This is an exciting time of the year if you’re looking to buy a new TV. The new models showcased at CES in January are starting to hit the shelves. One of the year’s most intriguing offerings comes from TCL. They made a splash last year with their popular and highly rated 55-inch P Series 4K HDR TV with built-in Roku functionality. Priced at $649, it produced one of the best 4K HDR images of any budget tv available in 2017. This year they have added a new flagship model, the 6 Series.
The 6 Series has the same Roku TV smart platform, but TCL has upped the ante with an impressive list of new features, a larger 65-inch screen size, and a new bold, brushed metal design.
This set is loaded with features usually found on TVs costing $2-$3,000. But the TCL 6 Series is priced at a very budget friendly $1,000.
- Dolby Vision HDR
- 120 contrast control zones (full-array local dimming)
- Wide Color Gamut with TCL’s NBP Photon Technology
- Roku TV Smart platform
- Enhanced remote with voice control
- High-speed 802.11ac wireless and Ethernet networking
- 3 HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP 2.2
The one feature that stands out for me is the 120 dimming zones. Full-array local dimming is what allows LED TVs to darken dark areas of the screen and boost bright areas of the screen, making for better contrast and richer colors. The more zones there are the better the local dimming is. With 120 dimming zones, the 6 Series should produce a great picture with darker blacks and brighter brights. I would love to get my hands on this TV to see how it performs in a living room setting.
It’s way too early to say that the TCL 6 Series is the best value of 2018. But with an impressive list of features at a price tag that other manufacturers just can’t touch, it promises to be on a very short list.
The TCL 6 Series 65-inch 4K HDR TV is available on Amazon for $999.99. It’s also available in a 55-inch model for just $649.99.