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Hisense 55" 4k UHD TV 55 M3300 Argos £476
Hisense 55" 4k UHD TV 55 M3300 Argos £476

Hisense 55" 4k UHD TV 55 M3300 Argos £476

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An excellent well reviewed 55" LED 4k TV for £476 from Argos. Limited stock but there are some around. Picked one up from Hinckley today and looks an excellent bargain for the money. Priced at £529, use code TVS10 to take 10% off, making it approx £476.
EDIT: Code is now TV10

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That's an amazing price for this TV. If it doesn't already have HDR then you can download the update to enable it from their website too.

Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.
Can UK update be found on their site or just the French update I've been reading about?

alfreer1

Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK … Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK update be found on their site or just the French update I've been reading about?



how are you finding the tv?

What stands are you using for this size TV?

Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion regarding the HDR update confirmed first!
Edited by: "steve_b21" 8th Oct 2016

is there anyway to find the grey to grey for this tv?

Banned

The black levels on these panels arn't great if you like watching movies in the dark, which reveals a much higher than expected lightbleed from the bottom and top. What should be inky black ends up a murky dark grey with a blue tint to it.

We had two in a row like this, didn't bother a 3rd time, just got our money back and went for the Groupon 55" Samsung for £499. It's a world of difference.I'm not sure which 3rd party panels they use (possibly Cello/Goodmans if they are UK built), but they arn't particularly good, and of course the bigger the set is, the more noticeable and distracting such things are.

For someone who just likes catching up on the soaps you'll be okay, but by the nature of this being a 4k set it's possibly being aimed at the wrong market, as 4K viewers tend to be movie buffs with Netflix subscriptions and used to hunting around for high quality content, which this TV set will ruin.

If you're not interested in hunting around for 4k content and buying a 4k blurry player, then spend your money on an HD panel from Samsung or LG.

Banned

jamescorbs

That's an amazing price for this TV. If it doesn't already have HDR then … That's an amazing price for this TV. If it doesn't already have HDR then you can download the update to enable it from their website too.


See my comment above. Claims of HDR on these sets are erroneous should be prosecuted by trading standards when the set can't produce anything near black levels and colour gamut given in the specifications. The panels are bright and have a reasonably good refresh rate, but as for blacks you'll get muddy pictures and certainly no where near the contrast rage required to meet either of the two HDR standards currently certifying TV sets.

If you have a high end mobile phone (non oled) with vibrant colours and deep blacks, THAT'S closer to what you should be seeing on an HDR set, not this bull**** they peddle.
Edited by: "0zone" 8th Oct 2016

I here the HDR download does no difference what so ever?. Be interested to here owner's comments, as close to buying the 65".

is this true 4k at 10 bit...?

Original Poster

Just watched a 720p film on it. Yes, it doesn't have the black levels of OLED, I turned the backlight down and used cinema night picture mode and the picture quality is very good for the cost. Bear in mind this is 20% of the cost of a 2016 model 55" OLED, and roughly 50-60% of the cost of a real HDR set. This is my partners TV and "bang for buck" I still think it's an amazing deal

the HDR is an automatic update which hisense have started rolling out in the uk. Alternatively you can do the update manually by USB stick and the avforums give instructions on this. My own opinion is that this set is very good for the money and presents 4k content very well on Netflix and sat. incidentally this has a built in 4k sat decoder as well as freeview HD. I have had no issues with games on xbox either.

Got this for 449 from ao.com a few weeks ago and no regrets. I am not a panel nerd but from a simple user point of view it is a fantastic picture and sound. No doubt there are better 4K TVs out there for a lot more money but in terms of value for money this is difficult to beat. I had always gone for Panasonic up until now but after reading the reviews and seeing it for myself I would say go with the Hisense, worth every penny. The booking and delivery service from ao.com is very impressive, I certainly would purchase from them again.
Edited by: "Clangers99" 9th Oct 2016

I'd of thought if a TV is hdr capable it would be built in. Don't get how a software update can make hardware do something it wasn't designed and built for.

Televisions should offer brand deletion - the ability to remove the company logo for brand snobs.
I am sure sales would increase.

I have this. Got it for 500 a little while back. Great TV in my opinion. 4k looks just fine to me on Netflix and the Ps4 looks equally as smooth.

keno2000_uk

how are you finding the tv?


Too early to say to be honest, I work alot and haven't had a chance to tinker too much with the settings.
Coming from a 9 year old LG plasma I did notice HD channels looking better, SD not so great though.
Turned down the back light. Still need to find a good colour balance though.
Gaming has been ok so far: Tomb Raider and Black Ops 3 on PC.
Yet to try Netflix 4k and bluray purely sue to time constraints.
Edited by: "alfreer1" 9th Oct 2016

keno2000_uk

how are you finding the tv?



Just walk into the living room and it's there where I left it......

0zone

The black levels on these panels arn't great if you like watching movies … The black levels on these panels arn't great if you like watching movies in the dark, which reveals a much higher than expected lightbleed from the bottom and top. What should be inky black ends up a murky dark grey with a blue tint to it. We had two in a row like this, didn't bother a 3rd time, just got our money back and went for the Groupon 55" Samsung for £499. It's a world of difference.I'm not sure which 3rd party panels they use (possibly Cello/Goodmans if they are UK built), but they arn't particularly good, and of course the bigger the set is, the more noticeable and distracting such things are.For someone who just likes catching up on the soaps you'll be okay, but by the nature of this being a 4k set it's possibly being aimed at the wrong market, as 4K viewers tend to be movie buffs with Netflix subscriptions and used to hunting around for high quality content, which this TV set will ruin. If you're not interested in hunting around for 4k content and buying a 4k blurry player, then spend your money on an HD panel from Samsung or LG.


Cello/Goodmans???

I've got the 50" model of the TV.

Just to clarify a couple of things in the thread, the TV uses an 8-bit, edge-lit VA panel with dithering, allowing it to display HDR content. It has quite narrow viewing angles, so it would not be suitable for viewing in larger rooms with wide angles.

There's a big thread on AV Forums about this TV, and some people have had the TV calibrated with professional tools, achieving a static contrast ratio of 8261:1, so it's safe to say that the black levels are above average with this set.


alfreer1

Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK … Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK update be found on their site or just the French update I've been reading about?



It should find the update over the Internet quite soon. Mine update within a couple of days from having it. I found the best way to force the update is to switch off the set completely for a few min, switch it back on and then search for the update manually. Failing that, you could always update to 901 using the French firmware, which appears to be identical.

millward84

What stands are you using for this size TV?



I got myself a Mountright UMS4 glass TV stand from the Rainforest place. It does the job and looks pretty sleek.


steve_b21

Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion … Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion regarding the HDR update confirmed first!



The TV comes with firmware (v422) that allows it to playback HDR content over USB (local playback). I've watched a few sample HDR videos, and they all look amazing. Life of Pi was a highlight. The new firmware (v901), which has started rolling out in the last couple of weeks in the UK, and can be downloaded from the French Hisense website as a standalone, allows playback over HDMI. Unfortunately, the built-in Netflix and Amazon apps don't support HDR yet.

Kahunas

is this true 4k at 10 bit...?


At that price i highly doubt it

It's 8bit HDR and edge lit which means the HDR won't be fantastic in the middle

alfreer1

Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK … Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK update be found on their site or just the French update I've been reading about?

millward84

What stands are you using for this size TV?

steve_b21

Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion … Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion regarding the HDR update confirmed first!



Many thanks for the info.

I am on the look out for a 50/55" TV.... Which one on the market would you suggest is the best in a price range of about £400-700?

Moving into a new house soon so need need to be one asap. Thanks.

I don't understand the race for 4K. If you have a TV that has broken, sure replace it with a cheap 4k as a placeholder, but throwing out a decent FHD TV for a mediocre 4K set makes little sense to me.

90% of the programming you watch, or games you play won't be 4K, and in many cases won't even be FHD, so why would I want to willingly display this on a TV that will need to scale it and stretch it across a mediocre screen and introduce a load of noise and latency based on the image processing you're asking it to do? I don't get it.

Then there's the standards war that's waging where you have various parties and alliances pulling in differing directions (a la BD vs HD-DVD), at the end of all of this you'll be left with something akin to a HD-Ready screen of yesteryear that nobody will touch with a bargepole.

If you can afford to wait for transmission to catch up, just wait. There are better deals coming for good 10bit 4/4/4 panels and if you really can't wait for Q2/Q3 next year, at least wait until Christmas/Black Friday!

alfreer1

Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK … Mine has not found any automatic updates yet. I've had it 10 days.Can UK update be found on their site or just the French update I've been reading about?

millward84

What stands are you using for this size TV?

steve_b21

Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion … Would have been interested in this ... However need the confusion regarding the HDR update confirmed first!



Buy a decent second hand FHD set from one of the chumps upgrading their high-end Sony/Samsung for a subpar 4k Hisense or Bush!

Banned

millward84

What stands are you using for this size TV?


I tend to sit but otherwise I use the two feet on the floor and stand up straight type.

Technicolor

I tend to sit but otherwise I use the two feet on the floor and stand up … I tend to sit but otherwise I use the two feet on the floor and stand up straight type.


I'm guessing this TV must be a big advance for you over your old 21" b&w.

Have the 10bit moaners actually priced up the difference between a 8 and 10 bit, in many models it's £500 more, except that is if you are the sales guy in currys yesterday that tried to tell us the price difference between £800 8 bit and £1300 10 bit was only £200. If you are in for a to under a grand you are not going to pay the difference for a 10 bit

John Lewis does have the 10 bit version for £799 but then again that's half the price again.
Edited by: "eslick" 9th Oct 2016

Kahunas

is this true 4k at 10 bit...?


No it's an 8bit panel.

I bought it thinking it was a 10bit panel but ultimately they're twice the price and it's a brilliant picture in 4k and 720p/1080p so I'm happy. I'll get a 10bit panel in a few years.
Edited by: "retrend" 9th Oct 2016

keno2000_uk

how are you finding the tv?



It'll be in his front room, should be easy enough to find.

Edited by: "spenspuma" 9th Oct 2016

0zone

contrast rage



Is that the film-buff equivalent of road rage?

The_Hoff

Buy a decent second hand FHD set from one of the chumps upgrading their … Buy a decent second hand FHD set from one of the chumps upgrading their high-end Sony/Samsung for a subpar 4k Hisense or Bush!


Sadly I don't know anyone like that.
I usually have friends and neighbours getting MY old stuff !!!

HDR update for 3000/3300 will be released by end of this coming week according to Hisense. They're updating in batches every day.

I'm waiting for it too, will be interesting to see what difference it makes on my Xbox for Forza since it's meant to be really good in HDR!

Edited by: "kiish" 9th Oct 2016

keno2000_uk

how are you finding the tv?


I just walk into the living room, most of the time I can locate it within a few seconds. Sunday mornings though, I must admit that it can take me longer.
Edited by: "quidstretchy" 9th Oct 2016

Kahunas

is this true 4k at 10 bit...?



nowhere near and never will be. It's an 8 bit panel and doesn't get anywhere near the performance required for true HDR.

kiish

HDR update for 3000/3300 will be released by end of this coming week … HDR update for 3000/3300 will be released by end of this coming week according to Hisense. They're updating in batches every day.I'm waiting for it too, will be interesting to see what difference it makes on my Xbox for Forza since it's meant to be really good in HDR!



You won't notice any difference at all as the panel is unable to produce the required spectrum for true HDR.

If you want a set with HDR you will need to spend more than this, and also check what sources you get HDR from. Some TV's it's only from USB...!

checkley73

You won't notice any difference at all as the panel is unable to produce … You won't notice any difference at all as the panel is unable to produce the required spectrum for true HDR.If you want a set with HDR you will need to spend more than this, and also check what sources you get HDR from. Some TV's it's only from USB...!



According to several other forums even with 8bit you will notice A difference. This TV is also only USB at the moment, Hisense are releasing the firmware for HDMI ports this week and next week for the models.

kiish

According to several other forums even with 8bit you will notice A … According to several other forums even with 8bit you will notice A difference. This TV is also only USB at the moment, Hisense are releasing the firmware for HDMI ports this week and next week for the models.



I'll be interested to see your view once you have the update, from what I have seen you cannot tell the difference with a human eye and that's all I have been blessed with for now.

According to What HiFi you'd be better off getting an equally priced full HD set unless you are into 4K snobbishness.

P.S. I have a 4K set but it wasn't for 4K content it was because it has a great full HD picture.

soldierboy001

According to What HiFi you'd be better off getting an equally priced full … According to What HiFi you'd be better off getting an equally priced full HD set unless you are into 4K snobbishness.P.S. I have a 4K set but it wasn't for 4K content it was because it has a great full HD picture.




4K upscaling is really good on this set. It could be that I'm used to my old Panasonic plasma's soft image, but the quality of the picture of true 1080p sources upscaled to 4K is really impressive on this TV.

When it comes to HDR, out of the box the TV only does local HDR playback, so you can watch HDR videos over USB. With the 901 update, you can do it over HDMI, and whilst initial reports have been mixed, the HDR sample of Life of Pi and HDR in Forza Horizon 3 is simply amazing.

The real issue is lack of true 4K HDR content at the moment.
Edited by: "Beorg" 9th Oct 2016
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