Editor’s note: When we originally published this article on June 22, we were very enthusiastic about this Prime Day deal. Walmart.com had listed the regular price on the TCL 65-inch 5-Series QLED TV as $1,200, which made its sale price of $698 an incredible 40% discount. That regular price was apparently an error and Walmart has since removed it from its product page, leaving only the sale price. $698 is still a good price for this TV, but it’s clearly not the discount we initially believed it to be and we sincerely regret the error.
The Prime Day deals this year were pretty sweet. And even though the event has officially ended, some of those deals are still going strong, including this fantastic price we found at Walmart for a 65-inch TCL 5-Series QLED TV. It’s been reduced to $698 from TCL’s already low regular price of $900.
Here’s the thing: TCL is already one of the most aggressively priced TV makers so quite often, its TVs are less expensive than a comparable model from Sony, Samsung, or LG. But what makes this deal special is that the TCL 5-Series is a QLED TV. That means TCL has added a layer of quantum dots to the TV’s LED backlight. Quantum dots significantly increase color accuracy while preserving brightness, which gives QLED TVs a big leg-up in terms of picture quality versus non-quantum dot LED TVs, which are typically what you’d find at this price for a 65-inch TV.
Another advantage of the TCL 5-Series QLED TV is its backlight system. It uses full-array local dimming (or FALD for short) which provides a lot more control over which parts of the screen get bright and which parts remain dark. It’s far more precise than TVs which use edge-lit backlights — these TVs must supply a similar amount of brightness to the whole screen, and then attempt to deliver dark areas by blocking that light using the LCD panel. It’s simply not as good for those deep, inky blacks that are the hallmark of high-end TVs.
Finally, if these weren’t both great reasons to jump on this TCL deal, the 5-Series uses Roku’s excellent software as its interface. It gives you access to every one of the thousands of streaming apps supported by the Roku platform, along with a simple and intuitive remote control, and handy features like Apple AirPlay 2 (for streaming from iOS devices) and Apple HomeKit (control the TV via Siri voice commands).
The free Roku app for your smartphone can double as an extra remote should you lose the Roku remote between the couch cushions, and there’s also a private listening feature that lets you pipe the TV’s audio through your phone instead of the TV’s built-in speakers.
This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for a 65-inch TCL 5-Series since the model was launched last year, and it may be a while before we see it this low again. If you’ve been searching for a high-quality but affordable 65-inch TV, we strongly recommend this post-Prime Day deal that drops the price to just $698 — an excellent price for a TV of this caliber.
Is the 5-Series not quite what you had in mind? No worries: There are tons of other great Prime Day 4K TV deals on right now, with literally every TV brand offering deep discounts.
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