What is the Hisense NU8700?
Connections & Control
Features & Specs
Hisense's new VIDAA Smart TV platform is reasonably responsive in operation thanks to quad core processing and, although it is fairly basic, the system is intuitive to use and easy to navigate. There's a launcher bar along the centre of the screen with options for Notifications, Apps, Inputs, Media, Settings and Edit. All the video streaming services are covered including Netflix, Amazon and YouTube (all 4K HDR), as well as the UK TV catch-up services. The Hisense is also PVR ready and includes Freeview Play and Anyview Stream for easy access to content such as photos, music and videos on your home network.
Hisense H65NU8700 Recommended Settings
Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box
All our measurements were taken with a Klein K-10A colour meter, a Murideo Fresco Six-G pattern generator and CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. For more information on how to correctly set up your Hisense TV, you can watch the settings video above or take a look at our PicturePerfect Guide.
Picture Settings – Calibrated
Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range
Note: In response to our review, Hisense said that the sample they sent had been running older firmware that restricted the light output. They sent over a second H65NU8700 for us to test that was running the correct firmware. Unfortunately despite being a bit brighter, this second sample still fell short of their claimed peak brightness of 1000nits. For the record, the second sample delivered a peak brightness of 640nits with everything maxed out but once again in the most accurate mode we were only getting 530 nits, which whilst a slight improvement, won't make any perceivable difference to the HDR performance.
We measured the Perceptual Colour Volume, which uses the PQ EOTF out to 10,000nits and the Rec. 2020 colour gamut represented using the ICtCp colour graph which takes into account human visual perception. This measurement uses 393 data points and delivers a number expressed in Millions of Distinguishable Colours (MDC). Here the NU8700 delivered an MDC number of 262 which reflects the TV's lower peak brightness and slightly smaller colour gamut.
Black Levels and Contrast RatiosThe NU8700 uses a VA panel, which means it can deliver a decent native black level of 0.024nits. It also had no problems hitting our target of 120nits, thus producing an on/off contrast ratio of 5,000:1, which is pretty good for an LCD panel. The ANSI contrast ratio was also quite good and using a checkerboard pattern we measured it at 3,200:1. The NU8700 includes local dimming and in the low setting the black level measured 0.017 nits, in the medium setting it was 0.014 nits and in the high setting it was 0.003 nits.
Backlight UniformityThe NU8700 uses edge LED backlighting but despite this it actually delivered a fairly good level of uniformity on a 5% full raster test pattern. There were some very minor clouding visible when the room was dark but this was never apparent with normal viewing material, nor were there any overt signs of dirty screen effect. There was some slight banding with football, as the camera panned across the pitch, but it's unlikely most people would notice and it certainly was never annoying. If you engaged the local dimming it didn't affect the banding, one way or the other, but it did improve the black levels and eliminate the slight clouding, however for reasons we'll explain in the next section, we preferred not to use the local dimming.
Local Dimming and Viewing AnglesThe inclusion of local dimming is one of the selling points of the NU8700 but it's not an area where Hisense have been strong in the past and that doesn't look like changing any time soon. First of all unless you engage the highest setting, which will result in halos, the black levels aren't that much better anyway. However of greater concern was that the local dimming appeared to be manipulating the image, with noticeable crush and colours that suddenly appeared more saturated. We weren't quite sure exactly what the local dimming was doing to the image but ultimately we preferred to leave it off, as the native black levels were pretty good and the picture looked better without it. Since the NU8700 uses a VA panel, you will see a drop off in contrast and colour performance as you move off-axis and, if you do use the local dimming, the haloing will be more noticeable. However this is to be expected from a TV using a VA LCD panel.
Motion HandlingThe motion handling of the NU8700 was quite good, within the inherent limitations of LCD technology, and the Hisense was free of any of the stuttering or frame dropping that we have experienced on other TVs in the past. The NU8700 handled all of our motion tests very well, delivering a motion resolution measurement of around 300 lines with Ultra Smooth Motion off. Unlike previous Hisense TVs that we have tested, where the frame interpolation hasn't been particularly effective, the NU8700 was able to deliver the full 1080 lines with it on. Of course using the Ultra Smooth Motion settings will, as the name might suggest, introduce smoothing thanks to the frame interpolation, so with film-based content we would always leave it off. However for sport-based content, which is shot on video, there is certainly room for experimentation and the feature offers five different settings – Custom, Film, Clear, Standard and Smooth.
Standard Dynamic Range (SDR)We kicked off with some standard definition content and on the Hisense's 65-inch screen this looked surprisingly good, with the NU8700 doing a decent job of deinterlacing and scaling a standard definition broadcast. Whilst the TV can't add what isn't there, the lower resolution image was effectively scaled to the 4K panel and, combined with the excellent greyscale, gamma and colour performance, this resulted in some very pleasing images. When we moved on to high definition broadcasts the NU8700 had a greater opportunity to show its full potential, which it duly did, and the images it delivered were nicely detailed thanks to the video processing. Once again the excellent greyscale, gamma and colour accuracy really helped to produce some lovely images, with documentaries on the BBC and shows such as Star Trek Discovery on Netflix all looking impressive. Finally we ran through some of our favourite Blu-rays, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looking very impressive, with plenty of detail and natural colours, whilst the animation in Moana looked absolutely stunning. There's no doubt that the 65NU8700 delivered an excellent performance with standard dynamic range content, regardless of the resolution.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)Although we were genuinely impressed by the performance of the H65NU8700 with standard dynamic range content, we were less impressed when it came to high dynamic range content. Hisense were originally planning to get the NU8700 certified as Ultra HD Premium but clearly this didn't happen and we assume that's mainly due to the peak brightness. In order to achieve Ultra HD Premium status you would need to deliver a peak brightness in excess of 1,000 nits but in our tests the NU8700 only delivered around 500 nits. That is disappointing but the Ultra HD Premium criteria are fairly loose, so in the two other areas the NU8700 would actually meet them with over 90% of DCI-P3 and the ability to accept a 10-bit signal, although it doesn't use a 10-bit panel but 8-bit + 2 dither instead.
Despite this the NU8700 actually tone mapped HDR content very well and was thus able to deliver images that were free of any clipping. So a reference disc like Planet Earth II could still look very impressive, whilst the larger screen size allowed the Hisense to take full advantage of the increase in resolution of native 4K discs. Despite our reservations over the DCI-P3 colour tracking in our tests, with actual content the colours were realistically saturated and natural. The ability of the LCD panel to deliver a brighter overall image with a 100% test pattern also meant that the HDR images never appeared dull, even during the day, but it also meant the peak highlights were less apparent.
There is a useful side-effect to not being too bright, which is that the TV is less likely to suffer the excessive clouding or bright edges with HDR content. That's not to say you won't see any, especially at night, but it was certainly less pronounced. Thanks to the effective tone mapping the NU8700 handled the 'arriving in Neverland' scene in Pan very well, with a clearly defined sun setting behind the mountain. We would recommend using the HDR Night mode because although the HDR Day mode did boost the overall brightness, it also clipped peak highlights quite noticeably. Overall the NU8700 at least managed to deliver some of the benefits of HDR, although it will struggle to compete with some of the competition in this area.
Hisense H65NU8700 Video Review
Input Lag & Energy Usage
In terms of the H65NU8700’s energy consumption it proved to be excellent for a TV with a 65-inch screen size and using a full window 50% white pattern we measured the Standard picture mode at 130W and our calibrated Cinema Night mode at just 72W, whilst the HDR Night mode naturally used more energy with a measurement of 167W.
How future-proof is this TV?
|4K Ultra HD Resolution|
|Colour Space (percentage of Rec.2020 - 100% best)||65%|
|HDMI 2.0a Inputs|
|HDCP 2.2 Support|
|4K Streaming Services|
|Smart TV Platform|
|Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10)||9|
|What do these mean?|
- Accurate picture out-of-the-box
- Impressive image after calibration
- Good contrast performance for an LCD
- Great video processing
- Decent sound quality
- Simple but effective smart platform
- Low input lag
- Energy efficient
- HDR performance could be better
- Local dimming affects image
- HDMI inputs limited
Hisense H65NU8700 4K LED TV Review
Should I buy one?The H65NU8700 continues Hisense's current trend of delivering good quality TVs at competitive prices. However we're also aware that even though £1,699 is a reasonable price for a 65-inch TV, it remains a considerable sum of money for most people. As such we would expect a higher level of performance from a TV in that price bracket, regardless of its screen size. Thankfully the 65NU8700 goes a long way towards justifying its price tag, with an attractive design and a great level of build quality. The remote control is effective, whilst the smart platform is simple, responsive and easy to use, with all the main video streaming services and Freeview Play. There is a reasonable set of connections but strangely there are less HDMI outputs and USB ports compared to the cheaper N6800 and no digital optical output either. However the NU8700 is energy efficient, has a 31ms input lag and, thanks to forward firing speakers, actually sounds decent as well.
So far so good and the NU8700 continued to impress when it came to picture quality, with an accurate out-of-the-box performance in terms of greyscale, gamma and colour gamut. This is excellent news and means that although you could get the TV professionally calibrated, you're unlikely to be able to perceive any visible improvement. The VA panel, although limited in terms of viewing angles, delivered an excellent contrast performance for an LCD TV and the video processing was also very good. The backlight uniformity was reasonable, with no obvious clouding, but there was some minor banding on football. Although the NU8700 has local dimming we found that it actually manipulated the image in a negative way and we generally preferred the picture with the local dimming turned off. Overall the Hisense delivered an excellent picture when it came to standard dynamic range content, which will obviously represent the majority of your viewing material for the time being.
Where the NU8700 was less impressive was in terms of its performance with high dynamic range content, although we were pleased to see that the TV was able to correctly tone map a 10,000 nits test pattern. However the peak brightness was disappointing at just 640 nits, which is surprising considering Hisense state a peak brightness of 1,000 nits in their specifications and they're usually very accurate in their claims. This did mean that specular highlights lacked the impact of brighter TVs but the excellent tone mapping meant the image was still very watchable. The wide colour gamut did cover 65% of Rec. 2020, which is exactly what Hisense claim in their specifications, but the tracking against DCI-P3 could have been better and we would like to see improvements in this area. However overall the Hisense H65NU8700 certainly delivered enough in terms of design, features and performance to justify it's price tag and comes recommended for anyone looking for a well-made 65-inch TV.
What are my alternatives?If you actually are looking for a 65-inch TV then are some interesting alternatives at around the same price point as the H65NU8700. Samsung have been aggressively reducing the prices of their non-QLED TVs and the UE65MU6500 can be picked up for just £1,599, whilst the UE65MU7000 is currently available for a very reasonable £1,649. We haven't seen the MU6500 yet but the MU7000 impressed when we reviewed that model recently with a very low input lag, good out-of-the-box measurements and a decent HDR performance, although the location of the LEDs could be an issue on occasion. However if you can spend just a little bit more, then the Sony KD-65XE9005 is the TV to beat in this price bracket, providing a direct LED backlight, great features and an excellent performance for a very reasonable £1,799. The Hisense and Sony TVs have the same input lag, making them both good choices for gamers, but the former delivered a better level of accuracy out of the box, whilst the latter had a much higher peak brightness thanks to is direct LED backlight.
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