Today we're going to check out TCL's entire 2017 TV line. We're going to start with the entry level, and as we move our way up, we're going discuss the different points of technology in each series' TV, how that affects picture quality and what it's like to use the TV. Let's dive right in:
The S-Series is what TCL refers to as its Smart Value line. This series still features 4K resolution and HDR, though unlike the above models, only HDR10 is supported, with Dolby Vision support missing, likely due to the specialized hardware and licensing fees that come along with the technology. With the TCL S305 Series, screen size varies from 28"-45", with the 28" and 32" sizes at 720p and everything else from there is 1080p.
With the TCL S405, you get a product that's a little more, but you get a whole lot back. You get 4k Ultra HD resolution, standard HDR support, more intense brightness than the S305 and really solid color, straight out of the box.
Stepping up again though, takes you to an entirely different level with the TCL P-Series. The P-Series (TCL says to think performance) comprises the following models, armed with 72 zones of full array locally dimmed LED backlights for enhanced contrast and HDR brightness as well as an expanded color gamut that TCL says covers nearly the entire DCI-P3 color space. This is a landmark move for TCL, which has not embraced high-end full array local dimming technology until now.
Despite this being the value line, many of the features of the above models are still included, like Creative Pro 4K upscaling. Three HDMI ports are included as well, though TCL hasn’t yet specified if all three support HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2, which are required for HDR.