One Of The Best Budget 4K HDR TVs Of 2018 Gets A Pre-Black Friday Discount
Stephan Jukic – November 20, 2018
What is without a doubt one of the best 4K TVs of 2018 in terms of sheer features and specs for a low price is now getting even cheaper than before thanks to the pre-Black Friday discounts that are flying around the web and major retail outlets.
This TV is the TCL 6-Series R617 4K HDR LCD model and as we described in detail in our in-depth review of it, the 6-Series offers more overall features and quality than anything else we’ve looked at in this year for the price it sold at. Well, right now that price has gotten even lower, with the R617 model selling for pre-Black Friday discounts of 20% or more, amounting to savings of at least $170 dollars depending on which of its two sizes you buy. This is a sincerely great deal for a television with a whole host of technologies that are normally found only in much more expensive models.
TCL itself has made a major space for itself in the North American 4K TV market and the 6-Series is the maximum expression of this brand’s newly forged capability at making genuinely good ultra HD TVs for the consumer market.
The 6-Series itself offers not only spectacular full HDR color support, support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range standards and exceptional display brightness, it’s also one of the only televisions you can get this cheaply with full-array LED backlighting and high-level local dimming technologies built into its display. Sony and Samsung’s cheapest TVs to offer the same full roster of features (especially the full-array backlighting with local dimming) cost at least $900 for their smallest models, to give you an idea of the comparison.
In almost all other respects the 6-Series is also superb, offering some of the best console/PC gaming connectivity efficiency we’ve seen for this year and some really great motion handling for all your favorite 4K action movies or sportscasts. Furthermore, the 6-Series delivers a very robust and extremely diverse selection of media, movie, music and other apps through its built-in Roku TV smart platform, which we consider to be one of the best smart TV systems we’ve seen in the last couple years due to its user-friendliness and sheer content selection.
In very basic terms, we can’t recommend this particular television enough at its current sale price, and it’s already available for order, before the Black Friday/Cyber Week rush and possible stock shortages.
Here’s a bullet-point breakdown of the R617 6-Series TV’s main features and our link to the discounts:
- Smart Functionality offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500, 000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV
- Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
- LED backlighting with contrast control Zones produce Deep blacks and excellent picture quality
- Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical audio Out, Ethernet
- NOTE: The remote control for this model must be paired with the TV during initial set up in order for it to work correctly