Mini-LED TVs appear to be the flavour of the year. Homegrown brand Prism+ is the latest to launch TVs sporting this display tech. While Prism+ may be considered late to the Mini-LED bandwagon, it's making a splash with the Prism+ U65. Going by current prices, the U65 looks to be one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) Mini-LED you'll find in Singapore for a 65-inch (S$2,299). The 75-inch Prism+ U75 is also very affordable at S$2,899. But these prices are before discounts — an ongoing promotion is offering S$600 off.
- 4K resolution with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision IQ
- 2x HDMI 2.1 ports, 1x HDMI 2.0 port
- Comes in 65″ (tested), and 75″ sizes
- Google TV platform with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in
Like most Mini-LED TVs that I have tested this year, the Prism+ U65 appear to have rectified the more obvious flaws of older Mini-LED TVs. I didn't spot blooming around subtitles or bright areas in videos. But there are still some uneven streaks of illumination, especially when playing video games with an uniform background. Blacks are, of course, not as deep as OLED TVs. They are, however, much better than the greyish blacks found on older LED TVs. But there's room for improvement when it comes to reducing reflections in a brightly-lit environment. The reflections can be quite distracting when viewing content with lots of dark scenes. Viewing angles are very good, with just a hint of colour shift when viewed from the sides.
I found that the picture quality of Prism+ TVs generally has improved since the addition of a Filmmaker Mode. The U65 continues to offer this more colour-accurate option. There's also Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+, with Prism+ touting a peak brightness of up to 1,400 nits (10% window). Annoyingly, Dolby Vision IQ seems to kick in by default when watching compatible Dolby Vision content. However, I prefer the standard Dolby Vision, which doesn't adjust the picture according to ambient lighting. So that's an extra step for me to change this setting. The Prism+ U65 comes with three HDMI ports, of which two are HDMI 2.1 ports (finally!), and one is HDMI 2.0. This also means that the refresh rate is 120Hz for its native 4K resolution. As the eARC port is actually the HDMI 2.0 port, you get two HDMI 2.1 ports for your game consoles or PCs.
I would recommend using the eARC port for a soundbar. The U65's speakers are, like most TVs, rather lacking in bass — it doesn't have a subwoofer. There's also plenty of compression at higher volume levels. The TV comes with a fairly hefty metal stand. It doesn't elevate the TV above most soundbars, unless it's a really slim one. As usual, the back is plastic, but there's a solid feel to the housing. The U65 uses Google TV. It's responsive, and easy to navigate. The remote control has a full set of buttons, including a Daily shortcut key that can be customised to open your favourite app. I like how there's now a button to switch Google accounts (if you have more than one setup on the TV). Pressing the Input button also shows your recent apps, and useful shortcuts in the same window, making it a more convenient shortcut.
The Prism+ U65 is not the best Mini-LED TV that I have tested this year. But it doesn't need to be the best. Not when it looks like the cheapest Mini-LED TV at S$1,699 (when discounted) for the 65-inch model. And by a fair bit, too. Similar Mini-LED TVs from the likes of Hisense and TCL are over S$2,000. Given that the quality between these entry-level models are very similar, I think pricing would be the main factor. I would even be tempted by the 75-inch Prism+ U75 due to the attractive pricing. Personally, Google TV also tips the scale further in favour of Prism+ when compared with brands like Hisense that use a proprietary TV interface. Get the Prism+ now (while the discounts are still valid) at Lazada, Shopee, and Amazon SG.
Note: Review unit provided by Prism+.
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