Hisense 55U8QF test – great image quality, painful flaws

After mobile phones, the TV market may be the next area where Chinese manufacturers can quite shake the field. An important player in this is Hisense.

A serious reorganization can be expected in the world of televisions, which of course we can only win, especially if competitors like the Hisense U8QF ULED enter the ring in terms of value for money. Hisense may only seem like a new entrant to a wider audience, but if we say that the company has also acquired Toshiba and Sharp’s TV business in the past, it is conceivable that these are not their first, timid steps in the TV market.

ULED technology sounds a bit magical, but virtually covers Hisense’s proprietary QLED panel technology, complemented by an in-house Direct-LED FALD backlight system (capable of handling 132 zones separately) and the “U” prefix for ultra color accuracy and image quality , not as an empty promise.

Generation problems

The technology also has its advantages and disadvantages: unfortunately, we can’t expect flawless deep black, but at the same time the level of real contrast is quite surprising, and it holds true even for the most advanced devices using quantum point technology. This is especially important with a playful eye, and the model performs convincingly even during fast movements, at least until the “previous” console generation. However, the lack of HDMI 2.1 expected by the new consoles could be a painful point, as should we give up adaptive image refresh technology.

Gold medium

The device uses Hisense’s own operating system, called VIDAA4.0, which is also available in Hungarian. Most reminiscent of Android TV, easy to recognize, fast. It includes a media player, but you can also download Plex from the app store. As far as content providers are concerned, the most important ones can be found (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime), but the lack of HBO Go, which is also popular in Hungary, and Apple TV, which is also nicely equipped with Hungarian subtitles, is annoying – but the latter is still expanding. In terms of sound, the two 10-watt speakers (as you might guess) won’t give you a cinematic experience, but even if the powerful bass are missing, the mid and high ranges are clear.

All in all, the Hisense 55U8QF’s good image quality and relatively friendly price may lead many to vote for this rather than products from big-name manufacturers, but it isn’t capable of 120Hz VRR upgrades, and isn’t the best choice for next-generation consoles either.

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