The stand is in two parts – a curved front bar and rear perspex support. You will need at least a 35cm deep shelf. If you get a soundbar as well, you will need even more depth. Although the JBL 5.1 fitted inside the curved bar.
While it has a respectable 89° horizontal/vertical viewing angle, you need to place it at a suitable height matching where your eyes are centred. So, sit on the couch, measure the distance from the floor to your eyes and that is where the middle of the screen must be.
Mount it too high or low, and you get off-angle issues such as loss of brightness or out of focus image. Its mounting requirements are no more onerous than any other 4K, LED/LCD set. OLED is a little more flexible in placement height.
I recommend wall mounting but make sure you have some form of cable management system because you will need a power cable, up to four HDMI cables etc. Cables running up the wall can look ugly.
It’s best to have at least three metres viewing distance. I recommend a little more depth especially if you like to slouch into the couch. We are reviewing a 75-inch soon – going to need a bigger boardroom.
The rear of the screen contains six backfiring speakers and these need to ‘bounce’ off a wall for best results.
How is the picture?
First a warning. All brands of TVs in the store use ‘store’ mode. This oversaturates colours and drives brightness at 100+%. Yes, the TV can achieve these levels, but it is not what you want at home. Hisense at least allows you to switch on (or off) ‘store demo’ mode if you really want to.
Second, GadgetGuy avoids comparisons to other brands because colour perception is a personal thing.
GadgetGuy uses factory reset mode (standard) and looks for
- Accurate colours. This provides accurate, realistic colours.
- Overall colour uniformity: RGB colour bar full-screen testing shows 100% uniformity
- Brightness uniformity: 100% white testing shows no dull areas. 100% black showed no shiny areas. Brightness is claimed to be 2500 nit peak
- Contrast capabilities: We could not test this
- Clarity/crispness: Standard mode is crisp with no jaggies
- HDR effect (HDR, HDR 10, Dolby Vision): HRD10 is effective. When disabled the difference in detail is enormous. It does not have Dolby Vision
- Backlight bleed: It exhibits no backlight bleed at the edges or between zones
- Black levels: It achieved 92% black which is better than most typical panels. Blacks here were deep but not inky black like OLED
- Reflectivity: The panel has a reasonable degree of reflectivity so ensure strong light sources like windows have light control.
- And (if they have it), the uniformity of local dimming: Perfect
This panel rates close to a ten-out-of-ten
There are five types of picture modes, Standard, Natural, Cinema, Dynamic, and Football.
Also adjustable is backlight, brightness, contrast, colour saturation, colour temperature, black level, sharpness and tint.
In all tests, viewers preferred the dynamic mode preset as it presented the more vivid colours. Cinema was the more accurate colour. Use the presets instead of playing with colour setups.