This Budget 4K HDR TV Delivers Abnormally Powerful Color Quality
Stephan Jukic – January 29, 2019
The single most surprising thing about TCL’s 5 Series 4K HDR LCD TV that we discovered when reviewing it earlier in the year was just how exceptionally good its color delivery is. Despite being a strictly mid-range TV with a budget price, this model (which does fully support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR) delivers what was some of the absolute best wide color gamut performance of all the 2018 and early 2019 TVs we reviewed for this time period. Really, it even outperforms TCL’s own top-tier 6-Series models and a large number of Sony and Samsung 4K HDR TVs that all cost more.
If you take this one exceptional quality and factor in several really good qualities in this TV that include very good black levels, abnormally high contrast and some of the best gaming responsiveness of any 2018-2019 4K HDR TV (the other thing the TCL 5 Series really stands out on from most televisions regardless of price), you get a 4K HDR TV that almost completely surprises with just how good it is despite its very low price. We’d go so far as to say that it’s one of the best offers there is in its range and at its price right now.
Now, to make this value per dollar spent increase even further, Amazon.com is selling TCL’s 5-Series 4K HDR TV for across the board discounts and the largest of these is for the 55 inch 5-Series model, which has gotten its price slashed by 33%, or $250 from what it previously cost. As a result, the 55 inch 5-Series right now costs just $449.99.
Again, this is a genuinely good deal, with great value being offered for a 4K LCD TV whose High Dynamic Range color is simply exceptional by any measure, let alone at this price. The 5 Series also comes with Roku TV as its smart TV platform, and Roku is the best there is for sheer content access.
Here are some more specs from Amazon’s deal page and the sales link below has the 55 inch S517 available at its 33% discount price. (with free shipping for Prime members too, though with some conditions).
- Dimensions (w x H x D): TV without stand: 48.3″ x 28″ x 3″, TV with stand: 48.3″ x 30″ x 10.6″
- 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
- Edge LED backlighting with dynamic contrast control produces 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