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Hisense U6GR TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Dec 07, 2021 at 10:25 am
Hisense U6GR Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
8.2
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
7.5
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
8.1
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
8.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.0
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
7.8
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Hisense U6GR is a budget-friendly 4k LED TV. It's part of Hisense's ULED lineup, sitting alongside the Hisense U6G, and it offers a few extra features like eARC and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it has Roku TV as its smart interface instead of Android TV. It uses quantum dot technology to display a wide color gamut for HDR content, and it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, so it performs well in dark rooms. It's also a good choice for rooms with a few lights around because it has good reflection handling and high peak brightness. While it's very similar to the U6G in terms of overall performance, the U6GR is worse in a few areas like the response time, and it can't properly display 480p signals, which is disappointing if you often watch DVDs. It also lacks some extra features the higher-end Hisense U7G has, like a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 support.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The Hisense U6GR is good for most uses. It performs well in both dark and bright rooms, and it's great for watching movies because it displays deep blacks, and the full-array local dimming feature is decent. It's also good for watching movies in HDR, but some highlights don't pop the way they should. It's good for watching shows and decent for sports in well-lit rooms because it gets bright and has good reflection handling, but it has narrow viewing angles, so the image loses accuracy from the sides. It has great gaming features like VRR support and low input lag, but it's limited to a 60Hz panel without HDMI 2.1 support, and motion looks blurry.

Pros
  • Fantastic native contrast ratio.
  • No issues displaying 720p, 1080p, and 4k content.
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Roku TV is user-friendly.
Cons
  • Stretches out 480p signals.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
8.2 Movies

The Hisense U6GR is great for watching movies in a dark room. It has a VA panel with a fantastic contrast ratio for deep blacks. The full-array local dimming feature doesn't cause too much blooming, but it also raises the black levels when there's a bright highlight. It removes judder from native 24p sources and apps, and it doesn't have issues upscaling 1080p content from Blu-ray players. However, it's not as good for DVDs because it stretches out 480p signals.

Pros
  • Fantastic native contrast ratio.
  • Local dimming is decent and not too aggressive.
  • No issues displaying 720p, 1080p, and 4k content.
Cons
  • Stretches out 480p signals.
  • Local dimming raises black levels with a bright highlight.
7.6 TV Shows

The Hisense U6GR is good for watching TV shows in a bright room. Visibility won't be an issue because it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, but we don't suggest placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight. The Roku TV interface is easy-to-use, and you'll likely find your favorite streaming apps to download. The main downside is that the VA panel has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate when viewing from the sides. Also, it doesn't properly display 480p content, which isn't ideal for watching SD cable channels.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Roku TV is user-friendly.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Stretches out 480p signals.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.5 Sports

The Hisense U6GR is good for watching sports. It performs well in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue in most rooms. Sadly, motion looks blurry due to the slow response time, especially with dark objects, our unit has uniformity issues that could get distracting during sports, and the screen looks washed out from the side due to the narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • No issues displaying 720p, 1080p, and 4k content.
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
8.1 Video Games

The Hisense U6GR is great for gaming. It has a few gaming features like FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing, and it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, its motion handling isn't the best as motion looks blurry with black smearing, and it's limited to a 60Hz panel, so you can't play high-frame-rate games. However, it performs well in dark rooms thanks to its fantastic native contrast and decent local dimming.

Pros
  • Fantastic native contrast ratio.
  • FreeSync VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
8.1 HDR Movies

The Hisense U6GR is great for watching movies in HDR. It displays deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature does a decent job at improving the picture quality in dark scenes. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, and while its HDR peak brightness is okay, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop the way the creator intended.

Pros
  • Fantastic native contrast ratio.
  • Local dimming is decent and not too aggressive.
  • Displays wide color gamut for HDR.
Cons
  • Small highlights don't get bright.
  • Local dimming raises black levels with a bright highlight.
8.0 HDR Gaming

The Hisense U6GR is great for HDR gaming. It has great gaming performance, thanks to its low input lag and gaming features like VRR support. It delivers good picture quality in HDR because it has great dark room performance, and it displays a wide color gamut. However, it has a few limitations because it's limited to a 60Hz panel, so you can't use it for 120Hz gaming in HDR, and really small highlights in HDR don't stand out.

Pros
  • Fantastic native contrast ratio.
  • Local dimming is decent and not too aggressive.
  • FreeSync VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
  • Small highlights don't get bright.
7.8 PC Monitor

The Hisense U6GR is good to use as a PC monitor. It delivers a responsive desktop experience thanks to its low input lag, and text looks clear because it displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p, 1440p, and 4k signals. It also performs well in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to combat glare and has good reflection handling. However, motion looks blurry due to the slow response time, and it has narrow viewing angles, so the image will look washed out at the sides if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.5 Sports
  • 8.1 Video Games
  • 8.1 HDR Movies
  • 8.0 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jan 27, 2022: The Hisense U6GR now supports HDR10+ as of the latest firmware update.
  2. Updated Jan 20, 2022: Updated the 1440p VRR support.
  3. Updated Jan 05, 2022: Performed a factory reset and retested the Gray Uniformity and Black Uniformity.
  4. Updated Dec 07, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Dec 02, 2021: Early access published.

Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense U6GR looks nearly exactly like the Hisense U6G, with a few minor differences. There's Roku branding on the bottom right, and the cable management is a bit different. Still, it's a nice-looking TV and should look good in any setup.

Design
Stand

The stand consists of two plastic feet that hold the TV well, but there's some wobble front to back. It raises the screen enough off the table that most soundbars won't block your view.

Footprint of the 65" TV: 42.4: x 11.5" x 2.4" (3" to the bottom of the screen).

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the Hisense U6GR is nearly exactly like the Hisense U6G, except cable management is done through clips instead of a track on the back. The back panel is mainly metal with the portion housing the inputs as plastic.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.74" (9.5 cm)

The measurement above is with the cable management clips included, which stick out a bit, so the TV doesn't sit flush against the wall if you keep the clips on. However, it's flat without the clips (pictured above), and the thickness is 3.11" (7.9 cm).

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Hisense U6GR has decent build quality. It's fine for a budget-level TV, and even though there's nothing premium about it, there's nothing wrong with it either. It's mainly plastic, including around the borders, and the back panel flexes a bit, both on the metal and plastic portions. If you're just going to leave it one spot, you won't have any issues with it.

Picture Quality
9.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5,639 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
6,523 : 1

The Hisense U6GR has a fantastic native contrast ratio, and the full-array local dimming feature helps it display deeper blacks. This is higher than the Hisense U6G, but keep in mind that contrast can vary between units.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
424 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
337 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
551 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
616 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
589 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
395 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
335 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
547 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
610 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
584 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
393 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.038

The SDR peak brightness is great. It's enough to fight glare in most rooms, but it's not as good as the Hisense U6G. It's not very consistent between different scenes because the frame dimming causes small highlights to be more dim, and the Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) dims large areas of bright colors. This won't be noticeable with most content, though, unless you're watching sports that have large playing surfaces, like hockey or basketball.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the TV Brightness set to 'Brighter', Local Dimming on 'High', the Color Temperature set to 'Warm', the Backlight set to '100', and the Contrast at '90'. We measured the brightest image possible using these settings, as nothing else got brighter.

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

The Hisense U6GR has a decent local dimming feature. The 65 inch model has 60 dimming zones, and Hisense advertises 36 zones on the 55 inch model. We tested it with Local Dimming set to 'High', and overall, it performs similarly to the local dimming feature on the Hisense U6G but with slight improvements in some areas. The U6GR doesn't have as much blooming as we saw on the U6G because it raises the black levels, but that means that blacks don't look as deep.

The local dimming looks good with real content, as there's minimal black crush with small bright highlights, and even though there's some blooming around subtitles when there are black bars, it's not that distracting. Scenes like star fields look decent, but really small stars aren't brightened, and there are uniformity issues with patchy areas. Fast-moving objects transition between the zones fairly well, but it's noticeable with our test pattern that the zones are slow to turn on and off. It's better with real content, but it's still not the best. Overall, it's a decent implementation of local dimming, and while it removes some of the problems that we saw on the U6G, it's not a significant improvement.

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The local dimming feature looks the same in Game Mode as outside of it.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
524 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
360 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
613 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
716 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
673 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
454 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
358 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
607 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
708 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
667 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
453 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.041

The Hisense U6GR has okay HDR peak brightness. It gets brighter than in SDR, but it's not enough to deliver a truly impactful HDR experience, and it suffers from the same frame dimming and aggressive ABL as in SDR. Small highlights don't pop the way the creator intended. The EOTF follows the target PQ curve fairly well until the slow roll-off at the peak brightness, but most scenes are slightly over-brightened.

We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'Dark HDR' Picture Mode with the TV Brightness set to 'Brighter', Local Dimming on 'High', the Color Temperature set to 'Warm', and the Contrast and Backlight each at '100'. These settings also resulted in the brightness image we tested, as seen in the 25% window, and we didn't measure a brighter EOTF with these settings either.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
531 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
611 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
708 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
664 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
450 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
370 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
604 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
700 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
658 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
448 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.038

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is nearly identical to outside of Game Mode. Any differences are down to margin of error, and we measured it with the same settings as above, but just with the Game Mode setting enabled.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.681%
50% DSE
0.195%
5% Std. Dev.
0.404%
5% DSE
0.078%

Update 01/05/2022: We performed a factory reset on the TV, which helped improved the gray uniformity. Before the reset, there were vertical bands that you can see in the 50% gray and the 5% gray photos. The vertical lines are still there after the reset, but they're faint and not noticeable during real content. If you get this TV and notice these issues, try performing a factory reset to see if it fixes it. We made sure we performed the retest after calibrating the TV.

The Hisense U6GR has good gray uniformity, but we got these results after performing a factory reset. Uniformity can vary between units, so it's possible your unit is different from ours, and you don't need to perform the reset. There's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, which could be distracting during sports, and the uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes.

8.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.662%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.804%

Update 01/05/2022: We performed a factory reset on the TV, which helped improved the black uniformity. Before the reset, there was more cloudiness and backlight bleed, especially without local dimming enabled. You can see the previous photos without local dimming here and with local dimming here. The factory reset helps improve the black uniformity, and we made sure we performed the retest after calibrating the TV.

The black uniformity is excellent. Without local dimming, there's a bit of clouding throughout, but it's not that distracting. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but there's still a bit of blooming. Keep in mind that uniformity can vary between units, and as mentioned above, we had to perform a factory reset to achieve these results.

5.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
22°
Color Shift
24°
Brightness Loss
33°
Black Level Raise
26°
Gamma Shift
17°

The Hisense U6GR has narrow viewing angles, which is normal for a VA panel. The image looks inaccurate when viewing from the sides, so it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement.

7.6
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.3%

The Hisense U6GR has good reflection handling. It looks similar to the Hisense U6G and, combined with its great peak brightness, visibility won't be an issue in most rooms.

5.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
6.26
Color dE
3.26
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,246 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

The out-of-the-box accuracy is disappointing. Most colors are inaccurate, especially less saturated colors, and the white balance is terrible, so the shades of gray don't appear how they should. However, the color temperature is excellent as it's close to our 6500 K target, and the gamma follows the 2.2 target well, but some bright scenes are too bright. Overall, it's worse than the Hisense U6G, but this may also vary between units.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.44
Color dE
1.01
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,498 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The Hisense U6GR has fantastic accuracy after calibration. Calibrating it fixed nearly all inaccuracies to the white balance and color accuracy. Gamma improved, but still isn't perfect, and the color temperature is spot-on with our target. All color calibration is done through the app, but you can still adjust some settings like the motion and brightness settings on the TV.

You can see our recommended settings here.

5.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Sadly, the Hisense U6GR has trouble properly displaying 480p content. It doesn't scale the aspect ratio properly, as the whole image is stretched out wide. We tried changing the Picture Size settings and the resolution back to 480p, but nothing worked, and this is how it displays 480p content. We don't suggest getting this TV if you often watch SD cable channels or DVDs.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Luckily, the Hisense U6GR doesn't have any issues upscaling 720p content. It's good for watching most HD cable channels, like sports.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The Hisense U6GR upscales 1080p content well, without any problems.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly. There's some pixel dimming with different blues, but it's hard to notice.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal. If you want an 8k TV, then look into the Hisense U800GR 8k.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Hisense U6GR uses a BGR subpixel layout, which doesn't affect picture quality, but can affect text clarity, which you can read about here. Also, in the photo above, you can see the blue pixels dimming, but it's hard to notice with real content.

8.3
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
92.19%
DCI P3 uv
94.46%
Rec 2020 xy
69.22%
Rec 2020 uv
76.90%

The color gamut is impressive. It has fantastic coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most content, but its Rec. 2020 coverage is more limited, and tone mapping is a bit off.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
88.3%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
37.6%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
69.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
29.7%

The color volume is very good. Thanks to its wide color gamut, high peak brightness, and fantastic contrast ratio, it displays colors well at a wide range of luminance levels.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.089
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.102
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.085
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.095

The gradient handling is excellent. There are minimal signs of banding throughout, but the dark grays and greens are the worst culprits. There's a Noise Reduction setting to try to improve the gradient handling, but it doesn't seem to do much in real content or with our test pattern.

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%

Update 01/05/2022: As explained in the Gray Uniformity section, we performed a factory reset that removed some uniformity issues like vertical banding. We uploaded a new photo for the image retention so that you don't see the bands that were previously there.

The Hisense U6GR doesn't show any signs of temporary image retention after we exposed a high-contrast static image for 10 minutes. Keep in mind that this can vary between units, but it rarely stays on for more than a few seconds.

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
7.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.8 ms
100% Response Time
13.0 ms

The Hisense U6GR has a decent response time, but it has worse motion handling than the Hisense U6G. This biggest difference is with the 0-20% transition, which is much slower on this TV, resulting in black smearing. The other transitions are slower too, so there's noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.

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

The Hisense U6GR uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at all brightness levels and in all picture modes. Luckily, it flickers at such a high frequency that you likely won't notice it.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as BFI. It flickers at 60Hz, but the timing is off, resulting in image duplication. Keep in mind that the BFI scoring is based on the flicker frequency and not the actual performance of the BFI.

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

Like the Hisense U6G, the Hisense U6GR doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.7 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.7 ms

As the response time is decent, there's some stutter with 24 fps content because each frame is held on longer.

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 U6GR automatically removes judder from native 24p sources like Blu-ray players and apps without needing any extra settings.

7.1
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
Unknown
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

Update 01/20/2022: We changed 1440p VRR from 'No VRR Support' to 'Unknown'. It constantly tears with our AMD RX 6600 graphics card in 1440p, but our Xbox Series X shows that it supports VRR in 1440p. We're leaving it as 'Unknown' because of the tearing with our regular pendulum demo; we experienced the same issue with the Hisense U800GR 8k. We also changed the VRR Supported Connectors to 'HDMI'.

The Hisense U6GR supports VRR technology to reduce screen tearing. We confirmed it supports FreeSync because it works with our AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card without any screen tearing, and it also works with the Xbox Series X without issue. However, 1440p doesn't work with the RX 6600 as the screen would flicker black with VRR enabled and drop the signal, but our Xbox Series X shows that it supports VRR in 1440p. However, because the Xbox supports both FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, we can't tell which one is actively working.

As for G-SYNC, it says it's supported in the NVIDIA Control Panel, but we noticed strange behavior with the pendulum test demo, and we couldn't get a proper reading. The image vibrates outside of the 48-60Hz range, and even though there's less vibrating in it, it still doesn't remove it completely. Also, there's tearing in Destiny 2, even in the 48-60Hz range, so G-SYNC isn't properly supported. There's also no clear way to tell if it supports HDMI Forum VRR because the Xbox Series X supports both FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, and it's unknown which one is actively working.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
50.9 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
11.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz
11.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
17.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
51.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Hisense U6GR has fantastic low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It remains low with most resolutions but increases a bit in PC Mode, as seen with 4k @ 60Hz with chroma 4:4:4, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people. We had issues testing the VRR input lag, which is something we experienced with the TCL R745 QLED and the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED. We're looking into it, and we'll update the review once we fix it.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Hisense U6GR supports most common resolutions up to 4k @ 60Hz, including 1440p, but you need to create a custom resolution on your PC for it to work. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any of its supported resolutions too, so it displays clear text when in PC Mode; it automatically switches into PC Mode when you connect a PC.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
PS5 can't do VRR yet
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

As the Hisense U6GR has a 60Hz panel and can't display any 120Hz signal, it doesn't display any high-frame-rate signals from the PS5 or Xbox Series X. However, it doesn't have any issue with 60Hz signals, and it has an Auto Low Latency Mode that switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Update 01/27/2022: As of firmware 10.5.2 build 4096-CH, this TV now supports HDR10+.

Unlike the Hisense U6G, the Hisense U6GR doesn't support Bluetooth, and even though it's advertised to support HDMI 2.1, it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It has eARC support, which is a feature of HDMI 2.1 but doesn't require any additional bandwidth.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (incl. adapter)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

The Hisense U6GR isn't advertised to support ATSC 3.0, and there's no way for us to currently test this.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

The Hisense U6GR has eARC support, an additional feature over the Hisense U6G. This allows you to pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI cable; it supports Dolby Atmos signals, and even though it supports DTS over ARC and optical, it doesn't support DTS:X over eARC.

Sound Quality
5.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
126.99 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.34 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.59 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.04 dB
Max
87.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.29 dB

The Hisense U6GR has a disappointing frequency response. It doesn't get loud, and it doesn't produce much bass, if at all. Its sound profile isn't the most well-balanced either; it's fine for listening to dialogue, but you'll want a soundbar or receiver for the best sound experience possible.

7.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.020
Weighted THD @ Max
0.173
IMD @ 80
4.74%
IMD @ Max
20.30%

The distortion handling is decent. There isn't too much at moderate listening levels, but it's more noticeable at its max volume. However, it depends on the content, and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Roku TV
Version 10.5.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Hisense U6GR comes with Roku TV as its smart platform. It's easy-to-use, and navigating through the menu feels smooth. We didn't experience any unexpected bugs during testing either.

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Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

As with other smart platforms, there are ads on the home page, and there's no way to disable them.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Roku app store has a ton of apps you can download, and if you can't find an app, you can still cast content from your phone.

7.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Roku

The Hisense U6GR comes with the Roku remote, which is small and has quick access buttons to popular streaming devices. We purchased ours in Canada, so the quick access buttons are different in the United States. It has a mic for voice control, and you can ask it to change inputs, search for content, and open apps, but it can't change certain settings like the brightness.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV to power it On and Off, and to change inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • Composite In adapter
  • Power cable
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 71 W
Power Consumption (Max) 229 W
Firmware 10.5.0 build 4201-CH

The Hisense U6GR requires a lot more power than the Hisense U6G at its max consumption. We believe the U6G is too low, and we're looking into it; we'll update the reviews once we retest it.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65 inch Hisense U6GR, which is also available in a 55 inch model, and we expect our results to be valid for both models. It's different from the Hisense U6G because it uses Roku TV instead of Android TV, and it has a few more gaming features, like VRR support. It's only available at a few retailers; in the United States, Best Buy has the 65 inch version only, and Costco sells both sizes and labels the model as the U6GR5 and it has a three-year warranty. In Canada, it's a Walmart-exclusive TV. Our results are valid for the models from the different retailers, but there might be a few differences - if you have it let us know how it performs. We don't know of equivalent models outside the United States and Canada.

 Size Costco USA Best Buy USA  Walmart Canada
55" 55U6GR5 - 55U6GR
65" 65U6GR5 65U6GR 65U6GR

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Hisense U6GR 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 tested was manufactured in August 2021, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Hisense U6GR is a good budget-friendly TV. While it's not as good in a few areas as the Hisense U6G, like with its response time and 480p upscaling, the VRR and eARC support are nice additions, and it offers great value if you're on a budget. However, it's also a bit disappointing that it's not as easily available at retailers as the U6G.

Also see our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best Roku TVs, and the best Hisense TVs.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

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.

Hisense U7G
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U7G is a higher-end TV than the Hisense U6GR, so it has more features and better performance. The U7G gets much brighter, meaning that highlights pop more in HDR. It also has better motion handling, thanks to its quick response time. While they both have VRR support, the U7G has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 inputs, so it's a better choice for high-frame-rate gaming. Lastly, the U7G doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content like DVDs, which the U6GR has problems with.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Hisense U6GR is a better all-around TV than the Samsung TU7000. The Hisense delivers better picture quality because it gets brighter in SDR and HDR, and it has a decent full-array local dimming feature, which the Samsung doesn't have. The Hisense also has more gaming features like VRR support, and it has much better reflection handling. On the other hand, the Samsung doesn't have trouble upscaling 480p content like the Hisense.

TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
55" 65" 75"

The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is a better TV than the Hisense U6GR. The TCL gets much brighter both in SDR and HDR, and combined with its better reflection handling, visibility isn't an issue in well-lit rooms. It also has a few more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 inputs, a 120Hz panel, and a quicker response time, but they both have VRR support. Even though the TCL has Mini LED backlighting, its local dimming feature isn't better than the one on the Hisense, and it raises the black levels more on the TCL. Sadly, neither TV is good for watching DVDs because they each have the same problem with 480p content stretched out and not upscaled properly.

TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED and the Hisense U6GR are good TVs that have Roku built-in. The Hisense is better for bright rooms because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. It also has VRR support, which the TCL doesn't have, that helps reduce screen tearing in games. However, the TCL has better motion handling because it has a quicker response time. It has more settings to improve the appearance of motion, like a motion interpolation feature and the ability to remove judder from 60p/i sources. It also doesn't have issues upscaling 480p content the way the Hisense has, so it's better for watching DVDs.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED and the Hisense U6GR are different types of TVs. The LG is a high-end TV with an OLED panel that results in perfect blacks, while the Hisense is a budget-friendly TV with an LED panel that gets brighter. The LG has more features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to play high-frame-rate games, and it has a near-instantaneous response time. The main advantage the Hisense has is that it doesn't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in like on the LG.

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