In recent years, one of the hallmarks of TCL TV is their use of Roku TV, which appears in most mid-range models in North America. By leveraging Roku's strengths, TCL TVs have an incredible library of subscription-based streaming services, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. In 2019, TCL expands to 8K with the upcoming launch of the new TCL Roku TV for 2019 (or TCL X10 QLED outside the US), as well as the new 8-Series. The company has also joined other leaders in the signage industry to form the 8K association, which will work to "set 8K display performance standards and support the dissemination and promotion of 8K to consumers. and industry partners, such as streaming services. "
The two new 8K TVs feature TCL's new Quantum Dot Display Technology, which supports a wide color gamut display, representing nearly 100% of the DCI-P3 color space coverage. This technology, combined with TCL's mini LED technology, is expected to deliver brighter colors, increased contrast, and better viewing angles. In addition, TCL has launched TCL AI-IN, its new intelligent artificial intelligence platform, and is working to integrate its intelligent products with artificial intelligence to partners such as Android TV, Roku (in America North only) and Amazon Alexa.
Currently, TCL is the only Roku TV brand to offer high-end features that compete with the best TVs of the leading brands. But this is only true for the R615 and R617 models of the TCL R6 series. Let's take the R615 models first. (The R617 sets are described below.) In addition to first-rate HD and 4K picture quality, the 65-inch TCL 65R615 and its 55-inch brother, the TCL 55R615, are the only Roku TVs in our rankings that offer a great HDR experience. R615 sets are sold exclusively at Best Buy. Unlike the R617 models, they do not come with a Roku voice remote and are slightly cheaper.
The TCL 65R617 and TCL 55R617 have everything you get with the R615 sets, but the Roku Voice Remote lets you control the TV and search for content using voice commands. You can expect to pay about $ 30 to $ 50 more for this feature. Both TVs offer excellent picture quality, but they diverge slightly on one point. In our tests, the HDR performance of the 65-inch model was barely lower than that of its little brother and those of the two R615 sets described above.
This model, the TCL 55S517, is derived from the lower series than TCL's top-rated R6 series mentioned above. It is worth considering your project if your budget is tight. You get a world-class HD image and enjoyable Ultra HD performance, but not the high-quality HDR performance of these enhanced models. Compared to the slightly cheaper TCL 55S515 model, this one offers a slightly better HD image quality.