TCL 65C815 – specifications
- What: Ultra HD LCD TV (Edge LED, Quantum Dot)
- Screen size: 65 inch (165 cm), flat
- Connections: 3x HDMI (v2.0b, ARC), 1x composite video, 1x stereo cinch, 1x optical digital out, 2x USB, 1x headphones, 2x antenna, Bluetooth (A2DP, HID)
- Extras: Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10, HLG, WiFi (802.11b / g / n / ac) built-in, Android TV (9 Pie), USB / DLNA media player, DVB-T2 / C / S2, CI + slot  Dimensions: 1,446 x 932 x 366 mm (incl. Foot)
- Weight: 26.1 kg (incl. Foot)
- Consumption: 153 / 0.3 watt (Energy label B)
- List price: 1,199 euros
TCL 65C815 – Design
The TCL fits perfectly in a contemporary interior. The slim screen hardly has a visible frame. On the side you will find a brushed metal strip. Sharp angles and clean lines dominate the design.At the bottom is a speaker bar, finished with dark gray speaker fabric and an Onkyo logo. The back is finished in dark plastic with a light texture.
TCL 65C815 – Connections
All connections are on the side. The device has three HDMI connections, all suitable for Ultra HD HDR in the best quality, one of which is equipped with ARC. TCL chose not to offer HDMI 2.1 connections or functions yet. In addition, there are two USB connections, a composite video and stereo cinch audio input, two antenna connections and a headphone output.
TCL 65C815 – Ease of Use and Smart TV
The C815 series uses a quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 and Mali-470 MP GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. That combination provides a solid, but not a super smooth Android experience. The device uses Android 9 (Pie). For an overview of the possibilities you can visit our Android TV overview article (note, this article is based on a Philips so some menus for settings are different).
The only remnant of the old menus is an options menu that allows you to easily change the picture or sound mode, or click through to the full settings.
TCL gives you two remotes. The classic remote is a long, narrow version with pleasant rubber keys, and a solid layout. It is identical to last year’s remote. Although it does not excel in ease of use, it also has no glaring errors.The second remote is smaller, more compact and works via Bluetooth so you don’t have to aim. It looks a bit more luxurious, it is made of light metal. The number of keys is more limited, which can be inconvenient if you use the internal TV tuners a lot. But those who mainly use streaming services and watch their live TV via an external set-top box can probably leave the larger remote in the drawer and use this more compact version. The remote has a microphone for voice commands and a button for Google Assistant.
The TCL is equipped with a TV tuner for digital TV (DVB-T2 / C / S2) and a CI + lock. Recording is not possible, TCL only offers this function if the model has a double tuner. Of course it has Chromecast, but no Airplay (although you can partially imitate that functionality with certain apps). You can stream YouTube HDR content (HDR10 and HLG) and Netflix (HDR10 and Dolby Vision). If you want to use your smartphone as a remote, or simply want to send media from your smartphone to the TV, use TCL’s T-cast app.