The TCL 55P607 is area of the P-Series denoted by class of budget 4K TVs. It really is in no way perfect, nonetheless it does represent excellent value. Despite having a few quirks like off-angle viewing and shadow detail, it can compensate with exceptional contrast that justifies the HDR label.

PROS

Solid, Vibrant color output
Roku TV with Enhanced remote
Remarkable contrast in an exceedingly bright panel
CONS

Shadows can appears slightly beaten up
Some minor off-angle color distortion
Only three HDMI ports.

TCL is now children name like Samsung or LG, which makes strong-performing, affordable 4K televisions, through the years. Take as an example this year’s P-Series, that consists of 4K TVs that feature high dynamic range (HDR) support, excellent contrast and good color performance. It adds a rich selection of linked top features of the Roku TV platform, so that it is a value buy. The 55-inch TCL 55P607, within the 2017 entrant in to the P-Series, this is a budget 4K TV deal that’s hard to go by. Its our hottest Editors’ Choice for budget TVs.

Not Too Flashy, Decent Looking
If there’s one area TCL doesn’t over-emphasize, it should be the looks. The 55P607 is modestly designed, with a set glossy black plastic bezel surrounding the screen (0.3 inches-sides; 1-inch in the bottom). The sides are lined with a slim-profile plastic piping (gunmetal color), that adds some flair to an otherwise simple looking TV. It really is supported by two U-shaped legs, with the same gunmetal color as the pipes on the sides.

Behind it, you’ll find all ports towards the proper side. Here you have three HDMI ports, an individual USB port, an Ethernet port, a typical antenna/cable connector, a 3.5mm composite video that can be utilised with the included adapter and an optical music output. Others add a 3.5mm headphone jack and a reset button. The positioning and positioning of the port towards the proper facilitates starting up the set, although three HDMI ports might limit the quantity of devices you can hook up before you use a splitter.

Several sets we’ve reviewed previously include four HDMI ports as standard, with a few going high as five. Three HDMI ports here is pretty lean. It’ll only have a satellite box and two gaming systems and you’re done, but because of Roku TV you will possibly not be by using a media streamer that much. Sometimes, the remote could be misplaced and a cluster of buttons on the low right corner behind it come helpful for physical control.

Roku TV Features and Remote
Bundled with the 55P607 is a well-designed, short, glossy remote with a prominent directional pad. Right above the pad are Home, Back, and Power buttons, and right below it are playback and iphone app buttons. The remote brings access immediately to services like Hulu, Netflix and Sling TV, to the palm of your hand. For every service, you have a dedicated button. Along the proper edge will be the volume controls and a mute button.

As always with Roku TV Enhanced Remotes, the remote does include well known headphone jack. It really is located on the left side of the remote, opposite the quantity controls. It functions by automatically muting it and instead redirects all music though it after the headphones are plugged in. If you sometimes end up split between watching TV and disturbing your loved ones, then you’ll appreciate the headphones.

Being truly a Roku TV, the 55P607 opens your world to a range of applications and services, exactly like you’d get from an average Roku media streamer. This is a hub for nearly all media streaming services including: Amazon, Crunchyroll, Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and YouTube. Roku is host to many channels (select apps) that you’ll find in the smart TV ecosystem, and that means you will be more comfortable with the services (except Apple). Also you can utilize the Roku TV application from your own smartphone, and Roku TV support media streaming from your own smartphone as well.

Performance
Today, we’ve all come to understand the good thing about good resolutions, and we expect a 4K panel to provide on that. The Roku 55P607 supports high dynamic range (HDR) video, it this counts for a whole lot. If you know the numbers, it is bright enough (507.85cd/m2) and equally impressive black levels (0.02cd/m2) underlain by a good 25,393:1 contrast ratio. That is excellent performance, though with a few rough edges. For example, you might experience some light bloom and distinction between grays and blacks isn’t the most graceful. If you wish better contrast performance without spending much on panels including the LG OLEDC7P the Vizio M-Series using its 40,670:1 contrast will probably be worth an extended look. However, the TCL’s color performance is way better than everything you get from the Vizio M-Series.

Overall, the 55P607’s bright panel with HDR compatibility includes a lot choosing it. While watching THE WORLD II, narrated by David Attenborough, I marveled at the clean and balanced colors ON Ultra HD Blu-ray. The sights were appalling, the ocean blues and jungle greens of the island look natural and vivid, with discernible fur and feathers of the ocean creatures. When viewed off-angle, it still looks great, though, not the very best, as the greens look slightly beaten up.

Input Lag and Power Consumption
Input lag may be the amount of time it requires for a display to update after obtaining a signal, which is among the few areas where the 55P607 scores well. The HDTV showed an input lag of 31.4ms is nearly half of all screens we test. In the event that you watch HD movies and videos, that is about the very best 4K performance you can aquire on a budget TV. Ideally, Game Mode boosts input lag but sacrifices display quality. If you want even less lag, just get yourself a dedicated gaming monitor just like the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q. A dedicated gaming monitor can show significantly less than a tenth the input lag of the 55P607, but also for big screens you’ll need to realistically accept a third to half the lag.

Under normal viewing conditions, the Roku 55P607’s consumption is approximately consistent with similarly sized 4K TVs. With the screen in bright mode, it consumes 123 watts, but under Low Power picture mode the consumption is halved to 64 watts, with the screen dimmed but very watchable. You can create the HDTV use less power with higher ENERGY PRESERVATION settings, but this dims the screen further.

TCL 55P607: A Value Buy
The TCL 55P607 is portion of the P-Series denoted by class of budget 4K TVs. It really is in no way perfect, nonetheless it does represent excellent value. Despite having a few quirks like off-angle viewing and shadow detail, it can compensate with exceptional contrast that justifies the HDR label. Compared to that, it adds the Roku TV platform that gives several linked features, including a remote built with a headphone jack, which is among the best feature in the high-end Roku media streamers. For a 55-inch HDR screen, it includes a lot choosing it, and is arguably the very best budget TV deal you may get in the market, up to now, this year. For each one of these reasons, it earns our Editors’ Choice for budget TVs.