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Hisense H8G Quantum Series Review (65H8G)

Hisense H8G Quantum is a 4K exotic at a low price

OUR DETERMINATION

The Hisense H8G Quantum Series does a lot of things at a price that will make you wonder why you even consider “premium” TVs. Overall, this is a high-quality, affordable television and we highly recommend using it.

FOR
Bright, colorful at affordable prices
Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR
Easy-to-use operating system

AGAINST
Slightly bland design
Android TV can run a bit slowly
The remote control can use some work

Special premium TELEVISION with every imaginable feature comes with a price. You can name Samsung, Sony, and LG – they all make great TVs – but you might not want to mention how much you paid.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Hisense H8G series TV.

Hisense’s new line of smart TVs has all the features of other brands without a high price. You can argue about the better of OLED than ULED all day, but in the end, the main decision when considering Hisense H8G Quantum is whether you want features like 8K, HDMI 2.1, and eARC or you can live with a stunning screen without next-generation features.

Priced at just $700 for the 65-inch version of the Hisense H8G, this is a superior value, easy-to-find and use apps, very handy Google Assistant support, and specifications comparable to much more expensive models. This is what it is like to use one.

Price and availability

The Hisense Quantum series was available on April 8 in four sizes: 50 inches, 55 inches, 65 inches, and 75 inches. The model we tested was 65 inches for $700, but 50 inches cost $400, 55 inches was $500 and 75 inches was $1,400.

Deciding between all that is not easy since the price rises to 75 inches is quite profound, but the settlement for 50 inches or 55 inches today may feel a little limited. We think 65 inches is right.

We noticed that the competing models from last year of Samsung and LG are still much more and of course the new product line of 8K models is a little more – in some cases, this figure is more than three times more. Because there is very little 8K content available, this Hisense is still a good choice.

Design

Hisense H8G Quantum 4K is designed to compete with big names. Hisense, a Chinese brand, was not immediately recognized in the UK or US, but the fan base is growing, mainly due to prices.

The 65-inch model is 57 x 32.9 x 3.1 inches and weighs 43 pounds. It has a slightly generic all-black design – there are no fancy matte paint contours like some Samsung models – and it’s not exactly 3.1 inches.

If you decide to use your legs to stand on a table, it should be noted that the foot seems a little fragile and feels as if a strong bump can cause it to flip over. You can fit two stands a little closer together if you have a shorter TV stand or table, but that makes the TV even more rickety on the TV stand and you shouldn’t do so.

The 65-inch model is 57 x 32.9 x 3.1 inches and weighs 43 pounds. It has a slightly generic all-black design – there are no fancy matte paint contours like some Samsung models – and it’s not exactly 3.1 inches.

If you decide to use your legs to stand on a table, it should be noted that the foot seems a little fragile and feels as if a strong bump can cause it to flip over. You can fit two stands a little closer together if you have a shorter TV stand or table, but that makes the TV even more rickety on the TV stand and you shouldn’t do so

The good news is that Hisense has designed H8G for ease of use, with a basic remote that hides a lot of key features. There is a home screen button, but you have to look for it a little – and even the basic channel and volume controls are a bit small and set at the bottom. The menu button looks like three vertical lines (which can be said to be Alternative Menu) and has four buttons at the bottom of the remote for Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. There have been a few times when we have pressed the dedicated Google Assistant button and instead pressed the mute button.

Another small point that we encounter is that the remote control has no lights, so if you are in a dark room, good luck. Thankfully, if you are going to connect other devices, such as dish Hopper 3 and other set-up boxes, that will not be so important because those remotes will work with H8G.

TL design; DR: Hisense 65H8G is a bit bland with no gray or silver accents, a completely functional remote control, and can feel a bit fragile if standing on its feet.

Smart TV (Android TV)

This is a television with many features, thanks to Google. Android TV is powerful, flexible, and useful at the same time. We had no problems with the initial setup, which took about 15 minutes in total including some app installs.

For those who know Android TV, it looks and works almost like an Nvidia Shield TV and has a few traces of Android on smartphones – namely, a flat design and flat colors. If you already know Android, you’ll feel instantly comfortable adding your Gmail account, checking settings, adding apps from your store, and look up rental videos in the Google Play store.

HD / 4K performance

In terms of HD video performance, there is not too much negative to report: the video quality looks excellent and there are never any problems with blurring, grading, sound errors, or other errors that sometimes occur on the TV at this price range. While other TVs may generally be a little sharper, Hisense has done a great job with HD here.

But switching to 4K, we were knocked down by the overall quality. We watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and noted how bright the film looked. The small details, like the way the feathers on The Rock show up in the 4K version on Dish Hopper, really impressed us with the vibrant colors.

In the game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Xbox One, the smooth movement gives a sense of authenticity as the protagonist jumps around puddles on an unfamiliar planet. That’s thanks to MotionRate 240 – an industry term that improves the refresh rate by 60 Hz. Technically, the refresh rate is still 60 Hz, so it is not as smooth as the original 120 Hz panels, but for most games and movies it looks extremely smooth.

In terms of color and contrast, Hisense 65H8G uses Dolby Vision HDR and what Hisense calls the Broad Color Gamut dotted with quant. That helps to give video games, movies, and photos a beautiful colorful “window”. We tested Hisense models that previously did not use digital technology or Dolby Vision HDR, and they have a matte interface, which seems slightly gray or slightly pale compared to high-end (expensive) TVs.

We tested many movies using the FandangoNow app, which not only supports 4K movies but due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, which now allows you to rent movies that are still in theaters. We hired the movie Onward that looked great – we could see beautiful details like hairs erected on a character and dents and dents on a dragon made of stone.

In terms of debt, the brightness is limited to 700 nits, not as high as the latest Samsung and LG models but respectable in price. (Some Samsung models are three times more expensive with a brightness rating of 3,000 nits or even much higher.) Obviously, maximum brightness is important, but it doesn’t really tell the whole story because we feel clear and bright vibrant colors for everything we’ve tested.

HD/4K TL performance; DR: Although it is not as bright as other Samsung or LG TVs, the Hisense H8G produces beautiful and colorful images that far exceed other products and models at this price.

Sound

We are also very impressed with the built-in sound, although it cannot compete with the Focal soundbar speakers that we usually use or surround sound speakers that you may have used before. Thankfully, the built-in sound is very clear when it comes to dialogue.

Like most TVs, the built-in sound is not convincing enough for surround sound. This may be related to how they are created or the fact that they emphasize the quality of the screen. In all our tests, the Hisense Horoscope is easy to hear but not too large or full.

Final verdict

There’s a lot to like about the Hisense H8G Quantum Series in terms of features, image quality, sound, and extras – and you’ll love everything even more because of the price. The actual interface can sometimes be slow, which inevitably affects overall usability, but that disappears when the content starts playing. In one movie after another, smooth movement, color quality and brightness have made the film or game interesting overnight.

Overall, this is a high-quality, affordable television and we highly recommend using it. Don’t expect QLED or OLED quality, but don’t expect those prices either.

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