20 November 2020 02:42
The TCL 5-Series isn't perfect; it doesn't get as bright as other reasonably priced QLED TVs on the market and its display makes off-angle viewing difficult to swallow. Still, it's a marked improvement over TCL's mid-range TVs from last year, and it'll look good whether you're streaming movies, playing games, or watching sports. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar The TCL 5-Series features a basic design—its panel is propped up by two wide-set, angular feet. Different sizes of TVs in a series tend to perform very similarly to one another, so we don't expect there to be major differences between the 50-, 55-, 65-, and 75-inch variants of the TCL 5-Series other than their respective screen sizes. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar In our lab tests, the TCL 5-Series put up some decent figures.
If you're planning on putting the TCL 5-Series in a bright room, setting the TV's backlight to its maximum might interest you, but we found its default setting of 60 to be good enough for a well-rounded picture, particularly in the TV's "Movie" and "Dark" picture modes. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar You won't find any cutting-edge connectivity options here, but the TCL 5-Series features a standard array of options including four HDMI 2.0 ports. The TCL 5-Series is equipped with a respectable array of inputs that will satisfy most folks shopping for a mid-range TV this year. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar The TCL 5-Series won't turn any heads, but its performance is consistently good across all types of content. There are a handful of areas where the TCL 5-Series' performance disappoints—and I'll get into those shortly—but for the most part, the 5-Series is about as good as you can hope for when it comes to TVs in its price range.
This is something to keep in mind particularly if you're looking into the 75-inch version of the TCL 5-Series, as presumably you'll (eventually) want to entertain a crowd with such a gargantuan screen. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar The TCL 5-Series is a great TV for folks who don't necessarily need top-tier performance or next-generation features. The TCL 5-Series is a respectable, better-than-average TV that will satisfy the majority of people shopping for a bargain—especially the folks who might be upgrading to a 4K/HDR TV for the first time. Its contrast is relatively good (despite its disappointing brightness), its color production is terrific when compared to other TVs in its price bracket, and you can hang your hat on the 5-Series' built-in Roku smart platform. If improved performance and additional features are alluring enough for you—or if your living room receives a fair amount of ambient light—the TCL 6-Series might be worth the jump in price.
While its picture performance leaves a lot to be desired, it does have an eye-catching design and uses WebOS, which is great, and comes with the Magic Remote, so there are a few redeeming factors. It's part of LG's Nano Cell lineup and uses the same color-enhancing technology with a 4K resolution with HDR support. That's because, while other Nano Cell TVs in LG's lineup offer Dolby Vision, native 120Hz refresh rates and full array panels, the LG Nano 81 uses edge lighting with awful local dimming. The good news is that we've already seen some decent discounts on the LG Nano 81 – the 55-inch version is down to just $499.99 before Black Friday at retailers like Best Buy and will likely remain there, and the 75-inch version is already discounted to under $1,000 at some retailers. That's great considering their starting prices and means that they could fall even lower for Black Friday. The next step up, the LG Nano 85, starts at $699.99 for the 55-inch model, and offers HDMI 2.1 with a 120Hz refresh rate, making it a better partner for the Xbox Series X and PS5, while the LG Nano 90, is only $100 more at $799.99. Having HDMI 2.1 ports would've enabled a number of better features, but because the TV is limited to a 60Hz native refresh rate the biggest of those – [email protected] – was never even a possibility. Colorful content like full screen video games and cartoons look great, while cinematic films and TV shows look simply rough due to the limited brightness and awful local dimming. While the limited peak brightness and poor local dimming prevent this from being an excellent 4K HDR TV, it is a surprisingly good HD/SDR TV. Shoppers can save $100 on one of the best Samsung TVs we've ever tested, the Q60T QLED Smart TV (usually from $529.99, now from $429.99), while one of its top-performing pairs of earbuds, the Galaxy Buds+ (once $139.99, now on sale from $89.99), are $60 off. Keep scrolling to shop all the best early Black Friday Samsung deals available now. The best Samsung Black Friday deals to shop now One of the best Black Friday Amazon deals we've seen so far, this 4K Ultra HD TV features stunningly realistic picture quality and pin-sharp clarity. Save £20: This deal gets you a 4K UHD LED TV Smart TV with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Freeview Play and three HDMI ports.