Review: Hisense H9F

Entertainment Technology

It has been a pleasant surprise to see Hisense offer some very high-quality TVs at affordable prices over the past year or so, thanks to the development of its new ULED technology, which combines elements of traditional LED TVs and quantum dot technology. Hisense H9F is the latest model in Hisense’s ULED line, and on paper, it boasts a lot of features For under $1,000, this TV could be the one to beat, thanks to up to 132 local dimming zones, a modern design, and Android TV. Vizio and TCL are now making low-priced televisions that are as impressive as their high-end counterparts, and this once-abandoned area of the television market is now gaining traction. Hisense H9F – does it stand out from the rest? We’ve been testing it for the last few weeks

Price and Release Date

Hisense H9F comes in two screen sizes – 55 inches and 65 inches – and can be purchased at most major retailers right now. For example, the 55-inch 55H9F will set you back $599, while the 64-inch 64H9F will be By comparison, Vizio offers the M-Series Quantum in four screen sizes (43-, 50-, 55-, and 65-inches) and starts at $349 for the 43-inch model and goes up to $799 for the 65-inch model. In addition, you can choose from the TCL 6-Series QLED that comes in two sizes, 55- and 65-inches. Further information is available here.

Design

We enjoyed the design of this Hisense H9F compared to the Hisense H8F we reviewed earlier this year, and we like it quite a lot. legs of the TV are now a classy silver metallic finish with a unique design that spreads out to one side. More importantly, however, they appear to be quite sturdy, because there is virtually no movement among them. A pretty wide footprint is present, but it is narrower than that of some TVs that use separate legs on each side. The modern look isn’t just about the legs – there are also relatively thin bezels either around the top or on the sides of the screen. A little over a quarter of an inch thick, the bezels are compact, and despite the bottom bezel being slightly thicker, it does not seem to be In addition to its thinness, the panel itself is also very thin. Near the bottom of the TV, its thickest part is a little over three inches – but at the top, it’s most of the way thinner, and it looks very slim considering its As far as portability is concerned, the TV does quite well. Besides four HDMI ports, including one with ARC, there are two USB ports, one for power and one for local media, an optical output, a 3.5mm audio output, an Ethernet You should be able to hook up all your devices including gaming consoles and external streaming players to its four HDMI inputs. As long as you have an Apple TV 4K, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, you have plenty of ports – and most others will have plenty as well. This review is based on the 65-inch model, but it’s also available in a 55-inch model that would be more suitable for a small or medium living room. Purchasing a 65-inch TV can be a little unwieldy – even I find it difficult to watch. If you don’t have much space, make sure to measure out your room beforehand. While the remote that comes with the Hisense H9F is useful, it looks dated in a world of ultra-simple remotes like the one on the Apple TV 4K. It comes with everything you could possibly need, including channel controls, Android TV software controls, and a Google Assistant button. The application also provides access to some popular apps, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play. I generally liked the remote, and you’ll get used to it – even if it’s a little uninspiring at first.

Smart TV (Android TV)

You can choose between Roku TV or Android TV if you buy a Hisense The Android TV in this picture is one of the Depending on your point of view, this will be good news – or bad – depending on your point of view. Android TV in general is a little of a divisive topic, but it has gotten better in recent The current Android TV layout displays a list of apps on top, and a list of content within each app in the scrolling sections below. Despite the fact that there is a lot to take in at once, it isn’t a bad setup. might expect from a major TV operating system in 2019, you might be able to download as many streaming apps as you want. The upside to Android TV, however, is that it also has access to the Google Play Store, which is larger than Apple TV or Roku, and offers plenty of apps that aren’t available on other platforms. When it comes to anything other than the Nvidia Shield TV, Android TV is slow to respond and unresponsive, and this continued to be the case. We thought Android TV on the Hisense H9F wasn’t as bad as it has been on other TVs, but we think all Android TV makers need to invest more in higher-performance processors if they want to offer decent smart TV experiences. It was particularly difficult to use Google Assistant without lag. During our first couple weeks, we got used to having to wait a second or two before speaking. However, the goal of Assistant is to be helpful and responsive, and we found ourselves using it more than navigating to apps and content manually. Furthermore, it is important to note that it wasn’t always slow – at times, the speed increased and the user experience improved. I was especially surprised when the TV turned on after being on for a short time. Android TV may provide you with more benefits than negatives in your case. In addition to Google Cast and integration with your Android phone, Google Assistant is still a smart choice to have when you are already plugged into Google’s ecosystem – so if you are already an Android TV user, you’ll find Android TV to be a great catch.

HD/SDR Performance

While the slow smart TV platform is the worst aspect of the H9F, the image quality has to be a winner as well. Since many will end up buying another streaming device anyway, the image quality is also the most important factor to consider. The Hisense H9F was able to offer excellent picture quality when watching SDR and HD content, but you may want to experiment with the settings a little as you would with any TV. In addition to the Vivid, Standard, Energy Saving, and Theater Day picture modes, there are also Game, Sport, and Theater Night modes. There isn’t a lot manual control, so if you want to adjust variables like brightness and contrast on a finer scale, then you can. Vivid was a bit too bright for our liking, so we usually kept the TV at Standard most of the time. On the whole, the TV was able to upscale HD and SDR content quite well. When watching the Office for the tenth time during testing, we found that the TV offered vibrant colors and detailed images without any major visual issues. Enjoy watching 4K or HDR content, but the TV can upscale content better than any other we’ve I wasn’t disappointed with the levels of black when watching SDR content either. It is important to remember that you can get better results if you spend more – and OLED panels offer deeper black levels. In contrast, the Hisense H9F displayed deep black levels greater than similarly-priced models, and showed almost no blooming, which is much better than most models in this price range can deliver. Black levels on the Hisense H9F are impressive even when compared to some of the lower-end Samsung QLED models, such as the Samsung Q60R.

4K/HDR Performance

In case it wasn’t already evident, we were very pleased with the image quality of the TV If you switch to HDR and 4K content, however, you’ll be able to enjoy the picture even more. Most modern content that you watch will also be supported by the TV, since it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Normally, HDR content is viewed in the same way as SDR content, but the viewing settings are different. As such, you will get options such as “HDR Vivid,” “HDR Standard,” etc. It seems that the TV will automatically switch to HDR Theater when HDR content is played. Even with the format set to Standard while watching SDR content, the TV still switched to HDR Theater when HDR content is played. For HDR content, HDR Theater ended up being the most effective image mode. Occasionally, similar color mixes displayed some banding, but it wasn’t bad at all – and barely noticeable unless you are trained in seeing it. This model is also not as bad as many others at this price point. The colors of HDR photos have beautiful depth and the black levels are incredibly deep. Hesense has spent a lot of money developing its ULED tech, and it shows. OLED panels are known for their deep blacks, but Hisense has invested much in his ULED tech. It was also pretty easy to smooth out motion on this TV. Normally people prefer to just turn it off, but as long as the tamed nature of it is respected here, it seems to work well. Motion smoothing has a range of settings that you can play with, but we ended up switching between the On this TV, you’ll be able to configure it as you see fit, so you may not like it, but you may hate While watching sports, motion smoothing definitely made scene and play details clearer and more detailed when used appropriately.

Sound

Despite its compact size, the Hisense H9F fails to offer a great audio experience. The TV speakers you get with your TV will perform just fine if your budget is maxed out after purchasing the actual TV, but don’t expect a lot of detail or depth in this system. It is a little difficult to get an adequate bass response through the speakers. For things such as explosions and engines, or kick drums in music, the sound is sometimes thin, and is devoid of the oomph most listeners are looking for. Additionally, the mids are disappointingly tuned, and while the low mids are there, they are overshadowed by the speakers’ boosted high mids, which make the speakers sound a bit cheap in general. While you should be aware of this on TVs, cheaper speakers, and cheap headphones, it is still something worth noting. In the high end, the situation is most severe. Listening to music, for instance, shows this lack of detail especially starkly. Honestly, it isn’t uncomfortable, but as someone with a background in audio, I limited my time listening to the speakers when I had to during testing, and instead switched to another audio setup when I was not working. If you can afford it, we strongly suggest you It would be impossible to cope with them unless they were loud and raucous. The speakers will be able to pump out enough volume to cover most scenarios, and we rarely went above 50% for fear of disturbing our neighbours. When we did push them to higher volumes, there was some distortion, but that is

Verdict

In my opinion, the Hisense H9F is one of the best products that Hisense has ever produced. It isn’t perfect, but where it counts – image quality – the TV is excellent. Android TV is something we would prefer to see on TVs like these in the future, but Google may just as much to blame as TV manufacturers. There are also some issues with the speakers on this TV. This thing really shines when paired with a set of decent speakers and an Apple TV 4K Its colors are bright and natural, its blacks are deep, and its upscaling is as good as it gets for such an inexpensive television. A Vizio M-Series is likely to be a better option for you if you prefer fast software and decent TV sound. Although it is not the cheapest TV in this price range, the Hisense H9F is king in terms of image quality.