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Prism+ Q65 Pro Quantum Edition review: Price is right

Prism+ Q65 Pro Quantum Edition review: Price is right

Prism+ Q65 Pro QE

The price is right with the Prism+ Q65 Pro Quantum Edition. This TV offers the convenience and familiarity of Google’s Android TV platform at a competitive price. It is not quite as polished a product as rival TVs from more established brands, but it makes up for that with the affordable pricing, streaming video deals with content partners, and an attractive three-year onsite warranty. I tested the 65-inch Q65 Pro QE, which costs around S$1,200, though the series also comes in 55- and 86-inch sizes.

Quick specs

  • 4K resolution with HDR10 and Dolby Vision
  • 3x HDMI 2.0 ports
  • Comes in 55″, 65″ (tested), and 86″ sizes
  • Android TV platform with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in

If you’re picky about picture quality, the Q65 Pro QE is probably not for you. Despite its support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, this TV, like others in its price range, isn’t actually bright enough to present high-dynamic range (HDR) content properly. This means specular highlights, such as the glint of sunlight reflecting from a railing, are muted. Darks, too, look more greyish than black. Obviously, its picture quality is not comparable to more expensive OLED TVs, like the ones from LG and Sony. But it is definitely an improvement over Prism+ older TVs. However, the extra saturation in the Q65 Pro QE could sometimes go awry. For instance, Pixar’s Luca looked overly warm with the Dolby Vision Bright picture setting that’s intended for well-lit environments. Meanwhile, the audio is loud, but lacking in bass and depth.

Prism+ Q65 Pro QE
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The TV has relatively thin bezels. It has three HDMI 2.0 ports, including HDMI ARC (HDMI 1) for audio peripherals. There’s also a couple of USB ports for external storage drives to expand the TV’s limited internal storage (around 27GB). The TV remote control has convenient shortcuts for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and the Google Play Store. It has a Google Assistant button for the voice assistant. though you can also say Hey Google aloud. The TV’s built-in microphones are pretty sensitive. In fact, there were several occasions when the Google Assistant was triggered by the dialogue in a movie. Pressing the Menu button brings up the TV settings for picture and sound. You can adjust the brightness and contrast here, but the interface feels unpolished compared to other TVs. Prism+ could do better here at making these settings more understandable, such as adding explanatory text.

Prism+ Q65 Pro QE
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

The Q65 Pro QE runs the Android TV platform, which comes with the Google Play Store and familiar apps like YouTube, Spotify and Google Play Movies. This interface is slightly different from the Google TV that’s being pushed by Google (and found in the latest Chromecast dongle and Sony TVs). But it is straightforward enough and easy to use. Selected apps like YouTube and Disney+ each get a row displaying recommended videos based on your watchlist or viewing habits. Prism+ has also added its own custom row of apps, dubbed Daily Play, to the Home Screen. This Daily Play row highlights apps from Prism+ content partners, such as Viu, iQiYi and MeWatch. Currently, those who buy the Q65 Pro QE can get 3 months of Viu and 12 months of MeWatch for free.

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Size and price matter, which is why I believe most consumers will readily accept the flaws of the Prism+ Q65 Pro Quantum Edition. You simply won’t get top-notch picture quality at this price range, even from the bigger TV brands. What you do get from Prism+ is the promise of a three-year onsite warranty, as well as the accessible Android TV platform with its thousands of apps. The free streaming deals are just the icing on the cake. Prism+ also offers several mounts (fixed and swivel) as well as easel-like stands for an additional fee. The Kanva TV stand (S$169), for instance, looks rather stylish in the right environment, and may just make the Q65 Pro QE look even more expensive than it actually is. You can buy the Q65 Pro QE online from its official Lazada store.

Note: Review unit provided by Prism+.

Verdict



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Affordable big-screen TV.

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