By: Sasha Sommer
The inception of 4K on consumer products saw a new class of televisions, where Full HD panels became a thing of the past that only the more budget-conscious consumers purchased. But, as with most modern technology, 4K has become much more affordable. The introduction of HDR further raised the bar, providing even higher quality images, but at a cost. Needless to say, having both acronyms on your television isn’t cheap.
Chinese tech company Hisense has become well-known for creating premium, affordable products for the average consumer. Their aluminum and glass-clad smartphones and tablets are proof of this and as of late, so are their televisions. The annual Consumer Electronics Show took place recently and almost every major tech company attended. Many companies, such as LG and Samsung took the opportunity to reveal more opulent, high-end televisions that are laden with futuristic tech, whereas companies from the East such as Hisense and TCL took it as a great time to release their more affordable units.
Vizio initially dominated the scene with their sub-$1000 panels that provided an image quality to rival higher end competitors that simply failed to provide the same quality at the same price. Hisense and TCL entered the game and took Vizio’s idea a little further. When Hisense released their H8 television last year, it was met with positive reception all-round for providing impressive quality for around $500.
This year was no different, and perhaps even better. Hisense claims that their new H9 is even better when it comes to performance and can provide better contrast with the new local-dimming system, as well as a wider color gamut. The 50-inch model comes in at a mere $700 and the 55-incher is only $850. You can take it a step up and get the 65-inch model for $1300. Hisense also took the opportunity to release a massive 86 inch model that packs all the same features as its smaller siblings, but costs a whopping $6000.