The TCL 6-Series is a QLED TV which manages to offer a picture quality that you'd expect from a television with a far higher price. Cramming in 4K, HDR and even Roku makes this a superb television for the money. Heck, it's good even if you don't take the price into account.
The Chinese TV manufacturer has improved this 2019 model over last year by offering that enhanced QLED performance meaning better definition and color punch. if you want great audio and visual quality at a bargain price, this is the best TV to suit your needs.
TCL 6-Series TV review: Picture
- Great color range
- Dolby Vision and HDR10
- Brightness limited
The TCL 6-Series comes with full-array local dimming, named Contrast Control Zone by TCL. The many zones are able to offer more accurate LED lighting controls so as to deliver punchy colors and well defined contrast. The result is noticably darker blacks which don't suffer bleed from brighter parts of the image nearby.
Average price: $749.99
Sizes available: 55" and 65"
Screen type: ULED
4K ready? Yes
8K ready? No
HDR type: Dolby Vision and HDR10
Audio type: Dolby Atmos
HDMI connections: 4
Other connections: 1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, Analog video in, Headphone out, Optical out, Tuner.
The inclusion of Dolby Vision and HDR10 mean this TV can decode both signals. However it isn't HDR10+ compliant meaning it's not totally future-proofed. That said, you'll still get Disney Plus and Netflix content as they use the former compression format.
Both shadow detail and darker scene detailing is excellent for an LED TV. Sure, this isn't ever going to go up against an OLED screen like the LG C9, but for the price this outdoes a lot of the competition that will cost you more. Peak brightness, at over 800 nits, is also plentiful allowing this to fully utilize any HDR content you're viewing.
Even the screen itself works better than previous years and other models with an ability to reduce reflections that were clearly apparent before. This is great if you have a light or window that normally distracts you with its reflection on the TV.
Input lag is superb, making this great for gamers, with just 11ms for 1080p content. Video processing works well for most motion but there are modes like Action Smoothing and LED Motion Clarity which you can use too if you want a specific result for a certain type of content.
TCL 6-Series TV review: Sound
- Dolby Atmos
- Dual 8W speakers
Audio is rarely something to get excited about on modern slim televisions and this TCL model is no exception. You can use the built-in speakers just fine but adding a soundbar or surround sound system is advisable.
Yes the TV does have Dolby Atmos support and can create a virtual surround sound experience using the advanced data it can interpret from the feed. But there's only so much you can do with a pair of 8W speakers. The result is that while voices are pretty clear, even when loud, you won't be that immersed in movies as there just isn't enough bass power.
Of course having that Dolby Atmos support means you can attach a compatible speaker system and enjoy totally immersive surround sound right there from your TV's audio output.
TCL 6-Series TV review: Design and build
- Roku onboard
- Brushed metal finish
- Gunmetal feet
The TCL 6-Series looks great, there's no denying that, with its brushed metal sides and super slender bezel finish. Even the V-shaped gunmetal feet add to the quality of this TV's look.
Dive into the systems and you find the real treat in the form of that Roku TV onboard. That means all the Roku apps with its easy and intuitive menus to make using your TV, for streaming content, a breeze. It also means lots of updates to help future-proof your set. Plus you can use voice controls to navigate even faster using the included microphone toting remote control.
Round the back you have plenty of connectivity with HDMI, USB, Ethernet, composite video in, optical out and antenna/cable connectors all easily accessible.
Should you buy the TCL 6-Series?
The TCL 6-Series is a way to get you a relatively affordable big screen TV that offers 4K and Dolby Vision HDR with the build quality of QLED full-array dimming to really show the difference in picture quality. The Roku TV onboard and Dolby Atmos support are super useful additions that make this a great deal.
Some may want a better OS, like Google TV, found on the Hisense models that are competitively priced. But for all out picture quality at this price, this is the TV to go for.
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