In a few years we have seen how Hisense has risen to the top spots of brands that market entry-level TVs, and beyond just staying there, it has managed to shift the good value for money to high-end models.
This is the case of the new model that we had the opportunity to test, the Hisense ULED U8QF which uses a panel with Quantum Dot LED technology to guarantee high fidelity in the reproduction of the full range of colors, with 90% of DCI-P3.
Let’s see what this new model brings to an already saturated market where the average buyer is looking for a team that responds with quality when playing video content on diffusion, tune in to digital channels or even play games with a connected console.
Quality design and construction
The analyzed model corresponds to the 65 inch H65, although you can also buy it in 55 inch (H55). In both cases, we see in the lower part of its facade, a speaker area in the form of a sound bar that fits into the TV screen.
These models are compatible with Dolby Atmos, which is why it is important for the brand to complement good picture quality with sound to match. That way, if you don’t want to spend the extra money, the TV gives you enough quality as standard.
The sound of the U8QF has the signature of the prestigious brand JBL which integrates under an acoustic fabric cover, two speakers of 20 W each. We’ll talk about its quality later, but it gives TV extra sound power.
Typically the system is heavy (25kg with base), so Hisense is committed to providing a strong and cohesive V-bracket system that allows you to easily orient the viewing angle effortlessly, and at the same time , that the TV is resting firmly on a level surface.
You won’t much appreciate the bezels on its front face, although it obviously has some, but the screen glass is very well hidden, which aesthetically suggests you’re in front of a high-end TV.
The thickness is not one of its strong points compared to other models on the market which strive to be light if you think of fixing them to the wall. The arrangement of an array of LED lights that project onto the panel prevents the thickness from being less.
However, you will find that the connectors are arranged in such a way that you can hang the TV with the 400 x 400 Vesa and continue to use them without problems, making them easy to access.
We also want to showcase the gutter that runs along its back to efficiently manage the connection of cables, including the power outlet, with a plastic cover to channel them and direct them to the base of the TV.
For remote control purposes, let’s say it’s compact and with direct access to video streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube or Rakuten TV. Support for Alexa voice assistant helps when searching for content.
Specifications and Features
Speaking of connections, this model has four HDMI inputs enabled for 4K signal (version 2.0) supporting 4K quality at 60 fps, ARC connectors, two USB ports, one optical digital audio output, one composite video output, the CI slot and the Two RF connectors.
The Ethernet port is offered to support the planned Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, an expected supplement that you will likely use to relieve the overload on your home Wi-Fi network.
Overall, the TV’s ergonomics are pretty good, and it won’t take much time for you to get used to the Hisense patented VIDAA U4 operating system interface if it turns out to be your first. Smart TV model of the brand arriving at your home.
Essentially, a bottom horizontal bar gives direct access to the main high-level service apps, as well as the ones you usually use the most, so the system learns and offers recommendations on your liking.
Image and sound quality
The brand has the lower performing model U7QF / U71QF, with small differences based on offering a refresh rate of 60Hz (compared to the 120Hz of the U8QF) and peak brightness of 700 nits, instead of 1000 nits. that reaches the analysis here.
The U8QF panel incorporates a 180-zone FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) system with which the lighting system is better controlled, preventing light from diffusing throughout the panel and achieving brighter blacks.
TV performance is its strong point. The images are distinguished by obtaining vivid colors, thanks to a very wide color gamut panel and a medium-high image level. Presets cover Standard, Cinema, Cinema Night, Dynamic, Sports, and Games.
The envisioned “game mode” improves the player experience by reducing possible delays. The brand claims it can be reduced to just 16 milliseconds, which is a far cry from the millisecond offered by the best gaming monitors on the market.
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Another weak point associated with game mode is detected when checking that the HDMI connections are not 2.1, with which the new wave of desktop consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X find themselves without the promised improvements associated with 120 fps. .
But obviously the important thing here is that there is support for Dolby Vision (which favors the use of services like Netflix), HDR10 + compatible with Prime Video, HDR10 and HLG standard transmission, with which all possibilities are covered .
Based on our testing hours, to display most of the content, we recommend that you follow the standard display preset, with a careful balance of brightness, contrast, and color saturation.
The “ Sport and Dynamic ” modes can be used in a timely manner, but you’ll soon find that they go out of their way to showcase colors, showing blues and greens beyond their most natural value. “Cinema Mode” in a dark room also works very well.
Managing moving scenes with Ultra Smooth Motion (USM) processing is efficient. Using standard MEMC (Motion Estimation and Compensation) processing, we get the screen to maintain clarity when viewing sports.
As we have already expected, the set has a 20W stereo sound system with Dolby Atmos support. It seems clear that with the size of the bar it is possible to emulate a kind of sound immersion, but it improves the audio in any situation.
In fact, without the Dolby Atmos switch on, the sound sounds a bit hollow, like it’s coming from a funnel. When activated, everything changes for the better and the clarity of the dialogue improves dramatically.
The Hisense ULED U8QF You can find it from the chain of stores and official distributors for the suggested price of 1355 $.
Now, if you can do without some specs (including the front soundbar), the Hisense ULED U7QF 55 inch is currently priced at $ 558.23 on Amazon. It’s another great choice with HDR 10+ support.
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With Quantum Dot color, solid HDR performance, and support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos whatever the situation, the Hisense U8QF TV is a display that will bring you great quality at a great price.
Its maximum HDR brightness levels of 1000 nits are something to rate very positively, compared to what we’re used to seeing 700 nits or even less in TVs in its class.
There are a few considerations for improvement regarding your Hisense VIDAA U4 platform, as we would like to see more apps supported, especially if you have cable TV or dedicated services.
However, when it comes to evaluating value for money, we find that few competitors can offer the same as Hisense, with a pure color display and a large number of display modes to suit every situation.
- Size 55 and 65 inches
- Tecnología ULED Quantum Dot
- FALD backlight with 180 zones
- 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels
- 16: 9 aspect ratio
- Image processor: Hi-View Pro Engine
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 8 bit panel + FRC con gama color 90% DCI-P3
- Maximum brightness of 1000 nit
- 20W Dolby Atmos 2.0 sound with JBL speakers
- VIDAA U 4.0 operating system
- Alexa voice assistant remote control
- Connectors; 4 HDMI 2.0, 3 USB 2.0, optical, LAN, mini-jack and RF
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DLNA support
- Dimensions 1450 x 940 x 378 mm with stand
- Weight of 27.3 Kg