I tested TCL’s QM8 4K TV, and it’s the brightest of TCL’s mini-LED range yet

TCL has long been an advocate of mini-LED and quantum dot technology in TVs, and the company has been able to bring both features to the attractively priced models. The QM8 series is TCL’s flagship model for 2023, and it’s the only one that follows the previous model to combine mini LED backlighting with a quantum dot layer LCD panel – this time in TVs with a screen size of up to 98 inches.

I recently had a chance to See the new TCL TVs in person, and was also given time to conduct a hands-on test of both the 85-inch QM8 series model and the Q7 tiered TV. While the testing situation was more rushed than I would have liked, I did get a chance to run key image quality assessments, as well as tinker with a few features on the new sets.

While the company’s previous flagship Mini-LED TVs, the TCL Series 6Produced in screen sizes of 55, 65, 75 and 85 inches, the new QM8 series starts from 65 inches and ranges up to 98 inches. (TCL’s current XL series offers 98-inch TVs, but those models lack mini LED backlighting.) The 85-inch model I actually used is $2,799.99, while the 65-inch version is $1,699. All of the QM8 series TVs are available now except for the 98-inch model ($9,999.99), which will arrive later this year.

TCL QM8 TV rear panel inputs

TCL QM8 has two HDMI 2.1 ports with support for 4K @120Hz input signals (Image credit: Future)

TCL QM8 series TVs use the Google TV smart platform for broadcasting and voice control. They also have the company’s latest Gen 3 AIPQ processor and support for high dynamic range Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+. TCL’s QM8 series specifications list peak brightness at 2,000 nits and the number of local dimming zones used for the miniature LED backlighting at over 2,300. They are also the only TCL 2023 TVs to feature an anti-glare screen coating.

With a native 120Hz panel, the QM8 is well-equipped for gaming, although, unlike other photo presets, Game Mode wasn’t finished on the block when I ran the hands-on test. Other gaming features include ALLM, FreeSync Premium Pro, and Game Accelerator 240 for VRR gaming at up to 240Hz (at 1440p resolution).

The TCL QM8 remote control is within easy reach

TCL’s remote features a backlit keyboard (Image credit: Future)

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