The Hisense A6H, also known as the A6 Series or simply the A6, is an entry-level 4k TV in Hisense's 2022 lineup, and it's the replacement for the 2021 Hisense A6G. It's a budget model that sits below Hisense's ULED series, which starts with Hisense U6H, and above smaller budget models like the Hisense A4H. Although it supports variable refresh rate technology for gaming, it's still limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's one of the first TVs on the market to run the Google TV 11 smart interface, which is fast and easy to use, and it has a great selection of apps, including all major streaming services.
The Hisense A6 is an okay TV for mixed usage. It's best suited for watching movies or TV shows in a moderately-lit room. It has a low contrast ratio, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so it's not a good choice for watching movies or HDR content in a dark room. It's okay for gaming, as it has low input lag and variable refresh rate support, but its response time is just okay, so there's a bit of noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. Finally, it's great for use as a PC monitor thanks to its wide viewing angle, so the image remains uniform even if you're sitting close to it, and it supports chroma 4:4:4, which is important for clear text from a PC.
The Hisense A6 is a mediocre TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so blacks look gray and patchy in a dark room. On the other hand, it upscales lower resolution content, like DVDs, well, and due to the relatively slow response time, there's very little stutter in movies. It also removes judder from true 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or a streaming box with a 'Match Frame Rate' feature, like the Apple TV.
The Hisense A6 Series is a decent TV for watching shows, as long as you're not in a bright room. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement, as everyone sees the same image, even if you're sitting to the side. Sadly, it's not well-suited for a bright room, as it has poor peak brightness and just decent reflection handling, so it can't handle glare. On the other hand, the built-in Google TV smart interface has a huge selection of streaming services, and the TV upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you have a bunch of TV shows on DVD.
The Hisense A6 is a decent TV for watching sports, as long as you're not in a bright room. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great for a wide seating arrangement, as everyone sees the same thing. It has an okay response time, but fast-motion is a bit blurry. It's unfortunately not well-suited for a bright viewing environment, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare, although it has decent reflection handling.
The Hisense A6 is an okay TV for gaming. It has superb low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with what you see on the screen, and it supports HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology (VRR), which helps reduce screen tearing. It has an okay response time, but there's a bit of blur behind fast-moving objects. Sadly, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it's not ideal for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers, as it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz high refresh rate gaming.
The Hisense A6 is a sub-par choice for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so blacks look gray and patchy in a dark room. It also has bad peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights don't stand out at all. It has an okay color gamut in HDR, but it can't display a wide color gamut and has disappointing color volume, so HDR content looks dull overall.
The Hisense A6 Series is okay for gaming in HDR, mainly due to its also okay gaming experience, as HDR adds almost nothing. It has low input lag and support for HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a responsive, nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has just an okay response time, though, with more blur than high-end TVs. It doesn't look very good in a dark room, as it has mediocre contrast, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature to improve either of them. It can't get very bright in HDR and has disappointing HDR color volume, so HDR content looks dull.
The Hisense A6 is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a great viewing angle and good uniformity, ensuring the screen remains uniform, even at the sides, when you're sitting close to the TV. It supports chroma 4:4:4, which is essential for clear text from a PC. It has very low input lag, ensuring a smooth desktop experience, but it has just an okay response time, so there's noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It has decent reflection handling, but due to its poor peak brightness, it's not well-suited for bright viewing environments.
We tested the 65-inch Hisense A6 Series, and our results are also valid for the 43-inch, 55-inch, and 75-inch models. The 50-inch model is a bit different, as it uses a different panel type from the 65-inch we've tested. This results in much better contrast and dark room performance, but a worse viewing angle. There are also some minor differences in the inputs between the 43, 50, and 55-inch models and the 65 and 75-inch models. The smaller sizes have three HDMI inputs, but they have a full-sized composite input with dedicated audio and video ports. The larger sizes have four HDMI ports, but they require an adapter for composite inputs, which is sold separately.
In Canada, this model is known as the Hisense A68H, and there's also a minor variant known as the A65H sold in a few stores. Both of these variants perform the same as the A6H.
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If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Hisense A6H doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.
The unit we tested was manufactured in February 2022, and you can see the label here.
The Hisense A6 Series is an okay budget TV, but it has limited features and disappointing picture quality, especially if you're in a dark room. It's an okay choice for a secondary display in a bedroom or office, but there are much better options available for about the same price.
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Although their naming is similar, the Hisense A6H and the Hisense U6H are different TVs. The U6H is part of Hisense's ULED lineup, while the A6H is part of the more entry-level UHD lineup, which means that the U6H has more features like FreeSync VRR support and a wide color gamut. They also have different panel types, and the U6H has much better contrast, while the A6H has a wider viewing angle. If you want better picture quality, go for the U6H.
The Hisense A6G and the Hisense A6H are very similar overall. The more recent A6H runs a newer smart interface, known as Google TV 11, instead of the older Android TV platform. It's a bit more polished and easy to use. The A6H also supports variable refresh rate technology, which helps improve the overall gaming experience by reducing visible tearing in some games. As far as overall picture quality goes, there's very little difference between these two TVs.
The Samsung TU7000 is slightly better than the Hisense A6H for most users. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio, resulting in deeper blacks in a dark room and better uniformity. On the other hand, the Hisense has a wider viewing angle, so it's a slightly better choice if you always watch TV with lights on and have a wide seating arrangement.
The Samsung AU8000 is much better than the Hisense A6H. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look black instead of gray in a dark room, and it has much better black uniformity. The Samsung also has better reflection handling and higher peak brightness, so it looks a bit better than the Hisense in a bright room.
The Hisense U6G is significantly better than the Hisense A6H in almost every way. The U6G delivers much better picture quality, with deeper blacks and brighter highlights in HDR. The U6G looks much better in a bright room, thanks to its higher peak brightness and better reflection handling. HDR looks better thanks to its decent full-array local dimming feature and higher HDR brightness, so bright highlights stand out and look closer to the content creator's intent.
The Sony X80K is a bit better than the Hisense A6H. The Sony is quite a bit brighter, so it looks better in a room with a bit of natural lighting and is bright enough to overcome a bit of glare. The Sony also has much better picture quality, with significantly better gradient handling, a wider color gamut, and better tone-mapping with HDR content.
The Hisense A6H and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are extremely similar. The Hisense is slightly more versatile, as it has more HDMI inputs and a few extra features, including variable refresh rate support for gamers. The TCL is a bit brighter, so if you don't care about gaming features, it has slightly better picture quality and can better overcome glare.
The Hisense U7G is significantly better than the Hisense A6H. The U6G delivers much better picture quality, with a much higher contrast ratio, resulting in deeper, more uniform blacks in a dark room. The U6G also gets significantly brighter, so it looks better in a bright room and can better overcome glare. Finally, HDR looks significantly better on the U6G thanks to its wider color gamut, higher peak brightness, and full-array local dimming feature.
The Hisense A6H is slightly better than the LG NANO75 2022. The Hisense has a wider viewing angle and slightly better contrast. The Hisense is also a bit better for gaming, as it supports a variable refresh rate, which only the 86" LG supports.
The Amazon Fire TV Omni Series is a bit better than the Hisense A6H. The Amazon TV has much higher contrast, so blacks look deeper and more uniform in a dark room. The Amazon also gets brighter, so it looks better than the Hisense in a bright room. On the other hand, the Hisense has a wider viewing angle, so it's slightly better if you have a moderately lit room with a wide seating arrangement.
The V-shaped feet are nearly identical to the Hisense A6G. The feet are wide-set, but the 65 and 75-inch models have an alternate position for the feet that takes up less space. The 43, 50, and 55-inch models can only be setup as-shown, with the feet in the wide position.
Footprint of the 65 inch model as shown: 50.1" x 12".
The alternate position, as shown here, has a footprint of 25.5" x 12". Regardless of which configuration you choose, the TV sits 3.1 inches above the table, so most soundbars fit in front of it without blocking the screen.
The inputs are housed in a central electronics box, so they're difficult to access if you wall-mount the TV. There's a small gap between the bottom of the electronics box and the bottom of the TV that looks like it could be used for cable management, but it doesn't work.
Overall, the Hisense A6 Series has decent build quality. There's a lot of flex on the plastic electronics box on the back of the TV, but it shouldn't cause any issues. The plastic piece that makes up the front bottom border is a bit flimsy, but again, you shouldn't have any issues with this when using the TV.
The Hisense A6 series has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature, so it can't produce deep blacks in brighter scenes. Note that the 50-inch model has much better contrast, so blacks look black in a dark room. If you prefer something that has a high contrast on all its models, consider the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022
Unfortunately, with the most accurate calibration settings, the Hisense A6 has poor peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to handle a moderate amount of natural light, but it's a bad choice for a bright room, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare. There's no variation in brightness with different scenes, though, which is great.
These measurements are after calibration, in the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with the Backlight Level set to 'Max'. Changing the Picture Mode to 'Standard' and setting the Color Temperature to 'Medium' results in a much brighter image, reaching a peak of 315 cd/m² with a 25% window, but it's not as accurate.
Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 has bad peak brightness in HDR. It doesn't get bright enough to deliver a true cinematic HDR experience, as bright highlights don't stand out or look very realistic. It doesn't track the PQ EOTF accurately either, as most dark scenes are over-brightened, and everything above about 30 cd/m² is way too dark, as the TV rolls the peak brightness off to preserve details. Unfortunately, 'FILMMAKER MODE' has the same issues, and doesn't track the EOTF well, either.
We measured the peak brightness with the default settings in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode, with the Color Temperature set to 'Low', the 'HDR Standard' Picture Mode with the 'Medium' Color Temperature is a bit brighter, reaching a peak of 311 cd/m² with a 50% window, but it's not a noticeable difference.
The Hisense A6 TV is just as dark in HDR 'Game Mode' as it is in 'HDR Theater'.
The Hisense A6 Series has mediocre gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in areas of similar color, and it's especially noticeable in greens and reds. Unfortunately, there's no Smooth Gradation feature to smooth out banding, and the two noise reduction features don't help with this.
The Hisense A6 has good gray uniformity. The four sections of the screen near the corners are noticeably darker than the center, which is distracting when watching sports or anything displaying large areas of a uniform color. Near-dark scenes are significantly better, but there's still some slight cloudiness and backlight bleed.
The Hisense A6 Series has sub-par black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout due to the low contrast ratio, and there's noticeable backlight bleed in multiple spots. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve it. The 50-inch model has much better black uniformity thanks to its VA-type panel and higher native contrast.
The Hisense A6 Series has a great viewing angle, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement or like to move around with the TV on. The image fades if you're at a moderate angle, but there's very little shift in color accuracy, and it looks better at an angle than the LG NANO75 2022.
The Hisense A6 has decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss coating reduces the intensity of direct reflections a bit. Sadly, since this TV can't get very bright after calibration, it's not recommended for a bright room, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare, despite the decent anti-reflective coating.
The Hisense A6 Series has excellent SDR accuracy out of the box. There are a few minor issues with the white balance and color accuracy, especially in saturated greens and reds, but it's not noticeably bad. The color temperature is very close to the 6500K target. Gamma is close to the 2.2 target we use for a moderately-lit room, but dark scenes are over-brightened a bit.
Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 TV is very difficult to calibrate, and there's little benefit to it overall. The greens and reds that are over-saturated out of the box are toned down a bit, but other than that, there's not much benefit to attempting to calibrate it.
You can see our full calibration settings here.
Most sizes of the Hisense A6 use a standard RGB subpixel layout. The 50-inch model has a BGR subpixel layout. It's only important if you're planning on using the TV as a PC monitor, as the more common BGR subpixel layout reduces text clarity. You can read more about this here.
The Hisense A6 Series has an okay HDR color gamut but can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has very good coverage of the more commonly used DCI-P3 color space but can't display the full range of reds or greens.
The Hisense A6 Series has disappointing color volume. It's limited by the narrow color gamut, and due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors.
The Hisense A6 Series has an okay response time. Most transitions are slow, resulting in more noticeable motion blur, but there's almost no overshoot, which is great. Unfortunately, the low-frequency backlight flicker causes a noticeable image duplication.
There's no backlight-strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, on the Hisense A6. It always flickers at a fixed frequency unless you have the backlight at max. This low-frequency flicker acts similar to a BFI feature and helps reduce persistence blur, but it also causes a noticeable image duplication.
The Hisense A6 Series has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the appearance of motion. It has limited processing capabilities, as expected for a budget model. It smooths out motion a bit in relatively slow action scenes, but in fast scenes, there are noticeable artifacts. In really busy scenes, it'll stop trying to interpolate, which is distracting due to the sudden change in frame rate.
Thanks to this TV's relatively slow response time, there's relatively little stutter when watching movies or other low frame rate content. It's still noticeable a bit in slow panning shots, but it's good overall.
The Hisense A6 automatically removes judder from 24p sources like a Blu-ray player or streaming device with a Match Frame Rate feature, like an Apple TV, as well as from the native apps. It does so automatically, so you don't have to enable the motion interpolation feature to enjoy a judder-free movie experience. Sadly, like most TVs with 60Hz panels, it can't remove judder from 60Hz sources like most cable boxes.
The Hisense A6 Series supports a variable refresh rate feature, which is great for gaming. However, it's only compatible with the HDMI Forum VRR implementation. It works well with the PS5 or Xbox Series X, but it doesn't work at all with older graphics cards. G-SYNC cards offer the option to enable G-SYNC Compatible mode, but it tears constantly. However, it works with recent AMD cards like the RX6600.
The Hisense A6 has superb low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming or desktop experience if you're using it as a PC monitor.
The Hisense A6 Series supports most common resolutions, but only at 60Hz. 1440p is supported, but you have to force it either through a custom resolution on a PC or by manually setting the resolution on some game consoles. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly with all supported formats, which is essential for clear text if you're using it as a PC monitor.
Unlike the higher-end Hisense ULED TVs, like the Hisense U7H or Hisense U8H, this TV doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. Unfortunately, it doesn't support ATSC 3.0, so you can't stream 4k channels over the air with an antenna.
The 43, 50, and 55-inch models only have three HDMI inputs, but they gain a full composite input, whereas the 65 and 75-inch models require an adapter for composite inputs (sold separately).
The Hisense A6 supports eARC, allowing you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through an HDMI cable.
Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 Series has a disappointing frequency response. The low-frequency extension (LFE) is very high, and there's basically no low bass response. The frequency response isn't well balanced above the LFE, either, so dialogue is a bit muddy, and there's no room correction feature. On the plus side, it gets loud, and there's just a bit of compression at max volume.
The Hisense A6 Series is one of the first TVs on the market to run the updated Google TV 11 smart interface. It's very similar to previous Google TV versions, with a slightly refined interface and a few new accessibility features. It's fast and fairly easy to use.
Unfortunately, like most TVs, there are ads throughout the interface. You can opt-out of suggested content, which is great, and you can limit ad-tracking, but this just limits the type of ads you'll see, not the number of ads.
The Hisense A6 remote is pretty simple, with no number buttons and six sponsored buttons that vary between regions. It has a built-in mic for voice control, and you can use voice commands to change inputs or launch apps, but you can't use it to change settings on the TV.