This 65-inch Hisense TV is $230 off, and I highly recommend it

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Hisense U6K TV

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Why this deal is ZDNET-recommended

Over the past several years, Hisense has made a name for itself in the value TV space. Despite carrying a bargain price, it often makes televisions that punch above their weight, so to speak, and provide a fantastic mid-range option. And Hisense U6K May be the best yet.

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For the 65-inch model I tested, the price currently sits just right $570. The price is a bit higher than last year’s line, but it’s a fair trade-off given that Hisense has been upgrading its sets a decent amount year after year.

The most notable upgrade this year is a mini-LED panel, which means more dimming zones and better contrast, especially in dark scenes. It also brings a noticeable upgrade in overall picture brightness, making the U6K one of the quality TVs in its price range.

Hisense U6K TV

Recommended by ZDNET

Hisense 65-inch U6K Mind-LED TV

A mid-range TV that punches above its weight, thanks to a new mini-LED panel that delivers crisp and vibrant images.

Out of the box, the thin bezel of the U6K immediately caught my eye. It’s fairly thin for a mid-range model TV and makes the set look much more modern than competing sets.

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The TV has four HDMI slots, but none of them support the new HDMI 2.1. Of course, this set doesn’t claim to be a gaming powerhouse, so the omission is forgivable. In fact, if you’re a casual gamer and are fine with a 4K 60Hz refresh rate, the U6K will do the job perfectly. For 120Hz, you need to drop the resolution to 1080p.

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All ports are aligned to the U6K.

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Setting up the TV was fairly straightforward, with the television being up and running in under 10 minutes out of the box There are two options for connecting the legs: wide or narrow. I found this useful as the wider option would have put the end legs a bit too close to where they sat.

The legs have to be screwed on instead of snapped on like many manufacturers, and it only added an extra minute to set up, but it made it a little harder to do it yourself.

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The first thing I did after setting up the TV was venture into the display settings to tune the brightness in my room. My living room is fairly bright, and this display was bright enough that I didn’t have to close my blinds to see it.

All HDR formats are supported, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10. 4K content like UHD shows on Netflix looked fantastic, a noticeable upgrade from my usual TV. The increased contrast made a difference for darker shows Stranger Things And the brilliant show looked fantastic.

Since I’m a child of the 80s, I experimented with upscaling Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indie looked fresh, but not to an unusual degree — and I was pleased that the “feel” of the 80s content was maintained.

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I tested the gaming aspect of this TV with my PlayStation 5 and the upgraded brightness and contrast courtesy of the mini-LED display was immediately apparent.

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Like many TVs these days, video game consoles have specific settings that you only see when the console is turned on. Enabling “Instant Game Response,” or automatic low latency mode, provides faster response by removing elements such as motion smoothing and noise reduction. With “high refresh rate mode” enabled, I tested several games and never noticed any stuttering or frame rate drops.

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On the audio side of things, I’ll admit I was a little worried going in, as many mid-range televisions don’t do well in this area. For example on my main TV, which was a big box store brand Black Friday special, the audio was so bad that I had to connect a sound bar to get just passable quality.

The U6K exceeded my expectations here, though, as the volume set to the 30-40 range (out of 100) was sufficient for movies, regular shows, and gaming — and that’s at home with almost constant background noise from two kids and a dog. Dolby Atmos sound is supported if you have a sound system (I didn’t for this test), and there are six different audio presets to choose from.

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The TV runs the Google TV operating system, which I was able to navigate easily despite being used to Roku. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa to change channel, input, volume and more.

ZDNET’s buying advice

overall, Hisense U6K A very solid television and probably the best mid-range TV I’ve tested yet. The U6K avoids many of the common pitfalls in this tier of TVs and adds some features that are usually only seen on high-end models.

It’s certainly not a very good television for gaming and not very good at providing a theater-level experience for watching movies. It’s a set that’s quite capable of doing all those things for a significantly more accessible price, though.





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