains its best place as the best operating system year after year.
The latter is important, especially if you have ever used an Apple TV or an Amazon Fire TV, and both would prefer that you transmit their ancillary data transmission services over those of third parties.
That is nothing of Roku’s own broadcast service that was launched at the end of 2017, which offers its own collection of totally free movies that change in and out every few months.
If you have your mobile phone on hand while you browse through the channels, you can download the Roku TV application that will help you manage your content My Feed (a user-selected watch list that lets you know when a movie or TV show arrives ).
A nice surprise that TCL and Roku put into the TV is that it has built-in Chromecast, a convenient feature that allows you to send content from your mobile device to your TV.
While it would be nice to see the inclusion of artificial intelligence and personal assistants on Roku TV, similar to what LG is doing with WebOS and Samsung has done with Tizen and SmartThings, considering all this, this is still one of the best TV operators
Smart TV TL; DR: While you will not find intelligent assistants here or any type of AI, Roku TV focuses laser precision on the delivery of almost all known transmission services and the cataloguing of programs and movies in its robust search database.
HD / SDR PERFORMANCE
One of the main criticisms that were imposed on the P6 Series was its inability to adequately improve HD / SDR content to 4K / HDR.
The obvious advantage that TCL has here is its full set panel and several dozen contrast control zones: they help each scene get more contrast and even make the SDR content look better.
Where there is room for improvement here is how the television manages movement.
The last point worth doing about HD / SDR performance is that players can expect extremely low levels of entry delay in the 6 series.
HD / SDR Performance TL; DR: Significantly improved since 2017, the 6 Series’ HD / SDR performance is outstanding.
PERFORMANCE 4K / HDR
Where the success of the TCL in HD / SDR is quite undeniable, its performance with 4K / HDR content is almost as good and rarely needs qualification: stacked against the competition even in its most unfavourable conditions, the Series 6 stands firm;
So, where should the 6 series go?
You will get better performance unilaterally if the TV is placed in a dark room.
The key here, in addition to the iPQ engine that helps expand the contrast and the complete matrix panel that has more control than most televisions on the market, is its WCG (Wide Color Gamut) capability that comes from its NBP Photon technology.
But move Series 6 to a well-lit room, say in a living room near a window, and some of these advantages begin to crumble.
This is due to a difference in maximum luminance.
Of course, TCL will not fall without a fight in a well-lit room: there are ways to increase luminance at the expense of black levels.
But all this may give you the impression that Series 6 has a weak performance in the 4K HDR area.
This makes it a great partner for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
Bringing the TCL HDR performance one step further is compatibility with Dolby Vision, a format used by film studios and TV producers to great effect.
4K / HDR Performance TL; DR: a perfect companion for games and movies (especially those in Dolby Vision), the Series 6 hits are well above their weight.
It is absolutely fair to say that the TCL 6-Series is the best 4K TV you can get in this price range.