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TCL P-SERIES ROKU SMART TELEVISION EVALUATION: DOLBY VISION STRIKES THE MAINSTREAM


No entertainer wants to strike the phase on the heels of an act that eliminated, but such was the fate of TCL's 55-inch 55P607 Roku-powered clever TELEVISION. It reached our laboratory on the heels of our hands-on time with the remarkable Sony A1E OLED and Samsung Q9F QLED. That's life.

Those are $6,000 TVs that not a lot of people can afford. The 55P607 is a mere $650 and offers you a decent portion of the high vibrant range (HDR) experience those Televisions offer-- including Dolby Vision, something Samsung's Q9F does not have.

Style

The 33-pound, 54.6-inch, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 resolution) TCL 55P607 uses a simple, thin-bezel style: Thin at the leading and thicker listed below, where the electronics live. The ports are in a recessed alcove on the right side (looking at the TV) and include one USB, one coax, one ethernet, and 3 HDMI 2.0 a with HDCP 2.2 (as needed for safeguarded Ultra Blu-ray films).


The feet for stabilizing the TELEVISION on flat surface areas are easy to connect, and large adequate to ward off most accidents, though we prefer Samsung's new better-safe-than-sorry super-wide feet. The entire deal is light enough that one fairly healthy individual can un-box and set up the system.

Remote control and user interface

While nothing fancy, and not universal (it manages just the TV), the 55P607's remote is efficient. There are volume and mute buttons are on the best side of the remote, and a jack for the included earbuds on the left side. The entire deal is very simple when you're used to it, though we would've liked the back button much better if it had actually lain below the four-way cursor button.

On-screen user interface is a location where TCL plays backseat to no one, thanks mainly to Roku, though TCL's own pop-up settings user interface is also well done. Scroll up or down to the setting you want and adjust with the right or left buttons.

On the other hand, we're not big fans of having to go to a site from another device to go into codes and set up a Roku account. A minimum of you can avoid the charge card info if you do not plan to view pay material. Beyond that, setup is reasonably painless.

While the TCL doesn't automatically acknowledge attached devices, it does sneak peek exactly what the gadget connected to the currently chosen HDMI input is playing. Pick from a list of popular device types (DVD gamer, Xbox, and so on) and voila! Input named.

When you're done with the setting up the 55P607, browsing the Roku interface is basic and of course, it being Roku, there's heaps of streaming content available. A fair bit of which should be paid for, thus the charge card routine.

Exactly what some might not like is that the innovative settings are all on the Roku app you install on your phone. There you can alter the color temperature, gamma, and there's an 11-point white balance grid. That could keep you tweaking for a while. But really, not everyone is cell-phone centric-- put the settings on the TELEVISION TCL, please.

Photo quality


Up until we got to the HDR material, the image of our 55P607 was strictly that which we anticipate from a mid-range LED-backlit LCD: Decent, if not excessively rich color; greens altered slightly to the lime; reds ever so slightly to the pink; a general bluish/cool tint compared to quantum dot and OLED designs. But many people do not notice the color palette once the movie is on. They might, nevertheless, notice the 55P607's minor jumpiness showing big, extremely detailed pan shots and action sequences.

It's not even worse than what you'll wee on many TVs in its rate range, however the flaws were obvious, and they were significantly even worse with 24 frames-per-second material played from a USB stick. Via HDMI, the motion artifacts were livable, and should not bother most users.

Information were a tad fuzzier on the P-Series than with the $6,000 Samsung Q9F it was sitting next to. But once again, the price distinction makes that a rather unjust comparison. When various components of the 72-zone LED backlight range turned on and off throughout our stress tests, it was visible. Moire was also a periodic concern as well. However once again, this is a $650 TV and the backlight issue will rarely be observed with typical content. Keep in mind that this improved over our time with the TELEVISION via updates, so a few of this is fixable. TCL seems hard at work because regard.


Where the P-Series ranges itself from the like-priced competition remains in brightness and assistance for both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision. We determined 430 nits of luminance with SDR (basic dynamic variety) material and 600 nits with HDR-10 product. 600 nits isn't really amazing-- it has to do with 100 nits less than Sony's E-series-- however it suffices to appropriately stress the intense locations in HDR product. This was especially with Dolby Vision content, which can alter the color scheme on the fly to highlight information in light and dark areas. The P-Series are 10-bit panels, indicating they can rendering simply over a billion colors.

To encapsulate all that: we were satisfied with the P-Series picture with SDR content provided the rate, though we feel TCL could to a better task with movement settlement; and we were rather delighted with the HDR. HDR does not pop to the degree it mades with higher-end TVs, but it's a guaranteed upgrade in the seeing experience you typically obtain from a $650 TELEVISION.

Audio performance and apps

The sound emanating from the 55P607 is good and loud enough for a lot of environments; however similar to lots of thin TVs, there's nearly no bass. You'll probably wish to enhance it with some sort of auxiliary system (sound bar, A/V receiver, etc.).

The media playback apps were quite capable, if not the very best we've seen. The video app will play back the new Dolby files and a lot of AVC and HEVC files, and the audio app handles FLAC, OGG, and Apple lossless in addition to MP3, WMA, and M4A.

Our only caveat is that the TV wouldn't recognize our 512GB USB drives, which left us copying things to smaller USB sticks. On the other hand, any USB stick higher than 16GB can be utilized as storage for the TV's OTA (over the air) time out function. That's an extremely good perquisite.

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