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TCL - 55" Class - LED - P6 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV

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Make every viewing session a great home theater experience with this 55-inch TCL Roku Smart TV. Its Ultra HD resolution and support for Dolby Vision and HDR formats let you enjoy premium content from streaming services. This TCL Roku smart TV has three HDMI inputs to support high-definition multimedia components.

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    • 2x AAA batteries
    • Analog AV input adapter
    • Owner's manual
    • Quick start guide
    • Remote control (RC280)
    • Stand
    • TCL 55" Class - LED - P6 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV
    • Warranty document

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (934 out of 1003)

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    Features


    Dolby Vision HDR

    Provides images with superior color, contrast and brightness, so all your favorite movies, shows and games come to life in stunning clarity.

    72 Zone Contrast Control

    Optimizes contrast in each zone to deliver brighter whites and deeper blacks. You'll notice striking bright and dark areas of the picture with Contrast Control Zone technology.

    Wide Color Gamut with NBP Photon technology

    Delivers a vibrant and rich color palette and produces images with superior color, contrast and brightness.

    Roku Smart TV

    Roku TV offers access to stream 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from one simple, intuitive interface.

    Personalized screen for each family member

    Get easy access to your favorite TV shows, apps and more on My Home Screen.

    54.6" screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner)

    Large enough to provide an immersive experience for everyone in the room.

    2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images

    Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality.

    Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV

    With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content.

    Smart TV with access to streaming services for countless entertainment options

    Stream shows, movies, games and more with the TV's built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps.

    LED TVs perform well in all lighting conditions

    They also deliver plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors.

    Dolby Digital Plus

    Optimizes the sound for TV from sources like Internet movies and music, connected PCs, smartphones and tablets.

    Three HDMI inputs for great home theater connection

    High-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable not included.

    Enjoy the picture from multiple angles

    178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen.

    Motion Rate 120

    Enjoy high-speed action with good motion clarity.

    USB input

    Easily connect your digital camera or other USB device to view compatible JPEG files.

    Manage the viewing experience for your kids

    The built-in V-chip lets you block content based on program ratings and check ratings of unfamiliar programs.

    Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1003 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unbeatable Price/Quality Ratio = Raw Value

      Posted
      ITgamerGuy

      I have now owned this TV for 16 days, and I felt it deserved another quality review added to its archive of great reviews. This is a very long review, but if you are on the fence about this TV hopefully this review can paint a good picture of this TV for you. [What led me to this purchase?] I was pretty certain my fiancé was getting me the Xbox One X for Christmas, and based off of one of my best friends’ opinion of his Xbox One X, you certainly need a 4K HDR TV to truly enjoy the console. So I began researching TVs months prior to Christmas. The purchasing of this TV was the result of months of research that led me to this TV, with little to no doubt that I was making a great decision. Where did the little bit of doubt come from you may ask? Well… just go into any Best Buy and find this TV on display. You will find this TV on a top corner rack, in an overly lit area, playing some crumby Best Buy ad that may or may not be playing with a really choppy and low frame rate (According to Best Buy staff the frame rate being choppy was something to do with the input device and not the TV display). There will be nothing about the TV being showcased while on display, and you will not be impressed. It just looks like a low-end budget TV, which Best Buy doesn’t seem to care at all about selling. For months I was completely sold on the idea of saving up and eventually getting an LG OLED C7P, which in all reality is likely the best TV on the market along with the Sony OLED A1E. However these TVs are more of a pipe dream for most people because the cost for these brand name TVs are astronomical, and if you can afford them, and want to support these large brand name manufactures then go for it cause you will certainly get quality, but you wont necessarily get value. As an I.T. guy and an avid gamer who owns consoles, but also built my own tower PC there is one thing I have learned for sure when it comes to hardware. As costs go up there is always a diminishing return on quality. That is where the attribute of value comes into play, and if you have seen the review on this TV from CNET, it scored a 10 out of 10 on value. About 3 years ago I built a PC with some of the best parts available at the time. I spent over $2300 attempting to build a liquid cooled fire-breathing dragon of a PC, that was future proof beyond all doubt. Well my new $500 Xbox One X blows it out of the water. So my point being is don’t assume spending more money will always get you a better device, and it definitely wont make you more satisfied with your purchase. But you know what will? Getting a phenomenal TV at a price that seems too good to be true. [Why is this TV so Great?] The Roku TV Interface: I have never used a Roku device before, so this was my first experience with one, and I have to say I am very impressed. It’s fast and responsive, it’s easy to use and navigate, the TV turns on in seconds and that’s not even using the quick on feature (which I haven’t felt the need to use yet), and lastly it supports so many different apps. YouTube streams 4K so well you will be jumping out of your seat the first time you watch something in 4K on it. It runs all of your favorite apps very well, and you will discover many new ones that will soon become your favorite also. I had a USB flash drive with season 2 of “The Expanse” on it that my dad recorded for me. This USB flash drive would not let me watch the show on my PC because I needed to download some third party software to use it, so the flash drive sat on my shelf unused. After purchasing this TV I decided to plug it into the TVs USB port just to see what happened. It immediately prompted me to launch the “Roku Media player app” which was pre-loaded into the operating system. Boom!! the videos of “The Expanse” off the USB played immediately and with no difficulty, working great with the remote to fast forward through commercials and everything. Then after watching about 5 episodes I decided to see if there was a SyFy channel app I could use to stream the show in 1080p. A quick search later and I found and quickly downloaded the SyFy app, where I can now stream the last half of the season in 1080p (which is as high of resolution as the app supports). Picture Quality: The picture quality is extremely impressive. If you want to show the TV off to your friends or loved ones, just go to YouTube and type in 4K, in fact I am playing a 4K YouTube video right now because I just love seeing this TV at its best even in the background while I write…. enough said. Sound quality: I don’t really have anything to say about the sound quality because I don’t use the TV’s speakers at all, I have an inexpensive 5.1 sound bar system that plugs in via optical port, and it sounds great. The built in speakers are… well… built in TV speakers. GAMING!!!: Ok so I saved this for my last key take away about the TV because it’s my favorite part. I was looking for a TV to meet the demands of my new 4K gaming console the Xbox One X, and this TV has exceeded my expectations. This TV supports both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. The Xbox One X uses HDR 10 as its HDR so this TV meets that demand, but if Xbox ever decides to switch over to Dolby Vision, or say the next Playstation console decides to support Dolby Vision then this TV has that covered too. Input lag where less milliseconds (ms) is better, is something I was unaware of when I first started researching TVs prior to this purchase, I heard somewhere that for gaming you want 30ms or less. According to CNET, my 5-year-old 1080p Vizio M Series had 38ms, the latest Vizio 4K HDR XLED TVs have even more at like 44ms. Most TVs in fact have over 30ms. The $2500 LG OLED 65 C7P has 21ms (Which is Great!!!). Well this $599 TCL 55 P605 has approximately 14ms of input lag when in game mode!!! It says that picture quality is reduced when put in game mode, but honestly I do not see the slightest difference in picture quality between game mode and normal mode. This low input lag is immediately noticeable when playing a competitive shooter like Gears of War 4, or Call of Duty WW2. I never felt like I had any input lag before I played on this TV, but now that I have this TV I feel the noticeable difference on my gamepad, where my motions with the thumb sticks appear simultaneous with the actions on screen. This is key when milliseconds mean the difference to winning a firefight or not. Now one thing I would like to mention is that not all games take advantage of the hardware of the Xbox One X or the TVs capabilities, so some games look much better than others, that has nothing to do with the TV, and is solely based on the effort put in by the games developers. But the differences made by the Xbox One X combined with this remarkable TV is game changing. I was playing Call of Duty WW2 on my old Xbox One and my old 1080p TV, and I was not impressed. I grew tired of the single player campaign and the multiplayer for sure (and I was never one to care more about graphics over gameplay…..never). As soon as I loaded the game up in 4K, HDR, and Xbox One X enhanced using this TV and my new Xbox One X, the game was 100% revitalized in my eyes. It immediately became more fun, and the multiplayer became an absolute blast to me because now I feel like I have a fair yet competitive edge with the sharp images, mind blowing color, low input lag, and easy target recognition due to the enhanced resolution. [Overall] I apologize for the length of this review, and if you made it this far I thank you for bearing with me, but the length of this review goes to show you the passion I have for this TV. One thing I cannot stress enough, is the satisfaction of a TV with a quick and responsive interface. Nothing is more irritating then navigating menus that constantly give you loading screens and at times appear to lack in response to your inputs from the remote. This TV has none of those problems, and just blazes through every screen without any difficulty or loading. The same cannot be said for many TVs that are twice the cost of this one. In no way do I regret this purchase. It has exceeded my expectations in every way. If you have the money to throw away then get an LG or Sony OLED, for sure you wont be disappointed in the picture quality, but that is also what you would expect for a $1500-$3500 display. But if you want something that is a significant improvement from your 1080p, or even your now aging 4K TV at a price point that cannot be beaten by any other TV on the market, then get this TV because I promise you will not be disappointed. Simply put: Great Roku Smart TV interface, great picture quality with impressive colors and deep dark precise blacks with intense whites using localized dimming with HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, and impressive 4K resolution, great for watching any type of media, and even better as a gaming display with low input lag. It is 85% the quality of an LG OLED, at 30% the cost of one. Plus you can buy this at a Best Buy, set it up, and if you are not impressed I am pretty sure you can return it within a reasonable window of time, but unless you ended up with a dud (see negative reviews), you wont be returning this display. The End.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Most pleasant, Smart 4K TV surprise

      Posted
      OneDub79
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      In October, I was on the hunt for a 4K TV upgrade. I was looking to see, if I could find a good, smart 4K by Samsung, Sony LG or Vizio. Then, I looked at reviews on various 4K TV’s on Amazon, cnet, and rtings of those common brands I mentioned for mid-range 4K TVs under a grand and was not impressed. Then, I stumbled upon the unfamiliar 55s405 by TCL, which I perceived, as a generic brand. However, I saw a TON of good reviews on the TV. Additionally, I saw many YouTube videos and decided to purchase this 4K TV. Later, I learned about the 55p605 and found it to be more superb and decided to swap. I was impressed hearing about the many features of the p605, such as, Dolby Vision HDR, 72 HDR Contrast Control Zones, Advanced LED Phosphor with Wide Color Gamut and of course, a Roku platform to stream many channels. I also found out, the p605 was a great gaming gaming TV. What was more shocking is the p605 has ALL of these features for only a six-hundred dollar price-tag. With that being said, is this TV a steal or a too-good-to-be-true, dud? 4K RESOLUTION: The resolution of the p605 is surprisingly superb. The default display shows in 4K UHD. The close-ups on objects, humans, etc. on the display is just phenomenal because of the detail and clarity. The display allows images to be seen, very clearly, as if watchers of the TV were there. For example, I was watching a documentary on Netflix. I saw the image of the people, very clearly. On some scenes, I could see the pores on the person’s skin. I could see every spot on the windshield, when they were in the car. It was like I was in the car with that person. Watching sports has the same effect, especially football. Seeing the field, horizontally is one thing. However, seeing the close-ups of the players is a whole different thing. Amazing color and clarity. The p605 has a 120hz refresh rate, but it is not quite the SOE (Soap Opera Effect) that many 120hz TVs have. In addition, users will see 60hz on the display by pressing the OK button on the remote. However, on moving objects, there is little to no judder or blurriness of moving objects. I have seen many footballs thrown, while watching games and saw no outside motion (blurriness, judder) of the ball. That is where the 120hz kicks in. 72 HDR CONTRAST CONTROL ZONES: This is aka full-array local dimming (FALD). This feature allows the TV to automatically brighten or dim the backlight behind those individual zones, providing better contrast and deeper blacks. It balances out, perfectly. No bleeding, grainy, fuzzy blacks or oversaturated white displays. From what I discovered, while watching, that is why the close-ups on the display look, as good, as they do. Users can manually adjust one of the two contrast settings, which is Local and Dynamic. Both cannot be used at the same time. In addition, users can turn them off, completely. HDR/DOLBY VISION/WIDE COLOR GAMUT: HDR (High Dynamic Range) is the bread and butter of this tv. It is to make for better contrast, increasingly vivid colors and brighter images. In other words, with HDR, those dark images or edges on the display will show, brighter. The p605 has a wide array of colors aka Wide Color Gamut that works with HDR to enhance colors x2. In other words, with HDR, those dark images or edges on the display will show, brighter. Most of the time, Dolby Vision HDR will not be seen, unless I watch Netflix or other streaming sites. Netflix has movies and or shows, presented in Dolby Vision HDR or Ultra HD 4K. Dolby Vision HDR shows crystal-clear and unbelievably sharp. However, the display is kinda dim, depending on what is watched. I found that many 4K TVs, which has HDR modes, actually has that for a cinematic, viewing experience. Anytime a user, first turns on a program that is Dolby Vision or HDR, the corresponding icon will automatically flash, multiple times on the upper right of the display. Generally, HDR resolution will be seen, while playing a 4K video game i.e. PS4 Pro or Xbox One X or watching a movie on a 4K Blu-Ray player. Of course, when first turning on a game, the same HDR icon will flash up on the upper right part of the screen. GAMING: Like I said, the p605 is one of the best gaming TVs that I have seen. I play with the PS4 Pro, which is a 4K gaming system, as I mentioned. The HDR resolution, while playing, is phenomenal. I have played games with already superb graphics, such as Uncharted 4, Uncharted Lost Legacy and Call Of Duty WWII. HDR, just enhances the beauty. I would compare it to buffing and waxing an already washed car. What separates the p605 from many other 4K TVs is the lack of input lag, while gaming. What is more amazing is the p605 has a Game Mode to reduce input lag, but at this point, lag it not noticeable, whether Game Mode is switched off or on. Overall, playing online will give players smooth, responsive gameplay and a competitive edge over the competition. CUSTOMIZATION/ROKU INTERFACE: One of the main features I love about the p605 is the customization and ease of use. For example, for each input i.e. TV, Game, 4K, etc., picture settings (brightness, picture mode, size, audio effect, sleep timer and audio effect) can be changed and saved. I have NEVER seen that feature on any other TV I have ever owned. As a plus, Dolby Vision and HDR has their own customizable picture settings, as well. Users can also go to Advance Picture Settings to change the color, tint, brightness, etc. The remote is pretty basic and straightforward, but includes four streaming app buttons to quickly gain access to them. Some models have different ones. Owners of the p607 will have the same remote, except it includes a headphone jack with headphones, included. Btw, the remote is the ONLY difference, between the p605 and p607. Another cool feature of the p605 is the Roku app can be downloaded to a smartphone to, change settings, access a digital remote AND perform additional picture calibrations on the fly and more. Of course, since this is a Roku television, it can do everything a standard Roku device can do. So, a Roku owner already knows the features. The p605 also updates, periodically, throughout the day. NEGATIVES: I will say the only negatives of the p605, is it only has three HDMI inputs. Sure, it is not a deal-breaker, but it would be nice, if it had four. The other negative is the display does not look very good, when watching at an angle. There have been times, where I got up and was watching, while walking away from the display and the picture looked pale and grainy. Also, the p605 has subpar speakers. Of course, I have a soundbar. Therefore, I would recommend buyers to use theirs, if they own one. VERDICT: With everything feature that I mentioned, it makes the p605 a must-own, ESPECIALLY for the price. Overall, the p605 beats just about every mid-range 4K TV in its class, according to rtings and cnet. In fact, the only step up from the p605 is the infamous 900e by Sony, which cost a grand. Of course, there is other upper-echelon 4Ks, such as QLEDs and/or OLEDs. However, if you are frugally shopping for a smart 4K TV with HDR and superb gaming, if you play, look no further than the p605 OR p607 for that matter. Also, I would also recommend purchasing an HDMI cord by AudioQuest. I always thought an HDMI cable was an HDMI cable, until I purchased it. The cable actually enhanced the p605’s resolution, even more.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For the price no other TV even comes close

      Posted
      Bradford
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Background on my purchase decision: I had wanted to upgrade to a 4K HDR TV for a while now, the only problem was that pretty much every 4K HDR TV that was worth buying was pretty expensive ($1000+) and I was hoping to be able to spend less than $1000 and still get a good TV. I was beginning to think it was not possible until I recently found this TV. During my research I happened to stumble across the brand name TCL. I had never heard of it before and I am usually a Samsung, Sony, LG person when it comes to high-end electronics. Don't let the fact you haven't really heard of TCL prevent you from getting this TV. For the price there is literally no other TV that can match it in terms of value. Every review site I checked had this TV reviewed equivalently to a much higher-end TV. Every 55in TV I found that had a higher review score cost hundreds more and some were even double the price. Experience using the TV so far: Now onto the stuff you probably care bout more. I've had this TV for a few days and I am extremely happy with it so far. The picture quality is superb, the colors are ridiculously bright, and the Roku TV interface is very user friendly. I'm going to be using the TV mostly for gaming and I've played Ratchet and Clank on my PS4 Pro (one of the few titles out so far that has HDR support) and it is incredible. I legitimately feel like I'm in the middle of a Pixar movie when playing this game. There are tons of different colors, backgrounds, details, etc in this game and everything looks amazing so far. Even when I switched to gaming mode, to lower the input lag, I didn't notice a difference in the picture quality. I also re-watched the first episode of Man in the High Castle on Amazon, because it is available to stream in true 4K (read: not up-scaled). The detail was sharp, the dark's and bright colors were vivid, it was was very impressive to watch. Advice for buying a 4K TV: ***Make sure it has HDR- either HDR10 or Dolby Vision (preferably support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 since there is no one specific dominant format yet, even though most content is HDR10 currently). If it says something like Active HDR don't be fooled, that is not HDR. The only real HDR right now is either HDR10 or Dolby Vision. Without HDR there is no reason to buy a 4K TV- you won't be able to notice the higher resolution without HDR support. ***Make sure it has local dimming. Local dimming allows the TV to adjust brightness independently in different areas of the TV ***If using it specifically for gaming make sure it A.) has a dedicated gaming mode and B.) has a low input lag in that gaming mode. ***Make sure it has a wide color gamut- without getting too technical basically this means that with HDR the colors will look brighter and more vivid and the dark's will look more clear About the TCL P605: This TCL TV supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, it has 72 contrast control (read: local dimming) zones, has a dedicated gaming mode and extremely low input lag, the picture can get very bright when viewing HDR content, and has a wide color gamut. Conclusion: This TV is by no means perfect or the best TV on the market right now, but to get a TV that is SIGNIFICANTLY better than this one you'd have to pay at least 4X the price. Simply for the value alone this TV is worth the money, but it also a very good TV in its own right. Its competitors in the same segment may have about equivalent picture quality but the fact that it supports both HDR formats, has the ROKU TV interface, and gets a much brighter HDR picture set it apart. You really can't go wrong with this TV at the price point it is being sold at in my opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Lumberg Approved

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      Stallion
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Yeahhhh, I'm gonna need you to just go ahead and come back for the P series...mkay. I bought the S series b/c of the price. I returned it for this one not only for the price, but the value. After purchasing the S series, I went back to Best Buy to find a soundbar. During that trip I took a ganders at the P series on display and noticed that it was noticably just better than the other displays around it that were equally priced and some up to 3x more expensive. I thought it was in my head, but after going home and doing my research, it wasn't. Apparently this tv is the steal of the year in 2017. I returned the S series the very next day and got this one. At $599, I can't even explain how much better it is than the S series which don't get me wrong, is a good TV at the $330-$370 price range. But this is a great TV for just a couple hundred dollars more which was still in my price range so I went for it. I mean if you're gonna have a TV, you want to be happy with it. I'm one for value so this fits the bill. Color is rich and rivals many of the in store demos of the alleged higher end tvs. The only bummer is it doesn't have the enhanced Roku remote that the P607 TV has. It has the regular Roku IR remote. But, that wasn't a deal breaker for me. It's $51 cheaper than the P607 with the enhanced remote. Best Buy only sells the P605 so I guess that's a moot point. Regardless, I read some reviews of people disliking the remote. I LOVE this Roku remote (and the Roku Interface is unmatched; I don't think I'll ever want another TV without it). The beauty is the simplicity of it. The 55" P series is slim with a nice side profile. The TV is slimmer than the S-series by a good amount. The box is thinner than the S-series, too, so it actually was easier to fit in my car for the drive home. Plus the feet are chrome colored on the P series as opposed to a silver color with the S series.The picture quality is superior. All the ports are on the right side of the TV which worked better for my setup since I have an antenna incorporated in my setup to get HD network TV. The antenna is closer to the window, with the coax input on the right side. However, I think there's something else going on with this TV in terms of being able to access more channels through the antenna. I couldn't get PBS 1, 2 and 3 with the S series tv. Using this same exact antenna, I get those stations and they are flawless. The picture quality is rich and enjoyable. Luxurious if you will. It's a really nice experience. Plus, I've NEVER experienced a lag while streaming or using the antenna. It's so awesome. I watch a lot of live sports and espn through Roku with Watch ESPN, and I had a ton of lag with the S series TV. I have the same exact internet connection with this TV, a paltry 7 mbps DSL connection, and it feels like I have a 100 mbps connection with this TV. I'm ethernet hardwired in through the back of the TV to wring out everything I can from the 7 mbps, and I stream everything and this TV has never lagged in any streaming service. It's like night and day compared to the S-series. So not only is the picture quality better but this one also supports Dolby Vision HDR AND Dolby Digital Plus Audio which is totally noticeable. The Sony HT-CT790 soundbar that I went with supports Dolby Digital Plus DTS through the HDMI inputs so it's a great pairing. You just get so much more quality with the P series than the S series that if you have the couple hundred extra I'd seriously consider getting the P over the S. It's faster in every regard and has premium picture and audio. No brainer purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best value as of 12/2017

      Posted
      Jeff
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This 5 stars is based on the price/value. You simply won't find better in the sub-$1000 range. This model from TCL far and away beats their similarity priced other models as well as competing brands. Don't read this review and think it all applies to the TCL S or C series. It is not as good as some $1000+ 55" sets BUT it is better than some. Especially if you are looking for Dolby Vision (enhanced HDR), Dolby Atmos (enhanced surround sound), ARC (channel sound from the TV to your AV receiver, even Atmos) or local dimming. Many of these are still rare on other brands for hundreds of dollars more. Brightness is very strong and I've tested HDR (and Dolby Vision) movies, Netflix Series, and games and the picture is equal to all other 55" sets I've seen. There are some compromises with this unit. Unfortunately TCL cancelled the other sizes of this series (50" & 65"). The cheap plastic bezel providing very little support for the panel. Treat it with kid gloves when unboxing or setting up as any pressure on the screen may cause back light bleeding to get worse and even cause flashlight effects. I had to return my first unit due to uneven backlight bleed. That goes to the other major compromise. As with many VA LCD panels with local dimming (vs. IPS which does better with this and OLED which doesn't need it) ... the backlight will have minor fading / gradation. As mentioned my first unit was very uneven. The replacement was acceptable. While it isn't as good as IPS and not near OLED it is what I expected from the VA panel. You'll see a smooth vignette effect (darkening towards the edges and corners) on solid dark grey but it isn't a problem for 99% of videos. If you want to test yours, turn OFF Local Contrast under Advanced Picture Settings (if you don't then you'll think you have perfect blacks, just turn it back on to High when done testing) and find a video on YouTube with the search terms "backlight bleed". With Local Contrast off you'll see the black screen is dark grey towards the middle of the screen. What you want to make sure is that the gradation is smooth with no major off-center hot spots. Ham fisted handling or screen impacts can definitely cause the backlight bleed to become irregular and ruin the picture. A stronger bezel and glass would help prevent this. There may be a bit of a "panel lottery" on this unit. The Best Buy model is the P605 ... everyone else sells the P607 for $50-100 more. While they are meant to be identical except the remote on the P607 adding a headphone port, it is also plausible to me that the P605 may get the lesser end of the panel lottery. However being able to pick it up locally, test and return if needed meant I preferred the P605 over ordering the P607 via mail. Given the price, you're going to compromise a bit with this, but ONLY on the backlight uniformity and bezel issues already noted. Otherwise everything on this unit is performing flawlessly. Colors are vibrant, easy to calibrate (hint: you can get to the calibration via the Roku smart phone app under Settings / Expert Settings, allowing you to tune all color channels, gamma, noise reduction, etc ... these settings aren't available from the TV remote but ARE available and can be configured per TV picture mode). You can also find basic calibration settings on Rtings.com (I'm not affiliated).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great TV for a Great Price!

      Posted
      Electronicman51
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      I am a very experience electronics/technology user, so this review will be long and detailed. I am constantly monitoring new electronic and technology and this television is by far the best buy (no pun intended) out there! For what you get, from the picture to the internal features, nothing else compares at this price or below. And in many cases at a much higher price point. The 4K picture is and has been reviewed by the top electronic/technology websites as comparing to tvs in the thousands of dollar range. The 60hz refresh rate along with the 120hz enhancement technology gives this tv a smooth performance. No motion lag on 4k Blu-rays whatsoever! I am not a gamer, but again the major tech websites say this tv performs fantastic with smooth gaming also. This model does not allow you to go deep into calibration as the P607 does, but it has just enough adjustment to ensure you get the right settings for your rooms brightness. And the 72 local contrast zones and the NBP Photon technology make for a fantastic picture! Most people don't even know what calibrating a tv is anyway, so this may not be important to everyone. I must say that each picture adjustment has an explanation of what it accomplishes right next to it, so that will help novices understand what each adjustment does, which is a big plus. This tv is HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatible, which gives you every option currently available for the best picture with 4K blu-rays or 4K streaming content. Just make sure you own or purchase a Full 4K Blu-ray player with matching compatibility. It also has Dolby Atmos for the latest in sound technology, so if you have a Dolby Atmos soundbar connected, you will get full advantage. If you have a AV Receiver, then it will depend on whether it is Dolby Atmos capable to get Dolby Atmos sound. The tv speakers are about what you would expect for just about any flat panel tv. They are good enough for someone who really doesn't care about great sound, but if you do care, at least purchase a decent soundbar or a AV receiver and a speaker combination that will suit your expectations and your budget. Having the ROKU platform and processor built-in is simply awesome, especially for those who don't already have access to another full streaming platform. You'll have access to pretty much any streaming app you would want! The onscreen channel guide performs better than the high-end tv I replaced with this one due to failure. I like that you have the option to turn off the HDR and Dolby Vision pop-ups. I have a Chromecast connected, so I can use Google Home to turn the tv on and off with voice command, but for some reason the off command isn't working properly, which is more than likely a compatibility issue between the Google and TCL. Hopefully they will rectify the problem, but it's definitely not a big issue. I don't like that upon powering the tv up, it wants to switch to the active Chromecast immediately unless you cancel in 5 seconds. You can turn that feature off, but it will then not recognize when any other device connected is powered on and switch to that device automatically provided the CEC control is activated on all devices. So, I'm dealing with it. The only major annoyance for advanced users is the very limited direct functions of the remote control. This can be overcome fairly easily by downloading the Roku remote app to your phone or tablet, which gives you much more control at an instant than the physical remote which is included with the tv. The physical remote does do most of the basic commands and resembles the original Roku remote with a power button added. By no means a deal breaker though. Don't let this issue prevent you from the excitement you will get with the purchase of this tv at a great price! There are only 3 HDMI ports on this tv, but if you have an AV Receiver, this is not a concern. Otherwise, for those who have multiple game consoles to go along with a Blu-ray player and a cable or satellite box, this might be unattractive. An HDMI switch box with multiple ports is an alternative. The USB DVR feature is a nice touch for those who don't have a stand alone DVR already. Although it is limited in function. In summary, this tv at the current non-sale price is by far the best deal you will find whatsoever. What you get will absolutely blow your mind, especially if this is your first 4k tv experience. Even if you have other 4k tv's, this one will impress greatly! And, when you remember you only paid $599, you will do a little dance! I would recommend buying the extended warranty with Best Buy. They always back up their products and they provide much more comprehensive coverage than the manufacturer, no matter who they are. It will be worth it if you have any problems.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great TV for the price!!!

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      Trey
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      I must say for $599 this is an great tv. First of all this TV supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision out of the box, offers Full Array Local Dimming with 72 zones which provides very deep blacks, and reaches over 700 nits of peak brightness during HDR content(comparable to the 2017 Oled's in HDR brightness). Also, the TCL is one of the best gaming TV's you can buy due to it being measured to have one of the lowest input lag measurements in a TV to date at around 15ms. This TV has the roku smart interface built in with Netflix, Vudu, and Youtube all supporting HDR. In my living room, i have an LG OLED 65C7 and this TCL in my bedroom. In no way am i saying this TCL comes close to the OLED because it doesnt; however, Imo the TCL gets you to about 75% - 80% of the picture quality of the OLED and the price difference is $2,499(OLED 55 inch version) to $599(TCL). That's an amazing price/perfomance ratio. The TCL does have its flaws such as some Flashlighting and black uniformity issues. While watching contect these issues were not really noticeable. The TCL for some reason does not engage the Full Array local dimming until content is started, so while checking menu's and apps the flashlighting is noticeable because the local dimming is off. Hopefully, this will be fixed with a Firmware update. Also, one thing i did was massage the corners of the panel and it cleared up a good amount of the flashlighting/light bleed i was having. So maybe the quality control with these units could be better. Also, the viewing angles aren't good at all; however, that's an issue all LCD TV's suffer from. Lastly, this is a 60hz panel so for those who are used to 120hz it might be a negative. Compared to my 120hz OLED C7, i saw no noticeable motion issues with this 60hz TCL. Summary: Positives. 10 bit Panel 4k, HDR 10, Dolby Vision Dolby Atmos over HDMI/ARC FALD 72 zones Dark Black levels and above 700 nit peak HDR Brightness 15ms input lag in 1080p and 4k HDR gaming Roku Smart platform Negative. Viewing angles Flashlighting(however it is normally present during content) 60hz panel(however motion was excellent to me) For $599, you get features offered with the High end Sony 55X930e at $1,799, or the LG OLED 55 LG B6($1,999) or C7($2,499). Sure they are much better TV's; however, the fact that i can even compare this $599 TV to those TV's costing thousands more is amazing. Even with the negative with this TCL, I had to give it 5 stars because for the money its an amazing TV. I think getting 80% percent of the performance of High End TV's for nearly $2,000 less is an amazing value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simply amazing beyond belief

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      This item showed up on my doorsteps on June 23, 2017.. prior to it's arrival, I was in the hunt for a newer, bigger, and more advanced tv compared to the one I previously owned (2013 Samsung 46in 1080p 3d)...I did research online and came to the conclusion that my next purchase would be a 4k tv that had to have both hdr formats (hdr10 + Dolby vision)...I game extensively and also do a fair amount of movie watching at home on the couch... originally the lg oleds was on my sights...but after reading up on a few test reviews from various tech websites, the tcl 2017 P series repeatedly scored high remarks regarding picture quality and low input lag used for gaming... admittedly at first I was hesitant...in all my adult years of buying my own tv sets, I have never purchased a tcl product before and have always stuck with Sony, LG, and Samsung...this 55in TCL is now officially my 4th hdtv I have ever owned...the first being 1080i, followed by 720p then 1080p shortly afterwards, and now last but not least, a 4k set by TCL...After only several hours of deliberate use, I must say I am a proudful owner of perhaps one of the most underrated 4k tv sets in the market today...for the price I paid ($600usd), I have no regrets and very satisfied with my purchase... picture quality exceeded my expectations for a "budget" tv...many advanced features that are normally reserved for the higher end and much costlier tv's can be found here on this p series tcl...hdr10 + Dolby vision in one package...local dimming...Roku smart interface...and with it's low input lag, gaming on my Xbox one s is fast and smooth...very little drop in frame rate despite the noticable graphical upgrade shown on the screen...4k content such as uhd Blu rays look phenomenal on this set...I use my Xbox as a uhd player and the movies in 4k are simply jaw dropping to say the least...not trying to be bias as an owner, but this tv in my opinion is hands down the best budget 4k tv for 2017...its priced low, future proof, and of great quality...I highly recommend it for gamers, movie watchers and those who place value & quality on top of their shopping list for a new TV...trust me, you will not be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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