Hisense Series 8 ULED 2017: Full, in-depth review

Hisense takes the fight to the home entertainment heavyweights

Hisense Series 8 ULED
  • Hisense Series 8 ULED
  • Hisense Series 8 ULED
  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5


  • Reasonably priced
  • Built-in 4K Netflix


  • Edge-lit with underwhelming blacks
  • Disappointing video processing

Bottom Line

While Hisense punches above its weight in the budget television category, this new top-shelf television struggles to hold its own.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 4,999.00 (AUD)


Hisense's 65-inch Series 8 ($4999) and the 75-inch Series 9 ($9999) 2017 Ultra HD ULED models are coming to Australia, with competitive price tags in terms of dollars per inch alongside the premium television brands. Even so, if you care more about picture quality than screen size then that $4999 will score you a phenomenal 55-inch entry-level Ultra HD OLED from LG or Panasonic.

These Hisense ULED televisions can't come close to OLED's picture quality because ULED relies on an LED-backlit LCD panel – meaning it shines a bright backlight through pixels to create colours and attempts to block the backlight to create blacks. On the plus side, Hisense's Series 8 and 9 ULEDs rely on "quantum dot" pixels, similar to Samsung's QLED, to offer a bright picture with vivid colours.

Once again Hisense has a price advantage, with the 65-inch Hisense Series 8 ULED selling for similar prices to the 55-inch Samsung Q7/Q8 QLED.

The best LED-backlit LCD televisions are Full Array backlit, with the backlight directly behind the screen so it's easier to dim the backlight in dark areas of the picture. Unfortunately Hisense's televisions are edge-lit (like Samsung QLED) which means the backlighting actually shines in from the side. As a result they struggle to produce really deep blacks.

The upside of using an edge-lit panel is that they're very thin, allowing for a slender design. This is complemented by a thin black bezel around the screen and an elegant stand, although it may get in the way if you want to place a soundbar in front of the television.

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