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TCL 6-Series (2020): The workhorse TV

The 2020 model of TCL’s 6-Series (2020) [55R635-CA] TV will stay out there all through 2021, which seems to be factor since there’s nonetheless lots of worth on this tv.

If you’re searching for a TV that provides cutting-edge image and sound, this gained’t be for you, however for those who’re after a wonderful tv with an inexpensive price ticket, maintain studying.

Are Mini-LEDs that nice?

The reply to this query is sure, and no. For essentially the most half, the development of micro-LED tech will result in extra nice TVs, however it will depend on how every firm implements the expertise.

For occasion, the 2020 TCL 6-Series makes use of Mini-LEDs extra for branding because it solely slot in a number of extra LEDs than the earlier yr’s TVs that used regular-size LED diodes. However, the 6-Series from 2020 does have the smallest quantity of bloom I’ve ever examined on an LED TV; it’s nearly at some extent of diminishing returns in comparison with different LED with over 100 backlights.

Bloom is the quantity of sunshine bleed that you simply see when a shiny object is displayed on a darkish scene. Imagine you’re watching a candle burning in a darkish room. With no bloom, the candle and the flame are very clearly outlined. With bloom, there’s a smooth mild glow across the mild as a result of the backlight must mild that space as a substitute of simply the pixels which can be wanted.

All that is to say that it’s a very nice TV, however it’s not as excellent because the advertising and marketing would possibly make it out to look.

The smaller lights allowed the producer to construct a barely slimmer TV, and it pays off in that respect. It additionally gives elevated distinction, which brings total enhancements to the image high quality. This TV appears to be like implausible, all the colors are punchy and the distinction is basically sharp, resulting in a transparent and vibrant picture.

That mentioned, for those who’re anticipating OLED ranges of distinction and nonexistent mild bloom, you’ll be upset, however don’t maintain that towards the Series 6 (2020). Whenever you’re watching content material or taking part in a sport, the distinction and vibrant colors make the expertise nice, it’s not as excellent as a high-end OLED, however it’s glorious for LED.

The good

While this TV won’t be the OLED slaying machine I as soon as hoped it could be, there’s nonetheless lots of worth packed into the 6-Series.

For one, each dimension of the tv comes with 4 HDMI 2.0 ports that may run at full bandwidth with help for Dolby Vision HDR. The fourth port additionally helps eARC, which permits for uncompressed audio playback in case you have a high-end soundbar.

Each leg additionally has an built-in cable administration resolution, so you possibly can semi-hide all of the HDMI cables that have to run to your TV.

The total {hardware} design takes rather a lot from the 2019 6-Series, however it’s received a slimmer total profile and smaller bezels. While I want it had a single centre leg as a substitute of two legs on both aspect, it’s not a bad-looking set.

It’s additionally operating Roku OS, which isn’t my favorite good TV working system, however it’s simpler to make use of than Samsung or LG’s choices, making it a stable base working system for a sensible TV. It’s additionally gotten higher over time and even consists of some good sound profiles for late-night listening.

The included Roku distant is without doubt one of the superior voice-enabled fashions too, and its shortcuts buttons are for Netflix, Disney+, Google Play and Global. The TV additionally helps AirPlay 2, so it’s additionally a good match for these within the Apple ecosystem.

The dangerous

While lots of facets of this TV are nice, it nonetheless has a number of points.

For instance, the set isn’t going to be the proper machine for avid gamers seeking to hedge their bets on 120fps gaming. It has glorious image high quality and low enter lag, however it’s nonetheless lacking the essential HDMI 2.1 port that helps 4K 120Hz gaming. This is a bit odd since it may well output 120Hz at 1080p and 1440p, however total the gaming expertise continues to be pleasing, and except you’re coming from a 4K 120Hz or 144Hz gaming TV/monitor, you seemingly gained’t discover the omission right here.

While Roku OS is tremendous straightforward to make use of, its screensavers are terrible, and the UX design has not held up that effectively in comparison with different trendy TV working programs. I’m not saying, “don’t buy this TV because of Roku,” simply that I want TCL would associate extra persistently with different good TV OS suppliers to offer shoppers further choices in Canada. For occasion, the one TCL TV in Canada that doesn’t have Roku OS is the 4 Series, which you may get at Best Buy. Roku, for those who’re listening, please replace your interface, I’m begging you.

TCL as soon as once more ships its TVs with movement smoothing and different software program results turned on that should be disabled out of the field. It’s additionally vital to recollect to disable it for each enter you don’t need it on. Further, the TV doesn’t ship with something like a ‘Filmmaker mode,’ which is included in different TVs. This units the TV’s color calibration nearer to a studio reference monitor, ensuing within the image’s color displaying as near the creator’s intention with none added saturation or distinction.

That mentioned, the TV does ship with Dolby Atmos, and the base-level audio system present a reasonably first rate expertise. The sound is evident and loud, however it’s not as full as what I’m used to. I typically use a soundbar, in order that’s price contemplating for those who actually care about audio high quality. That mentioned, the audio system are greater than usable, however I’d place them extra within the upper-mid-range class as a substitute of high-end as a result of they don’t have the depth of a soundbar or higher-end televisions.

Closing ideas

The overarching story with the 2020 6-Series is that it’s an upper-mid-range set with lofty ambitions, however doesn’t fairly punch above its weight class.

It’s a stable TV and sure my new prime advice to most individuals searching for a fairly priced tv, however its lack of forward-thinking HDMI ports and weak speaker array doesn’t make this the king of TVs.

The better part concerning the TV is its display screen. In movement, whether or not taking part in a sport or watching TV, it holds up high-quality, and the deep colors and punchy distinction make it impressively straightforward on the eyes.

If you’re after OLED high quality at a 3rd of the value, you’re not going to seek out it right here. If you’re seeking to replace an older 4K or 1080p TV from the final 5 years or so, then you definitely’re positively going to note an inexpensive improve in your viewing expertise.

The 55-inch mannequin retails for $899, the 65-inch set is $1,299 and the 75-inch set is $2,000 in Canada. While the costs are truthful, I’m hoping that the TVs go on sale or drop in worth a bit now that TCL is on the verge of releasing the 2021 model of this TV. If the corporate might shave $200 off every of those costs, they’d be a steal.

What do you think?

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