TCL 6-Series (R635) QLED TV Review | Even Better?

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

Does it even make sense to spend more than a thousand dollars on a 65-inch tv anymore or more than 700 for a 55-inch tv let's see if we can figure that out welcome back everyone i'm caleb dennison and yes finally this is the tcl 6 series or r635 review one of two tvs this year that i think begs the question should you ever spend more than a thousand dollars on a 65 inch tv or more than 700 on a 55 tv we're going to try and answer that question at the end of this video but first

We've got a lot to get through first i want to address a couple of things that i brought up in the unboxing video for this tv which if you haven't seen i highly recommend you check it out link is right up there let's talk about the cable management for a second it is slick that you can hide the cables in the feet themselves the only problem is there's not a lot of space in there now on the power cable side you're fine but when you're trying to put

Four hdmi cables and an ethernet cable in this small little channel it does not work not with standard size hdmi cables anyway so if you're hoping to do that with this tv i would highly recommend that you buy the thinner style hdmi cable and make sure it's an ultra high speed cable so it'll work with everything that you're going to connect to it now and in the future now let's take a second to talk about picture settings and if you've seen my tcl5 series from 2019 review

You might know where i'm about to head here but for those who didn't here's the deal this tv breaks all the rules because normally what you would do is start in movie mode that's generally the most accurate picture mode on this tv but in this case not only is it not really the most accurate it's also not very exciting at all so here's the play i'll just make this very simple for you go from movie to normal that's instantly going to improve the contrast but

There are a few things that we need to fix go down to color temperature and move that to warm because that is going to be more accurate than the much colder temperature of normal then you want to turn off action smoothing and turn off action clarity and double check everything else all right so that is the best setting for sdr now here's the problem it super juices the oranges and reds in fact the colors

Are just a little bit off in general this tv is going to need a calibration to be more accurate that's just how it is but i will say that this is the best possible experience out of the box in sdr with those basic settings here's the good news this tv's performance in hdr modes is vastly better than its sdr mode so we'll open up the settings again and you see that we're in dark hdr which again would normally be the default setting i would start with but again not in this case so

Go into picture settings switch it to normal hdr and then i've already made some adjustments here again color temperature warm turn off the smoothing turn off the action clarity again this is going to be the best possible picture quality for me anyway in hdr and you want to do something similar with dolby vision which i'll show you in a little bit but before i move on to that i want to point out something that just doesn't make any sense even if you were to go through

And make all of the adjustments in dark hdr to match those that are in standard hdr you'd find that you do not get the same picture quality there is something going on behind the scenes that you can't touch that just doesn't allow you to get the settings exactly where you may want them i'm going to ask tcl about this why that is and if we could expect some kind of change in the future the tv performs well enough out of the box with the settings i've given you to satisfy most people but as we'll talk about later if you want to tweak it

It's not that easy and it doesn't make a whole lot of intuitive sense either okay as promised let's talk about dolby vision picture settings so we'll go in here and i've started out with dark now i want to show you what happens when we move to normal it cools off the color temperature and puts on motion smoothing which i think is a terrible decision so go down to normal let's put this on warm and let's reduce the action smoothing which is at medium and clarity add medium down to off and i think that we've arrived at a

Pretty good place however i wanted to show you what bright dolby vision looks like it's extremely cold so color temperature if we move that to warm and high action smoothing i don't know why you would want that on a brighter mode that doesn't make a whole lot of sense it's like they just kind of ramp everything up across the board so again not super intuitive here's the other thing the difference between normal and bright hdr

Actually appears to improve the black levels more than it does the peak brightness i haven't even decided which one i want to go with here i'm going to stick with bright for now presuming that you've turned the color temperature to warm and turned off all the smoothing i think that's a pretty good way to go but i want you to go ahead and experiment the way i have where you go through each of the modes go with a warm color temperature if you like that make sure the smoothing is off

And flip between these while you're watching content to see which one gives you the best overall result before we get to picture quality i want to talk for a second about the mini led technology that's in this television if you're not familiar a standard led backlit tv which is what all of them are except for the tcl 6 and 8 series those have maybe hundreds of backlights behind the screen this has tens of thousands of really tiny little led backlights and what that means is that you should get

Really excellent control of where you light the screen up and where you keep it dark and i think you're about to see how that plays out once we get into the black level section of this review i guess i'll start with screen uniformity which is really good on this tv now the camera might show you something that i am just straight out not seeing in real life i know that there's just the tiniest little bit of vignetting in the corners but otherwise we're talking about a very clean screen

Certainly no kind of splotchiness i have no complaints about this and that's after having received many tvs with terrible screen uniformity lots of dirty screen effect even tcl's maybe i won the lottery but this tv looks fantastic so now let's talk about backlighting technology and how effective it is it's quite effective the mini led is definitely coming through there's almost no halo around bright objects on black backgrounds which i am very happy to see it's got a total of 144

Zones and what i've noticed is that it's controlling those zones very effectively we've got a shot here where we're coming out of black kind of fading in and it fades in extremely smoothly what i've noticed is you don't see the backlight in action it just does its job and it does it really well not only does it afford very good black levels but it's also retaining some shadow detail which is a problem we've seen with other led tvs they kind of crush out the

Shadows this is looking very very good screen uniformity is looking good we got inky blacks with good shadows how's the brightness looking well that's where things get interesting i used a spectracal c6 meter profiled by an xrite i1 pro 2 with calman software and an sdr i got 700 nits of peak brightness and i got about a thousand nits in hdr that actually kind of tapered down to closer to 960 nits but that's still pretty good that's in the same ballpark as the sony x950h

And matches up with what the h9g from hisense has on the box although we know that that tv punches well above that in general it's a very satisfying picture but i don't feel like it leaps off the screen the way i've seen with brighter televisions now let's go back to color which i mentioned a little bit earlier in sdr it's a little bit hot in the reds you can go back to the movie mode and get much more tamed down color but then you lose a lot of the contrast and the pop

So i'm not a huge fan of that move the good news is hdr and dolby vision looks pretty spectacular it's well saturated but not over saturated it could use a little bit of adjustment to get it just perfect but i don't really think it's gonna be worth it for most folks now on to motion which is surprisingly good on this tv i'm not seeing any judder no stutter it's just smooth the silk and beyond that there's no more a pattern that i've seen in other tvs

With this particular clip it's very clean from that side of the processing as for color banding you're going to get some it's easier to see when you're close to the tv than when you're seated at a normal distance but technically it's there i've seen slightly cleaner tvs but you're going to have to spend a whole lot more to get it i'm talking about stuff like the sony x950h the a8h or the lg c10 to name a few now i want to talk about gaming one of the aspects i was most excited to check

Out when we reviewed this tv and i made a little bit of a mistake back in the unboxing i talked about how many 4k 120 hertz ports this tv might have the answer is none if you get up to 120 hertz it's gonna cap out at 1440p that's just how it is the good news is you can use any of the four that you want the bad news is it's going to max out at 4k 60 or 1440 at 120 hertz with that said you do get variable refresh rate there is an auto game mode and let's talk about thx certified game mode what does that

Even mean well thx is really invested in the picture quality aspect and from what i can tell the default setting for this tv is fantastic normally you go into a game picture preset it's super cold it's overly bright the color is like wildly out of control none of that is the case here it looks like sort of like what you would expect from a cinema mode from a tv not this one but what you would normally get from a cinema mode but with excellent hdr

Highlights very good color control and one of the things that really works well with this tv is the shadow detail so unlike the lg c10 oled which tend to over darken low luminance areas and make enemies and shadows hard to see you're going to be able to see everything you need to with this television also great low input lag so with the one exception of the fact that its resolution is lower at 120 hertz i'd say that the gaming features on this tv

Are pretty outstanding this tv is wildly good for the price if you're looking to spend under a thousand dollars for a 65 inch tv it's basically the tcl6 series and the high sense h9g which is why i want to pit those tvs against each other so much i remember that the h9g was a lot punchier it did get brighter but was it more accurate was it as satisfying as the tcl is we started out by really nitpicking this tv and we found a few issues mostly around the color in sdr but

Ultimately we're kind of forgetting about those as we start enjoying this tv we realize that the picture quality is really really good and it's getting dangerously close to oled for a fraction of the price so if you've been wondering if this tv might be right for you the chances are that yes it absolutely is you could spend more on something like the sony x900h which costs 500 more for the 65 inch model and out of the box it would be more accurate and would give you a very satisfying picture quality

Experience you could spend a little bit more money on the tcl6 series by bringing in a calibrator and pushing it up to the level of the sony x900h but i just don't think that most people are gonna wanna do that you gotta judge this tv by its out of box experience and frankly it's very good when it comes to gaming i do wish this tv went all the way up to 4k 120. we're seeing other tvs come into the market that do that although they are also more expensive so at this price level you're getting an

Excellent gaming experience with really great out of the box picture quality low input lag auto game mode and variable refresh rate so unless you need a tv that is going to take full advantage of everything the next gen consoles offer i think gamers will love this tv to be honest with you if it wasn't for the color issues that i saw in sdr i would just be over the moon for this television and say yes everyone just go buy it it's outstanding unless you want to spend a whole lot more money

On an oled tv this should be your pick but what i really want to do is put this tv against the hisense h9g and who wins that shootout because those are the two tvs i think people should really be looking at most folks who don't want to spend a ton of money and also want to get outstanding picture quality should definitely be checking out this tv and should also be considering the hysense h9g so ultimately i think that's where we're heading even though i want to do that comparison and get a final verdict on

Which of those tvs is better the bottom line is the tcl6 series is an outstanding television and you just can't touch the picture quality for the price they're absolutely owning it in that particular area so yeah i think nine times out of ten somebody asked me should i get this tv the answer is going to be an unqualified yes thanks as always everyone for watching what do you think about where i landed with the tcl6 series also are you as excited as i am to see

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