TCL P-Sequence (55P607) evaluation | TechRadar

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There isn’t any doubt about it, TCL’s P-Sequence was the most effective worth TV of 2017. 

It has its issues, particularly relating to preserving native zones the evenly lit, however its readability, coloration and talent to provide beautiful HDR pictures had been second to none in its class – and generally even towards TVs that value two to 3 instances as a lot.

Whereas we nonetheless love the P-Sequence, it is getting lots more durable to search out in 2018. Some shops nonetheless carry it, however most have run out of inventory. The excellent news right here, nevertheless, is that since its launch final 12 months, TCL has launched two newer fashions – the TCL 6-Sequence R617, R615 – which can be even higher than the P-Sequence. TCL has upped the variety of distinction management zones from 72 to 96 on the 55-inch TCL 55R617, and it is improved video delay to solely about 17.7ms, making the 6-Sequence a terrific TV for gaming.

That mentioned, nevertheless, if yow will discover a terrific deal on the P-Sequence someplace on the market on the web, we advocate taking it – that is nonetheless a implausible TV, one 12 months later. That mentioned, if you wish to see what we thought concerning the P-Sequence final 12 months, learn on. 

(Editor’s word: TV names could be a bit complicated. The TCL P605 gives the identical image efficiency because the P607, the one  distinction between them being the distant that comes with the TV. Additionally, the P605 is obtainable solely at Greatest Purchase.)

Design

If you happen to’re unfamiliar with TCL’s gamut of televisions, the P-Sequence is roughly the middle-of-the-road mannequin. It focuses on image efficiency (that’s what the P stands for) however it neither holds rank on the high nor backside of TCL’s TV echelon. 

And that’s OK. Because it seems, the center is an excellent spot to be. 

The C-Sequence, which stands simply above the P-Sequence, gives a built-in soundbar and a up to date design for an additional $50, whereas the S-Sequence drops Dolby Imaginative and prescient from the equation for round $100 lower than the P-Sequence. The P-Sequence may not have a ‘contemporary’ design or a built-in soundbar, however it does assist Dolby Imaginative and prescient, a vital element of HDR efficiency. Up to now, it’s not so dangerous being the center baby.

The draw back, nevertheless, is that for now, TCL’s P-Sequence solely is available in one dimension: a formidable, however not overwhelming 55-inch mannequin. There will probably be a 50-inch and a 65-inch model someday down the street however, in the intervening time, all we’ve got is the stalwart, budget-conscious 55-inch display screen to sink our tooth into. 

The P-Sequence stands on two steel u-shaped legs which have rubber padding on the underside to stop slippage. They are often fitted comparatively shortly, and the TV must be up and working in a matter of minutes when you have your whole cables sorted and able to be plugged in.

Talking of plugs and ports, the 55P607 helps three HDMI 2.Zero ports with HDCP 2.2, one with HDMI ARC, one USB 2.Zero port, a 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Digital Optical-In, plus an AV In port that takes your normal composite (Purple-White-Yellow RCA) enter, nice for traditional gaming or older AV units.

It’s all housed inside a slim(ish) black shell that’s someplace in between the paper-thin OLED screens we’ve seen a lot of this 12 months and the older LED LCD screens of yesteryear. The bezel is clear however not distracting, at the least to us, however must you need one thing a bit sleeker there’s all the time the TCL C-Sequence to contemplate.

Design TL;DR: The P-Sequence is proscribed in its dimension (it’s solely obtainable in a 55-inch model in the intervening time), however in any other case it hits the nail on the top within the design division.

Sensible TV (Roku TV)

Beginning again in 2014 with a 1080p mannequin, TCL has adopted Roku as its major good TV supplier – which was a terrific choice contemplating how straightforward Roku’s platform is to make use of. 

TCL 55P607 Specs

Display sizes obtainable: 55-inches (however a 65- and 50-inch are coming quickly)
Tuner: Constructed-in
4K: Sure
HDR: Sure – HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
Panel know-how: LED LCD
Sensible TV: Sure, Roku TV
Curved: No
Dimensions: 49.Zero x 28.Three x 3.Zero inches (WxHxD)
3D: No
Inputs: Three x HDMI 2.Zero w/HDCP 2.2, 1 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, Composite + L&R Video, 1 x SPDIF Digital Audio Optical

The good TV model of Roku each appears and acts just like the platform used on streaming video units just like the Roku Extremely and Roku Premiere+: The House part accommodates all of the apps in your library, whereas My Feed tracks motion pictures and TV exhibits you’re excited about and exhibits you the place they are often discovered. We’re additionally fairly large followers of Roku’s common search characteristic that rifles via 300+ apps to search out motion pictures and TV exhibits and shows them with the most affordable choice first.

Total, Roku TV is easy, environment friendly and simple sufficient for most individuals to choose up and use and not using a downside.

New for platform in 2017 is the power to label inputs (labeling one enter as Xbox or DVD Participant as a substitute of Enter 1, and so on…), some further smartphone options and, for the primary time, Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist. Dolby Imaginative and prescient lets you get absolutely the most from the TV by way of efficiency and whereas monitoring down Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material is a little bit of a trouble, Roku does a great job highlighting all of the obtainable content material in a brand new row within the 4K UHD Highlight app.   

Sensible TV TL;DR: Versatile as ever and more and more extra environment friendly and easy-to-use with every passing day, Roku TV makes a terrific TV even higher.

HD/SDR Efficiency

Whereas 4K/HDR is the star of the present right here, HD/SDR doesn’t look half dangerous both. Vivid areas are brighter and darkish elements darker because of TCL’s Distinction Management Zone know-how that individually illuminates and dims 72 sections of the display screen, and the identical tech that makes HDR look so wealthy and vibrant additionally helps make HD/SDR pictures actually shine.

If you happen to’re on the lookout for demo content material to point out off this new display screen, your finest wager is to stay to motion pictures and exhibits that emphasize brilliant colours over darker, subtler tones. It’s not that the TCL 55P607 can’t deal with night time scenes chock stuffed with inky blacks, it’s simply considerably higher at dealing with brighter sorts of content material. Cartoon motion pictures like Moana, The Lifetime of Pets and extra look luxurious on this display screen and its efficiency rivals a few of this 12 months’s finest and brightest panels just like the Samsung Q7F QLED TV and Sony Bravia XBR-X900E. 

It’s a barely totally different story once we speak about what darker content material appears like on TCL’s worth performer – these good inky blacks can flip to milky gray earlier than your eyes – however largely we got here away impressed with what it might do. 

Essentially the most disappointing second we had with the TV got here in the course of the Sport of Thrones Season 7 opener when the ominous darkish gray fog rolled in. What ought to’ve been an epic introduction to the season seemed grainy and pixelated. Issues cleared up by the subsequent scene, however the slight faux-pas proved that TCL isn’t able to tackle OLED in black stage efficiency anytime quickly. 

HD/SDR Efficiency TL;DR: TCL’s P-Sequence nonetheless has a bit to do by way of upscaling and black stage efficiency, however total HD/SDR content material (particularly brilliant pictures) appears nice.

4K/HDR Efficiency

The star of the present right here is 4K/HDR. Palms down, the TCL 55P607 supplies the most effective performance-per-dollar on this area than practically any TV available on the market at present. When it comes to 4K/HDR efficiency particularly, and by that we imply the results of feeding the TV a local 4K sign, the 55P607 rivals and in some circumstances surpases screens that value lots of extra. 

Stunned what this TV is able to? So are we. However there are some robust technological benefits that TCL has packed into the display screen that profit from its inside {hardware}. There may be, after all, the Distinction Management Zone know-how that we talked about above that helps stop areas of brilliant white from bleeding into darker areas, however there’s one other know-how referred to as Large Shade Gamut that enhances visuals in an much more profound approach.

Large Shade Gamut (or WCG) is the driving pressure behind the TV wanting extra saturated – blues being bluer, greens being greener and so forth. TCL has a proprietary know-how referred to as NBP Photon that does this intelligently with out risking oversaturation. In apply, the outcomes are extraordinary and look above what a TV on this worth vary ought to produce. 

In fact, the tradeoff right here is that the 55P607 remains to be an LED LCD display screen that has all the identical issues that we’ve seen with the know-how over time: there’s a blooming impact the place brilliant areas bleed into areas that must be pitch black, and black ranges right here simply aren’t fairly pretty much as good as they had been again on plasma TVs or on newer OLED screens. 

These complaints are finally minor, nevertheless, and except you’re on the lookout for them, they received’t distract you from the attractive pictures this TV can produce.

4K/HDR Efficiency TL;DR: Loaded up with the most recent in display screen tech, TCL’s reasonably priced 55-incher is kind of the 4K performer. 

Sound

The TCL 55P607 is supplied with every part it wants for decent-sounding audio proper out of the field: It has two downward-firing 8-watt audio system that produce a sizeable quantity of noise – it’s sufficient to fill a small room like a bed room or lower via bigger to midsize rooms with out compromising too most of the particulars.

When it comes to tonal steadiness, TCL has correctly positioned an emphasis on the mids and highs moderately than wall-shaking bass. Meaning the TV performs properly in exhibits and flicks the place dialogue is crucial or distinguished kind of audio, however falls a bit brief on music or video games the place explosions reign supreme. 

Briefly, it’s not a whole slouch right here, however in case you’re on the lookout for wall-shaking bass or all-around higher steadiness, you’ll have to put money into a soundbar.

That being mentioned, in case you’re used to utilizing a conventional Roku gadget, one good characteristic concerning the 55P607’s distant contains a mute button subsequent to quantity up/down – a small characteristic, we all know, however one which makes a world of distinction.

Sound TL;DR: TCL’s 55P607 gives good, balanced sound for the worth. House cinema fanatics may wish to put money into a soundbar, nevertheless.

Different panels to ponder

If we had been speaking a few mid-range, $2,000 tv, you’d be completely inundated with suggestions – the Sony Bravia X850E and Bravia X900E collection are implausible this 12 months, and Samsung’s MU collection appears to supply big-screen thrills at a extra reasonably priced worth. 

However TCL’s 55P607 stands in a category of its personal. 

It appears nice, is available in a formidable display screen dimension that ought to match on high of most dwelling leisure facilities and prices properly beneath $1,000.

The one factor that we’ve discovered to be near TCL’s P-Sequence can be the new-and-improved 2017 Vizio E-Sequence SmartCast XLED TVs. The 65-inch model, which helps 4K and HDR10, is available in at a still-affordable $899 – a mere $250 greater than what you’d pay for the TCL 55P607 for an additional 10 inches of display screen. 

Finally, nevertheless, all else even, we’d nonetheless go for TCL’s P-Sequence. 

Verdict

TV producers have lengthy sought the system to a terrific performing TV at a cut price worth and, talking for the final seven years since LED LCD hit the mainstream, have by no means fairly achieved that good steadiness. Till now. For us, TCL’s P-Sequence 55P607 does simply that – it packs highly effective know-how beneath the hood, together with assist for WCG and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, in an reasonably priced package deal that may solely get cheaper as soon as the seasonal gross sales begin in November.



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