Hisense 65U8H review | PCMag

The Hisense U8G is one of our favorite TVs of 2021, thanks to its great picture quality and robust feature list at a reasonable price. Its successor, the Hisense U8H, is more impressive, with wider colors and higher contrast. It’s otherwise similar to the U8G, so you shouldn’t feel pressure to upgrade from 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 cost, Hisense specified an MSRP of $1,399.99 and an “everyday” price of $999.99 for the 65-inch version of the U8H we tested to make the TV look like it’s on sale forever. Amazon sells TVs at higher suggested prices at launch, but may drop to “everyday” prices over time as more devices hit retail channels. Either way, the U8H is a great value and deserves our Editors’ Choice award.


Simple, familiar design

The U8H adopts an increasingly common TV design, where a thin metal strip runs along the side of the screen and across the top of the screen, while a wider strip of brushed metal serves as the bottom bezel. It’s a simple, elegant look shared by the Hisense U6H, Vizio M50QXM-K01, and various other TVs. There’s a chrome Hisense logo in the middle of the bottom bezel, trapezoidal protrusions for the IR sensor, power button, Google Assistant light, and a far-field microphone array with a mute switch. The TV stands on two slender metal feet with standard VESA screw holes for wall mounting.

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

Hisense 65U8H remote control

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The included remote is the same one you get with the U6H. It’s a rectangular stick made of black plastic with a large circular navigation pad near the top. Power, input, settings, and Google Assistant buttons sit above the keyboard, along with a combo pinhole mic/indicator LED. Home, Back and Live TV buttons are located just below the pads, along with playback controls, volume rocker and channel rocker. Further down, dedicated service buttons provide instant access to Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, Peacock, Tubi and YouTube.


Google TV, will soon support AirPlay

Hisense chose the Google TV smart TV platform for the U8H, which offers a plethora of apps and features. All major video streaming services are present, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, Twitch and YouTube. The platform supports Google Cast to stream content from your Android phone or Chrome tab. An update scheduled for October will add the same Apple AirPlay connectivity as the Hisense U6H.

Hisense 65U8H Google TV UI

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Google TV also unlocks access to Google Assistant, and the U8H has a far-field microphone for hands-free use. Just like with a smart display, you can summon voice services just by saying “Hey Google.” Google Assistant can be used to find content, control TVs and any compatible smart home devices on the web, and search for general information like weather reports and sports scores.


High contrast and wide color gamut

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 also has an ATSC 3.0 tuner.

We Test TVs with a Klein K-80 Colorimeter(opens in new window)Murideo SIX-G Signal Generator(opens in new window)and Portrait Displays’ Calman software(opens in new window)Out of the box, in Theater Day mode with an SDR signal, the U8H displays a peak brightness of 711 nits and 1,410 nits at full-screen white and 18% field. With an HDR signal in the same mode, the TV displayed a peak brightness of 842 nits for a full field and 1,982 nits for an 18% field. In both cases, the black level is an excellent 0.01cd/m^2, and the effective contrast ratio is 198,226:1. This performance completely beats the U8G (88,168:1). However, the U8H does not reach the level of the Samsung QN90B. This model offers similar peak brightness (1,700 nits with HDR signal and 18% white point), but has OLED-challenging contrast ratios and effectively perfect black levels thanks to its miniLED backlight.

The U8H also has an array backlighting system that seems to completely turn off the lights in the black parts, but it shows some halo, while the QN90B shows almost none. Halo is one of the things that keeps LED TVs from challenging OLED at black levels, although OLED comes at the expense of a much darker screen. For reference, our Editors’ Choice-winning OLED TV, the LG C2, has a peak brightness of just 570 nits with an HDR signal and an 18 percent white point.

Although we measured the best contrast numbers on the U8H using Theater Day mode, we recommend Moviemaker mode for watching movies. The latter has a peak brightness of 1,877 nits with an HDR signal and an 18 percent white point, but better preservation of shadow detail and highlights. It also displays more accurate colors than Theater Day mode, although black levels are the same between the two.

Hisense 65U8H Color Coverage

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The graphs above show the U8H’s SDR signal compared to the Rec.709 broadcast standard in Filmmaker mode, and the HDR signal compared to the DCI-P3 digital cinema standard. SDR colors are well-balanced, but a little oversaturated in past broadcast standards, but that’s not a big deal, as they’re still not as intense as HDR colors and don’t detract from the viewing experience. HDR color is impressive, surpassing the DCI-P3 color space, although cyan and magenta start to look a little greener and redder, respectively. Fortunately, they’re not noticeably skewed, so out of the box colors generally still look accurate.

BBC planet earth two Looks great on U8H. The picture is bright and colorful. The TV shows saturated natural greens and blues for plants and water, respectively. Fine details such as fur and bark are clearly visible whether in direct sunlight or in the shade.

The red costume in the cloudy opening of Deadpool dead Pool Vibrant and balanced; it doesn’t fade or turn purple at all. In the burning lab fight scene, the yellows and oranges of the flames are bright and vibrant, with various highlights set off by fairly dark but not inky shadow detail.

Hisense 65U8H rear port

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in a party scene the great gatsby, the cut and texture of the black blazer and brunette didn’t look washed out, while the white of the same framed balloon and blouse looked rather bright. The movie shows how the TV’s Filmmaker mode can lower the backlight and produce better black levels, at the cost of a slightly dim (but still fairly bright) picture.

When you watch the TV from an off-angle, the colors fade slightly, but not to a significant degree. When you’re entertaining a group of people, no matter where they’re sitting, everyone should have a good view of the screen. The U8H doesn’t offer the perfect off-angle color retention from a TV like the LG C2, but it’s much better than cheaper models.


Solid Gaming Ribs

Gamers, especially AMD-based PC gamers, should love the U8H. Its 120Hz panel features Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and AMD FreeSync Premium.

The TV is also responsive.Using the HDFury Diva HDMI Matrix(opens in new window), we measured an input lag of 8.1 ms in game mode. This is below the 10ms threshold we use to determine if a TV is best for gaming. Predictably, the input lag jumped to 86.5ms with Game Mode off.


Excellent successor, excellent value

The Hisense U8H is a great value TV and a worthy successor to the U8G. It offers great contrast, broad and universally accurate color, powerful gaming features and performance, and a hands-free Google Assistant with Google Cast support (Apple AirPlay coming soon). With an MSRP of $1,399.99, this TV is a great value, while the 65-inch model’s “everyday” price of $999.99 is a truly impressive value, earning it our Editors’ Choice for midrange TVs. It’s tied with the similar TCL 6-Series 4K Google TV ($1,299.99 for the 65-inch version) as one of our top value picks, though the TCL isn’t quite as bright and lacks AMD FreeSync for gaming and Apple AirPlay for casting .

If you want to save even more money, the Hisense U6H (effectively $549.99 for the 65-inch version) has the same great Google TV interface. However, it’s not as vibrant, bright or responsive. If you want to splurge, the LG C2 ($2,499.99 for the 65-inch model) remains our favorite OLED TV because of its incredible picture quality (albeit slightly darker), while the Samsung QN90B ($2,499.99 for the 65-inch model) $2,599.99) pushes the contrast performance limits of LED TVs.

advantage

  • Excellent contrast and color range

  • Google TV with hands-free Google Assistant and Google Cast

  • Solid Gaming Features and Performance

bottom line

The Hisense U8H LED TV offers flagship performance and an impressive array of features at an affordable price.

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