Review: Hisense 55A85H (A85H-serie) OLED TV

Review: Hisense 55A85H (A85H-serie) OLED TV. Overall, Hisense aims for affordable viewing pleasure and that also applies perfectly to this TV.

With this competitively priced OLED TV, Hisense clearly targets all other OLED competitors. The 55A85H has a nice set of specifications, including HDMI 2.1 connections and a well-equipped audio section. Is this the OLED buy you’ve been waiting for?

Hisense 55A85H – specifications

What Ultra HD OLED-tv
Screen format 55 inch (139 cm), train
Connections 4x HDMI (2x V2.0, 2x V2.1 eARC/ARC, ALLM, VRR, 4K120), 1x composite video, 1x stereo minijack, 1x optical digital out, 2x USB, 1x headphones, 2x antenna, Bluetooth
Extra’s Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, HDR10, HLG, WiFi (802.11b/g/n/ac) built-in, VIDAA U6 OS, USB/DLNA media player, DVB-T2/C/S2, CI-Plus lock
Dimensions 1.226 x 741 x 291 mm (incl. voet)
weight 21.5 kg (incl. base)
Consumption SDR 84 (G) / HDR 92 watt (G)
MSRP 1099 euro

Hisense 55A85H – Design

As long as you only look at the screen, the OLED design of most manufacturers is very similar. The slim panel steals the show with a fine metal edge as a frame that seamlessly merges into the back. At the bottom right you see the Hisense brand in a silver accent.

The entire device is about seven centimeters deep, but that’s only at the bottom where the speakers are hidden. The back of the housing is beautifully finished in a diamond pattern.

One detail we can really appreciate, namely the device is on a swivel base. The footplate is completely open at the front, which contributes to an elegant appearance.

Hisense 55A85H – Connections

Just like on the 55U8HQ, this OLED model is also equipped with two HDMI 2.0 connections and two HDMI 2.1 connections . On HDMI 3 and 4 you have 48 Gbps bandwidth, support for ALLM, VRR and eARC and you can game in 4K120.

There are also two USB connections, a composite video and stereo minijack input, optical digital audio out, and a headphone connection. The Ethernet connection and WiFi provide connectivity to your home network and there is Bluetooth for audio. The Ethernet connection, optical digital output and one USB connections point to the back, but are a bit deeper in the back so that tight wall mounting may just be possible.

Hisense 55A85H – Ease of use and smart TV

VIDAA U, Hisense’s smart TV platform, has a lot to offer. In this version, VIDAA U6, you can use user profiles to give each family member their own favorite apps, although this is not mandatory. You can use the TV perfectly, including all apps, without a VIDAA account.

You install the TV either with the remote or via the VIDAA app. We noticed an oddity. The installation procedure does not allow you to connect to your home network via Ethernet (even if the TV is connected via Ethernet), you can only connect via WiFi. We skipped that step and connected the TV to the network via the menus after installation, then you can opt for a wired connection. So it’s just a cosmetic flaw. We informed Hisense, it is possible that the installation procedure can be adjusted with a software update.

The VIDAA U interface is compact and well-arranged, but the Home screen is not very economical with screen space. The large central VIDAA banner is of no use. At the top you will find icons for the search function, inputs, settings, notifications, user profile, and voice commands. There is room for twelve apps under the banner. Once you select one, everything will slide up, giving you recommendations from that service, if available. You can determine the apps and the order in that row yourself. The interface responds smoothly.

Hisense offers a clean menu of settings, logically organized and easy to navigate.

Remote control

The remote control looks very classic, not to say old-fashioned. You do get twelve shortcuts for streaming services, but the layout and design radiate no or very little innovation. Twelve keyboard shortcuts, that’s a bit too much of a good thing as far as we’re concerned. We preferred to see four to six fixed keys for the most important services and, for example, three keys that the user can set himself.

Furthermore, there is little to criticize about the remote. The layout is solid, the keys are large and clearly labeled and easy to press.


Vidaa U6 delivers a decent app offering, but it’s still slightly behind the competition. The main international streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV) are available. The local offer for the Netherlands is also decent, but there is nothing yet for Belgium. Hisense is working on this, things like Viaplay, HBO Max, VTM Go and Streamz are on the schedule.

The TV has a single DVB-T2/C/S2 tuner and one CI+ slot, and you can record to an external USB hard drive. The USB media player supports most of our test formats, including subtitles and soundtracks (also in Dolby Atmos and DTS), but no longer supports the older Divx or Xvid. VIDAA Voice is available in Dutch, test it out, voice commands can be useful in some cases.

Hisense also promises to allow subsequent versions to flow to older models, at least as long as they do not make the user experience less smooth. So whether you will see a new version in practice is difficult to say.


Hisense 55A85H – Image processing

Live TV from a set-top box, or images from your Blu-ray player, they all look great. The image processing does not show any major glitches, but on the other hand cannot excel either. For live TV, the deinterlacing and upscaling are fine, although we liked to give sharpness a push to, for example, five to make fine detail a little more visible. The Hisense is very careful with noise reduction, if you want to eliminate random noise, you should quickly put that setting in the ‘medium’ position. The only point where we definitely see room for improvement is MPEG noise reduction. The TV has a hard time getting rid of blockiness and color bands in soft color gradients remain inexorably visible (photo is overexposed so that the effect is clearly visible).

OLED screens provide excellent motion sharpness, and you can count on that with this Hisense. It doesn’t deliver Black Frame Insertion, but we don’t find that a problem. After all, the current panels only allow 60 Hz BFI and that flickers visibly, making it rather disturbing. Switch ‘Ultra Smooth Motion’ to ‘Clear’ mode if you find excessive judder in movie images distracting. The Standard and Smooth modes provide smooth pan shots with relatively few image artifacts, at least as long as the camera doesn’t move too quickly. If that is the case, it seems that the processor cannot follow fast enough and you clearly see some stuttering.

Main settings

Picture Mode Settings / OLED Light Picture mode settings Picture mode settings Advanced settings
Backlight: 100
Maximum Dynamic Range Brightness: Low-Medium
Light Sensor: On/Off
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 77
Saturation: 45
Sharpness: 5
Adaptive Contrast: Off
Ultra Smooth Motion: Clear-Smooth
Noise Reduction: Off/Medium
MPEG Noise Reduction: Low
Color Temperature: Warm 1
Overscan: Off

Hisense 55A85H – Image quality

Judging by the spectrum of this Hisense’s OLED panel, it’s not one of the brand new panels. So it remains to be seen what the maximum brightness is that Hisense gets from the panel.

Two remarkably good points can be seen immediately. The uniformity is excellent, both for dark and bright images. There are no streaks or other traces of dirty screen effect.

The Filmmaker mode is a good guarantee for correct calibration, but the mode is very dark and really only suitable for viewing in darkening conditions. The Cinema Night and Day modes are slightly better, but set the Maximum Brightness to Medium to be on the safe side.

The Filmmaker mode is a good guarantee for correct calibration, but the mode is very dark and really only suitable for viewing in darkening conditions. The Cinema Day mode is slightly brighter, or just set the Maximum brightness to Medium yourself and disable the light sensor. The gray scale deviates a little to yellow. The color reproduction is very good, colors correctly retain their saturation, but are slightly darker than desired. All these deviations will never be noticed, because the error values ​​are very small. In other words, an excellent result.

Hisense 55A85H – HDR

Hisense opts for broad HDR support, a choice that we always welcome. Both HR10, HLG, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ are supported.

In terms of peak brightness, the A85H certainly scores well better than last year’s A90G. On the 10% window it reaches 726 nits and the Average brightess limiter should not intervene excessively hard. Only on the completely white test image does it fall back a bit stronger to 148 nits. Those are nice numbers, but it should be clear that you can see a difference with the top OLED models.

The color range is also good, we measure 96% P3 and 69% Rec.2020. What is striking is that it displays colors less brightly than desired, but that is something that you see with more OLED screens.

Just like in SDR, the Filmmaker Mode is very well calibrated, albeit with a few minor comments. For example, it does not always properly respect the HDR10 metadata, so that the image is sometimes a bit too dark and therefore loses some impact. The tone mapping is fine up to 2,000 nits, but clearer mastered images are more difficult. Clear white detail and color intensity are lost there. The Hisense does show very good shadow nuances. The presence of Dolby Vision once again proves to be an excellent choice, that content gives a clearly better result.

Gaming, Reflections and viewing angles

OLED panels have a very wide viewing angle. It is best to keep reflections as limited as possible, the Hisense has a slightly more difficult time with that. This is recommended anyway for the best viewing experience.

In game mode, the input lag is 16.4 ms (4K60) and 7.7 ms (2K120). That is more than enough for a great gaming experience. The VRR support includes HDMI VRR and AMD Freesync Premium. Keep in mind that eARC is on HDMI 3, so you have to sacrifice an HDMI 2.1 connection if you opt for an external audio solution.

Hisense 55A85H – Sound quality

The Hisense supports Dolby Atmos and DTS HD and with a total of 60 watts of power, it provides good audio support for your movies. A lot of volume is available. The sound does not deform too quickly and the interventions of the processor when you really ask for a lot of volume are not too disturbing. The audio quality is decent, with plenty of bass. Our only complaint is that it sounds a bit messy at times, especially if you ask for extreme sounds (we’re looking at you, Metallica). Switch to Dolby Atmos in the settings for best results. The Atmos demo tracks gave us a nice spatial feeling, so that is also a must. Not a top performance, but definitely in other words. Keep in mind that the screen is barely 4 cm above the furniture, so with a soundbar you risk that it covers some image at the bottom.

Hisense 55A85H – Conclusion

We already came to the conclusion in our review of the 55U8HQ that Hisense aims for affordable viewing pleasure and that also applies perfectly to this TV. We can’t point to many negatives. VIDAA You are somewhat behind in terms of app support, although this is mainly the case for local content. Hisense promises to get well soon, but you should always keep in mind that the one app you absolutely want will not come. The processor cannot eliminate color bands in soft color transitions, which can be very noticeable in certain images.

In any case, the OLED panel provides excellent image quality, as we are used to from OLED. The perfect contrast and beautiful color range are ideal for film, the HDR performance is good, and with support for HDR10 + and Dolby Vision IQ you have everything you need to enjoy the best HDR sources. The good motion sharpness is fine for sports and gaming. And unlike last year’s models, there are now also HDMI 2.1 connections that are suitable for real gamers. Solid audio performance and a smoothly operating VIDAA U platform round off the package. But it is mainly the price that catches the eye. It is particularly attractive for what it has to offer.


  • Excellent image quality
  • Price
  • Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+
  • Good motion sharpness
  • Good audio reproduction with Dolby Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1 ALLM, VRR an eARC

  • Just wait for all local content
  • Visible bands of color in soft transitions