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It's not a bad TV as long as you get a good one.
Reviewed in Canada on July 24, 2020
A bit of a long review, but it contains some important info if you're thinking of buying the 40" or 50" models in Canada. The first 40" tv that arrived had noticeable white "spots" at 4 different places on the screen. Each were about the size of a Loonie $1 coin. When watching regular videos/tv those spots were not that bad/noticeable, but as soon as there was a scene that brightened up the screen even a bit (like something with the sky in it, or a brightly lit room/office), those 4 spots became quite apparent. It was pretty annoying to say the least, so the TV was sent back. The replacement that arrived still had the same 4 spots in the same 4 exact places (so it must be from the way the tv is made to help support the screen on the 40" tv's), but this time they were a lot less noticeable. Since it was much better than the first TV, I figured I'd leave well enough alone, because trying to get another replacement might yield a tv that was worse than the first one. Anyway, the second one was acceptable, especially when I consider all the features it has for a sub $200 TV.
As for the 50" that arrived, it had a shattered screen, The box looked ok, so it must have happened during shipment. The replacement arrived in good condition, and everything seems to be working as it should (except for one thing, which I'll explain at the end of the review).
The overall picture quality on both the 40" and 50", whether it be from OTA TV (aka, "Over the Air TV" signals), the various HDMI ports while using a PS4's Blu-ray player, or even a hard drive filled with HD home videos while using the TV's USB input... the full 1080p video playback was smooth and looked good.
The 4K Ultra HD video on the 50" looked stunning (as tested with Apple+ streaming the new "Hamilton" musical in Dolby Vision & HDR10). Btw, you need at least a 20-25mb internet download speed (continuous) if you expect to watch 4K UHD content without buffering/stuttering.... and more speed than that (50mb or more download) if you have kids at home using the internet on their own devices while your'e trying to stream 4K stuff on the TV.
OTA TV channel usage:
For anyone that intends to use these Hisense TV's for OTA reception, you HAVE to let the TV's built in ATSC tuner complete the WHOLE scan process (which includes both the "air" channels for OTA, as well as the "cable" scan, even if you don't have a cable TV subscription). Reason being, if you only let the "air" part of the scan process complete, and then try to skip the "cable" channel scan... any and all channels that may have been found for OTA will NOT be saved, and it will say "zero channels found". It took me at least 4 long tries on the first TV before I figured this out. The only bad thing about having to let it scan for both the "air" and "cables" channels, is the time it takes. Expect between 10-15 minutes (minimum) to complete the whole scan process, so you have to be patient. If Hisense could improve the speed to be less than 10 minutes (like basically every other decoders/TV's I've used), it would be a lot less "painful". As for the built in ATSC tuners that each TV uses to receive and decode the many free (and legal) OTA signals in my area, they are both pretty good. With my old separate Samsung ATSC decoder box, and an Amazon indoor flat rectangular amplified antenna, I could only catch around 10-12 channels at best, but with these Hisense ATSC receiver/decoders I was able to lock onto 25 channels with the same indoor antenna in the same exact spot. I do have a bigger rooftop UHF/VHF antenna that I use with the main living room tv, and that one has 36 available HD digital channels, but the 40" and 50" tv's are for the bedrooms, so the total amount of OTA channels are not that important, especially since you can easily stream stuff while the TV's are connected to the you home WiFi/internet.
Factory picture settings:
I did have to reduce the sharpness on both tv's to around 40-50 to get an image that didn't have excessive fringing around objects on the screen for all the various video inputs the tv has (it came preset at 70 from factory).... and besides also turning down the back light level to around 40 for streaming movies (from Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video), and between 60-80 for everything else (it was factory set to 100, crazy), the rest of the various video settings were left alone, but I might play with them later on when I find my video test discs.
Remote/IOS mobile app:
The remotes that came with both tv's, work fine. I just wish the 4 preset app buttons at that bottom off the remote were programmable to whatever app I wanted it to work with, but at least the two apps I use the most are there (Netflix and Disney+). The other two are Global TV (which is basically useless if you intend to use the tv with regular cable or an OTA antenna), and Google Play Store (which I never use), but at least the FREE Roku remote app for Apple and android devices rock! Being able to use the tablet's/smartphone's on-screen keyboard to enter in search words (or user names and passwords when needed), is far easier and much faster than trying to use the small remote that comes with the TV, and to enter letters/numbers one at a time on screen. The mobile app also allows users to use the Siri or Google voice search to find stuff to watch, or to open a particular app. Yes, it works in Canada now as of June 2020 (well, it does work if you're using at least IOS 11 on an Apple device).
TV inputs and USB/LAN connections:
And finally, the thing I don't like. It seems the LAN port on the TV does not turn off like it does for the USB port. After you turn off the TV, the USB port shuts off after about a minute. This is very useful if you have a hard drive that shuts down when the USB connection is turned off, or you're using a powered indoor HD antenna to receive OTA channels. You don't want either of those things to always stay turned on, because it would shortening their expected life spans. But the LAN port on the other hand, stay engaged. I know this, because the LED indicator on my main modem/router (for the LAN port the TV is connected to), is constantly flickering/active. That means the TV and modem are sending/receiving data even if the TV is turned off. This does not happen to any other device that's connected to the same modem like my laptop). Imo, here is no reason (that I can think of) for this to be happening. The LAN cable is used to connect the TV to the net, so you can stream stuff to the TV, like movies/tv shows, YouTube videos, etc, and to also check the Roku/Hisense data server to see if there are any software updates, and to download them if/when they become available. That made me wonder, what info is the TV sending and receiving from Roku/Hisense without my knowledge while the TV is supposed to be shut off and inactive..? If I ever get a response from Roku/Hisense about this "issue", I'll be sure to come back here to update my review.