Hisense offers a budget 50-inch HDR 4K TV, but is the HDR support any good?
High Definition Range (HDR) is the trending feature for 4K TVs this year. Navigating through the marketing terms to identify a great HDR TV is quite difficult.
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HDR is a feature of 4K Ultra HD TVs and has been around since last year, but only in 2016 the HDR10 support in TVs became common. If all TV makers would just put HDR10 into the model name, things would be easier, but each manufacturer came up with their own marketing term for HDR10 support. LG throws around HDR Pro and HDR Super, while Samsung touts HDR Premium and HDR 1000. Then there is also Dolby Vision that is based on 12-bit color and full production process that has already found supporters in Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon and TV makers like LG.
Budget TV brand Hisense also offers HDR TVs. The 2016 50-inch Hisense 50H8C 4K TV sells for $499.99 and the 55-inch Hisense 55H8C is on sale for $599.99 on amazon.com.
A HDR TV under $500 is rather unique. LG and Samsung HDR TVs are priced above $1,000. The Hisense HDR TVs are able to process the HDR10 information from Netflix or PS4, but can't fully leverage it in the display panel.
The screen used in the Hisense H8C HDR TV has a maximum brightness of 440nits according to a review on Rtings. The UHD alliance Ultra HD Premium HDR certification calls for a brightness of 1,000nits. Another issue is the limited color gamut. The Hisense 50H8C and 55H8C also can't display all the colors encoded in the HDR information.
The Hisense H8C is a HDR TV, but does not fully leverage HDR for improving the display. You do get a lot of TV though for $500. The Hisense 50H8C is a smart TV with Netflix support and built-in Wi-fi. According to the Rtings review the Hisense H8C has good picture quality, especially dark scenes and little motion blur.
Features of the Hisense H8C TV line includes multi-zone local dimming, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 60Hz (120Hz), 178 degrees viewing angle, UHD upscaler, 2x 10W speakers, dbx tv audio, 3 USB, 4 HDMI, apps, web browser and 4K media player and receiver.
To get the full benefits of HDR, you need to be prepared to spend at least $1,000 for a HDR 4K TV. On Black Friday 2016 there is a chance to find a deal on one of these high-end HDR TVs below $1,000.
To understand HDR, we recommend to read our guide about HDR.
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