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

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 47 reviews

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great features, Ok image and sound

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    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: 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: 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 Product!

    Posted
    CoppinFam
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A LOT of tv for a great price

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    jaybot
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value with loads of features

    Posted
    Reddog
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    Hisense - 55" Class - LED - H8F Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR. This will be my second Hisense TV and so far, the first one has performed very well. Hisense is a common brand and one of the top TV manufactures worldwide. I found this to be a budget friendly TV with a few highlights that make it a excellent entry level choice in its class. The star attraction here is the highly regarded Dolby Vision picture technology. This is very similar to the other common HDR10 standard. This TV supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10 right out of the box. It also has local dimming on the backlighting which gives you even better contrast. HDR content either Dolby Vision or HDR10 has to originate from the start. You can steam HDR Dolby Vision content but don't expect to find it on your local cable stations. To see this TV is all of its possible glory you would need to play an UHD Disk with a UHD Disk player that both supported HDR content in either HDR10 or Dolby Vision. Standard HD content still looks very good on this TV so although you won't have HDR content all the time you can take advantage of it when you do. Generally, the HDR content we will watch will be streamed. For your internet connection you have the choice of the built in wired or wireless connections. I used the wireless and was initially impressed with its performance. As I moved the TV around, I had some streaming issues but overall, I would rate its wireless performance as good. It has two USB ports and one is a USB 3.0 so that is a useful addition. It should provide faster speeds and it can put out a little more power to the connected device. It has a 3.5mm headphone or line out jack which is never a bad thing to have. It also supports sending audio out through one of the HDMI connections with its ARC support. You even get a digital audio out connection which altogether gives you a pretty flexible amount of connection options. And I didn't mention all four HDMI ports are full UHD 60Hz compatible. The TV has its own built in Google Android TV. You can use any other smart TV interface you want. Setup on Android was very quick and both the TV itself and Android TV automatically updated. I ended up with Android 8.0 with a January 2019 security update. I hope the TV continues to receive timely updates and is something to be watching for over time. Although I felt the TV itself was a bland cabinet design there is much more here that I could still talk about and haven't explored. The remote is very comfortable and the controls for the Android TV interface are very well thought out. The remote has some learning capability but something that is missing is good documentation. Expect to go to the Hisense website and download the manual if you want to dig in deeper on what all is here. It even appears each of the picture modes can be adjusted and even calibrated. Maybe not something most would attempt but hints at what is possible. I was even impressed with the audio just from the TV. On a good wireless or wired network, you could set this TV anywhere. Plug it in to an outlet and you're ready for movie night. It is a bit big to be moving around much but it's not a heavy TV either. I will say the license agreement during the first part of the setup was a bit much and I have very mixed feelings about that subject. Still taken on its own this is a very good TV with a ton of truly value adding features that all work together well.

    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

    Nice 4K TV

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    Mukman
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    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

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  • 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good budget priced TV. Deserves consideration.

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    PhotoFrank
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    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

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great TV for the Money

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    Hisense - 55" Class - LED - H8F Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR What do you get when you replace an early-2000's $2000 Sony 41" "dumb" TV with this new $500 Hisense "smart" TV? That's what I did, and the answer is: Lots and lots, including: . A much larger screen for a bolder, richer viewing experience . Higher resolution with full HD and Dolby HDR . Also includes the highly-desirable 4K Ultra High Definition . Android TV with built-in apps . Voice-response via Google Assistant . Better sound with two 10W main channel speakers . Four HDMI inputs for connecting all your HDMI gadgets . Two USB ports for connecting your USB devices . Built-in Bluetooth . Built-in wifi, . Internet access via your existing network using either wifi or the Ethernet port To get up and running as soon as possible, and to make sure I was aware of all of the features of this new TV, I chose to use Best Buy's Geek Squad for the installation. Initially, Geek Squad scheduling let me choose a four-hour appointment window which they narrowed down to a two-hour window the day before the scheduled installation. Finally, on the day of the appointment, Michael, my assigned installer, called to let me know they were on the way. Upon arrival, Michael and Rob proceeded to unbox the TV and go through the installation and setup in a thoroughly professional manner, including connecting the TV to my wifi network and then doing all of the TV updates via the internet. They also did the required scan for all of my available cable channels. They obviously knew what they were doing and had me up and running in a very short time. Whenever a choice of one of the available setup options was needed, Michael explained my choices and then implemented them. Before they left, they made sure they had answered all of my questions. That was a very pleasant experience, and I would highly recommend the Geek Squad choice for anyone who hasn't done an installation like this on their own before. The well-designed remote even includes a button to initiate voice commands for the built-in Google Assistant. Michael from Geek Squad also programmed my old TV remote to make sure that I could choose between the new remote or the old remote that I was already comfortable with. Nice touch. However, when all is said an done, the real enjoyment comes from the remarkable viewing experience you get from both the sheer size and the vivid HD and UHD picture you get on this TV. While there are many more expensive TVs on the market, I think this $500 unit will satisfy most viewers, and that includes me. IMO, it's an excellent choice for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the price

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    computerboy
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    This is an entry-level 4K LED television. It supports HDR in various forms, including Dolby Vision. Getting it out of the box wasn't difficult. I had to do it myself and it's recommended that two persons unpack it, but I was able to do it alone because the television itself wasn't that heavy. I placed it on my bed facing down, on top of a soft comforter and mounted the legs and screwed them in without any trouble. @@@@@@@@ You will need a Philip screw driver. @@@@@@@ The legs can be mounted in the "wide" or "narrow" positions depending on how you will place this on your entertainment table. If it were to be mounted on the wall, then you'd not need the legs in place. I connected this television to a Samsung 4K Blu-ray player. It worked without any trouble but fine-tuning I feel is required. The initial set up will walk you through the Google Android program. I was able to set up my Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon prime accounts easily. It allows you to register, too. The serial number is displayed on the screen when that happens. My Blu-ray player was originally connected to a 75 inch 4K LG television and basically, it sits in front of that bigger one for this testing purpose. There are some settings that I played around. The living room where this set up was tested had a light in the corner of the room to the left but it's blocked with a room divider so there is no direct light shining on the screen. These are the settings that I felt that made the picture "pop." [Picture menu] Backlight: high Contrast: 65 Brightness: 35 [Advanced settings menu] Active contrast: high Color space: auto HDMI 2.0 format standard This television is not the same class as an OLED, and would be very unfair to compare it to one. However, with the settings above, it looks fairly close to it. Black areas of the scene are dark enough (again, in a fairly dark room) and I was pleasantly surprised to think of this as a poor man's OLED. With a dark screen and an object in the middle (a full moon, at night), the rest of the screen was pitch dark. My 75 inch LED LG can't even do that! I think it's due to the fact that there are more backlights (smaller ones) that can be turn off and on on the fly. Basically, out-of-the-box the contrast were too low and with the setting above of 65, it became quite snappy. Fast moving actions look good to me at the default setting. Playing a few 4K Blu-ray movies - they look pretty good. Valerian and Laureline (4k version) looked absolutely beautiful. The illumination is even across the screen when I tested it with a blank screen (created it myself in Blu-ray format. @@@@@@@ No dead pixels - no lines - no blotches were seen. One thing I noted and was able to duplicate was that the Samsung 4K player had the setting of deep color through the HDMI connector. When I set it at automatic, the television worked without any trouble. Otherwise, the screen became corrupted if I set the deep color to its highest setting ("enhanced") - like the good old days when you said a television to a channel that had no signal. The picture was white with spots all over it and the sound was noisy. Think of the scene from the movie Poltergeist when the little girl was sitting in front of the television after it went off the air. This was with HDMI 2.0 format set to standard or enhanced - problem still occurred. But luckily I wasn't able to tell the difference between deep color from automatic to the highest or even when it's turned off, but I was hoping the television would handle this with more grace. It didn't break the television, but when it first happened, I thought it was going to blow up! I played a Criterion Collection movie (Blu-ray format) "Some Like It Hot" (scene of Marilyn Monroe singing "I want to be loved by you." @@@@@@@ And it looked stunning. The sound is not shabby either. I don't like my television too loud, and I turned up the sound and it was perfectly fine. It was clear and I was able to hear it from the end of the room. But if you like it louder, you'd need a sound bar. I moved from side to side to see if I was still able to view the screen clearly, and I was pleased to say that it was clear enough so if this were to be used by a small group of people, everyone will be able to view the screen without any problem. One thing I didn't do is connecting it to a regular antenna. I only watch my movies through the Internet (cable Internet 400 speed) and Netflix, Youtube, Hulu and Amazon Prime looked great. Netflix has many of its own shows in 4K (or HDR, but I have not seen one in both, i.e. 4K HDR), and they all looked fine. This was through the Blu-ray player and viewing with the television with the Blu-ray player off. @@@@@@@@ Hence connected to the Internet/modem router wirelessly. @@@@@@@ Do I recommend this television? For the budget conscious buyers - yes, you won't be unhappy with this if it were your first television.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Android Smart TV at a good price!

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    Kris1973
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Budget 4K TV with Dolby Vision

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Special tv but dark corners

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    Jhoanna
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    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