I tested TCL's QM8 4K TV, and it's the brightest TCL mini-LED set yet

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Early Verdict

TCL’s flagship QM8 people TV delivers HDR brightness approaching what you get from the apical competition, and its section dimming diagnostic is up to the task of rendering heavy and elaborate shadows. Overall, the QM8 makes a affirmative archetypal impression, and it’s priced astatine a level that volition marque it a precise compelling enactment for buyers.


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    Exceptional brightness

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    Anti-glare screen

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    Affordable compared to mini-LED competition


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    Some backlight blooming

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    Average off-axis uniformity

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    Google TV only

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TCL has been a longtime advocator for mini-LED and quantum dot tech successful TVs, and the institution has managed to bring some features to models that are attractively priced. The QM8 people is TCL’s flagship exemplary for 2023, and it’s the lone 1 to travel the erstwhile template of combining a mini-LED backlight with an LCD sheet featuring a quantum dot furniture – this clip successful TVs with a surface size arsenic ample arsenic 98 inches.

I precocious had an accidental to view the caller TCL TVs successful person, and was besides provided with clip to bash hands-on investigating of some an 85-inch QM8 bid exemplary and a step-down Q7 bid TV. While the investigating concern was much rushed than I would person liked, I did get a accidental to marque cardinal representation prime assessments, arsenic good arsenic play astir with immoderate features connected the caller sets.

While the company’s erstwhile flagship mini-LED TVs, the TCL 6-Series, was produced successful 55-, 65-, 75-, and 85-inch surface sizes, the caller QM8 bid starts astatine 65 inches and ranges up to 98 inches. (TCL’s existent XL bid offers TVs with a 98-inch screen, but those models deficiency mini-LED backlighting.) The 85-inch exemplary I went hands-on with is priced astatine $2,799.99, portion the 65-inch mentation is $1,699. All QM8 bid TVs are disposable present with the objection of the 98-inch exemplary ($9,999.99), which volition get aboriginal this year.

TCL QM8 TV backmost  sheet  inputs

The TCL QM8 has 2 HDMI 2.1 ports with enactment for 4K 120Hz input signals (Image credit: Future)

TCL’s QM8 bid TVs usage the Google TV astute level for streaming and dependable control. They besides person the company’s latest Gen 3 AIPQ processor and enactment Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ precocious dynamic range. TCL’s QM8 bid specs database highest brightness astatine 2,000 nits and the fig of section dimming zones utilized for the Mini-LED backlight astatine implicit 2,300. They besides are the lone 2023 TCL TVs to diagnostic an anti-glare surface coating.

With a autochthonal 120Hz panel, the QM8 is well-equipped for gaming, though, dissimilar the different representation presets, the set’s Game mode wasn’t yet finalized erstwhile I did my hands-on test. Other gaming features see ALLM, FreeSync Premium Pro, and Game Accelerator 240 for up to 240Hz VRR gaming (at 1440p).

TCL QM8 distant    power  held successful  hand

TCL's distant power features a backlit keypad (Image credit: Future)

The 85-inch exemplary I evaluated has a bezel-free plan and uses a center-mounted pedestal basal that’s tallness adjustable. There are 4 HDMI inputs (including 1 with 4K 120Hz enactment and a 2nd with 4K 144Hz support) and an antenna input for the set’s ATSC 1.0 integer TV tuner. Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X audio formats are supported, and the TV has a built-in 2 x 10-watt talker strategy with an further 20 watts for a subwoofer. 

QM8 people TVs besides travel with a backlit distant power – a uncommon amenity successful the TV world, adjacent for the priciest sets.

TCL QM8 TV showing colour  trial  patterns onscreen

TV trial patterns utilized to trial off-axis colour uniformity (Image credit: Future)

Brighter than before

As I usually bash erstwhile evaluating a TV nether clip constraints, I went consecutive to the Spears & Munsil Ultra HD HDR 4K Blu-ray trial disc and checked retired trial patterns and the ocular montage section. I besides utilized a airy metre to marque highest brightness measurements.

Viewed consecutive on, achromatic full-screen trial patterns revealed fantabulous brightness uniformity, but erstwhile I checked retired patterns utilized to measure off-axis uniformity, opposition faded and colors looked little vivid – a emblematic effect with galore LCD-based TVs similar the QM8 series. The ocular montage conception showed the QM8 to person lone minimal backlight blooming connected pugnacious sequences similar the Ferris instrumentality against a nighttime sky. When I watched the disc’s starfield trial sequence, I noticed a higher grade of blooming, though it wasn’t accordant astatine each brightness levels. It’s imaginable immoderate operation of the TV’s section dimming settings would person mitigated this, but fixed the clip limitation, I was incapable to marque a implicit determination.

Measured connected a achromatic model signifier covering 10 percent of the surface successful default Movie mode, the 85-inch UM8 deed a maximum highest brightness of 1,805 nits. While that’s little than immoderate different apical 4K TVs with a mini-LED-backlight we’ve tested specified arsenic the Samsung QN95C, it’s inactive an awesome result, and 1 that comes adjacent to TCL’s specifications for the UM8 series. Watching different montage sequences from the Spears & Munsil disc, the TV’s precocious highest brightness made representation highlights popular successful a genuinely awesome manner. Combined with the heavy and elaborate blacks the acceptable delivered, determination was a beardown consciousness of extent successful galore clips I watched.

TCL QM8 TV showing Ferris instrumentality    astatine  nighttime  onscreen

The QM8 lone showed a flimsy magnitude of backlight blooming connected pugnacious trial sequences (Image credit: Future)

The UM8 provides abstracted blur and judder adjustments to minimize question artifacts successful movies, and utilizing these I was capable to make a customized mounting that did truthful without adding a “soap opera effect” to images. Watching a country from James Bond thriller No Time to Die wherever Bond (Daniel Craig) walks crossed a rugged scenery successful the Italian mountains arsenic the camera pans along, the representation prime noticeably improved erstwhile I applied my adjustments, going from blurry to wholly solid.

To trial the show of the QM8’s Gen 3 AIPQ processor, I watched a country from Dune wherever Paul walks with Lady Jessica pursuing an interrogation by the Reverend Mother. The misty situation successful this series was rendered with minimal noise; adjacent connected an 85-inch screen, I saw nary grounds of banding oregon over-enhancement. The processor besides delivered HDR highlights successful a elaborate manner, the colors looked affluent yet clean, and heavy shadows came crossed arsenic a coagulated black.

TCL QM8 showing scenery  onscreen

(Image credit: Future)

At $2,799.99, the TCL QM8 is an awesome woody for a big-screen TV susceptible of delivering a precocious level of HDR brightness. Its section dimming processing is besides effective, though I’ll request to springiness some that diagnostic and others a much thorough workout successful a aboriginal afloat review. But I walked distant from my hands-on trial of TCL’s feature-packed mini-LED flagship with a affirmative wide impression. 

Considering however overmuch much you’ll person to wage for a likewise featured acceptable from a competing TV marque with the aforesaid surface size – Samsung's $4,499 85-inch QN90C, for lawsuit – TCL appears to person thing rather peculiar connected its hands with the QM8.

Shopping for a caller big-screen TV? Check retired our usher to the best 85-inch TVs to find different options.

Al Griffin has been penning astir and reviewing A/V tech since the days LaserDiscs roamed the earth, and was antecedently the exertion of Sound & Vision magazine. 

When not reviewing the latest and top cogwheel oregon watching movies astatine home, helium tin usually beryllium recovered retired and astir connected a bike.

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