2018 Hisense H9E Smart TV (55H9080E)

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One of the most difficult things for electronic manufacturers to accomplish is combining both a low cost and powerful features into one product. This is where the Hisense H9E it excels quite well. It does not have the most powerful features, but they are good enough for the price point that they come at. Speaking of which the contrast ratio and color gamut both make a strong case for the H9E. Those good features combined well with the low response time and well put together inputs of this particular smart TV making it a solid choice for either sports or video games. Also, even though the H9E lacks the more refined smart features, I found that the applications it actually has work well without any issues. There are even dedicated buttons on the remote to help smooth over the user experience.

Preferred Usage

The H9E isn’t meant for more serious power users, but is rather meant for more casual types of use. I found that video games and most types of sports look best with my H9E TV review.

Video Games
PC Monitor
Movies
Sports
TV Shows

Available Sizes

There is only one size currently available: 55 inches. Though limited in that regard, the price is well adjusted for most users that are trying to save some money.

Picture Value

The Hisense H9E comes with a well adjusted picture quality for its price point. The contrast ratio and color gamut being its stand-out metrics with its input upscaling falling just short. The biggest issues are its narrow viewing angle and below average local dimming features. You can’t exactly share this particular smart TV with too many people and if local dimming is enabled, you’ll experience a bit too much blooming for your liking. Though, in the end both of those issues are rather small with the H9E.

Contrast Ratio

  • Contrast Ratio: ~4000:1
  • Bottom Line: Above Average

The Hisense H9E manages to pull together a good dark room viewing experience in most cases. Without better local dimming features the H9E is a bit limited, but overall it performs well and the black levels reflect that. I recommend not adjusting the menu settings from their initial placeholder as the H9E is well equipped out of the box.

Local Dimming

local-dimming-trt

  • Local Dimming: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Quite Poor

The local dimming of the 55H9080E is just not good. There is obvious blooming and though there are lots of the zones, they do not respond quickly enough to make a sincere difference. Granted, I will say that the low cost of the Hisense H9E makes up for the lack of proper features under this metric.

Viewing Angle

  • Viewing Angle:~28°
  • Bottom Line: Slightly Narrow

The H9E from Hisense doesn’t have an exactly bad viewing angle, but it is more narrow than I’d normally recommend. If you’re interested in a smart TV that will fit a larger living space, I’d recommend the Samsung 55NU7100as as it is a similarly priced entry level model.

Input Upscaling

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  • 480p: Small issues as expected with content that has a resolution this low.
  • 720p: THe H9E handled content well, but not without minor artifacts. Though, they should be hard to notice.
  • 1080p:. Both DVDs and Blu-ray content looked the best, but YouTube or Netflix looked ideal as well.
  • 4K: I found no issues with the 4K upscaling with my Hisense H9E TV review.
  • Bottom Line: Good

SRD and UHD content looks quite good. I don’t think there is a serious pull from the community for super upscaling quality as most producers are moving towards higher resolutions, but until they all make the switch, the H9E is a solid choice for upscaling quality.

Color Gamut

DCI P3 Color Space

  • DCI P3 xy: ~85%
  • DCI P3 uv: ~89%

Rec 2020 Color Space

  • Rec 2020 xy: ~62%
  • Rec 2020 uv: ~70%
  • Wide Color Gamut:  Yes (Barely)
  • Bottom Line: Good

The Hisense H9E not only has a wide color gamut, but it also has the needed support to actually reproduce those colors. This makes for a nicely saturated picture from beginning to end.

Motion Handling

The 55H9080E from Hisense has just above average handling. The response time is fairly quick and responds well to changes in the picture as the scenes moves, but with my review I noticed the 24p playback was not fully support. This means if you are likely to see “jumps” in the picture if you are sensitive to judder. Granted, this is often a smaller problem with motion and, for the cost, the H9E does well for itself in the end.

Motion Blur

  • Response Time: ~15 ms
  • Bottom Line: Average

The response time of the H9E is good. As mentioned before, most types of sports looked great. I’m a bit partial to action sports like the UFC which I found to look nice. One thing to note with the H9E, is that it does prevent eye tracking with the lack of a longer motion trail. This is normally overlooked, but in this case I found it to be refreshing since most other cheap TVs for sale have a much longer trail of motion which takes your eyes away from the center of attention.

24p Playback

  • 24pYes
  • 24p via 60pNo
  • 24p via 60i: No
  • Bottom Line: Below Average

Movies, and cable are not able to be played without some form of judder on the H9E. I do not expect this to be an issue as most people are sensitive to judder.

Motion Interpolation

  • 30 FPS: Yes
  • 60 FPS: Yes
  • Soap Opera Effect: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Good

Hisense has decided to give the H9E a 120 Hz refresh rate. This allows for full support of motion interpolation at both 60 and 120 FPS. Just remember that with the 55H9080E, the effects can become too powerful which results in artifacts in the picture and nobody likes those.

Inputs

Most certainly the most impressive features of the H9E are its well performing inputs. The input lag is low enough to play even competitive video games, the list of features support is quite long, and there are a good number of total inputs for any type of user. Though, the Hisense H9E struggles a bit with more complex resolutions such as 1080p @ 120 Hz, but overall it performs well in its price point.

All Inputs

  • HDMI: 4
  • USB: 2
  • RF antenna: 1
  • RCA composite video input: 1 (shared with component)
  • Digital audio output1 Optica: l
  • Earphone/audio output: 1
  • Ethernet: 1

One thing to note about 55H9080E is that it has rear and side facing inputs. I say that because it may becomes an issue if you ever wish to mount the H9E to a wall.

Supported Resolutions

  • 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: No
  • 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: No
  • Bottom Line: Average

You’ll need to make sure you enable the ‘PC Mode’ options to properly see the supported resolutions.

VESA Pattern

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  • 55H9080E: 200 x 400 mm

Input Lag

  • Best Input Lag: ~21 ms
  • Bottom Line: Good

With most resolutions the input lag of the H9E is good. I would just be wary as with a 4K resolution the input lag can jump around on you a little bit.

Input Features

  • HDR10: Yes
  • Dolby Vision: Yes
  • 5.1 ARC Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS: Yes
  • 5.1 Optical Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Optical DTS: Yes
  • ARC: Yes (HDMI 2)

Super simple and to the point with the Hisense H9E. HDR10 is a nice plus as well whe nyou consider the low cost of this smart TV.

Smart Features

Some times basic is bad and others its a nice minimalistic twist on something that is over complicated. That’s where the 2018 H9E comes into play. It’s not too simple, but simple enough to still get the job done properly. Applications load well and the remote has some proprietary buttons for quick access (which I loved during my H9E review). There are also some cool “Cast” options that you can use and smart setting adjustments if you so desire, but that’s about it. The H9e doesn’t offer more, but that is actually a nice change of pace in my opinion.

Operating System

  • Platform: Hisense Smart TV
  • Bottom Line: Cleverly Simple

A nice advantage the H9E offers is the Bluetooth remote. This give you access to voice commands that are integrated with Amazon Alexa. You can check small things without lifting a finger or search for cat video on YouTube (honestly though, we both know what you’re going to do). In addition to that, the menus are well organized without being overly simple in a way that you feel like something is missing. It all kinda of fits and works well without issue on the H9E.

Built-In Ads

  • Ads: Yes
  • Third Party Ads: Yes
  • Opt-Out: No

I did not notice any inherent ads with my H9E reviewing, but I’d imagine I just overlooked them. Ads have really taken a strong hold with smart TVs. If you notice any on your set feel free comment what you find and I’ll further update my review.

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That’s it with my 2018 Hisense H9E TV review! I try my best to keep prices accurate. Below are the lowest prices I could find and the date it was last updated. Also they are organized by size. Check out the proper viewing distance if you’re unsure where to start.

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Review Summary

The 2018 Hisense H9E is an excellent Smart TV because it comes at a wonderful price point while offering the power and performance of some more high-end smart TVs. The dark room viewing experience could be a bit better if it had a stronger contrast ratio and some better local dimming features, but it's brightness and larger color gamut makes the picture good enough for most scenarios. In addition the Hisense H9E also offers a decent response time and a good input lag for both fast-moving content and video games. The one downfall is its semi narrow viewing angle and its lesser than average smart features. Though for the price of around $1,000 you almost can not beat the Hisense H9 series.

Picture Value
7.3
Motion Handling
7.3
Inputd
8.1
Smart Features
7
PROS
  • Good contrast ratio for most dark rooms scenarios.
  • Large color gamut for its current price point.
  • Low input lag make video games a bit more enjoyable.
CONS
  • Narrow-ish viewing angle.
  • Average smart features even despite Amazon Alexa.
  • Local dimming features are average at best.
User Rating: 3.86 (7 votes)

Key Features

Type of Usage
Casual
Panel Type
LED
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
VESA Pattern
200 x 400 mm

Picture Information

Contrast Ratio
~4000:1
Local Dimming
Yes
Viewing Angle
~28°
Input Upscaling
Good
Resolution
4K
Wide Color Gamut
Yes

Motion Handling

Response Time
~15 ms
Motion Interpolation
Yes
24p Playback
Partially Supported

Input Performance

Chroma Subsampling
Good
Input Lag
~21 ms

Smart Features

Operating System
Basic Smart Features
Ease of Use
Easy
Built-in Ads
Yes

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