Is Element TV Better Than Hisense?
By Trae Jacobs,
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When it comes to smart TVs, Element TVs and Hisense TVs tend to be the more affordable options available. With that said, you may be wondering if one brand is better than the other.
Hisense offers a technologically superior TV compared to Element TVs and is, therefore, the better brand.
Read on to learn more about how Hisense and Element TVs stack up against one another and why one seems to be the better buy.
Hisense TVs vs. Element TVs
The best way to answer whether one electronic brand is better than the other is to take the best that both have to offer and compare them to each other. Here, we have the Hisense U9DG OLED 75″ versus the Element 4K UHD 65″ Roku TV.
|Hisense U9DG 75”||Element 4K UHD 65” Roku|
|Ports||4xHDMI 2.0 eARC, 2xUSB(2.0 and 3.0), 1xEthernet||3xHDMI w/eARC, 1xUSB, 1xEthernet|
|Compatibility||Built-in Amazon Alex. Works with Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Homekit|
|Network Connection||Built-in Dual-Band WiFi and Bluetooth||Standard WiFi Connection|
|HDR||HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, IQ, and HLG||HDR10|
|Sound Technology||IMAX Enhanced 2.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos||Standard Dolby Audio 2x8w Speakers|
|Game Mode||Yes, ALLM||Yes|
We have to start here because it is the dominant feature everyone looks for in a new TV.
The U9DG is Hisense’s first foray into OLED sets, and it’s a phenomenal picture with support of the full range of formats that allow it to take advantage of deep blacks and high levels of contrast capabilities.
- OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It has an enormous advantage over LEDs because black colors cause the lights to turn off; meanwhile, an individual pixel can change into any bright and dynamic color.
- LEDs don’t emit their own light and are often lit by another illumination mechanism altogether. The “DLED” in the Element TV is just a fancy way of saying that it’s an LED display lit by a backlight.
The Hisense U9DG is equipped to handle every format you can imagine and is truly on par with the industry giants, like LG and Sony, while not quite being able to stand out from them. HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, IQ, and HLG are all supported by Hisense.
Element’s flagship, 4k, smart TV supports HDR10, but that’s where it ends. Even the mid-range Hisense TVs go well beyond that.
Here is where the Element outshines Hisense because it has a little more in terms of smart home connectivity going on. While the Hisense will work with devices mirroring their displays, it won’t play as nice with Apple Airplay.
On the other hand, Element TVs can integrate with Apple services and Siri through Apple Homekit. Also, Apple AirPlay works great with the Element, while it’s hit or miss with the Hisense because there is no official support behind it.
Amazon Alexa is the most common virtual assistant of the bunch, and both smart TVs work great with Alexa, including everything that you would expect from automating your TV, with on/off programming, voice control, and IFTTT-type features.
The Hisense trumps the Element just as badly with audio as it does with video. The Hisense U9DG, along with lower-tier models, supports 2.1.2 Dolby Atmos, which is capable of IMAX enhanced features, and that’s how its factory speakers arrive, with no upgrades.
The Element 4k UHD 65″ Roku has the kind of factory speaker that you expect from a standard TV factory speaker set. They’re capable but no more. With the Element, you get 2x8W speakers that support basic Dolby functions. While that is adequate, you will have to upgrade if you are looking for more immersive sound.
The Hisense is more compatible with attached peripherals as it has an extra HDMI 2.0 port with more ports for eARC, two USB ports (including a USB 3.0), and an ethernet port.
The Element keeps it more basic with the one USB standard port, two standard HDMI ports, and one extra HDMI eARC. The Element does have an ethernet port for wired connectivity.
Given how the Hisense’s flagship TV so thoroughly outshines the Element’s flagship TV, you would have to expect a major price difference, and this is where you see the point of the Element smart TVs. They aren’t designed to outshine other competitors. They don’t belong in the same category as the Hisense because they’re not trying to.
Element TVs are built with the most that you can get for the least amount of money. While Hisense staked its reputation on a similar structure, they save money for the consumers because Hisense doesn’t have to build its software, relying instead on Roku and Android operating systems.
These two smart TVs are perfect for the category of customers that they target. When you consider the $2k price tag of the Hisense, realize that it could easily be a $4k price tag if Hisense elected to build their own software. In terms of a hardware and software comparison between the two, the Element is simply outclassed.