You won't find better for the price
What is the Hisense M7000?The Hisense M7000 is the company's latest high-end edge-lit Ultra HD 4K LED TV. It forms part of what Hisense refer to as their ULED range of TVs and as such it incorporates all the most recent developments such as a wider colour gamut and high dynamic range. When we reviewed the 65XT910 last year it showed promise, although it did have a few accuracy issues and the design felt too derivative of Samsung. The lower-end H65M5500 that we reviewed recently impressed with an attractive design, excellent build quality and improved image accuracy but it did suffer from an uneven backlight. If the M7000 can build on the improvements Hisense made with the M5500, then the new model could be a real contender.
The M7000 comes in two screen sizes, the 55-inch H55M7000 and the 65-inch H65M7000, and both models have an tempting list price of £899 and £1,249 respectively. We're reviewing the larger H65M7000 and despite the already cheap list price for a 65-inch 4K HDR TV, if you shop around you can probably pick it up for even less. Along with the features already mentioned, the M7000 also includes local dimming, a Smart TV platform, superior sound and an impressive level of build quality with an attractive brushed metal finish. That's a lot of TV for £1,249, so if the M7000 can build on the success of the M5500 then Hisense could have a winner on their hands. Let's find out...
DesignDespite the M7000's apparent budget price, there's nothing budget about the build quality. This is a nicely designed and extremely well made TV that would put many of the more established brands to shame. The M7000 uses a flat panel with a 1cm wide chamfered silver brushed metal bezel around the top and sides of the screen. The outer edge uses the same silver brushed metal finish and the overall effect is both minimalist and attractive, with a contemporary styling.
This bezel is 2cm wide at the bottom and in the middle there is an illuminated Hisense logo, although this can be turned off if you prefer. The stand is composed of two feet, one at either end, which means you'll need a surface that's at least 122cm wide on which to position the M7000. With the feet attached there is 7.5cm of clearance, so bear that in mind if you plan on using a soundbar. The feet provided solid support but if you would rather use a wall bracket, there are VESA 400 x 400 mounts for that purpose.
The silver brushed metal finish extends to the rear of the panel and once again the feeling is of an extremely well engineered design. The panel is 2cm deep at the top but this widens out to 6cm at the bottom where the speakers, electronics and connections are housed. The overall dimensions are 1452 x 895 x 314mm with the stand attached and 1452 x 835 x 61mm without the stand, whilst the M7000 weighs in at 32.8kg.
The M7000 is attractively designed and very well built, with a lovely brushed metal finish
Connections & ControlAll the connections are at the rear left of the panel as you face the screen. There's a combination of rearwards and sideways facing connections, with those at the side measuring 29cm from the edge. The rearwards facing connections are comprised of two HDMI 2.0a inputs (4K/60p, HDR and HDCP 2.2), a composite video input, a component video input, a SCART connector, a stereo analogue input, an optical digital output and a LAN port, although there is also built-in WiFi. The sideways facing connections are composed of two HDMI 1.4 inputs (4K/30p and HDCP 1.4), one of which supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) and one of which supports MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). There are also three USB ports (two 2.0 and one 3.0), a Freeview HD tuner, a satellite tuner (not Freesat), a headphone jack and a CI (Common Interface) slot. On the right hand side as you face the screen, you'll find the connection for a detachable two-pin power cable.
The M7000 comes with the same remote control that was included with the M5500. This is good news as we really like design of the Hisense remote, it's a simple but effective black plastic controller. It is well made and large enough to make the buttons easy to read but also fits comfortably in your hand, with the keys all within reach of your thumb. The controls are sensibly laid out with the navigation buttons in the centre, the numbers above and home, volume and channels buttons beneath. There are also keys for using the media player and direct access buttons for Netflix, YouTube and Wuaki TV.
There are plenty of connections and a well designed remote that is comfortable to hold
Features & SpecsIn much the same way as the design and build quality of the H65M7000 would suggest a much more expensive TV than it actually is, the same is also true when it comes to the features and specifications. The TV uses a 65-inch Ultra HD 4K flat screen VA panel with 4K upscaling for lower resolution sources, a wider colour gamut (WCG) and support High Dynamic Range (HDR). There is also local dimming, along with two HDMI 2.0a inputs and the M7000 can decode both the HEVC and VP9 codecs. The Hisense is also PVR ready and includes Anyview Cast and Anyview Stream for easy access to content such as photos, music and videos on smartphones, tablets and home networks. Whilst on the audio side there's dbx-tv’s Total Technology audio enhancements, which include Total Sonics for clarity and dynamic bass boost, Total Volume for consistent, level volume and Total Surround for a wider sound field.
The Hisense Smart TV is fairly basic, especially when compared to much of the competition, but it includes all the main things you'll need and it's easy to navigate and use. When you press the Home button on the remote, you are presented with five options along the left hand side of the screen which you can then go down through. As you go down through each option there are further choices across the page which you can them go through by moving right. The first option is Premium, which includes 4K Netflix, 4K Amazon and 4K YouTube, as well as Wuaki TV and BBC iPlayer. The next option is My Apps which is the app store and here you'll find some useful apps like Plex. Then there's the Media Player, then a Recommendation feature and finally the Input selection. The H65M7000 includes quad core processing and we found the smart platform to be both effective and responsive, as well as intuitive to use.
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Hisense H65M7000 Recommended Picture Settings
Picture Settings – Out-of-the-BoxThe Hisense menu system is relatively simple and intuitive to follow, which means setting the M7000 up correctly is quite straightforward. You access the menu system by pressing the settings button on the remote control and then going down to All Settings. Although the most recently visited settings are also shown, so you can use this as a short cut if you're going back to a recently accessed setting.
As is usually the case with any TV, the Cinema Picture Mode is the most accurate choice out-of-the-box. By selecting Cinema the TV will already be using the settings that best approximates the industry standards (D65, Rec. 709) and it will have turned the majority of the processing off. You'll need to set the Backlight, Contrast and Brightness controls to suit your environment and turn off a few of the special features but selecting the Cinema Picture Mode will certainly get you in the ball park.
As always, all our measurements were taken with a Klein K-10A colour meter, a Murideo Fresco Six-G pattern generator and CalMAN Ultimate calibration software.
You will find our recommended settings for the H65M7000 in the video above and for more information on how to correctly set up your TV, take a look at our PicturePerfect Guide.
The out-of-the-box performance of the M7000 was reasonable, although not as good as the M5500. Unlike the cheaper model, which had an excess of blue in the greyscale, the M7000 had an excess of red and a deficit of blue and as a result there was a yellow tinge to the whites. Although the errors weren't huge, they were noticeable on occasion but, since there is a two and a ten point white balance control, the greyscale should be easy to correct. The gamma was more of an issue and with no gamma selection or controls available, there was little we could do about the dip at the higher end of the scale. The good news is that the heightened brightness this resulted in didn't appear to have a detrimental affect on the image but we would like to see Hisense improve the gamma performance on some of their TVs.The errors in the greyscale were clearly skewing white towards yellow and this in turn was moving the colours away from their targets. However the primary and secondary colours were tracking their saturation points quite well, so once the greyscale has been calibrated we would expect the colour accuracy to improve considerably. The M7000 includes a colour management system, so we should also be able to fine tune the accuracy further after calibrating the greyscale.
Picture Settings – CalibratedAs mentioned in the previous section, the M7000 includes a two and a ten point white balance control, along with a colour management system (CMS). So we will begin this part of the review by adjusting with the two point and then fine tuning with the ten point white balance control before using the CMS.We found that by simply bringing blue up and red down at 80IRE we already had a very accurate greyscale but we also fine tuned a few points to ensure equal amounts of red, green and blue and an even transition from black to white. There was still nothing we could do about the gamma but the error at 90IRE was below three. All the other errors were below two and most were below one.After calibrating the greyscale the colour of white was now hitting its target of D65 precisely (that's the square in the centre of the triangle) and as a result all the colours were now falling in line with their targets. We used the CMS where we could to fine tune the colour accuracy but overall the M7000 was hitting the industry standard of Rec. 709 (that's the triangle within the horse shoe shape) very accurately. There was a slight over-saturation of green at 100% and an under-saturation of red at 75% but overall this was a great performance and the luminance, not shown on this graph, was also excellent.
The colour accuracy is good with both standard and high dynamic range content
Picture Settings – High Dynamic RangeThe test results when it came to High Dynamic Range (HDR) were a bit of a mixed bag, with the M7000 delivering a great performance in some aspects but not so much in others. The TV does include two HDMI 2.0a inputs and it automatically switches into its HDR mode when it detects an HDR signal. However there is no message to tell you this, aside from the increase in brightness, so you need to go into the menu system to check.The M7000 rolled off against the PQ EOTF very quickly, which essentially means that it can't reach 1,000 nits of peak brightness. This was confirmed when testing the peak brightness with a 10% window, which we measured at just under 300 nits. That's certainly a long way off the best HDR TVs but double what we were measuring on the M5500. The greyscale was quite good however, except at 50 and 60IRE where the roll off was largest.The M7000 supports Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and we measured the native colour gamut at 67% of Rec. 2020 which is pretty good and certainly wider than the M5500. What was particularly pleasing to see was that the M7000 actually tracked the saturation points for Rec. 2020 reasonably closely, within the limitations of the native colour gamut itself. In fact the accuracy of the colour tracking was better than many other far more expensive TVs that we've reviewed this year.
This colour accuracy also extended to DCI-P3 within Rec. 2020 and if you look at the graph above you'll see that the tracking is again very good, within the overall limitations of the native colour gamut of the M7000. In terms of its coverage of DCI-P3, we measured the M7000 at 82% using 'xy' coordinates and 90% using 'uv'. Whilst there are certainly TVs that can measure a wider coverage, very few have managed to track with a similar level of accuracy. When we reviewed the XT910 last year it struggled with colour accuracy, so we're very pleased to see that Hisense have made such significant improvements to both the SDR and HDR performance.
The excellent picture gets the fundamentals right whilst embracing the new standards
Picture QualityThe M7000 really impressed in our picture quality tests because first and foremost it got the fundamentals right. If we had one criticism of the XT910 last year it was that it failed to deliver a basic level of accuracy against the industry standards, especially when it came to colours. Hisense have clearly been listening to feedback and both the M5500 and the M7000 delivered much better levels of accuracy in terms of the greyscale and the colour gamut. The gamma can still use some work but overall the M7000 was capable of delivering a great picture.
The black level was particularly impressive, measuring 0.02 nits with the local dimming off. That's an incredibly low native black level, even for a VA panel, but the measurement dropped to 0.006 nits with the local dimming engaged. The panel could easily hit our standard dynamic range target of 120 nits, which results in an on/off contrast ratio of 6000:1, whilst the ANSI contrast ratio was a very decent 2395:1. The backlight uniformity was also excellent and although there was a slight increase in brightness in one of the corners, overall it was an impressive performance for an edge lit TV. The panel was also free of banding and dirty screen effect, so overall we were very pleased with the M7000's performance in this area. The off-axis performance was about average for a VA panel, which essentially means if you are at more than 30 degrees either side of centre you will start to see a drop off in the contrast performance and the same is true if looking at the panel from above or below.
The local dimming wasn't quite as sophisticated as some other manufacturers and it was decidedly subtle at times, often not appearing that obvious. However it did add to the perceived black levels, especially when watching at night, and did improve the dynamic range without introducing unwanted artefacts. The local dimming only has one setting, it's either on or off, but alternating between the two settings revealed that it wasn't crushing shadow detail in classic scenes like Voldemort's army amassing over Hogwarts in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The local dimming also handled difficult scenes such as Sandra Bullock's character cartwheeling off into space in Gravity. Since the native blacks are already very good, some people might prefer to just leave the local dimming off but if you do decide to use it then the feature will be able to enhance your enjoyment of the M7000.
The motion handling on the M7000 was generally very good for an LCD TV and it delivered around 300 lines of motion resolution on our benchmark test. If you engage the frame interpolation feature this will improve to the full 1080 but film content will immediately start to look more like video. So we wouldn't use the frame interpolation with film-based content but feel free to experiment with it when watching sports and other content that involves fast motion or was shot on video cameras. It's mainly with films or dramas that are trying to create a film-like quality where you need to avoid the frame interpolation feature.
Although standard definition content forms very little of our day-to-day viewing, it is still important that a TV can deinterlace and upscale this content effectively. The M7000 proved to be very effective in this area, with its excellent greyscale and colour gamut performance providing a solid backbone and the equally impressive video processing making the lower resolution content look as good as possible on the Ultra HD 4K panel. Naturally on a 65-inch screen size the more compressed channels will look fairly poor but there isn't much the M7000 can do about that, although with a well encoded DVD the full potential of standard definition was apparent and the results were surprisingly watchable.
Once we moved on to high definition TV broadcasts, the performance obviously jumped up a notch and the results were frequently very impressive. When it came to the better HD broadcasters the M7000 deinterlaced and scaled the content very effectively and the results often looked excellent, with Planet Earth II and Masterchef: The Professionals both looking particularly good. All the positive attributes we mentioned for standard definition content equally apply to high definition and the colours were also suitably natural. When we moved on to Blu-ray the performance got even better and current reference discs like The Jungle Book looked stunning, as did older favourites like Jurassic World and Tomorrowland. The M7000 had no problems with 24p content and overall the Hisense gave a good account of itself when it came to high definition content.
When it came to HDR, despite the lower peak brightness the M7000 was still capable of delivering a very watchable HDR experience. Ultra HD Blu-rays such as Star Trek Beyond and Independence Day: Resurgence looked marvellous, whilst the larger screen size allowed the Hisense to take full advantage of the increase in resolution with native 4K discs like The Revenant and Lucy. The HDR certainly added to the experience, with the wider gamut and impressive accuracy delivering a more realistic set of colours. Although the peak brightness of 300 nits meant the TV couldn't deliver the same impact as one that could reach 1,000 nits, it did mean that the image was less likely to suffer from bright edges or haloing when compared to much brighter edge-lit LCD TVs. The M7000 could correctly map content graded at 1,000 nits but unsurprisingly content at 4,000 nits or higher was clipped. This was easily demonstrated with the 'arriving at Neverland scene' in Pan, which was graded at 4,000nits, where the sun setting behind the mountain wasn't clearly defined. However the M7000 was capable of delivering an enjoyable HDR experience and given its price it would certainly make a sensible first step in the brave new world of high dynamic range.
The sound was impressive and a 38ms input lag should be low enough for most gamers
Sound QualityThe audio performance of the M7000 was extremely good for a modern TV and there's no doubt that the larger screen size and better build quality are factors in this. The larger panel obviously allows for far more stereo separation than with a smaller TV and the wider depth at the bottom of the panel allows Hisense to include some reasonably large speakers. The result is a decent level of sound quality with a solid mid-range and well delivered higher-end. The M7000 includes 30W of built-in amplification, meaning it can go quite loud without distorting and whilst the bass is obviously limited, it will be enough for most normal TV viewing. It won't deliver the kind of immersive experience that a genuine surround sound system can, or even the bass performance of a decent soundbar and subwoofer combination, but it can produce an open front soundstage with clear dialogue and nicely rendered music and effects. So if you watching the news or a nature documentary the M7000 has you covered.
Hisense include dbx-tv’s Total Technology audio enhancements, which are designed to create a better performance from the speakers in the TV. The technology features Total Sonics for clarity and dynamic bass boost, Total Volume for consistent, level volume and Total Surround for a wider sound field. We generally found that we preferred not to use these features, opting for the Music sound mode instead but they are certainly worthy of experimentation. As well as Music there are a number of other sound modes as well, along with the option of outputting digital audio as PCM or bitstream, audio delay, lip sync and features for the visually impaired. Ultimately the H65M7000 produced an impressive level of audio performance and whilst we would still recommend an outboard audio solution to deliver a big sound to go with the big picture, the reality is that the sound quality is another example of how the Hisense offers great performance and value for the money.
Hisense H65M7000 Video Review
Input LagThe M7000 delivered an input lag of 38ms in the Game mode which, whilst not as low as some manufacturers this year, is still a good number and low enough to keep all but the most fanatical gamers happy. The dedicated Game mode turns off the majority of features but you can still use the local dimming, which didn't affect the input lag. We found gaming on the Hisense to be very enjoyable and a session of Star Wars: Battlefront was great fun, with an experience that was involving and responsive, whilst the larger screen size increased the sense of immersion. Unfortunately there is no separate game mode for HDR gaming, you have to use the normal HDR mode which means that the input lag will increase to 54ms in these circumstances.
How future-proof is this TV?
4K Ultra HD Resolution HDR Support Colour Space (percentage of Rec.2020 - 100% best) 67% 10-bit Panel HDMI 2.0a Inputs HDCP 2.2 Support HEVC Decoding 4K Streaming Services Smart TV Platform Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10) 7 What do these mean?
- Great black levels and contrast ratios
- Uniform backlight
- Impressive greyscale and colour accuracy
- Good video processing
- Decent set of features
- Excellent build quality
- Amazing price
- Gamma needs work
- HDR performance limited
Hisense H65M7000 UHD 4K TV Review
Should I buy one?
The Hisense H65M7000 is a great TV that offers a genuinely unbeatable combination of build quality, features, performance and price. Despite its relatively low cost the M7000 is extremely well made, with a largely metal construction, a minimalist design and an attractive silver brushed metal finish. The TV sits on a wide stand that uses two feet, although if that causes issues when it comes to installing the Hisense, there's also the option of wall mounting. The connections are plentiful with four HDMI inputs, two of which are HDMI 2.0a with support for 4K/60p, HDR and HDCP 2.2. The provided remote control is well designed, comfortable to hold and easy to use with one hand. The menu system is also intuitive in its layout, whilst the simple Smart TV platform contains the main apps that you'll need and is also responsive thanks to quad core processing. The sound quality is surprisingly good for a modern TV and the input lag is 38ms in Game mode, although for HDR games that increases to 54ms.
The picture quality on the M7000 was very good, with an even backlight and excellent black levels for an LCD panel that delivered impressive contrast ratio numbers. The out-of-the-box accuracy could have been better but was excellent after calibration, with only the gamma proving difficult to set correctly. The upscaling, motion handling and video processing were all very good and whilst the local dimming was rather subtle it did enhance the picture to a degree. All these factors combined to deliver a very watchable image with standard dynamic range content, although naturally the better the source the better the results. The M7000 proved to be equally as adept when it came to high dynamic range content and although it lacked the peak brightness of some of the competition, the increased resolution and surprisingly accurate colour performance resulted in an enjoyable HDR experience. Overall the Hisense H65M7000 is an impressive all-rounder at a bargain price, making it an obvious winner of a Best Buy award.
What are my alternatives?
At this price point there really is nothing else that comes close to the M7000 in terms of build quality, features, performance and price. The most obvious alternative is the Samsung KS7000, another recent Best Buy badge winner but even then you'll be paying £1,599 for the 65-inch model. The Samsung does have a more comprehensive smart platform, a lower input lag, better local dimming and is a superior performer with HDR but the Hisense has the edge in terms of build and sound quality. Whether you feel the UE65KS7000 justifies the additional cost is a matter of personal preference but there's no denying that no other manufacturer currently offers the same level of performance and value as Hisense.
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