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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
This TV isn't very thick and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hisense H9G upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, well without any issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, but this may 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the Hisense H9G has a good response time, there's noticeable stutter with lower-frame rate content as each frame is held longer.