Just like Memorial Day and Father’s Day, the upcoming Independence Day is a wonderful time to take advantage of some amazing HDTV deals.
And right now at Best Buy, there is one particular discount that you need to take a long hard look at. It’s TCL’s 75-inch 8-Series 4K TV, which is now retailing for $1,799.99—a whopping 40% off the regular $3,000 price tag.
If you’re at all familiar with TCL’s HDTVs, you know that they are pound for pound one of the strongest non-OLED competitors out on the market. As for the 8-Series in particular, know that it's definitely a great value on many levels.
As the only TV on the market that utilizes full-array local dimming backlight with mini-LED technology, this monster set can deliver outstanding brightness, precise color control and plenty-deep black levels that other LCD-based TVs just can’t match.
Keep in mind that the 8-Series utilizes QLED technology (often seen on Samsung’s high-end lineups), and not OLED—thus, there will be shortcomings due to it not using self-emissive pixels. QLED often has a difficult time competing with OLED displays because OLEDs use organic compounds that include carbon and other materials to create the colors. OLEDs don’t require a backlight, so they are able to produce truer blacks. For the average TV viewer, though, there probably won’t be a huge noticeable difference.
Boasting an elegant, stylish design, the 8-Series oozes that high-end feel that you should be getting for the price you’re paying. You also can’t complain about the number of port selections, as it includes four HDMI ports, including one with ARC support, a single USB port, a cable connector for the TV’s built-in tuner and Ethernet for wired network connectivity. It even has a built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi for connecting to your Wi-Fi router.
Know that if you’re one of the millions who absolutely can’t live without Roku, you’re definitely in luck—this smart platform comes built-in with the TV. Because of its incredibly intuitive, user-friendly interface, it really is a breeze in quickly finding what you want to watch for movie nights. 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 on Roku are seemingly endless (likely more content than you can handle), and if a new one hits the market, you can bet that Roku will know that and you’ll quickly have access to it. With frequent updates and feature improvements, it seems that Roku is always looking out for your TV-watching needs. For those of you who want to always keep that seat warm, the voice-search functionality on the remote control works like a charm, but it won’t be as robust as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, which are often found on LG and Sony TVs.
Can’t forget about all you gamers out there waiting patiently for the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The advice is that you can probably stop using monitors that are dedicated to that specific purpose. The 8-Series boasts astonishingly short lag times when playing action-intensive sports or first-person shooter games. It also does a fantastic job in reducing motion blur and halo effects.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.