The best TV on the market in the budget category that we’ve tested is the Hisense H8G. It’s a step-down in price from the Hisense H9G, but it still offers good overall performance that most people should be happy with. It’s a well-rounded model that has decent build quality, and it’s a good choice whether you’re using it in a bright or dark room. It comes with built-in Android TV, which has a ton of apps available to download but may not be the easiest to use at times.
Its VA panel provides an excellent native contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, and it also has a full-array local dimming feature that does a decent job at improving the contrast ratio. It has decent reflection handling and great SDR peak brightness, so visibility shouldn’t be an issue in well-lit rooms. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and has okay HDR peak brightness, but it may not be enough to deliver a true HDR experience. It doesn’t have gaming features like VRR support, which is expected in this price range, but it still has a quick response time and low input lag.
Unfortunately, our unit has uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center, and the out-of-the-box accuracy is just okay; however, both of these vary between units, so your experience may be different. It also has narrow viewing angles, but that’s normal for a VA panel, so it’s not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. Regardless of these small issues, it’s one of the best TVs that we’ve tested if you’re on a budget.