Hisense are still a newcomer to the TV world when you compare them to the likes of Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and LG; but that doesn’t mean that they are a company to be overlooked.
For the money, Hisense offer some of the best TVs that you won’t need to spend a fortune on, the N6800 is one such range of TVs that’ll give you a great product for a fraction of the price. Coming in at the midpoint of Hisenses’ 2017 4K line up, the N6800 has a lot to talk about. The first part being its 4K ability. By this point we all know about 4k TV’s having four times the resolution of standard 1080p screens and that they can upscale HD images to better suit the screen. The Hisense is no different and also brings in the newer functionality of HDR being able to showcase all the way to HDR10. It does this by utilising its 8 bit panel, and FRC (Frame Rate Control) which uses cyclic algorithms to produce a 10 bit image through an 8 bit panel. This means that for a fraction of the cost you can still enjoy HDR10 content. It also supports the newer HLG (hybrid log-gamma) which looks to be the HDR format that most broadcasters will use. All this means for you is that this series is well prepared for the future of 4K and HDR.
Connection wise it has a plethora of ins and outs including 4 HDMIs (2 of which are version 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 for 4K pass-through), 3 USBs (1 of which is version 3.0) as well as component and composite and even a scart input, so you can get any of your legacy products hooked up. Output-wise it includes both a digital optical out and a headphone out, for connection to various audio devices.
Of course if you just want to watch normal TV you’re covered as well, as it boasts a Freeview HD tuner. On top of this, one of the USB sockets can be used to record to a USB turning it into basic PVR which will then allow you to not only record but also pause and rewind, just like an actual Freeview recorder box.
Attachments and abilities aside, the main thing with a TV is obviously the image itself – and the Hisense does not disappoint in that regards. When watching normal TV it performs very well, giving an accurate representation whilst not overly trying to upscale the image. I did however notice that turning off some of the video processors designed to improve the image did improve the motion and allow certain colours to look more natural. When run with 4K footage it’s just as robust giving you a solid picture but when compared to higher spec TVs you do notice its black levels and colour gamut not being as good, this is of course an unfair comparison when you consider the budget and how much TV you get from the Hisense for such a good price.
For me the Hisense N6800 is a solid TV that exceeds most other TVs at a similar price, there is better out there but to get them you’re looking at quite a significant jump in price. It’s difficult to say but if you really want to know how good it is then feel free to pop into your local Richer Sounds to see it performing in person.
Author: Hal, Plymouth Store