Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR LED Android TV (50A71F) Evaluation

Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR LED Android TV (50A71F) Evaluation


I obtain a variety of requests for TV shopping for recommendation, and a big chunk of them are from folks trying to purchase a TV for lower than Rs. 30,000. Though just a few years in the past this a lot cash may need purchased you a 43-inch full-HD possibility at greatest, the final 12 months or so has seen the section develop rather more aggressive. It is now doable to purchase a good big-screen 4K HDR TV for round Rs. 30,000, with manufacturers similar to Vu, Xiaomi, Thomson, Kodak, and TCL all within the fray.

The most recent entrant into this aggressive section is Hisense, with its new vary of good televisions. Costs begin at Rs. 11,990 for a 32-inch HD mannequin, however right now we’re taking a look at one of many televisions within the A71F vary. The 50-inch Hisense 50A71F is priced at Rs. 29,990, runs Android TV 9 Pie, and contains a 4K HDR LED display screen with help for Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Atmos. It sounds fairly nice on paper, however how does the Hisense 50A71F 4K TV carry out, and is that this the most effective tv you should buy for lower than Rs. 30,000? Discover out in our assessment.

The Hisense 50A71F is the newest entrant within the aggressive inexpensive 4K TV section

 

Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR LED Android TV (50A71F) design and specs

Like most different choices within the sub-Rs. 30,000 section for televisions, the Hisense 50A71F seems to be primary, but totally useful and to-the-point, conserving the viewer’s deal with the display screen. There are slim borders throughout the display screen with a barely thicker backside, and a small module protruding from slightly below the Hisense brand for the indicator gentle, energy button, and IR receiver. Though the Hisense TV is slim on the edges, it will get significantly thicker on the center and backside, the place the bottom-firing field audio system are.

Quickly after unboxing and organising the Hisense 50A71F tv, I observed robust similarities to a different tv I just lately reviewed, the Vu Premium 4K Android TV (Evaluation). Along with the design of the TV itself and its stands, even the distant is sort of equivalent. The TV’s codename, displayed whereas organising the Google-related options, was additionally related: Hismart TV. This implies that the Vu tv may very well be a rebadged model of this Hisense mannequin, and the same specs and pricing additionally level to this being the case.

The Hisense 50A71F tv has a 50-inch Extremely-HD (3840×2160-pixel) LED display screen, with help for HDR as much as the Dolby Imaginative and prescient format. At Rs. 29,990 this is not essentially the most inexpensive TV with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, but it surely’s undoubtedly among the many extra inexpensive choices obtainable right now that help the 12-bit HDR format. There’s additionally help for Dolby Atmos audio for the tv’s 30W field audio system.

At just a bit over 10kg, the Hisense 50A71F does not weigh an excessive amount of and was fairly simple for me to wall-mount myself with commonplace VESA sockets and brackets. Attaching the desk stands can be fairly simple, though you will want a large sufficient desk to have the ability to safely place the tv on because the stands are affixed close to the corners of the TV. There are three HDMI ports (one helps HDMI ARC), two USB ports, an Ethernet port for wired Web connectivity, a 3.5mm stereo jack, an antenna socket, and an optical audio out (Toslink) port.

There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inner storage for apps and app information that you need to use by means of the Android TV interface, and the tv is powered by an unspecified quad-core processor. Curiously, 5GHz Wi-Fi can be supported on the TV for higher connectivity with suitable routers, and Bluetooth is supported for each the distant and for audio connectivity with audio system or headphones.

Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR LED Android TV (50A71F) distant and options

As talked about somewhat earlier within the assessment, the Hisense 50A71F’s distant is virtually equivalent to that of the Vu Premium 4K Android TV; the small variations embrace the plain Hisense brand on the backside, the underside row of buttons having totally different features, and a correct Disney+ Hotstar brand on the corresponding hotkey. The ability button, hotkeys, D-pad, and Android TV navigation keys are all in the identical locations.

The distant runs on AAA batteries, and feels fairly good to carry, however the lack of devoted playback keys was a minor inconvenience. The D-Pad and navigation keys are all too shut and sit flush with one another; this usually meant that I might hit the incorrect button, notably when watching TV at midnight.

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The distant has loads of hotkeys, however the buttons sit too shut to one another

 

The distant is Bluetooth-enabled and has a microphone for voice instructions. It paired simply with the TV. As soon as this was executed, I may use it for many features with out pointing it on the TV, and this additionally enabled using Google Assistant on the TV.

As with different Android TV gadgets, the Hisense 50A71F has built-in Chromecast performance, and hyperlinks with different Google-enabled good gadgets similar to IoT merchandise, good audio system, and Google Assistant on smartphones and tablets which are tied to the identical Google account. It was fairly handy to make use of my Google House speaker to manage the TV, in addition to use the TV to manage IoT home equipment similar to a sensible bulb, air air purifier, and robotic vacuum cleaner utilizing the TV’s distant.

Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR LED Android TV (50A71F) software program and interface

With no important limitations when it comes to apps, the Hisense 50A71F presents the complete, unfettered Android TV expertise. Some apps, together with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar come preinstalled, together with Google’s default built-in apps similar to YouTube and Google Play Motion pictures. You possibly can entry the Google Play Retailer to obtain any of the over 5,000 apps supported on the platform, and all those I attempted labored to their full potential in addition to that of the TV.

Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material performed fantastic on Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar had been capable of stream supported 4K and HDR content material with none bother. Google Assistant was capable of fetch content material from suitable sources as nicely. We have described the options of Android TV intimately many instances earlier than, and the Hisense 50A71F presents the identical dependable and useful expertise as we have seen on many different Android TV gadgets up to now.

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The Hisense 50A71F runs on Android TV 9 Pie, with entry to the Google Play Retailer

 

The Hisense 50A71F has a fast wake possibility, and begins up virtually immediately more often than not. When rebooting or turning it on after the primary energy has been switched off, it takes round 45 seconds to begin up. The complete Settings menu might be accessed from the Android TV house display screen, however the TV does usefully enable for some image and sound settings to be accessed even when watching content material.

Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR LED Android TV (50A71F) efficiency

Though Hisense is new to India and never lots of people learn about this model, the corporate has been within the enterprise of constructing televisions — together with white-label televisions for different manufacturers — for some time now. With the launch of televisions underneath its personal title in India, Hisense is trying to faucet into the inexpensive area, and the 50A71F is a very good begin at making inroads into the inexpensive 4K TV section.

This 50-inch mannequin has an Extremely-HD display screen with Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR help, and as anticipated, performs greatest when enjoying Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material. To be clear, that is an inexpensive LED TV and does not fairly match as much as the deep blacks and vibrant colors on supply with higher display screen expertise, however Dolby Imaginative and prescient does assist carry out the most effective within the Hisense 50A71F.

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Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material brings out the most effective within the Hisense 50A71F

 

The image was vibrant, colors seemed correct and practical, and distinction was fairly good. Vivid zones on the display screen seemed significantly brighter, notably among the daytime scenes within the second season of Umbrella Academy. A very spectacular Dolby Imaginative and prescient trick is guaranteeing that vibrant and darkish zones can coexist nicely in the identical body, and the Hisense 50A71F pulled this off capably sufficient.

The place LED TVs often falter in opposition to QLED and OLED TVs, and the place the Hisense 50A71F particularly is not excellent, is in reproducing black ranges. Blacks by no means fairly seemed black, as a substitute freely giving a touch of gray that even Dolby Imaginative and prescient’s superior encoding could not repair. Watching the Snowpiercer TV collection and Night time On Earth on Netflix — each largely set in darkish environments — was lower than very best, even for an LED TV.

With Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10 content material, colors had been additionally dealt with decently sufficient by the TV, providing an appropriate stage of accuracy. Though Dolby Imaginative and prescient undoubtedly seemed higher, HDR10 content material wasn’t too far behind in high quality. Vivid, well-lit scenes in Our Planet and The Mandalorian seemed gorgeous, however darker scenes did not look fairly as enticing as I’ve seen on premium LED TVs such because the (rather more costly) Sony X95G.

Disney+ Hotstar has slowly began rolling out 4K, HDR, and Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material in India, and I observed that Avengers: Endgame is accessible to stream with HDR10 help. It undoubtedly seemed spectacular, and was brighter and extra vibrant than I might ever seen it earlier than, however colors had been only a bit muted when in comparison with good Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material similar to The Mandalorian or something from Netflix’s large catalogue.

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Hotstar is now providing restricted content material in Dolby Imaginative and prescient together with the Mandalorian, which I used to check the Hisense 50A71F

 

There is not a variety of 4K commonplace dynamic vary content material obtainable on main streaming platforms in the intervening time, as companies at the moment are delivering an rising checklist of content material in HDR. So to check 4K at its most elementary stage, I went again to the just lately cancelled Patriot Act. Whereas good tuning can get first rate efficiency out of SDR 4K content material on the Hisense 50A71F, colors nonetheless appeared a bit odd, notably pores and skin tones which appeared to have a tinge of yellow. The TV does often get issues like sharpness and primary movement on level, though quick movement did give away some artefacts.

The overwhelming majority of streaming and DTH content material lately tops out at full-HD decision, and the Hisense 50A71F is suitably geared up to deal with this. The 50-inch display screen of this TV is neither too large nor too small for many areas. and From an inexpensive viewing distance, Trendy Household in full-HD seemed fantastic when it comes to sharpness, because of good decision upscaling. That stated, the identical issues I noticed with SDR 4K content material when it got here to colors and movement had been a bit extra evident.

Movement and artefact points had been seen, however weren’t actually a giant drawback at increased resolutions contemplating the value of the Hisense 50A71F. Nevertheless, stepping down to plain definition content material, together with animated Youtube movies and NDTV 24×7 by means of the NDTV app for Android TV, confirmed a good quantity of movement and element points. I’ve but to see an inexpensive 4K TV get this proper, and the Hisense 50A71F cannot fairly supply pretty much as good efficiency with SD video because it does with top-quality streaming content material.

Though the sound high quality of the Hisense 50A71F is not distinctive, it is undoubtedly workable for on a regular basis use. The 30W field speaker system can get fairly loud when it must, and the tuning is about to make sure that every part might be heard clearly. Voices are clear, and music and background scores are detailed sufficient. Sound results can generally be a bit boomy and loud, notably in motion scenes, forcing you to cut back the quantity a bit. Nevertheless, for essentially the most half, this TV will get sound correct.

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With SDR content material, pores and skin tones appeared a bit yellow, and artefacts had been usually seen with fast movement

 

Verdict

Though there are a lot of large manufacturers working within the inexpensive tv area, solely a handful supply premium options similar to 4K screens and HDR help for lower than Rs. 30,000. Many such fashions haven’t been obtainable persistently over the previous few months, so Hisense’s arrival in India is an effective factor for patrons. The Hisense 50A71F is a good tv for the Rs. 30,000 asking value, providing Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR, acceptable image and sound high quality, and a dependable and unrestricted good TV expertise. When you’ve got entry to good streaming content material, you will be proud of what this TV has to supply.

Color efficiency with commonplace dynamic vary content material is lower than very best, there are movement points seen throughout resolutions, and commonplace definition content material merely doesn’t look good on the Hisense 50A71F, however these are points we have seen on most televisions on this value section with related options and specs. It is from the image high quality we have seen on costlier choices such because the OnePlus TV U collection or TCL C715, however the Hisense 50A71F is significantly extra inexpensive, and presents sufficient to justify that value.


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