Although I have been testing TVs for some time and I have tried various models from the most famous manufacturers in the field, such as Samsung, LG, Sony or Panasonic and even others from companies such as Allview, Horizon, Vortex or Gazer, among others, I have not had so far the chance to see a Hisense TV at work.
After spending more than 3 weeks with Hisense 55U8QF, I can say that it would have been great if I could have introduced you to such a TV earlier. Without being perfect, I say from the very beginning that I was pleasantly impressed by this smart TV model.
Specifications for Hisense 55U8QF TV
I got the TV in the sealed retail box in which I found the stand with the corresponding screws, the remote control with compatible batteries, the user manual and the warranty certificate, among several other leaflets.
Let's start with the less enjoyable part of this chapter. The heavy and solid metal stand attaches immediately to the TV. What is its minus then? The fact that it does not offer good stability at all and that at the slightest touch the TV swings seriously. What's more, you don't have to push hard to make him fall on his back. However, the stand keeps the TV slightly tilted backwards, so I can't appreciate it at all.
But this is the only dissatisfaction in this chapter. Otherwise, absolutely nothing to blame. The design is among the most successful, with extremely narrow edges on the top and sides. Here, we have the glass as if applied on a fine metal chassis, finished on a narrow strip like stainless steel. It looks great, gives a premium air to this TV and at the same time ensures a good structural rigidity.
The bottom edge of the screen is slightly wider, it is covered with a thin cloth that covers the two grilles in front of the JBL speakers. The well-known audio brand appears on a logo in the lower left corner, while the name of the TV manufacturer is in the center.
The back of the TV doesn't look bad either. Here, a large part is made of metal, which has received an interesting pattern, with squares arranged diagonally, with a few straight lines inside.
Without seeming like a very elaborate system, but which proves to be quite efficient, Hisense 55U8QF also offers cable management. Through a "ditch" with clamps you can take the wires to the center of the TV or to the other side, depending on your needs.
I think we've talked a lot about the design of a TV, but when it's worth doing, then I dedicate a few more words to it than usual. I can't finish without appreciating the quality of workmanship, materials and finishes, all at high standards.
Hisense 55U8QF brings a VA panel with DLED (Direct LED) backlighting, with no less than 132 individual backlight zones. This should mean a uniform distribution of illumination over as large an area of the screen as possible. As you can see below, the Hisense 55U8QF handles it perfectly.
Hisense 55U8QF TV screen brightness distribution:
If we are still in the light, then I must remind you that the data sheet promises up to 1000 nits in the peak, but I even measured 1097 cd / sqm, under certain conditions and for short periods.
On the color side, the Hisense 55U8QF reaches a fairly well-adjusted customer directly from the factory, especially when it comes to the predefined Cinema Day and Cinema Night image modes. The others - Standard, Sports and Dynamic, are quite far from the correct representation of the shades, but they bring some intense colors and a high contrast.
Delta E deviations in the predefined image modes on the Hisense 55U8QF:
After calibration, the Hisense 55U8QF proves to have received a very good quality panel, which can display low average deviations of only 0.8 according to the Delta E94 standard and 1.5 according to the Delta E2000. The maximum deviation of Delta E94 is only 1.5, while on Delta E2000 we have a maximum of 4.1 on the blue shade.
Delta E deviations after calibration Hisense 55U8QF TV:
Any Delta E deviation of less than 3 is considered unnoticed by the human eye.
The contrast is not huge, but we have an intense black, maybe sometimes too intense. This makes the details of some dark scenes completely lost. You can retrieve some information from dark areas by fine-tuning the contrast and brightness, but I wouldn't say that dynamic range is the highlight of this screen. On the other hand, I do not even say that we have deficiencies in this direction.
When it comes to image processing by Hisense 55U8QF, then we are on the sharpness side, with high contouring of details and successful upscaling from HD content to 4K resolution. No wonder can be done from the SD image.
Where Hisense 55U8QF sometimes goes quite wrong is when it comes to processing fast-moving scenes. You can't get rid of image artifacts like pixelation around the moving subject, slight interruptions, false shadow phenomena (so to speak) no matter how much you adjust the settings in Ultra Smooth Motion (with Off, Smooth, Standard, Clear and Film settings ) or enable Clear Motion mode. It is true that you can find a balance, but the artifacts around fast-moving subjects never completely disappear.
One last thing I want to talk about here is the viewing angles. With a VA panel, Hisense 55U8QF could not impress here. Up to 30 degrees from the perfect perpendicular to the screen there are no problems at all, but beyond this angle there are slight halo phenomena and some losses on the contrast side. Nothing really annoying until about 45 degrees, when you can no longer be satisfied with the overall quality of the image.
Now, as a short conclusion here: compared to how many small leaks I noticed, it may seem that Hisense 55U8QF does not offer a good image, but I admit that I was very demanding in the analysis. Hisense 55U8QF is positioned in terms of price somewhere in the lower part of the mid-range segment, and here you can't ask for more. On the contrary, the image is impressively good when compared to the cost.
Sometimes the combination of a well-known brand on the audio side and a TV brand does not bring real benefits to the customer. But in the case of Hisense 55U8QF, JBL did a good job. I'm not saying you don't need a soundbar or a dedicated sound system anymore, but the two speakers built into this TV are not only decent, they're really good.
The sound is full, with a lot of bass, which is also surprisingly deep, warm. The dynamic is also high, with clear environments and sharp highs.
There are several presets for the sound equalizer that really make a difference and are worth trying each one depending on the content.
The maximum volume is also surprising compared to what you would expect from the 20W maximum power announced in the data sheet.
Hardware, operating system and applications
We did not find any information about the hardware assembly, so here we are left with a big question mark.
If we talk about the smart part, then we are talking about the VIDAA U 4.0 operating system. It runs excellently regardless of the requirements, I didn't notice any delays or obvious lag, absolutely nothing annoying.
The VIDAA U 4.0 interface emphasizes simplicity, ease of use. It's very easy to navigate from the remote control, everything is intuitive enough, but we don't have too many options or applications. In total, around 150 are available in the app store, divided into categories such as Movies & TV, Internet TV, Games, Kids, Sports, Music and News & Weather.
Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Voyo, Facebook Watch, Rakuten TV, NBA, Firework, UEFA.tv, RedBull TV, Deezer, KidDoodle TV, Plex, Live Now, AccuWeather, Antena Play, a Browser and a few less are pre-installed known.
Screenshots from the VIDAA U4.0 operating system interface on Hisense 55U8QF:
Applications like Disney + or Apple TV are not currently available, which may be a real disadvantage for some.
If we talk about the OSD menu, then it is quite classic, but it provides the user with many options, settings and settings. Everything is arranged logically and you can quickly find what you are looking for
OSD menu on Hisense 55U8QF TV:
Perhaps the coolest thing is that at least one HDMI 2.1 port is missing here, but when we remember the price area where Hisense 55U8QF plays, I say that we can overlook this aspect.
There are a total of 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB-A 2.0 and other wired connections that do not need to be repeated, as they are all listed in the table with specifications from the beginning.
On the wireless side, the Hisense 55U8QF looks good. We have dual-band Wi-Fi with 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as Bluetooth to connect the speakers wirelessly, but also to use the TV speakers as a playback source from compatible devices.
Hisense 55U8QF TV remote control is another plus. It looks and feels great in the hand. It is narrow, thin and the whole chassis (ie everything related to the area without buttons) is made of a large piece of aluminum.
Access to the batteries is done by pressing a button on the back, when a drawer emerges from the output side.
Although it is very narrow, the remote control is very easy to use, the buttons are at least decent in size. Their shape makes them easy to press and find without looking at them.
The buttons that reveal that we are dealing with the remote control of a smart TV are positioned on the last two rows below. Here are the keys that take you directly to Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Rakuten TV.
Hisense 55U8QF TV - 2,800 lei on Altex.ro
Hisense 55U8QF was a really nice surprise. It comes with a very good ratio between what you receive for how much you pay, and for me this is one of the main reasons to buy.
There are many pluses to this TV and only a few points against minors, which, in my opinion, should not stop you from considering this TV if it fits the budget of potential customers.
The most important pros and cons for the Hisense 55U8QF TV:
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