The Hisense U7G is a mid-range model in Hisense’s 2021 ULED lineup. The TV works with Quantum Dots and is therefore a QLED device. Thus, the name ULED does not refer to a new technology, but is merely a brand name of Hisense. The Chinese manufacturer Hisense is known for its aggressive price structure and packs many high-quality features like Full Array Local Dimming or Dolby Vision even in its cheaper models. But can the Hisense U7G be as convincing as the H8G last year, or is Hisense now resting on its laurels?
The model comes in 55, 65 and 75 inches and they only differ in the Local Dimming Zones, while the smaller model has less and larger ones accordingly more. It is also important to mention that the U7G is only available in Canada and the US.
The Hisense U7G has a simple yet high-quality look. Its metal frame is extremely slim so that it does not distract from the picture content and cuts a good figure on the wall. The interfaces are also easily accessible, since they are aligned towards the TVs side.
The back is mostly made of metal and makes a stable impression. The widely spaced feet look quite delicate and support the TV quite well. There are also clips on the back and on the feet, which allows for a fairly clean cable management.
Once again in short, it looks exactly like last year’s H8G, which is also the predecessor of the U7G.
Simple high quality design
Mainly made of metal
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Good picture quality thanks to great features
Just like you would expect from Hisense TVs, you get a lot for your money. The 10-bit VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel has inky blacks and an extremely high contrast of 6300:1, thanks to the Full Array Local Dimming feature.
This not only makes the picture quality in dark environments really good, but also the HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) performance, which is further enhanced by the high peak brightness of 950 Nits in combination with the wide color gamut. The only feature the U7G lacks is a layer to widen the viewing angle. This is quite narrow, so you have to sit straight in front of the TV to enjoy the good picture quality.
Both Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits and HDR10HDR10 Media Profile – HDR with a color depth of 10 Bit in the Rec. 2020 colorspace+ are available as dynamic HDR formats.
10 (8+2) Bit VA-Panel
Contrast Ratio 6300:1
Peak brightness 950Nits
Full Array Local Dimming
Narrow viewing angle
Dolby Vision & HDR10+
Solid motion handling - perfect for games and sports
The Hisense U7G has an excellent motion display. Due to the 120 HzHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. panel, paired with the very low response time of ~5 ms, the 4K TV can display motions very smoothly. However, the response time is not low enough to avoid motion blur in very fast movements. As it is often the case with TVs with a good response time, slow camera pans can also lead to stutter in the picture on the U7G.
The backlight is technically not free of stutter, but practically no one should notice it due to the frequencyHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. of 960 Hz. Furthermore, judder can be removed from all native content, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Response time ~5 ms
Judder can be removed
Stutter in low framerate content
Everything the gamer heart desires
The Hisense U7G is really well suited for gaming. Besides good motion handling, it has everything you need for the current consoles. The input lag of ~15ms at [email protected] is not perfect, but it is still fast enough and should only be noticed by the most demanding gamers.
The HDMI 2.1 interface also makes the U7G suitable for gaming at [email protected], with an great input lag of ~8ms! This input lag is automatically kept as low as possible by the Auto Low Latency Mode.
Furthermore, a Variable Refresh RateVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card via FreeSync is supported so that screen tearing can be avoided with AMD graphics cards. Unfortunately, the U7G is not compatible with G-Sync.
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Typical shortcoming - Easy to upgrade
The worst aspect of the Hisense U7G is the native sound — but this is rather the norm for TVs, so we are not surprised. The stereo speakers with 10 watts each can fill large rooms easily and are therefore loud enough. The biggest problem is the common one, it lacks bass. It should be mentioned that the speakers are by no means bad, especially compared to other TV speakers.
However, if you want to have the best sound experience to take the TV experience to the next level, there is no way around a soundbar or even a hi-fi system.
The U7G offers the perfect basis for this, because uncompressed Dolby Atmos can be transmitted via a Dolby True HD thanks to the HDMI-eARC port. The TV even fully supports DTS codecs. Thus, the whole world of soundbars and HiFi systems is open to you!
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Hisense’s operating system for all 2021 models is Android 10 and not Google TV like many other manufacturers. This is more a matter of visual changes, which is why Android 10 still provides a good experience. It is easy to navigate through the menus and the app selection is large. As with most TVs, however, ads are visible here as well, which unfortunately cannot be removed.
The remote control serves its purpose, and sponsored buttons of the most prominent streaming services have been added, which take you directly to the respective platform. Namely, Peacock and tubi are available alongside the biggest services, such as Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and Disney+. Voice control is also available via the built-in microphone.
Quick access to streaming services
Large selection of apps
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Performance we expect from Hisense
The Hisense U7G is an impressive budget TV and a great TV for the majority of uses. It offers excellent value for its price and it successfully rivals some much more expensive models from competitors, such as the Sony X90J. Unfortunately, the picture degrades at wide viewing angles, as you’d expect with a VA panel. This makes the U7G not suitable for a wide sitting area or for watching sports with a large group of friends, as the picture degrades at these angles.
Gamers should also be satisfied because of the gaming performance of the U7G. With low input lag, a good response time, and features like [email protected] thanks to HDMI2.1 port, which the U6G does not have, or the VRR feature, you are prepared for the next gaming adventure.