The new TCL 6 series is an excellent TV overall, and it’s a nice improvement over its predecessor. The design of the TV and its inputs. Then we’ll analyze its different aspects of picture quality.
Next, we’ll look at the motion handling, input lag, and sound and finish by comparing it to other competing models on the market.
The TCL has a nice design that should look great in any living room. The TV is made mostly plastic, with a metal frame holding the display. The glossy finish on the back looks like glass, giving the TV a more premium feel.
Despite being made of plastic, the build quality is fairly good, and there aren’t any issues in the construction with our unit. The TV is slightly on the thicker side.
All of the inputs are located in a single side cutout, and there’s enough here for most people’s needs. There are 4 HDMI inputs, and they’re all HDMI 2.0, not HDMI 2.1, but this is somewhat expected with a budget TV. There’s also a USB port, analog and digital audio out, an ethernet port, a TV Tuner, and a composite in.
For audio passthrough, the TV supports ARC and eARC, allowing you to send Dolby Atmos or DTS through an HDMI connection.
A Slow response time can result in a blurry trail behind fast-moving objects, commonly known as ghosting. This TV has a great response time and is much improved over last year’s model. This is good news for anyone who plans on watching fast-moving content on this TV, such as sports or video games.
The TCL flickers at 60Hz and does an excellent job at reducing motion blur without dimming the display too much. But it can’t flicker at 120Hz, so those sensitive to flicker may find this too distracting.
The Input Lag
Input lag is the amount of time it takes to process and display an image from a source. Having a low input lag means you’ll see the results of your actions faster, resulting in a more responsive experience. We found the TCL to have a pretty good input lag, but it was a bit slower compared to its predecessor.
The Smart Features
The TCL has a Roku TV built-in, which is quite user-friendly and runs smoothly. It’s pretty easy to navigate the OS, and the app selection is excellent. The remote is small and basic, but it has enough to get around. It has some shortcut buttons to popular streaming services, but we found the voice control to be hit or miss.