Hisense R6090G TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Nov 26, 2020 at 10:49 am
Hisense R6090G Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
6.9
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG UN7300
6.8
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8G
7.5
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
6.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
7.4
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Hisense R6090G is a decent entry-level TV. It's one of the few options in Hisense's lineup that comes with Roku TV instead of the Android TV found on most of their models. The interface is easy-to-use and there are a ton of apps you can download through the app store. It has a VA panel with an amazing contrast ratio that helps it display deep blacks when viewed in the dark. It lacks many extra features, such as local dimming, but still delivers decent picture quality and upscales lower-resolution content without any issues. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested for wide seating arrangements as you lose image accuracy when viewing from the sides. It doesn't deliver a good HDR experience either due to its low peak brightness and inability to display a wide color gamut. Lastly, most casual gamers should enjoy its excellent low input lag and decent response time.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Hisense R6090G is a decent overall TV. It performs best in dark rooms thanks to the VA panel's amazing native contrast ratio. Its low input lag and decent response time make it a good choice for gaming. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested for watching TV with a large group of friends or family. Also, it doesn't provide a satisfactory HDR experience because of its low peak brightness and lack of a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Excellent low input lag.
Cons
  • Uniformity issues.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low peak brightness.
6.9 Movies

The Hisense R6090G is okay for watching movies. It has an amazing contrast ratio that helps it display deep blacks, so it's a great choice for watching movies in dark rooms. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the black level. It also displays 1080p and 4k content perfectly and removes judder from native 24p sources.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast.
  • Automatically removes judder from native 24p sources.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Uniformity issues.
7.2 TV Shows

The Hisense R6090G is decent for watching TV shows. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling 720p content, such as from cable boxes. It has good reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms. It also has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy when viewing from the side.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low peak brightness.
6.8 Sports

The Hisense R6090G is alright for watching sports. It has a decent response time, but there's still some motion blur with fast-moving content. It has good reflection handling, but it's best to avoid using it in well-lit rooms as it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. It's also not suggested for watching the game in a large group because it has narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Uniformity issues.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low peak brightness.
7.5 Video Games

The Hisense R6090G is good for video games. It has an excellent low input lag that should please most gamers. It also has a decent response time, but you still may notice some motion blur. Also, it's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast.
  • Decent response time.
  • Excellent low input lag.
Cons
  • Uniformity issues.
  • No variable refresh rate support.
6.5 HDR Movies

The Hisense R6090G is alright for watching HDR movies. It has an amazing contrast ratio, and it displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark. However, it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve picture quality in dark scenes. It also doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make highlights pop, and it can't display a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast.
  • Automatically removes judder from native 24p sources.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Can't display wide color gamut.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The Hisense R6090G is okay for HDR gaming. It offers good gaming performance thanks to its very low input lag and decent response time. It has an amazing contrast ratio, but HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content as it can't display a wide color gamut and has low HDR peak brightness.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast.
  • Decent response time.
  • Excellent low input lag.
Cons
  • No variable refresh rate support.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • Can't display wide color gamut.
7.4 PC Monitor

The Hisense R6090G is decent to use as a PC monitor. It supports most common resolutions at 60Hz and displays proper chroma 4:4:4. It also has a low input lag to deliver a responsive desktop experience. However, it has narrow viewing angles, and the image may look washed out at the sides if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Movies
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 6.8 Sports
  • 7.5 Video Games
  • 6.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 PC Monitor
  1. Update 12/4/2020: Listed the TV as being direct LED.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Hisense R6090G is an entry-level 4k TV in Hisense's 2020 lineup. The Roku-based R6 Series sits alongside the Hisense H65 Series, which has Android TV instead, and below the Hisense R8 Series. It competes with the TCL 4 Series 2020, Toshiba Fire TV 2020, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense 55R6090G looks a lot like the Hisense H6570G with a decent style. It has slim borders on three sides and a slightly thicker bottom border, and it looks nice in any setting. It's made entirely out of plastic, and even though there's nothing premium about it, there's nothing bad about it either.

Design
Stand

The stand consists of two plastic feet that are almost as wide as the TV itself and they can't be moved inwards to accommodate smaller tables. The TV wobbles fairly easily when you move it around.

Footprint of the 55" inch TV: 40.6" x 8.2".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x300

The back of the Hisense R6090G is exactly like the Hisense H6570G. It has a thin plastic back panel that feels like metal, and the plastic at the bottom feels more solid. Sadly, there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

This TV has thin borders that aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.31" (8.4 cm)

The panel itself is fairly thin, but the TV may stick out a bit when you wall-mount because of the way the bottom part comes out.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Hisense R6090G has okay build quality. It's entirely made of plastic, which feels solid near the inputs, but bends easily everywhere else. It wobbles quite easily and feels like you can torque the entire screen. These shouldn't be issues if you just leave it in one spot, but it may pose a problem if you constantly need to move it around.

Picture Quality
8.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5408 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Hisense R6090G has an amazing contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. It displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark. Note that contrast may vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

Update 12/04/2020: We incorrectly listed it as being edge-lit, when the backlight is direct LED.

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

6.3
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
253 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
294 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
294 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.002

The Hisense R6090G's peak brightness isn't bad. This TV gets much brighter than the Hisense H6510G, and even though it should be bright enough for a dim-to-moderately-lit room, it's not enough to combat intense glare. It maintains its brightness extremely consistent across different content, except small highlights are slightly less bright.

We measured peak brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Backlight at its max.

If you don't care about image accuracy and want a slightly brighter image, set the Picture Mode to 'Normal', Color Temperature to 'Normal', Gamma to '1.8', and TV Brightness to 'Brighter'. We reached 306 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.

5.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
263 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
301 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
301 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
310 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
310 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
310 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
310 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.002

This TV has disappointing peak brightness in HDR. It only gets a bit brighter than in SDR and it's not enough to make vivid colors pop. Once again, small highlights are slightly more dim than larger highlights.

We measured HDR peak brightness in the 'Dark HDR' Picture Mode with Backlight at its max and everything else at their default settings.

If you want a slightly brighter image and don't mind losing image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Normal HDR', Color Temperature to 'Normal', Gamma to '1.8', and Contrast to its max. We reached 313 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.

6.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.513 %
50% DSE
0.231 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.337 %
5% DSE
0.120 %

The Hisense 55R6090G has mediocre gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. Our unit actually looks a lot worse than it does in the picture as the edges are visibly darker. It's noticeable in real content with any full-sized image or videos where there isn't a lot of movement. There's also dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting during sports. The uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but the vignetting is still visible.

5.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
23 °
Color Shift
21 °
Brightness Loss
38 °
Black Level Raise
19 °
Gamma Shift
15 °

The Hisense R6090G has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel. You lose image accuracy when viewing from the side, so it's not ideal for a wide seating arrangement.

9.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.647 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Hisense 55R6090G has outstanding black uniformity. However, it looks worse in person, and like with the gray uniformity, there's noticeable backlight bleed and vignetting along the edges. It's visible in real content and could be distracting when watching movies in dark rooms. Note that black uniformity may vary between units.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
0.8 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.3 %

The reflection handling is good. It performs well with a moderate amount of light directed towards it, but it's best to avoid placing it in a well-lit room as the reflections may become too distracting.

7.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.84
Color dE
3.39
Gamma
2.31
Color Temperature
6402 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Hisense R6090G has good out-of-the-box color accuracy, but this may vary between units. White balance and most colors are only a bit inaccurate, and the color temperature is close to the 6500K target. However, gamma seems to follow a target of 2.3 instead of 2.2, so most scenes are darker than they should be.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.37
Color dE
1.98
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6512 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The Hisense 55R6090G has outstanding color accuracy after calibration. Any remaining inaccuracies can't be spotted with the aid of a colorimeter, and the color temperature is almost spot on with the 6500K target. Gamma follows the target much better, except some really bright scenes are slightly too bright.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

This TV upscales 480p content, such as from DVDs, without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The Hisense R6090G displays 720p content well and there aren't any artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, such as from Blu-ray players, is displayed almost as well as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV displays native 4k content perfectly, and unlike the Hisense H6570G, there aren't any obvious artifacts.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

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

Picture Quality
Pixels

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

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
74.03 %
DCI P3 uv
80.18 %
Rec 2020 xy
53.45 %
Rec 2020 uv
59.67 %

Like the Hisense H6510G, the Hisense R6090G has an okay color gamut, but it's not considered a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The EOTF follows the target curve fairly well until the roll off at its peak brightness, except some scenes are slightly over-brightened. It's the exact same with Game Mode enabled because you can enable it in any Picture Mode, as seen in this EOTF.

If you find HDR too dim and want a brighter image, use the 'Dark HDR' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '1.8', Color Temperature set to 'Cool', and Contrast and Backlight each at their max. This results in a noticeably brighter image, as seen in this EOTF. However, the image is inaccurate as increasing Contrast makes the image too blue, as seen in this color gamut photo.

5.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
67.1 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
26.8 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
49.3 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.7 %

The color volume is disappointing. It displays dark, saturated colors well thanks to its amazing contrast. However, it's limited by the lack of a wide color gamut and by its low peak brightness.

6.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.101 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.156 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.132 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.297 dE

The Hisense R6090G has okay gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in all shades, especially with gray and green. The Noise Reduction setting in the Roku app doesn't improve the gradient handling at all.

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 some very minor signs of image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image, but it's not detected in our testing. However, 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
7.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.2 ms
100% Response Time
16.3 ms

The Hisense R6090G has a decent response time, but you still may notice some motion blur in fast-moving scenes. There's a bit of overshoot in dark transitions, so you may notice some motion artifacts in dark scenes as well.

4.7
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
180 Hz

This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at all brightness levels below 100. It's flicker-free with Backlight set to its max.

4.6
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
180 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
180 Hz

The Hisense R6090G doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature. The backlight flickers at 180Hz at all backlight levels below 100.

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

This TV doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.9
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
25.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.4 ms

Due to the TV's somewhat slower response time, there's not much stutter when displaying lower-frame rate 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 Hisense R6090G automatically removes judder from native 24p sources, such as from Blu-ray players or native apps. There's no setting needed to remove it.

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 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
12.5 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
46.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
29.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
12.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
12.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
12.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
46.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
N/A
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 R6090G has an excellent low input lag, and it's a significant improvement over the Hisense H6570G and the Hisense H6510G. It stays low as long as you have Game Mode enabled, but it significantly increases with a 1440p resolution, so it's not ideal for 1440p games with the Xbox One Series X. If you want to use it as a PC monitor and want the lowest input lag possible, you just need to enable Game Mode.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes </