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TCL 8 Series Review

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The TCL 8 Series Roku TV is fantastic for most users, thanks to its incredible peak brightness, inky blacks, excellent screen uniformity, and excellent contrast. However, watch out for the absence of HDMI 2.1 and the poor viewing angles.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The TCL 8 Series Roku TV is TCL’s flagship LCD TV launched in 2019. It promises to provide better contrast and black levels than IPS LCDs, thanks to its VA panel.

In addition, it features low input lag, judder-free 24FPS playback, and boasts the easy-to-use Roku platform for smooth navigation. Thus, it is very well positioned for non-gaming users who just need a 4K TV that works.

Keep reading our TCL 8 Series review below to learn more about what top experts said. And don’t forget to take a look at the highest-rated TVs available today.

Rankings (recommended in)

Best For

  • Home Theater

  • Roku

Consensus

our Verdict

The TCL 8 Series Roku TV is a fantastic 4K HDR TV for media consumption in its range. It provides amazing peak brightness, top-notch contrast, deep black levels, and excellent screen uniformity for users with a bright room.

However, users also need to watch out for the poor viewing angles and the lack of HDMI 2.1.

Reason to Buy

  • Fantastic peak brightness
  • Superb contrast ratio
  • Amazing black levels
  • Great screen uniformity
  • Fast response time
  • Great upscaling
  • Wide color gamut support
  • Great reflection diffusion
  • Low input lag

Reason to Avoid

  • Capped to only 60Hz refresh rate
  • Poor viewing angle
  • No HDMI 2.1 support
  • No VRR, ALLM, or eARC
  • Bad out of the box color accuracy
  • No HDR 10+
  • Visible banding
  • Full-array local dimming can be too aggressive

TCL 8 Series Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeFull-Array
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeMini LED, QLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen size85"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformRoku TV
VRRVRRNo

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)93.2
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)93.82
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)70.05
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)80.47
Color Gamut % (sRGB)99.9
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)10,257
SDR Brightness (nits)1,727
HDR Brightness (nits)1,870
Input Lag (ms)19.1
Response Time (ms)11.9
Color Washout (Degrees)25
Color Shift (Degrees)25
Brightness Loss (Degrees)35
Reflections (%)4.9
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)71.27
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db4.3
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db4.02
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.061
Intermodulation Distortion @80db1.1
EOTF (600 nit delta)0
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0

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Score Card

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Expert Score

81

*.75

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Customer Score

85

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

81

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The TCL 8 Series is a great overall TV. It performs well in both bright… read more

    By:

    Ryan Scartozzi
  • PC Mag
    91.4

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The TCL 8-Series of 4K LED TVs features a bright picture with vibrant color, at… read more

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    77.8

    Category Trust Score

    80
    PROS: Awesome picture quality., Mini-LED backlight delivers rich blacks and bright highlights., HDR10 and Dolby… read more

    By:

    Brian Westover
  • CNET
    89

    Category Trust Score

    80
    LIKE: Superb image quality., Best-in-class streaming., Cheaper than OLED at 75 inches. DON’T LIKE: Expensive.,… read more

    By:

    David Katzmaier
  • Sound and Vision
    85.2

    Category Trust Score

    92
    With TCL selling the 75-inch 8-Series model evaluated here at $3,000, and a 65-inch model… read more

    By:

    Thomas J. Norton
  • Techhive
    27.8

    Category Trust Score

    90
    Super granular mini-LED backlighting delivers the most stunning blacks we’ve seen from an LCD TV…. read more

    By:

    Jon L. Jacobi

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