Hisense has carved out a place for itself with well-specified yet reasonably priced 4K HDR TVs. The A6G, which we examined here, is undoubtedly low-cost, but it is far from dull.
It has a basic LED backlight, but the addition of Dolby Vision to manage HDR content gives movies a cinematic shine. Streaming services are accessed via the Vidaa U5 linked platform, which is delightfully simple to use.
The device is also available in a range of screen sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.
Hisense A6G (2021): Specs
- Display technology: LED LCD
- Screen sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 65- and 75in
- Size tested: 55in
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K
- HDMI: x3
- HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
- Software: Vidaa U5 (Google Android TV in US)
- Tuner: Freeview Play
- Dimensions:1232(w) x 711(h) x 74(d)mm
- Weight: 11.3kg
Design and Build
When it comes to style and construction, the best you can expect for a low-cost flat screen is that it doesn’t appear too cheap, which the A6G does not. The glass is enclosed by a simple grey bezel, and it stands on two plastic feet.
At 11.3kg, it’s light for a 55-inch screen on the test, making it a viable candidate for wall mounting.
There are three HDMIs available, but none of them support 4K at 120Hz refresh rate, so hardcore gamers wanting for HFR (high frame rate) action from next-gen consoles like the PS5 will have to look elsewhere.
That’s not to suggest the A6G isn’t capable of gaming. It supports ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), as well as eARC for audio output to a soundbar.
In addition to Wi-Fi, there is an analog video minijack input, a digital optical audio output, and Ethernet.
The TV includes a small remote control with shortcuts to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Rakuten TV, YouTube, and Freeview Play.
Specifications and Features
Connected intelligence can be regarded favorably. The A6G is equipped with the most recent version of Hisense’s Vidaa smart platform, which is primarily intended to host streaming services. The navigation remains pretty responsive thanks to a quad-core processor.
The content selection includes most of the major players, such as Netflix, Amazon Video Prime, YouTube, Britbox, and Rakuten TV.
There’s also a terrestrial Freeview Play tuner, ensuring that all of the major UK catch-up TV players are supported. Aside from a 7-day roll-back programming guide, there’s a nice range of free-to-view box sets to work your way through.
When it comes to voice assistant functionality, we get Amazon Alexa unless you have a US version of the set, in which case you get Google Assistant because the set runs on Google Android TV rather than Vidaa.
With Game mode enabled, I measured input lag at 48.2ms (1080p/60fps). This rules it out for competitive lag, but it’s acceptable for slower-paced console pleasure.
Image and sound quality
When it comes to the color vibrancy and overall image pop, the A6G excels. It may not use a broad color gamut panel, but its images have a lushness to them that is rather appealing. Combine this with 4K clarity and moderate contrast settings, and you’ve got a crowd-pleaser on a budget.
A marathon of Netflix Dolby Vision entertainment is incredibly enjoyable. Okja is entirely realistic thanks to its bright woodland vistas and the titular super pig’s hairy hide, while trippy Korean Sci-Fi adventure Space Sweepers dazzles with its glowing VFX.
The selection of image presets, on the other hand, is critical to the A6performance. G’s Cinema mode can appear a little flat, but Standard and Dynamic allow the display to shine.
Motion interpolation is handled using standard 60Hz MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) processing, which is enough. Smooth, Standard, Clear, Film, and Custom (manual judder and blur reduction) flavors are available to try.
Smooth works good for sports and action shows, but for movies, we still recommend turning it off – pictures appear more cinematic without interpolation.
The HDR performance of the set is restricted. Using the Standard preset, I observed peak HDR brightness at 300 nits within a 10% measurement frame. That comes as no surprise given that the panel is more HDR compliant than capable.
Dolby Vision, fortunately, stops visuals from flattening out. Viewing choices for DV material include Dolby Vision Bright, Dolby Vision Dark, and Dolby Vision Custom. On this particular model, use the Bright setting.
The stereo audio system of the A6G is best described as ordinary. A soundbar with a power output of 2 x 8W would be a reasonable upgrade. Until then, set the TV to Theater sound mode for a larger aural dispersion.
For this evaluation, we put the 55-inch screen through its paces.
The A6G is available in 43-, 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes in the United States for $349, $429, $449, $549, $599, and $949, respectively. You may get it at a lesser price from Amazon US than the RRPs.
The smart platform used on these models, however, is Google’s Android TV with built-in Chromecast, rather than Hisense’s Vidaa invention. The A6G is one level below the A7G, which is the first of the Hisense Quantum Dot models.
- Cookie cutter good looks
- Dolby Vision HDR support
- Solid, unfussy smart platform
- Only three HDMI ports
- No 4K 120Hz support
- HDR peak brightness could be better
The Hisense A6G is a low-cost flatscreen that’s well worth considering if you’re looking for a jack of all trades smart TV.
When it comes to screen real estate, you get a lot for your money, and the overall aesthetics are excellent. The A6G lacks the HDMI capability to run HFR 4K 120fps from a PS5 or Xbox Series X, but it looks and performs well with 1080p and 4K 60Hz games.
Overall, the picture’s performance deserves a thumbs up. Its HDR peak brightness performance is typical of a low-cost LED-backlit panel, but the Dolby Vision content is well matched. Because of the efficient handling of fast motion, this is an easy set to suggest for sports as well.
Similarly, the Vidaa U5 smart platform does the job (though you may want to add a separate streaming stick for more possibilities at some point), and having Freeview Play onboard means you’ll never run out of catch-up TV.
It’s not a high-performance screen, but it’s perfect for everyday use without breaking the bank.