Which Hisense TV under £400...?

Lia lua

Novice Member
First time poster with no technical nous. Am buying a 4K TV with this budget in mind that is for regular family viewing and no gaming or specialist viewing. Can only fit a 43" size. My research has narrowed down to Hisense - I'm not dogmatic but it's difficult making decisions with the array of opinions on offer and in the end I thought these seemed decent. I like the look of the Argos only B7120 which has great reviews and is the cheapest. I am also tempted by the A7500 in John Lewis which has the added attraction of a 5 year guarantee. This along with the 7300 & 7400 come in at £379. The only difference I can see between the 7120 & 7500 is really the Roku v VIDAA operating systems which I know nothing about. Is the higher price down to this and if so are there pros and cons of each or is it preference? I've looked for reviews comparing these iterations but found nothing. BTW feel free to say Hisense isn't all that if you think I've lost the plot!

Finally, as an aside, if I went with the 7120 I was considering adding a budget soundbar as I've heard the sound with these entry level sets is ordinary - nothing fancy just to boost general sound effects Saw a well reviewed JVC in Currys for 70 quid... Just an idle thought, really, but if anyone has an opinion either way that would be useful.

Many thanks.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
First choose which panel type is more suited to your conditions and your wants:

This is especially important with smaller/cheaper TVs as the type of panel used determines the most between the picture quality and performance of one TV to another.

Hisense TVs use VA type, which if suited to you will give you better performance in darker conditions, better screen uniformity and better blacks and contrast.

The choice between models is the 2019 B7120 sold in Argos with Roku TV. (Roku TV is a very good OS) or the new 2020 A series running Vidda (Vidaa is basic, but functional), which replaces the B series and is more expensive right now. Its up to you whether you feel you want to forgo Roku for the sake of an extended warranty and a more modern TV. I'd tend to stay clear on new models until reviews and owners report more on the TVs, they also tend t be more expensive compared to the 2019 TVs (although Hisense aren't quite as bad as others as charging a premium for newly released models).

TVs are typically sold in a series, so comparing differences between any model with the model number Axxx is small, as was the difference between any Bxxx model in 2019. In 2019 the first to come with a wide colour gamut was the B7500, and in 2020 that is the A7400 (also sold as the AE7400). Wide colour gamut means for better colours when you use HDR, but is next to useless on TVs of this price/size because HDR is best not used with them at all.

Any soundbar is likely going to be a big upgrade compared to the built in sound of the TV. You may be happy with the JVC one you found. There's a section of the forum editorial including soundbar reviews:

and a section of the forum too:
 
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Lia lua

Novice Member
Thank you for taking the time to write such a clear and informed response. It is most helpful and much appreciated.
 

Lia lua

Novice Member
First choose which panel type is more suited to your conditions and your wants:

This is especially important with smaller/cheaper TVs as the type of panel used determines the most between the picture quality and performance of one TV to another.

Hisense TVs use VA type, which if suited to you will give you better performance in darker conditions, better screen uniformity and better blacks and contrast.

The choice between models is the 2019 B7120 sold in Argos with Roku TV. (Roku TV is a very good OS) or the new 2020 A series running Vidda (Vidaa is basic, but functional), which replaces the B series and is more expensive right now. Its up to you whether you feel you want to forgo Roku for the sake of an extended warranty and a more modern TV. I'd tend to stay clear on new models until reviews and owners report more on the TVs, they also tend t be more expensive compared to the 2019 TVs (although Hisense aren't quite as bad as others as charging a premium for newly released models).

TVs are typically sold in a series, so comparing differences between any model with the model number Axxx is small, as was the difference between any Bxxx model in 2019. In 2019 the first to come with a wide colour gamut was the B7500, and in 2020 that is the A7400 (also sold as the AE7400). Wide colour gamut means for better colours when you use HDR, but is next to useless on TVs of this price/size because HDR is best not used with them at all.

Any soundbar is likely going to be a big upgrade compared to the built in sound of the TV. You may be happy with the JVC one you found. There's a section of the forum editorial including soundbar reviews:

and a section of the forum too:

I ended up buying the Hisense 7120 and in many ways it is clearly value for money etc. However, we are having a picture issue whereby in the dark/night passages of some programmes (particularly on Amazon, it seems) there is all sorts of blurring, ghosting and distracting patterns. Also there can be a grey filmy look on the top part of the screen in some night scenes. In some programmes, but not others, there is a yellowish quality too. Do you think this is are settings issues or something else that can be overcome? Or might there be a more general problem with the set? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Sean
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
I ended up buying the Hisense 7120 and in many ways it is clearly value for money etc. However, we are having a picture issue whereby in the dark/night passages of some programmes (particularly on Amazon, it seems) there is all sorts of blurring, ghosting and distracting patterns. Also there can be a grey filmy look on the top part of the screen in some night scenes. In some programmes, but not others, there is a yellowish quality too. Do you think this is are settings issues or something else that can be overcome? Or might there be a more general problem with the set? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Sean
Hard to say. Does it happen when you are playing back content in HDR?
Are you viewing the TV direct in front?

Make sure you are using the most accurate picture preset, it should be named cinema day or night, or maybe movie or film. Then make sure gamma is set to 2.4 and colour temperature is set to warm.

The patterns could just be a result of compression or poor near to black handling and can be seen on TVs that cost quite a bit more. Does it look like this?

Motion blur and ghosting are a product of using a TV with a 60hz VA panel, you can try to set different motion controls to see if it helps with it.

The TV doesn't have any form of local dimming, so its normal to notice grayer blacks with the black bars above and beneath the TV. It has no way of shutting off one section whilst keeping another bright. You could try reducing the backlight level to alleviate it.
 

Lia lua

Novice Member
Hard to say. Does it happen when you are playing back content in HDR?
Are you viewing the TV direct in front?

Make sure you are using the most accurate picture preset, it should be named cinema day or night, or maybe movie or film. Then make sure gamma is set to 2.4 and colour temperature is set to warm.

The patterns could just be a result of compression or poor near to black handling and can be seen on TVs that cost quite a bit more. Does it look like this?

Motion blur and ghosting are a product of using a TV with a 60hz VA panel, you can try to set different motion controls to see if it helps with it.

The TV doesn't have any form of local dimming, so its normal to notice grayer blacks with the black bars above and beneath the TV. It has no way of shutting off one section whilst keeping another bright. You could try reducing the backlight level to alleviate it.
Thanks again for your informed and fulsome reply. On your first point, yes, I think is happening with HDR, and secondly we are sitting directly in front of the screen. On your point about picture presets there doesn't appear to be anything named cinema day or night, or movie or film. Picture settings only seem to offer a picture HDR brightness option and Dynamic Contrast, both on the actual remote and remote app, although there are more options on the latter. I've attached an image of the screen menu in relation to picture settings
 

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vickster

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Thanks again for your informed and fulsome reply. On your first point, yes, I think is happening with HDR, and secondly we are sitting directly in front of the screen. On your point about picture presets there doesn't appear to be anything named cinema day or night, or movie or film. Picture settings only seem to offer a picture HDR brightness option and Dynamic Contrast, both on the actual remote and remote app, although there are more options on the latter. I've attached an image of the screen menu in relation to picture settings
What does the picture mode option Menu contain? Try turning off HDR and contrast down
 

Lia lua

Novice Member
Ok, I'll try that. See attached picture for menu. Just HDR brightness and Dynamic Contrast as far as I can tell. The remote app has more detail but no further setting options.
 

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vickster

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You might find some suggested settings in the Hisense forum, look for a similar model
 

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