The Hisense H8G is a very good budget TV and a nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Hisense H8F. It has a VA panel with a high contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, allowing it to produce deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. It has decent reflection handling and can overcome glare easily in bright environments. There's very little blur in fast-moving content, as it has a quick response time and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve motion clarity. Its input lag is low enough for most casual gamers; however, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. Also, while it has a good color gamut to produce rich and saturated colors in HDR content, it doesn't get quite bright enough to truly make highlights stand out, especially if you're viewing in a well-lit room. On the upside, its Android TV interface is easy-to-use, and there are tons of apps available in the Google Play Store.
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 it can't get quite bright enough to bring out some 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 can likely find what you need.
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.
The Hisense H8G is good for watching movies in HDR. 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 some highlights.
The Hisense H8G is a good choice for use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image can look inaccurate at the sides if you sit too close. It has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to overcome glare.
The Hisense H8G has a nice and simple design, similar to the Hisense H8F. The stand is made out of metal, and you can change the position of the feet to accommodate smaller tables, 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 doesn'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 Hisense H8G's contrast ratio is excellent, allowing it to produce deep blacks. There's a local dimming feature; however, it doesn't improve the black level by much. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between individual units.
If you want a similar TV with a higher contrast ratio, check out the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020.
Great peak brightness. The Hisense H8G gets bright enough to combat glare and it's a good improvement over the Hisense H8F. Sadly, the brightness changes with varied content. If you want a brighter TV, look into the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode, with Backlight set to 'Max' and Local Dimming set to 'High'.
If you don't mind losing a bit of image accuracy, you can get a brighter image by setting the Picture Mode to 'Vivid' and Local Dimming to 'High'. We achieved 666 cd/m² in the 10% window with these settings.
The Hisense H8G has a decent full-array local dimming feature. It handles blooming pretty well and zone transitions are quick, but it tends to crush small light sources. In regular content, small lights in the background don't stand out at all, even though there's some blooming around them.
The HDR peak brightness is just okay, but it isn't enough to bring out highlights and varies a lot depending on the content. If you want a similar TV that gets much brighter in HDR, check out the Hisense H9G.
We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode, with Local Dimming set to 'High', and Backlight set to 'Max'. Use these settings if you want the brightest image possible, as they allowed us to reach 679 cd/m² in the 10% window.
Our Hisense H8G has decent gray uniformity; however, this can vary between units. 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.
Black uniformity is decent, but this can vary between units. Without local dimming, there's visible backlight bleed in the corners and some clouding and here and there. Uniformity is better throughout with local dimming enabled, but blooming around the test cross is much more noticeable.
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.
The Hisense 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. If you want a TV with better reflection handling, then check out the LG NANO90.
The Hisense H8G has okay out-of-the-box color accuracy, but this can vary between individual units. Most colors are fairly accurate, but white balance is noticeably off. The color temperature is a bit warmer than our 6500K target, giving the image has a red/yellow tint. Gamma doesn't follow the 2.2 target all that well, as both dark and bright scenes are over-brightened.
After calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. There's almost no visible inaccuracies in colors and shades of gray, and the gamma is closer to the target curve. The color temperature is much closer to the 6500k target but still slightly on the warm side.
You can see our recommended settings here.
The Hisense 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. If you want a similar TV with an even wider color gamut, check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED.
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 typical for LCD TVs.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes. Note that temporary image retention can vary between units.
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 it's a little slow in the 0-20% transition, causing a bit more motion blur in dark scenes.
Although the backlight uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) 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 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps, but it isn't very effective as it seems to come on/off during movies. That said, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. To use motion interpolation, set both Judder and Blur Reduction 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 Hisense H8G can remove judder from native 24p content, like Blu-ray players or native apps. To remove judder, set Motion Enhancement to 'Film'.