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Nice size TV with lots of extrasPosted
This is my first "smart TV" and Android TV experience. The picture is very clear. The sound is a big upgrade compared to my old TV. The size is great for the living room. Setup was very easy as well as adding our gaming system. I love being able to control everything with one remote and still being able to use Netflix and streaming services as we don't subscribe to cable at all. The only issue we've had so far is the brightness seems to flicker while using our gaming system only. In general this is a great TV for people who use streaming services and want to simplify how they access those services. The thin bezel is a nice look and I would recommend to anyone looking for a first smart TV.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent TV with great featuresPosted
This is probably all the TV anyone needs, and at a fantastic price. Think of a feature that a TV could have, and this one has it. Key at this low price are 64 zone local dimming, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and wide color gamut. It is ready for the foreseeable future. The sound is typical for a TV these days, nothing much to say about that however one feature I haven't seen before is an equalizer to adjust the frequency balance of the sound. Get a sound bar and you are good to go. For a LCD screen, this TV has an extremely wide field of view. There is virtually no falloff of screen brightness or color balance as you move from side to side or up and down. Probably the best I have seen except for plasma or OLED, and it's not really far off from those. In addition having 4 high-speed 4k HDMI ports is awesome. Plus wired Ethernet along with WiFi. This is my second HiSense TV and in my opinion they provide great value for the money.
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
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
Special tv but dark cornersPosted
I bought the 55 inch. Comparing this to my primary tv, an LG OLED B7, I've to say this tv produces rich vibrant colors that are on par with my OLED. What I mean by vibrant colors is that you can crank up the color really high and the tv will get you that saturated color that really pops. For example the color red will look firetruck red instead of plain red. On some budget tv's you wont get vibrant colors even if you crank up the color. I cannot remember my four year old samsung which was $750 at the time much less my premium 10 year old $2300 samsung having colors pop like what this tv produces. And this tv is $500 mind you! The build quality is superb for a budget tv. I was surprised when I took out the tv from the box and felt the back of the tv. The tv gave the familiar cold feeling on my hand meaning the tv is made of metal! I'm amazed by that because I was expecting it to be made of plastic because the price was cheap. And the looks of the tv when I looked at it closely? The tv has an OLED look to it. Seems Hisense made an effort to make this tv stand out by having a slimed down attractive frame. The glass goes all the way to the edges which in my opinion for such low price they didn't need to do but they did and that's awesome in my opinion. My last budget Samsung tv was more expensive than this and was all plastic. The front glass is glossier than Ive seen on budgets tv's and the surface doesn't show any warps. The glass warp that I see under store lights on those budget tv's and on some premium tv's too. They just look look cheap to me. If the glass it's glossier that means that light from the LCD panel passes much more cleanly. The glossiness is not like an OLED but the glossiness is close. Picture quality I mentioned this tv produces rich vibrant colors on par with my OLED in my opinion. The OLED is a different beast because each pixel lights up independently so images wont look the same but the overall look of the way the color is produced on the Hisense is similar in my opinion. Dark corners. The only thing that totally kills it with this tv is the dark corners. Yes, this tv has dark corners. I read reviews about this but didnt think it was severe. I was thinking it was going to be like what's commonly found on most budget tv's. Maybe a little dark but not so much that it's distracting. And this tv has very dark corners making it distracting to me. If you are watching a scene where its a solid color like white, blue, lite gray etc you will see the flaw with this tv. I've read its not easy to get corners to look even when designing tv's. The light has to go to the corners and when it doesn't and it's noticeable you messed up. I'm willing to bet some people will return this tv just do to the dark corners. Yes even if its a budget tv. But hey if you know nothing about tv's or don't know whats good, you might not notice it. But they pretty much got everything right with the tv but the dark corners seriously? If you are going to be using this as dome kind of computer monitor you probably will care. Sound is ok. Don't expect a tv to give you what an appropriate sound system will give you. It sounds and that's all that matters. The tv gets loud which is good and there is a fair amount of bass. The sharpening setting is really bad. Right out of the box by default the setting for sharpness is at 10. Hisense really has their sharpness algorithm all messed up because a setting of 4 or 5 gives you a ridiculous ugly texture that rather than enhance edges enhances everything at once a freckle will look like sand paper. Grass will look like sand paper. Background bokeh will look like sand paper. Sand paper like the thickest sand paper you can get with rocks at the hardware store. My suggestion is to set it to 0 zero. Or if you want maybe 1 or 2. But it literally doesn't sharpen the image like you think. Not like other tv's I've seen do it. Sand paper like rocks remember that. It will ruin the picture. Maybe a firmware update might fix it because the tv really does need one. Doubt they will provide firmware with a better sharpening setting though. When I first turned on the tv I thought the motion of the tv was kinda weird looking. This is while motion enhancement was turned off. There was a kind of ghosting of the images or some kind of lag/stutter when panning in movies for example. I don't know how to explain it. I don't know if I got used to it or maybe it's something to do with the processor when I was fooling around with the setting in the menu. Like when you open the menu and play with the motion settings the processor will produce a lag of some kind as it processes your request. Now that I'm seeing it I don't see anything wrong. Maybe I think it was the ridiculous sharpening in combination with the soap opera effect tv manufactures like to leave their default settings from the factory all the time. Brightness. One of the reasons I decided to but this particular model was do to the advertised 700 nits which some reviewers have measured it in actuality at 600 nits or so. Most budget tv's will barely reach 300 nits of brightness. Seems as bright as my OLED minus the auto brightness limiter that my OLED has which is horrible. I like big fat white screens and this Hisense me produces a satisfying full white screen. Remote build quality is good. The clicks on the buttons are ok with me and it doesn't seem cheap to me at all. I think this tv is an excellent choice when it comes a budget secondary tv. The style of the tv in combination with the rich vibrant colors and the over all build quality of the tv makes it a good choice. Longevity is to be seen. Remember tv's come with 1 year warranty. For this tv since it's not a well known brand I would recommend paying for some kind of extended warranty. If this were a Samsung or LG etc no problem no extended warranty needed. But I've read not so good things about this brand. Now with these new tv's I don't know maybe the manufacture upped their quality control I don't know time will tell. I've read they have gotten their act together now because they are trying to get into the USA market.
No, I would not 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