The TCL 8-Series is one hell of a Roku TV. And it's currently on sale for one hell of a discount at Best Buy.
In other words, you can get either one of them delivered for half-off.
What makes the 8-Series so good? It's the first TCL TV to use mini-LED panels, which are even better than QLED. That means blacks will be blacker than ever before — and much closer to the true black of OLED, but without the price hike that comes with that technology.
Here's how we put things when we got our first hands-on look at the 8-Series back in August 2019:
"Mini-LED allows TCL to form a much more precise backlighting pattern, that mirrors the image on the screen. As a result, blacks are actually black. To prove this, the company put the latest Samsung QLED side-by-side with its 8-series TV and the result was the latter is able to actually turn off the LED diodes behind the black parts of the screen. Look at a Samsung QF9N QLED closely and you'll see that the black parts aren't actually black, especially when you tap on them and you can see the LED diode behind respond with a bubble-like effect. With the TCL 8-series, blacks are actually black, and when you tap the screen with your knuckle, it doesn't bubble like on other QLED devices."
So in other words, it's a great TV that's able to compete with more expensive technology.
One note, however: We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the debut of the 8-Series. That doesn't mean a refresh is imminent — and even if it is, this is still one hell of a deal. It's just something to be aware of.
Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations, is the Dad part of Modern Dad, and is editor of WhatToWatch.com.
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