If you’ve been toying with the idea of jumping in on a TCL TV, here is the perfect choice for you: the 6-Series.
Within the past year, it really has become the go-to TV for anyone seeking top-notch picture quality and a built-in Roku interface. Best of all, you won’t have to sacrifice your child’s college education, as the 65-inch model comes in at $750 and the 55-inch $550.
If you’re looking for that powerful performance and the envious looks of your friends and neighbors, you got it right here. The 6-Series features 4K UHD picture with QLED color technology and Dolby Vision HDR. In order to use these quantum dots (often associated with Samsung’s TVs), the TV comes with a layer of nanoscale semiconductors in the screen that produces exceptionally vivid red, blue or green light. This advanced tech produces the best and brightest colors you can achieve with an LED-backlit LCD display. OLED is probably the only technology that can dethrone quantum dots, but you’ll be shelling out at least several more hundreds of dollars.
The contrast of the TV is indeed remarkable. Its ability to showcase the deepest of blacks in addition to the exceptional brightness level really separates it from other offerings in a similar price range. Yes, there are TVs that do have deeper blacks and higher levels of brightness, but money-wise, you’ll be talking north of $1,000.
If you’re one of the millions who love Roku, you’re definitely in luck. Because of its incredibly intuitive interface, it really is a breeze in quickly finding what you want to watch. Toggling between apps and devices is also a snap, as you don’t have to physically deal with all of the buttons and switches of separate devices.
The streaming offerings in Roku are endless, and if a new one hits the market, you can bet that Roku will know that and you’ll quickly have access to it. For those of you who want to keep the seat warm, the voice search functionality on the remote control works like a charm as well.
Can’t forget about all you gamers out there. The advice is that you can probably stop using monitors that are dedicated to that specific purpose. The 6-Series boasts astonishingly short lag times, more often than not unseen at these price points, when playing action-intensive sports or first-person shooter games.
The only drawback is probably the design of the TV. It has a silvery, brushed metal frame and a thin bezel, but the TV can appear a bit thick from the side. Unless you like watching your TV from that angle, it won’t be a huge issue. Also keep in mind that the legs of the TV are set far apart, so if you’re thinking about using a TV stand, make sure that it is wide enough. Better yet, you could just mount it.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV.