VIDAA U 2.5 interface
It is a proprietary interface and is easy to use. It covers notifications, apps, live TV, inputs, media, and settings.
Installed apps include Netflix, Stan, Youtube, SBS on Demand, and others. A third-party app store called Vewd is used.
A USB mouse and keyboard will plug into the TV or use Logitech’s excellent K830 TV integrated trackpad and keyboard. It will help enormously in the internet browser and passwords.
RemoteNOW is the Hisense app on iOS or Android that uses Wi-Fi (the TV does not have Bluetooth) to control any 2018 P5-9 series TV.
In it can change channels, adjust volume, launch apps, adjust settings and use the smartphone screen keyboard to enter text.
I found it intutive and easy to use. It was quite quick, more than the IR remote.
The remote is a tad old-fashioned – lots of buttons
The image tells it all. The high-end trend is less-is-more.
GadgetGuy’s take – Hisense makes sense
There is nothing I can say if you are a brand snob. Go on buy a well-known brand, have a Sonos sound system and peer through you Ray Bans as you drive your Beamer convertible. Hisense makes no sense to you.
But for Joe and Jane Average Hisense series 8 or 9 (both Quantum Dot LED panels) makes sense (or is that cents). It is what they should aspire to. We will be reviewing the 8-series soon.
Would I buy one?
Last year I purchased the top-of-the-range 65” LG, E7 OLED (damn the new 2018 E8 replaces it) and LG’s SJ9 Dolby Atmos 500W Soundbar. I also own the top-of-the-range Sony 55” X9300E full backlit LED (ditto 2018 X9F series). Not to leave out Samsung QLED or Pansonic but I don’t need any more TVs yet!
I have both types to use as reference points for the best of the best, at least in 2017. Let’s just say I know TVs.
Picture-wise the Hisense series 9 is up there with the Sony LED/LCD and that is saying something.
So if I wanted the best performance for my dollar,s Hisense would be my choice.
- Well made
- Backlit series 9 panel is outstanding
- 200Hz refresh for smooth motion
- Colour is natural and wide colour gamut for 10-bit colour is excellent
- HDR is good, not great
- VIDAA U 2.5 interface is competent, but RemoteNOW smartphone app did not work
- Should last ten years or more
- Speaker system is good but buy a sound bar
- Limited apps for it
- RemoteNOW app did not work
- Old fashioned remote
- Would have liked to see Bluetooth and Chromecast as well
It is a little tricky to rate when compared to top-end, brand name, TVs. It provides all of the necessary features, it is well built and provides great value.
- Overall: 4.3 out of 5
- Features: 4 out of 5 – missing Bluetooth and Chromecast
- Value for Money: 5 out of 5 – Good value in this segment but shop around
- Performance: 4.5 out of 5 – the panel is top-rate
- Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – VIDAA does as promised, but other TV OS are more polished
- Design: 4 out of 5 – nice but not sexy
Price (2018 TVs are P-series)