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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 did not 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 are 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 did not 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 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 haven'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 is not 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 is not 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

    Best bang for your buck

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    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 will notice 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 did not 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 did not 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

    Hisense is moving on up!

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    BestbuyGuy210
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    So, this is my second Hisense TV. My first experience was a hisense h4 I believe. Bought about 2 yrs ago. Entry level. Didn’t like but man has hisense stepped up their game up massively. First I’ll start with the tv design. It is just like the rest. Well built with peg stand legs that can be set to a wide stance(for wide tv stands) or connected closer together for smaller stands. Very smart on hisense for this as I have a smallish tv stand in my bedroom. Now on to what we all care about, the picture quality. This is not a one answer response. See I could say the picture quality is out of this world(which it is)*. But you are getting different experiences with 1080p-4K-4K HDR AND 4K DolbyVision. So I have to say while viewing 1080p this tv is good at best. At least in my experience. The picture seems grainy and pixelated. May be due to upscaling. But not the end of the world because watching 4K is great. Watching 4K Dolby Vision and hdr is AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! It’s really night and day (see pics). I tested on Netflix FYI. Brightness is very solid and darks are great. Very even backlighting as well. Local dimming helps out a bit. This has a very good panel for this price point. Now the sound is good not great. But that’s almost every tv at any price point. I use a sound bar anyhow. Android tv/OS is pretty cool. First timer here. I like that you can play android games on the tv, although it will eat up storage and I don’t have much time to play. But Cool extra. The remote I love. They took it back to the days when tv remotes had the dedicated Netflix button but now with YouTube, google play and vudu which is dead. I would have selected Hulu. But it’s fine. WiFi signal seems good. No drops thus far. Quick load times. Chromecast is built in.i only use that feature to push my YouTube videos from my phone to the big screen. In all honesty this has to be one of the best priced TVs on the market for what you get. Good luck. You won’t regret this budget mid level tv.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 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

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    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 Future Proof TV

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    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 would 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

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    the MOST bang for every 4k buck even at higher $$$

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    WhiskeyTango
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    Hisense 2019 55H8F (HAT4KDTV) 4.8/5 *-s The 2019 H8F (aka HAT4KDTV) is Hisense's "entry level" 4k ULED SmartTV which runs on AndroidTV 8.0(Oreo). For all the disrespect heaped on Hisense in previous years, some of it well earned, don't dismiss Hisense or the H8F in 2019 based on "entry 4k" positioning, relative to the higher tiered 2019 Hisense (H9F and U9F) models or the low SRP. (The "entry" H8F easily bests Hisense's 2018 flagship model H9E+.) Hisense is not only delivering the most bang for every 4k SmartTV buck in 2019, it rivals, if not outperforms the competition that's charging 2-3 times as much (while those other makers sometimes deliver significantly fewer features and less performance for their premium prices). Each 2019 Hisense ULED 4k SmartTV is a unique combination of a truly innovative VA LED panel (design and manufacturing process), a customized MediaTek System-on-Chip (SoC), a dedicated multi-core ARM GPU, all wedded to a panel-specific Hi-View Picture Quality (PQ) engine that drives each model/unit to outstanding levels of picture quality, not just "for the price." That matrix combines to create Hisense's "ULED," where every pixel, in every scene, in every frame is being fully leveraged. This review of the 55" H8F/HAT4KDTV will be extended in detailed Comments that I will append to this review stub. What follows are the major subjects that will be addressed in detail: MediaTek MT5886 SoC, ARM Mali-450MP GPU Hisense ULED VA panel technology Dolby Vision and HDR10 Upscaling 1080 SDR to 4k HDR "Enhanced Viewing"/Automatic Content Recognition (cloud-based Picture/Audio Mode AI) Dolby ATMOS, H8F audio DAC & internal speakers OTA DigitalTV google Assistant & Amazon Alexa AndroidTV issues (8.0/Oreo) H8F moire and no moire 7 reasons not to buy an H8F... (I will not be addressing dimensions, weight, stand leg spacing, wall mounting or physical ports inventory. Hisense isn't beng coy about any of those details.) To summarize, in advance of all the pending details, I highly endorse the 2019 H8F/HAT4KDTV, not only as an "entry level" 4k WCG, HDR10, Dolby Vision and ATMOS-passthrough SmartTV, but also as a most bang-for-the-buck 4k buy. The seven reasons not to buy are not at all exclusive to the H8F. They also apply to a large swath of the competition, even at higher price points. So, should any of those seven caveats apply to you, you will need to look hard and pay substantially more to best the H8F. Continue your own research, then decide for your self. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent value for the $$

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    bd43274
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    The good: - Picture quality - While it may not compete with the feature set and picture quality of the high end OLED sets, I don't think it's necessarily meant to. For what it is, it's got a really nice and sharp picture. - Local dimming - This is a big one for me - FALD. No edge bleed here, and blacks are inky black. I can't say it enough; in this price range, *very* nice to have. - HDR - Also nice to have, especially when you're watching UHD content. The two technologies kind of need to go hand and hand at this point. - HDMI inputs, including ARC - 4 HDMI inputs, one of which sends audio out to either a receiver or soundbar. - Design - I wouldn't consider this TV flashy, nor would I call it mundane. Personally, I feel like the important part of the TV is the picture, not so much the plastic shell. That being said, the bezel design is super minimal, with a slight "chin" on the lower edge. To me this gives a bit of a premium feel to it. The bad: - Processing speed - The only thing that I found issue with, and this is being really nit picky, is the speed of the internal processor. It can stream 1080p and 4k content with no problem from a variety of sources, which of course is nice. My issue was particularly with an application called Plex. I rip my 4k blurays to a server and stream them via Plex, instead of using a bluray player. Granted, probably not many actually do this, so it's certainly not a huge market to go after. And at this price point I certainly wouldn't expect the fastest internal CPU. In any case, the point is that Plex can't play my 4k rips without skipping and stuttering. Not a deal breaker by any means. Moving around the internal menus and Android TV wasn't blazing fast either, but not exactly slow enough to have issue with. Misc: - Motion Rate 240 - I'm not personally a huge fan of smooth motion technology myself. It gives everything the "soap opera" effect. Some people may like it, some people not so much. - Android TV - Again, not for everyone but does have its strengths. Overall: At this MSRP, it's tough to give this TV anything other than 5 stars. In terms of "budget" televisions, you're getting an awful lot of bang for the buck. No, it's not perfect, but you are certainly getting your money's worth and then some.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great TV for the Money

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    BogleheadsGuide
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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product!

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    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

    Affordable Quality 4K TV!

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    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

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice TV

    Posted
    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

    Wow!

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    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

    Great picture, good sound. Nice value!

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    rjl786
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing TV For Great Price

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    MemphisMadeMe26
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    I originally purchased the TCL 6 Series after reading amazing reviews on it. I was VERY disappointed in that TV. Plus the one that I bought was a lemon. It kept shutting off by itself! So I returned the TCL and did a bit more research on best budget TV's. After scouring many tech sites, I decided to give this Hisense H8F a shot. I have zero regrets about buying this TV! The frame is super thin, giving the TV a sort of elegant look. Picture quality is nothing short of great. This TV required very little calibration right of the box, which was surprising. Black levels are deep. Whites are bright. Colors are vibrant. HDR and Dolby Vision content can look quite amazing as well, but that depends on the source on which you're viewing. I personally am using an Xbox ONE X. If you want great picture quality, but don't want to pay OLED or QLED money, you really can't go wrong with the Hisense H8F.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent TV with great features

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    Jeff
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    This is probably all the TV anyone needs, and at a fantastic price. Think of a feature that a TV could have, and this one has it. Key at this low price are 64 zone local dimming, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and wide color gamut. It is ready for the foreseeable future. The sound is typical for a TV these days, nothing much to say about that however one feature I haven't seen before is an equalizer to adjust the frequency balance of the sound. Get a sound bar and you are good to go. For a LCD screen, this TV has an extremely wide field of view. There is virtually no falloff of screen brightness or color balance as you move from side to side or up and down. Probably the best I have seen except for plasma or OLED, and it's not really far off from those. In addition having 4 high-speed 4k HDMI ports is awesome. Plus wired Ethernet along with WiFi. This is my second HiSense TV and in my opinion they provide great value for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend