In keeping with that trend, the TCL’s 65-inch 6-Series Roku Smart TV can now be purchased for only $750, representing a huge 32% savings compared to the regular price.
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 set comes with a layer of nanoscale semiconductors in the screen that produces exceptionally vivid red, blue and green light.
This next-gen tech does a marvelous job in producing the best and brightest colors you can achieve with an LED-backlit LCD display. As many reviewers would likely agree, OLED is probably the only technology today that can dethrone quantum dots—but you’ll also be shelling out at least several more hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
The contrast of the TV is indeed remarkable for the price. Its ability to showcase the deepest of blacks, in addition to the exceptional brightness level (great for sun-drenched rooms), really separates it from other offerings in a similar price range. Yes, there are TVs that do have deeper blacks and higher brightness levels, but money-wise, you’ll be talking north of $1,000.
If you’re one of the millions out there who already can’t live without Roku, you’re definitely in luck—it comes built-in with the TV. Because of its incredibly intuitive and user-friendly interface, it really is a breeze to quickly find what you want to watch for family 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 in 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. For those of you who want to always keep that 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 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 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. It also does a valiant job in reducing motion blur and halo effects.
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 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.