Hisense is making its way into the European market by brandishing the global quality of its televisions. And there is no doubt that it is the most effective strategy . During the last few years I have had the opportunity to analyze in depth several proposals of this brand, but among all of them I clearly remember how much I liked their OLED O8B model for its exceptional price/performance ratio.
The television with an organic panel that stars in this analysis is a device with a very evident premium vocation. In fact, due to its global features and its price, it dares to compete with two series so appreciated by enthusiasts such as the C families from LG and the A75 from Sony. It will not be easy at all, although we anticipate that this A85H has assets that are worth not overlooking. This is how the last of Hisense spends them.
Hisense OLED 4K A85H: technical specifications
|panel||65-inch 4K UHD OLED 10-bit 120Hz 16:9 aspect ratio|
|resolution||3840 x 2160 dots|
|hdr||Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10 y HLG|
|native contrast||150 000:1|
|typical brightness||135 nits|
|maximum brightness||800 nits|
|response time||3 ms|
|processor||Quad-core MediaTek MT9900|
|sound||4 x 10 watts and 2 x 10 watts
Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual X processing
|operating system||VIDAA U6.0|
|connectivity||2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x CI+ ECP, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x entrada audio, 1 x minijack de 3,5 mm, 2 x RF, 1 x AV y 1 x RJ-45|
|wireless connectivity||Wi-Fi 6
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|typical consumption||110 watts|
|energy label||Class G|
|dimensions||1449 × 291 × 871 mm (with the base)|
|weight||29 kg (with the base)|
Both its design and its finish are decidedly premium
Hisense has taken great care during the set-up of this television. Its design is at the same level as that proposed by other brands that also include devices equipped with an OLED panel in their portfolio. In fact, the self-emissive nature of organic matrices allows TV manufacturers to deliver more stylish proposals than those that resort to LCD panels, which inevitably must work hand in hand with an LED or mini-LED backlight matrix.
In the following photograph we can see that the frames of this television are thin enough not to clash with a next-generation proposal. In the quality of its central base we will investigate in a few minutes, but go ahead that its design is unusually stylized and its moderate size makes it very little intrusive . Plus, it’s a piece of cake to install, so even less experienced users won’t have any trouble getting it correctly in place.
The organic matrix that this television gives us is a W-OLED ( White-OLED ) panel made by LG, although I am reasonably sure that it is not a third-generation unit belonging to the ‘evo’ series. If it were, its maximum brightness delivery capacity should be close to 900, or even 1000 nits. And, according to Hisense, this television gives us 800 nits , a figure that, on the other hand, is not, but not bad. Later, in the section where we will test its quality of . The top half is very thin because the panel is essentially exposed, so the processing logic and connectors reside in the polycarbonate enclosure housed in the bottom half.
An important point that we are interested in not overlooking: only two of the four HDMI inputs that this A85H incorporates implement the 2.1 standard. And it’s a pity. Ideally it should give us four HDMI 2.1 connectors, and I suspect this limitation is linked to MediaTek’s MT9900 processor that Hisense has opted for. It is about time that all brands offer us HDMI 2.1 connectivity at all inputs , at least on their high-end and premium televisions.
VIDAA has improved a lot, although what we have fallen in love with is its remote control
The operating system that this television offers us is an old acquaintance. I have tested it on other models of this brand, and it is up to what users can demand from a state-of-the-art television. In fact, its latest revision, U6.0, gives us an experience similar to the one offered by the latest iteration of the Google TV platform. In my opinion, TV operating systems are becoming more alike , and this trend is not necessarily negative.
All brands are incorporating into their software design decisions that work well in competing models, which inevitably causes some interfaces to have a similar aesthetic style. On the other hand, when it comes to its performance I have nothing to object to. During my tests there have been occasional slowdowns when scrolling through the interface or when starting the app of a streaming video service , but in general VIDAA responds quickly .
Now we come to a particularly delicate feature: the calibration that Hisense offers us from the factory. Over the past two years, all brands have been taking great care in fine-tuning their high-end televisions, and this Chinese manufacturer is no exception. This A85H performs very well in most of the preset modes, although, yes, it is not as well calibrated as the premium televisions from Sony and Panasonic, which in this league are still intractable.
It performs very well in preset modes, although it’s not as well calibrated as premium TVs from Sony and Panasonic
Of course, Hisense puts in our hands all the parameters that we need to manipulate to get the most out of the OLED matrix of this television, although the ideal thing if we want to take full advantage of the capabilities of its panel is to adjust it using a probe and professional calibration software .
A note before going any further: one of the procedures that I use to review the colorimetry that televisions propose to us consists of taking the screen of an iPhone 13 Pro Max as a reference, whose OLED panel reaches our hands calibrated with Delta-E precision. <= 1 .
Some users overlook it, but the remote control of our television conditions our experience in a quite profound way. The one that Hisense gives us along with this A85H is made of polycarbonate, as usual (few high-end televisions incorporate metal controls), but, yes, it is very solid .
However, what I have loved is that it incorporates no less than 12 direct access buttons to some of the most used apps. So far I have not tested any remote control that rivals this device in this area, so I was pleasantly surprised.
A purebred OLED that performs (almost) like a state-of-the-art OLED
To test the quality of , ‘Arrival’, ‘Interstellar’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ or ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, among others. I also used content from Netflix and YouTube that I know very well.
To play these movies I used an OPPO UDP-205 reader , a device that is already discontinued, but which continues to stand out due to the high quality of its transport mechanics and its audio and video processing logic.
The photograph that you can see below these lines was taken using a digital microscope, and shows the WRGB sub-pixel matrix that makes up the OLED panel. Unlike LCD panel TVs, devices with organic diodes have a high capacity for light dispersion, so they do not require an additional dispersion sheet to be placed on top of the panel to offer us very wide viewing angles.
I suggest that we begin by investigating one of the strengths of this television: its processing that are the images of some episodes of ‘The House of the Dragon’, so I have not resisted subjecting this OLED device to this test. And it has passed it with a good note because its processing that is currently relevant: Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG. Samsung, LG and Sony should take good note and follow the footsteps on this path not only of Hisense, but also of Panasonic, Philips and TCL, which offer us complete coverage of the main high dynamic range formats.
A few paragraphs above I have mentioned that the maximum brightness delivery capacity of this television in a limited region of the organic panel is close to 800 nits , which places it one step behind in this area of the latest batch televisions that are committed to a 3rd generation W-OLED organic matrix or QD-OLED.
Does this feature significantly limit your performance with HDR content? No, he does not do it. It doesn’t have a stunning level of brightness, but it resolves the highlight regions (the brightest ones) with a very convincing intensity and level of detail .
Another point in favor of the OLED panel of this television: I have dedicated several hours to the analysis of its organic matrix and I have not perceived the slightest alteration in uniformity. Not even when playing frames in which the gray color predominates. In addition, the logic that is responsible for adjusting and limiting the brightness level to prevent panel marking resolves the transition between frames with different brightness levels smoothly, and not aggressively. I have no objections in this area either.
The following photo was intentionally taken in the dark to test the anti-glare coverage of this television, and it turned out well. It doesn’t attenuate high-intensity flashes as effectively as LG’s C2 or Samsung’s S95B, which are two of the latest organic-panel TVs I’ve reviewed, but enough so that when it does occur, it barely interferes with our view. experience and do not noticeably degrade the quality of already several titles that are very sensitive to latency, such as ‘Mortal Kombat X’, ‘Forza Horizon 4’, ‘Gears 5’ and ‘Ori and the Will of the Wisps’.
With video games this television looks luxurious. It is a pure strain OLED, and it does not hide it
With video games this television looks luxurious. As expected, its OLED panel delivers detailed images, with very deep blacks, reasonably saturated colorimetry, and a brightness level that makes HDR10 games look great .
Of course, as I mentioned a few paragraphs above, it is important that gamers keep in mind that only HDMI 3 and 4 connectors implement the full 2.1 standard, so they are the only inputs that allow us to transport 2160p video signals at 120 Hz, and also those proposed by the VRR and ALLM technologies .
In addition to being compatible with the adaptive refresh linked to the HDMI 2.1 standard, this television implements AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro technology . It’s a shame it doesn’t also support variable timing via NVIDIA’s G-SYNC, because if it did, it would have given us support of this feature second to none.
On the other hand, during my tests the latency has oscillated at all resolutions between 18 and 20 ms , a very good figure, which, however, does not match the performance of some of its rivals, such as the C1 and C2 from LG, which give us a latency of about 10 to 12 ms. As far as the response time of the panel is concerned, I have nothing to object to. Hisense promises us 3 ms, a value consistent with the response that OLED panels usually give us.
It sounds like a premium TV should sound. And it’s not as often as it should be
The sound of this television has pleasantly surprised me. A matrix of six loudspeakers driven by as many amplifiers that work in class D and are capable of delivering a power of 10 watts each is responsible for solving it. Also, its processing logic allows it to deal with Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual X content , so I have no quibbles so far.
Its processing logic allows it to deal with Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual X content
In any case, the really important thing is that it sounds great. In fact, in this area it has nothing to envy to models of the same level from brands such as LG or Samsung. Its sound is dynamic, the voices are clearly separated from the rest of the audible frequency spectrum and it manages to deliver a considerable sound pressure level before the distortion begins to bother us, something that happens when we go beyond 75% of the maximum volume.
Its Achilles heel is the same one that most televisions currently suffer from: its low end is not bad, but it does not have the extension or the punch that some movies require for our experience to be impressive. Of course, to improve its sound it is not enough to bet on a basic bar because it will not contribute anything to what this television already gives us; The ideal is to resort to a high-end sound bar, or, better yet, and QD-OLED, but its maximum 800 nits are not bad at all. Of course, it only has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, and not four, and its latency with video games, although it is moderate, is not as low as that of some Samsung and LG televisions. In any case, this A85H is a very balanced television, so it is worth considering if it comes within range at an attractive price.