Today, we take a closer look at the cheapest Ultra HD Smart TV that supports HDR, the Hisense Smart TV 50A6BGTUK. If you’re on a budget and are looking for a brand new TV, then you might want to include this Hisense 50A6BGTUK to your list of choices. For just a lower price, you can grab this Hisense TV that supports HDR and with a screen size of 50inch.
Is this TV worth investing into? Here’s what we think.
Table of Contents
- 50inch Display Size
- Ultra HD 3840×2160
- VA Display Panel
- ULED Backlight Type
- 8bit + FRC Panel Bit Depth
- 178° Viewing Angle
- 60Hz Refresh Rate
- 2200 Picture Criteria Index
- HDR Support (HLG | HDR10)
- Quad Core Procesor MediaTek5658EDEJ
- <50 ms Input Lag in Game Mode
- 2 Ch Speakers (20W)
- VIDAA U Operating System
- 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x HDMI 1.4
- 2 USB 2.0
- 1 USB 3.0
- 802.11ac Dual Band
- DVB-T2/T/C/S2/S Freeview HD
- For more information, visit Hisense.
Out of the box, the default setting of the Hisense 50A6BGTUK already produces amazing results. When a scene is lit well, it puts out a crisp output of images. Watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the water has a decent amount of details as well as the other scenes. Skin tones are natural from the default setting of this TV.
Despite being a 4K HDR TV, an HDR TV for its affordable price will surely have some compromises. One of these is the use a VA-type panel. This panel is capable of producing strong colours, inky blacks, and high level of colour accuracy. However, it suffers from poor viewing angles. Images lose their contrast and colours become less intense when viewed at an angle.
The Hisense 50A6BGTUK employs a stripe of LED at the bottom edge of the panel. This is to illuminate the entire screen. A local dimming setting is also made available in the user menu that intends to improve the contrast and black level.
In terms of HDR performance, you should not expect much from this TV. So we highly suggest lowering your expectation right now. For a TV that sells in an exact price, its luminance peaks at 405cd/m2 in HDR mode.
The Hisense 50A6BGTUK is capable of handling Ultra HD Blu-rays that are mastered to 1000cd/m2 quite but the same can’t be said for HDR contents that are mastered to 4,000cd/m2. This is due to Hisense’s tone-mapping which isn’t capable of producing those bright highlights. So that means that you may have to disable HDR mode for some movies to get the best image and viewing quality.
Lastly, the Hisense 50A6BGTUK uses a technology called ULED. ULED, or Ultra LED, is the term Hisense uses a combination of 20 patented technology for Ultra Wide Colour Gamut, Ultra Local Dimming, Ultra 4K Resolution and Ultra Smooth Motion Rate. ULED TVs have a wide palette and are capable of reproducing a really broad array of colours for images that look brighter and more detailed.
In terms of gaming, gamers will surely appreciate the Hisense 50A6BGTUK. It offers a decent performance in terms of video gaming. It has an average of less than 50 ms input lag when setting to game mode and it features a native refresh rate of 60 Hz.
On our tests, the input lag is only 31ms in both 1080p SDR and 4K HDR games modes. Offering you a decent but enjoyable video gaming experience. Allowing you to enjoy 60 frames per second for the smoothness and fluidity as well as lessening any possible screen tearing when video gaming.
The Hisense 50A6BGTUK is one of those TV’s we reviewed that we’d recommend adding a soundbar. The quality of sound that you can get from its built-in speakers are okay and decent but you might find it lacking some punch when you start watching movies or listening to music.
Watching Guardians of Galaxy Vol.2, we felt that it needs more power in bass tone and an increase in loudness as it seems to lack in that criteria. The sound quality starts to get displeasing if you force it at 100% volume.
Overall, the Hisense 50A6BGTUK is really a budget-oriented TV. Giving you a glimpse or to at least enjoy features such as HDR for an affordable price. However, for us, if you already have the budget to spend for this TV, then you will surely have a bit more to buy a far better TV than the Hisense 50A6BGTUK.
What we liked about this TV is its affordability and probably the cheapest HDR Ultra HD Smart TV on the market. The performance is above average but not a deal breaker. The picture quality is above okay or decent and the overall performance is satisfying in a sense for its price.
What we did not like about this TV is the poor performance of the display panel and the low performance of the HDR. This is pretty much something that should be expected from a TV that offers premium features at an affordable price. Compromises will surely be made to get this TV and its features at that price point.
- Price – Cheapest HDR TV
- Low Input Lag & 60 Hz Refresh Rate
- Premium Sleek Design
- VA Display Panel
- Poor Peak Brightness of HDR Content
- 4K UHD: 4 times higher resolution than FHD TVs. Binge watch your favorite shows, immerse yourself in the latest movies, or thrill in every moment of the hottest games.
- Dolby Vision: Inspired by cinema technology, Dolby Vision HDR technology gives an astonishing brightness and contrast depth by 40 times brighter and blacks 10 times darker than standard picture.
- DTS Virtual X: Enjoy an immersive audio without the need for height speakers, the bass perception engages you into the center of a performance.
- VIDAA U5: An easy, smart and intuitive OS, simply access to rich contents and global applications (Disney+, Youtube, Netflix and Freeview Play etc.), making your TV more interesting.
- Sports Mode: When a sports signal is detected, it switches to Sports Mode for an immersive live stadium experience, from picture to sound.