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Hisense U7N [U7, U75N] TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Jun 07, 2024 at 10:53 am
Hisense U7N [U7, U75N] Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.8
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.7
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.0
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
8.7
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.6
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none

The Hisense U7N is a lower mid-range TV released in 2024 and replaces the Hisense U7K. It's part of Hisense's popular ULED lineup, sitting between the budget-friendly Hisense U6/U6N and the mid-range Hisense U8/U8N. The TV is loaded with modern features like local dimming, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, 4k @ 144Hz, VRR support, ATSC 3.0, and Dolby Vision. It promises higher peak brightness than its predecessor and uses Hisense's new Hi-View Engine PRO chipset, which is meant to optimize the display to provide a better overall image. The TV uses the Google TV interface, which offers smart features like voice control, and it's loaded with apps. The TV has a built-in 40W 2.1 channel speaker system. We bought and tested the 65-inch model, but it's available in three sizes total: 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The Hisense U7N is a very good TV for mixed usage. It looks great in a dark room thanks to its amazing contrast, with highlights that stand out in HDR content thanks to its excellent HDR brightness. On top of that, it has amazing SDR brightness and reflection handling, so it's also suitable for use in a bright room. The TV's fast response time means there's minimal blur behind fast motion, so it's great for watching sports, playing video games, or for use as a PC monitor. It's a great option to pair with current gaming consoles and PCs due to its modern gaming features. Unfortunately, the TV isn't well-suited for use in a group setting due to its narrow viewing angle.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast delivers deep blacks.
  • Excellent HDR brightness for bright highlights that stand out.
  • Amazing reflection handling and SDR brightness makes it suitable for bright rooms.
  • Excellent response time for minimal blur behind fast motion.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed from the sides.
7.8 TV Shows

The Hisense U7N is very good for watching TV shows. Its amazing SDR brightness and reflection handling make it suitable for a bright room since the TV easily overcomes glare. The Google TV interface is loaded with apps, so it's easy to find the newest popular shows. It has good upscaling capabilities and very good low-quality content smoothing, so older shows on DVD or low-quality streams don't look overly soft. Unfortunately, the TV has a narrow viewing angle, which makes it a poor choice for watching shows with friends since the image quickly degrades when viewed from the sides of the screen.

Pros
  • Amazing reflection handling and SDR brightness makes it suitable for bright rooms.
  • Very good low-quality content smoothing for low bitrate content.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed from the sides.
  • Unremarkable SDR pre-calibration accuracy.
8.0 Sports

The Hisense U7N is very good for watching sports. The TV has an excellent response time, so there's minimal blur behind quick-moving players and objects. It also has good gray uniformity with only a bit of the dirty screen effect, so you aren't distracted when watching sports with large areas of uniform color, like football and hockey. The TV overcomes glare in a bright room thanks to its amazing SDR brightness and reflection handling, so it's suitable for watching afternoon games with the curtains open. Sadly, the image degrades when viewed from the sides of the screen due to its narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good option for watching the game with friends or family.

Pros
  • Amazing reflection handling and SDR brightness makes it suitable for bright rooms.
  • Excellent response time for minimal blur behind fast motion.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed from the sides.
8.7 Video Games

The Hisense U7N is excellent for playing video games. It's a great choice to pair with gaming PCs and modern consoles thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support, although there's an issue that affects the TV's response time when it hovers around 100Hz when using VRR. It also has incredibly low input lag and an excellent response time, so there's no noticeable delay between your controller inputs and the action on screen, and there's minimal blur behind fast motion. Finally, PC/Game Mode looks the same as using the other picture modes, so you don't have to worry about trading in picture quality for performance.

Pros
  • Amazing reflection handling and SDR brightness makes it suitable for bright rooms.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support.
  • Excellent response time for minimal blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
Cons
  • VRR issues around 100Hz.
  • Unremarkable SDR pre-calibration accuracy.
8.0 HDR Movies

The Hisense U7N is very good for watching movies in a dark room. Its amazing contrast means the TV displays deep blacks in a dark room, and they stay deep when bright highlights are also on the screen. It also has excellent HDR brightness, so bright highlights in HDR movies stand out well. The TV has a wide color gamut and great color volume, so colors in HDR content are vibrant, lifelike, and bright. It automatically removes judder from 24Hz sources, but you must use a bit of motion interpolation to remove 24p judder from 60Hz sources like cable boxes. Unfortunately, the TV's pre-calibration SDR accuracy is unremarkable, so you'll need to get the TV calibrated if you care about accuracy in SDR.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast delivers deep blacks.
  • Excellent HDR brightness for bright highlights that stand out.
  • Removes judder from 24Hz sources.
  • Wide color gamut and great color volume for vibrant, lifelike, and bright colors.
  • Dolby Vision support.
  • DTS Audio support.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed from the sides.
  • Unremarkable SDR pre-calibration accuracy.
8.7 HDR Gaming

The Hisense U7N is excellent for playing games in HDR. The TV has excellent HDR brightness and amazing contrast, so highlights really stand out in HDR games. There's no impact on the image while using PC/Game Mode, so you get the best possible performance without sacrificing picture quality. The TV's incredibly low input lag provides a responsive gaming experience, whilst its excellent response time provides fast motion with minimal blur. It's also a great choice to pair with modern consoles and gaming PCs thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support, although there's a response time issue when the TV hovers around 100Hz when using VRR.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast delivers deep blacks.
  • Excellent HDR brightness for bright highlights that stand out.
  • Wide color gamut and great color volume for vibrant, lifelike, and bright colors.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support.
  • Dolby Vision support.
  • Excellent response time for minimal blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
Cons
  • VRR issues around 100Hz.
8.6 PC Monitor

The Hisense U7N is excellent for use as a PC monitor. Thanks to its amazing reflection handling and SDR brightness, it overcomes glare in a bright room. The TV has good gray uniformity, so you don't see too much of the dirty screen effect when looking at large areas of uniform colors, like when browsing the web. You also get a responsive desktop experience thanks to its incredibly low input lag, and its excellent response time provides minimal blur behind fast cursor movements or other fast motion. The TV displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, but since it uses a BGR subpixel layout, there are some minor text clarity issues that will bother some people. The TV supports 1080p @ 240Hz, but there are issues when using VRR, which you can read about here. Finally, the TV has a narrow viewing angle, so unfortunately, the sides of the screen aren't uniform with the center when you sit close to the screen.

Pros
  • Amazing reflection handling and SDR brightness makes it suitable for bright rooms.
  • Excellent response time for minimal blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed from the sides.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 TV Shows
  • 8.0 Sports
  • 8.7 Video Games
  • 8.0 HDR Movies
  • 8.7 HDR Gaming
  • 8.6 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 07, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 05, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated May 23, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 22, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 14, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Hisense U7N, and the results are also valid for the 55-inch model. The 75-inch model uses an ADS Pro panel, so it performs a bit differently than the smaller sizes, with worse contrast but a better viewing angle. In Canada, the TV is known as the Hisense U78N, and it performs the same. There are similarly named international models, like the U7NAU in Australia, but these models perform differently from the North American U7N, so our results aren't valid for them.

Size US Model   Local Dimming Zones  Panel Type
55" Hisense 55U7N 240 VA
65" Hisense 65U7N 384 VA
75" Hisense 75U7N 512 ADS Pro

Our unit was manufactured in February 2024, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Hisense U7N is easily one of the best lower mid-range TVs on the market, and it's affordable compared to similar offerings from major brands like Sony, LG, and Samsung. It's very similar to its predecessor, the Hisense U7K, but it's even brighter overall and has better contrast. It even holds its own against higher-tier TVs like the Samsung QN85D/QN85DD QLED, with similar overall picture quality for less money. If you need a TV packed with modern features but don't want to spend more on the Hisense U8N, it's one of the best options available.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs for bright rooms, the best 65-inch TVs, and the best TVs for gaming.

Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7K and the Hisense U7N are similar, but the U7N is a bit better in several ways. The U7N is brighter overall, so it handles more glare in a bright room when watching SDR content, and highlights in HDR content stand out more. The U7N has better contrast thanks to its more effective local dimming feature, so blacks are deeper on it. The U7N also has much better PQ EOTF tracking, so it's more accurate with HDR content. On the other hand, the U7K has much better pre-calibration SDR accuracy, so it's better for those who care most about color accuracy without needing calibration.

Hisense U8/U8N
55" 65" 75" 85" 100"

The Hisense U8/U8N is better than the Hisense U7N. The U8N has better contrast for very deep blacks that are approaching OLED territory. The U8N also has better HDR brightness, so highlights in HDR really pop out at you in dark scenes, and very bright specular highlights even stand out in well-lit scenes. On top of that, the U8N has a wider color gamut and better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant, lifelike, and brighter. When it comes to bright room capabilities, the U8N has better SDR brightness and reflection handling, so it easily overcomes glare in even the brightest of rooms. However, the U7N has better PQ EOTF tracking, so it’s more accurate in HDR.

TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7N is better than the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED. The Hisense has better SDR brightness and much better reflection handling, so it overcomes more glare in a bright room. The Hisense also has better HDR brightness, so highlights in HDR content stand out more on it. When it comes to colors in HDR content, the Hisense's wider color gamut and much better color volume delivers more vibrant, lifelike, and brighter colors. The Hisense also has better pre-calibration accuracy (although it's not great) and better PQ EOTF tracking, so it's the more accurate TV.

Samsung QN85D/QN85DD QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85D/QN85DD QLED and the Hisense U7N are better than each other in different ways. Both TVs provide excellent overall picture quality, but the Samsung has better contrast and is more accurate in both SDR and HDR, so it's better for watching movies or TV shows in a dark room. Both TVs are great options for gaming, but the Samsung has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports, and it has a more functional VRR feature, so unless you really need the 144Hz that the Hisense offers, the Samsung is the better choice. On the other hand, the Hisense is a bit better for use in a bright room due to its better reflection handling, and it's better for physical media collectors due to its Dolby Vision and DTS audio support.

Samsung Q60D [Q60, Q60DD] QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7N is much better than the Samsung Q60D QLED. The Hisense pairs much better with modern gaming consoles or PCs thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support. The Hisense also has a faster response time for less blur behind quick motion, and its local dimming feature gives it significantly better contrast for deeper blacks that stay deep when bright highlights are also on the screen. Colors look more vibrant, lifelike, and brighter in HDR content on the Hisense thanks to its wider color gamut and better color volume, and its much higher HDR peak brightness means highlights in HDR content really stand out. Finally, the Hisense is brighter in SDR and has better reflection handling, so it's a lot more suitable for use in a bright room.

Samsung DU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7N is significantly better than the Samsung DU8000. The Hisense has an effective local dimming solution, and the Samsung doesn't have one at all, so the Hisense displays much deeper blacks, which stay deep when bright highlights are also on screen. The Hisense has drastically better HDR brightness, so highlights really pop out in HDR content, and its wider color gamut and much better color volume provide more vibrant, lifelike, and brighter colors. When it comes to use in a bright room, the Hisense is significantly better at handling glare thanks to its much better SDR brightness and reflection handling. The Hisense also has a faster response time for less blur behind quick motion, and it's much better suited for gamers thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense U7N has a nice overall design. It has thin bezels on the sides and top, with a slightly thicker bottom bezel. Unlike 2023's Hisense U7K, the TV uses a central stand instead of two feet.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The TV comes with a plastic center-mounted stand that doesn't require a large table to place the TV on. The stand lifts the TV about 3.23 inches, so most soundbars fit underneath without blocking the screen. The stand does stick out from the front quite a bit, so you do need enough table space to fit a soundbar in front of it.

Footprint of the 65-inch stand: 21.2" x 11.57".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back is made of plastic and looks identical to last year's Hisense U7K. Most of the inputs are side-facing, but they're close enough to the edge of the TV that they're accessible when it's wall-mounted. A USB, ethernet, and optical port are located in a recessed cutout that faces the back. Unfortunately, these aren't accessible if you have the TV mounted flush to the wall. The TV has a built-in subwoofer near the top, and there are clips on the TV's stand to help with cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.07" (7.8 cm)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The TV has good build quality. Although it's made entirely of plastic, it's sturdy enough and well-built overall. The TV wobbles a bit on the plastic center-mounted stand, but it doesn't cause any issues and provides good stability. There are no glaring issues with the TV's design, but our unit did have some debris behind the panel, although it's not noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

Picture Quality
8.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
88,933 : 1
Native Contrast
4,771 : 1

The Hisense U7N has amazing contrast. The TV's native contrast ratio is decent, but with local dimming on 'High,' its contrast is superb. Its effective local dimming feature provides very deep blacks in a dark room, and they mostly stay deep when highlights are also on screen.

7.0
Picture Quality
Blooming

The TV has only decent blooming performance. Unfortunately, there's visible blooming around bright highlights or text when they're against a black background, making blacks look less deep.

7.5
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
384

The TV has good overall lighting zone transitions, but it struggles with very fast-moving content. There's noticeable haloing, and the leading edge of bright, quick-moving objects is visibly dimmer.

8.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

There's no noticeable difference in dark scene performance when the TV is in PC/Game Mode.

8.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
539 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
538 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
357 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
714 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,158 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,302 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
935 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
712 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
704 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,130 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,278 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
933 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
712 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.035

The Hisense U7N has excellent HDR brightness, so highlights really stand out during darker scenes. Combined with its amazing contrast, this TV provides an impactful HDR viewing experience.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Filmmaker Mode
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Brightness: 100
  • Contrast: 50
  • Black Level: 0
  • Dark Detail: Off
  • Gamma: ST2084
  • Active Contrast: Off
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping: Off
  • Color Temperature: Warm 1

Results with Dynamic Tone Mapping set to 'On':

  • Hallway Lights: 611 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 544 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 431 cd/m²

8.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
597 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
490 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
370 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
744 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,179 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,311 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
930 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
715 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
730 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,148 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,284 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
927 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
714 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.034

The Hisense U7N is slightly brighter in PC/Game Mode, but it's not as accurate.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: HDR Game
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Brightness: 100
  • Contrast: 50
  • Black Level: 0
  • Dark Detail: Off
  • Gamma: ST2084
  • Active Contrast: Off
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping: Off
  • Color Temperature: Warm 1

Results with Dynamic Tone Mapping set to 'On':

  • Hallway Lights: 591 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 471 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 411 cd/m²

9.2
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0055
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0055
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0055

The TV has outstanding PQ EOTF tracking. Blacks are slightly too bright, and some shadows and midtones are slightly too dark, but the TV closely follows the curve until it reaches its peak brightness. There's a gradual roll-off near the TV's peak brightness, which helps to preserve detail in very bright specular highlights with content mastered at 4000 nits. The TV is bright enough to properly display highlights in content mastered at 600 and 1000 nits, so the roll-off isn't necessary with those nit levels.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
630 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
656 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
983 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,090 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
803 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
609 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
646 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
959 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,070 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
800 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
608 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.033

The Hisense U7N has amazing SDR brightness, and it overcomes glare in very bright rooms.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Theater Night
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Brightness: 100
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Color Temperature: Warm 1
  • Active Contrast: Off

8.5
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
94.14%
DCI P3 uv
96.25%
Rec 2020 xy
70.89%
Rec 2020 uv
78.13%

The Hisense U7N has an impressive HDR color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the commonly used DCI-P3 color space, with incredible color accuracy. The TV has good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, but highly saturated colors are mostly undersaturated and off the mark.

8.2
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
77.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
37.0%
White Luminance
689 cd/m²
Red Luminance
153 cd/m²
Green Luminance
501 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
52 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
542 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
195 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
651 cd/m²

The TV has great color volume. Dark saturated colors are displayed well due to the TV's amazing contrast. The TV displays a wide range of colors at high luminance levels, but it does struggle a bit with displaying very bright and saturated magentas and reds.

6.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
5.12
Color dE
2.70
Gamma
2.23
Color Temperature
7,076 K
Picture Mode
Theater Night
Color Temp Setting
Warm 1
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Hisense U7N has unremarkable pre-calibration SDR accuracy. Its white balance is poor, with blues very overrepresented in all shades of gray and greens underrepresented in most grays. The color temperature is okay, but it's noticeably cooler than our target of 6500K. Gamma is close to our target of 2.2, but dark scenes are too bright, and most other scenes are too dark. Its color accuracy is good, but there are inaccuracies with whites, lighter yellows, and lighter cyans.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.22
Color dE
0.80
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,511 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The TV has fantastic SDR accuracy after calibration, and the TV is easy to calibrate. Any issues with white balance are gone, and the color temperature and gamma are essentially perfect. Color accuracy is outstanding, with only minor inaccuracies in saturated colors that aren't noticeable to most people.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.300%
50% DSE
0.153%
5% Std. Dev.
0.912%
5% DSE
0.122%

The TV has good gray uniformity, but there's some dirty screen effect towards the center of the screen and vignetting in the corners.

9.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
0.537%
Native Std. Dev.
0.866%

The TV has fantastic black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, blacks are a bit cloudy and blueish. With local dimming enabled, blacks are deep and uniform across the screen, but there's some blooming around bright objects on a dark background.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
26°
Color Shift
23°
Brightness Loss
35°
Black Level Raise
27°
Gamma Shift
17°

The Hisense U7N has an inadequate viewing angle, so it's not suitable for a wide seating arrangement. As you move off-center, there's significant gamma shifting, color shifting, and brightness loss, and colors look increasingly washed out as you move further away to the sides.

8.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.0%

The TV has amazing reflection handling. Its semi-gloss screen finish significantly reduces the intensity of indirect reflections and does an excellent job of reducing the intensity of direct reflections.

7.3
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
6.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
8.0
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
8.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV has satisfactory HDR gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in greens and darker grays, but all other colors have minimal banding.

7.9
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
8.0
Detail Preservation
7.5

The TV has very good low-quality content smoothing. It does a great job at smoothing out artifacts in low bitrate content while still preserving details.

7.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The Hisense U7N does a good job at upscaling low-resolution content like DVDs or lower-resolution streams. Details are clear enough, but finer details are hard to make out.

Sharpness processing was calibrated with no over-sharpening for low-resolution content, with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 13
  • Super Resolution: On

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA (except 75")

The TV uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional RGB layout. For video or gaming content, this doesn't cause any issues, but for PC monitor use, it can be a problem as it impacts the text clarity, although not everyone will notice this.

Motion
8.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.6 ms
100% Response Time
9.7 ms

The Hisense U7N has an excellent response time for minimal blur behind fast-moving objects, but it's slower when coming out of dark states, so there's some black smearing in dark scene transitions.

Unfortunately, like the Hisense U7K, the TV's response time behaves differently with VRR enabled. It's more aggressive with refresh rates above 100Hz, which leads to a faster response time but with more overshoot errors. When the TV hovers around 100Hz, the rapid changes in behavior when it goes above and below that threshold are distracting. There are no rapid changes in behavior when running at a fixed refresh rate.

9.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
7,800 Hz

The TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, which introduces flicker that can bother people who are sensitive to it. Fortunately, it flickers at a very fast 7800Hz in all picture modes and at all brightness levels, so it's not noticeable.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
120 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Hisense U7N supports backlight strobing, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). The feature is designed to improve the appearance of motion by strobing its backlight and reducing the amount of persistence blur. Unfortunately, it can only insert black frames at a 120Hz refresh rate, and the image is blurry with some image duplication.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the clarity of motion, but it doesn't work very well. Even slower-moving scenes have some noticeable artifacts. The TV really struggles in faster-moving scenes, and there are distracting artifacts, haloing, and a screen-tearing effect.

6.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
32.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
7.0 ms

Due to the TV's quick response time, there's some noticeable stutter when watching movies or TV shows, and it's most apparent in slow panning shots.

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 TV gives a judder-free experience with 24p sources like a Blu-ray player and native apps. Unfortunately, it doesn't remove 24p judder from 60Hz sources like most cable TV boxes and older streaming devices that lack a Match Frame Rate feature, although you can use the 'Motion Enhancement' with 'Judder Reduction: 1' to remove judder from 60Hz sources without introducing noticeable interpolation or artifacts.

9.5
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
144 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
144 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
144 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR + Local Dimming Yes

The Hisense U7N supports all three VRR formats, so it has great compatibility regardless of the source. Unfortunately, with 1080p @ 240Hz and VRR enabled, the TV is stuck at 72Hz, and there's bad frame skipping, desaturated colors, and chroma 4:4:4 isn't displayed properly. With VRR disabled, 1080p @ 240Hz works without issues.

The TV also has a response time issue with VRR enabled, which you can read about here.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
14.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
108.5 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
5.7 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
5.1 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
14.2 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.7 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
5.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz
14.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
14.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
14.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
108.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
116.3 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.7 ms
4k @ 144Hz
5.1 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has incredibly low input lag when set to PC/Game Mode, which ensures a very responsive gaming experience with very little delay between your actions with your controller or mouse and the action on-screen.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 144Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
Yes
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The TV supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 144Hz on two of its four HDMI ports. Unfortunately, 1080p @ 240Hz only works properly with VRR disabled.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The TV is fully compatible with everything the PS5 offers, like 1440p @ 120Hz and 4k @ 120Hz, as well as HDMI Forum VRR. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to worry about manually switching to PC/Game Mode to get the lowest input lag.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The TV is fully compatible with everything the Xbox Series X|S offers, including 1440p @ 120Hz, 4k @ 120Hz, HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync Premium Pro, and Dolby Vision gaming. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to worry about manually switching to PC/Game Mode to get the lowest input lag.

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
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
3.0 (NEXTGEN TV)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The TV has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on HDMI ports 3 and 4, with both supporting up to 4k @ 144Hz. Fortunately, HDMI 1 is the eARC port, so you don't lose a high-bandwidth port when you plug a soundbar into the TV. The TV supports all HDR formats, and it has an ATSC 3.0 tuner, so you can watch 4k content over-the-air.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
Yes

The TV supports eARC, which lets you pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver or soundbar through an HDMI cable. It supports all major audio formats, so you don't have to worry about compatibility with external sources.

Sound Quality
6.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.57 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.72 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.13 dB
Max
85.8 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.84 dB

The TV has a mediocre frequency response. Thanks to the built-in subwoofer, the TV produces a bit of bass, but it's still not enough for you to feel impactful bass. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand at moderate volume levels, but the sound becomes unbalanced near and at its maximum volume. This is unfortunate since the speakers don't get very loud.

7.5
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.244
Weighted THD @ Max
0.455
IMD @ 80
1.59%
IMD @ Max
2.19%

The TV's distortion performance is good. There isn't much audible distortion at moderate volume levels, but it worsens as you raise the volume, although it's still not too bad.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 12
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
1 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
2 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Hisense U7 TV uses version 12 of the popular Google TV operating system. The interface is very smooth and easy to use.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like almost all TVs on the market, the smart interface contains ads, and you can't disable them.

9.0
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 TV has a fantastic selection of apps, so finding your favorite content is easy. You can also cast content from your phone onto the TV or play videos directly from a USB stick.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Hisense RemoteNOW

The TV comes with Hisense's newly-designed remote that is backlit. It has buttons for popular streaming services, and you can use the built-in microphone to switch inputs, change apps, search within apps, and ask for the weather and time. Unfortunately, you can't change the settings on the TV using the voice controls.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button on the bottom center of the TV that you can use to switch inputs and power the TV on/off. There's also a small switch that you can use to turn on/off the TV's built-in microphone.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Quick setup guide
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cable

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Consumption (Max) 209 W
Firmware V0000.01.00N.O0539