A lower mid-range 4k TV called the Hisense U7H was released in 2022. You can select the ideal size for your needs from four sizes that range from 55″ to 85″. It replaces the Hisense U7G, with very little modifications made by Hisense. Although it is an improvement over the entry-level Hisense U6H, lacking the Mini LED lighting seen on the more expensive Hisense U8H, it does have somewhat better overall picture quality and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. The user-friendly Google TV 11 interface, an improvement to the Android TV interface featured on the Hisense lineup for 2021, is included with it.
It includes a wide range of gaming capabilities, including support for FreeSync variable frame rate and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two of its HDMI connections. Despite lacking Mini LED illumination, the Hisense U7H has a QLED panel and the constantly evolving Google TV operating system. Overall, it is successful in providing an amazing low-cost QLED TV viewing experience, but there are a few things to bear in mind.
Hisense U7H QLED TV review: Design
Although the Hisense U7H’s overall design isn’t very impressive, it’s nonetheless sleek and fashionable enough to fit in most living spaces. Unfortunately, it lacks the updated legs that the U8H offers, which we really enjoyed, but the U7H’s subtle legs still look good and can be positioned in either a more central or more peripheral position.
The bottom bezel of the TV is the thickest, and the bezels are often thin. Although it thickens naturally at the bottom, the TV is still relatively thin overall. It will appear slim and fashionable installed on a wall or on a TV stand. A microphone, mute switch, and LED indications for Google Assistant activity are all located on the front of the device. This means that even when the TV display is off, you may use Assistant hands-free. It’s a useful function.
Hisense U7H QLED TV review: Brightness
It had 530 nits of maximum HDR brightness. The screen utilised in this TV is different even if the Hisense U7H is a global model. The International model’s Peak HDR brightness is 1000 nits. Hisense claims that its sustained brightness, or the brightness in OTT and platforms, is 400 nits.
Peak HDR and sustained brightness differ from one another. Hisense says that the brightness is 600 nits, but our testing shows that it is just 530 nits. Peak HDR brightness is necessary but not sufficient. Other elements that affect picture quality include colour adjustment, dynamic range, and HDR capability.
Hisense U7H QLED TV review: Connectivity
On a single side, all connecting options are provided. Along with other necessary ports, it contains 2 USB ports and 4 HDMI ports. Only one of the two 2.1 ports—out of the total of four—on the HDMI cable supports eARC. One HDMI 2.0 and one HDMI 3.0 port are available. Both dual-band wifi and Bluetooth 5.1 are supported. As a result, it offers the most connectivity choices.
Hisense U7H QLED TV review: Audio
Let’s get this over with. A good soundbar, like the Sonos Beam, will significantly enhance the listening experience when using this TV, if you can afford one. Nevertheless, for a TV in this price range with built-in speakers, the Hisense U7H genuinely produces good audio. It has more bass than you would anticipate, but not enough to outperform soundbars or dedicated speakers.
It has a little mid-heavy sound, similar to most built-in speakers, but not overly so. On average, Hisense’s built-in speakers seem to be pushing the lows down and the highs higher, which is a positive thing. However, you’ll still need external speakers for the time being.
Hisense U7H QLED TV review: Gaming Support
Finding a mid-range gaming TV that doesn’t severely cut corners has been difficult in recent years. While you might be able to buy a TV for around $600 that supports both variable refresh rate and auto low latency mode, investing $800 to $1,000 often nets you HDMI 2.1 connections that offer 4K gaming at 120Hz. Consider the TCL 5-Series as an example: Although it has VRR and ALLM, the panel can only run at 60 Hz, making 120 Hz 4K gaming impossible. All of it is a trade-off for getting a cheap TV.
Simply put, there isn’t a better gaming TV in its price range on the market right now. The fact that one of the TV’s 4K/120Hz-capable connections simultaneously serves as the device’s dedicated eARC connector is the only small drawback to the TV’s support for gaming. If you have two next-generation gaming consoles and an eARC-enabled soundbar, one of the consoles will have to use one of the TV’s few 4K/60Hz ports or, if your soundbar has an HDMI in that can handle it, your soundbar. You would need to pay more for something like the TCL 6-Series in order to have marginally better gaming features.
Google TV and Smart Features
Google TV has continuously improved, and it is now a complete operating system that is simple to use. In general, we really appreciate how Google TV offers rows of content from apps, making it simple and quick to return to previously seen material. Recommendations are often helpful and top quality.
Naturally, a Google operating system comes with a number of fantastic intelligent features. First, the TV has Google Assistant pre-installed, which enables you to manage some TV features, manage smart home devices, and access the internet for information. It’s always convenient that Google Assistant is accessible whether the TV is on or off. Additionally, you may cast material from your phone or laptop, but you might not need to given that Google TV supports all of the main streaming providers.
Hisense U7H QLED TV review: Performance
It may not have the tiny LED lighting that the higher-end Hisense U8H offers, but the Hisense U7H offers such a close match in terms of great image quality that it may be difficult to detect without side-by-side comparison. Given the lack of a tiny LED, we were astonished to see how well the television managed the backlighting to ensure that you never had distracting bloom.
In our lab test, it performed about averagely at delivering brightness to smaller highlights, but in our use, it was still able to produce brilliant highlights that resulted in an image with a lot of contrast. It outperformed the Vizio M-Series Quantum and the LG C2 OLED with 818 nits of brightness at 5% of the screen, but it lagged behind the TCL 6-Series Roku TV with 939 nits and the U8H and Samsung QN65 with 1655 nits. Although the absence of small LED backlighting in favour of wider dimming zones generally makes sense, we are nevertheless amazed with the backlight control provided here.
Prices and Configurations
There are four various sizes of the Hisense U7H, ranging from 55 inches to an enormous 85 inches. These variants offer essentially the same features, including the quantity and types of ports. The number of dimming zones makes up the majority of the specs difference, although naturally, a larger TV should have more dimming zones. Although the TV claims to support “up to 120 zones,” the total dimming performance is probably comparable, if not identical.
In this pricing range, the Hisense U7H is a fantastic option and precisely what we would anticipate from Hisense at this stage. It may not always outperform rivals like the TCL 6-Series, but taken as a whole, it’s a very strong competitor that is ultimately worthwhile to purchase. However, you’ll have a better overall watching experience if you can afford the Hisense U8H.