TCL’s mini-LED/quantum dot technology impressed us in the $2,000 65-inch 8-series we tested this last summer, and you’ll find those same technologies in the company’s $700 55-inch 6-series TV. We’re talking darn close to top-tier image quality for basically half what you’d expect to fork over.
Design and features
The 55-inch class (54.6-inches diagonally) 6-series we tested sports a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), 10-bit, 120Hz (4K gaming is 60Hz) panel that uses quantum dots for color and mini-LEDs for backlighting.
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The panels supports local dimming, but given the “thousands of lights” (TCL wasn’t specific beyond that phrase), it’s not as granular as you might think. You’ll get 128 zones on this 55-inch model, 160 zones on the 65-inch, and 240 on the 75-inch. By comparison, the 8-series has 25,000 lights and over a thousand zones. In stress tests this made a difference; in real life, not nearly as much.