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Hisense H9G TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Nov 11, 2020 at 09:53 am
Hisense H9G Picture
8.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.2
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
8.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.2
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
7.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO90
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Hisense H9G is a flagship 4k LED TV that offers impressive performance. It provides good value for its price and competes with many other high-end, more expensive options in 2020. It's a pleasant upgrade over its predecessor, the Hisense H9F, and delivers a satisfying HDR experience. It gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR and displays a wide color gamut. It's an excellent choice for viewing content in dark rooms because it has an outstanding contrast ratio and incredible black uniformity. Even if you use it in bright environments, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling. However, you need to sit directly in front to get the best viewing experience possible because it has narrow viewing angles. Unfortunately, it doesn't have many gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and despite having a 120Hz panel, it doesn't properly display any 120Hz signal.

Our Verdict

8.4 Mixed Usage

The Hisense H9G is an impressive overall TV. It's well-rounded and offers great performance for most uses. It's an amazing choice for watching movies in the dark as it has an outstanding contrast ratio and a great full-array local dimming feature. HDR content looks great because it gets bright enough to bring out highlights and displays a wide color gamut. Also, gamers should appreciate its very quick response time and really low input lag. Unfortunately, it's not suggested for wide seating arrangements due to its narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Makes highlights pop in HDR.
  • Amazing response time.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • No VRR support.
8.8 Movies

The Hisense H9G is amazing for watching movies. It has an outstanding contrast ratio, and combined with its great local dimming feature, it displays extremely deep blacks. It upscales lower-resolution content without any issues and can remove judder from any source, such as native apps or Blu-ray players. Sadly, because of the TV's fast response time, lower-frame rate content appears to stutter.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Incredible black uniformity.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without any issues.
Cons
  • Lower-frame content stutters.
8.2 TV Shows

The Hisense H9G is great for watching TV shows. It gets extremely bright, and it has excellent reflection handling, so it performs well even in the brightest of rooms. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not ideal for watching your favorite show with the entire family. On the upside, it upscales 720p and 1080p content well, and the Google Play Store has a ton of apps available to download.

Pros
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
8.2 Sports

The Hisense H9G is great for watching sports. It has an amazing response time, so fast-moving content looks great. If you watch sports in a bright room, it easily gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling. It also upscales 720p content, such as from cable boxes, without any issues. Sadly, watching the big game with a large group of friends isn't suggested because it has narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Amazing response time.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
8.4 Video Games

The Hisense H9G is impressive for gaming. It has a really low input lag, an amazing response time, and a Black Frame Insertion to clear up motion blur. Sadly, it doesn't have many extra gaming features like VRR support. However, it's a great choice for dark-room gaming because it has an outstanding contrast ratio and incredible black uniformity.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Amazing response time.
  • Really low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
8.6 HDR Movies

The Hisense H9G is excellent for watching HDR movies. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and gets bright enough to truly bring out highlights. Dark-room viewing is excellent as it has a high native contrast ratio and a great local dimming to produce deep blacks. Sadly, lower-frame rate content appears to stutter because of its fast response time.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Makes highlights pop in HDR.
  • Incredible black uniformity.
Cons
  • Lower-frame content stutters.
8.2 HDR Gaming

The Hisense H9G is great for HDR gaming. It has a low input lag, fast response time, and HDR content looks great because it gets bright enough to truly bring out highlights. Sadly, it doesn't have many gaming features like VRR support. However, it's able to display extremely deep blacks thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and full-array local dimming feature.

Pros
  • Makes highlights pop in HDR.
  • Amazing response time.
  • Really low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
7.9 PC Monitor

The Hisense H9G is good to use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen may appear darker if you sit too close. On the upside, it's a great choice to use in bright rooms as it gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling.

Pros
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Really low input lag.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • 8.4 Mixed Usage
  • 8.8 Movies
  • 8.2 TV Shows
  • 8.2 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 8.6 HDR Movies
  • 8.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor
  1. Update 11/11/2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Update 8/21/2020: We confirmed HDR10+ support.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Hisense H9G is Hisense's flagship 4k LED TV in 2020. It sits above the Hisense H8G and it's the replacement to the Hisense H9F. Its main competitors are the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED, Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020.

Design
7.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense H9G has a good design, a nice upgrade over the Hisense H9F. It has the same unique center-mounted stand, but the back has a new etched pattern that looks like a checkerboard. There are tracks in the back for cable management, and it has hooks to keep your setup clean. Overall, the borderless design looks good in any setting.

Design
Stand

The metal stand is a bit bigger than the stand on the Hisense H9F, but it has the same shape. The stand is solid and the TV doesn't wobble much.

Footprint of the 65 inch stand: 35.2" x 13.4".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The back panel is completely plastic and has a textured checkerboard-like finish to it. The Hisense H9G has tracks on the back panel and clips on the stand for cable management, which is a nice improvement over the Hisense H9F.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.03" (7.7 cm)

This TV isn't very thick and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Hisense H9G has a good build quality. The plastic on the back is solid and there isn't much flex, except for near the inputs, where the plastic bends a bit more. The border around the TV is metal, giving it a more premium look. Overall, the TV is sturdy, and there aren't any issues.

Picture Quality
9.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6897 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
10411 : 1

The Hisense H9G has an outstanding contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. The local dimming feature really improves the contrast and the TV displays extremely deep blacks. Note that contrast may vary between units.

8.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

This TV has a great full-array local dimming feature. It handles zone transitions fairly well, and even though the zone transitions are noticeable with the test pattern, they aren't visible with real content. There's no black crush, and small details pop the way they should, and even though there's some minor blooming around bright objects, it's not very distracting. Subtitles get very bright, but there isn't any blooming around them. We did notice some blotching in the Star Wars opening crawl as it was trying to brighten each star and darken the space between them, and there was also some film grain during the opening of Stranger Things, which could be distracting. However, these are specific examples and shouldn't be common with most content.

We set Local Dimming to 'High' during testing.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
619 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
845 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
1307 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
1458 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
908 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
582 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
837 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
1279 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
1435 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
904 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
577 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.047

The Hisense H9G has amazing peak brightness and it easily gets bright enough to combat glare. This is a slight improvement over the Hisense H9F. Sadly, its brightness isn't very consistent across varied content, so if you're watching content with large, bright areas, like a hockey or basketball game, it's dimmer than with most other content.

We measured the brightness after calibration in 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 'Standard', Local Dimming to 'High', and Backlight to 'Max'. We were able to get 1,569 cd/m² in the 25% peak window test.

8.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
730 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
860 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
1479 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
1757 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
1043 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
649 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
853 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
1455 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
1728 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
1037 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
646 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.051

The Hisense H9G has great HDR peak brightness, and it's much better than the lower-end Hisense H8G. It gets bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR, but like the SDR peak brightness, it's not very consistent with different content.

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

If you want the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to 'HDR Standard' and Backlight to 'Max' with Local Dimming on 'High'. We were able to get 1830 cd/m² in the 25% peak window test.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.913 %
50% DSE
0.178 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.898 %
5% DSE
0.084 %

The Hisense H9G has good gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. The edges of the screen are a bit darker, and there's some very minor dirty screen effect visible in the center, which could be distracting during sports. The uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes.

5.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
23 °
Color Shift
20 °
Brightness Loss
36 °
Black Level Raise
20 °
Gamma Shift
17 °

The Hisense H9G has poor viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel. The image quickly loses accuracy when viewing off-center, and it's not suggested for wide seating arrangements.

9.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.461 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.638 %

The Hisense H9G has incredible black uniformity, much better than the Hisense H9F and the Hisense H8G, but this may vary between units. There's almost no visible blooming with or without local dimming enabled.

8.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
2.4 %
Indirect Reflections
1.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.7 %

The reflection handling is excellent. This TV performs extremely well in moderately-lit rooms, and even in direct sunlight, the reflections don't get too distracting.

6.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.74
Color dE
3.31
Gamma
2.09
Color Temperature
5806 K
Picture Mode
Theatre Night
Color Temp Setting
Low
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Hisense H9G has mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy, but this may vary between units. The white balance is off and most colors are inaccurate. The color temperature is warm, giving the image a red/yellow tint. Also, gamma doesn't follow the target well, and most scenes are over-brightened. We achieved a better gamma score of 2.29 by setting Gamma to '2.4', but that resulted in a worse color and white balance dE.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.55
Color dE
1.01
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6498 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, the color accuracy is remarkable. There's almost no visible inaccuracies in colors and shades of gray, and the gamma is nearly perfect.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Hisense H9G 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 aren't any visible issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Hisense H9G is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k input.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read about it here.

8.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
91.26 %
DCI P3 uv
92.20 %
Rec 2020 xy
67.08 %
Rec 2020 uv
69.89 %

The Hisense H9G has a great wide color gamut, but it's not as good as the Hisense H9F. It has outstanding coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. If you want a similar TV with a wider color gamut, check out the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED.

The EOTF doesn't follow the target curve very well and most scenes are brighter than they should be. The EOTF in 'Game' mode follows the target better, as seen here.

If you find HDR too dim, set the Picture Mode to 'HDR Theater', Backlight to 'Max', Local Dimming to 'High', and Active Contrast to 'Medium'. This makes the image a bit brighter, as you can see this EOTF.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
86.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
50.1 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
68.5 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
39.3 %

The Hisense H9G has a very good color volume. It displays dark, saturated colors well due to the outstanding contrast ratio, but like most LED TVs, it can't display really bright blues.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.099 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.108 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.090 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.114 dE

This TV has great gradient handling. There's a bit of banding in the darker shades, such as gray, green, and red, but it shouldn't be very visible for most people. There isn't any setting to smooth out the gradients and the Noise Reduction and Digital Noise Reduction doesn't improve the gradients either.

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, but this may vary between units.

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
8.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
2.7 ms
100% Response Time
8.1 ms

The Hisense H9G has an amazing response time, much quicker than the Hisense H8G. There's still a bit of overshoot in some transitions and the response time is a bit slow in the 0-20% transition. This may lead to some motion artifacts in dark scenes, but for the most part, motion looks clear on this TV.

Note: There have been a few reports of serious motion artifacts with some content. We haven't noticed this on our unit, but Hisense has confirmed that they're aware of the issue, and they're working on a fix. Let us know in the discussions below if you've experienced this issue.

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

Although the backlight uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, the flicker frequency is extremely high and shouldn't bother most people. It still flickers at 960Hz even with the backlight at 0%, even though the graph at 0% appears different than the graphs at 50% and 100% backlight settings.

8.7
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
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's a Black Frame Insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion. You need to enable Motion Clearness for it to work. It always flickers at 60Hz, and you can't set it to flicker at 120Hz. However, it suffers from bad crosstalk that results in some image duplication or motion artifacts. You can't change the Backlight setting with BFI enabled, and the image is noticeably bright.

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

This TV can interpolate motion up to 120fps, which is known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. Sadly, it doesn't stop interpolating even in busy scenes, so there are a lot of noticeable artifacts with fast-moving content.

See the settings for the motion interpolation feature here.

6.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
33.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
8.6 ms

Since the Hisense H9G has a good response time, there's noticeable stutter with lower-frame rate content as each frame is held longer.

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 H9G can remove judder from any source, such as Blu-ray players or native apps. It automatically removes judder from native 24p and 24p via 60i sources. To remove judder from 24p via 60p sources, set the Motion Enhancement setting to 'Film'.

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 H9G doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
8.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
14.9 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
127.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
15.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
15.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
15.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
15.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
127.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
119.6 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 H9G has excellent low input lag and should please most gamers, but it's not as low as the Hisense H8G. To achieve the lowest input lag possible, for whether you're gaming or using it as a PC monitor, set the Picture Mode to 'Game'. Sadly, the TV doesn't automatically change picture modes when you start playing a game.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
No