Budget TV brand Hisense has unleashed a fleet of new 4K Smart TVs which boast some breath-taking features at a price point that bigger-name brands simply cannot match. The flagship gogglebox from this new range is the Hisense U8QF. It’s a ULED TV, which includes a quantum dot filter for deeper levels of contrast as well as support for HDR10+, HLG (a standard for HDR partly developed by the BBC) and Dolby Vision.
With all of these standards supported, there’s not a lot the Hisense U8QF cannot handle, whether you’re looking to take advantage of the Ultra HD and HDR streaming available at no extra cost from Disney+, or the recent HDR boost on Sky Q.
But it’s not just picture quality that the Hisense U8QF has in spades. The new set has a built-in front-firing JBL speaker. The vast majority of televisions – especially those at a more affordable price point – have down-firing speakers which result in a pretty muddled sound that’ll leave you saving for a soundbar within a few weeks of unwrapping your new telly. Whether the front-firing JBL speakers are good enough to save you the cost of soundbar, we’ll only know by having a listen. But it’s certainly a better design than pointing away from your ears.
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The U8QF starts from £1,099 for the 55-inch size and rises to £1,699 for the 65-inch size. Hisense TVs are stocked at Currys PC World, AO.com, John Lewis, and a number of other high street stores and online retailers.
There are plenty of more affordable options available – if you don’t need quite that much telly for your next binge-watch.
The Hisense U7QF series, which still offers Dolby Atmos compatibility and quantum dot filter bringing the same one billion vivid shades of colour, ships in 50-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch sizes and starts from £899. Unfortunately, there’s no front-firing speakers, but that’s a small price to pay.
Only the 50-inch panel is on-sale at the moment, with the bigger sizes coming soon.
Below the U7QF series in the range are the A7500F and AE7400F, which ship in more humble sizes. Starting from £449 for a 43-inch A7500F, and rising to £899 for a 55-inch. These come with Dolby Vision support and HDR10+ too, so you’ll still be able to experience higher levels of contrast between light and dark areas of the screen – so you won’t lose any detail in a movie scene when someone is in a darkened room, looking out of a small window to the brightly lit outdoors.
With its latest range of TVs, Hisense looks set on preserving its reputation as offering solid value TVs with the sort of specs and features other TV brands often offer at twice the price, like Dolby Vision HDR and even OLED panels.
With these new sets, Hisense has promised tweaks to its Vidaa U smart TV software which powers the experience. New features include a new customisable layout which is designed to make launching your favourite on-demand service or streaming app much faster.
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