TCL introduced its new line of 5 and 6 series mid-range 4K TVs for 2020. As in previous years, they are great value for money, with a good design, four HDMI ports and built-in Roku software that supports the need to buy a streaming device. Importantly, they also fully support HDR standards, so you don’t stay away from the next HDR-compatible Super Bowl game, whenever it will be. It includes what TCL calls the “HDR Pro Pack”, with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. However, what deserves the most attention is its premium features, such as high-contrast QLED displays and accurate Mini-LED backlighting, which have dropped down and are much more affordable.
On the low end is the 50 ” 5 series TV (model 50S535) costs $ 400 and has a QLED screen, a 60 Hz refresh rate panel and 40 local dimming zones. It’s certainly not the option you want if you’re looking for the most cinematic experience or one that’s suitable for fast-paced gaming, but a $ 400 QLED TV? That is amazing. TCL’s new 5 Series is also available in a $ 450 55-inch model and a $ 630 65-inch model, each with a slight increase in local dimming zones to 48 and 56, respectively.
TCL’s new 6 Series also has QLED, but more specifically, it has Mini LED backlighting, which was one of the main selling points of last year’s high-end 8 Series model that rarely dropped below $ 1,000. With Mini LED backlighting, there is a huge boost in local dimming zones, so you don’t notice blotchy parts of the screen as often when looking at something dark and atmospheric. Plus, each 6 Series TV supports a variable refresh rate with support up to 120Hz, which you’ll need if you plan on hooking up a PS5 or an Xbox Series X when they come out later this year.
That’s why TCL says the 6 Series is the first TV with THX-certified game 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 largest 75-inch model.