With simple design and smaller screen options, the TCL P615 has the proposal to be the gateway for those who want to purchase the first 4K television. With prices starting from R$ 2,999, this model has micro dimming technology, for more vivid and contrasted images, minimalist remote control with voice command via Google Assistant and Android TV wheel, as well as the P715.
Integrated Chromecast, dedicated Netflix and Globoplay buttons are other product highlights. Is it worth the investment? I tested the 50-inch TCL P615 for another month and let me know what I thought of it in the next few minutes.
TCL P615 4K TV Review in Video
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Design, connections and remote control
The P615 has a more sober look, which reminds me of the Samsung TU8000 and Philco PTV50RCG70BL (whew!), but the Philco model stands out for having a slight touch of sophistication compared to this TV reviewed here. The TCL device is all covered in darkened plastic with no metallic details along the structure. The support feet follow the language of the rest of the TV, with black plastic and are thicker compared to the P715.
On the bottom, TCL has kept the white power LED, which, while small, helps give a slight sense of sophistication in this more serious look. This version aims to meet those consumers who are still looking for more compact TVs, so TCL only sells the P615 in sizes of 43 and 50 inches. The edges are not slightly thin like other models from the manufacturer, but they are not very thick either.
Connections are located on the right side. You have at your disposal three HDMI ports, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, a TV antenna input, an AV input, an optical audio output and a 3.5mm headphone output. It’s important to note that, unfortunately, the 43-inch variant only delivers one USB port. As for organization and access, I didn’t have much trouble connecting the cables, but I did miss a compartment or nook to hide the power and cable TV wires.
The remote control is already known from other branded televisions. I like it not only because it’s compact, but also because the TCL doesn’t cram the accessory of buttons you have to guess what they’re for. The essentials for fast usability are there: the configuration shortcut, the directional keys, the Google Assistant and the streaming platform ones: Netflix and Globoplay. Regrettably, the P615 does not support the 5GHz frequency, so I am sorry to inform you that you will be limited to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.
Image and sound quality
TCL P615 has VA panel. Initially, the strong colors and the exaggerated contrast bothered me, but after a few adjustments the situation improved dramatically. This model has a technology called micro dimming: an algorithm is responsible for adjusting the brightness in different areas of the screen to deliver a more vivid experience, similar to that of the OLED. However, I chose to ignore this function due to the exaggerated intensity.
Despite this negative point, the image quality of this TCL 4K TV pleased me considering its category. I haven’t seen any radical light leakage, which could harm the display of content, the brightness is satisfactory and the colors without the micro dimming are pleasing, while the black depth is good within limits. By putting landscapes on the screen, despite the greenish mountains becoming intense, the P615 very well reproduced the blue sky with clouds, sand and sea.
Regarding the viewing angles, I was even able to watch a lot of content from the front without making much effort on sunny days, with light invading the whole environment. But this changes dramatically in peripheral regions. I, who don’t have such a large living room, could still have an average experience, but owners of large rooms will find it difficult to see the content from a distance and the light can get in the way. This is not a dedicated television for gamer audiences. The refresh rate here is only 60 Hz and of the three HDMI ports available, none is 2.1; all are 2.0.
It is equipped with two speakers of 9.5 watts each, totaling 19 watts of power. In practice, the TV sound will not fill the space well if you have a large room, but performance in medium or small environments is satisfactory, such as a bedroom. I could see that the P615 has a thicker sound, however this feature is not synonymous with more bass. When you put hip-hop on YouTube, you’ll notice the bashful low frequencies. Also, the shrillness shows up when the volume is above 60. However, the intensity at 30 is enough for a pleasant experience.
Smart TV Software and Features
It comes with traditional Android TV, same software from P715, C715, X915 and other competitors. The interface is nothing different from what we already know: the integration with Google services gives a show and the home screen with suggestions for content to watch I like it because it reduces the time to open a streaming application and then select the movie or series . Of course it’s not a system that guarantees great fluidity, but at least it works well here.
From the factory, I received the TV with Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and TCL Channel pre-installed. The app store is very complete and you can find other popular platforms in Brazil: Disney+, HBO Max, Telecine, Apple TV, DirecTV Go, Spotify, Deezer and more. Integrated Chromecrast is another feature available on the P615, and during the days I stayed with the TV, I was able to mirror content across major platforms without errors.
The device has integration with Google Assistant and you can call the personal assistant by voice command on the remote control. Unlike the P715, which has hands-free, the P615 lacks the feature, but it’s not a serious problem, considering that some rivals don’t offer it either, and I honestly didn’t use the Assistant during the tests.
4K TCL P615 TV: is it worth it?
At a time when many companies are focusing on big TVs, the TCL P615 is entering the market very well to serve those who don’t have a lot of space. The first negative point to be highlighted is the price that may drive some consumers away, if we consider what TCL suggests. The company asks for R$ 2,999 for the 43-inch version and R$ 3,399 for the 50-inch version with an extra USB port.
Looking at retail, you find the 50″ sister P715 for R$2,400, offering a premium, hands-free finish. For another R$ 200, you can still take the 55″, if you want a bigger screen. The variant analyzed by Techblog, in August 2021, is found for R$ 2,500, while the Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV and the LG UN7310, both with the same size as the P615, can be found for less. Therefore, before making the purchase decision, it is worth keeping an eye on competitors.
As it is an entry-level TV, the configuration of the P615 is quite pleasing, mainly due to the image quality, which is good for the category and it only slips, really, in the viewing angles. Lean control also earns points, as do available smart TV features. I even understand that the company had to cut some costs on this model, but not supporting 5 GHz Wi-Fi and saving on the USB port of the smaller version makes the P615 lose a lot of points with me. Anyway, with the right price, it can still make a lot of sense.
4K TCL P615 TV
- Excellent usability, with lean control and integrated Google Assistant
- Android TV keeps delivering many apps
- Interesting image quality for the category
- Wi-Fi only on 2.4 GHz frequency
- 43-inch model could have one more USB port
- Viewing angles are still weak