TCL’s P607 sticks out as one of well known TVs this season, combining fantastic performance with a remarkably good deal. It has just one single flaw: It’s only obtainable in a single size. If you prefer a 55-inch TV and do not want to spend lots of money, the TCL 55P607 is our top pick. If you are looking for something larger, you should look elsewhere. While we weren’t as impressed by TCL’s S405 line, the business’s C807 series provides an HDR-capable picture that comes near the 55P607, with 65- and 75-inch models as well as the $699.99 55-inch 55C807 we tested. It’s a solid choice if you’re buying a big-screen budget TV. Bonus: You get Roku TV in the bargain.
Editors’ Note: This review is founded on testing performed on the 55-inch TCL 55C807. Besides screen size difference, the 65-inch $1,099.99 65C807 is identical in features, and we expect similar performance.
The C-series is obviously the most stylish of TCL’s TV lines. The screen is surrounded by a 0.3-inch brushed metal bezel at the top and sides, as the bottom sits above a 2.4-inch-wide black bar covered in what is apparently speaker grille fabric. IT has a couple of 8-watt drivers for audio, which will make for a striking soundbar-like visual factor (though they don’t really actually offer appreciably more power or better sound quality than other TV speakers). A silver TCL logo sits in the center of the grille, with an indicator light under it.
All wired connections aside from the energy cable (which is situated directly back toward the left side of it) face right, near to the right edge of the screen. They include three HDMI ports, a USB port, an Ethernet port, an antenna/cable connection, an optical audio tracks output, and 3.5mm audio tracks inputs and outputs. You will not find composite or component inputs here, which is often a problem if you wish to attach older devices. A little four-direction controller sits on the low right corner of the trunk of the TV.
Remote and Roku TV
The included remote is an average Roku TV-enhanced remote, just like the one which includes the 55P607. It’s a chunky, candy bar-shaped wand with a prominent purple navigation pad flanked by playback and menu controls. Four dedicated service buttons offer access immediately to Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and Starz. The proper side of the remote includes a volume rocker and a mute button. The left side holds a 3.5mm headphone jack for use with the included earphones or your own headphones. It permits Roku’s private listening feature, muting it and streaming all music through the headphone jack when you plug in, in order to pay attention to whatever you’re watching without disrupting anyone around you.
A pinhole microphone slightly below the power button permits the utilization of Roku’s voice search function. You may use your voice to find any movies or Television shows predicated on title, actor, genre, or other characteristics. Serp’s show up on it you need to include options for watching them across any streaming services which they’re available.
It’s a helpful search feature, nonetheless it is not a full voice assistant like Alexa on the Amazon Fire TV or Siri on the Apple TV 4K. You can’t utilize the voice search to get information like weather reports or sports scores, and you can’t control smart home devices as if you can with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.
Like TCL’s other TVs, the C807 uses the Roku TV platform for programs and streaming services. It’s a full-featured linked TV system that covers almost all big streaming names (except iTunes, of course), along with a huge selection of more interest- and region-focused specialized channels. The Roku iphone app enables you to mirror your smartphone or tablet to it easily, as well.
We test TVs by using a DVDO AVLab 4K test pattern generator, a Klein K-10A colorimeter, and SpectraCal’s CalMAN software on a Razer Blade Pro laptop, using testing methodology predicated on Imaging Science Foundation’s calibration techniques. The C807 shows impressive contrast for a comparatively economical TV, with a 350.38cd/m2 peak brightness and a 0.03cd/m2 black level for a 17,519 contrast ratio. It generally does not get quite as bright (507.85cd/m2) or dark (0.02cd/m2) as the TCL 55P607, but it’s still excellent for a TV in this cost range. In addition, it edges out the Vizio M-series on the other hand (14,376:1).
The 55C807 supports high dynamic range (HDR), similar to the 55P607, and displays both HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, to help you watch HDR video from any consumer streaming source or physical media. HDR and wide color gamut has afflicted how we gauge the colors of TVs. During the past, we’d set a TV to its Movie, Film, or ISF picture mode with the colour temperature set to the warmest preset to check on accuracy. This typically shows a TV’s colors balanced for Rec.709 broadcast standards. Since TVs with wide color gamuts can reach beyond those standards, we’ve started checking other picture modes to measure their ranges. Those modes, like Standard and Vivid, have typically been very inaccurate when it comes to color during the past, but that’s changing.
The chart above shows measurements extracted from the C807 set to its Vivid picture mode, with the colour temperature set to Warm. Whites are practically spot-on, while reds and greens reach appreciably beyond Rec.709 standards without veering in either direction. Cyans and yellows remain balanced, even though magentas lean slightly warm, they’re still very near ideal from the box. The colour performance is great, comparable with the P607’s color levels, although P607 includes a slightly greater grab reds. The Vizio M-series also displays excellent color, standing as the only other relatively economical TVs we’ve seen offering such performance. If you would like an improved picture than those options, you will have to choose a a lot more expensive flagship LED TV just like the LG SJ9500 series, or intensify to an OLED TV just like the Sony XBR-A1E line.
BBC’s THE WORLD II looks very good on the C807, with vivid, natural greens in the foliage in the “Islands” episode. Fine details like leaves on treetops and fur on sloths look sharp and crisp. The sunlit picture is quite bright and vibrant, though shadows under shady trees appear somewhat lighter than they must be. This appears to be a concern of backlight bloom, which we witnessed to a smaller extent on the P607. It generally does not lighten shadow details to the idea of looking beaten up, but there is definite room for improvement.
Skin tones in THE FANTASTIC Gatsby look natural beneath the garish, bright lighting of the party scenes. The texture and contours of the dark suits both indoors and outside come through clearly, with a good amount of shadow detail. Again, the shadows don’t look quite as dark because they could, nevertheless they also don’t look beaten up, and the resulting picture is quite well-balanced and does justice to the high dynamic range content on the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc.
Input Lag and Power Consumption
IT shows an input lag of 33.9ms by default. Switching to Game Mode, that may slightly negatively affect the display quality, cuts that right down to 15.3ms, which we consider excellent and is based on the 55P607, Vizio’s M-series, and other good TVs for gaming. For better input lag performance, you will have to search for a gaming monitor.
Under normal viewing conditions, the 55C807 consumes 99 watts. Setting the picture mode to Low Power cuts that right down to 67 watts. That is consistent with similar-sized LED TVs; the TCL 55P607 consumes 124 watts in its brighter mode and 64 watts in Low Power mode. For comparison, the bigger, 65-inch Vizio M65-E0 consumes 151 watts in its Calibrated (Bright) picture mode, and 91 watts in its more energy-efficient Calibrated (Dark) picture mode.
TCL’s C807 series doesn’t quite reach the top-notch performance or the entire value of the 55P607, nonetheless it comes very close. The trendy design and faux-soundbar bottom bezel of it don’t add much to the already strong functionality supplied by the Roku TV platform and increased remote, however they need not. If you’re buying a 55-inch TV, the TCL 55P607 continues to be our pick among budget options. That model is bound compared to that screen size, however, and if you are buying larger screen that still offers fantastic value, the TCL C807 line should is obviously worth a look