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Inexpensive Adroid TV with a few flawsPosted
So far this is my third HiSense TV and second 55". I had the 55 H8C prior so I'm familiar with HiSense's "bang for the buck." This unit, or perhaps just mine, has taking a little of the bang out. When I started it up. I saw a few splotchy spots on the screen. I though "why'd they use a dirty background grey image?" After set up was complete I ran some more tests and my screen has blotches all through the center, dark corners and slight yellow tint on the right side. The center blotches look like a checker pattern, almost like some LEDs just aren't as bright as others. Now keep in mind, these are only visible if you're web browsing or looking at white or grey back grounds - I have a HPTC, PS4, and Shield TV hooked up to it. During normal viewing you really don't see the imperfections, but still this wasn't what I'd have expected from HiSense. Just like every other TV on the market they bump the brightness to blind you and turn on that motion smoothing (why won't someone with brains kill this "feature'!) Turned down sharpness, turned down noise reduction, basically had to turn off all the post processing to get a decent picture. I only did a simple calibration but once I go it set the darks are deep and the bright where I want them. The TV has local dimming and doing a test it shows 7 zones horizontally, and 8 zones vertically. I believe I had turned off local dimming on my old unit and I think I'll be doing the same on this one. While it's kinda nice I just can't stand how slow it activates and deactivates. Maybe I can get used to it so I'll keep it on for now. If you turn on local dimming you can't manually adjust your back-light. You have to disable dimming, change the back-light, and then turn dimming back on. You can use the ambient sensor and it does work well so far. More testing will have to be done to see if I want to disable that too . The H8F comes with Android TV built in. This is a big plus for those you love Android TV - I've used it since the old NSZ-GS7. I'm still mainly HTPC, but as for streaming devices I keep going back to Android (I've tried all the others and have a dozen streaming devices in my closet). The version installed is 8.0.0 (Oreo) so it's relatively up-to-date. Onboard storage is pretty flimsy at only 3.5GB usable. You can put a thumb drive in and use it as adoptable storage (as system storage for apps) so it's easily solved. There is a USB 3.0 port in the back and the thumb drive works fine in it. You can also play videos and view photos via the USB ports (one 2.0 port in the back also). Other specs for the Smart side are 1.5GB RAM and a Mediatek MT5886 processor. Overall the system seem speedy enough, but gaming may not great as long as you stay with lower intensity games - and put in a thumb drive. 3D mark test pulled 3634 with avg 14FPS. The remote is Bluetooth so you don't need line of sight to control the TV. I didn't see this mentioned in the instruction book, but it might be in there. Pushing the Google assistant button guides you through paring the remote. It nice not need LoS, especially during winter when you don't wanna get out of the covers. You can also pair BT headphones and speakers if you need to. There is a headphone jack in the back of the TV, but if you can get lag free BT then go for that option instead. Using the remote and switching to the Shield TV as my input automatically controlled the Shield. No special set up needed. One problem I had/have is that when I turn off everything and switch the receiver and TV back on and switch inputs it kinda goes crazy for a few minutes. It cycles through inputs, switches randomly (or not pattern I've yet seen), until finally it stops. I suppose it's doing an inventory of connected devices before it settles. Big pain to have to go through this each time I start up and hoping a firmware fixes this. Don't know if it's Google's or HiSense's issue. One feature I though that all TV makes should include that HiSense included in this TV is multi-position feet. There are two spots you can choose to install the feet. Outer feet are ~44" apart tip to tip, inner position is 36" apart. Great feature for those who don't mount the TV's. Other than the blotchy screen I'm pretty happy with the H8F. I'd return it for another one if I could hoping to get a clean screen, but it's good enough for me. I'm not an avid TV watcher and only get about 10hrs of watching a week so I don't want to spend thousands on a "nicer" TV. I'm satisfied enough with HiSense that if I had to buy a new TV I'd get another. The other two I have are great so it's possible I just got the black sheep this time, lol. Gonna get 1hr of TV watching before I go to bed. Wish I could have given 4 or 5 stars, but unless others chime in without the same screen issues it's best I can give.
I would recommend this to a friend
I got my H8F last week. The google set up was simple and quick. I also have a sound bar and I normally connect it using a optical card. When I tried to hook it up the TV would not recognize the optical hookup. This was a pain point for me in the set up process. So I found a old HDMI cord and hooked it up using the ARC connection. While not my preferred method it worked well. I am just glad I had a soundbar that had a HDMI hook up and I had a extra cord. The colors are nice for a LCD 4K TV. LCD tv’s often have a hard time getting the darks dark because of the panels backlight. OLED or LED TV’s are localized dimming and will have deeper darks. This TV seems to have found a nice balance or solve for this with darks looking dark. The HDR offers much better color range than my older non-HDR 4K tv. When I use the Netflix google tv app the images look a little fuzzy. This might be that the app navigation is not upscaling well but once I pick 4K content the fuzziness goes away. If you are in the market for a reasonable TV this would be a alright option.
I would recommend this to a friend
It's got issues and not 100% PlayStorePosted
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 is 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