So here we have the Hisense H9G. Now, Hisense is known for their relativelycheap TVs with impressive specs. The H9G is no exception – while it competesagainst mid-range TVs from Samsung, Sony or LG on price, it advertises impressive features. ! First we’ll look at the design of the TV andthen move on to the picture quality. We’ll look at the motion handling, input lag,and sound, and then compare to other competing models which are currently available. . If you want to see a future video comparingthese models more closely, then let us know in the description below! We bought the sixty five inch H9G to test,but it is also available in a fifty five size. We expect this smaller size to have very similarpicture quality


.Alright, let’s get started with the design! Overall, it’s very similar to the H9F fromlast year. It has a very similarly designed metal stand,which looks good and prevents the TV from wobbling much. There’s a power button under the front ofthe TV, and interestingly enough in the same area there’s also a switch to enable or disablethe microphone. For those who are privacy conscious this couldbe an interesting option, and it’s the first time we’ve seen it on a TV. A quick note though – we don’t know ifthis is actually a hardware switch to disconnect the microphone, of it just causes some typeof software mute function. Now looking at the side, it has a pretty typicalthickness of new LCD displays. Many of the inputs are located on the right-handside, so are fairly easy to access even if the TV is placed close to a wall or mountedon the VESA 400 by 400 mount. Now, there’s the usual range of connectionsto this TV. There are three HDMI ports directed out theside, and one out the back. There’s also a tuner and two USB ports onthe side, and a optical output and composite input on the back. This last one can be good for those with olderdevices, and is becoming increasingly uncommon on new TVs. A quick note on the HDMI ports – these areHDMI 2.0 ports. This isn’t surprising as HDMI 2.1 is stillvery new and just starting to be available on a few TVs. If you care about future-proofing with a newconsole then this may be something to consider though. You’ll also see that there is a long trackon the back – this provides a pathway for cable management.

 It’s a simple design that works well and helps to keep things tidy. Now we’ll move on to the picture quality. We’ll be comparing to currently availableTVs but competing models may change as new TVs are released throughout the year. For an updated comparison with new modelsas we buy and test them, see the review page on our website which is linked below. One of the most fundamental aspects of picturequality is the contrast ratio. It is the ratio between the brightest whitesin a scene and the deepest blacks, and a high contrast helps to produce more deep and detaileddark scenes, especially when you’re viewing the TV in a dark room. The Hisense H9G has an outstanding contrastratio, which is in the expected range of a VA panel but definitely towards the high side. This is excellent for those who plan to watchin the dark. Now, there is also a feature called localdimming to improve the perceived contrast. Basically, this is where different areas orzones of the backlight can be controlled independently to further deepen dark areas of scenes orboost brighter areas. We found that this feature has great performanceon the H9G, and is definitely improved over last year’s H9F. It handles zone transitions fairly well, andeven though the zone transitions are noticeable with the test pattern, they aren’t visiblewith real content. There’s no black crush and small details popthe way they should, and even though there’s some minor blooming around bright objects,it’s not very distracting. Subtitles get very bright, but there isn’tany blooming around them. On to the viewing angles. Wide viewing angles are important if you havewide seating so might regularly watch at an angle. A TV with good viewing angles has a more accurateimage when viewed off-axis. When moving off-axis with this TV, the brightnessdrops and colors shift. Those who care about viewing angles will findit bad, but we do also get a lot of feedback from people who don’t mind the viewing anglesof VA panels. As a result, you should check out the videohere to see how you find it. Moving on to the reflection handling. Good reflection handling is important forbright rooms that have a lot of sunlight or interior lighting, as ambient light can washoutthe picture or make it hard to see what’s happening on screen altogether. The H9G is more glossy than most screens,which may sound like a bad thing but remember, the glossiness is independent of total reflectivity– that is you can have a glossy screen that reflects a lot or a little, and the same appliesfor displays with hazier coatings. 

The result on the H9G is actually excellent– while reflections remain defined, they are reduced in intensity significantly andthe result should be fine even for a very bright room. If you do have some lights in your room, thena high SDR peak brightness is also important to overcome glare with brighter content. First thing to note – this is a very brightTV. In SDR the whole screen can get to about sixhundred nits, which is great for overcoming glare. Smaller windows can be boosted even more sobrightness definitely shouldn’t be a problem. The Hisense H9G supports Dolby Vision, HLG,and HDR10 HDR formats. It is also advertised to support HDR10+. In HDR content brightness is important fordifferent reasons than in SDR content. The higher dynamic range allows for more detailin the bright and dark areas of the screen and high HDR brightness is important for deliveringimpactful and detailed bright highlights. The H9G can achieve a maximum HDR brightnessof over 1700nits in test patterns which is great. In our real scene test pattern it is lowerat about seven hundred and thirty nits but this is still impressive and plenty of brightnessto produce impactful highlights. Also important in HDR content is ability todisplay wider color spaces, to produce more vivid details when the director intends forit. The H9G can display a wide color gamut withcoverage over most of the DCI P3 color space. This is good for those who plan to use theTV to watch HDR movies or play HDR games. It isn’t as wide as some other TVs like theSamsung or Vizio QLEDs that we’ve tested in the past, but is still a very good result. Now before going on to the results from ourmotion tests, we’re going to take a look at gray uniformity. We test the gray uniformity of each TV bytaking two photos, one of a 50% gray slide and another of a dark 5% gray slide. This shows us if a display can produce theexact same color across the entire screen. Darker areas or blotches are known as thedirty screen effect and can be distracting when watching content with uniform colorssuch as sports or when playing video games. Gray uniformity on this TV is actually verygood, with only very minor darkening of the edges and very little dirty screen effectvisible. This is a bit surprising, because the H9Fwe bought last year had obvious vignetting around the edges. This does vary between units due to tolerancesin the manufacturing process, so we really don’t know if we just got lucky with themodel we bought or if this has really improved significantly over last year. If you buy this TV, let us know in the commentsbelow how your unit compares. So now on to the motion handling, and we’llstart with the response time. To learn more about motion on TVs, check outour video series which should be linked up here. The response time is an average of the timeit takes a display to transition from one frame to the next. A high response time results in blurry imageswhen watching sports or playing video games. The H9G performs well, and is about typicalof most newer LCD TVs. You can see in our moving logo photo thatthere is still a blur trail to the left of the logo, but it isn’t that noticeable. There is significant overshoot in some transitions,though, which may be especially noticeable in really dark scenes. Overall it is a definite improvement overthe H9F, and should be good for most people. Now, the TV does flicker but it isn’t reallyvisible in this moving logo photo due to the high frequency – at nine hundred and sixyhertz. While this TV isn’t flicker free, at sucha high frequency very few people are likely to notice it. Now if you really care about the clearestimage, then black frame insertion is a useful feature as it introduces more visible flickerto the backlight but as a result it reduces the amount of persistence blur. On this TV, it’s available in the advancedsettings menu under ‘Motion Clearness’.


 This can reduce the flicker frequency down to sixty hertz, which does result in more defined motion as you can see in our movinglogo photo. Something else to note is that this movinglogo photo is over-exposed. This is because we set the brightness of thephoto with black frame insertion disabled. Usually the increased flicker of black frameinsertion results in a dimmer image. You can see in this case that the H9G appliesa compensation to the brightness to make up for this drop. Now, if you’re a gamer then low input lagis very important to reduce the delay between an action in-game and when you see it on thescreen. At about fifteen milliseconds for sixty hertzsignals it is excellent and feels very responsive. Use game mode for the lowest input lag. Note that you don’t see any input lag measurementsin this table for one hundred and twenty hertz signals. This is because we couldn’t actually getthe TV to display one hundred and twenty hertz correctly. It will accept a 1080p @ 120Hz signal, butwe found that it skips every second frame- despite having a one hundred and twenty hertzpanel. It also doesn’t accept a 1440p @ 120Hz signalat all. This is the same as the H9F so isn’t toosurprising and Hisense has confirmed this is expected. We’ve heard comments from some people thatare able to get 1440p to work, but so far it hasn’t worked for us so you might alsobe out of luck. If you’re able to send a 1440p signal toyour TV, let us know down below. Time to go over the smart features. The Hisense H9G has great smart features thanksto Android TV 9.0. It is well organised and easy to use. It is also one of the most open systems withloads of apps to choose from. At the time of review the Hisense H9G, likethe H9F, is ad-free. This is great to see – most other manufacturersare pushing more and more ads in their homescreens, including Sony TVs which use a very similarAndroid TV platform. And lastly, for the sound. It is still decent and about typical of mostTVs. The frequency response is well-balanced anddialog sounds clear, but as always for better sound and more thump or rumble in the bassyou should look into an external sound system or soundbar. So overall the Hisense H9G is a well-roundedTV with impressive overall performance. It’s a pleasant upgrade over its predecessor,the Hisense H9F. It has an outstanding contrast ratio, anda full-array local dimming feature that helps the TV display extremely deep blacks. HDR content also looks great because it getsbright enough to make highlights pop. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, whichis expected from a VA panel TV, and even though it has a 120Hz panel, it doesn’t properlydisplay 120Hz signals. 

Now, there are also some unknowns. We don’t have any way to gauge the reliabilityof TVs, as we only purchase a single unit of each model. Some people are definitely concerned aboutgoing with a relatively unknown TV brand. If this bothers you, an extended warrantymay be the way to go. We also haven’t yet reviewed the closestcompetition to the H9G in the form of the 2020 models of the TCL 6 Series and VizioM Series. Rest assured a review is on the way, but asthese were only released very recently, we’ve put in our purchase but haven’t actuallyreceived them yet. So that’s it! What do you think of the H9G? Are you waiting to see a comparison to theTCL or Vizio? Let us know down below. 

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