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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
    5. Temperature
    6. Build Quality
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  6. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Apps
    2. Ads
    3. TV Controls
    4. Remote
    5. In The Box
    6. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Jun 26, 2017 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Martin Leduc, Eric Bousquet

TCL P Series 2017 P607
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.8Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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6.9TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.6Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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8.6HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.1PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The TCL P607 p series is a very good HDR TV with better than average picture quality. It has local dimming to enhance its contrast, and it is packed with HDR features such as a large color volume. It also has low motion blur and input lag, making it a versatile choice suitable for video games. Unfortunately, its picture quality degrades when viewed from an angle. The TCL P605 offers the same performance, but has a different remote.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 7.8
Motion 7.7
Inputs 9.3
Sound Quality 4.0
Smart Features 9.0
Pros
  • Good local dimming produces deep blacks
  • Low input lag, great for gaming
  • Wide Color gamut for HDR
Cons
  • Overall uniformity could be better
  • Picture quality degrades at angle
Update 7/18/2017 It was discovered that 4:4:4 color is only properly displayed in PC mode. The TV forces PC mode when it detects a PC input. The review has been updated.

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6.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 Design Picture
Curved : No

The design of the TCL p series is similar to most other TCL TVs we have tested, such as the UP130 from 2016. The wide stand supports the TV well and feels stable, but may be harder to fit on some tables. It doesn't stand out as much as premium TVs but is quite functional.

Stand
TCL P607 Stand Picture

The stand is almost as wide as the TV itself, and so requires quite a large table. It is very similar to the UP130 from 2016.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 8.0" x 38.5"

Back
TCL P607 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 200x200

The rear of the TV is made of metal, which is nice. There is only a single velcro strap for cable management at the bottom of the TV.

Borders
TCL P607 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders have an average thickness but look quite good. They are made of plastic but have a silver accent which is nice.

Thickness
TCL P607 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 3.00" (7.6 cm)

The TV has an average thickness when viewed from the side, and is thickest near the base of the TV. If wall mounted it will stick out a bit.

Temperature
TCL P607 Temperature picture
Maximum Temperature
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What it is: The peak temperature found on the TV.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: <5°C
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34 °C
Average Temperature
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What it is: The Average temperature measured on the TV
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: 30
Noticeable difference: 5
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31 °C

The TV runs fairly cool, only getting warm to the touch in a few places on the back. The bottom is one big vent, as with most TVs, and there is another vent midway up the back of the TV.

7.0 Build Quality
TCL P607 Build quality picture

The build quality of the p series is okay. The metal back is nice, and screws throughout the TV hold it together well.

7.8

Picture Quality

The TCL P607 LED TV has a good picture quality. Dark scene performance is great thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and good black uniformity. Blacks look very deep resulting in a great TV for a dark dedicated cinema room. The great SDR peak brightness also means it can fight glare from a bright light or a sunny window without too many problems. The viewing angle is bad and picture quality degrades really fast if you sit a bit off center. The gray uniformity is also inadequate and dirty screen effect is visible on certain types of content, especially sports like hockey or football. On a better note, the HDR performance of the P607 is impressive. Since it has a wide color gamut, great HDR peak brightness, and a decent local dimming feature, HDR content ​looks great and the difference between SDR and HDR movies is really noticeable.

9.2 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
TCL P607 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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6437 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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7269 : 1

The TCL P607 has an excellent native contrast ratio and is on par with some of the best high-end LED TVs we have tested and even better than most Samsung top tier LED TVs. This high native contrast means the TCL p series can display very deep blacks, which is very important for dark scenes in movies, especially when the TV is set in a dark viewing room.

When the local dimming is turned on, the contrast ratio goes up by about 11% to reach 7269:1 which is a great result.

6.5 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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Yes
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Full-Array

The local dimming on the TCL p series is decent, and improves the contrast ratio on our black checkerboard pattern significantly.

It isn't without some flaws though. On a side by side comparison, we found it to be better than the Vizio M Series 2017 but just a bit shy of the Sony X900E. Unfortunately, it darkens the moving white highlight too much compared to the Sony X900E. It is easier to see on the smaller highlights, but the behavior is present event with the bigger one. The darkening is more obvious when the moving highlight crosses the limits of each dimming zone. It seems the algorithm is a bit too aggressive here.

Update 07/10/2017: Testing with the latest firmware shows no visible changes to the local dimming performance. The algorithm remains very aggressive, often dimming small highlights and turning backlight zones on and off quickly instead of gradually as highlights move across the screen, which produces flashing as visible in the above video.

Update 07/17/2017: Enabling 'Game Mode' unfortunately disables local dimming, which means picture quality is a little worse in 'Game Mode'.

8.2 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
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504 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
334 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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521 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
687 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
624 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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567 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
332 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
519 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
684 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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621 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
563 cd/m2

Plot over time

Great SDR peak brightness. The real scene brightness is very strong, and in an ideal case the TV's local dimming can make highlights even brighter. However highlights in very dark scenes will be dimmed below what they should be, as shown by the low brightness in our 2% and 10% white window tests. Still, the P607's SDR brightness is much better than any of its competitors like the Vizio M Series 2017 or the Samsung MU6300.

8.2 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
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489 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
327 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
515 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
683 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
623 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
566 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
323 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
512 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
681 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
620 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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563 cd/m2

Plot over time

Great HDR peak brightness. The real scene brightness is good, and in certain scenes the TV's local dimming will be able to make highlights even brighter. Unfortunately the TV dims highlights in very dark scenes, as shown by the low brightness in our smaller window tests. The HDR brightness is comparable to that of the Vizio M Series 2017, but much brighter than any of its other competitors like the Samsung MU6300.

5.7 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
TCL P607 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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5.95 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.25 %
TCL P607 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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1.644 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.135 %

The gray uniformity of the P607 is disappointing. All the corners and edges are darker than the center the screen and the top and bottom also have a warmer look than the rest of the screen. The dirty screen effect isn't too bad, but is noticeable for sports.

Looking at our 5% gray uniformity test picture, overall the screen is pretty uniform with only the sides being a bit more bright than the center, but this is mostly due to the effect of the narrow viewing angle rather than a uniformity problem of the screen itself.

4.2 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA
TCL P607 Color Shift Picture
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
20 °
TCL P607 Brightness Picture
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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32 °
TCL P607 Black Level Picture
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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11 °

Bad viewing angle, even for a TV with a VA panel. Blacks turn grey very rapidly even at a small angle, followed by colors shifting and brightness decreasing when viewed from larger and larger angles. This TV is not well suited for a room where people often view the TV from the side.

7.5 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
TCL P607 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
1.774 %
TCL P607 Black Uniformity Picture with Local Dimming
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.837 %

The TCL p series has a good native black uniformity. Most of the issues are due to some visible clouding in each corner of the TV screen. Luckily the clouding is not too bad and is barely visible in dark scenes.

When the local dimming is turned on, the uniformity of the screen is much better, as seen with our standard deviation number (1.774 to 0.837) and also visually when looking at both test pictures. The local dimming takes care of the blooming that was visible in each corner and the blooming around the middle cross is also kept to a minimum, which is great and also a good sign that the local dimming is pretty effective.

9.5 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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10 Bit

The TCL P607 has an excellent gradient performance and looking at our test picture, not many imperfections can be noticed, which is great. None of the banding normally seen on an 8-bit panel can be noticed which is good for HDR content.

8.5 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
TCL P607 Pre Calibration Picture TCL P607 Pre Gamma Curve Picture TCL P607 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.04
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.34
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.13

Very good accuracy after changing to the 'Movie' picture mode out of the box. The white balance is a bit on the warm side and the dE just over 3 is almost not perceivable unless you are used to using a calibrated monitor. Gamma is not far off too, as the curve tracks pretty closely to our 2.2 target. As for the color reproduction accuracy, with a dE of 2.34, this is a great result and most of the inaccuracies are due to the slightly warm white balance.

For most people, the TCL P could be used as is without any need of a calibration.

9.8 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
TCL P607 Post Calibration Picture TCL P607 Post Gamma Curve Picture TCL P607 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.15
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.65
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19

Amazing accuracy after calibration. The white balance is almost perfect, with only small imperfections in the brighter end of the grayscale, and the gamma curve tracks much more closely. As for the color, many of the problems noted before calibration are corrected, and most of it is due to the white balance being more precise.

The calibration process is fairly easy to do with the Roku app and the 11 points white balance and color space management really help here. Note that on the TV itself, there is no calibration menu and it has to be done via the Roku app itself (on a smart phone or tablet).

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 480p Picture

Upscaling of low quality content such as DVDs is good. As with other TCL TVs, the image isn't too soft and details are preserved.

8.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 720p Picture

720p sources such as cable TV are upscaled well. Details remains clear.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 1080p Picture

Full HD content such as Blu-rays look good. The image remains clear.

9.5 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 4k Picture

With some 4k images (such as for PC monitor use) the sub-pixel dimming algorithm results in some strange artifacts when viewed from up close (see the pixels photo here). This isn't an issue for most content.

7.9 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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Yes
TCL P607 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
89.48 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
93.31 %
TCL P607 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
65.14 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
68.80 %
TCL P607 EOTF

Good wide color gamut, similar to some high end TVs like the Sony X930E and LG SJ8500, and wider than any of the P series's competitors. The Rec 2020 gamut can show very saturated red and blue, only struggling with green, which is a common problem with modern TVs. The P3 gamut on the other hand is significantly smaller when tested at our standard brightness (75% stimulus), but is as wide as the Rec 2020 gamut at lower brightness, as seen in the P3 Color Volume plot to the right.

The TV's EOTF follows the HDR PQ curve fairly closely, though very dark shades are dimmed too much. The EOTF when 'Game Mode' is enabled, shown here, is very similar, differing only because local dimming is disabled in game mode.

7.2 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
TCL P607 P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
81.326 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
48.705 %
TCL P607 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
64.937 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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39.034 %

Decent color volume, as good as many high end TVs and better than any of the P series's competitors. The TV's local dimming helps it bring its wide color gamut to a large range of brightnesses. In the P3 volume though the gamut narrows significantly at very high and very low brightness, more than the Rec 2020 volume. In both volumes the darkest colors (10% stimulus) are dimmed far too much.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
TCL P607 Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %

The TCL P did not present any image retention while doing this specific test, which is good news for gamers out there who will engage in long sessions of gaming or PC user who might use this TV as a monitor.

7.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 Reflections Picture TCL P607 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
2.4 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
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Semi-gloss

The TCL p series has a semi-gloss finish which diffuses reflections across the screen. It is fine for an average-lit room but the reflections may be distracting in a well-lit room or with a few windows facing the TV.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
:
No
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
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No

The TCL P607 does not support 3D as the rest of TCL lineup.

Pixels
TCL P607 Pixels Picture

This image of the pixels is taken with a 100% white background. Note that the way the TCL dims some colors results in artifacts which are only visible from very close to the TV. This image of the pixels was taken of a 50% gray, showing the patterns which appear.

7.7

Motion

The P607 has very good motion handling. It has a fast response time, which results in only a very short trail following fast moving objects. It uses PWM to dim the backlight, so motion isn't quite as smooth as most other TVs, but this isn't noticeable to most people. It can play movies from a Blu-ray player smoothly, but some minor judder is experienced when movies are watched from cable or a HTPC. This also isn't generally an issue as few people notice it. Fans of the soap opera effect may be disappointed by the lack of motion interpolation.

9.1 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
TCL P607 Motion Blur Picture TCL P607 Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
11.0 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0 ms

The response time is excellent, so only a short trail can be seen following fast-moving objects. This is a noticeable improvement over TCL 4K TVs from 2016, the US5800 and UP130.

Note that the above graphs were obtained after compensating the measurements to remove the impact of PWM dimming on screen luminosity and isolate the LCD panel response. It is not possible to remove PWM dimming from this TV through the settings, even at 100% backlight. Response Time graphs based on raw data, before compensation, can be found here.

2.8 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
TCL P607 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
120 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
120 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
No

The TV uses PWM at 120Hz to dim the backlight. This results in duplications following fast-moving objects, visible in the motion blur box. Like with other TCL TVs, there is no option to reduce the flicker frequency and use black frame insertion to clear up fast-paced content.

7.1 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
:
No

24p movies playing from 24p sources like DVDs and Blu-rays are judder-free on the TCL p and no specific option needs to be turned on, as the TV displays the correct cadence without any extra input from the user. On the other hand, 24p movies playing from 60p/60i sources like cable or satellite boxes will present judder and no option in the TV picture setting is available to remove judder from 24p movies on those sources.

0 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
:
No

The P607 doesn't have any motion interpolation features, so fans of the soap opera effect may be disappointed.

9.3

Inputs

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The P607 can play nearly any content, including HDR. It has outstanding low input lag, which should please nearly any gamer.

9.6 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
13.9 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
47.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
14.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
14.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
14.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
14.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
14.2 ms

Outstanding low input lag, which should please nearly any gamer. All picture modes have the same low input lag when the 'Game Mode' setting is on, and all modes show 4:4:4 color properly. This is a massive improvement over other TCL TVs like the S305, where the 'Game Mode' setting doesn't improve the input lag.

Update 07/17/2017: Enabling 'Game Mode' unfortunately disables local dimming, which means picture quality is a little worse in 'Game Mode'.

Update 07/18/2017: The TV only shows 4:4:4 color properly when in 'PC mode'. For most sources this is accomplished by changing the input's icon to 'Computer'. For a PC, if the TV detects a PC as its source it forces PC mode, and this cannot be avoided except by intercepting the AVI infoframes sent from the PC. The 4:4:4 input lag measurements were in error, but all input lag measurements have now been updated (essentially unchanged).

8.0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
:
Yes

Most input resolutions are supported. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color is only supported if the HDMI input used has been set to HDMI 2.0 in the TV's settings. 4:4:4 color is always shown properly, in any picture mode.

The TV's chroma 4:2:0 support is inconsistent. When 4:2:0 video is played from some sources like a PC, white becomes pink, blue becomes green and scanlines appear across the screen. Also 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:0 @ 12 bit wasn't displayed at all from a PC. Our HDR Blu-ray player had no such issues. These inconsistencies could be a problem for 4k @ 60 Hz sources that only support HDMI 1.4, as 4:2:0 is often needed to remain within HDMI 1.4's bandwidth limitation.

Update 07/18/2017: The TV only shows 4:4:4 color properly when in 'PC mode'. Sharpness also has no effect in PC mode, even though the slider can still be changed. For most sources PC mode is activated by changing the input's icon to 'Computer'. For a PC, if the TV detects a PC as its source it forces PC mode, and this cannot be avoided except by intercepting the AVI infoframes sent from the PC. Changing the input's icon does not avoid this forced PC mode. This behavior was not known during initial testing, leading to the incorrect assumption that 4:4:4 color is displayed properly in all modes.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs

The only inputs are located out of the side of the TV.

Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 2
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 1 (incl. adapter)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

The p series has two 3.5mm analog audio jacks. One is situated on the back of the TV and the other one is on the left side of the remote. This is very practical for those who want to listen to the TV privately without the need of a long extension cord.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

With CEC enabled, HDMI devices do turn off when the TV is turned off, but the TV's remote can't be used to navigate the menu of our PlayStation 3 or Samsung UHD Blu-ray player, which is possible on many other TVs with CEC.

4.0

Sound Quality

The TCL P607 unfortunately sounds quite poor. It can often sound a bit distorted, and  the overall sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. Almost any sound system will be a significant upgrade.

3.7 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
TCL P607 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
8.77 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
8.93 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
10.48 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
85.8 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
160 Hz

Subpar frequency response. Bass extention is quite limited, causing the sound signature to be quite thin. There is also a strong emphasis on lower frequencies, causing a muddy sound. This is further exaggerated by the pumping and compression used to reach higher volumes, so they are best avoided.

4.6 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
TCL P607 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.580
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.126
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.249

Poor distortion performance. The TCL P607 produces a fair amount of THD at every volume setting and aliasing is present at higher volumes. Because of this, it is best to avoid the higher volume settings.

9.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
TCL P607 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Roku

The TCL P607 runs the Roku TV smart platform, which is fairly simple but is fast and easy to navigate. The interface is remarkably fluid, with almost no frame drops or lag. There is a Roku app for smartphones and tablets that can serve as the TV's remote, change inputs, launch apps, change some settings and can even play the TV's audio through the phone or tablet (not for HDMI input though). The physical remote is very basic but has a headphone jack for playing the TV's audio, though this stutters sometimes. Content can be cast to the TV from many apps on a smartphone or tablet, and content can be played from a USB drive in the TV's lone USB port.

Apps
TCL P607 Apps Picture

Roku calls its apps 'Streaming Channels', and although it doesn't have as many apps as some other smart platforms it still has the most popular ones, such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video and Hulu. Like the interface the apps run very smoothly.

10 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Yes
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
N/A

The TV's main interface has no ads, but third party apps can have ads. You can opt out of personalized advertising for these ads using the TV's 'Limit Ad Tracking' setting. The TV's home screen does have a large box for suggested content, which can be annoying.

TV Controls
TCL P607 Controls Picture

The TV has five physical buttons: the center button is the power button, up and down control the volume, and left and right bring up and scroll through a menu containing the TV's inputs and a find remote feature, which makes the remote make noise so it can be found.

Remote
TCL P607 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

The remote is very simple, with only basic buttons for navigating the Roku interface. However one unique feature is that the remote can play the TV's audio through a headphone jack on the side of the remote, but there are sometimes stutters in the audio.

On the other hand the Roku app for smartphones and tablets is great, and has a lot of control over the TV. It can change the TV's input, launch apps, serve as its remote, cast the device's own pictures, music and videos, and change advanced picture settings not available in the TV's own interface. It can also play the TV's audio through the device itself, but not for HDMI sources or the TV's tuner (because it can't buffer the video to account for the audio lag)

In The Box
TCL P607 In The Box Picture

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • Earphones
  • Earbuds
  • Composite adapter

Misc
Power Consumption : 51 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 89 W
Firmware : 7.6.2 • build 4144-30

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (55P607). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (65P607) as well.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their TCL P607 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

The variant found at Bestbuy (55P605) is the same TV, but it has a simpler remote that lacks the private listening feature. This isn't a big deal though, since you can use the app on your phone instead.

Size Model Variant
55" 55P607 55P605
65" 65P607 N/A

Compared to other TVs

TCL P607 Group Shot Picture
Top left: Vizio M Series 2017 (M65-E0). Bottom left: Sony X800E (XBR43X800E). Middle: TCL P607 (55P607). Top right: Samsung MU8000 (UN55MU8000). Bottom right: Samsung MU7000 (UN55MU7000).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The TCL P607 is a great TV that offers excellent value for money. It's a good performer that competes with TVs often priced significantly higher.

Vizio M Series 2017
50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio M Series 2017 is a similarly priced and performing 4k LED TV. Like the P607, it has a local dimming feature that can enhance its contrast and the depth of the picture. When comparing the two, their performance is almost identical. Overall though, the TCL is brighter, has better local dimming and color gamut, and has much lower input lag.

Sony X800E
43" 49" 55"

The X800E is a midrange smart TV from Sony's range. It's a bit more expensive than the TCL P607, but it has much better viewing angles. In general though, it's picture quality is a bit worse than the TCL. It isn't more uniform, and it can't get quite as bright. It also lacks a local dimming feature, which has a big impact on image quality. Most people will prefer the P607 over the Sony.

Samsung MU8000
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung MU8000 LED TV is a versatile midrange model. It produces a good picture quality, but lacks the local dimming found on the TCL. It also cannot reproduce as wide a range of colors. Its screen uniformity is a good bit better though, and it has a soap opera effect feature, which is missing on the TCL. Since it is significantly cheaper, the TCL is a better buy than the MU8000.

Samsung MU7000
40" 49" 55" 65"

The MU7000 is a slight step down from Samsung's MU8000. Overall, it's a very similar TV, but it doesn't get as bright and like the TCL P607 is 60Hz instead of the 120Hz found on the more expensive model. Since it's a bit more expensive than the TCL and doesn't perform as well, most people should get the P607.

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7.8Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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Very good TV overall. The P607 is a versatile TV that covers all essential bases. Its picture quality is better than average, and it gets bright enough for every environment.
8.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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Great TV for watching movies in a dark room. The TCL's better than average local dimming does a good job at enhancing the blacks and giving the picture a lot of depth. The uniformity of the blacks could be a bit better though.
6.9TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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Decent TV for watching TV shows. The P607 has a good image, but it lacks a soap opera effect feature. Its handling of reflections leaves a bit to be desired, and its picture quality degrades at an angle.
7.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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The P607 is average for sports watching. It gets bright enough for most environments, and its good motion keeps fast moving content crisp. Unfortunately though, the mediocre uniformity can lead to some field sports looking slightly blotchy.
8.6Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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The TCL P607 is a great TV for gaming. Its input lag is excellent, and it produces very little motion blur, giving a clear image free of annoying trail.
8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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Great TV for HDR movies. The TCL gets bright, can display a wide color gamut without major gradations and features a good local dimming feature that enhances the blacks. This combines into a well featured package that produces a very good experience.
8.6HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Impressive TV for HDR Gaming. The TCL P607 has exceptionally low input lag in every picture mode, and the TV's great HDR performance is well translated into gaming. It even features Dolby Vision which some HDR games support.
7.1PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Decent PC monitor. The P607 supports chroma 4:4:4 for clear text, and it has both low motion blur and input lag which keeps it responsive. Unfortunately though, the uniformity issues can be annoying when used as a monitor, and the narrow viewing angles will be problematic when used from up close.
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This TV has high marks for HDR movies and gaming. How does it stack up against the Vizio P series in terms of picture quality? Is it worth spending more for the P series?
The Vizio P Series 2016 is better in most ways, but it's also in a different league in terms of pricing. Whether it's worth the added cost is up to personal preference. The Vizio P's great local dimming, better uniformity and support for motion interpolation give it better picture quality than the TCL, but the difference while noticeable isn't major, both are good TVs. However one area the TCL handily beats the Vizio is for HDR gaming, because it has lower HDR input lag yet still has great HDR picture quality.
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I was wondering, I can't find this model in Europe, only the TCL P6046, do you guys know if it's the same tv but just with different naming depending on region?
Unfortunately, it appears that the P6046 and other TCL models sold in Europe vary significantly from the ones available in the USA. This model specifically features a different Smart platform as well as a backlight that isn't as bright and lacks a local dimming feature.
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Does the low image flicker affect HDR Gaming at all?
The low image flicker score for this TV is important only if you were planning on using BFI to clear up motion, and BFI is not supported by this TV. On TVs which do support it, BFI also produces a visible flicker which causes visual fatigue for some people, so it is not suitable for everyone. If you did not want to use BFI, do not worry about the low image flicker score.
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I was wondering what the input lag was outside of game mode with 4K + HDR, have you had a chance to test this? Thanks.
The input lag outside game mode with a 4k@60Hz + HDR resolution is 31.8 ms.
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Does this TV or any other in the 65" range allow for lossless audio over arc?
The P607 allows for lossless PCM audio in stereo over ARC or digital optical cable. However, to pass through 5.1 audio over ARC or digital optical cable, you will need to use a compressed format such as DTS or Dolby Digital, and this TV supports both formats.
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I'm curious to know how important HDR peak brightness in your 2% window is to overall HDR impact? I'm asking because you mention that the TCL P607 does a good enough job with HDR to make the difference really noticeable from SDR. However, in your peak brightness section under the test tab you say that you consider 1000cd/m2 to be good for highlights -- so I'm worried that HDR won't be impactful because this TV only registered 327cd/m2 in a 2% window. I'm wondering if swapping my KU6300 that I got at a bargain for this TV which will cost $200 more is worth it just for HDR? I do believe that I will end up consuming more HDR capable content than most since I play a lot of games and watch newer movies/shows but are the P607's HDR capabilities alone good enough to make a noticeable difference from my KU6300?
The P607 is much better at handling HDR content than the KU6300. The P607 is overall a much brighter TV, and also has a wider color gamut and a better color gradient, all aspects that have an impact on the display quality of HDR content. The 2% peak brightness is unfortunately low due to full screen dimming when displaying very dark scenes, but the KU6300 is not any better in that regard, and dims proportionally even more than the P607 for the 2% window. Scenes this dark are rare in real content, and the TCL P607's real scene peak brightness is very good. Overall, the P607 is noticeably better than the Samsung KU6300 for HDR content.
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I mainly use my TV for a mix of PS4 Pro gaming (some games 4k and hdr in future so hdr gaming matters, TV and streaming. I just bought the 2017 55" Vizio M series 2 weeks ago. I am very pleased with the picture quality. However, this review came out after and the extremely low input lag is very tempting. The Vizio M measures by you 38ms in 4k hdr settings and 43 in 1080 sdr while the TCL measures ~16ms. I've never played on a TV with such low lag so i'm unsure how it would impact my gameplay and wanted to exchange my current TV However, the very poor flicker rating has me worried. 120hz compared to the vizio m 480 is worrisome as I fear it may longterm give me eyestrain/headaches. I don't use the Vizio at 100% brightness currently (usually at like 70 brightness with your site's color/white settings). Is the difference in PWM flicker that worrisome if I am already watching the Vizio M at 70 brightness? The PWM Flicker is literally the only thing (maybe the quality control people reported but not that bad) that is keeping me from returning the M series and getting the TCL P
The Vizio M at 70% brightness will produce a 480Hz flicker, but that is not noticeable to the human eye. The TCL P607's 120Hz backlight flicker is also not noticeable for the vast majority of people, and is usually most noticeable as duplications following fast-moving objects. At 120Hz, some people with higher than normal light sensitivity may also experience headaches after watching TV for a long time, but that is uncommon. Fluorescent light tubes also flicker at 120Hz when functioning properly, so unless you are prone to headaches when working in a room lit by fluorescent lights, you shouldn't worry about the TCL P607's flicker frequency. Also, note that the poor flicker rating of the P607's is mostly due to its lack of BFI options, which are available on the Vizio M Series.
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I'm deciding between the Vizio M65-E0 and this model for HDR gaming. Will this TCL 8-bit FRC display noticeably affect picture performance?
For HDR gaming the TCL is clearly better, due to its lower HDR input lag yet still great HDR picture quality. The size difference though is a larger issue as the 65" P607 hasn't been released yet. If you can't wait for the 65" P607 to be released, and you'll be viewing the TV from more than 8.5 feet away, the Vizio M65-E0 becomes the better option. Also note that the TCL scored better in our gradient test than the 2017 M; many TVs have 8-bit panels with FRC rather than native 10-bit panels, but the difference isn't noticeable.
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According to your ratings, this TV is 0.2 points superior than the Vizio P Series for HDR gaming, and the Vizio is only 0.1 points better for HDR movies. If I plan on using this TV for HDR content primarily, is it worth spending all the extra money to get the P series if this TV is basically just as good (according to your review)?
For HDR gaming we handily recommend the TCL because of its lower HDR input lag yet still great HDR picture quality. For HDR movies exclusively the Vizio P is better because of its better local dimming algorithm, better uniformity and support for motion interpolation. For SDR the Vizio P is significantly better because these things become even more important. However the Vizio P and TCL P607 are in different leagues in terms of price, so whether the Vizio P is worth the added cost is up to your usage mix and personal preference. Also the 65" P607 hasn't been released yet, so if you can't wait the 65" Vizio P is the only option.
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Except for the lack of Dolby Vision and local dimming, is the TCL 55S405 essentially the same television?
No, the S405 is also significantly dimmer, and it lacks a wide color gamut.
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Hello and thanks for all these great detailed reviews, in your opinion would you say the upscaling of lower resolutions is better than the 2016 Vizio P series?
We find that the TCL P607 does a slightly better job than the Vizio P Series 2016 on a side by side comparison. The TCL smooth out straight lines a bit better and it seems to have a bit less noise overall than on the Vizio. We did this comparison with all the image processing off to show how the TVs natively display a DVD movie at 480p resolution. But in the end, the upscaling comes down to a personal choice as some people like a sharper image over a smoother one and vice versa. If it can help, we did take some picture and we posted them down below.
TCL P607 TCL P607 Upscaling
Vizio P Series 2016 Vizio P Series 2016 Upscaling
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So how many local dimming zones does it have exactly? The review says it is better than the 2017 Vizio M-Series (32), but is it on par with the M-Series 2016 (64) - or maybe better or worse that than?
It's advertised on the box to have 72 local dimming zones, and the zones did seem very small during testing. However the local dimming algorithm was worse than that of the Sony X900E with far fewer zones: on the TCL when the moving dot in our test pattern transitioned from zone to zone it would flash because the transition was too aggressive, and the blooming in other patterns was worse than the Sony. Though the local dimming of the TCL has a lot of potential if TCL improves their local dimming algorithm.
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Which TV is better, the Vizio P Series or TCL P607? When they are going to give the review to Vizio P 2017 to know if there were improvements?
Overall, the Vizio P Series is the better TV. The TCL P607 is superior for HDR gaming due to its extremely low input lag and solid HDR performance, but the Vizio P Series is much better at handling motion and has slightly better picture quality. The P607 is much cheaper, so if you mainly plan on gaming on your TV, the Vizio P might not be worth the extra money.

We plan on releasing a review of the Vizio P Series 2017 in the next few weeks. Vizio have said the 2016 and 2017 models are physically the exact same TV, but the 2017 model has some software improvements, so we don't expect a large difference between the two models.

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I have a deal for a KS8500 for $1,200. I know the TCL605 is $599, and I only care about 4k resolution and HDR Gaming with a wide color gamut. Is it worth paying an extra $600 for the KS8500 or get the TCL605 instead? Just looking for low lag HDR Gaming.
Both TVs offer similar HDR Gaming performance, with the TCL605 having slightly lower input lag and better handling of motion, while the KS8500 has a slightly wider color gamut and higher peak brightness. The KS8500 is the better TV overall, but if you only care about HDR Gaming, go for the cheaper one.
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What is the difference between this TV and the TCL C807?
The C807 has a nicer metallic design and is thinner. However, it lacks the Local dimming found on the P607.
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What's the difference between the TCL P605 priced at $599 and the TCL P607 priced at $650 I see that that have same specs but why is one $50 cheaper
The only difference between the two is the remote. The P607 has a more advanced remote with a 3.5mm headphone jack that can be used for private listening of content. This same feature is available on the Roku smartphone app though, so it's not a big loss.
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Just wanted to make sure before I pull the trigger. The P607 and P605 are identical except for a remote with a headphone jack? That's the $50 difference? Performance wise with Color gamut and Peak Brightness are identical? Just don't want to buy and realize that it was not as good picture wise. That tiny remote doesnt seem like a $50 piece.
TCL have confirmed on Twitter that the remote and 'slight cosmetic differences' unrelated to picture quality are the only differences between the P605 and the P607.
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I'm trying to decide between this TV and the LG OLED C7P (55 inch). I've been attracted to the OLED because of the rave reviews they've all gotten. My household does a mix of gaming off of our Xbox One S (and soon Xbox One X), Nintendo Switch, and PS4, as well as watching 4K/HDR content. I want something that covers my bases in regard to HDR (something that supports HDR10 AND Dolby Vision) because I'm in to watching HDR Movies. I've read reviews of both TV's now and just am curious what would be the best option for what I laid out above?
Both are great for your use cases, with the LG C7 easily being the better of the two. But because the C7 is nearly four times the price of the P607, the decision between them is almost entirely a matter of price. Their input lag is similar (15ms P607 vs 20ms C7), but the C7 has far better picture quality than the P607, mostly because of the inherent advantages of OLED panels (perfect blacks, infinite contrast, perfect local dimming, nearly instant response time). OLED does have some intrinsic disadvantages, like image retention and Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL), but these aren't a problem in most use cases. You can read more in our OLED vs LED vs QLED article.

Dolby Vision support isn't really a deciding factor when choosing a TV, because all current (and most likely future) content made in Dolby Vision is also available in HDR10. You can read more in our HDR10 vs Dolby Vision article.

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Does changing the HDMI input label to something such as "Game Console" or "Computer" have any effect on picture or input lag? Does forcing an input to HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 1.4 affect input lag?
Neither of those things affect the input lag, we just tested using our input lag tool. Usually changing the input label only affects settings when it engages PC mode, such as on Samsung and LG TVs; however this TV doesn't have PC mode (it supports 4:4:4 color in all modes).

Update 7/18/2017: It was discovered that 4:4:4 color is only properly displayed in PC mode. The TV forces PC mode when it detects a PC input. For most sources PC mode is activated by changing the input's icon to 'Computer'. See the updated Inputs section of the review for more details.

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My apartment doesn't get much outside lighting. Should I basically ignore the low TV score? What about the lower movie score? I'm looking at this vs. the Sony 900E. Also, do you know if the video gaming HDMI input or gaming setting means no upscaling of games?
The TV score does take reflections into account, but even in a dark room, the P607 has much worse gray uniformity which affects its performance for TV shows. Its lack of Judder-free 24p via 60p and 60i inputs also reduces its movie score slightly. Game mode does not affect upscaling significantly. The Sony X900E is a better TV overall, but the TCL P607 is on an equal footing for HDR Gaming and HDR content in general, while being much less expensive than the X900E. If you watch a lot of TV shows and movies, the X900E may be worth the extra money, but if you mostly play video games on your TV, go for the P607.
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Were you able to see if the new TCL Roku P607 TV update (released last week) made any impact on your FALD findings?
We have found no visible changes to the local dimming performance since the firmware update. The algorithm remains very aggressive, often dimming small highlights and turning backlight zones on and off quickly instead of gradually as highlights move across the screen.
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Is it possible to buy the TV with a different TV stand? The table that i have is smaller than the 38 inches needed to fit this TV. I need a center Stand. Is this possible?
The P607 supports a standard VESA 200x200 mount. A third-party central stand such as this one can be used.
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Any verdict on the TCL C807? Is it pretty much the same TV as the P607 with the only differences being a fancier exterior design?
The major difference we can see between these two models, without testing the C807, is that the C807 is an edge-lit TV without local dimming, while the P607 is direct-lit with 72 local dimming zones. With local dimming enabled, this should give the P607 a better contrast ratio than the C807. Outside of that, we can't give indications on the picture quality of the C807, as we have not tested and reviewed it.
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Hello. I have the ps4 pro and i am debating between the Sony X900E and the TCL P607. I will only be using the tv for HDR gaming (if the game supports HDR) or regular games without HDR. I see that the input lag on the TCL is almost half when is 4k + HDR + 60hz. My question is which tv of these two to consider, not only for HDR use and low input lag but also for a nice picture quality while gaming. Thank you very much.
If you don't mind the cheaper plastic build and your usage is centered around HDR gaming, go for the P607 and save your money. It has an even lower input lag than the Sony, and it's handling of motion is quite similar. The picture quality is a little better on the X900E, but the difference is going to be marginal if you only use it for gaming.
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Could you provide some information about the tuner performance?
We unfortunately don't have an official tuner test, because we have limited throughput for reviews so we need to prioritize what to test. We just did a quick test of the P607's tuner with a basic antenna and it worked fairly well.
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I'm currently deciding between the Samsung MU6300 and TCL P605 as a main TV, both for the same price. Given that I mainly use the TV for streaming shows and movies, and PS4 (regular, not PS4 Pro) gaming, it appears that the TCL is a better buy. However, I am hesitant to shy away from the "premium brand" Samsung, having never owned/heard of TCL. Is there any reason to prefer the MU6300, or is the P605 obviously the better choice for longevity, build quality, and viewing experience?
The P605 offers a better viewing experience for most use cases. The Samsung MU6300 has better gray and black uniformity, and has the option to add motion interpolation, which is good for TV shows. The TCL P605 is better in your other use cases, video gaming and movies, in part due to its superior contrast ratio helped in part by local dimming, and better peak brightness. The build quality is comparable between the two models. As for longevity, we do not currently perform endurance tests and can't vouch for or against either model.
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In the review, it says that the motion is after compensation. What does this mean? I'm thinking about buying this TV, however motion is very important to me.
The P607 was a bit of a special case because its backlight makes heavy use of PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to dim the backlight even at the 100% backlight setting. This caused the P607's transition graphs to display periodic variations, seen here, whereas a more typical TV, such as the TCL S405, has transitions that look like this. To make the P607's transitions easier to see, we divided each data point from the transition measurements by a corresponding data point on the 100% backlight measurement seen on the top graph here. This removed the influence of PWM from our transition measurements and isolated only the response time of the LCD layer during the transition. This calculation made it much easier to determine the duration of each transition, as can be seen on the graph after compensation, seen here.

The motion behavior of the TCL P607 is not visibly different from other TVs, and results from our motion tests can still be compared to TVs without strong PWM at 100% backlight. The compensation was used as a way to help us identify more accurately the duration of each transition we measured.

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I wanted to ask if you noticed the dark contorted (nonuniform?) splotches in the corners or close to the corners of the screen when viewing contents like Family Guy, or when the background is usually an uniform color. I noticed it on the grey uniformity images on the bottom corners. Is that just an uniformity issue?
Areas like these that make it seem like the screen is dirty are indeed caused by lower gray uniformity. For content with large areas of uniform colors, like Family Guy and other cartoons, or the playing surface when watching sports, the effect is more noticeable, but you probably won't notice it often in live-action shows or movies. If it is distracting in live-action movies or TV shows, you probably have a worse than average uniformity and you can try exchanging the TV for another unit.
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I'm looking at the P605 for my Mom, who is 86. I thought the built in Roku would be easier for her to manage which is what initially drew me to this TV. My concerns are the (1) the viewing angle - she has a small living room so do you think that will be ok for this TV? And (2) the remote - there are no numbers on it so you cannot choose a channel - will this TV work with another remote? I think that could be an issue for her. Thanks!
Our P607 works well for antenna and cable TV, you navigate channels with the arrow keys. You can even favorite channels to save them to a short list, making navigation even easier. Unfortunately there is no way to key in a channel by number using the included remote, though the TV should work with universal remotes that support TCL Roku TVs.

Viewing angle is usually only relevant if you have two people watching the TV on two different couches or chairs, because they'll be seeing the TV at much different angles. If you're sitting in a couch or chair directly in front of the TV it isn't a problem.

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