I interrupt your Sunday with what is arguably the best TV deal of 2019: An Amazon seller just lopped another $200 off "the best value TV of 2018." For a limited time, and while supplies last, the TCL 6 Series 65R617 65-inch Roku TV is just $499. Previous price: $699, itself a new low. Before that, it had been holding steady at $799. Update: Shortly after I published this, the price jumped back to $699.99. Update No. 2 (7/3/19): It appears that many, if not most, orders were cancelled after the fact, suggesting that the third-party seller may have been fraudulent. I'm investigating with Amazon and will try to figure out what happened here.
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I don't know if this is a price mistake or what, because that's a huge drop. Note that the seller listed here is AMZ Fulfillment, not Amazon proper. Thus, although shipping is free, it's not Prime shipping. Delivery is currently showing July 5-10.
A quick summary for those unfamiliar with TCL's product line: The 4 Series is great (and that 65-inch model can often be found for $500), but the 6 Series is downright spectacular. It's CNET TV guru David Katzmaier's favorite "value" TV. Read his to find out why.
One thing to note: This is the 65R617, which is a bit different than the 65R615 that's exclusive to Best Buy -- and often price-matched. The two are pretty much identical save for one thing: The 65R617 comes with a voice-enabled Bluetooth remote. The 65R615 includes a standard IR remote, meaning it needs a line of sight to work.
In other words, this is the slightly better model of the two. But given that they both debuted at $1,000 less than a year ago, $700 is a pretty amazing deal.
Originally published on May 13, 2019.
Update, June 30: Republished with updated pricing and availability.
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