TCL’s Q7 TV is $200 off for Labor Day and highly recommended.

TCL's Q7 TV is $200 off for Labor Day and highly recommended.

TCL Q7 Series: A Mid-Range TV That Punches Above Its Class

TCL Q7 Series

For quite some time now, TCL has been making a name for itself in the budget-conscious market by providing televisions that consistently deliver above expectations. With its latest offering, the Q7 series, TCL has truly outdone itself, managing to capture the mid-range market with a set that offers exceptional quality, features usually only found on higher-end models, and a price tag that is surprisingly affordable, with most models priced under $1,000.

The Q7 series comes in various sizes, including the 55”, 65”, 75”, and maxing out with the 85” model. The 55” model, which I had the opportunity to test, is currently priced at around $549 depending on the retailer. As for the larger models, the 65” and 75” are priced at $649 and $949 respectively, while the 85” model is available for $1,699.

Right out of the box, the TCL Q7 is undoubtedly impressive. The bezel around the edges is incredibly thin, giving it a modern and sleek look. While it may not be the thinnest TV on the market, it still sits nicely against a wall if you choose to mount it. On the back, you’ll find four HDMI inputs, with two supporting HDMI 2.1 and one supporting eARC, allowing you to connect multiple next-gen consoles and a soundbar.

TCL Q7 Remote

The remote control is fairly standard in layout, but slightly larger than most. It features the usual buttons, along with six “direct to service” buttons that have become the norm. Two of them are TCL’s own services, with some empty space below. It’s worth noting that the Q7 series comes with Google TV as its operating system, replacing the previously used Roku system. Despite the change, navigating the new system was seamless and intuitive.

One of the standout features of the Q7 is its full-array LED backlighting, which not only provides a brighter display but also enhances color reproduction and achieves deeper blacks. The TV also incorporates local dimming, allowing it to dim specific areas of the screen and further enhance contrast. With up to 200 backlit zones on the larger models, the picture quality is truly remarkable.

TCL Q7 Display

The Q7 supports multiple HDR formats, including Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. Even in rooms with a significant amount of natural light, the display performs exceptionally well, eliminating the need to close curtains for optimal viewing. In darker settings, the TV delivers bright and vivid images, with the option to adjust the brightness according to personal preference.

In terms of gaming, the TCL Q7 proves to be a capable contender. It boasts a 144Hz variable refresh rate for 4K gaming and even reaches 240Hz at 1080p. The TV features a dedicated gaming menu, called Game Master, allowing users to fine-tune visual settings for the best gaming experience. During my test with Madden 24 on my PS5, the visuals were impressive even without extensive tweaking. The Q7 offers a low input lag of 6.7 milliseconds, which is in line with most new sets, ensuring quick and responsive gameplay. The TV automatically switches to its low-latency mode when a gaming system is detected, optimizing performance further.

TCL Q7 Sound

On the sound front, the TCL Q7 delivers impressive audio quality, featuring a top volume level that eliminates the need for a soundbar to enjoy content. Although it may not possess the fancy audio technologies of some competitors, such as Samsung’s Audio Tracking or Sony’s Acoustic Surface, the Q7 still generates clear dialogue and captivating action for an immersive viewing experience. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual: X, allowing users to enhance sound with additional equipment.

To sum it up, the TCL Q7 series is a remarkable mid-range television that exceeds expectations. With its impressive picture quality, extensive features, and gaming capabilities, it manages to outshine many higher-end models in the market. Whether you’re looking for a television for everyday use or an immersive gaming experience, TCL’s Q7 is a solid choice that offers exceptional value for money. So why settle for less when you can have a TV that truly punches above its class?