A 65-inch TV is a monolithic black mirror, radiating a dark power. It makes itself the center of gravity in any room. Furniture becomes inexplicably angled toward it, people find themselves staring even when it’s off, drawn to the ineffable grace. I mean they’re also just really big. Bigger than I always think they’re going to be.
Once you get into 75-inch and 85-inch territory, TV prices skyrocket. That used to be true of the 65-inch category, but every year prices go down just a bit more. Now, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive options from companies like TCL, Vizio, and Hisense. One particularly good one is the Hisense H9F, a 65-inch 4K TV with HDR support, and it’ll run you about $800. That’s not bad for a TV that turns your living room into a home theater, but there are a few caveats.
Slow but Steady
Unboxing any 65-inch TV is kind of a pain and the Hisense H9F is no exception—it’s a two-person affair—but after you free the TV from its cardboard prison, the rest of the setup is painless. The stand attaches to the center of the base with some sturdy screws and provides stable and reliable support for the TV. I never felt like my cat was going to push or pull it over—despite her best efforts.
The H9F runs Android TV so the setup process is very familiar to that of an Android phone. You sign into your Wi-Fi network, log in to your Google account, and that’s more or less it. The menus are a little slow and don’t always respond as quickly as they might on a higher-end model. I was testing a more expensive Sony Bravia OLED at the same time as the H9F, and while the difference between menu responsiveness was pretty negligible for the most part, the H9F would often get bogged down and take a second or two to respond even when I wasn’t hunting through various menus.
Speaking of hunting, the Google Play Store is just as easy to use as it is on other Android TVs. Just browse or search for the streaming services you’re subscribed to, download the apps, and you can easily re-arrange them on the home screen interface. Additionally, because it’s an Android TV, the H9