Amazon Prime Cardholders: 55" TCL 55R617 4K Roku Smart HDTV + 15% Cash Back
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Amazon has for their Amazon Prime Cardholders: 55" TCL 55R617 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV on sale for $529.99 plus Get the Regular 5% Cash Back + an Additional 10% Cash Back on your purchase.Shipping is free. Thanks AceXVIII
Note, this offer is available for both Amazon Prime Visa and Amazon Prime Store Cardholders.
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Editor's Notes & Price Research
If you consider the cash back savings, then our research indicates that the 55" TCL 55R617 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV is $76.85 less (~15% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $529.99 at the time of this posting.
See forum thread for additional discussion. Please see offer page for full terms and conditions. More info about these credit cards can be found here. This offer ends on June 30, 2019 or while supplies last. -qwikwit
5/2/19 3:40am Updated with adjusted prices (lower!!)
Amazon has the TCL 55R617 on sale for $522, 65R617 for $794, and 75R617 for $1,565 All of these are currently eligible for 15% cash back bonus when you purchase with your Amazon Prime card. This effectively makes the price $443 for 55", $675 for 65", and $1,330 for 75" shipped, pre-tax but still look like the best price I've seen on these models to date, with the exception of the $720 65" Rakuten deal last month.
Of note, purchasing these with your Prime card extends the warranty for one year on top the manufacturer warranty, giving 2 years warranty total without additional cost. Thanks @kjwagener
It is neither a Good nor Bad thing. It has both benefits and limitations.
The TCL subpixel dimming algorithm produces a Texture on gradient test patterns on any Non- 4:4:4 signal sources, (which is most bluray players, netflix).
On real images which have native noise, and NON uniform angled gradient, the texture blends correctly. ONLY 4:2:x source, 90 degrees gradient test patterns produce the effect which looks like banding.
TCL panel lottery is bad, you might go through 3-4, not unheard of.
You're looking for Dirty Screen Effect, and Backlight Uniformity/Bleed, Test by using a source with a flat black background, Turn Tv backlight setting all the way up, turn off eco mode, dimming, dynamic contrast,
TCL subpixel processing shows up on MOST models. This may not work well for PC use, because it does distort Thin line rendering, and can obscure certain high frequency Textures (Such as tweed-fabric Suits, which may cause flicking moire, or brush metal finishes which end up looking flat grey) For movies/ games, the algorithm is mainly beneficial, It increases contrast uniformity, sharpens slightly, increases viewing angles/ black stability.
Sub-pixel rendering is not unique to TCL, Samsung NU8000 has it enabled on some modes as well.
The trouble with TCL , they didn't give the option to disable.
It is known to occur on 49/50, 55 and 65 inch sets, but there have been reports of people getting one with it disabled, Again, lottery ..
The 43 inch set was thought to be immune, but some has reported seeing it on there as well, not nearly as likely though.
It is possible that in the future, when access to the Factory service menu is discovered, Users may be able to disable it. (not something you'd wait for, if you don't like it , definitely buy something else).
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