What is the Hisense M7000?
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...
Connections & Control
Features & Specs
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Hisense H65M7000 Recommended Picture Settings
Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box
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.
Picture Settings – Calibrated
Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range
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.
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
How future-proof is this TV?
|4K Ultra HD Resolution|
|Colour Space (percentage of Rec.2020 - 100% best)||67%|
|HDMI 2.0a Inputs|
|HDCP 2.2 Support|
|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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