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Hisense H4F TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 30, 2019 at 08:36 am
Hisense H4F Picture
5.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung N5300
4.2
Movies
6.3
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
6.4
Video Games
3.9
HDR Movies
3.5
HDR Gaming
6.9
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.

Our Verdict

5.4 Mixed Usage

This is a disappointing TV for mixed usage. It can't get very bright and can't display deep blacks in a dark room, making it more suitable for a dim room. It has wide viewing angles and can handle the reflections of a few extra lights well. Fast-moving content looks crisp, but the TV's 768p native resolution is limiting since most recent content is becoming available in higher resolutions.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
4.2 Movies

This TV delivers poor performance when watching movies. It can't display deep blacks in a dark room and the 768p native resolution is limiting for most of today's content. It has no motion processing features and can only remove judder from certain sources. On a positive note, it has good color accuracy out-of-the-box.

See our Movies recommendations
6.3 TV Shows

This is a mediocre TV for watching TV shows. It can handle reflections well but can't get very bright to fight the glare of a bright room. The viewing angles are excellent and you can easily do house chores while watching your favorite show. Unfortunately, the 768p native resolution is limiting, even for TV shows with a 720p native resolution, like the ones from most cable boxes.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.0 Sports

This is a good TV for watching sports. It delivers crisp motion and handles reflections well, but can't get very bright so it's more suitable for a dim room. Thanks to its excellent viewing angles, you can walk around while watching your favorite game. However, if you're a demanding sports fan, you'll be bothered by the amount of dirty screen effect this TV has.

See our Sports recommendations
6.4 Video Games

The H4F is a decent TV for playing video games. It has a very low input lag and a fast response time that delivers fast-moving objects with little blur trail. Unfortunately, the 768p native resolution is limiting and can't fully use the capabilities of modern gaming consoles or PC graphics cards.

See our Video Games recommendations
6.9 PC Monitor

The Hisense H4F is a decent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and feels very responsive. The excellent viewing angles ensure a uniform image when sitting up close and there's no risk of permanent burn-in. On the downside, the 768p resolution is limiting and the TV can't display proper chroma 4:4:4 so text isn't clear.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 5.4 Mixed Usage
  • 4.2 Movies
  • 6.3 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 6.4 Video Games
  • 3.9 HDR Movies
  • 3.5 HDR Gaming
  • 6.9 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Excellent wide viewing angles
Cons
  • Very limiting 768p resolution
  • Bad contrast and bad black uniformity
  • Can't get very bright
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
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.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
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.

Design
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"

Design
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.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.59" (1.5 cm)

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

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.91" (7.4 cm)

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

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

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

4.3
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.028 %
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.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.0 %

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
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.

8.6
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

The 32H4F we tested is a 768p TV.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels

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

6.6
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

Motion
7.4
Motion
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
Motion
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.

4.0
Motion
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
No
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.

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

There's no motion interpolation feature on this TV.

7.8
Motion
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
Motion
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
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

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

Inputs
8.7
Inputs
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
Inputs
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.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
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
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
HDCP 2.2 Uknown
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
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
Sound Quality
5.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
134.54 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70