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Hisense 43H78G: TV-as-Monitor Candidate @ $368 CAD

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Hisense 43H78G: TV-as-Monitor Candidate @ $368 CAD

2020 hasn't been all bad. While this COVID-19 situation has been unfolding, North America, Europe, and South East Asia have been busily designing and manufacturing the 2020 panels

Here's where I come across a possible gem.

The HiSense 43H78G 43" 4K TV (2020) at $368 CAD MSRP.

Among it's features:
- Android TV
- Dolby Vision
- Bluetooth + AC WiFi

HiSense 43H78G Deal:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B083SCC7BW/

Now the HiSense website reviews include one that mentions this offering superior imagery to the 43" TU8000 priced at $549.00.

Samsung 43" TU8000 Deal:
https://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-TU8000-UN ... 084ZT4W54/

The HiSense just hit North American markets, and this list price they're offering is a little ludicrous (on the low side) if it rivals the above panel.

Despite employing VA technology, these panels appear to work quite well in medium-lit rooms given their peak brightness nowadays. Viewing angles are passable nowadays, as well.

The LG UN7300 43" IPS 4K TV will remain king in my book for now, but pricing is an issue at the moment.

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Source: https://www.hisense-canada.com/en/suppo ... android-tv

I am tempted to buy and try the HiSense, but I'm holding off for now... because I may have too many 43" 4K TVs. We'll see how long that lasts.
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Thanks OP, just ordered as I was looking for this as a monitor. The android tv for me is a must as it lets me setup Kodi and other streaming services in additon to Netflix and YouTube!

I was looking for a 40–43 inch for the office and this is going to be perfect! I have a h8 65inch in the living room and have no complaints for the price. My Samsung ks8000 is still better but considering the price difference and android tv os. Hisense is great value.
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Hisense not worth the price IMO. Just like all Chinese brand it will be good for the first 1 or 2 and then start developing issue. Better save your money and get something like a Sony which you can use for years and years. Parent's got a 55inch Sony LCD panel 10+ years ago and is still working. Doubt this Hisense will last this long.
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sponge5307 wrote: Hisense not worth the price IMO. Just like all Chinese brand it will be good for the first 1 or 2 and then start developing issue. Better save your money and get something like a Sony which you can use for years and years. Parent's got a 55inch Sony LCD panel 10+ years ago and is still working. Doubt this Hisense will last this long.
Yeah but how much did they pay for that 55" LCD ten years ago? Probably $3500+, so yeah you better hope it does last 10 years because even then it's like $350/yr.

Today you can get a Hisense TV that is 4x the pixels, thinner, less power consumption, and likely better performing, for like 1/5th that price. So even if your set lasts only two years, it was still cheaper than the Sony on a annualised basis.

I mean seriously when you're buying a 43" 4K LCD for like $350, you really care if it lasts 10 years or not? C'mon. You can buy an X800-series for twice the money...but why? In the case of the X800 I guess it does have IPS going for it so while that sucks for a TV, for a monitor it actually does have some good benefits. But still it's $700 compared to $370.

Anyway I've bought Sony TVs nearly exclusively, for my entire life. I have like five of them still and my main TV is certainly still a Sony; but, I recently purchased both a TCL and a Hisense. TBH for the lower-end stuff all the first tier brands are basically putting out crap and selling it at a high price because of their name--just buying a brand in these cases.

Meanwhile you can get TCL or Hisense alternatives that are half the cost and are actually much more impressive TVs. Who cares even if it does only lasts half the time when Sonys, Samsungs still break at times and aren't even good to begin with in these price categories? Don't get me wrong the higher end stuff from the big three are indeed great TVs for the most part and even if a little pricey often still worth buying. But outside of those, they don't really have much to stand on other than their name, which is mainly what people are buying when they choose one of those. Think I'm paying up to 2x the money just for a poor performing set, so it says "Sony" or "Samsung" on it? No thanks, not when there's better alternatives.

Case in point is garbanzo beans TU8000--junky overpriced set, and it's around $200 premium here...for the name. People are certainly free to pay for that name if they like but they should realise that's what they're doing if they're buying anything less than a Q70R (well RU8000 is "okay" if you want the gaming features but that will change after this year when the competition gets those features too).
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ES_Revenge wrote: Yeah but how much did they pay for that 55" LCD ten years ago? Probably $3500+, so yeah you better hope it does last 10 years because even then it's like $350/yr.

Today you can get a Hisense TV that is 4x the pixels, thinner, less power consumption, and likely better performing, for like 1/5th that price. So even if your set lasts only two years, it was still cheaper than the Sony on a annualised basis.

I mean seriously when you're buying a 43" 4K LCD for like $350, you really care if it lasts 10 years or not? C'mon. You can buy an X800-series for twice the money...but why? In the case of the X800 I guess it does have IPS going for it so while that sucks for a TV, for a monitor it actually does have some good benefits. But still it's $700 compared to $370.

Anyway I've bought Sony TVs nearly exclusively, for my entire life. I have like five of them still and my main TV is certainly still a Sony; but, I recently purchased both a TCL and a Hisense. TBH for the lower-end stuff all the first tier brands are basically putting out crap and selling it at a high price because of their name--just buying a brand in these cases.

Meanwhile you can get TCL or Hisense alternatives that are half the cost and are actually much more impressive TVs. Who cares even if it does only lasts half the time when Sonys, Samsungs still break at times and aren't even good to begin with in these price categories? Don't get me wrong the higher end stuff from the big three are indeed great TVs for the most part and even if a little pricey often still worth buying. But outside of those, they don't really have much to stand on other than their name, which is mainly what people are buying when they choose one of those. Think I'm paying up to 2x the money just for a poor performing set, so it says "Sony" or "Samsung" on it? No thanks, not when there's better alternatives.

Case in point is garbanzo beans TU8000--junky overpriced set, and it's around $200 premium here...for the name. People are certainly free to pay for that name if they like but they should realise that's what they're doing if they're buying anything less than a Q70R (well RU8000 is "okay" if you want the gaming features but that will change after this year when the competition gets those features too).
Actually the sony TV purchase years ago was on sale for $799 so no it wasn't much more expensive than a Hisense same when my parent purchase their Sony is around $1000. It tells you when even Chinese prefer to buy any other brands than Chinese brands. Just don't bother calling support when the TV have issue. I know I have people who call us and fixed their TV (work for a cable/ISP support) a lot of the times with these cheap TVs the speaker always dies within a year or the color of the screen starts having issue.
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sponge5307 wrote: Actually the sony TV purchase years ago was on sale for $799 so no...
LOL what? Stop right there. What 55" LCD from Sony, Samsung, etc. was $800 ten years ago? Yeah right. Argument falls apart already based on that nonsense. First off most Sony TVs in that size were actually 52" like W4100 and Z4100 but I skipped over those and went to the earliest 55" I remember* which was probably in the days of the EXx00 or around there, some of which are less than 10 years old and all still well over that price amount. I was originally going with an HX800--not super high end but not low-end either--for the $3500ish estimate. However a lower end TV like 700-series would have been a little cheaper, but definitely wasn't no $800. If we go even lower-end, to an EX500 (a pretty crap TV TBH) then it was $1800 USD for the 55" at the time, would certainly have gone lower at clearance time but I doubt it hit $800 CAD clearance, over here. Though the dollar was close to par for a few years, thing were still generally more expensive here anyway, so I doubt the MSRP of a 55EX500 was less than $2k.

Please point to an RFD thread showing this kind of pricing in 2010 on a Sony 55" LCD TV--people would have been all over that like white on rice in 2010. There are threads from back then talking about 46" TVs for well over $1000 and them being hot deals so not sure where you're getting this 55" for $800 business from...

*I've left out the elephant in the room, the XBR8 but if you're saying you got a 55XBR8 for $800 I'm just going to add you to ignore for that kind of preposterous story.

Anyway let's hear what model this is because from everything I can recall a 55" Sony TV from 2010...even the cheapest one like an EX500 at half price still wasn't that cheap. I might be missing something but I call bullshit on this alleged 10-year-old 55" Sony LCD TV that was only $800.
sponge5307 wrote: it wasn't much more expensive than a Hisense same when my parent purchase their Sony is around $1000. It tells you when even Chinese prefer to buy any other brands than Chinese brands. Just don't bother calling support when the TV have issue.
LOL call support.
sponge5307 wrote: I know I have people who call us and fixed their TV (work for a cable/ISP support) a lot of the times with these cheap TVs the speaker always dies within a year or the color of the screen starts having issue.
Well only time will tell that story, and as I said TCL and Hisense have made pretty large strides in the past 1-2 years so their quality and performance is much better than it used to be. I wouldn't have bought a Hisense in 2018 even, TBH, but 2019 they definitely had some winners; TCL has been good for at least a couple years. Again time will tell the story of how reliable these TVs are but again if I even got a few years out of TVs that cost me $350 and $500, I wouldn't really be that upset about it. What time probably won't tell the story of though is this mythical 55" Sony TV from 2010 that was $800 :lol:
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How does this compare to the 55R613-CA from Costco? Does this Hisense offer close to 1000 Nits of brightness for HDR like the TCL does?
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redflagdealsguy wrote: This model is not QLED it's just a midtier VA, inferior to the 6-Series, but potentially good value for money as a monitor.
Any Qled 40 inch tvs with Dolby vision?
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I ordered 1 from Amazon 2 weeks ago. Still waiting for delivery. Wanted a 43" android TV for the bedroom and this for the bill perfectly. I'll update once I finally receive it.

Was going to buy a Sony X800h in the same size but the price is more than double this and the reviews on the 800h are so/so.
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i can't believe you cannot get a decent ips 43" under $400 in CANADA to use as a montior...
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Hey Raocorp... great post. I was thinking exactly the same as you! I wanted to replace a 10 year old TV in the bedroom and looked at these two products. I seriously consider the Sony X800H as it was at Costco for $698 (it sold out in 2-3 days), Best Buy and others offering the same. Then I saw some reviews of the X800H and it seemed hit or miss for double the cost of this 43" Hisense.. so I also ordered this week from Amazon. Just received shipping notice with deliver next week (Jun 2-5). I wanted to try Android TV (yes, I hear it maybe slow and occasionally glitchy on this) but it has 4K, DV and HDR with the OS to load the Bell Fibe Android app on the TV (and finally return that 1980s TV box)... I'll post an update.. cheers everyone
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G2Mobile wrote: Hey Raocorp... great post. I was thinking exactly the same as you! I wanted to replace a 10 year old TV in the bedroom and looked at these two products. I seriously consider the Sony X800H as it was at Costco for $698 (it sold out in 2-3 days), Best Buy and others offering the same. Then I saw some reviews of the X800H and it seemed hit or miss for double the cost of this 43" Hisense.. so I also ordered this week from Amazon. Just received shipping notice with deliver next week (Jun 2-5). I wanted to try Android TV (yes, I hear it maybe slow and occasionally glitchy on this) but it has 4K, DV and HDR with the OS to load the Bell Fibe Android app on the TV (and finally return that 1980s TV box)... I'll post an update.. cheers everyone
Sony X800H is IPS, so of course it will get mediocre reviews as a TV. This is esp. true for use in a dark bedroom because the contrast will suck.

However, IPS is generally better for use as a PC monitor. I don’t think I’d want a VA panel for that (outside from a few high end exceptions). For those wanting to use it as a PC monitor, you’ll also have to find out if the TV and your PC support 4K 60 Hz at 4:4:4. If not then I wouldn’t bother. The Sony X800H does support 4Kp60 4:4:4, but I don’t know about that HiSense. The HiSense doesn’t mention that anywhere in the specs.

Also, Sony TVs generally do much better upscaling than brands like HiSense or Vizio, if that matters to you.

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