Hisense H8G TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jun 16, 2020 at 08:46 am
Hisense H8G Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
8.0
Movies
7.6
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
8.1
Video Games
7.7
HDR Movies
7.7
HDR Gaming
7.6
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

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.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Limiting HDR experience.
8.0 Movies

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Full-array local dimming.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues and visible dirty screen effect.
7.6 TV Shows

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.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.5 Sports

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.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some uniformity issues and visible dirty screen effect.
8.1 Video Games

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
7.7 HDR Movies

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Full-array local dimming.
Cons
  • Limiting HDR experience.
7.7 HDR Gaming

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Limiting HDR experience.
  • No VRR support.
7.6 PC Monitor

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.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some uniformity issues and visible dirty screen effect.
  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.5 Sports
  • 8.1 Video Games
  • 7.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.7 HDR Gaming
  • 7.6 PC Monitor
  1. Update 6/27/2020: We've corrected the HDR10+ compatibility results based on the TV's specifications.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Hisense H8G is an upper-mid range TV in Hisense's 2020 lineup. It sits below the Hisense H9G and above the Hisense H65G. Its main competitors are other budget TVs, like the LG NANO85, Vizio M Series Quantum 2020, and the Samsung Q60T QLED.

Design
7.5
Design
Style
Curved No

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.

Design
Stand

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"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The top half of the back of the H8G is metal, while the bottom half where the inputs are housed is made out of textured plastic. There are hooks for cable management which is something 2019's Hisense H9F doesn't have.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

Three of the borders are thin while the bottom is a bit thicker, but it shouldn't be distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.91" (7.4 cm)

This TV isn't very thick and won't stick out much when well-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
8.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4511 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
4995 : 1

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

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.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
454 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
361 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
628 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
579 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
516 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
453 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
358 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
622 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
574 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
513 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
449 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.031

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. If you want a brighter TV, look into the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020.

We measured the brightness after calibration on the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with the Backlight 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.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
452 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
349 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
659 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
591 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
526 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
462 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
347 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
653 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
588 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
524 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
459 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.035

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. If you want a similar TV that gets much brighter in HDR, check out the Hisense H9G.

We measured the brightness before calibration in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode with Local Dimming set to 'High', and Backlight 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.

7.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.512 %
50% DSE
0.201 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.323 %
5% DSE
0.122 %

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.

5.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
26 °
Color Shift
18 °
Brightness Loss
34 °
Black Level Raise
22 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

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.

7.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.122 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.284 %

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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
0.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.4 %

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. If you want a TV with better reflection handling, then check out the LG NANO90.

6.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.90
Color dE
2.60
Gamma
2.17
Color Temperature
6192 K
Picture Mode
Theater Night
Color Temp Setting
Low
Gamma Setting
2.2

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.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.98
Color dE
1.18
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6484 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

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.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The H8G upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, well without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from cable boxes, is upscaled well.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

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.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Like the Hisense H8F, this TV uses a BGR pixel layout. Enabling the Enhanced Viewing Angle setting causes sub-pixel dithering, as you can see here.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
90.08 %
DCI P3 uv
93.46 %
Rec 2020 xy
65.24 %
Rec 2020 uv
69.07 %

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.

7.1
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
80.5 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
34.6 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
60.7 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
26.0 %

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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.116 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.143 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.096 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.152 dE

The H8G has decent gradient handling, better than the Hisense H8F and closer to the Hisense H9F. There's banding in every dark color, and it's more noticeable with dark grays and greens. The Noise Reduction and Digital Noise Reduction settings don't improve the performance.

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.

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
7.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.9 ms
100% Response Time
13.7 ms

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.

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

Although the backlight uses PWM (pulse width modulation) to dim its backlight, 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

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.

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

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.

7.5
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
27.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
2.9 ms

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.

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 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'.

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 60Hz refresh rate and there's no support for variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
11.5 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
93.7 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
11.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz