If you’re looking for a 4K TV on the cheap, TCL has been a good bet for a few years. The company’s P-Series had some of the best budget sets for 2017, and for 2018, TCL is updating this range with a new line that it’s calling the 6-Series. These were first announced earlier this year, and now we know the prices: the 55-inch model is $649.99 (model 55R617), while the 65-inch model (model 65R617) is $999.99. If they’re as good as their predecessors, these will be some very desirable TVs.
The 6-Series sets feature Dolby Vision HDR and contrast control zones, which optimize the contrast of the image (in up to 120 different zones in the 65-inch and 96 zones in the 55-inch). As with last year’s P-Series, these 6-Series sets also come with Roku’s easy-to-use streaming software built in. You also get remote controls with built-in voice commands, and a refreshed design with stylish angles and a matte metal finish.
The 6-Series is designed to compete with Vizio’s M-Series, a similar line of 4K HDR TVs that retail at about the same price. (The 65-inch Vizio is $1,000). The 6-Series sets have three HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI 2.0a ports, which should make it easy to get 4K HDR content from plugged-in devices, and feature what TCL calls its iPQ engine, which provides “precise color replication.”
Oh, and they also feature a large shiny button on the front so you can easily switch the TVs on and off. Always appreciated.