Need a new TV for your impending 4K console? Hisense has you covered

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Both of the current generation consoles have received updates to make them play better with the new generation of displays that are hitting the market. If you’re looking at getting a PlayStation 4 Pro or an Xbox One S, you’re going to need a shiny new TV to make full use of them.

Both consoles support displaying games in a 4K resolution and make use of the more important HDR technology. What the dickens is HDR, you ask? It stands for High Dynamic Range, and that alone probably doesn’t answer any of your questions. Right now, your TV or monitor probably uses the BT.709 colour gamut, which only effectively reproduces around 35% of the colours that the human eye can perceive.

While bumping the resolution will improve clarity and overall picture quality, nothing will make the picture truly pop and look lifelike like HDR – which, in most current implementations, increases the range of displayed colours to around 54% of the colours that the eye can see. It means much brighter whites and much deeper, richer blacks – and it makes, in my opinion, a greater difference than the bump in resolution.

Anyway, I seem to be going off on a tech tangent. The point is, if you get one of the new consoles, you’re going to need a new TV. Last night, I happened to go the launch of the new UHD TVs from Chinese manufacturer Hisense. You may not know it, but Hisense has become the 3rd largest-selling TV brand in the world. Importantly they’re the top-selling brand locally for the last few months, too – capturing nearly a quarter of the local TV market.

Much of the reason for that is the company’s focus purely on value – but some of that changes with the launch of their new “ULED” screens, which utilise their own technology instead of employing others’. The entire range of screens utilise Quantum Dot Enhancement Film technology to boost colour response. Couple that with Hisense’s own Smart Peaking technology which pushes more power to bright parts of the image without sacrificing the darkness and you’ve got screens capable of the sort of brightness levels that an OLED-based panels isn’t capable of. OLED, however, will give you much deeper blacks, but also consume significantly more energy. To offset that, Hisense’s new T-910 ULED screens use targeted local LED dimming across 240 different zones across the screen. They al support HDR, but there’s no information on which standard – as there’s still no real industry standard (though the more open HDR10 seems to be winning the battle rover Dolby Vision right now).

I had a look at the tech in the M7000 last night, and it’s genuinely impressive – and if you’re in the market for a new TV, you could do far, far worse. Of course, you want to know how much they’ll cost. There’s a range of the things, starting at 55 inches, and capping out at a monstrous 70 inches.

Here’s a look at the range:

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Hisense M7000

The M7000 is the set I’d personally go for – not just because the 55” is the cheapest of the lot, but also because I’m yet to be convinced that curved screens are beneficial. The unit starts at R14,999 for the 55” unit, with the 65” one going for R24,999 and the gigantic 70-incher for R34,999.

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Hisense T-910

If you don’t mind a few curves in your TV, the T-910 and K760 models with both retail for R19,999. There doesn’t seem to be too much difference between them as they employ the same core technologies ; the K760 offers a wider viewing angle, while the T-910 has the better, zoned local dimming.

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Hisense K760

I know I want a new TV…but I didn’t really think I needed one. Anyone have R14,999 for me?

Last Updated: September 14, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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