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TCL’s excellent 65-inch 4K TV is on sale for an all-time low price

One of the best 4K TVs under $1,000 just got cheaper

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photo illustration of Red Dead Redemption 2 on the TCL R617 4K TV Rockstar Games/TCL via Polygon

TCL’s cult-favorite 4K TV, the 65-inch R617, is on sale for its lowest price ever at both Amazon and Walmart. After a disappointing Black Friday offering — it was only $30 off during the biggest shopping season of the year — the 6-Series got a surprisingly good discount in a Super Bowl sale. This new deal makes it $20 cheaper than it was for the big game. That’s perfect timing for those of us who treat the Oscars like our Super Bowl.

The 65R617 is on sale at Amazon and Walmart for $829.99, or $470 off MSRP. That’s $30 lower than the previous all-time-low price we saw on this display.

Best Buy’s exclusive version of the TCL 6-Series, the R615, is also on sale, though we’ve seen it at this price before. It’s down to $799.99, which matches both Black Friday and Super Bowl pricing. It’s the exact same TV; the R617 just has a snazzier voice control remote, while the R615 comes with a simple IR remote. Voice control comes in handy, especially when searching for movies, and the line of sight required by the IR remote can get annoying, so we’d recommend sticking with the R617.

One of TCL’s most convenient features is the built-in Roku streaming platform. You don’t need to worry about hooking up a streaming device like Apple TV or Chromecast. Roku has apps for all the major streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

In terms of a features-to-price ratio, TCL’s 6-Series is one of the best on the market. The 55-inch version was our pick for the best 4K TV under $1,000 last year; Arthur Gies wrote, “It outperforms just about every other TV in its price range, and a number of TVs well beyond it.” The vibrant HDR display and low-input latency are perfect for 4K gaming, especially since you don’t have to choose one or the other — many TVs disable HDR on low-latency ports, but the 6-Series keeps input lag at around 19.6 ms, even in 4K/HDR.

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