- PRICE – excellent value for money
- Great picture quality – after tweaking settings
- 4 X HDMI inputs
- Deep blacks
- Poor app variety
- Poor picture quality out of the box – without changing settings
- Lack of extra features
Full Review – Hisense LTDN65K720WTSEU
Ok so at first glance the design is good but how does the picture stack up? After assembly and setup I tuned into the nes on the BBC One HD channel. At this point I understood the reason for the price. Colours were very saturated and untrue. The newsreader visible has a strange tint in both her hair and lips. All hope wasn’t yet lost. Any modern day TV needs fine tuning out of the box to get the picture to your satisfaction. In this case it just needed some serious tweaking, so it’s not the best product for a plug it and go type consumer.
In order to improve the picture quality I turned the brightness down to 30, set the sharpness to 0, colour to 45 and selected the warm colour temperature. Finally to edit the colours slightly and remove the tinting I set the green saturation to -6 and the magenta saturation to -8.
I spent 45 minutes playing around with the settings to nail down the picture I was after and it was seriously worth it. Not once have I reviewed a TV that had such poor picture quality out of the box, with what can only be described as one the best pictures I’ve seen so far in 2016 after some alterations! With what I believe the optimal settings in place we can continue with the review as normal.
Blacks are good. The Hisense has local dimming from the LED panel that work to give you a really deep black. In scenes with a contrast from light to dark, it will appear black as opposed to the grey you get on low cost TVs. I realise this isn’t low cost, but for the size and specs it really is! The colours post tweaking are vibrant but not over saturated. The image is sharp enough without the post image processing and finally the viewing angles are good, up until a point where the curve starts to be annoying.
The image is great when fed a 4K source or watching HD TV that’s upscaled to match the 4K resolution. The upscaling as a whole works really well for HD content but does lack a little for standard def. The 65 inch display is really big so there only so good upscaling technology can make a standard def image look. It’s acceptable but nothing special. The Hisense really does prevail for HD or 4K content.
The Hisense LTDN65K720WTSEU is great for movies but how about gaming? I hooked up both my Xbox One for this test. It’s been awhile but I jumped straight into a raid on destiny. Sat directly in front of the TV gives a real immersive experience with the large curved panel seeming to provide more depth. There is a game mode that can be enabled that ups the brightness and removes post image processing. I didn’t notice any issues with input lag so for an Xbox or PS4 I have to give the TV a thumbs up.
Finally we have motion blur. The panel has a native frequency of 120Hz however does have Smooth Motion Rate 800Hz post processing technology. For HD content I found keeping the “ultra smooth motion” setting on low game the best results. It’s not amazing with slight motion blurring on sports but nothing that gave me a great deal of worry. For SD content I found turned the post image processing off was best otherwise the content looked super smooth, almost non realistic.
The Hisense has two 15W speakers in either side at the bottom of the reverse side. These provide sound quality that’s good enough for the living room with a small amount of bass and no distortion. The reality is you will never get top quality audio out of a flat LED panel. To match the size and immersion the TV brings in terms of 4K picture I would highly recommend hooking up an external sound system. The TV doesn’t support bluetooth connectivity however your standard digital audio output connection is present.
Out of the box the Hisense is easy to set up. It’s big and relatively heavy so you will need an extra pair of hands but all it requires is 4 screws to attach the stand to the panel. Once powered you get the standard setup options for language, home network etc. I did also get prompted for a firmware update. Hisense are updating frequently to add new apps to their smart selection as well as iron out software issues. Honestly the software and smart features are the biggest letdown at the moment but like I said, get yourself an external smart device and the problems gone.
The remote is cheap but does the job as intended. The buttons are medium to large and if you do want to use the smart features it has a quick launch button for both Netflix and YouTube.
The 65K720 comes with your standard modern day TV extras such as USB playback to share music, pictures and video. There is also external recording to a HDD and this will also enable you to use the time shift options to pause and live TV. You also have an electronic program guide and game mode. It’s not the most feature packed TV on the market but again I can’t stress enough that for the price you really are getting a whole lot of TV!