TCL 65R617 Review and Specs

TCL 65R617 (USA version)

SCORE:
66

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LCD Display
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • WIDE COLOR PERFORMANCE
  • IPQ ENGINE Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi

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TCL 65R617 Overview

TCL 65R617 was introduced in 2018. It has a LCD screen with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 50 Hz/60 Hz refresh rate. The TV is HDR compatible and can reach 900 nits of peak brightness. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Its powerful IPQ ENGINE picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give TCL 65R617 TV 66 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
71
VIDEO FEATURES
72
AUDIO FEATURES
41
OTHER FEATURES
63
CONNECTIVITY
54
FORMAT SUPPORT
42
OVERALL
66

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of TCL 65R617.

The TV has strengths such as Color Depth, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. And it has weaknesses sush as Low Number of Local Dimming Zones, Limited Viewing Angle, no 3D Capability, no HDR10+, no Advanced HDR by Technicolor®, no IMAX Enhanced, no AMD Freesync™, no NVidia G-Sync, no 4K HFR, no 2K HFR, no VRR, no HGIG Compatibility, Weak Picture Processor, no Filmmaker Mode, no WiSA Ready and no NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0).

PROS
Color Depth 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
CONS
Low Number of Local Dimming Zones 👎
Limited Viewing Angle 👎
No 3D Capability 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Advanced HDR by Technicolor® 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No AMD Freesync™ 👎
No NVidia G-Sync 👎
No 4K HFR 👎
No 2K HFR 👎
No VRR 👎
No HGIG Compatibility 👎
Weak Picture Processor 👎
No Filmmaker Mode 👎
No WiSA Ready 👎
No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) 👎

Selected Features

VA Panel

TCL 65R617 has a vertical alignment (VA) panel which is most commonly used in LCD TVs as it provides deeper blacks compared to the IPS panel. However, it is still limited with the viewing angle compared to the IPS panel or OLED display.


Full-Array Local Dimming

The TV has Full-Array Local Dimming technology with multiple zones throughout the display. Individual zones of LEDs can light up independently which enhances black levels, shadow details and decreases level of light bleed in dark parts of the image. This gives higher contrast with increased picture quality which is very important for HDR reproduction. Higher number of zones gives better control over local dimming and less blooming around the bright objects and subtitles.

Detailed Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for TCL 65R617.

BASICS
BrandTCL
Country VersionUSA
Series6
Model65R617
Release Year2018
Size65"
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)64.5"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate50 Hz/60 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TechnologyLCD
Panel TypeVA
Backlight TypeLED
LED TypeDirect LED
Backlight DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Number of Local Dimming Zones120
ColorWIDE COLOR PERFORMANCE
Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth8 bits + FRC
Color Depth1.07 billion
Brightness450 nits
Peak Brightness900 nits
Input Lag15 ms
VIDEO
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision IQ
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
High Dynamic RangeHDR PRO GAMMA
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture ProcessorIPQ ENGINE
Frame Interploation TechniqueClear Motion
Frame Interpolation Frequency120Hz
Black Frame Insertion
Filmmaker Mode
Auto Low Latency Mode
AUDIO
Speaker Power Rating8W + 8W
Dolby Digital Plus
WiSA Ready
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet Input
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11ac 2x2 Dual Band (support 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
Bluetooth
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs3
HDMI Version2.0
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CEC
USB Inputs1
USB 3.0 Ports
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) Inputs
Component Inputs
Composite Inputs
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote
OTHER
CPU Cores2
GPU Cores2
Operating SystemRoku
Parental Control (V-Chip)
Mobile App
Teletext
Closed Captions
On-Screen Display LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French
Advanced PQ Setting with Mobile App
VIDEO FORMATS
Accessible Menu System (CVAA)
Quick Start Guide (QSG)1 English
3GPP
AV1
AVI
ASF
DivX
Flash Video
H.263
H.264
H.265
MKV
M2TS
MP4
MPEG-4
QuickTime
RealVideo
TS
VC-1
VP7
VP8
VP9
VOB
VRO
WebM
WMV
Xvid
AUDIO FORMATS
AAC
AC4
AIFF
ALAC
APE
aptX
eAAC+
EAC3
FLAC
HE-AAC
LPCM
M4A
MIDI
MP2
MP3
OGG
RealAudio
WMA
WAV
IMAGE FORMATS
BMP
GIF
JPEG
JPS
MPO
PNG
TUNER
Digital Tuner 1
SAT Tuner
Analog TunerNTSC
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemATSC
Digital Cable TV SystemClear QAM
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSC
GENERAL
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)57.1" x 32.9" x 3.0"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)57.1" x 35.7" x 10.7"
Stand Size55.5"
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)64.8" x 42.9" x 8.4"
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Dimensions (W x H)300 mm x 300 mm
Wall mount screwM6 x 16
Weight Without Stand51.2 lbs
Weight With Stand52.3 lbs
Weight of Package (Gross)76.3 lbs
ACCESSORIES
RemoteVoice Enabled Remote Control RC580
WARRANTY
Warranty1 year limited warranty

Successor

An indirect successor of the 2018 6 series can be considered a 2019 6 series. Let us now display the major changes that the successor brought.

UPGRADES TCL 65R625 TCL 65R617
Backlight Type QLED LED

For this comparison we chose 65" version of the successor - model 65R625. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit TCL 65R617 vs TCL 65R625 where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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