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TCL Q650G TV Review

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The TCL Q6/Q650G is a good all-around entry-level 4K TV. It offers high brightness and excellent native contrast but lacks out-of-box color accuracy. Best for gamers thanks to its low input lag.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The TCL Q6 is an entry-level television that launched in April 2023. The TV comes in four different sizes (55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch) and offers smart TV functionality using the Google OS. You can use Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa with the remote control’s integrated microphone, but the TV itself does not include hands-free voice control.

The TCL Q6 utilizes a 4K display resolution and a QLED panel. You’ll get three HDMI 2.0 input ports, as well as a USB port, digital optical output, and composite input. This TCL television also includes some advanced features you can find on the top-rated TVs, like VRR support, HDR and HDR10+ formats, and some support for Dolby audio formats.

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our Verdict

The TCL Q6/Q650G TV is a good all-around television for anyone on a budget. Because of its low price point, it doesn’t offer very many advanced features or functionalities, though anyone who isn’t looking for those features will get the most out of this TV. The TCL offers a 4K display resolution with HDR and HDR10+ support for more vibrant colors. Unfortunately, the out-of-box precalibrated color accuracy isn’t great. However, the TCL’s 8,085:1 native contrast ratio is excellent at producing deep blacks in dark scenes.

The Q6/650G performs best as a gaming TV thanks to its tested 10.9ms input lag and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. Though it only offers a native 60Hz refresh rate, the VRR allows you to bump that up to 120Hz at 1080p or 1440p resolution.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good Picture Quality
    • The TCL Q6/Q650G television offers a good overall picture quality, especially when you consider its entry-level price point. With 4K resolution, a 94% color gamut, and HDR/HDR10+ support, this TV produces a crystal-clear image with vibrant colors.

    • The 8,058:1 native contrast ratio also creates deeper blacks than most other entry-level televisions, meaning you won’t experience nearly any blooming in dark scenes.

  • Great Brightness Levels
    • Both HDR and SDR brightness levels on this television are enough to combat glares in well-lit rooms, meaning you can enjoy your shows and video games at any time of the day. The TCL Q6 offers 497 nits of HDR and SDR brightness.

    • The television also handles reflections well, meaning you don’t always need to find the optimal viewing angle to enjoy your content.

  • Excellent Variable Refresh Rate Support
    • The TCL Q6/Q650G offers a native 60Hz refresh rate, which is to be expected for a budget television. However, it also supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which means you can adjust your TV’s resolution to achieve better motion handling.

    • When in 1080p or 1440p resolutions, the TCL will operate with a 120Hz refresh rate, which is perfect for gaming.

  • Low Input Lag
    • With a fast 10.9ms of input lag during testing, this option makes for an excellent gaming TV. When you press a button on your controller, the TV will reflect the action in the game almost instantaneously.

Reason to Avoid

  • Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy Isn’t Great
    • The TV’s out-of-box color calibration offers a number of errors, including white balance and undersaturation issues. Some may not notice these, but if you’re a stickler for color accuracy, you’re going to need to do some custom calibration.

  • No Local Dimming
    • Since the TCL doesn’t have any local dimming functionality, blacks can appear washed out when a bright highlight appears during dark scenes.

  • HDM1 2.0 Only
    • This television only offers three HDMI ports, which may not be enough for everyone. On top of that, the HDMI ports only offer HDMI 2.0 support, so gamers with the latest consoles won’t be able to utilize their consoles’ fullest display capabilities.

TCL Q650G TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeDirect Lit
Display TypeQLED
HDMI Inputs3
HDMI TypeHDMI Type2.0
HDRHDRDolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.0
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 75"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformGoogle TV
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output10 W
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync
VRRVRRYes

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)88.47
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)94.19
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)64.58
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)71.32
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)8,085
SDR Brightness (nits)486
HDR Brightness (nits)497
Input Lag (ms)10.9
Response Time (ms)14.7
Color Washout (Degrees)26
Color Shift (Degrees)45
Brightness Loss (Degrees)30
Reflections (%)5.8
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)142.54
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db5.75
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db5.85
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.03
Intermodulation Distortion @80db2.56
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0047
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0046
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0045

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Market Context

The TCL Q6 is an entry-level television that launched in April 2023. The TV comes in four different sizes (55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch) and offers…

The TCL Q6 is an entry-level television that launched in April 2023. The TV comes in four different sizes (55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch) and offers smart TV functionality using the Google OS. You can use Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa with the remote control’s integrated microphone, but the TV itself does not include hands-free voice control.

The TCL Q6 utilizes a 4K display resolution and a QLED panel. You’ll get three HDMI 2.0 input ports, as well as a USB port, digital optical output, and composite input. This TCL television also includes some advanced features you can find on the top-rated TVs, like VRR support, HDR and HDR10+ formats, and some support for Dolby audio formats.

The TCL Q650G is more affordable than the TCL QM850G QLED TV, but it offers fewer advanced features and a lower HDR brightness. While they…

The TCL Q650G is more affordable than the TCL QM850G QLED TV, but it offers fewer advanced features and a lower HDR brightness. While they are both QLED TVs, the QM850G creates better picture quality thanks to a better native contrast ratio, higher refresh rate, and faster response time. Read our TCL QM850G QLED TV review to learn more.

The TCL S450G TV is an even more affordable television than the Q650G but with a lower brightness at 250 nits as compared to the…

The TCL S450G TV is an even more affordable television than the Q650G but with a lower brightness at 250 nits as compared to the Q650G’s 497 nits. All in all, the Q650G offers a better picture quality than the S450G. The Q650G is also better for gaming, thanks to VRR support. Read our TCL S450G TV review to learn more.

The Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F television is brighter than the TCL with 559 nits of brightness compared to the TCL’s 497 nits. It also sports a faster…

The Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F television is brighter than the TCL with 559 nits of brightness compared to the TCL’s 497 nits. It also sports a faster 5.1ms response time, which beats the TCL’s 6.2ms. However, the TCL does offer better viewing angles than the Samsung. Read our Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED TV review to learn more.

Backlight Type

Direct Lit

Full-Array

Direct Lit

Edge

Display Type

QLED

QLED

LED

LED

HDMI Inputs

3

3

4

HDMI Type

2.0

HDMI 2.1

HDR

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)

HDR Format

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HDR10, HDR10+

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Number of Audio Channels

2.0

3

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    73
    The TCL Q6 is decent overall. It’s better when you can put its extremely fast… Read More

    By:

    Kyle Bartlett
  • Digital Trends
    70

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    After a couple of months of daily use, I can pretty clearly say the following:… Read More

    By:

    Phil Nickinson
  • Wired
    26.8

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    As always, this is one of the best TVs for most people, especially if you… Read More

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    Parker Hall

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