Most TVs in today’s world use LED backlit LCD panels, are perhaps the most prevalent and affordable of all kinds of Television screens, but their performance limitations can keep them in check. OLED is our common recommendation for buyers seeking more premium viewing experience. OLED TVs are however highly costly and usually off the budgets of most buyers. Thankfully, the middle ground is now — QLED or Quantum Dot LED TVs. Through the enhanced LED experience these TVs try to fill the gap between LED and O LED.
Although QLEDTVs have been costlifting so far, recent launches made this display technology much more affordable than before by Samsung and OnePlus. Now TCL with the C715 series follows this trend. The company continues to invest in India’s affordable space, and is currently looking to introduce its latest TV range into more premium segments. Soon after it was launched in India with its P715 range.
The 55-inch 55C715 TV that is priced at Rs. 55,990 is now being examined. This 4 K QLED TV comes with Dolby Vision support and guarantees a better price viewing experience, just an indication of that many popular 55 “LED TVs are available.
With a metal frame around the screen, the television looks good. Although the bezels are approximately the same as on most 55-inch TVs, the design of this TV reduces the boundaries. The metal chin at the bottom is equipped with a TCL logo and just under that a material-wrapped module holds the IR receiver and indicator lights. The rear of the TCL 55C715 is simple black polymer and in the center and bottom, while it is slim by the rims.
On the right of the screen all the terminals on the TCL 55C715, while on the left is the power socket. The TV has three HDMI ports, two USB ports, a LAN port, an in-band antenna, digital audio out (optical) and an individual AV-in socket that can be used with an adapter. Naturally, TV is available for Internet access via Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz and 5GHz and on the HDMI 1 port HDMI ARC is enabled. We could easily access the ports as well as sockets.
The TV has supports in the package for the screen, but the TV can also be wall-mounted. Although our check unit was not included in a wall-mount kit, we could use the regular VESA wall-mount kit we had. In this context, a rather reckless touch from TCL was to add the screws to the rear of the TV itself, so the wall-assembly of the TV was easy for us to do.
Although we usually only saw manually free voice recognition on premium TVs like the Sony A9 G, even in affordable ranges TCL offered this feature. The television is always listening to a voice “speech word” – “OK Google” or “Hey Google.” It’s also accessible on the TCL 55C715. This allows you to use only your voice in Google Assistant like clever speakers like Google Home. The small physical switch on the lower right side of the TV allows you to deactivate this.
Voice control worked for us well, and we were able to provide Google Assistant with instructions for functions much further than what is on the television, such as reminder and timers. Naturally we could also ask Google Assistant for information and/or to open specific applications or content on the TV itself.
You can still use Google Assistant via the remote control unit with your own button and microphone if you choose to keep your built-in microphone off. A hot key to Netflix and a button to start the TCL launcher also is on the Bluetooth control, that runs on AAA batteries. Besides this, the standard buttons for volume adjustment, access settings and source change, Android TV keys and a D-pad for interface navigation.
In order to review the application, we received the TCL 55C715 pre-release unit that had a number of critical software problems, including an Amazon Prime Video app that is not operational and volume is too small even at its highest level. Most of the problems we had, however, were resolved with a software upgrade and the firm ensured that retail units were delivered with the software.
Based on Android or Linux frameworks, most smart TV manufacturers have suddenly introduced their own application interfaces, but we’re seeing many manufacturing companies now go with Android official TV. Android TV 9 Pie is officially running on the TCL 55C715; but it’s not exactly the stock version that we saw on TV from brands like Sony and Vu. Some modifications are available, like the TCL launch system, as well as workarounds for special applications. TV preinstallation of Netflix as well as Amazon Prime Content.