TCL 6 series looks like a video quality value winner
Tv & Audio
So you probably haven't heard of TCL, but this Chinese TV manufacturer has produced some of our favorite budget TVs in the last couple years.
And the model you see here, the all new 6 series, looks like another excellent choice for people who value image quality.
First off, the 6 series is TCL's only 2018 TV to feature full array local dimming, which the company calls contrast control zone.
TCL's special demo screen which removes a lot of the layers to expose the LED themselves shows the zones in action.
As the image moves across the screen individual zones light up and dim in response, an effect that really improves contrast.
Sixty five entry here, a hundred and twenty zones in total while the fifty five incher gets six zones.
That's a lot more than competitors like Vizio at this price.
While more expensive to use from Sony and Samsung, don't disclose their zone numbers.
The on local dimming, the six series supports all the latest 4K and high dynamic range picture formats, including HDR-10 and Dolby vision.
The company says the six series is Brighter than last year and the set also supports wide color gamut.
TCL also added a couple of HDR options that are designed to make dark scenes more visible in bright rooms.
The 6 series uses Roku smart TV system, which is one of CNet's favorites.
It has excellent app selection and constant updates.
New for this year it has a free live news feed including ABC News and Cheddar to the popular Roku channel app that rounds up free movies.
There's also voice search and voice commands as well as a new Dolby channel that showcases a few demo videos in Dolby vision and Dolby Atmos on compatible TVs like the six series.
TCL has improved the styling for 2018 as well.
With sharply angled legs, a clean metallic frame and a signature power button on the bottom edge.
The six-series is available in two sizes, the 55 inch which is 650 bucks and the 65 incher for 1,000.
Meanwhile Best Buy sells the same TV without voice remote for $50 less.
Those aggressive prices could make the six-series one of the best values of the year The year.
We'll know for sure once we get a chance to review one here at cnet.