The Hisense U7H is a lower mid-range 4k TV released in 2022. It's available in four sizes, ranging from 55" to 85", so you can choose the best size for your needs. It replaces the Hisense U7G, but Hisense has made only very minor changes. It's a step up from the entry-level Hisense U6H, with slightly better picture quality overall and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but it doesn't feature the Mini LED backlight found on the higher-end Hisense U8H. It comes with the user-friendly Google TV 11 interface, an upgraded version of the Android TV interface found on the 2021 Hisense lineup. It has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two of its HDMI ports and FreeSync variable refresh rate support. In Canada, this TV is the U78H, which performs the same. There are international variants that use the same or similar names, but they perform differently.
Note: Hisense has informed us that our unit doesn't perform as they expected, and they've requested that we buy another one per our out-of-spec policy based on the black uniformity results. We've ordered a new unit from a different retailer, and we'll update this review with the results from the new unit once we've received it.
The Hisense U7H is great for mixed usage. It's best for watching movies in SDR or HDR in a dark room thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and good local dimming feature. It's also good for watching shows or sports in a bright room, as it can easily overcome glare thanks to its high SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling, but it's limited a bit by its sub-par viewing angle. It delivers a very good gaming experience, with low input lag and some great gaming features. Sadly, it has a slow response time and can't display 4k @ 120Hz signals properly, which also limits its usefulness as a PC monitor.
The Hisense U7H delivers a great movie-watching experience in a dark room. It has an excellent contrast ratio and good local dimming, which allows it to deliver an impressive viewing experience in a dark room, with very little blooming around bright objects. It automatically removes judder from any source, ensuring smooth playback of your favorite films, and due to its slow response time, there's very little stutter. There are a few minor uniformity issues, especially if you leave local dimming disabled, but it's fine with it on.
The Hisense U7H is a good TV for watching shows in a bright room. It has excellent peak brightness in SDR and good reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue even in a bright room. The built-in Google TV smart platform has a great selection of streaming apps, and with built-in hands-free voice control, you can quickly find your favorite shows. Unfortunately, it has a sub-par viewing angle, so the image degrades if you're watching it from an angle, so it's not a good choice if you have a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.
The Hisense U7H is a good TV for watching sports in a bright room. It has excellent peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in a bright room. It also has decent gray uniformity with just a bit of dirty screen effect. Unfortunately, it has a sub-par viewing angle, so it's not ideal for watching the big game with a large group of friends, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so anyone sitting to the side sees a worse image.
The Hisense U7H delivers a very good gaming experience. It has fantastic low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Xbox Series X and PS5 gamers will appreciate its variable refresh rate support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. There are a few issues, though. It supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but it can't display it properly, and the image looks a bit blurry. It also has a slow response time, so there's more noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects.
The Hisense U7H is a great TV for watching movies in HDR. It has excellent contrast and a good local dimming feature, so combined with its good peak brightness in HDR, bright highlights stand out well. It respects the content creator's intent, as it has good tone mapping and it tracks the PQ EOTF well, up to a smooth roll-off near the TV's peak brightness. It also has an impressive color gamut in HDR and great color volume, so HDR movies look vivid and lifelike. It has just fair black uniformity, though, so there's a bit of distracting blooming in dark scenes.
The Hisense U7H is very good for gaming in HDR in a dark room. It delivers a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, and there's very little tearing thanks to its variable refresh rate support. HDR looks great thanks to its excellent contrast ratio, good local dimming feature, and good peak brightness in HDR. Bright highlights stand out well, and it respects the content creator's intent when displaying HDR content. It also has an impressive color gamut, with nearly full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, so your games are visually impressive.
The Hisense U7H is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, with very little delay between your actions with your mouse and the cursor moving on-screen. Visibility is good in a bright room thanks to its excellent SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but unfortunately, it can't display it properly, and text looks a bit fuzzy. It also has a sub-par viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for sitting up close, as the sides of the screen appear non-uniform.
We tested the 65-inch Hisense U7H, and the results are also valid for the 55-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models. In Canada, it's known as the Hisense U78H, and it performs the same. There's a variant sold at club retailers like Costco, known as the U75H. It's the same TV, but it has a black bezel and comes with an extended warranty. The international models that carry the same model name are completely different TVs, as they use a completely different panel and smart platform, and these results aren't valid for those models.
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The unit we tested was manufactured in June 2022, and you can see the label here.
The Hisense U7H performs well for the price, but due to a few issues with it, there are better choices available. It has limited processing capabilities compared to the more expensive competitors, and there are still some bugs and issues with it, and 4k @ 120Hz playback doesn't work properly.
The Hisense U8H is significantly better than the Hisense U7H. The U8H delivers much better picture quality, as it has a better local dimming feature with a Mini LED backlight. The U8H also delivers a better gaming experience, as it has a significantly faster panel with much less ghosting behind fast-moving objects. Finally, the U8H looks better in a bright room as it has much better reflection handling and gets much brighter in SDR, meaning it can handle more glare.
The Hisense U7H is slightly better than the Hisense U6H. The U7H delivers slightly better picture quality, with a better local dimming feature and slightly better contrast. The U7H also gets brighter, so it can handle a bit more glare if you're in a bright room. Finally, the U7H supports more advanced gaming features and delivers a better gaming experience, as it has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning it can take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X or PS5.
The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is better than the Hisense U7H. The TCL delivers much better picture quality overall, with better uniformity, higher contrast, and better reflection handling, so it looks better in both bright and dark rooms. The TCL also has a much faster response time, making it a better choice for gamers, as there's less blur behind fast-moving objects. The TCL also has much better sound quality, with less distortion and better frequency response, and it gets significantly louder than the Hisense.
The Hisense U7H is a slight improvement compared to its predecessor, the Hisense U7G, but the differences are relatively minor. The U7H has a slightly better local dimming feature, and its backlight-strobing feature can flicker at both 60Hz and 120Hz, so there's no image duplication when watching 60Hz content with the feature enabled. Finally, the Hisense U7H supports ATSC 3.0 (NEXTGEN TV), allowing it to capture 4k signals over the air in supported regions.
For the most part, the Hisense U7H and the Sony X85K deliver similar picture quality, but they each have different strengths. The Hisense delivers a slightly better HDR experience, as it has a full array local dimming feature that helps bring out bright highlights in HDR, while on the Sony, the entire scene will always be displayed at the same brightness level. On the other hand, the Sony TV has better picture and motion processing, so upscaled content looks a bit better, and there are fewer artifacts in gradients.
The Hisense U7H is a bit better than the Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED Series. The Hisense is a lot brighter, allowing it to better overcome glare in a bright room, and bright highlights in HDR stand out better. The Hisense also delivers a better gaming experience thanks to its faster 120Hz refresh rate, and it can take better advantage of the new-gen consoles thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports.
The TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED is better than the Hisense U7H. The TCL has much better reflection handling and higher peak brightness, meaning it can handle more glare in a bright room. The TCL also has much better accuracy before calibration, which is great if you care about an accurate image. Finally, the TCL is better for gaming thanks to its higher refresh rate and faster response time, resulting in much smoother motion handling and less blur behind fast-moving objects.
The Hisense U7H has a nearly bezel-free design that looks like many premium TVs. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker, but it doesn't stand out much when watching TV. The Costco variant of this TV, the Hisense U75H, has a black stand and looks a bit different.
The feet are wide set in the default position, but there's a narrow position if you have a small table and aren't planning on wall-mounting it. The stand supports the TV well in the wide position, but it still wobbles a bit front to back.
Footprint of the 65" stand in the wide position: 47.6" x 10.6". In the narrow position, the 65-inch stand has a footprint of 36.4" x 10.6". In either position, the feet lift the TV about 3.3" above the table, so most soundbars fit in front of the TV without blocking the screen.
The back of the TV looks a bit less premium than the rest of the TV. The inputs face to the side and are easy to access, even when the TV is wall-mounted. The power cable is removable and sits at the opposite end of the TV from the inputs. There are clips on the back of the TV and on the feet for basic cable management. The clips on the back are built-in and can't be easily removed.
Overall, the Hisense U7H feels well-built. There's a bit of flex in the plastic portion of the back of the TV, but this isn't uncommon, and it's unlikely to cause you any issues. The feet are sturdy and made of metal, and they support the TV well, but there's a bit of wobble.
The Hisense U7H has excellent contrast, resulting in deep blacks and bright highlights in a dark room. The local dimming feature is very effective at boosting the contrast, but it's not as good as the Hisense U8H.
The Hisense U7H has excellent peak brightness in SDR, and it easily overcomes glare in a bright room. Large, bright scenes aren't as bright as small highlights, but the variation isn't noticeable.
These results are from after calibration in the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with Local Dimming on 'High' and the Backlight Level at its max.
If a bright image is more important to you than picture accuracy, it reaches a peak brightness of 1,041 cd/m² with a 25% window in the 'Standard' Picture Mode with the Backlight Level at its max, Local Dimming on 'High', Color Temperature set to 'Mid-Low', and Active Contrast disabled.
The full array local dimming feature is good overall, but it's noticeably worse than the Mini LED backlight on the Hisense U8H. The biggest issue with the local dimming feature on the U7H is raised blacks, which causes everything to look a bit gray in dark scenes. It helps reduce the appearance of blooming, as the light bloom around bright objects blends into the areas with raised blacks. There's very little black crush, so fine details are well preserved in dark scenes like star fields, but this is also partly due to the raised blacks.
The algorithms keep up with slow-moving content well, but the zone transitions are slightly noticeable. It can't quite keep up with fast-moving objects, though, which causes a bit of flicker as objects move between zones, and the leading edge of the object to appear a bit darker. As each zone turns on and off, this transition is a bit noticeable with our test pattern but not in real content. The number of dimming zones varies slightly between sizes, but it's not likely to cause a significant difference in local dimming performance.
The local dimming feature performs the same in Game Mode as in the other picture modes, which is great.
The Hisense U7H has good peak brightness in HDR. Bright highlights stand out well, delivering an impactful HDR experience with both games and movies.
These results are taken after calibrating the white point to 6500K in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode with the Backlight Level at its max, Local Dimming on 'High' and the Color Temperature on 'Low'. Setting the Color Temperature to 'Mid-Low' with Active Contrast set to 'High' instead results in an even brighter image, reaching a peak of 1085 cd/m² with a 25% window, but these settings aren't as accurate overall.
There's no noticeable difference in brightness in 'Game' mode. The settings used are the same as our 'HDR Brightness' test, but with the 'HDR Game' Picture Mode.
The Hisense U7H tracks the target PQ EOTF extremely well with the most accurate HDR picture settings. Shadow details are displayed accurately, but near-blacks are raised a bit. There's a smooth roll-off as content approaches the TV's peak brightness, ensuring fine details are preserved.
If you find the image too dim, setting the Color Temperature to 'Mid-Low', and Active Contrast to 'High' increases the brightness of shadows and midtones, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the overall peak brightness of the TV.
The Hisense U7H has good gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding in all colors, especially in darker shades. There are a few features to reduce banding, but it doesn't appear to work properly and doesn't reduce banding in both test patterns and real content.
The Hisense U7H has decent gray uniformity. There's some noticeable dirty screen effect in the center of the screen, which can be distracting when watching sports or browsing the web. There's very little vignetting, though, as the sides of the screen aren't much darker than the center. Uniformity in near-black scenes is better, but there are some noticeable uniformity issues and raised blacks, especially on the right side of the screen.
Unfortunately, the Hisense U7H has just okay black uniformity with local dimming disabled, but with it enabled, it's great. With local dimming disabled, there's noticeable backlight bleed and clouding throughout the screen. Enabling local dimming improves the picture quality significantly, as there's much less clouding throughout the screen, but there's some blooming around the test cross.
Note: Hisense has informed us that our black uniformity results aren't normal, and that the TV is out-of-spec. We've ordered a new unit from a different retailer, and we'll update our review with the new results.
Sadly, the Hisense U7H has a sub-par viewing angle. The image fades and looks washed out as you move even slightly off-center, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as anyone sitting off-center will see a degraded image.
The Hisense U7H has good reflection handling. The semi-gloss coating reduces the intensity of direct reflections a bit, but it's not as good as the glossy coating on the Hisense U8H.
Sadly, the Hisense U7H has disappointing accuracy before calibration. The white balance is significantly off, so all shades of gray are noticeably inaccurate. Color accuracy is just okay, but all colors are a bit off. On the other hand, the color temperature is extremely close to the target, and gamma is very close to the 2.2 target we chose for a moderately-lit room.
The Hisense U7H has fantastic accuracy after calibration to a 6500K white point. Unfortunately, like the Hisense U8H, it's difficult to calibrate quickly, as small changes to some areas made others worse. Even after calibrating it, there are still noticeable colors errors and brighter shades of gray are a bit off.
You can see the full settings for our calibration here.
The Hisense U7H upscales 480p content properly, with no scaling issues or artifacts.
Like most TVs on the market, the Hisense U7H uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional Red-Green-Blue layout. For video content, it doesn't cause any issues, but if you're planning on using this TV as a PC monitor, this reduces text clarity a bit, although there are easy workarounds for it. You can read more about this here.
The Hisense U7H has a great color gamut in HDR and can display a wide color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. It has just decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, though, which is gaining in popularity, especially in animated films and some nature documentaries.
The Hisense U7H has great color volume. Colors are bright and vibrant for the most part, but they're not quite as bright as pure white. It displays dark saturated colors well, thanks to its low contrast ratio.
There are no signs of temporary image retention.
VA panels are unlikely to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
Unfortunately, the Hisense U7H has just an okay response time. Most transitions are very slow, resulting in a long blur trail behind fast-moving objects when gaming or watching sports.
Unfortunately, the Hisense U7H uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. It flickers at a high flicker frequency in all picture modes, even with motion interpolation enabled. This high flicker frequency isn't noticeable to most people, but it can cause headaches if you're sensitive to flicker.
The Hisense U7H has an optional backlight strobing feature, which is commonly known as black frame insertion. It supports both 120Hz and 60Hz flicker depending on the content, which ensures that you don't see any duplications in motion. Note that the BFI score is based on the supported flicker frequencies and doesn't indicate the performance of the BFI feature itself.
The Hisense U7H has an optional motion interpolation feature that can improve the appearance of low frame rate content. Like most TVs, it performs best with slower scenes, as there are significant artifacts in busier scenes or fast action shots.
Thanks to its relatively slow response time, there isn't much stutter on the Hisense U7H when watching low frame rate content, like movies or shows.
The Hisense U7H automatically removes judder from any source, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience.
The Hisense U7H supports a variable refresh rate (VRR), and it's compatible with most sources that support VRR. Unfortunately, like the Hisense U8H, it doesn't work well with NVIDIA graphics cards, as there's still tearing with test patterns and games on an NVIDIA graphics card.
The Hisense U7H has fantastic low input lag, so your actions in-game or on the desktop feel responsive and fluid.
Most common resolutions are supported by the Hisense U7H, and it displays chroma 4:4:4, which is essential for clear text from a PC, properly in most of them. Sadly, like the Hisense U8H, 4k @ 120Hz still isn't displayed properly, as the resolution is halved, resulting in a slightly blurry image. This issue is mostly noticeable when using the TV as a PC monitor. It's noticeable from game consoles as well, but not it's not as bad.
The Hisense U7H is fully compatible with all supported features of the PS5, including variable refresh rate support and 1440p support. Sadly, 4k @ 120Hz isn't displayed properly, as it's a bit blurry.
The Hisense U7H is compatible with all supported features of the Xbox Series S and X, including variable refresh rate support and 1440p support. Sadly, 4k @ 120Hz isn't displayed properly, as it's a bit blurry.
Two of the HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Sadly, one of them is also the eARC port, so if you're planning on connecting your receiver or soundbar over eARC, you can only connect one other HDMI 2.1 device on the TV. Unlike most TVs, the Hisense U7H supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The ATSC 3.0 tuner allows you to stream 4k channels over the air with an antenna if it's supported in your area.
Unfortunately, there's no direct connection for composite sources. Instead, it requires an external breakout adapter, which is no longer included in the box.
The Hisense U7H supports eARC and can pass all the common formats through to a support receiver or soundbar.
The Hisense U7H has a mediocre frequency response. Like most TVs, there's almost no thump or rumble. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, but there's a pretty significant dip in the mid-to-high treble range, but it's not very noticeable with most content.
The Hisense U7H has very good distortion performance. There's very little harmonic distortion, even at high volume levels.
The Hisense U7H comes with Google TV 11, which is essentially an updated version of the Android TV platform used by 2021 Hisense TV models. The interface is a bit sleeker and more modern, but it performs very similarly to other Google TV and Android TV devices.
Like most modern TVs, there are ads and suggested content throughout the interface. You can opt-out of suggested content, but this just changes the type of ads you'll see, not the quantity.
The Google Play Store has a ton of apps you can download.
The Hisense U7H comes with a slightly redesigned remote compared to the remote that came with 2021 Hisense TVs. Like most modern remotes, it lacks a Numpad, and there are quick-access buttons to a few popular streaming services.
This TV supports both Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can ask it to search for content, open apps, and switch inputs. You can give voice commands to the remote directly by pressing the dedicated button, or it also supports hands-free voice control thanks to the TV's built-in far-field mic. There's also a feature to find your remote using the TV's voice controls.
There's a button underneath the center of the TV to turn the TV On/Off and switch inputs. There's another button to disable the mic built into the TV if you're concerned about privacy.