The Hisense U6G is a great TV overall. Although it's the entry-level model in Hisense's ULED lineup, it delivers an impressive overall experience, with excellent contrast, outstanding black uniformity, and a decent local dimming feature. It has a great response time, with a nearly flicker-free backlight and an optional black frame insertion feature. It's not as feature-rich as the more expensive models in Hisense's lineup, as it lacks any advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 or variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it doesn't support eARC for lossless high-definition audio formats. If you don't care about those features, though, it's a great TV overall that should please most users.
The Hisense U6G is a great TV for most uses. It's a great TV for watching sports or TV shows in a bright room unless you have a wide seating arrangement or watch with a large group of people. It's also a great choice for watching movies in SDR or HDR in a dark room, but it can't get very bright in HDR. It's also an impressive gaming TV, with low input lag and a great response time, but it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 or variable refresh rate technology (VRR), which may disappoint those looking to game on the latest consoles.
The Hisense U6G is a great TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has excellent contrast and outstanding black uniformity, two of the most important factors in good picture quality in a dark room. It also has a decent local dimming feature to further improve contrast. It upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you still have a large collection of DVDs. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder from some sources, which may be distracting to some users.
The Hisense U6G is good for watching TV shows in a bright living room. It has decent reflection handling and great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. Older cable television shows are upscaled well, and the unit we bought has good gray uniformity. The built-in Google Play Store has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you're sure to find your favorite streaming service without needing an external player. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's not the best choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to walk around with the TV on.
The Hisense U6G is a very good TV for watching sports in a bright room. It has decent reflection handling and great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. It also has a fast response time, which is especially important in fast-moving games, as it results in clear motion with little blur. On the other hand, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's not the best choice for a wide seating arrangement or for watching the big game with a group of friends.
The Hisense U6G is an impressive gaming TV. It has outstanding low input lag and a great response time, but dark scenes in some games are sometimes a bit blurry. It looks great in any setting, with excellent contrast for gaming in a dark room and decent reflection handling for a brighter environment. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 or variable refresh rate technology (VRR), so it's not the best choice for next-generation console gamers.
The Hisense U6G is a great TV for watching movies in HDR. It has excellent contrast and outstanding black uniformity, which are two of the most important factors in a good HDR experience, and it has a decent local dimming feature. It can display a wide color gamut, so you can fully enjoy the latest HDR content. Unfortunately, it can't get very bright, so small highlights in some scenes don't stand out much. It also can't remove judder from some sources, which may be distracting for some users.
The Hisense U6G is a great TV for HDR gaming. It delivers a responsive gaming experience, thanks to the low input lag and fast response time. HDR content looks great for the most part, with excellent contrast, outstanding black uniformity, and a wide color gamut. It can't get very bright in HDR, though, so small highlights like particle effects in some games don't stand out as well as they should. Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for next-gen console gamers, as it doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports and doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate technology (VRR).
The Hisense U6G is a great TV for use as a PC monitor, with some limitations. It has a great response time and outstanding low input lag, both of which are important for a responsive experience. It has decent reflection handling and high peak brightness, and there's no risk of permanent burn-in with static images. Unfortunately, the BGR pixel structure isn't ideal for text clarity in some cases, as some Windows programs can't correct this. It also has narrow viewing angles, so the sides of the screen can appear non-uniform if you're sitting too close.
The Hisense U6G has a very similar stand to the Hisense H6570G. They're not the most solid though, and the TV wobbles a bit. There are about three inches between the table and the bottom of the TV, so most soundbars should fit without blocking the TV.
Footprint of the 65 inch stand: 43.2" x 12.2".
Overall, this TV has decent build quality. It's mostly plastic, but there are no serious areas of concern in the build. The feet aren't the most solid, and the TV wobbles a bit, but it's not too bad.
As expected for a VA panel, the Hisense U6G has excellent contrast, very similar to the Hisense H8G. The local dimming feature is effective at boosting contrast, but not significantly. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between individual units.
This TV has great peak brightness in SDR. There's some variation in peak brightness with different content (known as ABL), but it's minor.
We measured the brightness after calibration in the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with the Backlight set to 'Max' and Local Dimming to 'High'.
This TV has a decent local dimming feature. There's very little black crush, which is great, but due to the limited number of zones (60 on our 65" model), the backlight doesn't dim very much in scenes with lots of small lights on a black background. Depending on the content, blooming is sometimes an issue, including around subtitles, but it's soft-looking and not very distracting. The biggest issue is with zone transitions, as they can be quite noticeable in some scenes. The Hisense U7G has a slightly better local dimming feature, but not enough to score higher.
Note: The 65 inch and 75 inch models have 60 local dimming zones, but the 55 inch and 50 inch versions only have 32 zones, so the local dimming feature might be a bit worse.
Local dimming performance is identical in Game Mode.
The Hisense U6G has okay peak brightness in HDR. Small specular highlights don't stand out as well as they should, but most content is bright enough to deliver an okay HDR experience. Unfortunately, like the Hisense U8G, most scenes are displayed brighter than they should be. This isn't very noticeable in person unless you're comparing it with a more accurate display, but the U6G looks slightly washed out in some scenes.
If you prefer a brighter image over an accurate one, setting the Color Temperature to 'Medium' results in a slightly brighter image, as shown in this EOTF.
There's no difference in the peak brightness of this TV in Game Mode.
The Hisense U6G we tested has good gray uniformity, but this varies between units. There's some noticeable dirty screen effect throughout. Near-dark scenes look a bit better, but there are still some noticeable issues in a dark room.
The TV we tested has outstanding black uniformity, but this can vary between units. There's a bit of cloudiness throughout the screen, but enabling local dimming reduces this significantly.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, which is expected for a VA-type panel. Moving even slightly off-center causes colors to washout and gamma to shift. If you have a wide seating arrangement, an IPS-type panel like the LG NANO90 2021 is a better choice.
Update 12/3/2021: We rechecked the reflection handling on this TV. Unfortunately, it seems our initial results were incorrect, and this TV has worse reflection handling than we originally measured. The new results are more consistent with other similar TVs we've tested, including the Hisense U6GR.
This TV has decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish reduces the intensity of direct reflections without causing them to smear across the display. Bright, direct reflections can still be distracting, though, so it's not perfect.
Out of the box, the TV we bought has decent accuracy, but this can vary between units. Gamma doesn't quite follow the 2.2 target for a dark room, and most scenes are brighter than they should be. The white balance isn't accurate, and the color temperature is a bit warm, giving everything a reddish tint. Most colors are okay, but enthusiasts might notice some issues with all lighter colors.
This TV has outstanding accuracy after calibration. The white balance and gamma are nearly perfect, and the color temperature is extremely close to our target of 6500K. Most colors are displayed accurately, with the exception of pure blue, which is just as accurate as before.
You can see our recommended settings here.
480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled well, with no noticeable issues.
Native 4k content is displayed perfectly, with no noticeable pixel issues or dithering.
Like most TVs on the market, the Hisense U6G uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional Red-Green-Blue layout. For video content, this doesn't cause any issues, but if you're planning on using this TV as a PC monitor, it might be an issue for text clarity. You can read more about this here.
This TV has very good color volume. Thanks to the high contrast ratio, it can display dark, saturated colors well. It can't quite fill the full DCI P3 color gamut, and pure blues aren't as bright as pure white, but this is normal for LCDs.
This TV has great gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding in darker shades, especially in grays, but it's not too bad. There are two optional settings that are supposed to help reduce banding, Noise Reduction and Digital Noise Reduction, but we found that they didn't do anything. We don't recommend leaving those settings enabled, though, as they can cause a loss of fine details in some scenes.
There are no signs of temporary image retention on our unit, but this can vary.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The Hisense U6G has a great response time. Like most VA-type displays, transitions out of dark scenes are slower, resulting in black smear behind fast-moving objects.
The Hisense U8G we tested had noticeable red ghosting in some scenes. We haven't seen any reports of this issue on the U6G yet, and ours doesn't have this problem. If you notice this issue, please let us know in the discussions below.
Like the Hisense U8G, the backlight on the Hisense U6G flickers at a very high frequency at all backlight levels. The flicker frequency doesn't change in other picture modes unless you enable the Black Frame Insertion feature.
The Hisense U6G has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help reduce the appearance of persistence blur. Unfortunately, there's noticeable crosstalk, causing a duplicate image to appear, and the screen is noticeably darker. Note that our BFI scoring is based only on the supported frequency, not the actual effectiveness of the feature.
This TV doesn't have a motion interpolation feature. There is a bit of confusion around this, as the user manual for the U6G mentions motion interpolation, with a note that not all models have it. Hisense has confirmed that this model doesn't have this feature, though.
The response time of this TV is slow enough that there's not that much stutter when watching movies. It might still be noticeable in some scenes, though, especially in slow-panning shots.
The Hisense U6G can remove judder from most sources, with no additional settings required. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder from sources that send movies in a 60Hz signal, which may be distracting for some viewers.
This TV has outstanding low input lag, so you can respond quickly to the action on screen. Even outside of Game Mode, the input lag is much lower than most TVs on the market and is quite usable for slower games.
Most common resolutions are supported, but 1440p requires a forced resolution. This can be done by overriding the HDMI settings on an Xbox or by creating a custom resolution in the control panel for your graphics card.
This TV doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz on new consoles, as it lacks the necessary HDMI 2.1 ports.
The Hisense U6G has a mediocre frequency response. Like most TVs, there's almost no bass response, and it can't produce any thump or rumble. Above the low-frequency extension, the sound profile is closer to flat, except for high treble sounds, so most dialogue is clear. It can get very loud, but there's some compression and pumping at high volumes.
This TV has alright distortion. At moderate volumes, there's little harmonic distortion, but it increases significantly at max volume. This can vary depending on the content, though, and not everyone will even hear it.
Update 12/15/2021: We incorrectly stated that this TV runs Android 10. It's still on Android 9.
Unlike the higher-end 2021 Hisense TVs, the Hisense U6G runs Android TV 9. The interface is smoother and faster than the 2020 models, and we didn't encounter any bugs or issues while using it.
Unfortunately, like most TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the home page and the app store.
The remote is a bit different from the one included with the Hisense U8G. It features a full numpad and six quick access buttons that can't be reassigned. It has a built-in mic for voice control through Google Assistant or Alexa. Voice commands can be used to search for content, change inputs, or ask simple questions.
We tested the 65 inch Hisense U6G (65U6G), and we expect our results to be valid for the 50 inch (50U6G) model, the 55 inch (55U6G) model, and the 75 inch (75U6G) model too. In Canada, this model is known as the Hisense U68G; we expect it to perform the same. Unfortunately, Hisense releases different product lines in different regions, so we don't expect our results to be valid for international models, even if they have the same name. We don't know any equivalent model outside Canada and the U.S.
We've also seen reports that some 75 inch units have an ADS panel (IPS-family). We've received confirmation of both VA and ADS panels, but we haven't established a pattern yet, so we're not sure why some units are ADS and some are VA. We expect models with ADS panels to have much worse contrast, but better viewing angles.
Hisense has released a variant of this TV, known as the Hisense U6GR or Hisense U6GR5. It's a completely different TV, with more advanced gaming features, including variable refresh rate support. It also runs the Roku smart interface instead of Android TV. We don't expect our results here to be valid for the U6GR.
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If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Hisense U6G doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests like the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
The unit we reviewed was manufactured in January 2021, and you can see the label here.
The Hisense U6G is an impressive budget TV. While it lacks some of the more advanced gaming features found on the higher-end Hisense ULED models like the Hisense U7G or the Hisense U8G, it's a great choice for watching movies or TV shows, or if you just aren't interested in the next-gen consoles.
The Hisense U6G and the Hisense U7G are very similar overall, with a few minor differences between them. The U6G has better black uniformity, but the U7G has better contrast, it's a bit brighter in SDR and a lot brighter in HDR. The U7G is also slightly better for gaming, with a higher native refresh rate, FreeSync support, and two HDMI 2.1 ports.
The Hisense U6G is better than the Hisense A6G overall, but as they use different panel technologies, the A6G might be a better choice for some people. The U6G uses a VA panel, resulting in much better contrast and better black uniformity, making it the better choice for a dark room. The A6G uses an IPS panel, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains accurate at an angle.
The Hisense U8G is better than the Hisense U6G. The U8G can remove judder from any source, it has an optional motion interpolation feature, it's brighter, and it has a better local dimming feature. The U8G is also more future-proof, especially for gaming, as it has 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, it can display 4k @ 120Hz signals from the next-gen consoles, and it supports variable refresh rate technology (VRR).
The Hisense U6G and the Hisense U6GR are very similar TVs because they sit alongside each other in the 2021 Hisense ULED lineup. Picture quality is similar because they each have a VA panel with a high contrast ratio. Local dimming is decent on both, but it's slightly better on the U6GR because there's less blooming. The U6GR has a few more features, like VRR and eARC support, which the U6G doesn't have, but the U6G has better performance in a few areas, like its response time and out-of-the-box accuracy, and it doesn't have any issues upscaling 480p content. The U6G also uses Android TV, while the U6GR has Roku TV, and the U6G supports Bluetooth, which the U6GR doesn't.
The Hisense H9G is better than the Hisense U6G. The H9G is much brighter, especially in HDR, it has a better local dimming feature, and it can remove judder from any source. The H9G also has a higher refresh rate, making it a slightly better choice for gamers. On the other hand, the interface of the U6G is faster and a bit smoother.
The Hisense U6G and the LG C1 OLED use different panel technologies, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, but the LG is much better overall for most people. The LG has much better contrast and perfect black uniformity, without the downsides of a local dimming system, and it has a nearly instantaneous response time. On the other hand, the Hisense is a lot brighter in SDR, and there's no risk of permanent burn-in when exposed to static images.
The Hisense U6G is better for most uses than the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED. They both have VA panels with a high contrast ratio, but the local dimming feature is better on the Hisense because there's less blooming. The Hisense also has slightly better reflection handling, making it a better choice for bright rooms, and it doesn't have trouble upscaling 480p content if you want to watch DVDs. The main advantage the TCL has over the Hisense is VRR support to reduce screen tearing in games, which the Hisense doesn't have. They have similar operating systems as the Hisense uses Android TV, and the TCL has Google TV, which is simply an upgraded version, but there are only a few minor differences between each.
The Hisense U6G and the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED are both great TVs. They have similar characteristics, but there are a few differences between them. The TCL has Mini LED backlighting that allows it to get much brighter, especially in HDR, making highlights pop more. They each have decent local dimming features, but the one on the Hisense does a better job at displaying deeper blacks than on the TCL. The Hisense also doesn't have issues upscaling 480p content, which the TCL has issues. The main advantage the TCL has over the Hisense is a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 inputs and VRR support, none of which the Hisense has.
The Hisense U6G is much better than the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. The Hisense is a lot brighter, has slightly better reflection handling, better black uniformity, and better gray uniformity. On the other hand, the TCL has better contrast, although this isn't a very noticeable difference, and it can remove judder from 60Hz sources, like a cable box.
The Hisense U6G is better overall than the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021. The Hisense is a much better choice to use in well-lit rooms because it gets much brighter. The Hisense also has a better local dimming feature, but the Vizio displays deeper blacks because it has higher native contrast. Motion looks smoother on the Hisense thanks to the quicker response time, but the Vizio has more gaming features like VRR support.
The Hisense U6G is a bit better than the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. The Hisense has much better black uniformity, slightly better reflection handling, and a better local dimming feature. On the other hand, the TCL has better contrast, although this isn't a very noticeable difference, and the TCL can remove judder from more sources, including 60Hz sources like a cable box.
The Hisense U6G is much better overall than the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021. The Hisense delivers better picture quality because it has a local dimming feature, which the Vizio doesn't have, and it gets significantly brighter in HDR and SDR. The Hisense doesn't show any upscaling artifacts with low-resolution content like the Vizio. The Android TV app store has a massive selection of apps available, and you can't download any extra apps on the Vizio. On the other hand, the Vizio has FreeSync VRR support, which the Hisense doesn't.
The Hisense U6G is much better than the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021, mainly because it has more features, and the units we tested have different panel types. The Hisense has a VA panel with a local dimming feature that allows it to display deep blacks, while the 65 inch TCL we tested has an IPS panel without local dimming, so blacks look gray in the dark. However, that means it has wide viewing angles instead. The Hisense also gets much brighter, allowing it to fight glare, and it has better motion handling thanks to its quick response time.
The Hisense U6G is significantly better than the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series. The Hisense has a full array local dimming feature, slightly better reflection handling, and it's significantly brighter. The Hisense also has better black uniformity, much better accuracy, and it can be fully calibrated.
The Hisense U6G is significantly better than the Vizio V5 Series 2021. The Hisense has more features like full-array local dimming, a wide color gamut for HDR content, and the built-in Android TV has a Google Play Store. The Hisense gets significantly brighter, so it's a better choice for watching HDR content or using it in well-lit rooms. Lastly, the Hisense even has a quicker response time for smoother motion.
The Hisense U6G is much better than the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series. The Hisense has a full array local dimming feature, better black uniformity, and it's much brighter. The Hisense also has much better accuracy, even after calibration, as the Amazon can't be calibrated. Finally, the Hisense has a faster response time, and the unit we bought has better gray uniformity.
The Hisense U6G and the Toshiba C350 Fire TV are both entry-level TVs, but the Hisense is much better overall. The models we tested have different panel types, so the Hisense has a higher contrast, while the Toshiba has wider viewing angles, but the Toshiba is also available in the same VA panel type as the Hisense. The Hisense gets much brighter, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. It has more features like a full-array local dimming feature, the ability to remove 24p judder, and can display chroma 4:4:4, all of which the Toshiba can't do.
The Hisense U6G is much better than the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020. The Hisense has much better black uniformity, a better local dimming feature, and better gray uniformity. The Hisense is a lot brighter, making it a better choice for a bright room. The Hisense upscales lower resolution content, like DVDs, better than the Vizio.