TCL 4K Ultra HD 2016 TV Lineup
Featuring Built-in Roku Smart TV Platform
TCL may not be as well known in the U.S. for televisions as some of the popular major brands such as Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio. But did you know that this China based company is the third largest manufacturer of TVs in the world. Furthermore, TCL (The Creative Life) has been making TVs for over three decades and claims to be America’s fastest growing TV brand.
Currently, Vizio is considered by many to be the leader in the “value vs. performance” category in the U.S. television market; but did you know that TCL offers TVs that deliver very decent performance at a much cheaper price. Sure, I will admit that the picture quality of TCL televisions isn’t as great as Vizio’s current models, in my opinion, but for the price of admission, TCL TVs offer appealing picture quality that will leave many consumers undoubtedly satisfied with their purchase.
TCL’s new line of 4K Ultra HD TVs include two series and eight new models: The S-Series consist of the 55″ 55US5800 ($599.99) and 65″ 65US5800 ($999.99). The premium P-Series consist of the 43″ 43UP130 ($499.99), 50″ 50UP130 ($599.99), 55″ 55UP130 ($699.99), 43″ 43UP120, 50″ 50UP120 and the 55″ 55UP120 (599.99). The UP120 models are only sold at shopping club retailers such as Costco and Sam’s Club.
All 4K TCL TV models are equipped with the Roku smart TV platform built into the display for access to more than 3,000 streaming channels, and is managed by a powerful quad-core processor. The 4K Spotlight Channel allows you to easily find and enjoy 4K content. This channel features an organized selection of great 4K content from a variety of popular streaming channels and is updated with new content on a regular basis.
The new TVs also include the proprietary TCL Creative Pro 4K UHD Upscaling Engine, which allows consumers to view 1080p HD content in near 4K quality.
Other features include LED direct-lit display panels without local dimming. A native refresh rate of 60Hz (120Hz effective). Both models also include four HDMI 2.0 inputs which are HDCP 2.2 compliant.
All models include dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac P-Series, 802.11g S-Series) for faster streaming performance.
The key differences between the two series are the included remotes – the P 130 Series has an enhanced Roku remote with voice search and lost Remote Finder capabilities, in addition to a pair of headphones for private listening. The S Series and P 120 Series both contain a basic Roku remote that lacks the enhanced capabilities.
One other slight difference is in the styling… the P-Series offers a bezel with “side” chrome accents and a thinner panel profile, in addition to a different stand (feet) design.
“TCL is dedicated to providing the easiest way to access all your favorite content through our innovative portfolio of TCL Roku TVs,” said Chris Larson, vice president, sales and marketing, TCL. “Whether you’re a cord cutter looking for the most streaming channels or a cable subscriber that wants all that streaming content and the ability to get the most out of your cable subscription, TCL Roku TV delivers a great experience.”
Updated on 7/31/16