TCL 65-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

Last updated date: April 25, 2019

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8.1

TCL 65-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

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We looked at the top TCL TVs and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best TCL TV you should buy.

Update as October 14, 2019:
Checkout The Best TCL TV for a detailed review of all the top tcl tvs.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the TCL 65-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

TCL's 6-Series combines stunning 4K HDR picture performance and the award-winning Roku TV smart platform in a bold, brushed metal design for a superior TV experience. Dolby Vision delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. TCL’s Contrast Control Zone technology individually optimizes the image across up to 120 zones to yield striking contrast between light and dark areas. The 6-Series models’ iPQ Engine provides precise color replication while HDR Pro Gamma significantly improves HDR performance in any setting. Powerful picture performance is complemented by the Roku OS, providing seamless access your cable box, Blu-ray player, gaming console, and other devices without flipping through inputs or complicated menus. An enhanced remote makes it easy to find movie titles, launch or change channels, and even switch inputs, all with your voice.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.5
12 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
724 user reviews

What experts liked

The affordable TCL 6 series has excellent overall image quality, with deep black levels, very good brightness, rich contrast and accurate color.
- CNET
January 17, 2019 | Full review
It has impressive backlight with 120 dimming zones.
- Tom's Guide
May 9, 2018 | Full review
What’s under there, in case you need a reminder, is a full-array LED panel with an unbelievable amount of contrast control zones. TCL is one of just two companies to announce how many zones it uses in its full-array TVs and by comparison it is completely crushing the competition
- Tech Radar
The ultra HD (UHD, or 4K) TCL 6-Series supports high dynamic range (HDR) content encoded in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. This means most HDR video available on streaming services and on Ultra HD Blu-rays will display in HDR on the TV.
- PC Magazine
May 2, 2018 | Full review
Other impressive specs that set this TV apart include its 120Hz Clear Motion Index, 1.07 billion display color rating, and built-in high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi for streaming your favorite content.
- Lifewire
It has superior, deep black levels, with local dimming
- Consumer Reports
Where traditional (non-HDR) content is concerned, the 6 Series checks all the right boxes. Its basic "Movie" picture mode delivers great contrast (0.02 black levels matched with reference brightnesses over 200 nits), very accurate standard (rec.709) color—I measured 97% coverage—and great local dimming.
- Reviewed
April 27, 2018 | Full review
Above average contrast ratio for deeper black for dark room viewing.
- Top Rated TVs
The 65R617 is the best 65” 4k TV under $1000 that we’ve reviewed so far. It delivers very good overall picture quality, with very good motion handling, and excellent low input lag for gaming.
- Forbes
The screen looks great in both light and dark rooms, and if you like to game, the television offers good handling of motion and low input lag.
- The Best Ofs

What experts didn't like

Brightness and video processing fall short of some more expensive TVs.
- CNET
January 17, 2019 | Full review
Off-angle viewing isn't perfect.
- Tom's Guide
May 9, 2018 | Full review
But move the 6-Series into a brightly lit room, say in a living room near a window, and some of these advantages begin to crumble. Black details begin to get lost, colors begin to fade some and the brightness that the TV once had - or, more accurately, felt like it had - dims.
- Tech Radar
However, it lacks the headphone jack we've become very fond of on Roku's Enhanced remotes, which enables private listening. The headphone jack is present on the Roku Ultra
- PC Magazine
May 2, 2018 | Full review
Needs separate Roku app to optimize picture.
- Consumer Reports
While the 65-inch R617 has a lot of dimming zones (120) for what you're paying, that doesn't mean it's perfect. Every now and then, you're bound to see flashlighting. The Netflix logo against a black background, or the occasional very bright HDR spot near a letterbox bar are going to cause some light to bleed into shadowy areas.
- Reviewed
April 27, 2018 | Full review
Supposed panel issues. So be wary and look deep into the model you purchase for issues.
- Top Rated TVs
Unfortunately, the TCL R617 loses accuracy when viewed at an angle, and there have been reports of some uniformity issues that may disappoint sports fans.
- Forbes
Issues with gray uniformity have been reported.
- The Best Ofs

Our Expert Consultant

Patrick Ward 
Editor-in-chief of High Speed Experts

Patrick Ward is the editor-in-chief of High Speed Experts, a broadband connectivity-, search engine- and IT-industry education blog that empowers consumers by open-sourcing information about tech services. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce with an emphasis on communications at the University of Sydney. His expertise spans the digital, emerging tech and telecommunications fields.

An Overview On TCL TVs

TCL has quickly established itself as a serious contender in electronics. Usually priced at a value, these TVs can stand side-by-side with much pricier models.

“Want pristine picture quality but don’t want to spend big? A TCL TV is the long-awaited option you need,” Patrick Ward, editor in chief of IT industry education blog High Speed Experts, says. “TCL is one of the newer manufacturers on the block, which means their low prices are an aggressive sales strategy to gain market share. This means you can score a sweet deal now — but they won’t be this cheap forever.”

Aside from affordability, one of the best things about TCL is the built-in Roku, which makes it easy to stream shows from all of the most popular apps. You’ll get more than 500,000 shows through apps like Netflix and Hulu, included as part of your TV’s main menu. That means you won’t have to power up your DVD player or go to a special area of your cable box to stream. It all flows seamlessly.

Another plus? TCL TVs have great sound.

“Many TVs have poor inbuilt sound that often results in the need to purchase additional equipment to generate the best possible sound quality,” Ward says. “Luckily, the TCL has Dolby Atmos sound built-in, giving you the quality of a high-end TV.”

There are some personal preferences you should consider when buying a TCL TV. First, make sure you’re happy with its picture quality. Although a vivid, crisp picture with accurate color clarity is important, contrast is essential as well. Simplified, contrast is the difference between the darkest and the brightest a picture can get. When you’re looking at a picture with a wide range of colors, good contrast means the darkest dark colors and the brightest bright colors are displayed authentically, all in the same picture. Some TCL TVs build in LED backlight and contrast control zones to make sure you have the best contrast possible for each scene.

Motion handling is another feature that affects the quality of your display. If you watch action movies or sports, this is especially important. Good motion handling ensures the video remains smooth even through the fastest movement.

If you’re a gamer, you’ll want to pay particular attention to input lag as you shop for your TCL TV. This refers to the length of time that it takes for a TV to respond when information is sent to it. It’s crucial for gaming since every millisecond counts. You may not know why there’s a delay when you’re playing your favorite game. All you’ll know is that something is slowing you down. Purchasing the right TV can be an important step in ensuring your gaming sessions are as successful as possible.

The TCL TV does have its weaknesses; our expert Ward notes that the lack of clarity when you try to view it from an angle is one. “If you have a wider room, this may not be the best TV for you, but it’s perfect for areas where you’ll be centered in front of it,” he advises. “You may also consider TCL for secondary sites in your home, such as your bedroom or a guest room, while making your primary TV one of the costlier competitors.”

But no matter what features you compare as you’re shopping, it’s hard to resist the prices you see on TCL TVs. Where many comparable units have price tags in the thousands, TCLs usually retail in the hundreds. You can even get some of the smaller models for less than $200. This puts these budget-friendly TVs ahead of many others in the same class.

“The in-built Roku streaming and associated smart TV makes a TCL a great option for cord-cutters who prefer to use streaming services rather than traditional cable,” Ward concludes. “As with most TV options, bigger is better and you can be thankful that the bigger screen size doesn’t come with a decrease in quality with a TCL TV.”

He sums up the TCL in one phrase: “Premium TV quality for a budget TV price.”

The TCL TV Buying Guide

  • A good TV starts with picture quality. If you’re looking for a top-quality picture, the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV can rival some of the best models on the market. One reason is the built-in Contrast Control Zones, which optimize the image across 120 zones, giving you the perfect contrast for each section of the screen. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV also has an impressive picture, with a contrast ratio that can take on some of the best LED TVs in the industry. It does especially well in darker rooms.
  • You’ll likely know the screen size you’re looking for before you even start shopping. If you need a larger TV, the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV or TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV should top your list. Those interested in a smaller TV, perhaps for a kitchen or guest bedroom, should consider the TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV or the TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV.
  • If you’re interested in hooking up a gaming console, cable box or Blu-Ray DVD player, the number of ports on the set you buy will matter. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV, TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV and TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV each have three HDMI ports and one USB port, which should be more than sufficient for a TV that builds in Roku for all your streaming needs. With the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, you also get an Ethernet jack if you need to directly connect to your home’s internet.
  • Many TV shoppers today are looking for support for 4K technology. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV and TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV all display 4K Ultra HD content, although you’ll get the best HDR picture from the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV. The smaller TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV is limited to full HD resolution.
  • Chances are, you’re considering a TCL TV for its price. For the least expensive, you’ll have to go with the smaller models. You can find the TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV for the most affordable price. But for bigger screens, you can’t go wrong with the TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV, which is far more affordable than comparable 55-inch TVs. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV is still affordable, though, and can fit most budgets.
  • If you’re a gamer, you’ll need to choose a TV with a focus on keeping input lag to an absolute minimum. With TCL TVs, that’s the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, which has an input lag of 18.4 milliseconds. You’ll find many other TVs have an input lag twice as long. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV also has a lower input lag than other TVs.
  • Since TCL TVs come with Roku built in, you’ll need a remote that makes this as easy to use as possible. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV includes a voice feature that makes searching for your favorite shows a breeze. Best of all, though, is the fact that the remote is so streamlined and easy to use.
  • Your screen will become an important design element in any room you choose for it, so you may want to consider design among your buying factors. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV and TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV both have a contemporary look with black, slim bezels and feet. The look is similar to what you’d see with much higher-priced TVs.
  • One negative you’ll find with TCL TVs is that their viewing angles are limited. The image will degrade when you get beyond 45 degrees, so make sure you’ll be situated directly in front of it.
  • Motion handling is one feature that sets some TCL TVs apart from others. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV handles fast-paced motion extremely well, especially if you take advantage of the built-in low, medium and high settings for motion. This TV has something called LED Motion Clarity to keep images clear even during the most fast-paced action movies. The TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV has a fast refresh rate that helps when you’re watching action movies and sports.
  • The sound on TCL’s TVs isn’t the best, but you can purchase a sound bar to provide that theater-like viewing experience. TCL TVs can ship with an optional Alto sound bar that only minimally impacts the price.
  • TCL incorporates Roku into its TVs, which is a bonus for you. You’ll get access to more than 500,000 movies and TV shows through streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. Unlike gaming consoles and DVD players, Roku makes it easy to find and watch shows. It’s all built into the TV’s menu, which you can access using the included remote.
  • When making an electronics purchase, you’ll be faced with a decision on whether to get a warranty. Manufacturer’s warranties only protect your TV for a limited time, and usually only on manufacturer’s defects. Adding on an extended warranty can cover you for several years and ensure your TV is repaired. However, when you’re spending in the low hundreds of dollars, sometimes the warranty may not be as urgent.