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Hisense U7N Mini-LED TV review: Solid blacks

Hisense U7N Mini-LED TV review: Solid blacks

Hisense U7N
Pros
Brighter than predecessor
Blacks look dark
Cons
Limited viewing angles
More expensive than some competitors
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The Hisense U7N Mini-LED TV is the successor to last year's U7K, a TV that exceeded my expectations. The latest version continues to impress with relatively bright visuals for HDR content and deep blacks. You'll also get the latest features, including support for 4K 144Hz and VRR support. But Hisense TVs doesn't seem to be as cheap as they were in previous years. My 55-inch Hisense U7N review unit comes in at under S$2,000, which is similar to what you'd pay for the Samsung QN90D, for example.

While I found the older U7K's app menus to look a tad overexposed, it's not the case with the newer Hisense U7N. Hisense still uses its proprietary VIDAA user interface for the U7N sold in Singapore, unlike the US version which comes with Google TV. Personally, I prefer the latter, but I must say VIDAA has improved greatly over the years — even if it seems derivative of LG's webOS interface. I have few complaints about its selection of video streaming apps. There's Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, and even Apple TV+, but still no MeWatch. The interface feels responsive, and the remote control is pretty nice, too.

Quick specs

  • 4K resolution with HDR10+ Adaptive and Dolby Vision IQ
  • 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, 2x HDMI 2.1 ports support 4K@144Hz
  • Comes in 55″(tested), 75″, and 85″ sizes
  • Supports ALLM, VRR, and eARC

Picture quality is great for a lower-end Mini-LED TV. The Hisense U7N delivers impressively dark blacks and vibrant colours. Hisense says the 55-inch model comes with 240 local dimming zones — this goes up to 512 zones for the 75″ and 85″ models. I didn't notice any significant blooming around subtitles, and just a hint around light sources in videos. HDR content look great, thanks to the screen brightness, which peaks at 1,500 nits. As a result, you'll have no problem watching shows in the day.

The screen also does a good job at handling reflections. You can still see them in a brightly-lit room, but they are less noticeable. Screen uniformity is mostly good, with barely any dirty-screen effect. However, the Hisense U7N looks washed out if you're viewing from the sides. This poor viewing angle is probably due to its use of a VA panel. There's some stuttering in videos during panning shots. Colours also looked off in games, appearing overexposed and less than vibrant. In games, there's an overlay that lets you easily adjust game settings like brightness, aspect ratio, and enabling AMD FreeSync Premium.

Hisense U7N
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In terms of features, the Hisense U7N is similar to last year's U7K. There's support for the latest HDR formats, including HDR10+ Adaptive and Dolby Vision IQ that make use of the TV's ambient light sensors. You get the same two HDMI 2.1 ports (144Hz at 4K resolution) as before. And unfortunately, one of the HDMI 2.1 ports is still the eARC port, which means that you're effectively down to one HDMI 2.1 port if you use a soundbar. And a soundbar is recommended despite the U7N boasting a subwoofer at the back of the TV. The bass just doesn't have sufficient presence, though the surround effect from the speakers is decent. Dialogue also comes across clearly without much issue.

Hisense U7N
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You should be able to fit most soundbars under the Hisense U7N. Its plastic centre stand offers a good amount of clearance, and keeps the TV stable. But you'll need sufficient table top space, though. The HDMI ports are located at the side, so it's easy to connect your cables even if you wall mount the TV. The bezels are narrow all-round, with a matte finish. The TV may be made of plastic, but the build quality is good with a solid feel.

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At around S$1,900 for my 55-inch review unit, the Hisense U7N isn't quite the steal as some other Hisense TVs. Not to mention that last year's Hisense U7K is still available, and much cheaper — I saw the 55-inch at around S$1,100 online. While the new model has a brighter screen, I think it's not that much of an upgrade in terms of features. You can probably make do with the older one if you're on a budget. The Hisense is also slightly more expensive than similar Mini-LED TVs from the likes of TCL and Prism+. In short, the Hisense U7N is merely a good option in a crowded field of Mini-LED TVs. Get it now from Shopee and Lazada.

Note: Review unit provided by Hisense.


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Verdict



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Better picture quality, but not that affordable

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