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Despite all the buzz that 4K TVs have been getting lately, 1080p sets are still alive and kicking. Since 1080p is still considered the dominant resolution for many people, it would only be fair to give some attention to a budget 1080p screen that can still deliver a great experience in 2020. Today I’m going to talk about the Hisense 40H5590F and explain whether or not anyone in the market for a 1080p screen should give it a try.
It would be wise to curb your expectations appropriately when buying a large TV set that only costs a couple of hundred dollars. Despite this, the Hisense 40H5590F isn’t half bad when it comes to build quality.
For one thing, this TV was thicker than I expected. It is not the easiest TV in the world to mount on a wall because of this. The casing is made out of fairly cheap plastic but it’s strong enough to work as a frame.
The Hisense 40H5590F does have very nice leg stands. They supply the TV with enough support to keep wobbling to an absolute minimum so any flat surface can handle this TV well.
Smart TV and Product Features
Hisense TVs typically use Android TV as their Smart OS, which is one of my favorite operating software, if not my favorite one. However, I had my fair share of hiccups using the Hisense 40H5590F.
While the UI of the Android TV OS is quite good, the smoothness and the speed of the interface left a lot to be desired. This TV probably isn’t using the most up to date processor despite being a 2019 model. Even updating the TV didn’t fix a lot of the stuttering that I encountered.
The Hisense 40H5590F also has some issues with basic product features. The max volume setting seemed too quiet for my ears, so I would recommend using this set with either dedicated speakers or a soundbar. The wi-fi is only compatible with 2.4ghz and not 5ghz, which was just a baffling decision to me. There are also only two HDMI ports which will probably inconvenience many people.
While there are a lot of issues, most of them are minor. Most of the time the smart TV functions worked adequately and this could still be a good entry-level Smart TV thanks to the low price.
Because the Hisense 40H5590F is a 1080p set, you won’t be seeing any of the amazing benefits of 4K or HDR 10. However the 40H5590F still looks pretty good, all things considered. As far as I could tell it is a better looking than average 1080p screen.
It should be noted that viewing angles and light reflections can be an issue with this set, so use this TV in darkened rooms at a straight angle.
But what this TV does well is impressive considering the low price. At 40 inches, the size is a little too large for the optimal pixel density of 1080p, but it isn’t too stretched out or blurry either. It has a decent contrast ratio, most colors are represented fairly accurately and it also has a 120hz smooth motion rate so that fast paced imagery will look smoother. This makes it a pretty solid choice for people who enjoy watching sports or action movies. It will also function pretty nicely as a gaming TV.