TCL lastly made a Roku TV with glorious gaming specs. The corporate is in a tick-tock launch sample of kinds with its fashionable 6-Sequence TV. One yr, there’s a Roku version; the subsequent yr, we get a Google TV edition, and now, the corporate is upgrading the Roku mannequin once more. Like earlier 6-Sequence TVs, the newest one options Mini LED backlighting, which makes use of 1000’s of tiny LEDs unfold throughout lots of of native dimming zones to create top-notch brightness, spectacular distinction, and deep black ranges. This panel has as much as 360 dimming zones. And it makes use of quantum dot coloration, with “a measured one hundred pc coloration quantity within the DCI-P3 Hollywood reference coloration area,” in accordance with TCL.
For the 2022 6-Sequence Roku TV, TCL is placing a giant emphasis on gaming capabilities. The prior Roku mannequin topped out at 1440p at 120Hz, however now — as you’d hope thus far into the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X lifecycle — the 6-Sequence can do full 4K-resolution gaming at 120Hz. PC players can obtain a fair larger peak variable refresh fee of 144Hz. Different TV makers like Samsung have additionally adopted 144Hz; Vizio has even hit 240Hz at 1080p decision. These firms are doing their finest to attraction to console and PC players alike, however I’m simply glad TCL is providing true 4K decision at these larger refresh charges this time round.
The brand new 6-Sequence has 4 complete HDMI ports, and two of them help 4K / 120Hz. Correctly, TCL makes use of a totally different port than these two for eARC functions, so that you gained’t should waste a high-performance HDMI port in your soundbar. Each port having full HDMI 2.1 capabilities is good, however the place that’s not attainable, that is about the perfect format you could possibly ask for. The newest 6-Sequence helps AMD FreeSync along with the baseline, trade commonplace VRR spec.
TCL has switched to a center-positioned stand as an alternative of placing legs at either side of the TV. There are two top ranges in case you’ll have a soundbar sitting in entrance of the display screen. You additionally acquire some built-in cable administration that runs via the stand. Supported HDR codecs embody Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10, HDR10 Plus, and HLG. Stand apart, the 2022 6-Sequence Roku TV shares the same old brushed steel aesthetic and slim bezels.
On the backside of the display screen, there’s now an ambient mild sensor, and this addition allowed TCL to incorporate Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ on the 2022 6-Sequence. When activated, HDR brightness needs to be optimized to your particular viewing situations. The built-in voice microphones from the Google TV 6-Sequence aren’t current on the brand new Roku mannequin, however you’ll be able to nonetheless use the included distant for voice instructions.
It’d be good if TCL would launch identically specced Roku and Google TV units on the similar time and easily let customers select their most popular software program expertise. After getting off to a rocky begin, final yr’s 6-Sequence Google TV (R646) is now a reasonably glorious decide — even when Google TV itself can still be sluggish. However now, the newest Roku model has leapfrogged that set with the improve to 144Hz VRR; I can’t assist however predict that normal navigation on the Roku 6-Sequence will likely be extra fluid and snappy than on Google TV.
The TCL Roku TV 6-Sequence is out there instantly within the following sizes:
- 55-inch mannequin (55R655): $699
- 65-inch mannequin (65R655): $999
- 75-inch mannequin (75R655): $1499
You’ll be capable to place orders from retailers, together with Amazon and Greatest Purchase, starting as we speak.