Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  6. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Apps
    2. Ads
    3. TV Controls
    4. Remote
    5. In The Box
    6. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Sep 09, 2016 , Eric Bousquet

Hisense H8C
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.4Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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7.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.4Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.2Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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7.2HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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7.5HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
5.9PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Hisense H8C is a budget 4k TV, with good picture quality that is uncommon for the price. It has little motion blur and supports a wide range of inputs. Unlike most TVs in the price range, it supports some higher end features such as local dimming and motion interpolation. The Opera TV based smart OS works well too. The biggest downside is the picture quality degrades very rapidly when viewed at a slight angle.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 6.9
Inputs 7.4
Sound Quality 6.5
Smart Features 7.0
Pros
  • Good picture quality, especially dark scenes
  • Little motion blur
Cons
  • When viewed at an angle image deteriorates rapidly
  • Local dimming doesn't work well

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6.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C Design Picture
Curved : No

The design is basic, but there are a couple of nice touches which help it to stand out from other budget TVs. The whole TV is plastic, but the bottom of the TV and the legs have a slightly nicer finish. The borders are quite thin and look good.

Stand
Hisense H8C Stand Picture

The stand is quite wide. It is very basic but has a nice finish on the plastic.

Footprint of the 50" TV stand: 9.6" x 36.9"

Back
Hisense H8C Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 200x200

The back of the TV features a textured finish. Half of the inputs are on the back, and half on the side. This means that some of them may be difficult to access if wall mounted.

Borders
Hisense H8C Borders Picture
Borders : 0.51" (1.3 cm)

The borders are quite thin, and made of plastic. They don't look bad, but won't stand out.

Thickness
Hisense H8C Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 3.00" (7.6 cm)

The TV has an average thickness. It is slightly wider at the bottom, and will stick out a bit if wall mounted.

7.4

Picture Quality

The Hisense H8C has a good picture quality. The native contrast ratio and black uniformity are excellent and translate in a very good dark room performance. The 10 bit panel is able to display fairly well the color variance without any specific banding and lower resolution content upscaling is also good. However, the average peak brightness, poor local dimming performance and average color gamut coverage hinder the picture quality score. The picture quality also degrades very rapidly when viewed at an angle.

8.4 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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4152 : 1

The contrast ratio is great, and results in good dark scene performance even in a blacked out room.

2.0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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Yes
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Full-Array

Although the H8C features a full-array backlight, it doesn't have many zones and takes a while to turn regions on and off. We recommend disabling it, as it is not very effective.

A red tint can be seen preceding the white square or circle, this is due to the fact that the red sub-pixel having a different response time than the green and blue one. It is the first time that we noticed a difference big enough that we could see it on our test video.

6.8 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
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235 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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165 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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223 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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227 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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249 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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255 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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165 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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223 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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227 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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249 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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255 cd/m2

Like the HDR peak brightness, the SDR peak brightness is bellow average. The local dimming dimmed the small highlight, but this is less problematic for regular content than HDR. Overall, the peak brightness is a bit less high than what the TV can reach while in HDR mode, but should be enough to enjoy normal content in a dark room environment.

7.1 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
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268 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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204 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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283 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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287 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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304 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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320 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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204 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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283 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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287 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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304 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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320 cd/m2

The peak brightness is slightly below average. We do this test local dimming enabled, and we find that the small windows are dimmed. As such, highlights don't stand out very much but the whole screen can get quite bright which is good to counter ambient light.

6.9 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Hisense H8C 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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2.583 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.226 %
Hisense H8C 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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1.162 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.112 %

The gray uniformity is slightly below average. Some vertical bands which are slightly warmer are visible, and all four corners are very dark. Sports or other scenes where there is panning over uniform surfaces will result in a visible dirty screen effect.

4.1 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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20 °
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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30 °
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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10 °

Even at a slight angle, the picture quality of the H8C degrades very rapidly. This is an issue for anyone who doesn't sit directly in front of the TV.

9.1 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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0.880 %

The black uniformity is great. On our test picture, both sides are slightly brighter than the center, but this is due to the very narrow viewing angle. Despite that, it is an impressive result for a budget TV and it will help to provide great dark scene performance.

9.0 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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10 Bit

The TV accepts a 10 bit input, and displays it smoothly. There are some tints visible in the grayscale, but overall a good result without any banding.

8.6 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Pre Calibration Picture Hisense H8C Pre Gamma Curve Picture Hisense H8C Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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2.78
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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2.167
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.11

Prior to calibration, the results are very good. The colors are slightly oversaturated, and the gamma doesn't follow our target 2.2 curve but for most people this should not be an issue.

9.6 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Post Calibration Picture Hisense H8C Post Gamma Curve Picture Hisense H8C Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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0.41
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.9498
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.18

The H8C includes similar calibration functions as most other TVs. Using the 2 point and 10 point calibration we were able to very accurately fix the issues in the white balance. The colors were still a little bit oversaturated, but this is still a very good result. You can find our calibration settings here.

8.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C 480p Picture

The upscaling of low quality content such as DVDs is quite good. Details are preserved well, and sharp lines appear smooth.

8.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C 720p Picture

720p content looks quite good. The image is a little soft, and so some small details are lost.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C 1080p Picture

Higher quality sources such as blurays look sharp and crisp.

10 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C 4k Picture

Images at the native 4k resolution appear sharp.

7.3 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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No
Hisense H8C Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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80.30 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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86.36 %
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
58.16 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
65.20 %

The TV does not support a wide color gamut. This is only enough for SDR content in the Rec. 709 color space.

Update 10/14/2016: We have retested the color gamut with the latest HDR firmware.

5.4 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Hisense H8C P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
56.188 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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33.670 %
Hisense H8C 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
47.473 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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28.188 %

The color volume of both the DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color space isn't very good. Unlikely to see much improvement over an SDR TV.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
Hisense H8C Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %

The Hisense H8C does not present any image retention, even on the first picture of our image retention test. This is pretty good and is in line with other VA TVs that we have tested. This is good news for gamer or people that may use this TV as a PC monitor.

8.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C Reflections Picture Hisense H8C Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
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2.0 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
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Semi-gloss

A few direct reflections are not an issue as the semi-gloss finish works well to diffuse them.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
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No
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
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No

The Hisense H8C doesn't support any 3D features.

Pixels
Hisense H8C Pixels Picture

The pixels appear very similar to those found in the Sharp UB30U we reviewed last year.

6.9

Motion

The motion handling of the H8C is below average. It has a good response time with little motion blur but those sensitive to judder will notice it when watching movies from any source. The TV has a 60Hz panel, and is able to interpolate content at 30fps for those that like the soap opera effect.

8.7 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Motion Blur Picture Hisense H8C Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
13.0 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0 ms

The response time is great, which results in very good motion performance. Only a very short trail can be seen following the test logo. To dim, the backlight uses PWM to flicker at 500Hz. This is not very noticeable due to the high frequency, but can be seen very slightly in the small duplications following the logo.

3.7 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
500 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
500 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
No

0 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
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No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
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No

The Hisense H8C isn't able to play movies smoothly from any source. Most people do not notice judder, and so this will not be an issue.

5.0 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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Yes
Hisense H8C Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
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No

The H8C is able to interpolate 30fs content up to the native refresh rate of 60Hz. It is not able to interpolate content faster than this.

7.4

Inputs

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The input lag is quite low, which is great and makes the TV feel quite responsive. The TV supports resolutions up to 4k and 60Hz for PC use, and accurately displays chroma subsampling at 4k so text on all backgrounds appears clear. 

7.6 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
32.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
48.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
48.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
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32.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
51.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
51.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
53.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
53.5 ms

With an 1080p resolution, the input lag is great, and for most people shouldn't be a problem. Even with motion interpolation enabled the input lag is quite low which is good.

When tested with a 4k resolution, the input lag was not stable and was cycling from 51.0ms to 67.3ms.

6.0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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No
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
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Yes

For 4k @ 60Hz support, it is necessary to use HDMI3 or HDMI4 (labelled 4k @ 60Hz). The H8C has a native refresh rate of 60Hz, so does not support 120Hz. For PC, use the 'Game' picture mode. The input lag is 32.1ms.

Update 10/04/2016: With the newest firmware version, the H8C now supports chroma subsampling at 4k. To display it properly, use the 'Game' picture mode.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1
Composite In : 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
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Yes
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
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No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes (HDMI 3, 4)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 3, 4)
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 1)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

To enable 5.1 passthrough, set 'Digital Audio Out' to 'Raw'.

Update 10/04/2016: With the newest firmware update, the TV now supports HDR10.

6.5

Sound Quality

Sound quality of the Hisense H8C is slightly below average. At louder volumes, the sound quality degrades. Very little bass and can't get very loud. For those that care about sound, even a soundbar is a good choice.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.3 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
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5.41 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
5.23 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
5.97 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
85.9 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
107 Hz

Average response. Frequency response is decent, but at maximum volume there is pumping and compression present. However, low-end cutoff and maximum loudness is poor, even for a TV. This TV doesn't produce much bass and doesn't get very loud either.

6.9 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Hisense H8C Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.014
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.028
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.037

Average distortion response. The overall harmonic distortion response is decent at all volume, even though there is progressive rise in distortion as the volume increases.

7.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Hisense H8C Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Opera TV

The H8C features the Opera TV platform. It is very easy to use, and allows downloading of apps from the Opera TV Store. It feels quite responsive, but does occasionally have issues with browsing menus which requires a TV restart to fix. It is not as stable as some of the other platforms such as Android TV or LG's WebOS. It is able to play photos or videos directly off a USB drive.

Apps
Hisense H8C Apps Picture

The TV comes preloaded with some of the most popular apps, such as Netflix, Amazon Video, VUDU and YouTube. It also provides access to the Opera TV Store to download additional apps.

10 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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Yes
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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N/A

No ads can be found on this TV's smart platform.

TV Controls
Hisense H8C Controls Picture

The TV controls are located behind the left side of the TV. They are quite easy to use, but may be more difficult to access if wall mounted.

Remote
Hisense H8C Remote Picture
Remote : Basic

The remote is basic, but provides quick access to some of the most popular apps. It is quite simple to use.

In The Box
Hisense H8C In The Box Picture

  • Manuals
  • Remote

Misc
Power Consumption : 63 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 121 W
Firmware : V00.01.00a.G0921

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 50" (50H8C). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 55" (55H8C). The newer 65" model (65H8C) has an edge lit backlight as opposed to the full array backlight of the 50" and 55" models, but we still expect it to perform similarly.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Hisense H8C doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
50" 50H8C
55" 55H8C
65" 65H8C

Compared to other TVs

Hisense H8C Group Shot Picture
Top left: TCL US5800 (55US5800). Bottom left: Vizio D Series 4k 2016 (D50u-D1). Middle: Hisense H8C (50H8C). Top right: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Bottom right: LG UH6100 (43UH6100).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Hisense H8C is a budget TV with an impressive array of features. Depending on your use there may be another similarly priced TV which out performs it, but the Hisense H8C is a good choice for it's versatility. Keep this in mind when viewing our recommendations below.

TCL US5800
55" 65"

The TCL US5800 is a similarly priced  TV, but with slightly worse picture quality when viewed from in front. It performs equally well in dark scenes but in brighter rooms it has more issues with reflections and glare.The motion handling is good, but not as good and it lacks some features found on the Hisense H8C. Overall the Hisense H8C is a better choice.

Vizio D Series 4k 2016
40" 50" 55" 58" 65"

The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 is another great value TV but it is available in a wider range of sizes. It has slightly worse picture quality when viewed from directly in front, but retains slightly better colors and contrast when viewed at an angle. For serious gamers the Vizio D Series 4k 2016 is a better choice due to the low input lag. For other uses, the Hisense H8C has a slight edge.

Samsung KU6300
40" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Samsung KU6300 is the next level up in price, but provides very similar picture quality. When viewed at an angle this picture quality degrades slower than the Hisense H8C. It has slightly more motion blur. For those looking to play games or use the TV as a PC monitor the Samsung KU6300 has a slight edge due to the lower input lag. For anyone else, it's better to save the money and buy the Hisense H8C.

LG UH6100
43" 49"

The LG UH6100 is a bit more expensive, but has worse picture quality when viewed directly in front. For those with wider seating, it does retain the image quality much better at an angle. It uses a less accurate pixel structure, which may be an issue for those using the TV as a PC monitor. If you watch TV from an angle in a bright room then go with the LG UH6100, otherwise the Hisense H8C provides better picture quality at a better price.

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7.4Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
Good TV for a wide range of usage. When viewed from directly in front the picture quality is good, but it degrades rapidly at an angle. It has little motion blur which is great for sports, video games or PC use. Input lag is also good.
7.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Average for watching movies in a dark room. Picture quality is good, but local dimming doesn't work well to improve dark scene performance. Lower quality content such as DVDs or 1080p blurays look good.
7.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Slightly better than average for watching TV in a bright room. When viewed from in front the picture quality is good, but degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle. Deals with reflections well and can get bright enough to combat most glare. Inbuilt apps work well for streaming or casual watching. Upscaling of low quality content such as cable TV is good.
7.4Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
Good for watching sports. Motion handling is great, but some dirty screen effect is visible when watching sports. Picture quality is good, but degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle.
8.2Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
Great for video games. Fast paced motion is handled well due to the great response time. Picture quality is good and input lag is great.
7.2HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
Slightly below average HDR performance. Can't get very bright highlights or display a wider range of colors. Local dimming doesn't work well to improve dark scene performance. Picture quality is good.
7.5HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Good for HDR gaming. Input lag in HDR is good enough for most people. Picture quality is good. Unfortunately doesn't support a wider color gamut or display bright highlights.
5.9PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Good PC monitor. Supports a wide range of resolutions, and supports chroma subsampling at 4k for clear text. Picture quality is good when viewed from in front, but degrades at a slight angle. Motion handling is great, but input lag is slightly higher than ideal.
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Questions & Answers

17 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
140
HDR update just went live, please review update.
The review has been updated and the new results are now live.
14
It's supposed to have HDR 10 with USB and I've heard Hisense is working on a update to fix this for HDMI as well. what do you know on that regard?
When playing HDR files via USB, there is no confirmation that it changes to HDR mode (no change in picture settings or notifications). We expect HDR support over HDMI to be added in a future update, but don't have any new information. The review will be updated in this event.
10
I heard the warranty is 4 years but Hisense doesn't respond back, will not honor the warranty or takes forever to get them to fix anything. A lot of complaints. Is this true?
Hisense do advertise the four year warranty on their website, but we don't have any experience with the warranty process. Every brand has mixed reviews about support.
9
I know it is not a feature that can be tested, per se; however, what have you heard about longevity with this brand? I work at an electronics retailer and was wondering about comparisons with other budget models. Thanks, love the site.
Since this is our first Hisense that we have in our lab, and just for a couple of weeks now, we cannot really comment the longevity of this brand.
8
As of 9-28, the firmware update to enable HDR10 processing over HDMI on the H8C is out in the wild, though word is it won't see general release for another week. A couple of people were able to get support to provide a link to get the update early and these links were shared. In addition to the HDR10 support, I am also noticing more chroma/bit-depth options available for output from my Nvidia GTX 1060 and am currently set to 4k60/4:2:2/12-bit and in both this mode and RGB/8-bit the chroma subsampling image comes out looking like the reference image. I'd love to see a re-test done on the new firmware to see if performance is improved elsewhere and to get input lag readings for HDR.
We have updated the firmware of the Hisense H8C and the TV now does in fact support chroma subsampling in addition to HDR. The review has been updated with the latest results and scores.
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Is the sharp N7000U the same as this TV? Thanks.
We have bought the Sharp 50N7000U and we will be doing the reviews in the coming weeks. For the moment, we can only state that the design do look very similar, but until we do the full review, we cannot really compare the specification unfortunately.
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I understand that a 4K TV upscales lower resolutions (480, 720, 1080) signals to fit the screen. This may be a dated questions with the changeover to almost all TVs being sold being 4K. However will a 4K signal "downscale" or compress if you will to fit a 1080P TV and if so will the quality of the picture be clear or will it degrade somewhat converting from 4K to 1080P? Thank you.
It depends on the TV, but very few 1080p TVs accept a 4k input. 4k Blu-ray players can downscale it to 1080p though.
6
I've heard that the 65H8C has a different panel and better viewing angles. Would you do a separate review for that model?
Unfortunately we don't have enough time to review more than one model in a series, there are too many other TVs to test.
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When do you expect to review the 65h8c? It appears from testing the 50h8c and the 65h8c there are some differences to note. The 65 appears to get brighter, doesn't suffer as much from deterioration at angles, even extreme angles etc. I would also like to see some updated calibration settings if possible.
We only test one size per series, we have too many other TVs to test. We expect the 65H8C to perform similarly to the 50H8C we reviewed. If you find sources that state significant differences, send us an email with the links; we may update the "Differences between Sizes and Variants" section.
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Does this TV have any sort of setting that will help with the judder that's mentioned?
If you don't mind the soap opera effect then you can activate 'Ultra Smooth Motion'. Note that this will also introduce interpolation artifacts.
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On the newly released 65H8C I've seen some commenters give conflicting feedback on whether or not the native Netflix and Amazon Video apps, for example, are playing true 4K or just upscaled 1080p (assuming here the user has 4K level Netflix subscription and Amazon Prime, and correctly selected a Netflix / Amazon program that actually is 4K).

Can you confirm whether or not these native apps are playing in real 4K?

We cannot confirm whether the 65H8C plays 4K correctly while using these apps, but it should behave similarly to our 50H8C; we tested it with the Netflix test pattern suite and it could play the 30 fps test pattern at 4K but it could not play the 50 fps pattern at 4K. Our Samsung KU6300 could play the 50 fps pattern at 4K no problem, so there may be a bandwidth limitation with the H8C. This should not be a problem because there is very little content on Netflix that is more than 30 fps.
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So how responsive is the input lag if I'm playing on a ps4 pro and Xbox one?
The input lag is around 50 ms when playing in 4k and also in 4k HDR, which is barely okay for casual gaming and definitely not so good if you intend to be playing some more intensive games like first person shooters. When playing at 1080p resolution, the input lag is around 30 ms, which is better, but you would be missing the whole point of having a newer 4k capable video game console.
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With the newly released 65" H8C that adds a wide color gamut not available on the 55 or 50, how much of an impact do you believe a wide color gamut would have on improving this TVs score?
We don't expect the 65H8C to have a significantly wider color gamut than the 55" or 50" models. The 65H8C is advertised as covering 83% of the DCI P3 color space, while the 50H8C we reviewed covered 80% of P3 on CIE 1931 xy and 86% of P3 on CIE 1976 u'v', so the 65H8C and 50H8C likely have very similar color gamuts.
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Would you recommend the Hisense 50H8C over the Samsung KU7000 series or the Sony XBR700 series?

If you'll watch TV in a dark room while sitting in front of the TV, go with the Hisense H8C, since it is a better TV for general use than the Samsung KU7000 and is much cheaper.

If you'll watch TV in a well lit room with a wide seating area, then go with the Sony X700D, which unlike the 2 other TVs, has a IPS panel, which have a wider viewing angle and a lower contrast ratio, better suited for bright room.

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What the length between the feet for H8C 55 inch?
We don't have the 55" model, but we can estimate. The 50" model has a stand width of 36.9" at its widest point (the front feet), and the 55" model is 4.3" wider than the 50", so the stand of the 55" is probably no more than 41.2" wide.
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How is the input lag for 4K 60fps in gaming for the Hisense 65H8C? It's a new panel so it should be better right?
We expect the input lag to be similar to our 55H8C, which was 51 ms for 4K @ 60 fps. The panel of the 65H8C will probably be similar to the other H8C panels just larger.
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I recently purchased the Hisense "65H8C" 4K TV and connected it to my Optimum Cablevision cable box as well as my internet connection. I noticed that the TV will display 1080p and 4K video when the source is from the internet, but it seems like the best I can get from the cable box is 1080i. I have the cable box connected with an HDMI cable and have tried both HDMI ports 3 & 1 with the same result. When it identifies the input source on the screen it shows that the picture as displaying at 480/720p or 1080i depending on the current channel/show. Why do I not see 1080p for cable channels like CNN, MSNBC, or any other non-broadcast channels that should be in HD? Is this an issue with my cable company or the Hisense 65H8C TV? How can I test to verify that the HDMI inputs can do 1080p? Would a standard DVD player test this or do I need a Blu-ray player to test this?
There are very few channels that are 1080p, most are 1080i or 720p; your cable box is just playing whatever the channel is. Your cable box is probably capable of outputting 1080p, though just in case you can check in the settings of the cable box to see if it is being limited to 1080i.

It's very unlikely there's a problem with the TV. If you want to test the TV you can't use a DVD player as it would not send a 1080p signal (likely 480p), but a Blu-ray player would.

We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.