Hisense H8G

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The Hisense H8G is the second strongest model in the Hisense Quantum Series of 2020. For this Quantum 4K LED TV we expect a great performance in terms of picture quality, which its predecessor already fulfilled. However it comes with a few weaknesses that we want so shed light on. The Chinese manufacturer made this model, in four sizes ranging from 50 to 75 inches, only available in US and Canada.

Nice look due to solid manufacturing

The Hisense H8G comes with a nice look and a good manufacturing. Its has adjustable feet which are made of metal, just as half of its backside. The rest is made of plastic. Because of the leg adjustment it is easy to place the TV also on smaller surfaces. But some wobble is possible. The cable management works with hooks on the feet. In general the design leaves space for improvement, but is solid.

verarbeitung Hisense H8G
Design
  • Adjustable feet
  • Cable management

Acceptable picture quality from frontal position

Because the TV comes with a VA-Panel it has the typical characteristics: Contrast, black level and peak brightness are satisfying while the viewing angle ist quite poor. Not even the available Enhanced Viewing Angle setting can fix this problem and unfortunately there is no special layer included to improve it. Therefore the H8G is best for frontal viewing positions and only small groups sitting together. Used as a computer monitor this problem is less decisive. The H8G offers Full Array local dimming but this is not advanced enough to contribute further to the contrast and to improve the image in dark surroundings. Nevertheless its wide color gamut creates vivid and strong colors for SDR as well as HDR content.

bildqualitaet Hisense H8G
Picture Quality
  • Contrast: 4510:1
  • Black level
  • Peak brightness
  • Limited viewing angle
  • Full Array local dimming
  • Wide color gamut

Good motion handling

The Hisense H8G has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. With a response time of about 14 seconds it performs quite good. Further it has motion interpolation to minimize motion blur. Unfortunately this does not seem to improve a lot and only works for 30 fps and not for 60 fps. Black Frame Insertion feature, called Motion Clearness, works very well. Moreover with 960 Hz the flicker of the TV is fast enough to be not noticeable by the human eye. For films judder is also removable in the settings.

motionhandling Hisense H8G
Motion Handling
  • Motion Interpolation
  • Black Frame Insertion
  • High flicker rate
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Gaming features are missing

With an input lag of about 12 seconds for 4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR this TV ranks very high compared with others on the same price level. This gets even better in the game mode. Nevertheless it is not really recommendable for gaming fans because it does neither offer HDMI 2.1 nor a VRR or Auto Low Latency Mode to further shorten the input lag. CO-OP gaming will be difficult due to the limited viewing angle and therefore it is rather suitable for single player games.

gaming Hisense H8G
Gaming
  • Short Input Lag
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR
  • No ALLM

Average sound qualities

Unfortunately not even the sound of the TV is really convincing. The two integrated 10W-speakers can reproduce dialogues quite well and get very loud but they still leave space for improvement because the bass could be louder. Supported sound formats are Dolby Digital and DTS via ARC or Optical, while HDMI eArc is not available. What should be emphasized is that the H8G offers Dolby Atmos directly integrated.

sound Hisense H8G
Sound
  • Quiet bass
  • No HDMI eARC
  • Integrated Dolby Atmos

Satisfying Smart TV

In terms of Smart TV the Hisense H8G offers many features and amenities. What is definitely positive is that the whole interface is free from annoying ads and the selection of apps is really huge. The TV operates with Android 9.0 software. The smart remote works with the app Hisense RemoteNOW and voice control via Google Assistant.

smarttv Hisense H8G
Smart TV
  • Large app selection
  • No ads
  • Smooth operation
  • Voice control via Google Assistant

No special strength but something for everyone

The Hisense H8G cannot keep up with other models by competing brands but performs acceptable for its price range. Sadly the poor viewing angle is its biggest deficit because it is even worse than for other models with a VA-Panel. Unlike Samsung or Sony, Hisense does not use a special layering to improve it. All in all it delivers an acceptable performance in all categories but it has no true advantage for a special use. Especially in terms of gaming there could be more features. Apart from that the picture quality and the motion handling are satisfactory. Positive is its integrated surround sound feature with Dolby Atmos and the ad-free interface in combination with the large selection of apps.

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PROS
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Ad-free interface
CONS
  • Viewing angle
  • Gaming features
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Alternatives to the Hisense H8G

Hisense H8F
Previous model

When comparing the H8G to its previous model, the Hisense H8F, it become clear that not much has changed. With 75 inch there is now one size more available, but sound quality and viewing angle stayed almost the same. The Response Time was a lot longer with the H8F but the contrast was a little bit stronger. Therefore the X8H is a good successor model.

65H8F

Samsung QLED Q80T
Advanced model with VA-panel

As well as the Hisense H8G, the Samsung Q80T has a VA-Panel and Full-Array Local Dimming. But despite this the viewing angle is much wider because Samsung’s Ultra-viewing angle layer is used here to improve it. But the layer lowers the contrast of the Q80T compared to the H8G. Nevertheless the Samsung model is better for gaming: It comes with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, VRR via FreeSync, an HDMI 2.1 input as well as an Auto Low Latency Mode which provides a much faster and smooth gaming experience, whether alone or in a group. Also the Q80T has a shorter response time.

Samsung 85Q80T

LG NANO85
Comparable LG model

In contrast to the Hisense H8G the LG Nano85 has an IPS-Panel as well as Edge Local Dimming and therefore reversed characteristics: The viewing angle is much bigger while contrast ratio and black level are worse. With a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a HDMI 2.1 input the Nano 85 is more suitable for gaming than the H8G. Because of its HDMI eArc Input it makes Dolby Atmos possible as well. It also offers Black Frame Insertion but is flickering much stronger than the Hisense model. All in all it is suitable for games or films in a group.

LG 65NANO86
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