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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you frequently watch movies in a dark room and desire excellent picture quality, the TCL QM8 would be an excellent choice due to its strong dark room performance and overall superior picture quality. For gaming, too, it provides a better experience with lower input lag and faster response time. However, this comes at a higher price point. On the other hand, if your budget is a concern and you're looking for a more affordable option, the TCL S435 might be suitable. It's a decent choice for casual viewing like news or cartoons, but it won't perform as well in bright rooms or provide the same level of picture quality for movies and gaming as the QM8. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL QM8 (LCD)
  • Best in class for bright room
  • Very good for dark room
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for movies & TV
  • Very good for cartoons & animation
  • Good for use as monitor
  • Very good reflections
Advantages of the TCL S435 (LCD)
  • The TCL S435 (LCD) has no clear advantages over the TCL QM8 (LCD).

Key differences

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Picture Quality

8.5
65QM850G
65S435
6.6
8.00/10
CONTRAST
7.50/10
9.2/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.6/10
miniLED FALD
PANEL TYPE
LED
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL QM8 (LCD) has very good picture quality, while the TCL S435 (LCD) has only fair picture quality.

Movies & TV

8.3
65QM850G
65S435
6.1
8.00/10
CONTRAST
7.50/10
8.5/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.7/10
4.8/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
Yes
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
No
The TCL QM8 (LCD) is very good for movies & TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is only fair.

Sports

6.5
65QM850G
65S435
5.9
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
3.2/10
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
7.6/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
5.8/10
4.8/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL QM8 (LCD) is only fair for sports, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Gaming

8.3
65QM850G
65S435
5.5
8.1/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.2/10
7.6/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
5.8/10
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
3.2/10
90.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
0.0/100
9.3/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.3/10
The TCL QM8 (LCD) is very good for gaming, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cartoons & Animation

8.9
65QM850G
65S435
7.0
8.1/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
6.0/10
9.2/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.6/10
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
7.6/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
9.0/10
7.5/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
5.9/10
The TCL QM8 (LCD) is very good for cartoons & animation, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is good.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.8
65QM850G
65S435
5.8
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
4.8/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
The TCL QM8 (LCD) is only fair for news, talk, & other TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Bright Room

9.9
65QM850G
65S435
5.6
5.3/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.0/10
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
9.3/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.1/10
8.9/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
5.9/10
The TCL QM8 (LCD) is best in class for bright room, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$1,098
65QM850G
65S435
$700
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The TCL QM8 (LCD) has a price of $1,098 and the TCL S435 (LCD) costs $700.
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How the TCL QM8 (LCD) and the TCL S435 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL QM8 (LCD)TCL S435 (LCD)
TCL QM8 (LCD)TCL S435 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$1,098
$700
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
May 1, 2023September 4, 2020
Full name
65QM850G65S435
Screen Size
65"65"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Google TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
7/105.9/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
8.6/106.7/10
Bright Room Score
9.9/105.6/10
Gaming Score
8.4/105.6/10
Movies & TV Score
8.3/106.2/10
Sports Score
6.6/106/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
32.6" x 56.9" x 1.7"33.2" x 57.4" x 3.3"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
34.1" x 56.9"35.3" x 57.4"
Weight without Stand
50.1 lbs37.9 lbs
VESA Mount
300 x 400300 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesNo
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesNo
Contrast
8/107.5/10
Local Dimming
8/102.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.12.0
Speaker Power
40 W16 W
Dolby Atmos
YesDolby Digital Plus Bypass Only
DTS:X
Yes, Bypass onlyNo

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Geoffrey Morrison | June 2021
"The TCL 4-Series is so inexpensive and capable you might start to question why there are any multithousand-dollar TVs at all. The 4-Series setup is intuitive and easy. If you're just looking for an easy-to-use TV with decent picture, this is an excellent place to start."

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About TCL

TCL, the highly recognizable TV brand from China, has firmly established itself as the second-largest manufacturer in terms of sales volume. Renowned for striking an impressive balance between affordability, picture quality, and design, TCL TVs deliver a compelling overall package. While they have traditionally excelled in the low-end and midrange TV segments, TCL has recently made remarkable strides in the realm of high-end televisions, introducing impressive models that rival top competitors. Most TCL TVs use Roku software which is very user friendly and easy to use, but they have a few other models that use Google TV which has the largest app selection, but is not as user friendly as Roku.

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