TCL is a relative newcomer to the US television market, but this Chinese company has been in the global market for years. In the few short years it’s been in the States its racked up a lot of excellent reviews by offering TVs loaded with features at fairly inexpensive prices. Last year’s P-series was widely lauded for its performance, value, and Roku integration. TCL’s added a few improvements to this year’s model, and I’m taking a look at the 55″ 55R617. Let’s see how it measures up.
The TCL 55R617 is a 4K HDR panel with 96 local dimming zones (there’s a 65-inch model with 120). This is up from the 72 zones in the previous model. More zones means the pops of brightness won’t spread across the screen farther than intended. Both HDR10 and Dolby Vision are supported, so all HDR content bases are covered. HLG HDR is not supported, but for the immediate future that isn’t an issue as HLG source material is still pretty