The Hisense H8G Quantum is part of a new breed of televisions coming from China that blow competing brands’ pricing models out of the water. At $700, the 65-inch H8G Quantum looks like an almost ridiculously good value. But what about that picture quality? Most recently, the Hisense H8F worked well in bright rooms but lacked the deep black levels and vivid color I got from the TCL 6-series for the same price. Its operating system was also lethargic and frustrating to deal with.
Going into this H8G Quantum review, I was hopeful the addition of quantum dots, a more advanced backlighting system, and Android TV might take the H8G Quantum from good to great.
Like most TVs today, the TV’s stand is comprised of two blade-style feet. Unlike many TVs that provide one set of feet locations situated at the far ends of the TV, the H8G Quantum has a narrow placement option as well. If you go with the narrower set, the footprint is about 36 inches wide and 9.7 inches front to back. The wider stance, which provides more stability and, frankly looks better, is just shy of 44 inches wide.
The H8G Quantum offers four HDMI 2.0 inputs, with one supporting ARC, but there’s no eARC support. There’s also no support for variable refresh rate (VRR) or Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), both of which are features that gamers should be on the lookout with next-gen consoles coming later this year.
If you’ve got older video components, there is a composite video input next to a pair of analog audio inputs, with all three RCA connections built into the back of the TV. There is no need for a breakout cable, and no support for component video connections, though the need for those is rapidly dying.
Under the hood, the H8G Quantum has a VA-type LCD panel with a full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight system. The combination of these two should help the TV achieve deeper black levels and minimize halo effect, which produces rings of light around bright objects on a dark background.
The H8G Quantum I received is also capable of impressive brightness. This is where I began to suspect the TV I had received may be performing better than what is expected for this model. By Hisense’s own claims, this TV should put out a maximum of 700 nits of peak brightness.
The Hisense H8G is an impressive TV, especially for the price. With sizes ranging from 50 TO 75 inches and prices ranging from $380 to $1300, the H8G Quantum line has a model that should suit the needs of a wide range of TV shoppers, particularly those who want premium picture quality in a budget-friendly set.