Hisense 65U8H Review | PCMag

The Hisense U8G is one of our favorite TVs of 2021 thanks to its excellent graphics and strong list of features for a reasonable price. Its successor, the Hisense U8H, is even better, with wider color and higher contrast. It’s the same as the U8G, so you shouldn’t expect to upgrade to last year’s model, but if you’re shopping for a new TV, the U8H is one of the best values ​​available. today. As for pricing, Hisense lists a suggested retail price of $1,399.99 and an “everyday” price of $999.99 for the 65-inch version of the U8H we tested as regular sales of TV. Amazon is selling the TV for the expected high price at launch, but it may drop to the “everyday” price over time and more units in the shopping channels . Either way, the U8H is a great value, and deserves our Editors’ Choice award.


A Simple, Familiar Process

The U8H uses a typical TV design, where a thin metal band runs along the sides and top of the screen, while a larger piece of metal forms the bottom bezel. The Hisense U6H, the Vizio M50QXM-K01, and other TV models have a simple and easy-to-use model. The bottom bezel sports a chrome Hisense logo in the middle, a trapezoidal protrusion for the infrared sensor, a power button, Google Assistant indicator lights, and a remote microphone array complete with a volume switch. The TV stands on two thin metal feet and has standard VESA screw holes for wall mounting.

The power cable plugs into a port on the right side of the back panel, but all other connections are on the left side. Four HDMI ports (one eARC, two 4K120), a USB-A port, a 3.5mm composite video input, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an antenna / cable connector are left, while there is an optical audio output, a Ethernet port, and a USB-A port directly on the back.

Hisense 65U8H remote

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The included remote is the same as the U6H. It’s a square wand made of black plastic with a large circular control panel on top. Power, input, settings, and Google Assistant buttons sit on top of the panel, along with a pinhole microphone/LED indicator combo. Home, back, and live TV buttons are located just below the pad, as well as controls for playback, volume rocker, and volume. In addition, dedicated service buttons provide instant access to Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, Netflix, Peacock, Tubi, and YouTube.


Google TV, with AirPlay support coming soon

Hisense chooses the Google TV smart TV platform on the U8H, which offers many programs and features. There are major video streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, Twitch, and YouTube. This platform supports Google Cast for streaming content from your Android phone or Chrome browser. An update planned for October will add the same Apple AirPlay connectivity features as the Hisense U6H.

Hisense 65U8H Google TV user

(Credit: Will Greenwald)

Google TV also opens up access to Google Assistant, and the U8H has remote microphones for hands-free use. Like the smart display, you can just say, “Hey, Google,” to call the voice service. Google Assistant is useful for finding information, controlling TVs and smart home devices compatible with your network, and finding basic information such as the weather and events. sports score.


High contrast and wide colors

The Hisense U8H is a 4K LED-backlit LCD TV with a 120Hz refresh rate. It supports high dynamic range (HDR) content in HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and hybrid log gamma (HLG). It has an ATSC 3.0 tuner.

We test TVs with a Klein K-80 colorimeter(Opens in new window)a Murideo SIX-G signal generator(Opens in new window)and Portrait Displays’ Calman software(Opens in a new window). Out of the box, in Theater Day mode with an SDR signal, the U8H shows a peak brightness of 711 nits with a full white field and 1,410 nits with an 18% field. With the HDR signal in the same mode, the TV shows a maximum brightness of 842 nits with a full field and 1,982 nits with an 18% field. In both cases, the black level is an excellent 0.01cd/m^2 for a perfect contrast ratio of 198,226:1. That’s a good sound performance in the U8G (88,168:1). The U8H does not reach the levels of the Samsung QN90B. That model offers the same high brightness (1,700 nits with an HDR indicator and an 18% white field), but boasts the OLED complex contrast with perfect black levels thanks to its miniLED backlight.

The U8H has an array backlight system and it seems to completely turn off the lights for dark areas, but it shows a light bloom and the QN90B shows little to none. Light color is one of the reasons that has kept LED TVs from competing with OLEDs in terms of black levels, since the replacement for OLEDs is a much dimmer screen. For reference, our Editors’ Choice-winning OLED TV, the LG C2, has a peak brightness of 570 nits with an HDR signal and an 18% white field.

Although we measured the best comparison scores on the U8H in Theater mode, we recommend Filmmaker mode for watching movies. The latter has a maximum brightness of 1,877 nits with an HDR indicator and a white field of 18%, but the preservation of details and features is better. Colors also appear more accurate than the Daylight mode, although black levels are similar between the two.

Hisense 65U8H silver cover

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The images above show the U8H in Filmmaker mode with an SDR signal compared to Rec.709 broadcast standards, and an HDR signal compared to DCI-P3 video standards. SDR colors are balanced well but are oversaturated in past broadcast conditions, although this is not a big deal because HDR colors are smaller and don’t hurt the visual experience. HDR colors are amazing and exceed the DCI-P3 color space, although cyans and magentas start to move towards green and red, respectively. Fortunately, they’re not skewed too much, so the colors still look good out of the box.

The BBC World War II looks good on the U8H. The picture is bright and colorful. The TV shows natural greens and blues for plants and water. Fine details such as fur and skin come out clearly under the sun and shade.

The red of Deadpool’s costume in the opening scenes of It’s Deadpool it is lively and balanced; does not appear faded or red. The yellows and oranges of the flames in the fighting scene of the recording studio are bright and shiny, with nice contrasts against the dark, though not glassy, ​​shadow details.

Hisense 65U8H rear ports

(Credit: Will Greenwald)

In the party pictures of The great gatsby, the cuts and styles of black dress shirts and black hair come off without looking washed out, while the whites of the balloons and shirts in the same photos look the pretty. This movie shows how the TV’s movie maker can reduce the backlight and produce better black levels due to a slightly brighter picture (however.

Colors fade a little when you watch the TV from a different angle, but not to a significant degree. When you host a group of people, everyone should be able to see the screen regardless of where they are sitting. The U8H doesn’t offer the color retention of TVs like the LG C2, but it’s better than the budget models.


Fixed game cuts

Gamers, especially AMD-based PC gamers, need the U8H. Its 120Hz panel features high refresh rate (VRR) and AMD FreeSync Premium.

The TV is more responsive. Using an HDFury Diva HDMI matrix(Opens in new window), we measured an input lag of 8.1ms in game mode. That falls below the 10ms threshold we use to determine if a TV is one of the best for gaming. As expected, with gaming mode, input lag jumps to 86.5ms.


A Perfect Solution and a Great Value

The Hisense U8H is a great TV for the price and a worthy replacement for the U8G. It offers excellent contrast, wide and accurate colors, powerful gaming features and functionality, and Google Assistant handsets with Google Cast support (and Apple AirPlay coming soon). The TV is a great value at its $1,399.99 suggested retail price and an incredible value at its “everyday” price of $999.99 for the 65-inch model, according to our TV Editors midrange. It sits alongside the TCL 6-Series 4K Google TV ($1,299.99 for the 65-inch version) as our top value pick, though the TCL isn’t quite the same, and lacks AMD FreeSync for gaming and Apple AirPlay for streaming.

If you want to save more money, the Hisense U6H (a cool $549.99 for the 65-inch model) features the best Google TV interface. It’s not like it’s pretty, flashy, or unresponsive. If you’re willing to splurge, the LG C2 ($2,499.99 for the 65-inch model) remains our favorite OLED TV because of its amazing (albeit slightly smaller) picture, while the Samsung QN90B ( $ 2,599.99 for the 65-inch variant) to shoot the. the limits of exceptional performance for an LED TV.

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  • Excellent contrast and color range

  • Google TV with Google Assistant handheld and Google Cast

  • Fixed game features and functionality

The Bottom Line

The Hisense U8H LED TV offers high performance and an impressive range of features for a low price.

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