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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A Lot of TV For Not A Lot of $$$$

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    This is a mixed bag review. On the one hand this Hisense 55H9 PLUS is miles ahead of the 55" 4K Ultra TV I purchased just two years ago, in terms of picture quality. But there are things I'm not fond of and there are things I am fond of. First the good things. Out of the box, the picture is truly stunning. The look of the screen is high end and I love the barely there bezel around the TV. It's hard to imagine for this kind of money, this much TV can be easily purchased. I paid a LOT more money and didn't get High Dynamic Range, just two years ago. But that's often the case as the higher end options find their way into the more affordable units fairly quickly. The TV offers what they call Local Dimming, to provide better contrast for whiter whites and darker blacks. It really does provide rich deep colors and I find the contrast stunning. Especially for a TV at this price. You get 4 HDMI inputs and they're High-Speed, to boot. But if you have an older generation DVD player that still uses Component Video outputs, you'll need to buy a Component Video to HDMI conversion cable. Set up was a breeze. It connected to my 5ghz Wifi router instantly. I use a Yamaha Receiver and Bowers and Wilkins Speakers with a Subwoofer as opposed to the internal speakers, but I did give the internal Harmon Kardon audio system a go and it was remarkably good for built in speakers. If you don't want to run this through a sound system or add a sound bar for surround sound, you'd be just fine. Actually, more than just fine. In settings, I could not find a way to turn off the internal speakers permanently. But then there's a mute button on the remote and when I muted the TV, it let me listen through my sound system alone, which is what I wanted. You have the complement of Google Assistant as well as Android TV with voice control with this TV. That's great if you're a Google/Android user. But fear not, even if you aren't this TV is more than worth the price of admission as a 4K Ultra HDR TV on its own. And you get Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Pandora, just to name a few already installed apps waiting for you. But you can add apps if you need more. The motion rate for this TV is 240. Again, that's very fast for a TV at this price point and should make game day or video games in general work well. There are motion controls, which to be honest didn't really do much, so I found the best picture was without them. Which is great. Who wants to fiddle with settings like that anyway? All in all, the good things are actually VERY good. Now the not so good. The remote isn't particularly good. Not that it doesn't work, it's just so basic and feels pretty cheap. In contrast to the TV, which feels anything but cheap. Next and for me and this was a BIG deal. I am using this in my Master Bedroom, and it replaced a first generation 40" Samsung 720P HD (very early HD) TV. I already had a nice TV stand to hold all my electronics and the TV. But the legs on this TV, while metal and seem to be high quality are placed so far out to the very edges of the TV that you MUST have a surface (unless you are mounting this on a wall) no less than 49 inches wide. My other 55" 4K Ultra TV has a stand in the center of the TV, making it far far easier to place on a surface. I had to buy a new piece of furniture to put this on and while it was 49" wide, it tapers in making it impossible for both legs to sit on the new stand. I wound up having to get another piece of glass to sit on the new stands top glass piece just so the TV wouldn't fall over. Why oh Why Hisense, would you make this otherwise great TV so bloody difficult to place on a TV stand? This TV is able to connect to Bluetooth devices. I was really excited about that as there are times I want to watch TV and listen through headphones. Yes, the TV does have a 3.5mm headphone jack in the back of the TV, but I switched over to Bluetooth headphones long ago. So I figured it would be a snap to pair some Bluetooth headphones. Well, it was easy to pair them. But I've tried two different brands and neither worked well. The sound kept breaking up and that was close to the TV. My viewing position is about 15 feet from the TV. Bluetooth headphones, even ones not costing an arm and a leg, typically have a usable range of around 30 feet. 15 feet from the TV, no Bluetooth headphone I've paired works at all. This is a major disappointment to me, to be honest. The other thing and this is actually a small nit, is where the power cord plugs into the TV. It plugs in at the very far outer edge on the back of the TV. So what, you might wonder? Well, it means the power chord basically dangles down the right side of the TV (if you're facing the TV). There's just no reason they couldn't have put the power cord in a more discreet location. Again, it's a nit, but it's almost as if someone said, hey put it here and no one bothered to look at one actually plugged in after putting it there. The HDMI connection ports are on the other hand placed conveniently, where the cables are out of view. So there you have the good and the not as good. Overall, I still have a difficult time believing one can get this much TV for so little money. 10 years ago, this puppy would have sold for multiple thousands of dollars, yet you can get all this goodness for not even close to a $1000. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great TV, one that is easy to set up and one that won't break the bank. They did a really good job with this, but the nits I highlight are ones I hope they'll think about for future products.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    It makes sense to save cents so pick Hisense

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    Review: Hisense 55H9EPLUS There is nothing fancy about this TV. It is a straight forward budget TV that has a sharp, colorful, and excellent display. If you are looking to save some money and still get a great TV than this one is for you. PICTURE: After a couple days of watching Netflix, YouTube, and 1080P cable programming I was impressed at the picture quality and colors of the TV. This is replacing an old 2008 Panasonic Plasma that still has great picture and excels in dark scenes. I can tell you this HISENSE blows away that plasma (it should). As with any tv the better the source the better the picture and this tv shines when watching 4K content. Says to be a native 120Hz panel but all my content is in 60Hz and still looked amazing. Folks at "rtings.com" have reviewed this tv back in August so if you want tech specs I suggest you go see what they have to say. But as a normal tv viewer I was impressed. SOUND: The sound from the exposed speakers in the back sound great. Mostly treble and very little bass if any. Show dialogue sounded great. TV gets very loud without sounding bad. Fortunately there is an optical out that I connected to my receiver to take advantage of my ceiling speakers. DESIGN: I truly do not like the feet (mounts) that connect to the tv. The base support makes the tv wobbly. You don't want anyone bumping your entertainment console. I highly suggest wall mounting. Bezel is very thin. This 55" takes up less space than my old 50" plasma. REMOTE: The remote is basic. Does everything you need with a couple of buttons. The thing that makes it a terrible design is no illuminated keys. I find myself illuminating the remote with my cell phone. Very bad decision by Hisense to not include backlit remote. SMART: You get Google, Sling, Netflix, Showtime, YouTube, etc on this tv. So if are wanting to cut the cord all the apps are there for you. I was very happy that transition between apps was great. No lag of freezing up. Very smooth operations. First time setup you have to agree to Google terms and conditions. Pretty basic and if you have an android phone setup is very similar. You can also use any google account you want. With the Google store you can also download VUDU and other video apps. WHAT I FOUND NEEDED IMPROVEMENT: - I didn't like the motion improvement features. I turned off 3 of the motion controls. Made football choppy. Once turned off everything looked great. NBA games looked fantastic once turned off. - There noticeable light change when going off angle viewing. Visible outside of 140 degrees viewing. It is small drop. - black bezel and silver feet. Just home decorator in me. But silver feet base bad design. At least they are labeled left and right on base and on the tv. - I couldn't setup the tv without internet. I looked through manual and didn't see a bypass. I tried skip but kept being brought back to beginning. Will look into that. maybe a mistake on my side. Other Thoughts: I found my screen to be straight. "rtings" found theirs to be bent. Towards the top half it appears very fragile as it is pretty much glass with very little frame. So be careful during unboxing. Packaging was great. This looks to have passive cooling so no noise from tv. You get a lot of TV for very little.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

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    Right out of the box you attach the base legs and get this setup done in a matter of minutes. The controller has simple buttons to access your media apps like Netflix, Sling TV, Google Play, Youtube, and my least used Fandango Now and Tiki Live. Gone are the bulky controllers with a full numeric pad. It is now replaced by a single button which brings up an on screen selection. I appreciate them integrating Google voice assistant into the controller. Video quality on this display is top notch. It is a great thing that they included adjustable settings that you can really play with to get your display setup to your ideal viewing preferences. I find myself changing every now and then from the vivid and calibrated display settings, depending on what I am watching. The whites and darks really do stand out when watching scenes where contrast comes into play. Audio on this TV is above average to some other big brand TVs which cost twice this amount. Harmon Kardon is a well known audio maker that has some quality stuff. I haven't experienced the functionality of Bluetooth audio but that is a neat feature to have to connect to a soundbar or headphones wirelessly. I have experienced that there is a slight but noticeable audio delay when streaming in Netflix that bugs me but hopefully that gets corrected later. With the amount of money that you do save when purchasing this TV, you can use that to invest into a good quality soundbar. Now moving onto some cons. This may be a Netflix application issue since I have only encountered it in this app. When playing something the screen will freeze but the audio and subtitles would keep going. It has happened a number of times already while using it. Glare is a minor issue as well at certain angles. Also, I believe someone from Hisense was previously testing this TV because they were still logged into all their Google accounts when I first booted this up. No big deal though.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Android TV

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    We have another Hisense TV from last year which we really like, and when the time came to replace another TV, I was looking forward an Android TV. The quality of the picture is very nice and the sound is particularly good for a flat TV. The design is very sleek, with an edge-to-edge glass with a very thin dark metal on the bottom. The speakers (Harman-Kardon) are located on the bottom and on the back of the TV. The base is a pair of very sleek gunmetal legs. The screen is 4K, HDR (HDR10 and Dolby vision) with a 120Hz native panel, with local dimming (does not mention how many zones), and edge-lit. The back of the TV has a black metal frame on the top half, making it very thin on top. On the left side, there are three HDMI ports, one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, antenna and SPDIF. Next to it there is a rear-facing panel with another HDMI, gigabit ethernet and analog input. Note that only two HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0, the other two are HDMI 1.4, and one of the HDMI 2.0 is also ARC. Having only two HDMI 2.0 ports limits what can be connected. Also the rear-facing HDMI can further limit connections on a wall mount. Other connectivity: Ethernet gigabit, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth. The remote control is initially set up for IR commands, and once the initial config is completed, it's set up for Bluetooth also. Bluetooth can also be used for headphones and other android-compatible devices (keyboards, etc.). Mounting the TV on the wall can be a bit more challenging than usual, because the two lower posts are recessed more than the top posts, so either get creative with the spacers or get a tilting wall-mount bracket. Don't know who could come up with this design. I had no issues mounting the older Hisense TV. Consider a tilting wall-mount to compensate for some of these issues. Google TV: Everything on the TV is an 'app'. Even watching antenna TV is an app, which thankfully, can also be selected as a traditional input. It is fast enough, but could not watch TV directly using an HD HomeRun app because the TV struggles to decode the MPEG2 stream from the TV signal. Then installed the Live Channels TV app made by Google, which intends to mash-up live TV from antenna, HD HomeRun and app-based Live TV. Great concept but the channel guide was confusing. Tuning into an HD HomeRun channel was so choppy it was unwatchable (However the same stream using an older AppleTV 4 connected via HDMI is flawless). Also despite having a very good variety of streaming apps backed by the Google Play Store, there is no support Amazon Prime (I realize this is more to do with dispute between these two giant companies, but still it's not a great user experience). The TV also has a built-in Chromecast receiver (Part of Android TV for both audio and video), and DLNA. The remote control is also interesting. As mentioned earlier, it can connect via IR or Bluetooth. It has a reduced number of buttons, more like a Roku remote but larger. There are six 'sponsored app' buttons on top. This will likely vary over time. Mine has Netflix, Sling, Fandango Now, Google Play (Oddly, takes you to the app store), YouTube and TikiLive (Which is a service that would be similar to Sling). There are no number buttons. Instead, a "123" button opens an on-screen menu to scroll a number. Similarly, no media buttons, but a single play/pause button that also opens up a menu on the TV. There is a Google Assistant button that works with the built-in microphone on the remote, and channels, volume and other android-related buttons. There are also no input buttons on the remote. For this one has to navigate to the main screen and on the top there is an input widget. Despite of this, the TV does remember the HDMI input and also reacts to CEC signals, so some HDMI devices can get the TV's attention and automatically switch to the input. With some practice, the remote is simple and intuitive. Because we were using a Harmony remote with the old TV, re-programmed the remote to this TV and the remote is able to switch inputs directly, so the TV must be able to react to a lot more remote codes than what's available on the factory remote. Also the TV can be controlled by Amazon Alexa, by pairing the TV with an Alexa "Hisense" skill that works to turn off the TV or change the volume, but didn't work for me to turn it back on, although I set the TV to keep Wi-Fi on. Also, there is a clear 'bulge' on the bottom of the TV that has the infrared sensor, a rather bright red standby mode light and a single button that can be used instead of the remote to turn it on, change apps and volume. Unlike other Hisense TVs, there is no way I could find to turn off the standby light. Overall it's a good TV, which looks great on and off, with a good sound for a flat TV, although I have to say I'm somewhat disappointed with the Android TV experience and the Wall-mount issues. Supporting 4K, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, handles any movie format available streaming or from media discs.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    An Anomaly Of Fun and Frustration

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    First and foremost, the Hisense H9 Plus delivers a stunning picture. Whether you are streaming Netflix, Vudu movies, YouTube or playing video games; this TV is remarkable with visual presentation. That all said, there’s a price to be paid. What is sacrificed is a comfortable user experience. While I can appreciate voice controls being implemented into today’s technology, I don’t think it can be compatible with every facet of technology that we use. The remote control for this H9 Plus is frustrating. I mean, REALLY frustrating. Gone is the normal remote-control face that has a numeric display. Instead, the user must contend with a directional pad, volume control, and a channel scroll. There are quick access app buttons that allow you to immediately watch Netflix, Sling, Google Play and a couple of others. I was hoping that this Google remote would reduce my dependency on my Direct TV remote. The Google Assistant understands what I am saying 95% of the time which is great. With the press of the Google button, I can say, “Watch Castlevania on Netflix,” and it will open Netflix but despite me have already signed into my Netflix account, it asks me ‘which account user’ wants to access the show/movie I requested. On my previous Hisense, I could access MY Netflix account without any speedbumps. There is a nice ease of access when I press the mic button and order, “Open Movies Anywhere” or “Play Deadpool 2 on Vudu”. And yes, you can install the Movies Anywhere app on this television which is fantastic. Unfortunately, there’s no Amazon Prime Video. But again, I must come back to the frustrations that are prevalent. The H9 Plus doesn’t sync its Live TV feature with my Direct TV box. This would have been nice for those moments when I want to quickly watch HBO or some other channel. From the comfort of your chair or sofa, you can ask the H9 Plus typical Google questions i.e.; “What’s the temperature outside?” and she will immediately tell you. The CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) feature is hyper-sensitive when it comes to my PS4. Each time I turn on the TV, despite it being on the TV HDMI, the PS4 turns on and then the screen switches to the PS4 output which is frustrating because I then must turn off the system and then go back to the TV mode. With the previous Hisense, this wasn’t an issue despite the CEC settings being enabled. There are other times where I turn on the television and instead of being greeted with a signal, there’s a notification informing me that there is no HDMI signal. There’s also the issue where the volume display will pop up on the screen every few minutes even though I didn’t touch the remote. It would’ve been nice if there was an official Hisense remote app that could be used when the contingency of frustration presents itself. Hisense is a company that seems to be responsive to the needs of their consumers and I am hoping that they will release an update that will resolve at least some of my issues with the ease of access on the H9 Plus. I will close out this review with some positive words. The picture quality is sharp and smooth. There is some adjusting to be done depending on your preferences but once you find that perfect balance, you will be impressed with the picture quality. The screen brings out an array of vibrant contrast of colors. I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the H9 Plus and it is breathtaking! I cannot wait to play Red Dead Redemption 2 and Soulcalibur 6 on this TV. When I am not playing games, I am enjoying various Netflix shows or playing my movies in 4K that have no motion blur. I tested out the built-in speakers on the H9 Plus (before my soundbar) and I will say that they are solid for default speakers. In fact, they deliver some of the most impressive sounds that I have heard from built-in speakers. There are four HDMI ports (two at 60Hz and the two at 30Hz) along with USB ports, Ethernet port, and an antenna/cable option. The thin edge bezel allows for the most screen space to be used to further your viewing experience. Hisense normally makes fantastic 4K televisions that I brag about to everyone. It saddens me that I cannot celebrate the same excitement with this model. At the end of the day, the H9 delivers with a beautiful screen full of colors and sharpness but the hurdles that await you to get to that experience are the burden.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Big and beautiful

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    I’ve owned a smart tv before, which I loved, but unfortunately broke. So, I wanted to upgrade to a 4k and 50 plus inch tv and I decided to give this one a try… Pros: The size is big and beautiful. And the screen itself is really thin, which I loved! Setup of this 55" tv was straightforward and easy. You do get a basic instruction guide, but if you want anything more you need to go online. Connecting to my wi-fi was easy and it has been holding a solid connection so far. Strangely, mine came with a Hisense username on it, so when setup was finished, I just went into settings, removed the Hisense username and put in my own Google account. Connections. Four HDMI ports, optical out, component in, 3.5 headphone out, and even USB. Pretty much all you will need. Great sound! The speakers on this tv can get really loud! The sound is pretty solid for default speaker. I am really impressed! And we were impressed with the picture quality too. The picture is vivid and clear. Is great from any viewing angle. Tv is somehow easy to navigate… There are quick access app buttons that allow you to immediately watch Netflix, Sling, Google Play… I’ve used Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, ESPN… But unfortunately, there’s no Amazon Prime Video. Another nice perk is the built-in Chromecast which allows for streaming directly from your mobile devices. While I can appreciate voice controls being implemented into today’s technology, I don't see myself really using that… Cons: The remote control for this H9 Plus is not very sturdy, and my husband is kind of heavy handed. This made setup more difficult for him, entering user names and passwords would lead him to press the wrong navigation button and he had to start all over. I have smaller hands and more patience, but I felt his pain. Also, it does not have the traditional number pads and I do wish the Home key was more prominently placed on the remote. Another issue that showed up was that sometimes the tv just restarts automatically and enters into safe mode. Mouth drop, if you know what I mean. Overall, If you are looking to buy a big tv that can connect apps and don’t want to spend a lot of money than this may be the one for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs much improvement in Ui & software is Buggy!

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    I recieved this tv in exchange for my honest opinion. Setup of this 55" tv was straightforward and easy. Once calibrated using my DVE disc, this tv has a really nice picture, out of the box its too bright and punchy. I wall mounted this in my bedroom using the same tilting wall mount my 12 yr old 42" Panasonic plasma resided on. I have this hooked up to my OTA antenna in my attic, a Nvidia Shield box, and my Panasonic Bluray player. NOTE, all these sources work perfectly fine on the Panasonic plasma. The speakers sound good once you adjust the full capability of them in the menu, such as the eq settings. The speakers become more clear, versus the muddy sound from the factory. Nvidia Shield works great wih this tv, the bluray player is hit and miss, 1st use it played a bluray fine, when swithing to Pandora on the bluray player over my network(which this tv and everything connected is Hard Wired to my network) I couldnt get any audio from Pandora. This required me to unplug the tv from power source. 2 other tries, and I couldnt get any output to the tv from the bluray player. I finally gave up on it, after 3 unsuccessful tries, and again unplugging the tv's power and plugging it back in. Trying to get local OTA channels to work was a big pain on this tv. After numerous tries, I found a helpful setting semi hidden in the tv's menu for Antenna channels only. It was set from the factory for Cable channels only. Local OTA channels looked great, but changing channels with the tv's supplied remote, and or my Logitech Harmony remote became hit n miss with both remotes. 4k material from Vudu looked great, and really popped on this tv.. Sports looked good, but not great. Worst when theres the obvious fast movement. I had all the set enhancement features sisabled as well. This tv as noted by many other reviewers has many flaws, the system and overall tv is just way to Buggy. From switching inputs, to changing channels, to turning the tv ff and on! This has been a big disapointment to me. Ill more than likely be switching back to my 12 yr old perfectly good working Panasonic tv. While this tv has alot of upsides, its all tge downs that kill the experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great picture and sound quality

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    Positive: I would first mention sound, Harman/kardon speakers are delivering awesome sound quality. Speakers are rear facing and kind of exposed so be careful and try not to damage them. Picture quality is very good and I like the fact that there is no visible physical bezel around the screen. Standing lags design its plus as well, they are very stable and they look very modern. Ports availability is better than on most of the devices these days – 4 HDMI, 2 USB’s (one 2,0 other 3,0), network jack, RCA, Fiber optic, 3,5 Audio jack and of course antenna. Android OS on TV – new thing for me and option to remove or freeze unused apps it’s definitely a plus. Neutral: TV is powered by Android system and with that in mind it has good and bad things. Good - you can customize it, and bad - available applications selections it’s very limited. Negative: You can’t run any android app on it, just one that are compatible with this device. I tried to search for lots of apps I use on my android phone and managed just to get one. Sometimes TV response seems to be little bit slow, but nothing really bad and hopefully some of future OS updates will fix this. I must say that I am not the fan of the design on remote control. Remote is small with lots of useless buttons for me (Sling, Tikilive and Fendango) while at same time navigation and menu buttons seem to be packed close up together in the middle of small remote with no spacing between them. Pros: Audio quality Picture quality Lots of ports Screen size Customization Cons: Sometimes it gets little bit slow to respond Limited application selection compared to rest of the Android devices Remote control

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect picture. Mediocre Android operating system

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    If you need a great picture this is the best with only exception of OLED. Sound is great out of the 4 speakers. Two down firing and two rear firing mini subs. The aesthetics are beautiful and modern. Silver and brushed metals adorn the chassis very tastefully. You would be very hard pressed to find a more beautiful TV. Wow I love this TV with a few exceptions. There is no Browser!!! How can that be. It is after all an Android so Chrome is included right? Wrong! So side load it right? OK for some reason it is blocked. WHAT??? Yes you can not load or buy any browsers unlike Fire OS which is Firefox friendly. Aside that there is no way to watch Amazon Prime. I don't get it. The quirkiest this overall is the remote and the newly useless preset hot buttons which two of the six buttons are useful. The voice assistant button and the home button are stacked against the navigation buttons and are frequently accidentally pressed. It has become such an annoyance I decided to ditch the remote and buy a Cube. I wish I would have never needed to do that but after months of misconceived hardware that I could never get used to it alleviated all of the frustration of the poorly laid out remote and the anemic power of Android TV.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice picture, but software & UI need some work

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    DISCLAIMER: I originally had this TV that apparently was a complete LEMON. I have since received a new replacement set and will review mostly about the new replacement TV. The Hisense H9+ is an entry-level 4K TV that is priced accordingly. However, at all price points, the TV should work at high quality with little to no delay/latency AND with limited software issues. The package comes with the TV, 2 detachable legs, plastic remote, 2 AAA batteries, safety/warranty card, and Quick User Guide. The full user guide is available online in .pdf format: https://www.hisense-usa.com/sites/default/files/support-doc/A%20%28ES-A175220%29%20UM%20HS%20MT5660%20eng%2020180226%20%281%29_H9E%20Plus.pdf Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. In addition, my pictures show the positioning of how the ports on the back of the TV are laid out along with the rear speakers size & placement. PROS: ----------- * Good looking TV appearance-wise. Picture is high quality. * I was able to easily connect my bluetooth (BT) keyboard to the TV which made setup much easier. If you have to use the included remote to enter your login information for setup and individual apps, it may take a little longer. I had no issues with the BT keyboard communication. * Using the built-in Chromecast function worked pretty well in connecting; however, from time to time, the video would skip/glitch for a brief moment. In my case, a Samsung Note 9 was used to cast. * No issues using ARC(HDMI) sound output to Samsung N850 sound bar. Sound was nice and clear. CONS: ----------- * Rickety remote. It's not falling apart but is built cheaply. If you tap the remote, you can hear the buttons vibrate as they are plastic except for the top 6 pre-set buttons for built-in apps. There was also a slight delay in remote to TV response after buttons were depressed. I've seen much better latency levels on other TVs. * The speakers/drivers are on the back side of the TV (see picture). This really takes away from the quality of sound the TV tries to make without a sound bar or receiver. TV's this thin generally can't fire volume out the front, but they usually fire sound out of the bottom which, IMO, is better than firing out of the back. As for most flat screens, get a sound bar. * The user interface (UI) is just wonky all over. It's a bit tedious to maneuver around and to get to things quickly. Software improvement is needed. * While watching a series on Showtime Anytime app, I hit the play/pause button on the remote and the rew/play/pause/ff overlay pops up on the screen with "rew" highlighted. This was the Hisense controls, and they were overlayed OVER the Showtime Anytime rew/play/ff buttons. The only way to pause/play is to just hit the enter button to bring up the Showtime Anytime controls then hit Enter again to activate the highlighted function. Another software issue. In any case, the play/pause button on the remote does not work with this app the correct way. * After the remote has been paired up using BT, it won't power up using BT. It will only power up using IR (line of sight). Once powered up, BT continues to work as normal. The TV will power off via BT though. * When using BT to connect a sound bar (I'm using Samsung N850), the video & audio would never sync up, not even when using the lip sync and delay options in the Hisense settings menu. In addition, when BT was connected to the speaker, the video would also skip/pause at times which made anything you watch impossible to follow consistently. When using ARC for audio, sound was synced up with no issues. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ------------------------------------ * APPS NOT AVAILABLE: Of the apps I tried to find but were unavailable to download in the Play Store: Amazon Prime Video, DirecTV Now, (Cine)MAX-GO, CBS (to watch prime time and other shows) * There is 6.8GB of Internal Shared space on the TV. There is nothing in the instructions stating an external drive or thumb drive can be added so the TV can have more apps installed. Of the 6.8GB available, ~889MB are apps/misc which leaves 5.9GB remaining for everything else you want. * The TV is extremely thin on the upper half while the "guts" of the TV are attached to the lower half. This can make for a cool look but make a little difficult to move without cracking the screen, so extreme care must be taken. * Nice screensaver feature which puts generic Google photos on-screen but it also shows an overlay in the lower-left corner "Chromecast built-in Learn more at chromecast.com/built-in"; and in the lower-right corner, it shows the time, photographer name, and "Google - Featured Photos" below that. Rather annoying with the advertising overlay. If they would leave the clock only, it would be ok. * I was unable to get a legitimate RF antenna connected to the TV, so local channel setup was not done. * Remote is not backlit nor does it have a good "feel" for where each button starts/stops into the neighboring button around the directional pad area. * The remote control is infrared (IR) instead of bluetooth (BT) initially. The remote has to be paired up to the TV. Once paired, it worked fine. * The built-in apps and Google languages that I removed in order to save some of the small amount of GB on this TV are: FandangoNOW, Pluto TV, Showtime, Sling TV, TikiLIVE, Vudu, YT Kids2018 FIFA World Cup, and Google Keyboards: Indic, Japanese, Korean, & Zhuyin. * Composite (yellow/red/white) is available as an input, but (HD) Component (green/blue/red//red/white) is not. ISSUES I HAD WITH THE ORIGINAL "LEMON" HISENSE TV (cliff notes version): ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ * A google account was already defined on the TV with a hisense tag. If this was done at the factory, that needs to be removed prior to sending to customers. There should be no accounts defined on a new TV. * Wi-Fi AND wired connectivity was horrible, even with 100Mb/s connection speed and 5GHz wifi frequency band used. * Remote was even more rickety than the replacement. * ESPN & FOXGO apps has severe strobing affects that appeared to be due to software glitches in the TV. The new set did not have these issues. * "Ethernet Not connected" error on screen at startup when I had ethernet already connected. There should not be an error every time the TV is turned on. Software glitch. * After customizing the home screen then powering off the TV, when turning TV back on, the home screen defaulted to factory settings, showing apps I had previously removed. Software glitch. * On the favorite apps line (at the top), it was impossible to reorder the apps. Clicking the down-arrow brings up the menu to open, move, or remove from favorites. After clicking "move", buttons appear at the bottom of the TV but no way to access them. Another software failure. * After watching Showtime Anytime and HBO-GO, eventually, both apps just wouldn't playback anything at all. I went to a series in Showtime Anytime, and got to the series and hit Play... the screen never played the episode. HBO-GO loads until it gets to the Rating page... tries to reload to start the show and gives an error. The only way I was able to combat this issue was to completely unplug the TV from the AC outlet. Simply powering down did not fix the app issue. In my case, only Showtime Anytime was able to play again. HBO-GO would still not play - continually produced errors. Had to uninstall app and reinstall to fix. CONCLUSION: ============= The pros and cons really speak for themselves. Generally, a good product will have few cons that can be worked around. The LEMON version of this TV wouldn't garner a 1-star rating in a 3rd world country. The REPLACEMENT I received was much better. The LEMON had serious software issues and gave a horrible customer experience. If you get a LEMON, return immediately and get it replaced. With the absence of DTVNOW, Amazon Prime, and others, you may still need to have an external device to watch cord-cutter apps not allowable on this TV via the Google Play Store. As with most bigger TVs, get a sound bar. This TV is no different. 10-20W speakers on TVs just aren't good enough so a sound bar will enhance your listening experience. Also, go with WIRED audio (not BT) or you may have serious audio/video sync issues which cannot be fixed. This is a software issue so no settings can fix this. Perhaps a firmware update will be released to the TV to improve audio/video sync. Because I had both a horrible and acceptable experience with this TV, I'm in the middle on this one. To be fair, the LEMON would get 0 stars if that option was available. The replacement TV would get 3 stars. There are still software issues that need to be corrected along with the cheapness of the remote and slight latency issues with the TV itself.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Hessitate, This TV is an Excellent Value!

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    For years I have seen budget brand TVs in stores like Wal*Mart & Target, but I have always passed them by assuming they were simply poor quality generics.  After all, how can a cheap TV possibly compare to an established brand like Sony, Samsung, LG, etc? To be perfectly honest, I never would have purchased a Hisense product.  I had been saving up for a 65 inch 4K TV for my man-cave when Best Buy offered to send me the Hisense H9+ for review.  I must say, I am absolutely thrilled with this TV!  It is extremely thin, has virtually no bezel, the picture quality is fantastic, it actually runs at 120 Hz, and the smart features / apps work brilliantly!  For the first time, I don’t feel as though I need to use a Roku to access apps.  I honestly feel as though I would have been foolish to spend double the money just to get a brand I am more familiar with.  I absolutely recommend this TV with no hesitation. To read scientific break down of all features and functions, read the detailed spec review from Rtings.com:      https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/hisense/h9e-plus There are only two minor downsides worth mentioning: - The Remote:  It is very simple and does not have a button that allows the user to switch the input.  I have to go to the home screen, then scroll over to the input option, then select the input I want to view.  There is a voice function, but even that doesn’t allow me to switch input.  Using my voice to find out how old Arnold Schwarzenegger is takes only 4 seconds, but switching inputs takes twice as long. Also, the shortcut buttons cannot be remapped (although this is the case with most default remotes (such as with the Roku). - The legs extend all the way out to the very edge of the TV.  This means that you have to have a surface that is 46 inches wide to set the TV on.  It would have been helpful if the legs were brought in more towards the center so that people would have the option of setting the TV on a narrower surface.  The TV could still be perfectly stable and though the screen would extend past each end of the table/dresser/etc, it would still allow more options for where the TV could be placed (without mounting on a wall). Again, I completely recommend this 4K TV.  It is an excellent value and is absolutely worth buying.  Save yourself a good chunk of change.  You will not be disappointed in the least.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality picture for the price.

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    My 1st purchase of a Hisense tv. Admittedly impress for the amount of tech into such a low price TV. The Harmon kardon speaker sound quality is way better than TV sets way more expensive than this one. When it comes to the picture well that depends on what you are looking for. Overall after setting up the picture settings correctly the picture quality is very impressive for the price. Don’t buy this tv if you are trying to compare it to high end televisions. Compare it to other low budget high tech TV sets. It has its limits when it comes to picture quality but I have to admited for the price folks, the price. The picture quality is good. Built quality is nice. Looks really nice turned off. The bugs on the android tv platform suck. Very buggy. Nothing that will make it a dealbreaker but there are bugs in the software. Menu scheme not the best. 4K looks great, HD content is ok. Overall like I said for the price. It’s worth it. One last thing. Alexa and google assistant are still too limited on what they can do to assist with this particular TV. Wish they did more!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    NICE TV FOR THE PRICE.

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    Image is very very good. speakers are good too. I am very satisfied. i using an antenna to watch local channels and I have more than 30 HD channels. Apps working very good, quick respond without lagging. The only thing is that you will need long tv stand, this tv has no second option to place the legs, like other Hisense tvs.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 4k TV under $1000

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    If u are looking for a budget TV with 2018 features this is the one, awesome picture, great sound with Harman Kardon speakers, PS4 PRO looks awesome in 4K HDR and 4K in You Tube and DirecTV looks super super clear, best bang for ur $$$$$$, thanks Hisense for this model H9 PLUS series

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best for the price

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    Upgraded to this TV after my Hisense 8 series crapped out after less than a year. So far this tv is amazing!! The picture is far better than I had expected. I absolutely recommend this to anyone on a budget

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  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice tv....but very disappointed

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    I purchased this tv on Black Friday with a ps4 and red dead redemption. 2 weeks were great till I noticed playing ps4 that the game kept dimming in and out and said it had a weak or no signal HDMI cable. Very disappointed. But that’s what you get when you buy Chinese products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good TV and excellent watching sports

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    Bought this TV for the WC season, It is looks bright and clear. Most like the fox app built in, can watch the WC game in couple angles . Motions are smooth. Good color.The design and audio effect are decent., Price is better than Vizio lot. Like it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad TV. Horrible brand.

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    Horrible TV, please do not waste your money. Purchased this unit on Dec 2018. Fast forward 2yrs and 1 month are the photos attached. Don't buy Hisense.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Affordable, High caliber TV (settings included)

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    From people I have heard, the consensus is that Hisense is often overlooked and looked down on. After getting this Hisense H9E Plus, I can tell you it is a strong contender in the TV market. This H9E Plus has all of the strong essentials you look for when shopping for a TV. The full backlighting, contrast zones, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and a strong preference of mine; Good Motion Enhancement. Most of my testing was done with the Xbox One X which outputs 4k games and movies with HDR. The movies look amazing and the games are very colorful and vibrant. A lot of work must be done in properly setting up the picture settings which I will get to in a bit. Unpacking out of the box, the tv is very well protected. The feet for the tv are in the top Styrofoam. Once taking that out, you will remove the packet that includes the mounting screws for the feet, the remote, batteries, power cord, warranty card, and quick start guide. Then you are able to pull the tv out of the box. I would recommend getting an extra pair of hands to help you. The face of the tv is protected with a soft wrap and a large piece of cardboard which is very handy with moving the tv around, and can allow you to lay the tv down with out the risk of damaging something. Installing the feet is simple, and there are 2 screws for each foot. The feet are kind of wide, so I was unable to use them on my tv stand, but I did opt for an aftermarket pedestal swivel stand to mount the tv on. It was very simple to mount. The first thing you will notice on this tv is how thin the main screen bezel is. It measures right at 5/16", which is super thin. The larger bottom part of the tv measures out an extra 1 5/16", which is still pretty thin. Once mounted and setup, the first downfall is the length of the power cord. It is around 5ft, so it can't even reach to the floor for a power strip if you are wall mounting. You will probably need an extension to go in between. Next is the remote. It is a good thing the tv is not built like the remote. It is very cheap feeling and the buttons have a weak springy feeling to them. The design is not that great, as the navigation buttons (up,down,left, right, center click) are not very defined and found trying to navigate menus in the dark somewhat challenging and frustrating because you can't quite tell where the navigation buttons end and the menu buttons begin, so you end up activating voice control or backing out of the menus on accident. Otherwise, the remote works good and the quick navigation buttons for Youtube, Netflix, Google Play, Fandango Now, Tikilive, and Sling all work great. I was only able to test with Netflix, Youtube, and Google Play, as those are the only ones I have accounts for. The voice activation works well. Setting up the tv is an easy but interesting task. I ran into a couple error screens where it would say a process was not completed, but when exiting out, it showed the process completed, like connecting to a wireless network. It would say "Can not connect to wireless network" Then immediately show the network connected after leaving the error screen. It does want you to set up a google account and some other accounts. I found it odd that mine already had a pre-existing google account already linked to the TV.. not sure why. It just requires going into the settings and removing the account and adding another one. The TV picture is amazing. But as I stated before it will take a lot of work and set up to try and achieve that look. I will provide my settings for you to use later on in the review. There are a lot of picture settings, and also sound settings. Some previous reviews I have read talked about a bad lip sync issue between audio and video when using wifi. This TV does have lip sync issues sometimes, but I found if you are running your device through a receiver first, and use that for audio, there are no lip sync issues. The most I have seen were when playing directly through the tv speakers. It does have lip sync adjustments though There have been a lot of reviews about how terrible the tv's speakers are.. Let me tell you that is incorrect. This TV uses Harmon Kardon speakers and they are located in the center of the back of the TV. They are rear firing so the sound bounces off the wall for a better sound. The volume itself goes to 100 and is generally loud enough for casual TV watching around 14-15. In the menus' the audio menu is full of options, and it even has an equalizer setting to manual adjust the bass/mid/treble levels. It is a hertz chart. You can also turn system sounds on and off, pick a specific sound mode (Standard, Theater, Sports, Concert Hall, Music, Speech, Late Night, and User Mode). The overall sound quality is amazing. No, it doesn't have earth shattering bass or anything but the sound quality is very crisp and clear. I would run an optical cable from the TV digital out to a receiver for watching Netflix or Youtube. In case of lip sync issues they have included menu options to adjust the lip sync levels so you can match them up again, which is great and works well. The tv has 4 HDMI hookups, (2 highspeed for 4k@60hz with HDR support and 2 regular for 4k@30hz with out HDR support), and also one standard Yellow, Red, White composite hookup. A digital audio out, A lan cable port, and 2 USB ports, one at .5amp and the other at 1amp. All ports are clearly marked and easy to follow what goes where. The android side of the TV runs very well over my wifi (Comcast 150mb service) and Netflix and Youtube run great. The 4k content on each streams with great quality. The android menu's are fast and responsive. Can't find any complaints with that. Onto the picture itself. The clarity is super clear when setting up correctly. The blacks are super black, and I have not seen any bleed through in the pictures. The colors are strong and vibrant and everything really pops out at you. It is amazing quality for the price of this TV. One problem though is on the Xbox One X, when I set up the tv settings, It shows everything with a checkmark except for Dolby Vision. It shows a message saying "This TV is using an older version of Dolby Vision and is not supported by Xbox" ... I'm not sure why, but apparently Hisense is using old software to claim the use of Dolby Vision, but not worth anything if a brand new TV won't respond to brand new tech. Everything else works great though Overall this TV is definitely worth it's price and then some. I highly recommend it forsomeone looking for a great TV on a budget. It is hard to be disappointed, but it still does have its flaws, which is why I only gave it a 4/5. Cons -Short power cord -Bad remote design, cheap feeling -Old Dolby Vision hardware/software not compatible with new tech -Minor lip sync issues Pros- -Dark Dark blacks -HDR 10 -Great sounding HK speakers -Lots of menu options -Contrast zones -Local Dimming -Full backlit display Now for some of the picture settings to help you out. This is while running through my Xbox One X Backlight Local Dimming-Medium Backlight Level-100 Automatic Light Sensor- Off Picture Mode- HDR Standard Contrast- 50 Brightness-50 Color-50 Tint-0 Sharpness-10 Advanced Settings Overscan-Off Color Temp- High Motion Enhancement- Standard Noise Reduction-Medium Digital Noise Reduction-Medium HDMI Dynamic Range- Auto Active Contrast- High Color Space- Native Calibration Settings - No adjustment Picture Size- Wide HDMI 2.0 Format- Enhanced Apply Picture Settings- All Sources Sound Settings System Sounds- Off Sound Mode- Theater Speakers- TV Speaker Total Sonics- ON Total Surround- Only available if sound mode set to User mode Total Volume- Only available if sound mode set to User mode Wall Mount Setup- On Advanced Settings Balance- 0 Digital Audio Delay-5 Lip Sync- 0 (Can adjust this and digital audio delay as needed) Equalizer -Adjust 120hz to 7-8 My settings aren't perfect but they get it looking pretty darn good. Hope it helps some of you. Pictures include screen caps of Dolby vision incompatibility on Xbox One X and 4k HDR clarity shot from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on Xbox One X

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a very good budget 4K TV

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    I was looking for a budget 4k TV for my bedroom. My choice came down to this Hisense 55H9 Plus and the TCL 55 6 series. The TCL seemed to have many issues regarding the screen from reading many reviews. So I bought this TV instead. I went to Best Buy to take a better look at it. I really liked how thin the TV is. It looks very sleek. A Best Buy associate tried to convince me to buy an 55" LG but the Hisense had more features including better speakers and both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision HDR and android operating system and Google assistant. So I hooked it up to my DirecTV and the TV seems to hesitate switching input. My DirecTV comes on then screen goes dark then comes back on as it's trying to switch. But it's not a big deal. The picture is sharp even though I'm watching 1080p content. The TV'S upscaling engine makes 1080p look much better. I love the Android operating system and Google assistant works great. This TV isn't without its flaws though. I was kinda disappointed in the blacks. They aren't completely black. I'd say it's about 80% black. I tried making adjustments in the picture settings to try and darken those blacks but that's as dark as I could make them. Also I came to find out the TV doesn't have full array local dimming. It says it has local dimming but not many zones looks like. The rest of the picture looks great though. Great color, sharp detail, you can fine tune it to your liking. It handles fast motion great. Overall I love this TV. I can look past the minor flaws and I'm very happy with my purchase decision. I also love the remote. It's very minimalist as it has no numerical key pad but it does have a microphone. I just wish it had the home button a bit lower as it is too close to the down arrow button and I find myself accidently pressing it and exiting out to the home screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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