The Hisense U8H is a mid-range 4k TV released in 2022. It's the second-highest model in Hisense's 2022 ULED lineup, sitting above the Hisense U7H and below the Hisense U9H. It's available in three sizes, ranging from 55" to 75", and all three sizes offer very similar performance. It replaces the Hisense U8G, and while it's very similar, Hisense has upped its specs a bit with a new Mini LED backlight with up to 528 dimming zones and a slightly updated design. 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.
The Hisense U8H is an excellent TV all-around. It's an excellent TV for watching movies in a dark room thanks to its high contrast ratio and great local dimming feature. HDR content looks incredible as it gets incredibly bright and has a wide color gamut, so the latest movies look incredibly realistic and lifelike. It's a great TV for watching shows or sports in a bright room, but because it has a narrow viewing angle, it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement as the image degrades when viewed off-center. Finally, it's an amazing TV for gaming thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, FreeSync support, low input lag, and fast response time.
The Hisense U8H is an excellent TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has fantastic contrast and an impressive local dimming feature, so blacks are deep and uniform, with very little blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. It upscales lower-resolution content well, which is great if you have a collection of movies on DVD. Sadly, due to its quick response time, there's some noticeable stutter in slow panning shots.
The Hisense U8H is a great TV for watching shows during the day. It has exceptional peak brightness and excellent reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue even in a very bright room. It has a great smart interface with a huge selection of streaming apps, so you're sure to find your favorite shows. It also upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you have TV shows on Blu-ray or DVD. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal if you have a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on, as the image degrades as you move off-center.
The Hisense U8H is a great TV for watching sports in a bright room. It has excellent reflection handling and exceptional peak brightness, so it can easily overcome glare in any viewing environment. It also has an okay frequency response, and it gets decently loud. It has great gray uniformity, with just a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, and it has a fast response time, so fast action is clear. On the other hand, it has a sub-par viewing angle, so it's not ideal for a wide seating arrangement, as the people watching it from the sides will see a faded, washed-out image.
The Hisense U8H delivers an amazing gaming experience. It has superb low input lag, delivering a very responsive gaming experience. It also has a great selection of gaming features, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two ports, meaning it can take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X and the PS5. Sadly, there's some noticeable red ghosting when gaming, and it can't display 4k @ 120Hz signals properly, although Hisense has commented that the 120Hz issue will be fixed.
The Hisense U8H is an amazing TV for watching movies in HDR. Thanks to its fantastic contrast ratio, impressive local dimming feature, and incredible peak brightness in HDR bright highlights look incredible. It tracks the PQ EOTF extremely well, ensuring that most content looks the way the content creator intended. It also has an excellent color gamut, so most HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. Unfortunately, due to its fast response time, there's some noticeable stutter in slow panning shots.
The Hisense U8H is an amazing TV for gaming in HDR. It delivers an amazing gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and excellent response, and it has a great selection of gaming features. HDR content looks amazing thanks to its fantastic contrast ratio, impressive local dimming feature, and incredible high peak brightness, so bright highlights look incredible, and it delivers a more realistic picture in some games.
The Hisense U8H is a good TV for use as a PC monitor, but there are a few issues with it. It has very good uniformity, so there's very little dirty screen effect in areas of uniform color, like a website with a uniform background. It has low input lag and a fast response time, ensuring a smooth, responsive desktop experience. On the other hand, it has a suboptimal BGR subpixel layout, which causes some text clarity issues in certain apps. It also can't display 4k @ 120Hz 4:4:4 signals properly and has a narrow viewing angle, so the sides of the screen appear non-uniform if you're sitting too close to the screen.
The Hisense U8H has a premium design that looks great in any room. It has extremely thin bezels on three sides, and even the bottom bezel is incredibly thin, so it blends well into your surroundings. The feet are slim and don't take up much space.
The feet are wide-set and support the TV well. They're very thin, made of premium materials, and there's just a bit of wobble front to back.
Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the wide position: 44" x 14.76". In the narrow position, the 65-inch stand has a footprint of 31.3" x 14.76". In either position, the feet lift the TV about 3.4" above the table, so most soundbars fit in front without blocking the screen.
The back of the TV is made of plastic, with a textured horizontal pattern and vents along the top. There's also a built-in subwoofer on the back of the TV near the center. There are clips built-in to the feet to help with cable management. The inputs are on the left-hand side of the TV when facing the front, and they're easy to access.
The Hisense U8H has good build quality. There's a bit of front and back wobble, but the feet support the TV well overall. It's mainly made of a mix of hard plastic and metal, and it looks and feels well built overall. There are no obvious quality control issues with our unit. There's a bit of flex in the back panel, but it doesn't cause any issues.
The Hisense U8H has fantastic contrast. Blacks are deep in a dark room, and the local dimming feature is extremely effective at boosting bright highlights while maintaining low black levels in bright scenes. It's an noticeable improvement over the Hisense U8G, especially with local dimming enabled, which is nearly twice as effective at boosting contrast.
The Hisense U8H gets exceptionally bright in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in any viewing environment, even outdoors in indirect sunlight. It can't get quite as bright with extremely bright scenes that cover close to the entire screen, but it's still bright enough to overcome glare.
These results are from after calibration in the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with the 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 an impressive peak brightness of 1,855 cd/m² with a 25% window in the 'Theater Day' 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 great at improving dark scene performance. With local dimming on 'High', dark areas on screen are dimmed significantly, but there's some black crush, so some fine details in scenes with lots of small bright points of light, like a star field, are lost. There's very little blooming, as the higher zone count allows the TV to dim the backlight in a tighter area around bright highlights. Subtitles are dimmed slightly, and there's very little blooming around them.
The algorithms keep up with slow-moving content well, and the zone transitions aren't noticeable. It can't quite keep up with fast-moving objects, though, which causes a trailing backlight 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 65-inch model we bought has 504 dimming zones, and the larger 75-inch version has 528, and it will perform about the same. The smaller 55-inch model only has 338 zones, so it likely has a bit more noticeable blooming around smaller highlights, as it can't dim as tightly around highlights as the larger sizes can.
The local dimming feature performs the same in Game Mode as in the other picture modes, which is great.
The Hisense U8H is incredibly bright in HDR. Bright highlights stand out incredibly well, delivering an impactful HDR experience with both games and movies.
These results are in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode with the Backlight Level at its max, and Local Dimming on 'High' and Color Temperature on 'Low'. Setting the Color Temperature to 'Mid-Low' instead results in an even brighter image, reaching a peak of 2145 cd/m² with a 25% window.
There's no noticeable difference in brightness in 'Game' mode.
The Hisense U8H tracks the target PQ EOTF extremely well with the most accurate picture mode. There's a slow roll-off as the brightness approaches the TV's peak brightness, so fine details in bright scenes are preserved well. The EOTF in 'FILMMAKER' mode looks nearly the same as the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode, but that mode locks you out of most settings.
If you find the image too dim, setting the Color Temperature 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 U8H has great gray uniformity. There's a bit of vignetting in the corners but very little dirt screen effect in the center. Dark scenes look even better, as there are almost no noticeable issues.
The Hisense U8H has excellent black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, there's some noticeable backlight bleed, especially in the corners, and there are a few bright patches throughout the screen. With local dimming enabled, however, the uniformity is much better. There's a bit of blooming around the test cross, but it's very minor, thanks to the high native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming feature.
Sadly, the Hisense U8H has a sub-par viewing angle. The image fades and looks washed out as you move even slightly off-center. It makes it a poor choice for a wide seating arrangement, as anyone sitting off-center will see a degraded image. Unlike high-end TVs from other manufacturers, like the Sony X95J or the Samsung QN90B QLED, there's no wide-angle filter to improve the viewing angle.
The Hisense U8H has excellent reflection handling. The semi-gloss coating significantly reduces the intensity of direct reflections. Unlike many high-end TVs, there's no rainbow smear with bright lights.
The Hisense U8H has excellent accuracy out of the box. Gamma follows the 2.2 target we chose nearly perfectly, and the white balance is great. Color accuracy is excellent, and except for pure blues, there are no noticeable issues. The color temperature is very close to the target.
The Hisense U8H has incredible accuracy after calibration to a 6500K white point. It's a bit tricky to calibrate, as minor changes to one point would make another look worse, but because it already has fantastic accuracy out-of-the-box, you don't need to calibrate it too much for an accurate image.
You can see the full settings for our calibration here.
The Hisense U8H upscales 480p content, like DVDs, well, with no noticeable issues.
720p content, including most cable TV stations, is upscaled well, with no noticeable issues.
Like most TVs we've tested, 1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.
Like most TVs on the market, the Hisense U8H 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 U8H has an excellent HDR color gamut. It can display almost all of the DCI-P3 color space used by most Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. It also has very good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, which is gaining in popularity, especially in animated films and some nature documentaries.
The Hisense U8H has amazing color volume in HDR. Thanks to its high peak brightness and fantastic contrast ratio, it can display colors well across at all luminance levels. Colors are bright and vibrant, and it displays dark saturated colors well.
The Hisense U8H has good gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding and posterization in dark shades, and sadly, the processing features like Noise Reduction and Digital Noise Reduction don't do anything.
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.
The Hisense U8H has an excellent response time. There's some blur around fast-moving objects, but it's mainly due to persistence blur. Games look great, and it's easy to make out fine details in fast action when watching sports. Unfortunately, like the Hisense U8G, there's noticeable red ghosting in some content.
Unfortunately, like most TVs on the market, the Hisense U8H uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. Thankfully, it flickers at a very high rate at any backlight level, and it's not noticeable unless you're very sensitive to flicker.
The Hisense U8H has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to reduce persistence blur and improve the appearance of motion. It can flicker at both 60Hz with 60fps content and at 120Hz for 120fps content, ensuring that you don't see any duplications in motion. Note that the BFI score is based on the support flicker frequencies and don't indicate the performance of the BFI feature itself.
The Hisense U8H has an optional motion interpolation feature. With motion interpolation at its highest settings, there's noticeable artifacting in any fast motion, with visible halos in some scenes.
Due to the Hisense U8H's relatively fast response time, there's noticeable stutter when watching 24p content, like movies, as each frame is held longer on screen. It's especially noticeable in slow panning shots.
The Hisense U8H automatically removes judder from any source, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience.
The Hisense U8H supports a variable refresh rate (VRR), and it's compatible with most sources that support VRR. Unfortunately, it doesn't work well with NVIDIA graphics cards, as it doesn't prevent tearing when using the G-SYNC Compatible mode on NVIDIA cards.
The Hisense U8H has superb low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming or desktop experience. It's a bit higher than the best TVs on the market, like the LG C2 OLED, but it's not a significant difference.
Most common resolutions are supported by the Hisense U8H, and it display chroma 4:4:4, which is essential for clear text from a PC, properly in most of them. Sadly, 4k @ 120Hz still isn't displayed properly, as the resolution is halved, resulting in blurry text and improper 4:4:4. Hisense is aware of this issue and has confirmed that they'll fix it in an upcoming firmware update. 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 U8H can take full advantage of the PS5. It's 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, but Hisense has confirmed that this is a bug, and it'll be fixed. There's also noticeable banding and posterization in gradients, but we don't know if there are any plans to fix this.
The Hisense U8H can take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X. It's compatible with all supported features of either Xbox, including variable refresh rate support and 1440p support. Sadly, 4k @ 120Hz isn't displayed properly, as it's a bit blurry, but Hisense has confirmed that this is a bug, and it'll be fixed. There's also noticeable banding and posterization in gradients, but we don't know if there are any plans to fix this. The manufacturer advertises it to support 4k @ 120Hz Dolby Vision gaming, but it's not working at the moment, and with the Xbox Dolby Vision is limited to 4k @ 60Hz. If you start playing a game that supports Dolby Vision and you have the refresh rate set to 120Hz, it'll fall back to HDR10 instead.
Two of the HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, with a maximum bandwidth of 48Gbps. Unfortunately, one of them is also the eARC port, so if you're planning on using an eARC device, you can only connect one other HDMI 2.1 device on the TV.
Unlike most TVs, the Hisense U8H supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. There are some reports of raised blacks with Dolby Vision content, but we couldn't reproduce the issue with our unit.
The U8H has an ATSC 3.0 tuner, allowing you to stream 4k channels over the air with an antenna. It's not working properly at the moment, though, as there are some reported issues with audio sync, and it appears to be downmixing Dolby 5.1 signals to PCM 2.0.
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 U8G supports eARC and can pass all the common formats through to a support receiver or soundbar.
The Hisense U8H has an okay frequency response. Thanks to the new built-in subwoofer, it produces more noticeable low bass than the Hisense U8G, but it's still not as good as an external subwoofer with a receiver system or soundbar. It's a bit boomy in the high-bass and high treble sounds are a bit under-emphasized, but otherwise, it has a well-balanced sound profile, and it gets decently loud.
This TV has good distortion performance. There's some audible total harmonic distortion, but mainly at high volume levels; it's not noticeable at moderate volume.
The Hisense U8H comes with Google TV 11, which is essentially an updated version of the Android TV platform used by 2021 Hisense TV models. It's redesigned with a few extra accessibility features, but other than that, it's the same user-friendly platform.
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 U8H 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 popular streaming services. The mic built into the remote and on the TV gives you access to Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can ask it to search for content, open apps, and switch inputs.
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, and you can also use it for the Find My Remote feature.
We tested the 65-inch Hisense U8H, and the results are also valid for the 55-inch and 75-inch models. In Canada, it's known as the Hisense U88H, and it performs the same. As Hisense releases different models and their lineup varies for international regions, the results are only valid for the models available in Canada and the United States.
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If you come across a different type of panel or your Hisense U8H doesn't correspond to the 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 May 2022, and you can see the label here.
The Hisense U8H delivers incredible performance for the price, significantly outperforming any other TV in its price range, making it by far the best mid-range TV on the market in 2022. It has limited processing capabilities compared to the more expensive competitors, resulting in worse gradient handling and slightly higher input lag. Sadly, there are still some bugs and issues with it, including red ghosting in some scenes, and 4k @ 120Hz playback still doesn't work properly.
The Hisense U8H is a bit better than its predecessor, the Hisense U8G. The U8H has a more effective local dimming feature, significantly increasing contrast with local dimming enabled. The U8H is also a lot brighter, and it displays HDR content much closer to the content creator's intent. Finally, the U8H has been updated to the latest Google TV interface, which is a bit faster and smoother than the older Android TV interface on the Hisense U8H.
The Hisense U8H and the Samsung QN90B QLED deliver very similar picture quality overall, but the Samsung is a bit better overall. The Hisense has better native contrast, and it displays content closer to what the content creator intended. On the other hand, the Samsung TV has much better processing overall, so upscaled content looks a bit better, and there's less banding in areas of similar color. Thanks to its wide-angle filter, the Samsung is a much better choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.
The Hisense U8H is much better than the Sony X90K. The Hisense has much better reflection handling, and it gets significantly brighter, so it's a better choice for a bright viewing environment as it can better overcome glare. The Hisense delivers a more impactful HDR experience, as it gets significantly brighter in HDR and can display a wider color gamut.
The Hisense U8H is much better than the Sony X90J. The Hisense looks much better in a bright room, as it has much better reflection handling, and it gets significantly brighter so it can better overcome glare. The Hisense also delivers a more impactful HDR experience, as it gets significantly brighter in HDR and can display a wider color gamut.
The Hisense U8H and the Samsung QN90A QLED offer very similar picture quality overall, but the Samsung has better processing and a wider viewing angle, so it's slightly better overall. The Hisense has better native contrast, and it has better accuracy in HDR, as most content is displayed at the brightness level the content creator intended. On the other hand, the Samsung TV has much better processing overall, so upscaled content looks a bit better, and there's less banding in areas of similar color. Thanks to its wide-angle filter, the Samsung is a much better choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.