Hisense 65-Inch U6 Series ULED TV (65U6K) Review (2024)

Hisense has been consistently producing inexpensive, value-loaded TVs over the past few years, with its U6H earning our Editors’ Choice award for budget TVs in 2022. That model has now been replaced by the U6K, a less expensive set with an even better picture. The U6K costs a reasonable $799.99 for the 65-inch model we tested, but its “everyday pricing” (what it’s actually being sold for in stores) is often $649. Its color levels are generally excellent, its contrast is far superior to the U6H thanks to its mini-LED backlight, and it has much lower input lag than its predecessor. The only real compromise is brightness; if you want a blazingly bright picture, you’ll have to spend at least $1,000 on a higher-end model like the Hisense U8H. For the price and the picture quality, however, the Hisense U6K easily earns our Editors’ Choice award for affordable TVs.

Typical TV Aesthetics

The U6K has a typically unassuming design. It's mostly bezel-less, with a narrow black plastic band running along the sides and top and a thin black strip along the bottom edge holding the Hisense logo. A small, rectangular box sticks out below the center of the strip and holds the power LED, infrared remote sensor, far-field microphones, and a microphone mute switch. The TV stands on two inverted V-shaped legs that can be set near the edges of the screen or closer to the center to accommodate your entertainment center (VESA wall mounts are also supported).

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On the back of the TV, facing left, are three HDMI ports (one eARC), two USB ports, a 3.5mm composite video input, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an antenna/cable connector. A fourth HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and an optical audio output face directly back, slightly further in.

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The remote is identical to that of Hisense's older TVs. It’s a long rectangular wand made of black plastic that's slightly wider near the bottom. It has a large, white, circular navigation pad near the top with Google Assistant, input, power, settings, and user buttons placed above the pad closer to the top edge. There's also a pinhole microphone tucked in there. Home, back, and live TV buttons sit below the pad, with volume and channel rockers further down. Dedicated service buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, Peaco*ck, Tubi, and YouTube can be found near the bottom.

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Google TV With Hands-Free Google Assistant

Like most Hisense TVs, the U6K uses Google TV as its smart TV platform. It’s a full-featured, capable system that covers all major streaming services including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Crunchyroll, Disney+, Hulu, Max, Netflix, Twitch, and YouTube. Hundreds of other apps and services are also available and you can also stream anything from an Android phone or tablet, Chrome device, iPad, iPhone, or Mac thanks to support for both Google Cast and Apple AirPlay 2.

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Google Assistant is built into Google TV, and far-field microphones allow you to use it hands-free by saying, “Hey Google,” followed by a command. It’s a capable voice assistant that can control the TV itself, search for content, answer general questions, provide sports and weather reports, and control connected smart home devices. You can mechanically turn off the microphones with the switch on the bottom edge of the screen if you prefer, but then the indicator LEDs glow yellow. Disabling Google Assistant entirely via the settings is the only way to turn off the yellow LEDs. If the yellow lights bother you, and you don’t mind slight kludge, a strip of black electrical tape will do the trick.

Solid Contrast, Excellent Color

The Hisense U6K is a 4K TV with a 60Hz refresh rate. It supports high dynamic range (HDR) content in Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, and hybrid log gamma (HLG) formats. It has an ATSC 1.0 tuner, but not ATSC 3.0.

We test TVs using a Klein K-10A colorimeter, a Muridseo SIX-G signal generator, and Portrait Displays’ Calman software. Out of the box, in Theater Day mode with an SDR signal, the U6K shows a peak brightness of 394 nits with a full-screen white field and 554 nits with an 18% white field, with a black level of 0.022cd/m^2. Filmmaker mode with an SDR signal shows a peak brightness of 89 nits with a full-screen white field and 131 nits with an 18% white field, but with an odd caveat: It enables the TV’s ambient light sensor to adjust the backlight, which is an odd choice for a mode intended to offer the closest presentation it can give to the director’s vision. Disabling the light sensor (which we recommend for all users) bumps the mode’s brightness to numbers comparable with the Theater Day mode.

With an HDR signal, the U6K shows a peak brightness of 412 nits with a full-screen white field and 591 nits with an 18% white field. With its 0.015cd/m^2 HDR black level, that gives the U6K a contrast ratio of 39,400:1. This isn’t much compared with brighter, higher-end TVs like the Hisense U8H (1,982 nits peak brightness, 0.01cd/m^2 black level, 198,226:1 contrast ratio) or the TCL 4K 6-Series Google TV (1,189 nits peak brightness, 0.002cd/m^2 black level, 594,597:1 contrast ratio), but its low black level is a big step up from the just-as-bright U6H (588 nits peak brightness, 0.03cd/m^2 black level, 19,608:1 contrast ratio).

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The above charts show the U6K’s color levels in Theater Day mode with an SDR signal compared against Rec.709 broadcast standards and in Filmmaker mode with the ambient light sensor disabled with an HDR signal compared against DCI-P3 digital cinema standards. Colors are generally accurate with both signals. The HDR picture, in particular, reaches nearly the full range of the color space with little noticeable drift.

We strongly recommend using Filmmaker mode when watching most produced content, because we noticed an odd quirk with HDR Theater mode. Our tests in that mode showed cyans that leaned toward green to the point that they looked more like seafoam, as well as magentas that skewed warm. For reference, the vast majority of TVs we've tested that have both broad Cinema/Movie/Theater modes and more specific Filmmaker/ISF Calibrated modes demonstrated similar colors between modes. Hisense confirmed that this is a bug that's reproducible. The company is working on a firmware patch to fix it, but for now you should stay away from HDR Theater mode. Fortunately, Filmmaker mode is so good (with automatic brightness adjustments turned off) that it’s more of a minor annoyance than a major complaint.

In Filmmaker mode, the “Lions” episode of BBC Earth’s Dynasties looks excellent. The tawny fur of lions and the greens and yellow-greens of savannah grass appear natural, and the hides of cows are properly dark and not washed out. Fine textures are apparent in bright sun and shade. The picture might look more lifelike with a brighter panel, but this is about as good as a 4K HDR documentary can look on a 600-nit TV.

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The low black levels and strong contrast still come through in the party scenes of The Great Gatsby. Black suits look black and not blown out, with their contours and textures easily visible. The whites of lights, balloons, and shirts are well-balanced, even if they don’t pop as much as they do on brighter panels. Skin tones look natural and not tinted or sickly.

HDR nature footage on Spears & Munsil’s Ultra HD Benchmark also looks good, with balanced colors and whites. Video depicting heavy snowfall with almost the entire frame fully illuminated doesn’t look dim or gray, even if it would be brighter on pricier TVs. Black backgrounds behind bright and colorful objects also appear appropriately dark, with no obvious light bloom in a moderately lit test environment.

Low-Latency Gaming

The 60Hz panel on the U6K supports variable refresh rate (VRR) and Dolby Vision Gaming, but not AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync. If you want a 120Hz TV, you’ll have to spend a bit more for the U8H or U8K. That said, the U6K’s gaming performance is responsive. Using an HDFury Diva HDMI matrix, the TV showed an input lag of just 3.7 milliseconds in Game mode, less than half of the 10ms threshold we use to consider a TV to be good for gaming. That's a massive improvement over the U6H, which measured 11.1ms of lag. Make sure you’re in Game mode when you play games, though, because lag jumps to 103.5ms in other modes.

Good Picture at a Budget Price

At $799.99 for a 65-inch screen, the Hisense U6K is an excellent value. It isn’t the brightest or fastest panel, but its contrast and color are both exceptional, especially for the price. Google TV with hands-free Google Assistant bring lots of useful features and functionality to the table, and its input lag is low enough to please gamers. If you want a brighter picture you’ll have to spend more on the Hisense U8H or the TCL 6-Series. But the U6K's mini-LED backlight system is a solid step up from the U6H and it actually costs less than its predecessor, making it easy to call our Editors’ Choice winner for budget-friendly TVs.

Hisense 65-Inch U6 Series ULED TV (65U6K)

4.0

Editors' Choice

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Pros

  • Excellent color

  • Improved black levels and contrast from previous generation

  • Google TV, Google Cast, and hands-free Google Assistant

  • Apple AirPlay

  • Low input lag

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Cons

  • Not particularly bright

  • Colors in Theater Day mode are inaccurate

The Bottom Line

For the price, you'll have a hard time finding a television with a better picture or more features than the Hisense U6K Series ULED TV.

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Hisense 65-Inch U6 Series ULED TV (65U6K) Review (2024)

FAQs

What is the most common problem with Hisense TV? ›

Some of the most common issues are:• The TV does not turn on. This could be due to the remote control batteries, the power outlet, or the TV software. You can try to check the batteries, change the power outlet, or reboot the TV by unplugging and plugging it back in. The TV screen flickers.

Is Hisense U6K mini LED TV one of the best budget TVs I ve seen in years? ›

One of the best budget TVs I've seen in years

The Hisense U6K delivers an outstanding picture for its price tag. Its Mini-LED backlighting offers spectacular contrast while its quantum dot filter ensures well-saturated colors. For under $500, this is the best TV you can buy.

What are the disadvantages of Hisense TV? ›

Quality control issues. The biggest downside to Hisense TVs compared to more expensive competitors is the quality control issues. There are often problems with uniformity and color accuracy, and their TVs have more bugs and quirks than models from name brands.

Is Hisense Smart TV worth buying? ›

Hisense isn't one of the best-known TV brands, but many of its TVs do well in our TV ratings. That's especially true of its higher-tier models, which provide an appealing balance of price and performance. In fact, some Hisense models are among the best 65-inch TVs for under $1,000.

What TV brands have the least problems? ›

If you want high-quality TVs made from great materials, then it's best to look out for the big-name brands. Look out for names like LG, and Samsung. These TVs may cost a little more, but you can be sure that they use more expensive and durable materials. Higher quality materials are guaranteed to last.

Which is better Hisense or Samsung Smart TV? ›

Samsung vs Hisense: Our verdict

Samsung offers more choices for consumers, but Hisense outperforms it in several areas. Those seeking a great deal on a larger TV should consider the latter brand, although Samsung does have some technologies like Neo QLED and its outdoor TV that Hisense lacks.

What is the difference between ULED and QLED? ›

Brightness and Contrast

In contrast to QLED which generates blacks by switching off pixel values, ULED employs a technique referred to as localized darkening.

What is the difference between Hisense U6 and U7? ›

Our Verdict. The Hisense U7G is a higher-end TV than the Hisense U6/U6H, so it has more features and better performance. If you're a gamer, the U7G is the better choice as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support to take advantage of the current-gen gaming consoles.

Is ULED better than OLED? ›

OLED TVs are great for contrast and watching that episode of Game of Thrones that no one could see. But ULEDs combine all the features that you're looking for—from slick real-life smooth video to vivid colors and more to transform your viewing experience from being a Kelvin to a total Joe.

Is ULED worth it? ›

ULED technology has regular LED panels with a few adjustments to enhance viewing experience for a smoother and better picture. With the colour of the image you are viewing, ULED will give you a wider colour palette, with pictures looking clearer and brighter when compared to regular LED.

Which is better Roku or Hisense? ›

Still, the Hisense is vastly more colorful than the Roku, so HDR content pops more on it than on the Select. The Hisense also has more features, such as good upscaling capabilities, removes 24p judder from more sources, and even has a basic variable refresh rate feature.

What is Hisense ranked in the world? ›

Hisense TV Ranked No. 2 Globally in Q1 2024.

Which is better between Hisense and LG? ›

Hisense's prices are lower and its average score is lower, but averages don't always tell the whole story. LG is the best brand on average, which is true in many cases, but there are some stinkers in its huge line-up. With Hisense, it's the other way round.

What are the quality issues with Hisense TV? ›

A common issue is the TV screen going black. This can be due to backlight problems, often a result of water damage, power surges, or physical damage. Test this by shining a flashlight on the screen. If you see dull images, the backlight might be damaged.

What causes a Hisense TV to go black? ›

A loose power plug can cause a black screen.

Make sure the power cable from your TV to the wall is snugly plugged into the back of your TV and the wall outlet. If your Hisense TV isn't turning on while plugged into a power strip or surge protector, try plugging it directly into the wall.

What brand is Hisense TV made by? ›

Hisense TVs are made by the Hisense Group. They're mostly made in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, which also where they're headquartered.

Why does my TV screen keep going black but has sound? ›

Common Causes of TV Black Screen With Sound

Make sure that the HDMI cable is properly plugged into both the TV and the source device. A faulty power supply. If the power supply is faulty, the TV may not be able to turn on properly. Try unplugging the TV from the power outlet for a few minutes, then plug it back in.

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