Have you ever reached a stage in a newish relationship where you have to decide on buying things together? My partner and I are currently looking into buying a smart tv, for those cosy movie nights, and fun-filled Rugby tournaments. My other half is a big gadget fan and doesn’t mind spending the extra money on name brands, but my argument is, is it is essential?
To have an educated and informed debate, I decided to do a little research so I could figure out if it is required to spend more for the name. Before making this comparison, my vote was for Hisense, while Samsung was the only option in said partners eyes.
I searched for models using our predetermined criteria, 43” UHD Smart TV, and narrowed it down to the two closest, fairest competitors, the Samsung 43NU7100 and the Hisense 43H7C.
When it comes to the basics, they are much of a muchness. Both are Series 7 TVs (one of the latest software and hardware updates). Both are 4K/UHD and Full HD compatible with 3840×2160-pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio and both have 1.07billion display colours with the same degree viewing angles. So far, so good. The refresh rate is 60Hz, and file formats include AVI, WMV and MP4. It also includes 3GPP, MKV, TS and WebM. Here is where it starts to differ a little, the Samsung also supports M2TS and ASF formats. The audio difference on these televisions also varies slightly with the Samsung hosting 20w speakers and the Hisense only 14w.
Ok now we start seeing the differences, the televisions have the same height and width. The Hisense is 2.8cm deeper, making it 400g more massive, but we won’t be holding it up the whole time, so does this matter? When mounted on stands, the Samsung stands 3 cm higher than the Hisense.
Both brands support all the popular movie streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO and Vudu if it is available to your area. Samsung also supports GooglePlay while the Hisense does not.
The most significant difference I can find to cement my belief in the Hisense, and that’s the type of backlighting. Samsung uses Edge LED which in essence is a strip of LEDs along the four edges. The Hisense has Direct LED, which means the LED strips run from side to side. This covers the entire panel, giving a brighter crisper picture. Other than that, I can see the minimal variance in the two models, and I’m sure when comparing other similar models from the same brands, there will still be little to no difference. So, at $100 less, the Hisense keeps my vote.