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Hisense - 55" Class - LED - H8F Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 56 reviews

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    55 in TV

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    jbsquare
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    Quality of picture very good for lower cost.Hisense - 55" Class - LED - H8F Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tv

    Posted
    Steve
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    The picture quality is really good and I'm happy with it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous picture!

    Posted
    Chris
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great picture, good sound. Nice value!

    Posted
    rjl786
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    First off, the picture on this Hisense TV is excellent, especially at this price. The picture is clear edge-to-edge, and the minimal bezel makes for an immersive experience. No apparent bleed at the edges. Blacks are deep and colors vibrant. Sound is average, but acceptable for a smaller room. We attached a Denon sound bar and it works well with this TV. Besides the usual HDMI jacks, this TV has the old style RCA inputs, which is great for older game consoles and camera. Thanks for including that! The TV is powered by Android, so apps come from the Google Play store. Most common premium channel apps are available, but no Amazon Prime for some reason. :( You can control the TV using the Android TV app on your phone. You can also cast to the TV from many apps (but if you are a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, most premium channel apps won't work and casting doesn't work from the Xfinity Stream app either). The TV is fairly responsive to commands on the remote, with some lag. I could not get Google Voice to work on the command line, however. It activates and deactivates too quickly. This TV is an excellent value. Great pic, lots of connectivity options, and an easy-to-use interface. Great choice!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good picture

    Posted
    tken106
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    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

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great TV for the price.

    Posted
    Steve
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    After doing some research I decided to go with the Hisence 55" H8F. I am not disappointed. The TV is beautiful looking and the picture quality is great. My experience with Best Buy were smooth and painless!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good TV at a decent price

    Posted
    FutureP
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable Quality 4K TV!

    Posted
    Quincy0980
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed

    Posted
    mikeheel
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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's got issues and not 100% PlayStore

    Posted
    Steve
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    So I was very excited to buy an android TV...until I got it home. The Play Store is not as extensive as you'd find on phone. Example: There is NO Spectrum TV App on the Hisense version of GPS. . but it's available on Samsung phone. This for me is an issue. Picture quality is good when watching 4k content from my Amazon FireTV...but the upscaling of standard TV (even the HD channels 1080p) from me cable box...it's almost unwatchable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Competition, High Stakes, HiSense

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    Turbolence
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great features, Ok image and sound

    Posted
    Kadete
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice size TV with lots of extras

    Posted
    Kat777
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    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

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bang for your buck

    Posted
    Johnnyboy84
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Budget 4K TV with Dolby Vision

    Posted
    Wishkid
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Future Proof TV

    Posted
    PG460
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    Posted
    Mlmpep
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    Recently we replaced our old TV with this new Hisense 55" 4K model and the first words that come to mind to describe the difference between the old and the new is WOW! Everything about owning this TV is a joy. It arrived well packed & was extremely easy to set up & program. Took less than 30 minutes. The picture quality is second to none. Even watching my old favorites like Andy Griffin in black & white look better than ever before. You'll watch TV & notice things that prior to owning this TV you just took for granted. Check out your favorite sports, like soccer or baseball, and you'll see the game clearer than ever. If you enjoy nature or animals, check out the channel Animal Planet. You'll almost believe the animals are there in the room with you. The only negative comment I can make is that the power cord is way too short. If you sit the TV on a stand or console there's just not enough length to reach a outlet unless it is within 3 feet of the rear of the TV. So, if your in the market for a new TV, there's no way you can go wrong with this model. You, your family & friends will think you spent hundreds of dollars more for this TV than what you actually spent, but I'll never tell them differently.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice TV

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    niteryder
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    This is my second Hisense TV, this one is my favorite of the two. I also have another brand smart TV which I really liked until I got this one. I am not a tech expert so I am just going to discuss what I like about this TV. First off set up was easy, as it should be. Now this is my first Android Smart TV and I have to say I am impressed. I was able to easily get all my content viewable just by signing into my Google account. All my saved movies and TV shows, and all my Google Play music was there and instantly accessible. After getting this portion set up I plugged in my Fire Stick and connected my Direct TV box and again I was instantly watching that content. Next, the picture and sound. The picture is really nice, deep rich colors and no issues with watching sports, smooth streaming. The sound is good but not great. I tried several of the available settings and was able to get pretty decent sound but not the deep bass and clear high tones. But this was easily remidied with an external speaker and the sound was awesome. I would highly recommend this TV for anyone who is looking for a big screen at an affordable price. I am very happy with this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall, just not great

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    BradleyFl
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    Hisense - 55" Class - LED - H8F Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR The 55" Hisense LED 4K UHD TV with HDR is a good looking TV but the Display and sound have their limits. The sound is the worst, this can be said of almost all new flat screen TV's. No one seem to put more than just a few dollars into the speakers. This one is no different, it has the distinct sound of a 1970's AM radio. Tinny and void of anything like bass. The picture holds it's own up to TV's much more expensive but falls short while displaying a solid grey image. This is a color that only the highest end of the flat screens seems to be able to do. On the Hisense greys are displayed as grey with hot and cold spot. The center of the screen is dark, the left side has vertical banding and all 4 corners have dark wedges bleeding into the picture. There are also several blotchy spots. Let me be clear on this, unless your watching a solid grey image you wont notice any of this. The colors are clean, clear, and vibrant. With a 1080P input the TV delivers a beautiful clean picture with all the color depth you could ever want. When a 4K input is selected you may need to push the picture mode up to Vibrant to get the color depth, but it does deliver. Vibrant is overly pushy with 1080P but at 4K you'll need it. Gaming at 4K is clean and not spotty at all. Colors are deep and clean with a fluid movement to game play, however I was unable to get the same results with just supplying a computer HDMI input at any resolution. Mouse movements were jumpy and videos seemed to be a little on the choppy side. This was only seen when a computer was used as an input. I don't think this was meant to be used as a monitor on a computer at any time. The TV has "adjustable" feet. They can either be out at the edge of the screen or in about 5 inches. This must be for placing it on an existing entertainment center. I would suggest investing in a proper wall mount. Having a movable wall mount will allow access to all connections. Without a wall mount and just setting it on it's feet I would highly suggest a child safety cable be attached to the back of the TV and then to the wall. This will prevent the TV from accidentally being pulled over. The TV has Google assistant built in. In my case this was not something I wanted but most all newer TV's are coming with this in one form or another. Talking to my TV is not something I want to do, however if my hands were to be unusable, for what ever reason, I could see this as an advantage. To only press 1 button and then just talk to it. I don't need to go over all the inputs as you'll no doubt be looking that up before you get to reading reviews. Suffice to say it has pretty much all inputs covered. Unlike last years model, this year all 4 HDMI inputs are 4K @60Hz. It does some up-scaling to 4K @240Hz no matter what input you supply it. Again, this is done by almost all TV's now. Only HDMI #1 supports ARC. It's USB ports are slightly different in that only 1 of them seems capable of reading a USB drive. The other seems to be used to power an add on Fire Stick or whatever your plugging in. The strange thing I did notice was that even though I put it on my network it had no updates to do, until I gave it a 4K input. Then it had updates to do that took about 5 minutes. The updates went fine, and everything worked as it should. So it seems that it only looks for updates that apply to what it's hooked to. I'm only giving it 4 stars because at this price point ($500.00) it should sound a little better and it should be able to display greys slightly better. Knock $100 off and it's a 5 star TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great set for the price!

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    DonMc
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    The first thing I liked about the Hisense 4K UHD Smart TV was how incredibly easy it was to set up. The TV asked me to enter my Google account via my smartphone to expedite the setup process. By taking advantage of this feature, the TV connected itself to my WIFi without having to enter any information on the TV itself. Also, some of my apps had my information transferred so I didn't have to go to each and every app to sign in again. Netflix and Google were up and ready to go. You are also given the opportunity to register your TV by simply choosing 'Yes' when asked. Even though this is a smart TV, I still opted to use my Roku Stick and My Amazon Fire Cube. @@@@@@@@ the TV remote worked flawlessly with my FireCube, eliminating the need to switch remotes) Fortunately, this TV provides four HDMI ports. When I use the input button on the remote, the HDMI options are displayed, and the HDMI ports with my devices plugged in display the actual name of the device. Rather than seeing the usual HDMI 1, the display shows 'Fire TV Cube'; HDMI 2 reads ROKU (you are also given the option to name them yourself, nice! @@@@@@@ The TV has a very thin bezel, which takes full advantage of the screen size. Speaking of the screen, this one is a beauty! While I was underwhelmed with the quality of the 4K Amazon Fire Cube, the picture was stunning when watching a Blu-Ray movie. For the price point, this is an outstanding unit! Highly recommended! Pros: Very easy setup via your Google account. Four HDMI ports No need to activate certain apps Nice image quality; especially with Blu-ray Decent price point Versatile, intuitive remote control Cons: - Quality didn't stack up to the higher priced 4K sets (but at this price point, I can live with it @@@@@@@

    I would recommend this to a friend