Hisense H8F TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jul 09, 2019 at 08:36 am
Hisense H8F Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
8.2
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
6.4
Sports
6.9
Video Games
7.9
HDR Movies
6.9
HDR Gaming
6.8
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Hisense H8G
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Hisense H8F is a very good entry-level 4k TV with great picture quality, decent motion handling, and excellent low input lag. It looks great in a dark room, as it has an impressive contrast ratio, outstanding black uniformity, and a full array local dimming feature. It has great peak brightness with SDR content, and has great reflection handling. Unfortunately, motion doesn't look as great, as it has a very slow response time, and although it has an optional motion interpolation feature, it isn't very good and constantly cuts out.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Hisense H8F is a great TV for most uses. It is a great choice for watching movies or playing games in a dark room, and a good choice for watching TV shows during the day. It isn't as well-suited for sports, unless you're watching it alone, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • Deep, uniform blacks.
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Great peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Bad viewing angles.
  • Slow response time.
8.2 Movies

Great TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has an impressive contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, and a passable local dimming feature. Unfortunately, it has a very slow response time, so there is more noticeable persistence blur behind fast-moving objects.

7.4 TV Shows

This is a good TV for watching TV during the day. It has very good reflection handling and great peak brightness, but poor viewing angles, so it isn't ideal for watching TV while moving around the room. It has great upscaling capabilities, and the vast majority of streaming apps are available for Android TV.

6.4 Sports

Decent TV for sports. It has very good reflection handling and great peak brightness, but the viewing angles are poor and there is noticeable dirty screen effect. Unfortunately, it has a very slow response time, and most people will notice more persistence blur.

6.9 Video Games

Great TV for playing video games. It has exceptional low input lag, supports most common formats, and upscales lower resolution games well. Unfortunately, there is noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync.

7.9 HDR Movies

Very good TV for watching movies in HDR. It has outstanding contrast, impressive black uniformity, and a passable local dimming feature. It can display a great color gamut, and has decent color volume, but can't get bright enough to show off small, bright objects in some scenes.

6.9 HDR Gaming

The Hisense H8F is a great TV for HDR gaming. It looks great in a dark room, as it can display deep, uniform blacks. It can display a great wide color gamut, and has decent color volume. Games are responsive thanks to the excellent low input lag, but it has only decent motion handling, and a slow response time.

6.8 PC Monitor

This is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It is very responsive, thanks to the excellent low input lag. It looks good in a bright room, thanks to the high peak brightness and very good reflection handling. Unfortunately, it also has poor viewing angles, and it has only decent motion handling, so it might not be the best.

  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 6.4 Sports
  • 6.9 Video Games
  • 7.9 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 6.8 PC Monitor
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Hisense H8F is a budget 2019 model 4k TV. Hisense releases fewer models than most other brands, and the H8F appears to be one of their top models this year. Its main competitors are the TCL R617, Samsung RU7100, and Vizio V Series 2019.

Design
7.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense H8F has a nice design. It has thin bezels and a simple, all-black finish. The feet are very small, but support the TV well. They are made of metal, which is nice, and there are two positions for the feet, which is a nice (and rare) feature.

Design
Stand

The feet support the TV well, and are very thin and simple. They can't be reversed, but they can be installed in two positions, which is great if you want to place a soundbar in front of the TV or have a narrow table. Note that in the narrow position, the TV wobbles a bit more.

Note: We have received a report that the 50" model does not have adjustable feet.

Footprint of the 55" stand at the narrow position: 35.8" x 9.3".

Footprint of the 55" stand at the wide position: 43.7" x 9.3".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the H8F is quite plain, and very similar to the H9E. Most of the connections are facing the side, so they're easy to access when VESA mounted. There is no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)

The borders of the TV are thin and not very distracting. The bottom border is a bit thicker, but still looks good.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.80" (7.1 cm)

The H8F is quite a bit thicker than the H9E, but still thin enough that it looks good wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Hisense H8F has decent build quality. It's sturdy and doesn't wobble very much. The feet are made of metal and support the TV well, but the back feels like it's made of cheap plastic.

Picture Quality
9.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5989 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
6910 : 1

The Hisense H8F has an impressive contrast ratio, and delivers deep blacks in a dark room. The local dimming feature is effective at boosting contrast even further.

6.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The full array local dimming feature on the Hisense H8F is decent. It strikes a good balance, not dimming too much that small details are crushed, but not dimming too little that there is significant blooming. Fast movement looks good, and as small bright objects transition between zones it isn't very noticeable. Unfortunately, when the screen changes it can be quite slow to adjust, taking as long as 2 seconds to adjust to moving from our 50% slide to anything else.

During testing, we discovered a bug with the local dimming setting. If we turned the TV off with the setting disabled, when we turned the TV back on local dimming would be on again, but the setting itself would still say it was off. In order to disable it, we had to set it back to 'High', and then disable it again.

The 50" model has fewer dimming zones, and the 65" has a few more, so local dimming performance may vary a bit.

7.6
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
348 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
535 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
586 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
502 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
340 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
530 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
580 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
500 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
352 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.035

Great peak brightness with SDR content. There is some variation in peak brightness with different content, which might be noticeable if you have the backlight at a high setting. If you want a brighter TV, check out the Hisense H8G.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration, with the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode and the Color Temperature set to 'Low', and Local Dimming set to 'High'.

If accuracy isn't as important to you, with the 'Vivid' Picture Mode we measured a peak brightness of 659 cd/m² on a 25% window.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
526 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
382 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
604 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
662 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
565 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
225 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
381 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
599 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
655 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
564 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
224 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.064

Decent HDR peak brightness, significantly brighter than the H9E Plus. There is some variation in brightness with different scenes, which might be noticeable. Really bright highlights in some scenes aren't as bright as they should be.

We measured the HDR peak brightness with no calibration settings, in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode with the Color Temperature set to 'Low', and Local Dimming on 'High'.

If accuracy isn't as important to you, the 'Vivid' Picture Mode is slightly brighter. We measured a peak of 680 cd/m², which is very close to Hisense's claimed peak brightness of 700 cd/m².

6.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.661 %
50% DSE
0.196 %
5% Std. Dev.
2.797 %
5% DSE
0.123 %

Decent gray uniformity on the H8F. The corners of the screen are noticeably darker, and there is some clouding throughout the center of the screen. In near-dark scenes the overall uniformity is better, but there is noticeable clouding on the sides of the screen.

5.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
22 °
Color Shift
18 °
Brightness Loss
36 °
Black Level Raise
17 °
Gamma Shift
12 °

Unfortunately, this TV has poor viewing angles. In person, the image degrades significantly when viewed even slightly off-axis, and it looks worse than the current score suggests. The image appears washed-out, and colors rapidly lose accuracy. This is also not ideal for use as a PC monitor, as even just sitting close to it the sides of the screen appear non-uniform.

9.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.492 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.543 %

The Hisense H8F has impressive black uniformity. There is very little clouding visible, and no backlight bleed, which is outstanding.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.7 %

The H8F has great reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish does a great job at blocking most reflections, but they are not completely diffused. Bright lights opposite the TV may be distracting.

7.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.72
Color dE
2.34
Gamma
2.25
Color Temperature
5968 K
Picture Mode
Theater Night
Color Temp Setting
Low
Gamma Setting
3

With our pre-calibration settings, the H8F has decent accuracy. There are some noticeable inaccuracies in most shades of gray, as well as in some colors. The color temperature is warm, and gamma is slightly higher than our target of 2.2, so many scenes appear a bit darker than they should.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.77
Color dE
1.15
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6526 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

Excellent accuracy after calibration. There are a few remaining inaccuracies, but most people won't notice anything. Gamma is much closer to the target, but some bright scenes are over-brightened or over-darkened.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like DVDs, look great. Subjectively, it looks nearly identical to the H9E Plus.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like cable TV, looks great.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content is displayed properly, and looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Like the H9E Plus, 4k content is displayed perfectly. There are no noticeable pixel issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels

The pixel structure is identical to that of the H9E Plus. As it uses a sub-optimal BGR layout, it isn't ideal for PC use, although it is possible to correct for this on a PC, by adjusting the ClearType settings.

8.2
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
90.21 %
DCI P3 uv
94.72 %
Rec 2020 xy
67.16 %
Rec 2020 uv
74.13 %

The H8F has a great wide color gamut, slightly better than the H9E plus.

The EOTF does not quite follow the PQ curve properly, and dark scenes especially appear darker than they should. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is identical.

If you find HDR too dim, check out our recommended settings here. With these settings, HDR content appears a bit brighter, as shown here, but really dark scenes are still a bit too dark.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
83.6 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
37.0 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
63.7 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
27.7 %

Decent color volume. It can produce dark saturated colors, thanks to the excellent contrast ratio, and most colors are almost as bright as pure white, which is great. Like the vast majority of LCD TVs, it can't produce very bright blues, though.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.131 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.134 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.119 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.213 dE

Decent gradient performance. There is noticeable banding in all shades, but it is most noticeable in shades of gray. Unfortunately, there is no smooth gradation feature on this TV.

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 on the H8F, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

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

Motion
3.4
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
10.9 ms
100% Response Time
23.8 ms

The Hisense H8F has a slower response time than other TVs we've tested recently. This results in more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

Due to some very slow transitions, the graphs are not all at the same scale.

9.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
960 Hz

Although the backlight uses a combination of direct dimming and PWM (pulse width modulation), the flicker frequency is extremely high and shouldn't bother most people.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The Hisense H8F has an optional black frame insertion feature to help clear up motion. When enabled, the flicker frequency of the backlight is reduced to 60Hz. Like most TVs, enabling this option noticeably reduces the TV's brightness, and there is no compensation mechanism.

See our recommended settings here.

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

This TV has a 60Hz panel, and has an option to interpolate motion up to 60Hz. Unfortunately, it isn't very effective, and during testing we found that it would stop interpolating every few seconds, causing the frame rate to constantly jump.

Our scoring is simply based on whether or not the TV can interpolate motion, and it does not take actual performance into account. We hope to eventually fix this with a future test bench update.

See our recommended settings here.

8.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
17.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

The slow response time results in motion with almost no stutter.

7.8
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
Yes

The H8F can remove judder from native 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player, and from the native apps. In order to do so, the Motion Enhancement setting must be set to 'Film'.

See our recommended settings here.

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

This TV has a simply 60Hz refresh rate, and doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
14.0 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
75.9 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
13.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
13.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
15.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
13.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
74.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
76.6 ms
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