TCL introduced its new lineup of midrange 5- and 6-series 4K TVs for 2020. As in previous years, they pack in great value with good design, four HDMI ports and built-in Roku software, which can eliminate the need to buy streaming devices. Crucially, they also pack in full support for HDR standards, so you won’t be left out of the next HDR-capable Super Bowl game, whenever it is. This explains what TCL calls the “HDR Pro Pack” with support for Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and HLG. Most of your focus, however, is on premium features such as a warrant-rich QLED screen and precise mini-LED backlighting, which slows down pricing levels and is very affordable.
On the low end, the 50-inch 5-series TV (model 50S535) costs $ 400 and features a QLED screen, 60Hz refresh rate panel, and 40 local dimming zones. This is definitely not the option you want if you crave the most cinematic experience or one that is suited for fast-paced gaming, but a $ 400 QLED TV? Absolutely Fabulous. TCL’s new 5-series is available in the $ 450 55-inch model and the $ 630 65-inch model, respectively, each of which gives a slight bump in the local dimming zone at 48 and 56, respectively.
TCL’s new 6-Series also has QLED, but more notably, it has mini-LED backlighting, which was one of the main selling points of last year’s high-end 8-series models that rarely cost $ 1,000. Fall down from With mini-LED backlighting, there is a huge increase in the local dimming zone, so when you’re looking at something dark and atmospheric, you won’t notice the stunning parts of the screen. What’s more, each 6-series TV supports variable refresh rates with support up to 120Hz, which is what you plan on adding a PS5 or an Xbox Series X when you come out later this year.
To that end, TCL says the 6-series is the first TV to introduce the THX Certified Game Mode, promising to thrill gamers “without compromising on ultra-low-latency gaming”. The model starts at $ 650 for the 55-inch version, goes up to $ 900 for a 65-inch TV, and finally, $ 1,400 for the largest 75-inch model.