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Prism+ 65AL OLED TV (2024) review: Worth the wait

Prism+ 65AL OLED TV (2024) review: Worth the wait

It's been almost two years since Prism+ released its first OLED TV back in 2022. The local brand recently launched a new version. But the wait has been worth it. Not only does the upgraded version come in a larger 77-inch size (I tested the 65-inch Prism+ 65AL, the new OLED TV offers improvements all round. Picture quality has improved, and it's now capable of displaying 4K 120Hz with the latest game consoles. The design also looks more upscale, while the TV interface no longer feels sluggish.

Quick specs

  • 4K resolution with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision IQ
  • 2x HDMI 2.1 ports, 2x HDMI 2.0 port
  • Comes in 55″, 65″ (tested), and 77″ sizes
  • Google TV platform with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in

The 2024 Prism+ 65AL is quite a significant upgrade over its basic, no-frills predecessor. For starters, the design is more premium, with a brushed metal centre stand, and slim bezels. The audio gets a facelift, too, with a new 2.1.2ch Dolby Atmos speaker system featuring two top-firing, and two down-firing speakers, as well as a 40W subwoofer. However, you might still want a soundbar. While the Prism+ speakers are loud enough, they become harsh at higher volumes. Dialogue also seems a tad too processed. The subwoofer doesn't produce much of a rumble, either. As for the Dolby Atmos effect, some scenes do feel more 3D, for lack of a better term. But for the most part, I didn't get that feeling of height or width.

Prism+ 65AL
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Since it's an OLED TV, I had certain expectations for the picture quality. And the Prism+ 65AL certainly hits the spot. Blacks are impeccable, colours look rich, and there's zero blooming, of course. The screen uniformity, and viewing angles are also excellent. Prism+ says the 65AL has a peak brightness of 850 nits, which is pretty good for its price range. While I have seen brighter OLED TVs, I'm fine with the 65AL's overall brightness for HDR content. Yes, bright scenes probably won't make you flinch like the best OLED TVs. But like other recent OLED TVs, it handles shadow detail better than my older LG C1. SDR content, though, seems a bit duller, and dimmer compared with better OLED TVs, especially in a well-lit room.

Prism+ 65AL
The HDMI 4 port is located at the far right in this image. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Prism+ could also do better with the anti-reflective coating, which is not as effective as the ones in OLED TVs from LG and Samsung. It's the same grouse I had with the Prism+ U65 Mini-LED TV. On the other hand, I like that all four HDMI ports are easily accessible at the side. I did have some trouble initially finding HDMI 4, which is strangely shunted to the side away from the other HDMI ports. There are two HDMI 2.1 ports, while the eARC port is a HDMI 2.0 port. This means you can connect the Prism+ to two modern game consoles for 4K 120Hz gaming, and a soundbar simultaneously. Like the Prism+ U65, there's a game console overlay for game-related settings like the FPS. There's also a handy shortcut key on the remote control that you can assign to open your favourite app.

Overall, I have no complaints about the Prism+ 65AL's Google TV interface or its performance. I also like that the Input button on the remote shows your recent apps, and other useful shortcuts. It feels a bit like Android's Quick Settings menu. The Prism+ 65AL is typically listed at S$3,399 on places like Shopee, Lazada, and Amazon SG. This makes it slightly more affordable than similar 65-inch OLED TVs from bigger brands that are in the S$4,000 range. But go to the Prism+ website, and you'll likely find an ongoing sale or promotion that cuts this price down to just S$2,699. And that's a pretty good deal for a mid-range OLED TV.

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Note: Review unit provided by Prism+.


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Verdict



CAN BUY

OLED TV that's affordable, and good value for money

Buy it at Shopee
Buy it at Lazada
Available at Amazon SG

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