Hisense H9F TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Aug 09, 2019 at 08:39 am
Hisense H9F Picture
8.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
8.2
Movies
8.0
TV Shows
7.9
Sports
8.0
Video Games
8.0
HDR Movies
7.8
HDR Gaming
7.8
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Hisense H9F is a great 4k TV. It delivers great picture quality, with excellent peak brightness, deep blacks, and a great color gamut. This TV also has excellent motion handling, with an extremely fast response time and an optional black frame insertion feature. It has outstanding low input lag, and it supports most of the common input formats, but only at 60Hz, despite the 120Hz panel. Unfortunately, there are some noticeable uniformity issues, including some distracting dirty screen effect, which isn't great for sports fans. Like the majority of displays with VA panels, the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

The Hisense H9F is a great TV for almost any use. It has great motion handling and low input lag, great for gaming or for use as a PC monitor. This TV has excellent peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room. Unfortunately, there are some noticeable uniformity issues, and the image degrades at an angle, which isn't great for watching sports.

Pros
  • Excellent peak brightness.
  • Deep blacks.
  • Outstanding low input lag and an excellent response time.
Cons
  • Some noticeable uniformity issues.
8.2 Movies

This is a great TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has an outstanding contrast ratio, and decent local dimming feature. Black uniformity is only decent, though, and there can be noticeable blooming in some scenes. It can play 24p content completely judder-free.

8.0 TV Shows

The H9F is a great TV for watching shows during the day. It has great reflection handling and excellent SDR peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue, but the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't great if you like to move around. It has great smart features, and a huge selection of streaming apps.

7.9 Sports

Overall, the H9F is a good TV for watching sports in a bright room. It has a fast response time, so there is little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has excellent SDR peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be much of an issue. Unfortunately, there is some noticeable dirty screen effect, and the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't the best for watching sports with a group of friends.

8.0 Video Games

This is an excellent TV for playing video games. It has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience, and an excellent response time, so there is very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has excellent contrast, great for late-night gaming. Unfortunately, despite the 120Hz panel, this TV doesn't accept 1080p @ 120Hz or 1440p @ 120Hz signals, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

8.0 HDR Movies

This is a great TV for watching movies in HDR. It has excellent contrast, a decent local dimming feature, and great HDR peak brightness. It has only decent black uniformity, though, and blooming can be an issue in dark scenes. It can has a great wide color gamut, and it can play 24p content without judder.

7.8 HDR Gaming

The H9F is an excellent TV for HDR gaming. It has outstanding low input lag in HDR and an outstanding response time, so there is very little blur behind fast-moving objects. The contrast ratio is excellent, and it can display a wide color gamut. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

7.8 PC Monitor

This is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive experience, and it has an excellent response time, so there is very little blur. It can display chroma 4:4:4 and RGB signals properly, so text looks clear.

  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Movies
  • 8.0 TV Shows
  • 7.9 Sports
  • 8.0 Video Games
  • 8.0 HDR Movies
  • 7.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor
  1. Update 9/14/2020: Fixed an error with color gamut photo.
  2. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  3. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Hisense H9F is the highest-end model from Hisense for 2019. It doesn't directly replace any previous Hisense model, as Hisense is advertising it as part of their new "ULED" product line, similar to the "QLED" branding used by Samsung. The H9F mainly competes with similar budget models, including the TCL 6 Series/R617 2018, Vizio M Series Quantum 2019, and the Samsung RU8000.

Design
7.5
Design
Style
Curved No

Overall, the Hisense H9F has a good design. It has decent build quality; although it's mostly made of plastic, there are a few more metallic components than the H8F. The stand has a very unique design, and it supports the TV well, with only a bit of wobble. The overall design is fairly basic, and there is no cable management.

Design
Stand

The stand is a single piece, and supports the TV well. It is a bit wider than most center-stands, but still much better than separate feet on either end.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 28.3" x 11".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back of the TV is plain. The top half is made of a thin metal sheet, and the bottom half that houses the electronics is made of plastic.

There is no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders on this TV are extremely thin. Like some LG TVs, including the SM9000, the bezel doesn't completely protect the panel, as the panel itself sits on top of the frame.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.91" (7.4 cm)

Update 09/09/2019: There was an error in our thickness measurement. We've updated the review.

This TV is extremely thin. The thicker bottom half houses the TV's electronics, but it isn't much thicker than the top half.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the Hisense H9F has decent build quality. It's fairly sturdy, and the stand supports the TV well, but it wobbles a bit.

Picture Quality
9.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6006 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
8713 : 1

The Hisense H9F has outstanding contrast, very similar to the H8F. The local dimming feature boosts the contrast even higher, resulting in one of the highest contrast ratios we've seen on any recent TV, similar to the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.

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

For the most part, the local dimming feature looks great. It has good blooming control around larger bright objects. Unfortunately, like the H8F, it can't keep up with some fast zone changes, causing the leading edge to appear darker.

The local dimming feature doesn't handle small bright objects very well, and there is significant blooming around them. In this sample photo, some blooming can be seen, and it looks worse in person.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
564 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
894 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
1220 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
1105 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
661 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
516 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
872 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
1179 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
1082 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
659 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
514 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.046

This TV has excellent SDR peak brightness. There is some variation in brightness with different content, which isn't ideal, but this shouldn't cause any issues. This TV is significantly brighter than the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019, but isn't quite as bright as the TCL 6 Series/R617 2018.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration, with the 'Theater Dark' Picture Mode, Backlight level set to 'Max', and Local Dimming on 'High'. Different picture modes deliver different results, but these settings deliver the most accurate results, and the highest peak brightness, which is uncommon.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
799 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
859 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
1213 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
947 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
553 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
314 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
847 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
1181 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
931 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
551 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.071

This TV has great peak brightness in HDR, but it isn't quite as bright as the TCL 6 Series/R617. There is some variation in brightness with different content (also known as ABL), and large bright scenes aren't as bright as small highlights. Small specular highlights in some scenes really stand out.

We tested the HDR peak brightness with no calibration settings, with the HDR Theater 'Picture Mode', the backlight at maximum, and local dimming on 'High'. Different settings may result in a lower peak brightness, as these settings are the most accurate, and the brightest.

6.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.189 %
50% DSE
0.234 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.717 %
5% DSE
0.086 %

The H9F has decent uniformity, but there is some distracting dirty screen effect, and the corners are noticeably darker. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better and shouldn't cause any issues.

5.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25 °
Color Shift
29 °
Brightness Loss
36 °
Black Level Raise
9 °
Gamma Shift
18 °

Like most TVs with VA panels, the image on the H9F degrades when viewed at an angle. With this TV, the image appears washed out when viewed even slightly off-angle, as the black levels rise very quickly. At wider angles, colors lose accuracy and appear washed out as well. If viewing angles are important, an OLED TV like the LG C9, or an LED TV with an IPS panel like the LG SM9000 are better choices.

7.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.098 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.619 %

Decent black uniformity. There is very little blooming, and no noticeable backlight bleed. Due to the blooming around the test cross, the uniformity is actually worse with local dimming on.

8.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
2.4 %
Indirect Reflections
1.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.4 %

The Hisense 65H9F has great reflection handling overall, but some really bright light sources might be distracting in some cases. This TV has much better reflection handling than the new TCL R625.

7.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.78
Color dE
2.76
Gamma
2.32
Color Temperature
5835 K
Picture Mode
Theater Night
Color Temp Setting
Low
Gamma Setting
3

With our pre-calibration settings, the H9F has decent accuracy. Gamma is high, and appears to target 2.4 instead of our 2.2 target. There are some noticeable inaccuracies in most colors, as well as in most shades of gray. The color temperature is a bit warm.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.88
Color dE
1.49
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6494 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, most of the issues are corrected. White balance is almost perfect, but pure white is still inaccurate. There are still some noticeable color errors as well, but most people won't notice any issues. The color temperature is extremely close to the target of 6500K.

See our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled well, with no obvious artifacts or over-sharpening.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, including older consoles and cable TV content, is upscaled well.

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

4k content is displayed perfectly. There are no noticeable issues, and the TV doesn't use any odd pixel formats or sub-pixel dithering.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels
8.4
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
93.01 %
DCI P3 uv
95.93 %
Rec 2020 xy
69.75 %
Rec 2020 uv
76.48 %

Update 09/14/2020: Fixed an error in the way the color gamut photo was displayed. It did not change the results.

This TV has a great color gamut, and it can display a wide color gamut. Unfortunately, in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode, the EOTF doesn't follow the PQ curve at all. In dark scenes, blacks are crushed, and appear darker than they should. In slightly brighter scenes the image is brighter than should be.

In 'Game' mode, the EOTF follows the PQ curve more accurately, but most scenes are still too bright. Game mode is also noticeably darker than the other picture modes, reaching an absolute peak of 621 cd/m², which is unexpected.

If you find HDR too dark, setting Adv. Contrast Enhancer to 'Medium' results in a noticeably brighter image, as shown in this EOTF.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
86.5 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
49.4 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
64.6 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
36.7 %

Good color volume. It's limited by the TV's color gamut, and it can't produce colors as bright as pure white, especially blues, which is normal for LED TVs. It displays dark saturated colors well, thanks to the excellent contrast ratio.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.129 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.128 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.104 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.109 dE

Overall, this TV has good gradient performance. There is some noticeable banding, and it's slightly more noticeable in shades of red, gray, and green. 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, even immediately after displaying the 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
8.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.4 ms
100% Response Time
9.3 ms

The H9F has an excellent response time. There is significant overshoot in some transitions, though, which may be especially noticeable in really dark scenes. These results are much better than the H8F, and result in much clearer motion, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. There are some noticeable duplications, though, due to the flicker of the TV's backlight.

The H9F has a much faster response time than the TCL R625.

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

The H9F, like the H8F, always flickers at 960Hz. This high-frequency flicker shouldn't bother most people, but it causes noticeable duplications in motion. Although the H9F has the same flicker frequency as the TCL R625, the duplications aren't as noticeable on the H9F.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
120 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Hisense H9F has an optional black frame insertion feature that can slightly improve the appearance of motion, by reducing the flicker frequency to 120Hz. Unfortunately, when playing at 60Hz, it can only flicker at 120Hz, so there are still noticeable duplications. This is unexpected, as the H8F can flicker at 60Hz with 60Hz content.

The H9F has a brightness compensation system, so unlike most TVs, enabling the black frame insertion feature doesn't significantly dim the screen, unless you are close to the TV's maximum brightness.

This feature can be enabled by enabling the Motion Clearness setting, under the 'Advanced Settings' menu.

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

The H9F has a 120Hz panel, and it can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 frames per second (FPS). In more demanding scenes, there can be noticeable artifacts or dropped frames.

During testing, we encountered a bug with the settings, where adjusting either the 'Judder Reduction' or 'Blur Reduction' slider would deactivate the other setting.

6.6
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
32.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
7.4 ms

Due to the excellent response time of this TV, there's some noticeable stutter when watching movies, or other low frame rate content. When watching movies, this is especially noticeable with slow panning shots. If this bothers you, the motion interpolation feature can help reduce the amount of stutter.

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 Hisense H9F can remove judder from any source. For 24p sources, like Blu-ray players, or for 60Hz interlaced sources, no settings are required; they are always played judder-free. For 60p sources, the Motion Enhancement setting has to be set to 'Film' for judder-free playback.

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

This TV has a native 120Hz panel, but it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync.

Inputs
8.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
16.0 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
107.9 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
16.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
16.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
16.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
16.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
108.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
102.1 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

The Hisense 65H9F has outstanding low input lag with any input signal, as long as 'Game' mode is used. Unfortunately, it doesn't support auto low latency mode, so to get the lowest input lag, you have to manually enable 'Game' mode when you start playing.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions