Hisense Mini LED TV review

Mini-LED TVs are moving into the mainstream, and I’ve been impressed with the Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV Google TV since the minute I unboxed it. I’ve been testing it out for a few weeks and I’m a huge fan. It’s a thin, light TV with spectacular picture quality, and the QLED overlay really enhances colour, contrast, and brightness. The fact that it comes in at such a great price point means Mini-LED will soon be popping up in living rooms everywhere. Here’s a look at what I thought of the 2023 Hisense 55″ 4K UHD HDR QLED Mini-LED Smart Google TV.

Features on the Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV

side of Hisense 4K TV

The Hisense 4K UHD HDR QLED Mini-LED Smart Google TV (Model: 55U78KM) is available in 55 inches, 65 inches, and 75 inches. It’s a very thin TV, measuring only 10 inches (8.8 cm) wide and it’s (44 lbs) 20 kg with the stand.

  • 4K UHD resolution with HDR
  • Quantum Dot overlay gives you millions of colours and very realistic image quality
  • Native 144Hz refresh rate makes gaming and watching sports seamless and blur-free
  • 4 HDMI ports (2xHDMI2.1 + 2xHDMI2.0), Ethernet port, and 2 USB (USB 3.0 + USB 2.0)
  • Dolby Vision/HDR10/HDR10+/HLG
  • Mini-LED backlight technology enhances contrast and gives you deeper, richer blacks, ultra-bright whites, and fantastic colour reproduction
  • Full array local dimming for better zone control and realistic picture
  • Google TV operating system offers you streaming channels, apps, and more, and you can use your voice assistant to search for content
  • Remote control has pre-sets for Netflix, Tubi, and more

Setting up the Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV

One of the things that surprised me most about the Hisense 4K QLED TV is how light it is. I could easily pull it out of the box and set up the stand myself, and that’s not always the norm with a 55 inch TV. The bezel is quite thin, and there isn’t a lot of weight in the back of the TV where the speakers and inputs are.

I like the included stand. It lifts the TV slightly so it’s easy to set a sound bar under it if you’d like to do so. It’s also mountable if you’d like to use a TV wall mount. The bezel looks like a picture frame and I think it would look great on a wall with a flat mount.

Testing out the Hisense 4K TV

Stand on Hisense 4K Mini LED TV

The Hisense 4K Mini-LED Google TV is new for 2023. It’s part of a new series of TVs available from Hisense, and they are impressive TVs for quite a few reasons.

Mini-LED backlight with QLED overlay

If you want a fantastic TV without maxing out your budget, Mini-LED is fast becoming the go-to choice. While Mini-LED can’t reach the contrast levels of OLED, the technology lets you enjoy black levels that are so rich you will probably have a hard time discerning it from the true black of OLED. Mini-LED TVs, like the Hisense 4K TV, have thousands of LED lights that make up the backlight instead of the hundreds you’d find in an LED TV, and the addition of a layer of Quantum Dots over the Mini-LED backlight enhances the colour and contrast even more. Take the photo of the cat on the TV as an example. It was taken in a dark room and you actually can’t see the bezel of the TV at all. It was pretty eerie watching in a dark room because the picture was so black it looked like the floating face of a cat.

Hisense 4K Mini LED TV review

I’ve had my own Mini-LED QLED TV for a few years and the Hisense 4K TV is far brighter and more vivid than my own. I set it up with the default brightness setting and didn’t adjust it for the first few days. Even though my living room lacks ambient light, the Hisense 4K was more than bright enough set to default picture settings. It has a few different modes you can adjust with the remote control or you can do a deep dive into the picture settings and adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation. I recommend you spend a bit of time tweaking the settings until you find the perfect level of brightness.

The Hisense 4K TV has spectacular colour representation and the picture quality is fantastic. I enjoyed watching everything from reruns of The Crown to sports and everything was very real to life. I enjoyed watching in a dark room at night and I didn’t find the brightness to be too much, and during the day the TV was just as bright and vivid. I think the layer of quantum dots really enhances picture quality, and the TV has 4K upscaling so everything we watched looked great.

144Hz refresh rate is perfect for sports and gaming

Hisense Mini LED TV review 2023

It’s nice to see TVs moving to native refresh rates of 144Hz. The standard for refresh rates has been 60Hz or 120Hz for quite awhile. Having a TV with 144Hz ensures smooth motion for sports, action movies, and gaming, and I didn’t see any blur or ghosting on this TV at all. The technology on this TV is a good way to future proof your TV for the latest gaming consoles too, because most only support 4K/120Hz at the most.

We plugged our Playstation 5 into one of the 4 HDMI ports and enjoyed a few games. We streamed a few and played a few on the local drive and didn’t notice a difference in refresh rate or lag between the two. The addition of HDR enhances dark areas in on the TV and the fast refresh rate makes everything seem fluid. We played for a few hours and it very immersive. It’s nice when you’re not pulled out of your game due to lag or judder.

Sports are very fluid on this TV as well. We watched a football game and an NBA game and thought the picture quality and motion control were fantastic. It made me think that the TV would be amazing if it was even bigger. If you have the wall space, the 75 inch Hisense 4K TV would make you the go-to game day person in your friend or family group.

Google TV operating system on Hisense 4K TV

Remote control Hisense 4K Mini LED TV review

I was happy to see Google TV as the operating system on the Hisense 4K TV. It makes streaming and adding apps so easy, and it’s so simple to set up the TV that anyone can login and have the TV up and running in under 10 minutes. All you need is your Google user name and your phone to scan a QR code and the TV will set up your streaming apps, smart home apps, and more.

I like how Google also gives you the option to use the TV as a web browser and lets you access your favourite apps like TikTok right on the screen. I also like how it has Google Assistant built in so you can use your voice assistant to search for content instead of just tapping with your remote control.

Should you choose the Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV?

The Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV is a great option for anyone who wants to upgrade to the latest TV technology without breaking their budget. I was actually surprised a TV that looks this good is available at such a low price point, and it’s the perfect TV to choose when you want to go even bigger than the standard 55 inch size. If I was bringing it home I would be very tempted to choose the 75 inch size.

Having a TV with 144Hz native refresh rate means your TV will outpace the latest gaming consoles and it offers a very smooth picture when watching fast paced sports, movies, or streaming videos games. Put that together with the superior brightness available thanks to the Mini-LED backlight and you have an easy to use TV with amazing picture quality.

You can find the Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV at Best Buy right now.

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag

534 COMMENTS

  1. Was neat to learn that the unit features a 144Hz refresh rate which helps with smoother motion appearance. And also that the Quantum Dot overlay technology allows for millions of colours to provide very realistic image quality.

  2. I learned that It’s a very thin TV, measuring only 10 inches (8.8 cm) wide and it’s (44 lbs) 20 kg with the stand, and also The Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED TV is a great option for anyone who wants to upgrade to the latest TV technology without breaking their budget

  3. I’ve learned that it’s best to read the entire article and not simply the headline so that you won’t wonder why anyone would want a mini TV. It’s the LEDs that are mini, not the TV, but I also learned that Mini-LED backlight technology enhances contrast and that there is local dimming for better zone control and realistic picture

  4. I love how lightweight the Hisense 4K QLED Mini LED TV is, great for older people or those of us with bad shoulders! I also appreciate the high refresh rate of 144Hz for better sports watching and gaming.

  5. Great Review Shelly! I learned that:
    1- this unit fetures a refresh rate of 144Hz which is great for smoother motion appearance
    2- The Quantum Dot overlay tech allows for literally millions of coulours and this also helps provide incredibly real image qualit. Sounds pretty awesome to me!

  6. I learned it is using a refresh rate of 144Hz which reduces ghosting and allows for smoother action. Also that the mini LED array enhances colour, contrast & brightness.

  7. Two Things Learned:

    Quantum Dot overlay gives you millions of colours and very realistic image quality

    Mini-LED backlight technology enhances contrast and gives you deeper, richer blacks, ultra-bright whites, and fantastic colour reproduction

  8. I learned that this beautiful television, not expensive for its qualities, has a native refresh rate of 144 Hz and its superior brightness available thanks to the Mini-LED backlight.

  9. Quantum Dot overlay gives millions of colours and very realistic image quality.
    Native 144Hz refresh rate makes gaming and watching sports seamless and blur-free

  10. Two things I learned from the article:

    1) Quantum Dot overlay gives you millions of colours and very realistic image quality
    2) Mini-LED black levels are very close to the true black of OLED

  11. I learned it is using a refresh rate of 144Hz which reduces ghosting and allows for smoother action. Also that the mini LED array enhances colour, contrast & brightness.

  12. The two things that I learned are:

    1. Hisense 4K TV, have thousands of LED lights that make up the backlight instead of the hundreds you’d find in an LED TV.

    2. How light the TV is and how easily one person can pull it out of the box and set up the stand, and that’s not always the norm with a 55 inch TV.

  13. 1. Mini-LED TVs have thousands of LED lights that make up the backlight.
    2. Quantum Dots over the Mini-LED backlight enhances the colour and contrast.

  14. Ii didn’t know that Google TV was the operating system, so seamless to operate for our home then! Also the voice command would be so easy for my older Mom, no little buttons on the remote.

  15. I like that you can use voice command to utilize some controls, like searching. I also learned about the quantom dots and the high refresh rate, both of which are very cool and a step forward from the televisions I have owned in the past or even currently.

  16. I learned it is using a refresh rate of 144Hz which helps reduce ghosting and allows smoother action. And very affordable for great quality, using Quantum Dots and mini-LEDs.

  17. I learned about the quantum dots and I am so impressed with the array of colours they are capable of displaying. I learned about the Google operating system and with a smart Google home, I think.this is a perfect addition.

  18. I learned it is using a refresh rate of 144Hz which helps reduce ghosting and allows smoother action. And very affordable for great quality, using Quantum Dots and mini-LEDs.

  19. Affordable quantum dots at last – I didn’t know the technology would come out with mini LEDs as the backlight. Being able to localize the contrast levels is a *really* nice feature – we’ve spent years with that never-actually-black lack.

  20. I learned that the Quantum Dot overlay gives you millions of colours and very realistic image quality. I didn’t even know that “millions” of colours even existed. I was also happy to learn that it is a Google operating system and that makes it easy to set up. To me, easy is good!

  21. I learned that the Hisense 4K QLED Mini-LED Google TV is light with spectacular picture quality, and the QLED overlay really enhances colour, contrast, and brightness

  22. I learnt that the mini led array enhances colour, contrast & brightness and that the refresh rate of 144Hz ensures smooth gaming.

  23. Interesting, learned Quantum Dots are used even in this mini-LED TV and that the black levels would be on par with OLED. Definitely intriguing.

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