Letâ€™s talk first about the 6-Series, which will have limited availability beginning today in select regions with a 55-inch (55R635) for $US650 ($908), 65-inch (65R635) for $US900 ($1,257), and 75-inch (75R635) for $US1,400 ($1,955). TCL is marketing this model as the first TV to offer THX Certified Game Mode â€” a feature developed through a partnership between THX and TCL for premium gaming support.
Editor’s Note:Â Stay tuned for Australian pricing and local availability for these TVs.
The companies say this gaming setting offers brighter colour, 4K gameplay at 120Hz, ultra-low latency, and better clarity with less judder and smear effects. All four of the 6-Seriesâ€™ HMDI ports will support Auto Game Mode (HDMI-ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), with one port offering eARC support.
In a first for this model, the 6-Series will now offer thousands of mini-LED backlights, a feature itâ€™s stealing from TCLâ€™s 8-Series. Together with its 4K HDR and mini-LED technology, the 6-Series also taps TCLâ€™s Quantum Dot technology and the HDR Pro Pack with Dolby Vision for superior picture quality. (The company wouldnâ€™t comment on peak brightness, telling Gizmodo that it doesnâ€™t â€œbelieve in promoting peak luminance to our customers because there are many other variables that impact the perceived brightness and contrast of a TV with real content.â€)
Select screen sizes of the 6-Series will have a feature I know TV stand evangelists will appreciate: adjustable legs. Rather than forcing TCL users to screw their TV legs on the farthest corners of the unit, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes support multiple options for feet placement â€” even getting close enough to mimic a central stand. In other words, thereâ€™s a very good chance your current console setup should be fine if youâ€™re upgrading from a smaller TV to one of these larger units that support the feature.
Also with limited availability beginning today, the 5-Series is borrowing the Quantum Dot (QLED) colour technology from the fan-favourite 6-Series â€” some great news for picture-focused TV shoppers who are on a tighter budget (the 55-inch screen size starts at less than $US400 ($559)). The 5-Series boasts up to 80 zones of local dimming. Dolby Vision, HDR Pro Pack, and Auto Game Mode will all be included in this model â€” but the trade-off to a great picture at a fraction of the price is that you wonâ€™t get the same goodies like the adjustment capabilities or the THX Certified Game Mode. In the 5-Series, all four of its ports feature Auto Game Mode and one supports eARC.
Additionally, on both the 6-Series and the 5-Series, each foot pops open to support cord management so that your home entertainment situation doesnâ€™t wind up looking like this, something I thought was at least pretty neat in theory if not totally perfect in practice. (I would love to be convinced otherwise, though!)
Both TVs run on Roku TV, and the 6-Series comes with a voice command-enabled remote included.