TCL introduced its new line of mid-range 4K TVs 5 and 6 series for 2020. As in previous years, they offer a lot of value, with good design, four HDMI ports, and built-in Roku software that could eliminate the need for buy a streaming device. Importantly, they also offer full support for HDR standards, so you won’t be left out of the next HDR-enabled Super Bowl game, every time you do. It includes what TCL calls the “HDR Pro Pack”, with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. What deserves your attention most are the high-end features, such as high-contrast QLED displays and precise mini-LED backlighting, which have fallen down the price scale and are much more affordable.
On the low end, the 50-inch 5-series TV (model 50S535) costs $ 400 and has a QLED display, a 60Hz refresh rate panel, and 40 local dimming zones. It’s definitely not the option you want if you fancy the most cinematic experience or one suitable for fast-paced gaming, but a $ 400 QLED TV? It’s awesome. TCL’s new 5-Series is also available in a $ 450 55-inch and $ 630 65-inch model, each with a slight increase in the local gradation zones at 48 and 56, respectively.
TCL’s new 6-series also has QLED, but most notably it features Mini-LED backlighting, which was one of the main selling points of last year’s top-of-the-line 8-series model which has rarely dropped below $ 1000. With Mini-LED backlighting, local dimming areas are dramatically improved, so you won’t notice the stained parts of the screen as much when looking at something that is dark and atmospheric. Plus, every 6 Series TV supports a variable refresh rate with support up to 120Hz, which you’ll want if you plan to connect a PS5 or Xbox Series X when they release later. this year.
To that end, TCL claims the Series 6 is the first TV to feature the THX Certified Gaming Mode, which promises to thrill gamers “without any compromise in ultra-low latency gaming.” This model starts at $ 650 for the 55-inch version, going up to $ 900 for the 65-inch TV, and finally, $ 1,400 for the larger 75-inch model.