The Hisense H8G is a very good budget-friendly TV that should please most people for any type of use. It has a VA panel, so it's able to produce deep blacks when viewed in the dark, and it has a full-array local dimming feature. Unfortunately, its viewing angles are poor and you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing from the side. It has decent reflection handling and it gets bright enough to combat glare, and if you also want to game on it, it has a good response time and an incredibly low input lag. Even though this TV can display a wide color gamut for HDR content, it doesn't get bright enough in that mode to bring out highlights. On the upside, it has built-in Android TV as its operating system, so you get a ton of apps available to download. Overall, it's a pleasant upgrade over its predecessor, the Hisense H8F.
The Hisense H8G is a very good TV for most uses. It's great for watching movies in dark rooms thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and full-array local dimming feature. The HDR experience is a bit limiting as this TV can't get bright enough to bring out highlights. However, it has a good response time and very low input lag for gaming, and it's a good choice for watching TV shows or sports. It can get bright enough to combat glare, but you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing from the side.
The Hisense H8G is great for watching movies. It's able to display deep blacks and it has a full-array local dimming feature that further deepens any blacks. Also, 1080p content is upscaled almost as good as native 4k content. Sadly, the TV has some uniformity issues as there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, which is noticeable during panning shots.
Good for TV shows. The Hisense H8G gets bright enough to combat glare, it has decent reflection handling, and it has okay built-in speakers. Unfortunately, it doesn't have wide viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy if you walk around while watching your favorite show. On the upside, the built-in Google Play Store has a massive selection of apps available, so you'll likely find the one you want.
The Hisense H8G is good for watching sports. It has a good response time, with little motion blur behind fast-moving objects. If you place it in a bright room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and it has decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor, so it's not ideal for watching the game with a big group of friends. There's also some dirty screen effect visible in the center, which could be distracting during sports.
The Hisense H8G is great for video games. It has a good response time, a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, and an incredibly low input lag in 'Game' mode. Its refresh rate is capped at 60Hz and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, but it's a great choice for dark room gaming as it can produce deep blacks.
Good for HDR movies. It displays the wide color gamut needed for HDR content, but unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough in that mode to bring out highlights. However, it looks great in dark rooms thanks to its excellent contrast ratio, and it has a full-array local dimming feature to darken any blacks.
The Hisense H8G is good for HDR gaming, mainly due to its great gaming performance. It has a good response time, a very low input lag, and it's able to produce deep blacks when viewed in the dark. Its HDR performance is a bit limited, as even though it can display a wide color gamut, it doesn't get bright enough in that mode to bring out highlights.
The Hisense H8G is a good choice to use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and it's able to display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. Sadly, it doesn't have wide viewing angles, so it's not ideal to place in a meeting room, but if you choose to use it as a PC monitor, it doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in.
The Hisense H8G has a nice and simple design, similar to the H8F, with added hooks on the legs for cable management. The stand is made out of metal and you can change the position of the feet, which is a nice feature.
The feet are made out of metal and are adjustable. The stand supports the TV fairly well, especially when the feet are in the widest position possible, but there's still some wobble.
Footprint of the 55" stand at the narrow position: 35.9" x 9.7"
Footprint of the 55" stand at the wide position: 43.9" x 9.7"
Three of the borders are thin while the bottom is a bit thicker, but it shouldn't be distracting.
This TV isn't very thick and won't stick out much when well-mounted.
The Hisense H8G has a decent build quality, but it doesn't have a premium build like other high-end TVs. The metal on the back and the plastic parts are solid. There's a bit of wobble when nudged, but overall, there aren't any obvious issues.
As is the case with most VA panels, the contrast ratio is excellent, and blacks appear black when viewed in the dark. Sadly, it's not as good as the Hisense H8F, but the local dimming feature helps darken any blacks.
This TV has a decent full-array local dimming feature. Fast-moving bright objects transfer between the dimming zones well, but it crushes small light sources. In real scenes, small lights don't pop like they're supposed to and there's some blooming around them.
Great peak brightness. The H8G gets bright enough to combat glare and it's a good improvement over the Hisense H8F. Sadly, the brightness changes with varied content.
We measured the brightness after calibration on the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with the Brightness set to 'Max' and Local Dimming to 'High'.
If you don't care about image accuracy and want the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid' and Local Dimming to 'High'. We were able to get 666 nits in the 10% peak window test.
The HDR peak brightness is just okay, but it's not enough to bring out highlights, and there's variation in brightness between different content.
We measured the brightness before calibration in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode with Local Dimming set to 'High', and Brightness to 'Max'. Use these settings if you also want the brightest image possible, as we were able to reach 679 nits on the 10% peak window.
Decent gray uniformity. There's a lot less vignetting than on the Hisense H8F, but there's still some dirty screen effect in the center, which is visible during sports or panning shots. In near-dark scenes, the entire screen is a bit more uniform.
Like most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are poor and you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing from the side. There's an Enhanced Viewing Angle setting, but it doesn't improve the viewing angles and causes some sub-pixel dithering.
Decent black uniformity, similar to the Hisense H9F. There's some backlight bleed in the corners, and with the local dimming feature enabled, there's more visible blooming around the center cross.
The H8G has decent reflection handling. It handles a small amount of light well but struggles in well-lit rooms, so it's not ideal to place opposite a window.
The Hisense H8G has just okay out-of-the-box color accuracy. Most colors are fairly accurate and the color temperature is a bit warmer than the 6500K, so the image has a red/yellow tint. However, most shades of gray are inaccurate and the gamma is off-target, so some scenes are brighter than they should be.
After calibration, the color accuracy is excellent. There's almost no visible inaccuracies in colors and shades of gray, and the gamma is closer to the target curve.
You can see our recommended settings here.
The H8G upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, well without any issues.
4k content is displayed perfectly and there are no visible issues. If the Enhanced Viewing Angle setting is enabled, there's some sub-pixel dithering, so it's not recommended to use it.
This TV has a very good wide color gamut. It has outstanding coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space.
The EOTF follows the target curve very well until it rolls off at its peak brightness. The EOTF in 'Game' mode is nearly identical, as you can see here.
If you find HDR too dim, set the Picture Mode to 'HDR Theater' and Local Dimming to 'High'. This doesn't make the picture that much brighter, as you can see the EOTF here.
Decent color volume. Due to its excellent contrast ratio, it can produce deep, saturated colors. It has trouble displaying very bright blues, which is normal for an LED TV.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
Good response time, much better than the Hisense H8F. There's no visible overshoot, but there's still some motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
Although the backlight uses PWM (pulse width modulation) to dim its backlight, the flicker frequency is extremely high and shouldn't bother most people.
There's an optional black frame insertion feature, called Motion Clearness that helps reduce motion blur. It reduces the flicker frequency to 60Hz and there's less duplication in motion than the Hisense H8F.
This TV is able to interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60Hz, but it's not very effective as it seems to come on/off during movies, but this issue shouldn't be noticeable for most people. For this to work, both Judder and Blur Reduction must be set to '10'.
See our recommended settings here.
Since this TV has a good response time, there's a bit of stutter with 24fps content as each frame is held longer, but almost none with 60fps content.
The H8G is able to remove judder from native 24p content, like Blu-ray players or native apps. For this to happen, Motion Enhancement must be set to 'Film'.
This TV has a 60Hz refresh rate and there's no support for variable refresh rate technology.
The H8G has an incredibly low input lag and it should please even serious console gamers. To achieve a low input lag, set the Picture Mode to 'Game'. Sadly, it doesn't automatically change picture modes when you start playing.