TCL’s latest 6-Series Roku TV has serious gaming chops

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TCL has finally made a Roku TV with excellent gaming specs. The company is in a kind of tick-tock release pattern with its popular 6-series TV. One year there is a Roku version; next year we get a Google TV edition and now the company is upgrading the Roku model again. Like previous 6 Series TVs, the latest features Mini LED backlighting, which uses thousands of tiny LEDs spread across hundreds of local dimming zones to create premium brightness, impressive contrast and deep black levels. This panel has no less than 360 dimming zones. And it uses quantum dot colors, with “a measured color volume of 100 percent in the DCI-P3 Hollywood reference color space,” according to TCL.

For the 2022 6 Series Roku TV, TCL places great emphasis on gaming capabilities. The earlier Roku model peaked at 1440p at 120Hz, but now – as you’d hope in the lifecycle of the PS5 and Xbox Series X so far – the 6 Series can play at full 4K resolution at 120Hz. PC gamers can achieve an even higher peak variable refresh rate of 144Hz. Other TV makers like Samsung have also adopted 144Hz; Vizio has even reached 240 Hz with a resolution of 1080p. These companies are doing their best to appeal to console and PC gamers alike, but I’m just glad TCL is offering true 4K resolution with those higher refresh rates this time around.

In a perfect world these would all be 4K 120Hz HDMI ports, but at least eARC doesn’t use either of the two you get.
Image: TCL

The new 6 Series has a total of four HDMI ports, two of which support 4K/120Hz. Sensible, TCL uses a different port than those two for eARC purposes, so you don’t have to waste a high-quality HDMI port on your soundbar. Any port with full HDMI 2.1 capability is ideal, but where you can’t, this is about the best layout you could wish for. The latest 6 Series supports AMD FreeSync in addition to the baseline, industry-standard VRR specification.

Image: TCL

TCL has moved to a center stand instead of putting legs on either side of the TV. There are two height levels in case you have a soundbar in front of the screen. You also get integrated cable management that runs through the kickstand. Supported HDR formats include Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10 Plus, and HLG. As an aside, the 2022 6 Series Roku TV shares the usual brushed metal aesthetic and sleek bezels.

An ambient light sensor is now located at the bottom of the screen, and this addition allowed TCL to include Dolby Vision IQ in the 2022 6 series. When enabled, HDR brightness should be optimized for your specific viewing conditions. The Google TV 6 series voice microphones are not included on the new Roku model, but you can still use the included remote for voice commands.

It would be nice if TCL released identically specified Roku and Google TV sets at the same time and let consumers simply choose their preferred software experience. After a rocky start to last year, last year’s 6 Series Google TV (R646) is now an excellent choice, even if Google TV itself can still be slow. But now the latest Roku version has skipped that set with the upgrade to 144Hz VRR; I can’t help but predict that overall navigation on the Roku 6 series will be smoother and snappier than on Google TV.

The TCL Roku TV 6-Series is available immediately in the following sizes:

  • 55-inch model (55R655): $699
  • 65-inch model (65R655): $999
  • 75-inch model (75R655): $1499

You can place orders starting today at retailers including Amazon and Best Buy.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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