It is easy to choose an inexpensive TV — simply store on value. And it is comparatively simple to choose an costly TV — simply get an OLED. However a harder determination faces the massive group of TV customers within the center, those that are prepared to pay a bit extra for a formidable 4K HDR picture, however do not wish to drop an arm and a leg on an OLED TV. Let me assist you make that call proper now.
One of the best image high quality for the cash in 2019 belongs to the mid-priced TCL 6-Sequence. It is at the moment $800 for the 65-inch mannequin and $600 for the 55-inch one. No TV I’ve examined in that value vary, together with the wonderful 2018 model, performs higher. And you’ll undoubtedly pay extra for TVs that carry out worse.
TCL has improved coloration for 2019 due to quantum dots — therefore the point out of “QLED” in TCL’s advertising materials — and revamped the styling a bit. In any other case the China-based TV maker caught to the identical successful method it used final 12 months: Nice image high quality paired with Roku TV. The 6-Sequence has wonderful distinction, loads of brightness and minimal blooming, beating different wonderful units such because the Vizio M8 and Samsung Q70 by a hair in total picture high quality. And TCL’s built-in Roku, my favourite sensible TV system, beats these TVs’ streaming techniques handily.
If you would like a greater image than this TCL your subsequent cease when it comes to value is one thing just like the TCL Eight-Sequence, Vizio’s P-Sequence Quantum X or an excellent higher-end Samsung QLED. I have not reviewed these but so I can not say for positive how significantly better their photos will likely be, however I understand how a lot they price: a whole lot greater than the 6-Sequence, with some approaching the worth of OLED TVs just like the LG B9. I really feel snug saying none of these TVs will method the worth proposition of this TCL, and no cheaper TV performs higher. That is why the 2019 TCL 6-Sequence earns the Proinertech Editors’ Selection award.
The TCL 6-Sequence definitely does not look low-cost. The sheet of glass fronting the display runs all the best way to the perimeters alongside the highest and sides for a clear, minimalist look. The metallic backside edge is thicker and barely brighter grey, matching the stand legs. Seen from the facet the TV is an unapologetic rectangular slab, not the regularly thickening cupboard discovered on opponents. In consequence the 6-Sequence appears to be like chunkier and a bit much less trendy from off-angle.
These stand legs are perched on the excessive edges of the TV, one other uncommon transfer. You will want a pleasant broad tabletop or stand — 57 inches broad the the 65-inch pattern I reviewed — to help it. After all like several TV you can too wall-mount the 6-Sequence.
Why Roku TV rocks
I am a fan of Roku TV, for causes I’ve documented extensively in earlier critiques. This is the quick checklist of causes to find it irresistible:
Frequent updates and have enhancements.Easy menus with fast responses.Full customization, together with enter naming.Inputs on the identical residence web page as TV apps.Extra apps (and 4K HDR apps) than another sensible TV system.4K Highlight and 4K apps class make discovering 4K content material simpler.Cross-platform search covers many companies, permits value comparisons.Extra Methods To Watch suggests streaming exhibits in antenna program information.Can pause stay TV from an antenna supply (and a USB stick).
My assessment pattern did not get Roku’s newest software program but, model 9.2, however when that occurs a couple of different nifty options, together with a voice-activated sleep timer and curated content material “zones,” will seem. Try my writeup of Roku’s 2019 gamers for extra new additions, and my assessment of my favourite 4K Roku gadget, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, for different particulars on Roku itself.
One factor at the moment lacking from the Roku platform basically and this TCL TV specifically — and accessible on competing sensible TVs from Vizio, Samsung and LG — is help for Apple’s AirPlay system. Samsung TVs additionally at the moment supply Apple’s TV app. Apple says the TV app will likely be accessible on Roku in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.
The 6-Sequence consists of the straightforward Roku distant with built-in voice management (in contrast to final 12 months TCL hasn’t introduced a less expensive variant that lacks the voice distant). Roku’s voice perform is not practically as strong as Amazon Alexa, discovered on Fireplace Version TVs for instance, but it surely labored effective for searches, app launching, switching inputs and tuning to an antenna channel. If the TV is off, a voice command like “Launch Netflix” will flip it on and launch the app.
Key TV options
Full array with native dimming
HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
Crucial image high quality further is full-array native dimming, which TCL calls Distinction Management Zone know-how, but it surely means the identical factor. The 6-Sequence has loads of zones for the worth: 100 zones for the 55-incher and 120 zones for the 65-incher. In the event you’re holding observe that is 4 extra zones and the identical quantity as final 12 months, respectively. It is barely higher than the Vizio M8, which has 90 zones in each sizes.
Having extra dimming zones does not essentially imply higher picture high quality, however it may possibly assist. That is as a result of smaller, extra quite a few zones enable the picture to gentle up (and dim) extra exactly, higher separating the elements of the picture that needs to be brighter from the elements that needs to be darker. It helps get rid of “blooming,” the place a vivid space can lighten one which needs to be darkish. TCL’s mini-LED system, accessible on the high-end Eight-Sequence, takes this to an excessive.
Like that Vizio and the Samsung QLED TVs, the 6-Sequence additionally makes use of quantum dots — its largest on-paper benefit over its 2018 predecessor. These dots are microscopic nanocrystals that glow a particular wavelength (coloration, for instance) when given power. They enhance coloration in comparison with non-QD-equipped TVs. My measurements confirmed barely higher coloration within the 2019 6-Sequence than final 12 months’s mannequin, and it appeared extra correct in my comparisons.
Identical to 2018’s mannequin, the 6-Sequence helps each Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10 excessive dynamic vary codecs. Lately principally the one producer that does not is Samsung.
The TV additionally touts a spec referred to as “Pure Movement 240,” however as traditional, that is a made-up quantity. The 6-Sequence has a 60Hz native panel and may’t match the movement efficiency of true 120Hz TVs, just like the Vizio P-Sequence Quantum, the Samsung Q70 and Sony X950G.
Word that TCL did not announce a 75-inch model of the 2019 6-Sequence but. It introduced that measurement individually in January at CES (a TV that occurred to have a 120Hz refresh price), so maybe it would accomplish that once more at CES 2020.
Round again you may discover a wholesome set of jacks.
four HDMI inputs (HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2)1 analog (composite) video input1 USB port (2.zero)Ethernet (wired web)1 headphone jack1 optical digital audio output1 RF (antenna) enter
Though the 2019 6-Sequence provides a fourth HDMI enter in comparison with the 2018 mannequin’s three, this TCL nonetheless lacks HDMI 2.1 extras discovered on some opponents comparable to auto recreation mode and variable refresh price, however most consumers will not miss them. The headphone jack is a pleasant contact, and in contrast to cheaper Roku units, this one has Ethernet, too.