- Aug 21, 2015
TCL has formerly announced their 6 Series of 2020, which is a series of 4K-HDR televisions. Whereas 2019's 6 Series sported traditional LED technology, this year's 6 Series will feature the novel LED technology introduced in 2019's 8 Series: mini LEDs, which are LEDs that are so small that they can be grouped into hundreds or even thousands of local dimming zones rather than only dozens. For those of you who don't know what local dimming zones are, they are sections of an LCD display's backlight that can be turned on or off - or varied in brightness - independently of one another, which vastly increases the display's contrast ratio.
The 6 Series will be available in three screen sizes: 55", which will have 128 local dimming zones ($649.99); 65", which will have 160 local dimming zones ($899.99); and 75", which will have 240 local dimming zones ($1,399.99) [the models of 2020's 8 Series will have thousands of local dimming zones].
What makes this series of televisions relevant to gaming is its partial implementation of HDMI 2.1 and its THX-certified gaming mode. These two features will specifically enable the following:
1. HDMI 2.1: Variable Refresh Rate, which enables a display to alter its refresh rate on the fly in order to match the inconsistent frame rate of whatever is being displayed, such as a video game. This minimizes or eliminates screen tearing and stuttering, resulting in a smoother experience.
2. HDMI 2.1: Auto Low Latency Mode, via which the TV automatically activates its lowest degree of latency when it detects that its input source is a game.
3. THX Certification that assures retention of maximum picture quality when game mode is enabled, including High Dynamic Range.
Additionally, the 6 Series of 2020 supports HDMI 2.1's eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), which supports higher bandwidth than ARC. Hence, audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
However, there is a caveat: the TCL 6 Series of 2020 will not be able to support 4K-HDR @ 120Hz but will be able to support only a maximum resolution of 1440p-HDR @ 120Hz.
Considering this caveat, do you think that the TCL 6 Series is a good choice for pairing with a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X?