The Hisense 55-inch XT770 LCD smart TV impressed us straight out of the box with its looks. This is a particularly fine-looking set, with a thin, clear area around the bezel and a handsome metal stand.
It's a bit of a surprise, really — until recently, it was the top tier TV manufacturers who concentrated on design, with the premium price commanding premium aesthetic sensibilities. Hisense may not be producing anything in rose gold just yet, but they are going beyond the black rectangle.
It doesn't feel cheap or tacky, either — in fact, it's got some weight on it. At 25kg, without the stand attached, getting it out of the box was nearly a two-person job.
The XT770 has four HDMI ports — about average for the current crop of TVs — along with two USB ports, both with wired and wireless networking capabilities. Considering we've hadabout HDMI placements in the past, it's worth noting that all four on the XT770 are easily accessible and with absolutely nothing to block them. Quite relieving, really.
It's an active 3D screen — we tested with the standard Clash of the Titans disc and thought the results were fine, if not the best we've seen. We were more impressed with 2D; the image is bright and reasonably clear when playing Blu-rays, with maybe just the smallest bit of blur in very high action. We thought the image was great in bright light too, remaining quite clear under fluorescents.
Sound, however, was a bit disappointing — while the volume was there, we found it a little flat. It would be fine for TV, but was lacking a little for films. We'd recommend pairing this with speakers or a sound bar to get the most from it.