Hisense Pulls Off A New 4K HDR Roku TV Line At Very Reasonable Prices
Stephan Jukic – May 9, 2018
If a new 4K TV with a good dose of the latest technology and all that HDR stuff you’ve heard about is something that you’re interested in, then Hisense’s newest lineup of television models might just be your thing. This applies particularly if you’re shopping on something of a budget.
The company announced their new models, the 4K UHD R7 Smart TV Series as of May the 8th and four different sizes are available: a 65 inch edition, a 55 incher, a 50 inch model and a nice compact bedroom-sized 43 inch version. All of these TVs offer full 4K resolution, high dynamic range support for HDR10 and best of all, they all come with the superbly dynamic Roku TV smart platform, with baked-in access to over 5000 different content “channels” (apps) and the full plethora of all the usual big name 4K media streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and so forth.
We covered Roku TV in streaming devices on our Devices Guide page and can say wihout a doubt that it’s one of the most robust and diverse smart TV entertainment platforms in existence today. To have it come right with a 4K TV you buy means barely having to think about getting any further external media gadgets for any home entertainment needs you might have.
Another great bonus of the new R7 TVs is their inclusion of a surprisingly robust audio package. The new models come with DTS TruSurround for a more immersive sound experience and the 65 inch model in particular delivers some very decent audio with its 30 watt speakers. The 55 and 50 inch editions lower this to a more modest 20 watts and the 43 inch model, obviously a truly budget and small space-oriented TV, comes with only 14 watts.
According to Hisense VP of Marketing, Mark Viken, speaking in a press statement about the new TV models:
“Consumers are looking for two things when they’re in the market for a new TV: A design they can be proud to have in their home and a great user experience. Hisense is committed to providing TV shoppers with both of these brand promises, and they are at the heart of our 2018 lineup. We’re excited to continue to partner with Roku to deliver their exceptional smart TV platform to our customers.”
We obviously haven’t yet had a chance to review these new editions to the 2018 4K TV constellation but based on what we’ve seen with the increasing quality of budget 4K HDR TVs between 2017 and 2018, we’re expecting some pretty solid performance from the R7 televisions. Nothing premium-level but at least good. We saw the same with TCL in 2017 when it released its extremely affordable but stunningly good P-Series 4K HDR TV and Hisense is showing all the signs of giving TCL some stiff competition on the quality budget TV front.
The Hisense R7 4K HDR TV Series is available now via major retailers like Sam’s Club and Costco, and will be selling at Best Buy as of June. The 65 inch model retails for just $700 while the 55 inch version is going for only $500. The 50 inch and 43 inch TVs are particularly cheap at $430 and $350 price tags respectively.