Hisense H50N6800 4K ULED Smart TV User Manual
Hisense H50N6800 4K ULED Smart TV Overview
While the large and established TVs are busy launching their premium TVs with each other, Hisense has slowly established itself in the mid-ranking budget market. One of the best TV deals last year was the Hisense M7000, which had no high-end specs, but still managed to do a great job with 4 K and HDR.
Now we’re in the N range. The Hisense H50N6800 is a 50 inch TV that offers 4 K and HDR for children under £750. Is there a trap? The N6800 cannot compete with premium TVs in brightness and saturation, but it does a great job with contrast and uniformity lighting.
The N6800 is a good-looking thing, certainly much more attractive than you would expect from that price. There is a good amount of metal on the bracket and frame. The stand is of the two-foot variety, installed separately to the left and to the right. The feet cannot be moved or reorganized. The back is made of plastic, but it’s solid and reassuring.
Unfortunately I can’t say the same nice things about the remote control. It is very well spaced and clearly labeled, but the OK button and directional pad are exasperating noisy. Try entering your email address and password in an application – it’s like giving one of those click bottle caps to a child. Also, the chrome paint running around the remote control is sure to chip away early.
The connections are what you would expect for the money: four HDMI inputs, but only two of them are HDMI 2.0 and will take a 4 K to 60 Hz signal. The other two only go up to 4 K in 30. There is also an Ethernet socket, a digital optical output, and composite RCA connectors and components.
The features are on the side of the light, but again it’s a £749 TV, so I wasn’t expecting much anyway.
On the front of Smart TV, this Hisense uses a proprietary operating system called Vidaa U. It is a large tile-based interface, and it is clean and easy to navigate-not unlike the pop-up launcher bar used by LG and Samsung. Application support includes Netflix and Amazon (both in 4 K and HDR) along with BBC iplayer and YouTube. There was no sign of the other UK applications, such as the ITV Hub, the 4 and the demand 5.
As for the visualization technology, it has a resolution of 4 K Ultra HD (3840 × 2160 pixels). It is compatible with a high dynamic range – just the good old common HDR10, none of the other luxury formats such as Dolby Vision or log-gamma hybrid.
This is an LCD LED panel with edge lighting, and Hisense demands a maximum brightness of 450 nits. That’s pretty far from the 1000 nits required for a UHD bonus sticker, but Hisense has a trick up your sleeve when it comes to punching over your weight.
That trick is ULED, the proprietary technology of Hisense that uses small crystals to improve the backlight control. The idea is to give your LCD performance a boost by adding the lighting accuracy associated with OLED tech, which has pixels that turn off and on an individual basis. Basically, luxury lighting but still LCD.
ULED accomplishes what he’s supposed to do. The uniformity of the lighting here is better than on some more expensive TVs I’ve tried. It was hard to spot the cloud and the halo. The bright areas placed right next to the dark areas showed a surprising lack of bleeding. That certainly helps to improve the contrast of the image, as the deeper blacks and the cleaner highlights make more visual punch.
Unfortunately, HDR performance falls somewhere else. I suspect that a reason for the good uniformity of illumination is the maximum brightness of the TV, which never gets high enough to challenge the darkening technology of the TV. It is never so bright, but most importantly it struggles to cope with the highlights-there are quite a lot of clippings in the brighter areas.
The colors also look a little exaggerated. You definitely get the extra punch that you’re supposed to get with a high dynamic range, but you don’t get any of the subtlety. Play Planet Earth 2 in Blu-ray 4 K and the peak of an eagle looks artificially orange. Stream the Grand tour at Amazon and a red Mustang looks a little pink. The colors are not very well mixed either, so the subtle gradients are lost.
He’s also a little too keen on his sharpness. The details seem a little blunt, and fine animal skin on the Blu-ray 4 K planet Earth 2 ends up looking pretty thick. You may want to activate noise reduction even if this leaves the picture a bit smoother overall.
I must insist, these issues really only apply to 4 K and HDR. HD and Dynamic range content
Hisense H50N6800 4K ULED Smart TV User Manual PDF