Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Hisense H4F TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
5.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: no price info
3.8
Movies
6.2
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
6.8
Video Games
3.8
HDR Movies
3.6
HDR Gaming
7.1
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
IPS
Resolution : 720p (32" only)

The Hisense H4F is an entry-level TV with sub-par picture quality and a 768p native resolution, which is limiting. It has good reflection handling, but can't get very bright, so it's more suitable for a dim room. There's no HDR support and, as with most IPS panels, blacks tend to look more like gray in a dark room. On the upside, it has excellent viewing angles and a fast response time that delivers crisp motion. It has a very low input lag, great for casual gaming, but unfortunately, there are no advanced gaming or motion processing features.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 5.1
Motion 6.6
Inputs 8.2
Sound Quality 6.3
Smart Features 7.1
Pros
  • Excellent wide viewing angles
Cons
  • Very limiting 768p resolution
  • Bad contrast and bad black uniformity
  • Can't get very bright

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Market Context

The Hisense H4F is an entry-level TV. It's in the lower-end of Hisense's 2019 lineup and its closest competitors are the TCL 3 Series (S325 and S327) and the Samsung N5300.

7.0

Design

Curved : No

The Hisense H4F's design is decent. It's mainly made of plastic and metal but doesn't feel premium. The stand supports the TV well, but there's still a little wobble. The overall build quality is acceptable with no gaps or loose ends.

Stand

The stand supports the TV well but can't prevent all wobble, and the feet can't be reversed.

Footprint of the 32" model: 25" x 6.8"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x200

The back of the TV is plain and is made of thin, smooth metal. The inputs are facing to the side, and there's no cable management.

Borders
Borders : 0.59" (1.5 cm)

The borders are fairly thick, but shouldn't be in the way while watching TV.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.91" (7.4 cm)

The TV is quite thin and won't stick out much when wall-mounted.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
91 °F (33 °C)
Average Temperature
:
87 °F (31 °C)
7.0 Build Quality

The 32H4F has a decent build quality. It doesn't feel premium, but it's solid without any gaps or loose ends.

5.1

Picture Quality

The Hisense H4F's picture quality is disappointing. It can't get very bright and only has a mediocre contrast ratio that results in blacks that look like gray when in a dark room, and there's no support for HDR. On the upside, the image remains accurate when viewed from the side and it has very good accuracy out-of-the-box. Reflections won't be an issue if there are a few lights in the room, but due to the TV's 768p resolution, it can't display any of the most common resolutions perfectly.

6.1 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1041 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The H4F's contrast ratio is mediocre. Blacks look more like gray in a dark room.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

5.2 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
150 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
172 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
172 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
178 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.003

The H4F has a disappointing peak brightness. Unfortunately, it can't fight the glare of a bright room and you're better off placing it in a dim room.

We measured the peak brightness without calibration (the TV has no calibration capabilities), using the 'Movie' picture mode and 'Warm 2' color temperature. With the 'Normal' Picture Mode and the default settings, we measured a peak brightness of 210 cd/m² on the 25% test window.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR ABL
:
N/A

This TV doesn't support HDR.

7.4 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.304 %
50% DSE
:
0.200 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.524 %
5% DSE
:
0.076 %

The TV has decent overall gray uniformity. However, in the lighter shades, the dirty screen effect is very apparent and will most likely bother sports fans. In darker scenes, the TV performs significantly better.

9.2 Viewing Angle
Color Washout
:
58 °
Color Shift
:
69 °
Brightness Loss
:
56 °
Black Level Raise
:
70 °
Gamma Shift
:
63 °

The H4F has excellent wide viewing angles. It's similar to the 2016 Sony W600D, which has a PLS panel that behaves like an IPS.

4.5 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
3.029 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

Black uniformity on the 32H4F is poor. There's significant clouding on the screen and you can spot some backlight bleed at the edges. However, this is only noticeable when watching very dark scenes in a pitch black room.

7.7 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.5 %

This TV has good reflection handling, which is great if your room has a few lights. However, in a very bright room, the TV's inability to fight glare makes it hard to see a clear image.

8.7 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.80
Color dE
:
1.98
Gamma
:
2.19
Color Temperature
:
6324 K
Picture Mode
:
Movie
Color Temp Setting
:
Warm
Gamma Setting
:
Setting Not Available

The H4F's pre-calibration accuracy is excellent. Most people won't spot any inaccuracies in the colors or in the grays. Some enthusiasts, however, might spot the inaccuracies in the greens and that the color temperature is slightly warm. The gamma follows the curve for the most part, but some dark and some very bright scenes are brighter than they should be.

8.7 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.80
Color dE
:
1.98
Gamma
:
2.19
Color Temperature
:
6324 K
White Balance Calibration
:
No
Color Calibration
:
No
Auto-Calibration Function
:
No

As there are no calibration settings for this TV, the performance remains unchanged.

You can see the available settings here.

7.5 480p Input

The native resolution of the 32H4F, which is the size we tested, is 768p, which isn't much of an issue for 480p content. Once upscaled, it looks good.

7.5 720p Input

Since the native resolution of the 32H4F is 768p, HD content doesn't exactly match pixel for pixel, so there's some loss of fine detail when displaying 720p content.

0 1080p Input

The 32H4F we tested is a 768p TV but can downscale 1080p content.

0 4k Input

The 32H4F we tested is a 768p TV.

6.6 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
73.12 %
DCI P3 uv
:
78.92 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
52.54 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
57.56 %

The Hisense H4F doesn't have a wide color gamut. This, however, is expected for a TV that doesn't support HDR and shouldn't be an issue in normal SDR use.

5.5 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
64.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
20.8 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
46.0 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
14.8 %

This TV has a disappointing color volume, limited both by the color gamut and the TV's mediocre contrast ratio.

8.9 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.084 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.094 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.071 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.082 dE

The H4F has an excellent gradient handling, despite the 8-bit panel. This is great, as there's no setting that helps reduce banding further.

10 Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes. This is great, as IPS TVs tend to be more susceptible to image retention.

10 Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
:
No

We don't expect IPS panels to experience permanent image retention, as the IPS panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Pixels

The pixel pattern on the Hisense H4F is similar to the pixel pattern on the Sony W600D.

6.6

Motion

The Hisense H4F has decent overall motion handling. The response time is fast, and the TV delivers fast motion with minimal blur trail and without much stutter. It uses PWM to dim the backlight and doesn't have any advanced motion processing features like motion interpolation or black frame insertion.

8.3 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
5.5 ms
100% Response Time
:
15.7 ms

The H4F has an impressive response time. There's only a very little blur trail behind fast-moving content. The dark lines you see on the picture are due to the TV scaling down our 1080p @ 60Hz test video to its 768p resolution.

4.7 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
180 Hz

The H4F uses PWM to dim the backlight, which might bother some flicker-sensitive people.

4.6 Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
:
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
:
180 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
:
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
:
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
:
180 Hz

The H4F doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to help motion appear smoother. When the backlight is low, motion is helped by the PWM flicker, but at higher settings, motion isn't as smooth due to the lack of flicker.

0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

There's no motion interpolation feature on this TV.

7.8 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
26.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
1.0 ms

This TV has good stutter performance. Although the TV's response time is fast, it isn't so fast as to create annoying stutter.

5.6 24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
:
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
:
No

This TV has disappointing judder performance as it can only remove judder from 24p sources like Blu-rays or DVD movies.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

The 32H4F doesn't support any advanced gaming features like the FreeSync variable refresh rate.

8.2

Inputs

The Hisense H4F has a remarkably low input lag at 720p resolution when in 'Game' mode. Unfortunately, the TV's native resolution of 768p limits its support for higher resolutions that are also the most common ones. Finally, the TV can't properly display chroma 4:4:4, and when used as a PC monitor text won't be clear.

9.6 Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
:
14.8 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
32.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
:
N/A
8k @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1440p with VRR
:
N/A
4k with VRR
:
N/A
8k with VRR
:
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
:
No

The H4F has an excellent low input lag when in 'Game' mode. Outside of 'Game' mode, the input lag is significantly higher, but still one of the lowest ones we've measured outside 'Game' mode.

Note that the reported measurements are that of a 720p video signal. Although 1080p @ 60Hz worked fine outside 'Game' mode, we could not get the 1080p @ 60Hz to work properly in 'Game' mode. Our input lag measurements were inconsistent, so we used the 720p instead.

The average of our measurements taken at 1080p @ 60Hz within 'Game' was: 33.5ms.

The actual measurement for the input lag in 1080p @ 60Hz outside of 'Game' mode was: 37.8ms.

0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
No
4k @ 60 Hz
:
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 120 Hz
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
:
No

As this TV has a 768p native resolution, it can't properly support any of the most common resolutions, and can't display chroma 4:4:4 either. This means that text isn't clear when the TV is used as a PC monitor.

Note: The TV can display both 1080p and 1440p signals, and surprisingly, the 1440p signal of the Xbox looked better than both 720p and 1080p.

Input Photos
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 0
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
HDR10+
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
No
3D
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
No
HDMI 2.1
:
No
CEC : Yes
USB 3.0
:
No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Audio Passthrough
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
:
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
:
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
:
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
:
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
:
Yes
6.3

Sound Quality

The sound on the Hisense H4F is mediocre. It can get pretty loud and produces clear and understandable dialog for the most part. However, it doesn't produce any sub-bass and therefore lacks thump and punch to its bass. For a better sound, it's recommended to add dedicated speakers or a soundbar (see our recommendations for the best soundbars).

5.8 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
134.54 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.44 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.47 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
7.59 dB
Max
:
90.8 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
4.39 dB

The H4F's frequency response is sub-par. The LFE (low-frequency extension) indicates a bass can't deliver any thump, rumble, or punch in bass-heavy movies or video game sound effects. On the upside, this TV produces clear and understandable dialog and can get fairly loud, without producing too much compression and pumping artifacts.

7.7 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.077
Weighted THD @ Max
:
0.478
IMD @ 80
:
0.73 %
IMD @ Max
:
2.18 %

The distortion performance is good. The overall amount of THD produced at 80dB SPL is within good limits, and there isn't a big jump in THD at max SPL either.

7.1

Smart Features

Smart OS : Roku TV
Version : 9.1.0

The Hisense H4F has decent smart features. It runs the Roku TV smart interface that's simple and easy to use. It gives you access to a large selection of apps to cover almost any need. The remote is very simple, and so is the app that pairs with this TV.

7.5 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Easy
Smoothness
:
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
4 s
Advanced Options
:
Some

The H4F has a good, smooth interface that's easy to use.

0 Ad-Free
Ads
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
No
Suggested Content in Home
:
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
:
No

This TV has ads and suggested content and doesn't give you the option of opting out.

7.5 Apps and Features
App Selection
:
Many
App Smoothness
:
Average
Cast Capable
:
Yes
USB Drive Playback
:
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
:
No
HDR in Netflix
:
No
HDR in YouTube
: