I was originally looking to buy the TCL 55r617 because of the great reviews and the price. I made the mistake of only looking at the "best of" lists, particularly at rtings.ca. No mention is made of this tv on their lists. However because the TCL is almost impossible to get I looked more closely at the individual reviews and found that this tv had exactly the same rating as the TCL. I was lucky to find this at a local retailer (London Drugs, North Vancouver) for $200 less than simplyinspiredweddingphotography.com and so I purchased it.
It is hard to imagine that you would notice any difference between this, the TCL and the Vizio P series. The Vizio and TCL have full array led while this is edge lit but there is complete uniformity of lighting on the Samsung so while full array is theoretically better, in reality you won't see a difference. The colour and brightness of this tv are outstanding and it is the first tv I have ever owned that truly compares to a theater experience.
The big surprise to me are the smart features. My previous Samsung smart hub tv was clunky and slow, so much so that I attached a fire stick to improve access to Netflix and Prime. This tv is almost seamless in accessing streaming channels.
Lastly is the remote. It is small and simple and appears at first to be very limited. After a week of use however I discovered that it can do just about anything on my cable box or streaming services. The manual does not give detailed instructions so you have to play with it to understand just what it can do.
It is not that often that I am so pleased with a purchase. I highly recommend this television.