The Hisense U7K is a lower mid-range 4k TV released in 2023 and sits between the Hisense U6/U6K and the Hisense U8/U8K in the company's 2023 ULED lineup. It replaces the Hisense U7H, with the U7K offering more local dimming zones than its predecessor and two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports that can do up to 4k @ 144Hz. It still has a full suite of gaming features, like variable refresh rate support and Hisense's Game Mode Pro gaming interface. It's compatible with Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, is certified as IMAX Enhanced, and supports DTS and Dolby advanced audio formats. It has the user-friendly Google TV interface, which is easy to use, and has a great selection of streaming apps. Finally, it comes in four sizes: 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches.
The Hisense U7K is a great TV overall. It gets bright in both HDR and SDR and has fantastic reflection handling, so it's stellar in any bright room setting. Its contrast is amazing, with outstanding black uniformity, so it also looks amazing in dark rooms when watching HDR movies and games. It has very good image processing and supports advanced audio and video formats, making it a great choice for a home entertainment TV. It's also great as a gaming TV with its superbly low input lag and great response time. Unfortunately, its viewing angle is inadequate, so it's not a great TV for any wide seating arrangement, like watching TV shows or sports with friends.
The Hisense U7K is very good for TV shows. It gets very bright in SDR and has fantastic reflection handling, easily handling bright rooms. It has good image processing, so low-bitrate shows from streaming platforms look good, as does low-resolution content from cable boxes and DVDs. Unfortunately, its viewing angle is inadequate, so it's not the best TV to watch shows in a wide seating arrangement.
The Hisense U7K is a very good TV to watch sports on. It gets very bright in SDR and has fantastic reflection handling, easily handling bright rooms. Its response time is great in most content, so there's minimal blur behind fast-moving objects or players. Its gray uniformity is decent, but there's a noticeable difference in color tone between the left and right side of the screen, which is distracting in sports with large areas of bright color. Unfortunately, the TV's viewing angle is inadequate, so it's not the best TV for a wide seating arrangement.
The Hisense U7K is an excellent TV to play games on. It looks great: its contrast and dark details look impressive in Game Mode. It also gets very bright in SDR and has fantastic reflection handling, so it has no issues with bright game rooms. Its input lag is superbly low, so your inputs are quickly translated to the on-screen action. Its response time is great, so there's minimal blur behind fast-moving objects in most content. Unfortunately, the TV's response time is slower when coming out of dark states, so darker games have some noticeable black smear.
The Hisense U7K is a great TV to watch the latest movies on. Its contrast is amazing, with outstanding black uniformity, so it looks fantastic in a dark room. Its HDR brightness is very good, so highlights pop next to the TV's very deep blacks. The TV is very accurate even without any calibration, so you don't have to worry about calibrating it to get an accurate viewing experience. Finally, the TV's image processing is quite good, so movies look clean and sharp regardless of the source or quality.
The Hisense U7K is an excellent TV for playing the latest HDR games. The TV's Game Mode looks great in a dark room with its amazing contrast and outstanding black uniformity. It gets bright in HDR and has fantastic reflection handling, so it looks amazing even in bright rooms. Its input lag is superbly low, so your inputs feel quick and responsive. Its response time is great except in dark content, as there's some noticeable black smear when the TV comes out of dark states. Still, there's minimal blur with most content, which is great.
The Hisense U7K is an excellent TV to use as a PC monitor. It gets very bright in SDR and has fantastic reflection handling, so it easily handles bright offices. It has extremely low input lag, so your mouse movements are quick and responsive. Its response time is good: there's some blur when things start moving quickly, like when playing action games, but it does a solid job overall. Unfortunately, the TV has an inadequate viewing angle, so the sides of the screen look washed out when sitting close to the TV.
We tested the 65-inch Hisense U7K, and the results are also valid for the 55, 75, and 85-inch models. It's called the Hisense U75K at Costco, and is the same as the regular U7K but comes with a 3-year warranty. In Canada, it's known as the Hisense U78KM, and it performs the same. There are similarly named international models, like the U7KAU in Australia, but these models perform differently from the North American U7K, so our results aren't valid for those models.
|Size||US Model||Costco Variant||Local Dimming Zones||Panel Type|
|55"||Hisense 55U7K||Hisense 55U75K||240||Unknown|
|65"||Hisense 65U7K||Hisense 65U75K||384||VA|
|75"||Hisense 75U7K||Hisense 75U75K||512||Unknown|
Our unit was manufactured in June 2023, and you can see the label here.
The Hisense U7K is a great performer and is one of the best TVs that you can get at its price point. It's better than the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED, and is almost as good as the more expensive TCL QM8/QM850G QLED. It's a big improvement over its predecessor, the Hisense U7H, so it could be worth an upgrade if you own that model. It has good image processing capabilities and support for advanced audio and video formats, so it can also serve as a cheaper home theater alternative to more expensive models from LG and Sony.
The Hisense U7K and Hisense U8/U8K are similar: they have the same feature set, but the U8K is a higher-tier TV, so it has better overall performance. The U8K gets brighter than the U7K, and this also gives it a higher color volume: colors are brighter and pop more on the more expensive model. It also has a more powerful local dimming feature, giving it better contrast in dark rooms. The U7K does have a better response time than the U8K, which is good for gamers or sports fans.
The Hisense U7K is better than the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED. The TCL has better contrast than the Hisense, so it looks better in dark rooms. However, the Hisense is more colorful overall, is much more color-accurate pre-calibration, has much better reflection handling, and has vastly better upscaling capabilities. The Hisense also has a more functional VRR feature, as the TCL's response time fluctuates heavily as its refresh rate goes up and down, so the Hisense is also the better overall gaming TV.
The Hisense U7K is a noticeable improvement from the Hisense U7H. The U7K has better contrast with a better local dimming feature, so it looks better in dark rooms. While the U7K is about as bright as the older model, it has much better reflection handling and looks better in bright rooms. Its pre-calibration color accuracy is also vastly better than the U7H. The U7K also has a much better response time and much improved low-quality content smoothing. It's just a better TV all-around.
The TCL QM8/QM850G QLED and Hisense U7K are closely matched TVs, each with their strengths, although the TCL is just a bit better overall. The TCL is a performance standout: it gets much brighter than the Hisense and has better color volume, so bright highlights and colors look very impressive. The TCL also has deeper contrast than the Hisense, helped by a very good local dimming solution. However, the Hisense is much more color-accurate than the TCL pre-calibration and has vastly superior upscaling capabilities. The Hisense also has a more functional VRR feature, as the TCL's response time fluctuates heavily as its refresh rate goes up and down.
The Hisense U7K is much better than the Vizio Quantum Pro QLED. The Hisense has much higher contrast, resulting in deeper blacks and less blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. The Hisense also has better image processing and handles low-quality or low-resolution content better, resulting in less noticeable macro-blocking and pixelization. Finally, the Hisense has much better smart features, with a significantly wider selection of streaming apps and a smoother user experience overall.
From the front, the TV has a premium design that looks great in any room. It has thin bezels on three sides, with a thicker, but still thin, bottom bezel. The feet are slim and don't take up much space. From the back, the TV has visible screws (shown here) around its border, which look a bit cheap overall.
The TV comes with a pair of adjustable metallic feet that support the TV well, although there's still some wobble front to back.
Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the wide position: 46.1" x 12.3". In the narrow position, the 65-inch stand has a footprint of 27.6" x 12.3". In either position, the feet lift the TV about 3.3" above the table, so most soundbars fit in front without blocking the screen. Some longer soundbars don't fit between the feet when they're set in the narrow position.
The back has a flat metallic top part and a thicker plastic housing on the bottom half. There's a built-in subwoofer (seen here) on the bottom section. Most of the inputs are side-facing and aren't set into the TV, so they're easy to access unless you have the TV mounted flush against the wall. There are clips built into the feet to help with cable management.
The TV has decent build quality. There's a bit of flex in the plastic portion of the back of the TV, but this isn't uncommon and won't cause any issues. The feet are sturdy and support the TV well, but there's some wobble front to back. More worryingly, the TV creaks when it wobbles, which is slightly concerning. Our unit also has 10 dead pixels/dirt around the top of the screen, but they're not visible from a normal viewing distance.
The Hisense U75K Series has a fantastic contrast ratio with local dimming enabled, leading to deep blacks in a dark room, even when bright highlights are shown on the screen. With local dimming disabled, the TV's contrast ratio is good, but blacks are raised and appear washed out when bright highlights are present.
The Hisense U7K has decent blooming performance. There's some visible blooming around bright highlights or in dark areas when they're next to brighter ones.
Overall, the TV's processing keeps up well with fast-moving objects. Still, the leading edge of bright, moving objects is noticeably dimmer, and fast-moving objects leave a visible trail.
Switching to Game Mode doesn't result in any noticeable difference in dark scene performance.
The Hisense U7K has very good peak brightness in HDR. Bright highlights stand out well, delivering an impactful HDR experience.
These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:
The TV's HDR brightness in Game Mode is very good. There's no noticeable difference in peak brightness from 'HDR Theater' mode.
These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:
The TV has decent PQ EOTF tracking, but all scenes appear brighter than the content creator intended. There's a smooth roll-off as content approaches the TV's peak brightness, more so with content mastered at 4000 nits, ensuring that fine details are preserved.
The TV has an impressive peak brightness in SDR, as it easily overcomes glare in a bright room. It maintains its brightness well across different scenes, although smaller highlights aren't as bright as bigger ones.
These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:
The Hisense U7K TV has an excellent HDR color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the commonly used DCI-P3 color space, although there are small tone mapping errors with most colors. The TV also has good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, but again, with frequent tone mapping errors with most colors.
The TV has great color volume. It displays a wide range of colors at all luminance levels, and dark saturated colors are displayed well thanks to the TV's excellent contrast.
The Hisense U75K has excellent pre-calibration accuracy. Gamma is close to the 2.2 target for a moderately lit room, and the white balance is great, with minor accuracy errors in bright whites and mid-grays. Color accuracy is excellent, although saturated blues have noticeable tone mapping errors. The color temperature is fantastic; neither too warm nor too cold.
The TV has incredible accuracy after calibration. It's a bit tricky to calibrate, as you need to calibrate it at a lower stimulus than usual; otherwise, the calibration settings don't stick. Plus, changing settings at a lower stimulus affects higher settings significantly. For example, if you change the blue levels on an 80% white stimulus, it affects the blue levels at the 85% and 90% white stimulus. Still, it already has excellent accuracy before calibration, so you don't need to calibrate it too much, if any, for an accurate image.
You can see our full calibration settings here.
The TV has decent gray uniformity. There's some vignetting in the corners, and the right side of the screen has a green tint, while the left side veers towards pink. These uniformity issues are noticeable in large areas of bright, uniform color, like when watching sports or browsing the web. There's visible banding in near-black scenes, with a greenish tint towards the right side of the screen.
The TV has fantastic black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, there's a bit of backlight bleed, especially visible in the upper right corner of the screen, but it's not too distracting. Enabling local dimming almost completely eliminates the backlight bleed.
The TV has an inadequate viewing angle. The image fades and looks washed out as you move even slightly off-center. This makes it a poor choice for a wide seating arrangement, as anyone sitting off-center sees a degraded image. If you have a wide seating arrangement, a TV with a wide viewing angle, like the Vizio Quantum Pro QLED, is a better choice.
The TV's reflection handling is fantastic. Its finish reduces the impact of reflections enough that this TV can easily handle even very bright rooms.
The TV has decent HDR gradient handling. There's some banding in dark grays, reds, and greens, as well as in bright blues. Other color gradients have minimal banding.
This TV has very good low-quality content smoothing. It's great at avoiding macro-blocking in dark scenes and preserves fine details well.
The Hisense U7K has good upscaling capabilities. The resulting image looks sharp overall, with some, but not excessive, blurring. Fine details are preserved well, and text is easy to read.
Sharpness processing was calibrated for low-resolution or low-bitrate content, with no over-sharpening, with the following setting:
The TV uses a BGR (blue-green-red) subpixel layout. For multimedia usage, this doesn't cause any issues, but it causes text clarity issues when you use this TV as a PC monitor. There are easy workarounds for these issues, however, and you can read about them here.
The TV has an excellent response time at 4k @ 60Hz, but the Hisense's response time tuning is different when the TV's refresh rate is below and above 100Hz: it's more aggressive above 100Hz, leading to a faster overall response time but with more overshoot errors. This doesn't cause any issues when running at a fixed refresh rate, but with VRR enabled, the TV's response time behavior rapidly changes as the TV's refresh rate hovers around 100Hz, which is very noticeable. You can see the two response time behaviors here:
Like most TVs on the market, this TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. It flickers at 4000Hz in all picture modes and at every brightness level, but it isn't noticeable.
The TV has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. This feature is meant to reduce persistence blur and improve the appearance of motion. It works on the Hisense at both 60Hz and 120Hz, leading to a sharp image, but at the cost of some image duplication.
The TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to interpolate content up to 120 fps. It works decently well with slower content, like slow panning shots, but there's a lot of artifacting the moment the action ramps up.
The TV's good response time results in an overall adequate stutter performance. There's some noticeable stutter in slow-panning shots in 24p content, like movies.
The TV automatically removes judder from any source, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience.
The TV supports all three variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies, and its VRR range caps out at 144Hz. It can also do 1080p @ 240Hz, but not with VRR enabled. With VRR enabled, the TV sets itself to 72Hz with resolution halving when you attempt to run it at 1080p @ 240Hz.
When the TV is connected to a PC using an AMD graphics card it disables HDR when the FreeSync toggle is enabled in the TV's Game Settings menu. For VRR and HDR to work simultaneously, FreeSync needs to be disabled on the TV, although this disables VRR for sources that only use FreeSync for VRR, such as older AMD graphic cards.
The TV has extremely low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming or desktop experience. The TV outputs proper chroma 4:4:4 when in Game Mode, so you can have clear text and the fastest possible input lag when using this TV as a PC monitor.
The TV can't do 1080p @ 240Hz when VRR is enabled: it instead locks itself to 72Hz with resolution halving. With VRR disabled, the TV does proper 1080p @ 240Hz, with a measured input lag of 3.4ms.
Note: These numbers were measured with the 'High Refresh Rate' mode disabled except at 1080p @ 240Hz, as it locks itself to 'On' at that refresh rate. Enabling the setting at refresh rates lower than 240Hz noticeably increases input lag.
The TV supports up to 4k @ 144Hz on HDMI ports 3 and 4. The TV does proper 1080p @ 240Hz on HDMI ports 3 and 4, but only with VRR disabled.
The TV supports chroma 4:4:4 at 4k @ 144Hz with Game Mode enabled, so you can simultaneously have the sharpest text and lowest input lag.
The TV takes full advantage of the PS5, with 4k @ 120Hz support on HDMI ports 3 and 4 and variable refresh rate (VRR) support.
The TV can take full advantage of the Xbox Series X|S consoles, with 4k @ 120Hz support on HDMI ports 3 and 4, as well as variable refresh rate (VRR) support with both AMD FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR. Alongside the Hisense U8/U8K, it's one of the few TVs on the market that does Dolby Vision at 4k @ 120Hz.
The TV has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on HDMI ports 3 and 4, with both supporting up to 4k @ 144Hz. Unfortunately, HDMI 3 is the eARC port, so you lose one HDMI 2.1 port when you plug a soundbar into the TV. It has an ATSC 3.0 TV tuner, so it streams 4k content over-the-air. Its wireless tuner supports the Wi-Fi 6E standard, so it can use the 6GHz spectrum with compatible devices.
The TV supports eARC and can pass advanced DTS and Dolby formats from a connected source to your soundbar or sound system without reducing audio quality.
The TV's frequency response is okay overall. There's very little bass, although it's alright for a TV. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, but there's a pretty significant dip in the mid-to-high treble range. It's not very noticeable with most content, however.
This TV has decent distortion performance. There's some audible total harmonic distortion, but mainly at high volume levels; it's not noticeable at moderate volume.
The TV uses version 12 of Google's popular Google TV OS. It's relatively easy to use and especially fast and smooth, with a large selection of apps.
Like most TVs on the market, this one has ads throughout the interface, and you can't disable them.
The TV has a great selection of streaming apps, with every popular streaming app being present. The interface is very smooth and pleasant to use.
The TV comes with a great remote. Like most modern remotes, it lacks a numpad, and there are quick-access buttons to popular streaming services. The remote has a built-in mic, and so does the TV for hands-free voice control, giving you access to Google Assistant and Alexa. You can ask the TV to search for content, open apps, ask for the time or the weather, and switch inputs.
There's a button underneath the center of the TV to turn the TV on/off and switch inputs. There's a switch seen on the right side of the above photo to turn off the mic built into the TV if you're concerned about privacy.