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Hisense H9E Plus TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 24, 2018 at 11:56 am
Hisense H9E Plus Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
7.5
Mixed Usage
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7.4
Movies
7.5
TV Shows
7.4
Sports
8.0
Video Games
7.4
HDR Movies
7.7
HDR Gaming
7.2
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Hisense H9E Plus is one of Hisense's top TVs for 2018, and it offers good mixed-usage performance. It has an excellent native contrast ratio and produces very deep blacks, but has a bad local dimming feature that doesn't improve dark room performance much. It has a good wide color gamut and very good motion handling. It supports HDR, but unfortunately it isn't bright enough to produce bright highlights, so the effect is lost a bit.

Note that this is a different TV from the Hisense H9E.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

Good TV for most uses. It has an excellent native contrast ratio great for movies. For TV and sports it has a fast response time and good peak brightness, but can't overcome glare in a bright room and has poor viewing angles. Very good TV for gaming, with low input lag, but gaming in HDR doesn't add much to the experience. While it can be used as a monitor, it doesn't properly support 4:4:4 so text is blurry.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.4 Movies

The Hisense H9E Plus delivers a good movie-viewing experience in a dark room. The high native contrast ratio means blacks don't look gray in a dark room, but unfortunately the local dimming feature is bad. The response time is excellent, and motion looks great. The TV can remove judder from all sources.

See our Movies recommendations
7.5 TV Shows

Good TV for watching TV during the day. It has good reflection handling and good SDR brightness, but it isn't bright enough to overcome glare in a really bright room. 720p and older TV shows are upscaled well without any artifacts. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor and it is best enjoyed from directly in front.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.4 Sports

Decent TV for watching sports during the day. The Hisense H9E Plus has good reflection handling and good SDR brightness, but can't quite overcome glare in a bright room. Motion looks great thanks to the fast response time. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor and this TV is best enjoyed from directly in front, so it isn't great for watching the big game with a group of friends.

See our Sports recommendations
8.0 Video Games

The Hisense H9E Plus is very good for playing video games. Input lag is very good, low enough for all but the most competitive gamers, and the response time is excellent, so fast moving objects are crisp and clear. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any of the new gaming technologies like VRR or auto game mode.

See our Video Games recommendations
7.4 HDR Movies

The TV delivers a good HDR movie experience, but HDR doesn't add much. The excellent native contrast ratio is perfect for dark room viewing, but the local dimming feature is bad and it can't produce very bright highlights in HDR. It has a good wide color gamut and decent color volume.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.7 HDR Gaming

Good HDR gaming experience. Very good low input lag for gaming in 4k, and motion looks great thanks to the fast response time. The H9E Plus produces a wide color gamut and has decent color volume. Unfortunately, HDR doesn't add much as it can't produce bright highlights and the local dimming feature is bad.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
7.2 PC Monitor

Decent TV for use as a PC monitor. The TV has very good low input lag and an excellent response time. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor, and it can't properly display 4:4:4 color, so text always looks a bit blurry.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Movies
  • 7.5 TV Shows
  • 7.4 Sports
  • 8.0 Video Games
  • 7.4 HDR Movies
  • 7.7 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
Pros
  • High native contrast ratio
  • Very good motion handling
Cons
  • Image degrades rapidly at an angle
  • HDR doesn't add much
  1. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense H9E Plus has a decent design. The borders are thin and it has a modern look that should fit well in most rooms. The stand is sleek and metallic, but it is nearly the full width of the TV, which could cause issues depending on the width of your table. There is no dedicated cable management, but there are two plugs that come pre-installed in the top VESA mount holes that can be used to guide cables around the back.

Design
Stand

The stand supports the Hisense 55H9E Plus well, but is nearly the full width of the TV. The legs cannot be reversed.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 45.3" x 8.9"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The rear of the TV is made of plastic and has a textured finish. There are two plugs that come pre-installed in the top VESA ports; we're not quite sure what these are for but they could be used to route cables around the back, as there is no other cable management. These plugs must be removed in order to VESA mount the TV.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.44" (1.1 cm)

Very thin borders. There is no gap between the edge of the border and the start of the screen.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.09" (5.3 cm)

The main screen is very thin. The design is similar to the LG OLED TVs like the C8 and B8, with a thin top screen portion, and all the electronics housed in a thicker bottom portion. At the transition between the thicker bottom portion and the thin top part, our unit is bent backward. We don't know if this is intentional, a defect, or if the TV was damaged when we installed the legs. It isn't noticeable when watching TV, but care should be taken when attaching the legs.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Decent build quality. Except for the obvious bend in the screen, there are no serious defects in the TV or problem areas. The large rings in this photo are speakers, but the smaller ones are covers over the VESA mounting points.

Picture Quality
9.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5363 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
6363 : 1

The H9E Plus has an excellent native contrast ratio. The local dimming feature is effective in boosting the contrast even further, great for dark room viewing.

1.8
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

The Hisense H9E Plus is edge lit and has a bad local dimming feature. It is able to turn off dark zones to improve the contrast, but only in large vertical bands which can be distracting. Overall, it is more aggressive than the Samsung NU8000; producing deeper blacks but more blooming, and zone transitions are more evident.

7.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
302 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
247 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
274 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
277 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
247 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
249 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
269 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
277 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.008

Decent SDR peak brightness. The H9E Plus isn't bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room but is bright enough for a dimly lit or dark room. There is very little variation in screen brightness based on content, which is good.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
282 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
403 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
275 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
284 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
281 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
243 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
244 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
263 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
272 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
268 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.008

Sub-par brightness in HDR. HDR content is noticeably dimmer than SDR. There is very little benefit to watching content in HDR on the H9E Plus. Overall brightness is fairly consistent with varied content, and some small highlights are boosted in some scenes.

If you find HDR content too dim, see our recommended settings for HDR here.

7.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.169 %
50% DSE
0.176 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.794 %
5% DSE
0.087 %

The Hisense H9E Plus has good gray uniformity. Some small bands are visible throughout, but these shouldn't be distracting when watching sports. The sides of the screen are noticeably darker than the rest, but this shouldn't bother most people.

5.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
24 °
Color Shift
20 °
Brightness Loss
32 °
Black Level Raise
12 °
Gamma Shift
13 °

The Hisense H9E Plus has bad viewing angles. Even slightly off center, the black levels increase significantly and the image appears darker. This is a problem if you have a wide seating area, or even if you are sitting too close to the TV, as the edges of the screen will be much darker than the rest of the screen.

6.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.434 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.265 %

Decent black uniformity. There is some backlight bleed visible across the screen. Enabling Local Dimming reduces the backlight bleed, but there is still some clouding visible.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
0.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8 %

Good reflection handling. Most light sources are reflected clear, but significantly dimmer. Reflections are not diffused across the screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.32
Color dE
2.27
Gamma
2.24
Color Temperature
7175 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated
Color Temp Setting
Low
Gamma Setting
2

Excellent calibration out of the box. The most accurate results are with the 'Calibrated' Picture Mode. The white balance is very good, and while the color error is a bit higher, most people won't notice the errors enough to benefit from a professional calibration. Gamma is a bit darker than the target of 2.2.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.25
Color dE
1.21
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6488 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration the accuracy is nearly perfect. White balance is nearly perfect, but color inaccuracy is still a bit high, although most people won't be able to notice it. The calibration system is very sensitive; small changes result in a significant shift in color accuracy. The gamma curve is nearly perfect.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Low resolution 480p content looks good, with no obvious over-sharpening or artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content is played back smoothly with no obvious issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like from a Blu-ray or non-4k game console, looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content looks good with no observable issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels
7.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
85.91 %
DCI P3 uv
91.89 %
Rec 2020 xy
63.40 %
Rec 2020 uv
72.00 %

The H9E Plus has a good, wide color gamut. We test with 75% stimulus colors which are very bright, and at this brightness the TV's color accuracy isn't great; however when we send 50% stimulus colors which are less bright the color accuracy is better, with both P3 and Rec 2020 colors.

The HDR EOTF curve in the HDR Standard picture mode is brighter than the target PQ curve, so HDR content will look brighter than intended. If you want to make HDR content even brighter you can raise the Contrast to '100', which brightens the EOTF, and if that's still not bright enough you can also set Active Contrast to 'Medium'. The EOTF in the HDR Game picture mode is nearly identical to that of HDR Standard.

You can see our recommended settings for HDR here.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
76.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
28.4 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
59.9 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
22.1 %

The Hisense H9E Plus produces decent color volume, similar to the TCL S517. It can't produce deep colors or bright blues very well, but produces red and greens almost as bright as pure white.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.133 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.119 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.110 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.117 dE

There is significant banding in darker shades. This is noticeable in large areas of similar color, especially in darker shades.

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 %

Even immediately after our 10 minute test, there was no temporary image retention.

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
9.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.2 ms
100% Response Time
13.5 ms

The Hisense H9E Plus has an excellent fast response time. There is significant overshoot in some transitions, this can cause some artifacts in some scenes and can be seen in the motion blur photo. Most down transitions undershoot their targets before leveling out but this is fairly minor and most people won't notice it.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The Hisense H9E Plus uses PWM for the backlight at all levels. The frequency is quite high, and most people shouldn't notice it.

2.5
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
480 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
480 Hz

The H9E Plus does not have an optional Black Frame Insertion feature.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Hisense H9E Plus can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 fps. The option for this is called Motion enhancement. The 'Film' setting can be used to remove judder without adding any extra interpolation or Soap Opera Effect. The 'Smooth' setting provides the maximum amount of interpolation. With higher levels of interpolation, there are more artifacts during fast motion.

7.4
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.2 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.2 ms

When watching 24p movies, from a Blu-ray for example, there is some stutter, since each frame is held static on the screen. The overall stutter of this TV is decent, but it can be noticeable to some people, especially in wide panning shots.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The TV can remove Judder from all sources, but only when Motion enhancement is set to 'Film'. This mode of interpolation removes judder without adding any extra interpolation or soap opera effect.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 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 Hisense H9E Plus does not support VRR. We tested this with a PC and with the Xbox One S.

Inputs
8.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
33.4 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
58.9 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
32.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
33.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
33.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
58.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
53.4 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
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No

Great low input lag. The 4k input lag is a bit higher than similar models from this year. 1080p input lag is very low, great for gaming with older consoles.

The H9E Plus cannot display 120 Hz content from any source.

4.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
No
1080p @ 120 Hz
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120 Hz
No
4k @ 60 Hz
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 120 Hz
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
No
8k @ 60 Hz
No

The Hisense H9E Plus can receive a Chroma 4:4:4 signal, but can't display it correctly. When we sent our test image in 4:4:4, every vertical line under the text should display as the same color, but they don't. This doesn't have a significant impact under normal usage, but when used as a PC monitor, text isn't clear.

The TV has a native 120 Hz panel, but when a 120 Hz signal is sent it drops every other frame. The only way to display at 120 Hz is to enable motion interpolation. This is similar to last year's Samsung Q7F or Q8C.

Inputs
Input Photos

Most of the inputs are towards the side.

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 1
Component In 0
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

HDMI ports 3 & 4 are lower bandwidth ports that are limited to 4k @ 30 Hz, or 4K @ 60 Hz 4:2:0. There is no component input, but there is a dedicated composite input that does not require a breakout cable.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
3D
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2)
HDMI 2.1
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

HDMI control must be enabled under the Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) section of the Inputs settings menu for the Audio Return Channel to work.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
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
6.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension