Hisense H8F


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Chinese manufacturer Hisense have really raised the bar for affordable entry-level 4K TVs. The Hisense H8F is one of the best TVs in its price range and offers great performance in different areas. Interestingly, it is only available in the US and Canada. It has some weak spots, too, though, which we will thoroughly discuss in this article.

Quality and durability of the Hisense H8F

The Hisense H8F has a nice, all-black design and quite thin bezels that do not distract from the screen itself. It mostly consists of plastic while the two feet are made entirely of metal, which is a nice feature. They hold the TV very well and allow for only little wobbling. The back of the TV is plain and most connections face sideways, so it’s easy to mount on a wall. Unfortunately, there are no grooves for cable management.

Great picture quality, suitable for SDR and HDR

The 60 Hz VA panel delivers the usual advantages and disadvantages: Very good blacks that have great depth and a wide enough contrast in order to display HDR content. The viewing angle is limited, though. These features are the case with all VA panels. Especially the black uniformity is superb, which makes it a wonderful choice for darker surroundings. It performs well in rooms with more light, too, as the peak brightness is definitely high enough for SDR and decent for HDR content.

There are definitely models in higher price ranges that do better, but as for the price-performance ratio of the H8F, the brightness is excellent. Movies and gaming in HDR look just fine. As for the HDR formats, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision are supported, while HDR10+ is not. The Hisense H8F is available in 50, 55, and 65 inches and has 32, 56 and 60 dimming zones, respectively.

Motion Handling

As for motion handling, the Hisense H8F is decent. Unfortunately, it has quite a slow response time which results in some motion blur when fast-moving objects appear on screen. Also, the motion interpolation feature works better on other devices. On the other hand, the backlight is almost void of flickering, which is great.

Great choice for gaming

Gaming works very well on the Hisense H8F. The input lag is low (14ms @ 60 Hz, 13.9ms @ 60 Hz), provided you are using the Game Mode. When using a gaming console, the H8F does not switch into said mode automatically, so you have to manually switch picture modes. It does not support 120 Hz resolutions as the panel only allows for 60 Hz. Also, there are neither VRR nor ALLM.

Poor sound quality

While all other features of the Hisense H8F are satisfactory, the sound quality unfortunately isn’t. The treble frequencies lack airiness and the bass frequencies are almost non-existent and deliver very little thump. Dialogues are clear and distinguishable, though. As with most flat screens, the built-in speakers cannot physically produce exceptional sound. This isn’t too bad if you use the TV occasionally, but if you are enthusiastic about TV sound, we recommend you to upgrade to a soundbar in order to improve the sound.

Smart TV features of the Hisense H8F

The Hisense H8F runs Android TV 8.0 Oreo which offers a vast amount of apps. The classics – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play etc. – are pre-installed. Compared to other operating systems, Android TV 8.0 is completely ad-free. It will display suggested content by default, but you can opt out of this option, if you wish to. If you don’t like to use the included remote, you can control the TV with your voice via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. There are tons of additional apps that you can download from the Google Play Store, which include games, streaming platforms or other atmospheric apps, such as a virtual fireplace – if you are into a budget friendly cozy atmosphere.

One of the best budget TVs on the market

Compared to its price, the Hisense H8F's performance is simply excellent. It can deliver deep blacks and a great peak brightness, which make for satisfying HDR content. Unfortunately, the viewing angle is limited, but you won't have any problems with it if you are sitting in front of the TV. It is a great choice for enthusiastic gamers and cinema fans alike. If you are in the US or Canada and want to buy a 4K TV but don't want to spend a lot of money, this is one of the best options available right now.
Picture quality82
Motion Handling73
Smart TV features82
Gaming85
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Pros
1080p and 4K with 60 Hz
Full Array Local Dimming
Very good blacks
Very good contrast
Good peak brightness for SDR and HDR
Cons
No VRR
Viewing angle
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Hisense H8F: Variants & Models


Manufacturer Hisense
Hisense
Hisense
Product code


Screen size 50 Inch
55 Inch
65 Inch
Panel VA (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
Price $ 329.99*$ 399.99*$ 599.99*
Shops
Picture
Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast Ratio 5989:1
5989:1
5989:1
Brightness 680
680
680
HDR10+


Dolby Vision


Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming
Frequency 60 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
Gaming
Input Lag 15.4
15.4
15.4
VRR


Audio
System 2
2
2
Power (RMS) 20 W
20 W
20 W
Dolby Digital


DTS


Dolby Atmos


Soundbar inside


Inputs
HDMI 2.0 2
2
2
HDMI 2.1 0
0
0
HDMI ARC 1
1
1
HDMI CEC 1
1
1
USB 2.0 1
1
1
USB 3.0 1
1
1
Ethernet RJ45 1
1
1
3.5mm jack 1
1
1
Digital optical 1
1
1
Digital coaxial 0
0
0
Satellit 0
0
0
Antenna 1
1
1
Ci+ 1.4


Bluetooth


Wifi


USB recording PVR


Timeshift


Picture-in picture


Tuner Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner


Measurements
Actual screen diagonal (mm) 1257
1388
1639
Width without base (mm) 1112.5
1229.4
1445.3
Height without base (mm) 642.5
713.7
833
Depth without base (mm) 71
71.1
76.2
Weight without stand (kg) 11
13
19.5
Width with base (mm) 1112.5
1229.4
1445.3
Height with base (mm) 714
779.8
904.2
Depth with base (mm) 234
233.7
279.4
Weight with stand (kg) 11.5
13.5
20
Width of footprint (mm) 1001

1445.3
Depth of footprint (mm) 234
233.7
279.4
VESA standard (mm) 200 x 200
200 x 300
400 x 200
Stand removable?



* Approximate price incl. VAT, plus shipping costs // Last updated on 23. October 2019 at 6:09. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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