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Affordable Quality 4K TV!Posted
I recently received this TV and set it up to replace my seven year old 50"Plasma. This size of this TV is nearly the same as the old plasma though this screen size is 5" larger. The Hisense has a very good picture for a budget 4K TV and the HDR colors pop with 4K content. The H8F comes loaded with apps and the operating system is supplied by Google. The apps are simple, responsive and loading quickly. You have deep picture menu settings that allow you to dial in the picture to your liking. You can also calibrate each input independently or use the same setting for all inputs. Once the setup is done then you can run the channel scan if you are connecting to cable or an antenna without a set top box. Once you plug the TV into power it starts the set up routine. This set up goes through the google user agreements Wi-Fi log on, as well as the inputs set up. The remote has a full lay out to provide you with complete control of the TV, but is not back-lit. One feature on the remote is the ability to speak command into it. The remote also has short cut buttons for Nextflix, YouTube, Vudu and Google play. The media apps picture quality on my Fios gigabit connection was clear and crisp. When watching 4K content on the YouTube app the detail was stunning. If you are looking for a budget 55"4K TV, this one is for you.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent Budget 4K TV with Dolby VisionPosted
This TV is noticeably lightweight, and minimal setup is need to get you started. The TV comes with 4 HDMI inputs and 2 USB ports. Once I powered on the TV, a setup screen came on which was very easy to follow. With questions like WiFi username and password and permissions to use the Google assistant microphone. There was also a software update upon logging in to WiFi. Upon completion of the setup, I was met with a home screen that offered the Google play store which was very exciting to have my first TV with Android TV built in. I currently use Google Home products which worked seamlessly thanks to the Android TV and the built in Chromecast. The design is very modern with an almost frameless look, it looks gorgeous in my living room. I am currently using the TV with the included stands that do not take away from the screen. In the future I plan to mount it on the wall. The first app I used was Netflix, and immediately noticed a great quality picture. The colors were rich, although the blacks were not always true black, they certainly did looked different than my previous LCD. One good thing to mention is that I did not notice any light bleeding. While using Netflix I thought I was already viewing 4K quality but it was in fact only HD quality. To think that HD had such great quality, I instantly notice the difference in the 4K library. What a huge difference in quality, it was truly a beautiful picture to see. I highly recommend the Netflix original Planet to really bring out the capability of any 4K TV. I also downloaded the HBO Now app and although HBO does not offer 4K yet, watching Game of Thrones in HD on this TV was quite an experience. Such great detail and beautiful colors. I also paid close attention to watching the TV at different angles and saw that there was no major change in picture quality. The only con that I saw was the glare you get when any reflection of light is on the TV. I really had to close the window shades to not get distracted by the sunlight reflected on the TV. Another great feature this TV has is that it automatically renders video in Dolby Vision, if available. Netflix offers many Dolby Vision quality shows where I can see the difference in the picture colors. The built in speakers are pretty loud as I only took it up to 21 out of the Max. I connected this TV to my Bose two speaker sound system using the digital audio output. There was one instance when I was not getting any sound from my system. I ended going to the sound settings menu on the TV and switched the sound from standard to Dolby Digital and it fix the problem. The remote control is also a plus as it has a built in google assistant. I used the remote to bring my Nest camera feed on the TV. I also used the google assistant in the remote to control my Phillips Hue lighting which was awesome. The quick buttons for apps like Netflix or Vudu are convenient as the TV is very responsive and loads fairly quick. I also used my Google home to bring up YouTube videos and shows. I was impressed with the quick response of the TV to bring up the app. It really had minimal loading time. Overall, this is an excellent TV for an excellent price and it comes with Dolby Vision. I love that it offers such a huge selection of applications to download. The Google integration is something that I could not see myself going without, and the quick response of the application loading is a plus.
I would recommend this to a friend
The picture quality is superb! The colors are nice and bright, the black levels are nice and dark. I like the included apps also, especially Pluto TV. 5 stars across the board. I couldn't find anything bad to say about this TV even if I tried. It came well packaged, and was easy to set up. If you're in the market for a high end TV this is one that should be on your short list.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great features, Ok image and soundPosted
I love the features this android smart tv has such as multiple HDMI, 4K, Optical sound out, google assistant and many android apps to watch TV, voice command remote control, sound equalizer with a few presets as well as a custom setting. This is not the best TV I've owned as far as image and sound is concerned. if you pair it with a nice surround sound system it's good. The image is not as crisp and bright as I expected for a 4K TV. I've played with the image presets and still do not get perfect image quality. Colors are not as vivid as in other models I've. Neither a 4K blue ray player nor the cable images look as sharp as I want. Set up was easy with the guided, onscreen instructions though pairing to my google account wasn't easy. Overall unimpressive model but good for everyday use.
I would recommend this to a friend
Really good picturePosted
When you first turn on this unit it goes through a set-up to answer common questions and connect to the internet. We have cut our cable / satellite services for more than a year. Connection and access were easy to accomplish and the TV was ready in about 5 minutes. First impression; This TV has an outstanding picture, my main TV is a Sony UHD 65" so that is what I am using for comparison. Screen clarity is great and the colors are vibrant with blacks appearing as dark as one would expect from an OLED unit. Connecting to standard services like Roku, Netflix and HBO now is similar to any other unit. Performance; While most video is clear and sharp, the TV has some problems with rapid action video. Images present with some flicker during rapid action sceens. Assume this is due to processor speed which is not the fastest but acceptable given the price range. It is one of the reasons for a 4 star review versus a 5. The second reason deals with the ability to add applications. The unit connects easily to Google Play but the available apps are restricted. Most notably there is no way to get the Amazon Prime video app through Google Play. I noticed other non Google friendly products are also not available in the Play Store on this TV. Of course you can probably download the apps on a thumb drive and force them to the TV although I did not try given the planned use of this unit. Given Googles desire to run the known universe I am assuming that they have intentionally limited the software capabilities on this unit. It is worth noting that I did download and install the sets updated software with no changes to the available apps. In summary, this is a good unit with great picture and color. If you are a Prime member stay away unless you are willing to go through the manual app addition process. Otherwise I would recommend this as a great, relatively inexpensive option.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good for 1080 but not 4kPosted
It's a decent size screen, and displays 1080 well. The 4k seems to bleed colors. I've tried adjusting the color schemes after watching a show, during a show, and in between. The red becomes more dominant than expected, changing flesh tones during 4k streaming. Also concerning was the bezel/backing. I've it wall mounted, and after affixing the mounts the backing would visibly lift from the unit while holding the mounts. It doesn't seem to affect anything, but is certainly concerning while lifting to mount on the wall. This is my 3rd 4k screen, and the other 2 brands seem higher quality. However, if you are dedicated to an android lifestyle and no 4k then this tv works well. It has android built-in and is easy to attach to an account for apps and streaming.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
High Competition, High Stakes, HiSensePosted
HiSense's beginnings as a super-budget TV manufacturer have no doubt affected its brand image throughout the years. The company once known for barebones, cheap-as-can-be sets now competes in far higher end spaces, and puts out a wide variety of midrange TV sets year after year. The 2019 HiSense H8F line brings their in-house "ULED" display technology to market, using a special screen filter to enhance the image's color and contrast closer to competing "quantum dot" TVs while still using common, inexpensive LCD panels to generate the image. Quite the far cry from an entry-level package! Gimmick or not, the ULED technology must be working, as the image quality on this TV is superb. It's not the only thing that matters, but it's the one thing that will make or break a budget TV set, and competing manufacturers would be wise to keep HiSense on their radar as this just may be the $500 55" TV to beat. - Unboxing and Setup Although the HiSense TV has a small frame and thin bezel, transport and unpacking should still be handled by two people. It's workable by one large, determined person, but care should be taken at all times. The TV was well protected, with the box and packaging absorbing some aggressive handling by the shipping carrier. Assembly was as simple as attaching the legs to the base of the TV with the included screws. There are two positions for the legs to accommodate both narrow and wide surfaces, and VESA mounts are available for wall and specialty mounting. The Android TV's initial setup sequence is very straightforward, and can be accelerated by pairing an Android smartphone that can synchronize account information, local network settings, and app preferences and data from the same Google account. After initial setup is complete, the TV will check for and install the latest Android TV operating system update. This was a fast process but unfortunately caused its WiFi to lose connection, which required a system reset and hard power off (disconnecting from the wall outlet) to fix. Once synchronized all my favorite streaming apps that have Android TV equivalents available were added to the TV, including NetFlix, YouTube, Hulu, and more. - Connectivity & Control All four HDMI ports on the TV are HDMI 2.0 compatible, meaning all will accept a 4K non-HDR signal at 60Hz or 4K HDR at 30Hz. A composite connection works well enough for legacy devices (though I rue the lack of component support), and an inbuilt TV tuner with coaxial input allows for over-the-air TV broadcasts without the need to use a separate breakout box. The USB 2.0 port can be used to power an antenna amplifier or connect a USB device for the Android TV OS to access as storage or input. Outputs for audio include an optical output that supports Dolby Digital (bitstream) and Dolby DTS, along with a headphone jack. It was easy to set the TV up to be the single receiving device for my home theater and use the receiver purely for audio, which was a welcome option as my receiver didn't support any 4K or HDR features. I was concerned I would have to buy an expensive new receiver instead of a $10 optical cable. For internet and wireless connectivity, an ethernet jack (I believe Gigabit) complements WiFi both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and bluetooth 4.0 is supported for pairing wireless headphones or the included remote control. Once paired, the remote control no longer needs to point at the TV to control it, and the bluetooth range is plenty. I was also able to pair a bluetooth keyboard and game controller, which were perfect for some of the more niche Android TV apps I installed like a web browser and a game console emulator. Indeed, this level of connectivity can let the TV stand alone as its own HTPC if desired! The only downfall to all this connectivity is that there are no physical buttons on the TV, leaving the remote as the only way to power on the television. This is a very odd decision and somewhat concerning in the event the remote becomes lost or broken, as it would leave a user without a way to turn on the TV unless HDMI device control was previously enabled. - Picture & Sound Quality I didn't expect much from a midrange set that undercuts the competition on cost, but I was still impressed by how great the image looks even after removing all post-processing and smoothing features by activating "Game" mode for both HDR and non-HDR sources (this also removes virtually all input lag). Color detail is excellent and well-balanced, with minimal color banding that's hardly noticeable anywhere but in test images. Ghosting and motion blur due to response times are likewise small issues which can likely be further reduced with some settings adjustment. A full submenu for calibration options is available as well for professional tuning, though the presets are likely fine for nearly all users at this price point. With support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, the HiSense TV's already good color reproduction serves as a great basis to add lighting intensity to the scene. The ULED technology uses true RGB pixels, arranged BGR, instead of the inferior, lower-resolution RGBW arrangement, and the results (using Game Mode to remove any artificial effects and post-processing) are incredible. I'm shocked by how clear and vivid the final HDR image is, capturing much more detail in the dark and bright areas of any image, with light sources appearing more as if they're true light than a TV carrying a $499 MSRP has any right to. See the attached HDR image comparison, both captured on camera using the same settings (ISO 800, -1.5 EV) in a dark room. Details in the trees are much clearer with HDR, and the shadows and reflections on the car are less overblown with more richness in the car's color. The difference is much stronger in person, of course, so see this set on display at your local Best Buy if you can. Even though the TV only has a peak brightness of 700 nits, even in a well-lit room high-brightness HDR effects were still brighter than the ambient light, and the local dimming zones helped drive some further contrast between light and dark areas of the same image. However, with only a few dozen local dimming zones, they're at times apparent and detract from the experience in exceptionally dark scenes. Built-in TV speakers are never great quality, and the HiSense is no exception. However, in a pinch the included speakers do get decently loud and seem to highlight speech over all other sounds, making it workable. Still, a distinct lack of bass and tinny treble mean an external receiver and speakers, headphones, or sound bar are highly recommended. - Android TV Having what's nearly a complete but TV-optimized Android tablet experience built into a TV is a fantastic addition. Thousands of apps and games can be installed from the Google Play store and run without issue, and those willing to tinker with sideloaded Android apps from other sources can have a full HTPC experience directly on their TV. A quad-core MediaTek processor and 1.5GB RAM won't win any awards for speed, but provide enough power to decode 1080p video (I didn't have any 4K videos on my local network to test) and play less-demanding Android games. For those content with Play Store apps alone, nearly every major streaming service is available for viewing, and the Android TV optimizations will show video history and recommendations on Android TV's home screen/launcher without the need to load the individual apps. The only glaring omission from the Google Play store right now is Prime Video, due to a protracted streaming dispute between Google and Amazon, but as of this writing (April 28, 2019) the companies have resolved the issue and an app is forthcoming. The only downside to the Google Play apps is that they do not appear to support HDR. I wasn't able to get the Netflix app to display HDR no matter what combination of settings I tried, suggesting HDR content will require a separate HDR-capable device to show. - Software Issues Besides the aforementioned WiFi connection issue after updating the Android TV OS, I experienced a few software issues that marred an otherwise fantastic budget TV experience. On more than one occasion I lost audio output via the optical cable after changing device settings or inputs, which was fixed by opening the audio settings menu on the TV and re-selecting the appropriate output. A little software lag and stutter was evident when switching between applications, with the TV waiting to finish whatever it was processing in one instance before it accepted any further input from the remote a solid 15 seconds later. Further, not all applications downloaded from the Google Play store worked properly on the TV when they did on other (also MediaTek-processor based) Android devices, with slowdown and small graphical glitches being the most common issue I saw in games and emulators. Obviously these are at the very fringes of the typical user's use for a television and didn't sour my opinion as I have plenty of other devices hooked up to the TV to fulfill those wants. - Bottom Line Though a few quirks and design choices will take some time to adjust to, the Hisense H8F is still a terrific bargain made better, not worse, by the implementation of Android TV into the viewing experience. The video quality alone punches a class above its price point, acting as a quality option for entry-level HDR with results that will be sure to please newcomers and value shoppers alike. The brand has come a long way from the basic TV sets it sold at massive discounts a decade ago, and should not be overlooked simply because of that brand image. The H8F deserves consideration regardless of whether it's a TV for a main room, den, bedroom, or patio, as it delivers on its promises with an affordable set that's inexpensive, not cheap. Highly recommended!
I would recommend this to a friend
Good TV at a decent pricePosted
I got this TV for my home office and it does a good job in that role. I don't expect this TV to be where I watch sports or sit down for a movie night. This one will be to watch financial or news updates while I am working at my computer. Having this as my goal, I feel this TV will perform well in that role. If you are expecting a great picture and tons of features, you might be disappointed. Setup was quick and on-screen instructions were easy to follow. The first step was connecting it to my network and then connecting to my YouTube TV account. The controls on the remote are intuitive and it took less than 10 minutes to setup the TV, apps and picture. I will need to spend a little more time adjusting the picture to my liking, but that isn't a high priority since it is good enough for now. As I alluded to above, the picture is OK, not great. When I watched some sports on the screen, I could see some slight blurring around fast moving objects. The screen is bright and there are a lot of picture settings that I will play with to try to improve the picture, but out of the box, it performs well for the price. Overall, I would recommend this as a low-end television. It's easy to setup and has someof smart features that I haven't tested yet (Alexa integration for example). I have a higher end TV for sports, movies or any other 'family' type of viewing. As an office TV, this will do the job just fine.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
In the box is the 4K android television, power cord, remote with two batteries, two feet for the stand, and an instructional manual. First things first for me, the positives, the biggest one for me, which is not a big one but huge for me since I am on the other side- is being able to purchase and watch movies and music in google play. I love being able to click on the google play movies app and watch already purchased movies with a click on the remote. The next best thing is definitely the 4K quality visual and sound quality. I did notice a more crisper sound and visual aspect of specific 4K movies that I watched. The last top thing that I loved most is the google assistant and google home. I am able to control the television from anywhere in the house which is a great feature for me when switching rooms. I find myself using this television more than any other room in the house now. I forgot to mention that I love the 4 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 USB 3.0 and all of the other external video/audio plugs. For the negatives, I must say that one of the biggest down falls for me was during installation was the power cord placement. All of the other external cords are in an L shape on one side and the power cord was on the other side. I was really hoping to be able to use an existing mount on this television but I have to get a different to accommodate the new placement of the power cord. Another, the remote, I do find myself constantly pressing buttons, fast forwarding-rewinding-stopping whatever I am watching. I sometimes forget that I can speak my commands, so this is not a dealbreaker for me. Another problem for me with this television, is when I download something from the Google Play store, there would be an additional app added to the home screen menu. At times, there would be multiples of the same app. This is also not a dealbreaker but very annoying. @@@@@@@@ I was able to close all of the apps. @@@@@@@ Overall, I love this television and I definitely see myself purchasing more in my near future. I definitely will be recommending to friends and family!
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Android Smart TV at a good price!Posted
The Hisense H8F 55" TV is an amazing all-around Smart TV and display (more about that in a bit). In short, I'm very impressed with the quality of this television at this price point. 4K HDR prices are coming down, but with impressive viewing angles, brightness, local dimming, Android TV and four (4) HDMI 2.0a ports I think this TV represents a very good value. My unit was shipped to me; it was protected at all corners, wrapped thoroughly and arrived in excellent condition. This isn't a review of the shipping company, but I was impressed with the lengths Best Buy went to making sure my TV arrived in good shape. Picture: Subjectively, The full HD (3840 x 2160) HDR display is clear and wonderfully bright corner to corner. It easily overpowers the ambient light in my office from windows directly opposite the TV and the colors are remarkably vivid. Forgetting the marketing hype behind high refresh rates (the HDMI inputs top out at 60Hz and the panel can supposedly do 240Hz) motion is sharp and everything from action movies to games looks great. However the most impressive thing to me are the viewing angles. There is no angle I can view this TV from (except obviously from behind) where I don't get a bright, clear picture. I've tried tinkering with the default settings to squeeze a little more out of the TV, but honestly the default settings are almost as good as it is possible to get. Just about every conceivable setting is available so if you do like to tweak you won't be disappointed. Connectivity: As I already mentioned, the Hisense comes with four (4) HDMI 2.0a (60Hz) inputs as well as two (2) USB ports, an ethernet port and a single set of RCA inputs. There is also an RF antenna. Audio outputs are either a basic stereo "headphone" jack on the back or an optical digital output jack. Wi-Fi works well enough that I didn't bother running an ethernet cable and Bluetooth is also built in. I was able to pair a mouse and keyboard which work well both for initial setup (entering all those app passwords is so much nicer with a keyboard as compared to using the remote and on-screen keyboard) and for the built-in web browser. I personally won't be making much use of the latter because I'm using this TV as a monitor for the PC in my home office and I prefer my full browser experience. For the record, this TV works amazingly well as a monitor. I'ven't noticed any lag or resolution issues (display scaling is your friend at 4K) - in fact I'm writing this review on it now. Android TV: As a die-hard Roku fan, I was curious about Android TV. So far I find it a little more of a challenge to navigate than Roku's simple channel list, but I can't deny that Android TV's channels allow me to dive right in to recently watched and suggested items much faster (assuming the apps are right about what they think I might want to watch). The interface is responsive and input lag is minimal to nonexistent. Overall, I think the interface and experience are good and provide more opportunities for customization. Most of the apps I expected to find are here (Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, CW, BBC America and more). The one odd omission is Amazon Prime Video, especially given that the TV can explicitly be set up to respond to control from a separate Amazon Alexa device (the TV itself isn't a standalone Alexa-capable device). I've also tested downloading and playing a game (Crossy Road) and it works fairly well, but given the limited selection of games available for Android TV and the limited storage space (4GB) for downloading apps and games, I don't expect to do much gaming on the TV itself. It does work very well as a giant monitor hooked up to my PC for gaming, however and it will of course easily take one or more gaming consoles plugged into those HDMI ports. Voice Control: The Google Assistant is here and works very well. Depending on your preference it may be odd that you have to push a button on the remote to get it to listen but I personally like choosing when to activate the assistant. I don't have an Alexa device in my office, so I can't tell how well Alexa control of the TV works. Remote: The remote is very well designed and connects to the TV via Bluetooth so pointing the remote directly at the TV isn't necessary. It has a good feel in the hand and is sturdy without feeling heavy. The Google Assistant button and microphone are there for voice control and work very well. The dedicated buttons on the bottom (Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu) are perfect for my most used apps but your mileage may vary. Sound: The sound from the Hisense H8F is very good for a set of built-in speakers. I set up a sound bar with a subwoofer for a little extra oomph but the built-in speakers are no slouch and can comfortably fill a good-sized room without distortion. Overall, I love this TV. It does amazingly well as a massive monitor for my home office PC and also works very well as a Smart TV and entertainment device. Build quality seems good and I look forward to getting many years of service from this TV (and I'm looking forward to seeing how Android TV matures as well).
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Future Proof TVPosted
While unboxing the Hisense 55H8F I quickly began to suspect that this TV was going to be much nicer than I expected. The Hisense has some weight to it. I'd suggest getting help unboxing. It comes nicely secured and wrapped to protect it during shipping. I quickly notice the set feels solid and has a nice build quality with above average materials. The bezel is nearly nonexistent with an edge to edge display. All you really need to do is simply attach the legs and insert batteries into the remote and you're ready for power. I looked forward to firing this baby up. Immediately your presented with the options of setting up the TV with your phone or a tablet. This makes things super easy if you're an Android user. You can skip it if you're not. Next connect to your WiFi using your remote to enter your password. I quickly like the remote and the onscreen keyboard is above average. Next you're prompted to connect your Google account. This is after all an Android TV. Here again you can opt to use your phone or tablet but here any phone or tablet will work since you simply visit a website and enter the provided PIN. Select a name for your TV and you're done. There is a brief tour of features and then your taken to the Hisense home menu where you can access a ton of content and apps. Here I start with the Google Play app and here I immediately find all my purchased movies. Nice! Notable also are the connection options including 4 hdmi 2.0b ports, 2 USB ports, optical audio output, aux, Ethernet, and even Bluetooth. I was eager to watch something to test the 55H8F out. I knew from the specifications that the Hisense has some serious features including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, wide color gamut, 60 zone full array local dimming, and motion rate 240. All of these specs are remarkable here from Hisense because these features are usually only found on far more expensive televisions. I then started loading all kinds of content to see what these specs meant visually. Wow I truly have to say I was blown away by the vivid colors and deep dark blacks I was witnessing while I watched 4K movies including Life Of Pi and Gravity. These films looked new again on the H8F. I next tried tons of 4K videos from YouTube including a bunch of OLED demos. The Hisense certainly is not an OLED TV but I was stunned by its HDR and local dimming performance. Viewing in a totally dark room was the ultimate test and easily outperformed my other TVs with dark inky blacks. There were some minimal instances of haloing and blooming but at this price point this TV is truly impressive. Viewing angles on this TV are also quite impressive. The H8F is of course a smart TV with loads of app options from the Google Play store. Plus it also includes support for Google Assistant and Alexa. You access the Google features by holding the Google button on the remote and talking into its mic. Love this feature for easily searching for YouTube videos. The remote itself is full featured and has a quality and substantial feel. To use Alexa you simply link your Amazon account to the TV and install the Hisense skill. Then you can control the TV with your Alexa device. Unfortunately the Amazon streaming app is currently missing from the included apps. I suspect it will be added down the road. I did have one slight issue which required calling Hisense customer support. While it turned out to be a silly mistake on my part, I had plugged my soundbar into the wrong hdmi port. Please note that ARC is only supported on hdmi port 1. I should point out that their tech support was exceptional in addressing my questions. I'd highly recommend this television. It's loaded with future proof features and specifications only found on far more expensive sets. Don't fall for the brand name hype. With this TV Hisense proves it is a high quality television contender.
I would recommend this to a friend
The Hisense 55" H8F ULED 4k TV is an impressive Android television on a number of fronts. The overall appearance of the TV unit itself is pleasant. It has relatively thin bezels and looks attractive. It's not a Ferrari, but it's nice. Picture quality is very strong, especially in this price range. Images are sharp and clear. Motion is smooth and looks natural. Colors are good and easily adjustable. The picture appears to have good "depth" to it. I have been very, very pleased with the image quality overall. The full local array dimming is rare on a set of this price and makes a big difference in quality of picture (esp depth for black and crispness for bright colors). Sound is actually better than I anticipated. It appears to be calibrated toward voice, which is really nice for the way it will mostly be used. Setup is easy. Within a few minutes of mounting the TV on the wall, it was running smoothly. Android TV has matured in a major way. Setup was easy and intuitive. I like the "favorites" listing for apps at the top of the home screen. And Google Assistant works just fine. Since our home is full of Google things, this works well for us. Plus, we're used to the Google Play apps. There are 4 HDMI inputs and 2 USB inputs. We have this TV mounted on our bedroom wall, so we only have our TV viewing box connected to it via HDMI, but I appreciate the option of other inputs. The remote is a joy. An actual life-sized remote with real buttons. You don't see those much anymore. I really don't have any complaints about this TV. I admit to having been a little skeptical about Hisense, but this is a very good TV, and I recommend it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good budget priced TV. Deserves consideration.Posted
This review is for the Hisense LED 55 inch H8F 2160P Ultra 4K HDR LED TV. I am a Best Buy Tech insider, but I have spent a lot of time with this TV and I am replacing a presently owned major name 1 year old 4K HDR TV with this Hisense H8F. The TV is a nice looking with narrow bezels and it is really light weight. You won't need a heavy wall mount, but you will need a mount that accommodates 300 x 200 VESA pattern spacing. It is a rather small pattern, but like I said it is a light weight TV. Another nice feature is that the legs have an inward mount position so you can actually set it on a 38 inch wide table with an inch of safety space on each side. It is an Android TV and will incorporate with all your Android devices. It has voice control from the included remote and can be operated with an app on your Android phone. I found the that the voice app worked really well. The Included apps are Netflix, You Tube, Hulu, Google Play and Google Play Store, which does not offer the full range of apps that you will find on your phone, but should have all the video and movie apps that most people would want. The included and only available internet browser is Vewd, which was new to me and a little unfamiliar, but once I got the hang of it, it worked really well. The voice app worked well with it also. One note if you want Amazon Prime you will have to get it from another attached device as it is not available as a app. Now to the specifics. It has in my opinion, pretty good 10W speakers. They lack deep bass, but I was impressed. They also have the option to set the audio projection for table top or wall hung position. There is also an EQ app to adjust the sound to your preference or you can use their presets. It has all the necessary inputs which include 4 HDMI ports and for connecting audio to external speakers it has Optical audio out and is HDMI ARC capable. It has a 1/8 headphone jack, 2 USB 3.0 plugs and ethernet in. One disappointment is that the Bluetooth audio out option is greyed out and I haven't found a solution and no mention of it in the manual. If Bluetooth is not available on this model, then that is really unacceptable. The WiFi worked very well. Streaming content from my 27 mb/s download speed from my internet provider was smooth with 4K content. Now to what we buy TVs for. It has four preset modes for non HDR content and three for HDR which will be Dolby vision only. This TV may support HDR-10 or basic HDR, as many new TVs do, but when watching HDR-10 content it is not automatically switching picture modes or acknowledging it. First of all, all the preset Picture modes are unwatchable in my opinion, although this is case with most TVs. I can't understand why manufacturers do this. We can buy color calibrated computer monitors, but we get TVs that come with preset adjustments that are just awful. So be prepared to adjust. It has all the adjustment options right down to individual colors. If you are diligent you will get what you want. The exception may be natural grass and tree leaf greens. I watch a lot of golf and I struggled to get the fairways and greens accurate and I can say that I got them close, but not like my top of the line major brand TV. The display is sharp and sufficiently bright for all non HDR content. It really is not bright enough to properly deal with inside poorly lit scenes shot in Dolby Vision HDR and this can be a problem as it automatically defaults to a Dolby Vision preset which greys out a lot of the adjustments. In my opinion HDR is not perfected yet and disasters like season five of the Ranch on Netflix is a prime example why the producers need to reign in HDR content until they and the TV manufacturers can get on the same page. Only the very best/expensive TVs are going to be able to produce the necessary brightness to work with HDR and this is not one of them. The TV is still a good TV for the price. Once adjusted it produces great colors and decent facial tones. Streaming 4K content not shot in Dolby HDR, which is most content, is really sharp. If you have Direct TV and have the 4K receivers you will get a message that this TV does not support 4K content. This is a problem with Direct TV that affects many 4K TVs and they are not addressing this issue. Just wanted to make this known in case you are a Direct TV 4K subscriber. The settings menu is complete, but is not as streamlined as it could be. Scrolling to the options does not change the picture. You have to click on the option to change the picture and then you have to go through the procedure every time you want to change the same setting, so doing an extensive adjustment will be time consuming. The blacks are very good, but the grays can be a little non definitive, which creates problems with HDR. The full array LED diming is not perfect, but much better than side lit LCD displays of similar priced TVs. I saw very little light blooming. It tends to have to have a small amount of vignetting in the corners, but nothing unacceptable. It supports over scanning if you have content that you shot that may not completely fill the screen. Content that is shot with good cameras and in controlled lighting or in good sunlight is visually very good. It does a pretty good job of upscaling 720 and 1080 content to 4K. Not as good as my $3000.00 top end TV will do, but good for the price. It is a 240hz capable TV and does a good job with motion. I saw no haze or ghosting around the club shafts and balls while watching golf. Motion enhancement has several settings, plus a custom setting or you can turn it off. As a note. You have to turn Motion Clearness off if you want to get a bright picture. I am a fussy videophile who won't put up with a poor quality TV display. Although this budget priced Hisense H8F would not be what I would choose for my living room, it is a more than capable TV for our bedroom. My wife thinks it is nicer than the $600.00 TV I had in the bedroom before. If this price range is what your budget dictates, it may be better than a lot of other similarly priced TVs So my 4 star rating is really pretty good considering what I desire in a TV . I try my best to be objective and provide a real life view of the products I review, but do your due diligence researching this Hisense H8F model. You may find that it suits your needs perfectly.
I would recommend this to a friend
Nice 4K TVPosted
So I put this up in place of another Hisense TV (55H7C). Fairly lightweight and easy to hook up . It has 4 HDMI reports an optical port and a couple of USB ports. Nice to have enough You have a couple choice on where to mount the feet if you use the stand. You can mount outer spots or inner placement. Nice option. I hung it on the wall by myself. This was my first Google TV experience, and it went fairly smoothly, however I did encounter a problem when trying to set up through my smart phone. It would not see my Wi-Fi network. So I abandoned that and just set it up via the TV itself. The setup screen shows a microphone on the remote however there was no such button. Instead of a microphone you have a blue green red and yellow dot on a button , that is your microphone button . I will say the colors are better. Flesh tones etc. Nice improvement. Picture Quality: Not superb when I play through my Dish Network. My 1080P Samsung is still much sharper and smoother. However, if you play a Blue Ray or 4K content the picture is fantastic. I think these 4K TV's are just a little ahead of there time still since most broadcast is only 1040 still. Menus operation: You do get a lot of nice menus that allow you the ability to dig in to picture settings, sounds settings etc. The android interface works nicely. All apps seem to work smoothly. The remote has nice shortcuts to Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. Sound is pretty good for this style TV not that I used it much, I simply plugged into home theater system as I suppose most people do. Back to Google TV and Google Play. I downloaded a couple games. Pretty fun. I was able to download an accompanying remote app to use my smart phone as the remote. . Worked smoothly, no delay that I experienced. Bottom Line, Nice 4K Smart TV for the money. HiSense is picking up it's game. I give it a 4 star only due to standard HD picture could be a tad bit better for me...But I would recommend you go view it for yourself at a local Best Buy. . Other than that, Nice TV.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best bang for your buckPosted
The TV market is saturated with many offerings from different brands and Hisense is one of those. Honestly I had never heard of the brand until a few days ago so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this make of television. The Hisense brand is not a household name but do not let that fool you into thinking that this television is anything less than good. I have had the pleasure of using this television for the past few days. I installed it in my bedroom and it looks wonderful. To those who wish to wall mount this the VESA measurements are 300 X 200. It is a lightweight TV at 30lbs. For those who own an Nvidia Shield TV this is a familiar experience because it is Android. setup is a breeze you can set it up on your mobile device and it takes a few minutes. I use an Android device I do not know if using an iPhone makes any kind of a difference. :::Pros & Cons::: Pros: - Android Smart platform - A plethora of streaming services and apps - Plenty of I/O - Thin bezels - Light weight - Metal housing & not plastic for that premium look and finish - ULED panel which is an LED but better quality IMO. Cons: - Weird Vesa mount size 300 X 200 :::I/O::: The H8F has a lot of inputs & ports. It offers the following: - X4 HDMI (1 is ARC) - X1 Component - X1 3.5 MM headphone jack - X1 Digital optical port - X2 USB ports; 1 USB 2.0 & 1 USB 3.0 - RF Antenna jack for cable TV input - X1 Ethernet port - Built in Dual band Wireless NIC - Built in bluetooth (supports headphones & gaming controllers) like Xbox controller or any other controller that has bluetooth. :::Picture & Sound::: :Picture: The Hisense H8F UHD supports motion rate 240, 4K, HDR 10, Dolby Vision (which is better than HDR10) It is slowly becoming the standard and can be found on streaming services like Netflix & Amazon Video. The picture clarity is good and can stand toe to toe with the televisions in its current price range. You will need to change the settings from "Standard" to "Enhanced" in order to enjoy all the features this television has to offer. It took me a while to figure out why my Xbox One X & Playstation 4 wasn't showing HDR10 compability. This was the issue you manually need to enable the features in the settings for each device that is plugged into any of the HDMI ports. Once you have enabled all the features you won'tice the picture clarity. I disabled the motion enhancement because I do not like it. I changed a few other settings and my television looks great. I have Netflix UHD package and didn't realize that HDR & Dolby Vision do make a difference when you are watching TV & movie shows. There is not a whole lot of settings for you to fine tune the picture like you would find on some of the competitors brand but this has plenty. You honestly do not need to make changes to picture settings out of the box. :Sound: You have many options such as Headphones, Bluetooth, Optical, and HDMI. The speakers are alright they are 20 watts and won't provide a theater like experience but it will suffice for most. Me personally I went with a Soundbar with ARC and it was immediately recognized and I didn't have to do anything but change the settings from PCM to Dolby Digital. This Television set also supports Dolby Digital Plus for those who have a high end sound system or soundbar. I was really surprised to find that this TV has bluetooth. I connected my Bluetooth Headphones and it sounds great. I didn't notice any audio delay coming from my Sony soundbar or my Headphones. For those who like simplicity do yourself a favor and get a soundbar with HDMI and use the ARC which is typically HDMI 1. It will allow you to use your main remote to control the volume of your soundbar. The platform is Android TV so there is a lot of smart functionality built in. You have access to a lot of streaming services like Crunchyroll, VRV, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, HBO Steam link, Amazon Prime video is not there but I hear that it may soon become available. :::General Thoughts::: I honestly am surprised with this Hisense TV it is packed with features and options that you do not find on other Television sets unless you were to buy a higher end model. I am no expert on visual fidelity but it looks great, sounds good and won't cost a small fortune. The Hisense H8F will provide the best value for your hard earned money.
I would recommend this to a friend
A LOT of tv for a great pricePosted
Lets start with build. The tv itself is pretty solid for how thin it is. The frame and the stand is made out of metal which gives it a nice premium feel. It has almost no bezel so it fits into tighter areas a lot easier because its mostly just screen. I also like how they give two different configurations for the placement of the stand for us who are not wall mounting it. The remote is fantastic. The button placement and the feel of the clicks as you move around the menus is better than any of the other smart tv remotes I own. I have android tvs from other manufactures and they need to take note here. One thing that sorta annoys me is that there is an orange light that stays on when the TV is in standby mode. Seems like a waste of energy. From the specs you can see it has plenty of hdmi ports and even a composite. It has wireless AC and a network jack if you don't want to go wireless. Also a internal digital tv tuner for over the air which some manufactures seem to leave out these days. TV comes with android tv 8.0 and a pretty recent 2019 security update applied. Hopefully they continue to keep the tv somewhat up to date for the next few years. I am really happy Hisense stuck with android tv. In my opinion its the best smart tv platform out there. There are a ton of apps in the android tv play store and the OS just offers great all around functionality. And because its running android tv it comes with google assistant and Chromecast support built in. To activate google assistant there is a button on the remote and a microphone so its not always listening which is nice. Note that there are a few pre-installed apps which you are not allowed to uninstall. I wish they would allow uninstall of some of these as the tv only comes with 5gb of internal storage and over 1gb is already used out of the box by these apps. You can add external storage but would have been nice if it would have come with a bit more internal space for apps and games. Now to whats important , picture and sound. Honestly I didn't expect too much from a mid-range tv at this price point. But I was pleasantly surprised. I compared it to my high end tv and the colors are pretty close. I think it gets plenty bright as well. It comes defaulted to power saving mode so if you switch this to something else the brightness goes to where I feel it should. There is a lot of advanced configuration tuning as well for both picture and sound which is nice for people like me who strife for better picture and sound. Over the air and cable HD content looked good to me. No complaints. I did a bit of streaming with UHD with HDR and that looked fantastic. Again for this price point I didn't expect this at all. As for sound its not terrible but nor is it great by any means. Typical for any tv these days. I feel like the gap between high end TVs and these mid rangers is getting sooo close. If you are looking for a TV that has a LOT of features and looks great but don't want to spend to much money this is a fantastic deal.
I would recommend this to a friend
Inexpensive Adroid TV with a few flawsPosted
So far this is my third HiSense TV and second 55". I had the 55 H8C prior so I'm familiar with HiSense's "bang for the buck." This unit, or perhaps just mine, has taking a little of the bang out. When I started it up. I saw a few splotchy spots on the screen. I though "why'd they use a dirty background grey image?" After set up was complete I ran some more tests and my screen has blotches all through the center, dark corners and slight yellow tint on the right side. The center blotches look like a checker pattern, almost like some LEDs just aren't as bright as others. Now keep in mind, these are only visible if you're web browsing or looking at white or grey back grounds - I've a HPTC, PS4, and Shield TV hooked up to it. During normal viewing you really don't see the imperfections, but still this wasn't what I'd have expected from HiSense. Just like every other TV on the market they bump the brightness to blind you and turn on that motion smoothing (why won't someone with brains kill this "feature'! @@@@@@@ Turned down sharpness, turned down noise reduction, basically had to turn off all the post processing to get a decent picture. I only did a simple calibration but once I go it set the darks are deep and the bright where I want them. The TV has local dimming and doing a test it shows 7 zones horizontally, and 8 zones vertically. I believe I had turned off local dimming on my old unit and I think I'll be doing the same on this one. While it's kinda nice I just can't stand how slow it activates and deactivates. Maybe I can get used to it so I'll keep it on for now. If you turn on local dimming you can't manually adjust your back-light. You have to disable dimming, change the back-light, and then turn dimming back on. You can use the ambient sensor and it does work well so far. More testing will have to be done to see if I want to disable that too . The H8F comes with Android TV built in. This is a big plus for those you love Android TV - I've used it since the old NSZ-GS7. I'm still mainly HTPC, but as for streaming devices I keep going back to Android (I've tried all the others and have a dozen streaming devices in my closet). The version installed is 8.0.0 (Oreo) so it's relatively up-to-date. Onboard storage is pretty flimsy at only 3.5GB usable. You can put a thumb drive in and use it as adoptable storage (as system storage for apps) so it's easily solved. There is a USB 3.0 port in the back and the thumb drive works fine in it. You can also play videos and view photos via the USB ports (one 2.0 port in the back also). Other specs for the Smart side are 1.5GB RAM and a Mediatek MT5886 processor. Overall the system seem speedy enough, but gaming may not great as long as you stay with lower intensity games - and put in a thumb drive. 3D mark test pulled 3634 with avg 14FPS. The remote is Bluetooth so you don't need line of sight to control the TV. I didn't see this mentioned in the instruction book, but it might be in there. Pushing the Google assistant button guides you through paring the remote. It nice not need LoS, especially during winter when you don't wanna get out of the covers. You can also pair BT headphones and speakers if you need to. There is a headphone jack in the back of the TV, but if you can get lag free BT then go for that option instead. Using the remote and switching to the Shield TV as my input automatically controlled the Shield. No special set up needed. One problem I had/have is that when I turn off everything and switch the receiver and TV back on and switch inputs it kinda goes crazy for a few minutes. It cycles through inputs, switches randomly (or not pattern I've yet seen), until finally it stops. I suppose it's doing an inventory of connected devices before it settles. Big pain to have to go through this each time I start up and hoping a firmware fixes this. Don't know if it's Google's or HiSense's issue. One feature I though that all TV makes should include that HiSense included in this TV is multi-position feet. There are two spots you can choose to install the feet. Outer feet are ~44" apart tip to tip, inner position is 36" apart. Great feature for those who don't mount the TV's. Other than the blotchy screen I'm pretty happy with the H8F. I'd return it for another one if I could hoping to get a clean screen, but it's good enough for me. I'm not an avid TV watcher and only get about 10hrs of watching a week so I don't want to spend thousands on a "nicer" TV. I'm satisfied enough with HiSense that if I had to buy a new TV I'd get another. The other two I've are great so it's possible I just got the black sheep this time, lol. Gonna get 1hr of TV watching before I go to bed. Wish I could have given 4 or 5 stars, but unless others chime in without the same screen issues it's best I can give.
I would recommend this to a friend
Hisense Keeps AdvancingPosted
Around the world, Hisense is the 3rd largest maker of TVs. Hisense TV's in the US are more of a budget buy. This new H8 series TV from Hisense, is trying to change that and move up the ladder. I opened the box of well protected Hisense H8F. The TV is extremely light for a 55 inch. Actually, I was able to take the Hisense H8F out of the box all by myself. I also carried it up the stairs and into the loft. I was really surprised because I would say I am average wingspan and strength. I see this as a positive. TVs made only a couple of years ago were thought to be better if they had some weight to them. Technology has changed that belief. Hisense has done a great job building tech advancements in their TVs recently. But there are some other things that are a little disappointing into the new H8F. Let's see some of the positive/negative features: . Dolby Vision HDR is an essential processing program on the Hisense H8F. TV's at a budget don't have Dolby Vision HDR. Most of higher end 4k TVs do have it. This is incredible process that brings out the best in brightness and darkness. Every picture on screen is maximized to produce the best! You need a 4k player with Dolby Vision and a TV with Dolby Vision as well. I have everything going into my A/V receiver and have Dolby Vision pass through. That is about as a simple you get to set up Dolby Vision. Included is a picture from the H8F playing "MI: Fallout" in 4k with Dolby Vision. The picture captures some of the great aspects from this technology, but you really need to see it in person to truly appreciate it. . As good as the 4k is, and as great as the Dolby Vision is, watching Cable in SD/HD is simply not at that level. The screen has a lot to be desired in Cable. I have had no prior poor experiences through Cable with other 4k and non 4k TVs at all. The edges of people or objects tend to get a little fuzzy at times, the blacks aren't true black and the brightness is somewhat over bearing because the presets don't quite do well with Cable. This was a little disappointing to me, but I don't watch a lot of Cable, so I rely on the Hisense H8F for 4k programming and 4k Bluray movies. I am fine with that decision. . Built in 4K resolution is absolutely amazing on the H8F. With 4k comes 4k upscaling of blurays. Amazing how the picture that is produced from just a Bluray disc looks almost like 4k (not quite 4k, but I don't think most people will be able to tell the difference). The 4k movies are played in 4k with a 4k player. It is almost off the charts as for picture detail and sharpness. I watched "The Great Wall" in 4k which has amazing richness of color. In "Avengers: Infinity War," in 4k, there is so much going on with color saturation, movement and detail, but the Hisense can handle 4k Dolby Vision without any problems (as stated earlier). . 4 High speed HDMI inputs (4 is considered a lot of connections). Connect up to four peripherals like a 4k player, etc. I have my 4k player connected and cable box as well. . There is a Google Assistant built in. Just sign in on your network your TV is on. You can give commands by voice that the Google Assistant will perform. This is especially nice feature most TVs don't have. . I love the super thin bezel. It is almost all TV screen action and programs without the bezel thickness on sides, top and bottom. I would recommend wearing gloves if you have to move your Hisense H8F. It is a great way not to get fingerprints on screen. . The motion rate is 240 Hz for smooth transitions from sports activities or car chases on your H8F. I found this especially helpful while watching the NBA playoffs. . On the Hisense H8F has a feature called ULED. Now this is not OLED/QLED which works organically different to put images on the TV screen. ULED is still LED LCD screen. It works with 64 dimming areas of brightness and darkness to create a picture that sharpens color and contrast area on the screen. It also helps if you have your TV is in a bright room. The screen will adapt to the light and make it visible to see the TV. . 2 USB inputs for camcorders other device that uses USB connections have been added to the Hisense H8F. This is a nice touch to have 2 USB ports. . The Hisense H8F has presets for your TV's screen appearance. Presets like Vivid, Game, Energy Conservation are just a few available for you to choose. Now if you aren't happy with any of the presets you can manually go into picture section and modify settings like sharpness, brightness, Tint and Color to name some categories. This is great because everyone sees somewhat differently. . With its Android TV interface you can stream your favorites shows or movies from a very larger variety. I will be honest, I didn't use this much because I only stream a small number of sites. These sites were already on the remote! Talk about easy to get your streaming going. . I was trying to put the Hisense H8F on a center stand rather than the 2 feet on the bottom. I have to admit it is tough to put on those 2 vertical bars that rest on the center stand part. It just wasn't working and it looked terrible. Part of the fault goes with center stand and some for how there is bow when connecting the vertical bars. I don't have a huge entertainments TV stand. But I thought I would look at putting on the feet and hoping they would go over the edge of the TV stand. I was shocked and happy to see that Hisense has 4 "feet" applications. There are 2 near the edge of the TV and 2 which can sit closer to the center. I put on the 2 feet closest to the center and it worked like magic. What a thoughtful thing to do. I have had Samsungs, Sony, LG and even Sharp TVs that are more expensive and have better picture quality on TV. While the Hisense didn't quite make the upgrade to those brands, it has made some major strides upward and did upgrade from last year's model. Overall I am incredibly happy with the 4k movies and upscale blurays. And of course I am extremely happy about the very affordable Dolby Vision on this Hisense H8F. The only real thing that disappointed me was watching Cable TV on this Hisense H8F. I played around with all the picture settings and just could never get it right. It is not completely impossible to watch TV, it just is not as nice that it could have been. Overall I am going to give the Hisense H8F a 4-star rating because the H8F adjustments just aren't enough for watching Cable TV. The great, is the tech found on higher priced models now available on the H8F including Dolby Vision.
I would recommend this to a friend