Anyway, we saw an average panel quality rise. Some new technologies become available for models outside of the premium class and, overall those who are buying a new tv at the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 have perhaps the best choices ever for a reasonable amount of money. Among such models, tclc series attracted my attention a few months ago, as it looks very interesting on paper, since those are probably the cheapest quantum dot equipped tvs available, a technology which proved to be something that significantly contributes to a better image. Quality we’ll remind you that quantum dot is in fact a layer which filters the panel backlight, focusing it on a few narrow bands of red, green and blue color, which allows for more accurate color display and wider color gamut. That the panel is able to reproduce. Therefore, offering a visually more attractive display, the most popular model in the series is certainly the tcl c715, which we got to test in its 55 inch version and which currently costs around 500 to 600 euro depending on the market. The smaller 50 inch version is about 100 euros, while a larger 65 inch. One goes for around 850 euro in a quest to see what exactly you get for that amount. We’Ll begin with the design which we consider to be exceptional at this price point panel frame is very thin, made of metal with sharp edges and aligned with the panel itself, which is probably harder to manufacture, but visually looks quite effective.
The build sturdiness is impeccable, as well as the workmanship, so in comparison to samsung’s tu8, which we recently tested and which, by the way costs more, this model looks like a significantly higher class product. The bottom bezel is also thin, also made of metal, and so is the stand which consists of two pairs of legs, which you can place closer together or wider, though we feel former looks quite a bit better and visually separates this tv from a slew of cheaper Models which use a similar style of stand overall, the build and looks of this tv are absolutely great. The back of the unit is also covered in metal, at least the top part, with a plastic attachment on the bottom, which houses, the electronics speakers and connectors. All connectors are grouped into a single section available from the side and in it there are free hdmi, 2.0 b ports, 2 usb 2.0 connectors satellite and antenna inputs, ci card slot, lan port optical audio output, 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and another 3.5 millimeter jack, which is Used for composite av inputs, as for the display, tcl c715, is equipped with a 4k resolution va panel, which offers average viewing angles for this type of panel. Not so average is the color display, which, thanks to the aforementioned quantum dot filtering layer, is probably the strongest point of this model. The panel displays 10 bits per color channel with the use of frc, which is practically standard at this price range, and unfortunately, this year as standard in a higher class as well.
The color gradient is somewhat noticeable in test patterns, but is quite decent overall. According to our measurements, the tv is able to reproduce 86.3 percent of dcip free gamut, which is a few percent below other quantum dot models we tested, but still very good for this price it’s hard, though, to put into words the influence quantum dot has on the Image quality just like on other models that use this technology dclc715 is able to produce quite vibrant colors, which leave a great impression even on first glance, along with samsung and high sense. Tcl is a member of quantum dot alliance, so we’re glad that we finally get to see this technology outside the samsung’s qled models and that the benefits that it brings can be enjoyed by owners of some much more affordable models. Color accuracy is highest in movie mode with the measured delta e deviation of borderline, but still good 2.9, while the image looks objectively, most visually appealing in smart hdr mode, which uses a bit of processing to make the image more visually interesting. But without going overboard, tclc715 uses a backlight which, in our measurements, achieves a maximum of 417 nits, curiously in low power mode. This is also the peak that the tv will achieve, both in sdr and hdr. No matter the test window size, it’s, a direct, led backlight, but with no local dimming feature, though it is able to control the overall brightness, depending on the average brightness of the particular scene.
The highest measured contrast was a very good 6384 to 1 in sports mode. The black level in most preset modes ranges from 0.03 to 0.064 nits, which is about standard for a good va panel, even though compared to more advanced full array, local dimming models, there is a noticeable difference in black level, especially in a dark room panel. Uniformity is not that great, at least not on the unit we tested with visible vertical lines across the screen, with alternating, dark and lighter shade, probably due to the way the backlight was designed still, we do think that tclc715 offers a very good display quality for its Price hdr is limited by low peak brightness and the lack of local dimming, but quantum dot does improve the impression. So overall, c715 is a step above the generic hdr 400 certified models. Image processing is limited to decent upscaling of low resolution content, while motion processing, as well as a 24 fps movie playback correction, are completely absent and are reserved for ac815, which is a more advanced one. Therefore, the 30fps and 60fps playback is much better than 24fps, which exhibits a stutter in some scenes due to the mismatch between the framerate and screen refresh rate, which is 60 hertz practically. The only motion related feature is the clear led motion option, which is the backlight strobing. When you activate it, the image gets a bit darker and there’s a noticeable but bearable flicker, but the users that don’t mind that will enjoy a faster panel response time and a cleaner and clearer display for sports and games.
Speaking of games, reduced image processing has an upside in the form of a low input lag of only 9.7 milliseconds, which is excellent for a tv. The sound is solid for this price range with 2 times, 10 watts of power, decent donut, quite powerful bass and a fair, sound stage, especially with dolby atmos on oddly enough preset. Sound modes are exactly the same as picture ones, with the exception of smart hdr. Of course, and each of the mode’s advanced options allow you to activate, surround virtualizer base and dialog enhancements and a definition option which improves the high frequency detail level. There are also two options which compensate the frequency response and reflections, depending on whether you’re mounting the tv on a stand or on the wall and which are worth experimenting with, regardless, as they can help clean up the sound and make it more impactful. One of the biggest advantages of this model is that it uses the android tv os version 9.0, which is still the smart os that offers the most capabilities. You can find a huge selection of apps in the play store and, most importantly, all relevant. Video and audio streaming services are available, as well as a range of local content providers, apps more advanced games than on other smart tv platforms, plus apps like steam, link, kodi torrent clients and a lot more practically unlimited entertainment options. The interface is standard for android tv, but we have to praise tcl for successful integration of tv and android options, probably among better such solutions.
So the options key will allow you to call the menu for adjusting the picture and sound even during the playback, which is essential, but unfortunately is not yet a standard among android tvs. What is standard, though, is the poor performance of pretty much most of android tvs. This one included, tc lc715, is powered by a realtek rt2851 quad core processor at 1.1, gigahertz with mali, 470 mp, graphics, 2, gigabits of ram and 10 gigabits of storage. The performance this solution offers is even more modest than that of the usual mediatek that most models use, which is apparent while using the interface, especially after turning the tv on or during playback plus in 3d games. And unfortunately, while watching certain content tv arrived with the firmware version 3.17, but even after an automatic update to version 6.06, the problem persisted and 4k60 youtube playback would skip frames and offer a very poor viewing experience. Fortunately, manual updates to version 6.09 solved this problem, so we recommend all current and future owners of this tv to update as soon as possible, because with the new firmware, the tv offers a way better user experience. Also, the default media player is pretty bad and has problems identifying the image proportions and skips frames while playing back a high bitrate for khdr content. Fortunately, since this is android, you can take your pick of one of many available media players which work fine. For instance, mx player, which had no problems handling the 4k hdr content tv can be controlled by a remote which probably is not going to win any design awards, but it’s fairly comfortable to use and has rubber keys with a nice clear and precise click.
The one complaint we have about it is that the four keys have white markings on them which are barely visible, but you’ll learn by heart, which one does what within a few hours. Alternatively, you can also use the tcl home app, which offers similar options as the remote with added touchpad and an option of actually typing something when you’re using the search or entering the password. Since this is android voice. Control is also supported, and an interesting detail is that there is a physical microphone switch on the back of the tv in case you’re worried that someone in google might be listening in overall pcl c715 tv has an interesting combination of specs, which is pretty unique on The market, quantum dot technology, with its advantages, as well as android operating system, are something which we believe will appeal to a large number of, not overly demanding users who simply want to tv with good display quality and the one that does it all. But they’re not willing to spend too much money. What you’re missing with this model is the motion processing, but for around 500 or 600 euro for a 55 inch model. You do get a lot, so some of its flows can be overlooked, especially if they’re present on some competing models as well. That would be all for this review. As always, we would like to hear your opinion on this model in the comment section below. We hope you enjoyed this video enough to give us a thumbs up and maybe consider subscribing to our channel for more interesting reviews keep watching bench house.