Hisense H9G 4K UHD TV review: Excellent color and HDR performance for the price

With this year’s H9G, Hisense continues its trend of delivering more than competent TVs at more than reasonable prices. While this latest revision offers relatively mild improvements over last year’s H9F, that’s simply making what was already a very good TV better.

Design and specs

The H9G sports a 10-bit, 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) panel with array backlighting and is rated for 700 nits of peak brightness. That allows it to do justice to the Dolby Vision and HDR10 content it supports. Google Assitant is on board, and the Android TV operating system means lots of smart functionality via apps. The H9G I tested was a 55-inch class (54.5-inches diagonally); a 65-inch class H9G is also available for $950.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart TVs, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

Physically, the 55-incher measures 48.5 inches wide, 28.2 inches tall, and 3.9 inches thick. Make that 10.2 inches thick with the mid-mounted legs. There’s a 400mm x 300mm VESA mount point (shown below) for wall hanging.

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The back of the Hisense H9G. Why the company decided to hide the ports (they’re located where that gray rectangle is on the right-hand side of this picture) is a mystery.

The H9G is a fairly standard design with the electronics housed in a bustle at the lower back of the rear of the unit. It has a thin bezel, but in person, it’s not quite as thin as the images make it seem. If such things bother you, watch more compelling content.

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The H9G’s ports include four HDMI and legacy inputs.

When it comes to connectivity, the H9G has the average user more than covered. There are four HDMI ports (ARC is supported, but not eARC), two USB ports, coax for an over-the-air antenna or cable/satellite set-top box, plus RCA inputs for stereo audio and composite video, as well as a Toslink optical digital audio and 3.5mm headphone outputs. The Wi-Fi is 802.11ac and there’s a Bluetooth radio onboard.

The H9G is solidly constructed, and because of its relatively thick lower portion, it doesn’t exhibit a lot of flex. Despite that, it weighs in a little less than 40 pounds. I had no issues wrangling it myself, but you might want to enlist a friend just to be safe.

Interface and remote

The H9G is an Android TV with all the goodness that now entails. The crash-happy Android TV operating system of a few years ago is gone—the multimedia app that I used to play videos stored on USB sticks was rock solid. Indeed, I’ve gone from hating Android TV to being quite fond of it. And geez, if you want apps, you can’t beat it. 

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Hisense’s Android home screen is not nearly as busy as this shows. Apparently, Netflix contributed funds for this image.

The H9G’s remote is generic in design, albeit efficient where the rubber meets the road: your fingers. The keypad, rocker cursor and selection buttons, and especially the dedicated transport controls (play/pause, fast-forward, etc.) are sensibly laid out. There are also four special function buttons (RGYB) that enable the remote to control cable/satellite TV set-top boxes and other devices. Voice commands via Google Assistant are also supported, for those who like talking to their tech. If you prefer Alexa, you’ll need an outboard smart speaker or the Alexa app on your mobile device.