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Guest Post: Hisense Has Some Must-Haves For Your Student’s School-Year Living Space

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 2, 2020 by itnerd

We may be in unprecedented times, and this fall and the return to school won’t be like any other, but there will still be students heading off to university or college — and for many of the first-year students they’re heading out on their own for the first time.

When sending your child out into the world, it’s a good idea to make sure they are properly equipped for the journey. Specifically, they have been used to living at home and sharing all of the amenities that make a house a home. When they are headed to their student living arrangements — whether on campus or off — it’s a good idea to ensure that a few must-have items are around to make their school year that much better.

The folks at Hisense Canada offer the following advice for must-haves in the dorm or student house:

  • Television — A good-size TV can be a difference maker. Tether it to a laptop to get bigger and better picture for virtual lectures. Today’s smart TVs will give your kid all of the streaming options they need to stay entertained between classes. A Hisense H4G (available at Walmart.ca and Costco instore and online) is equipped with Roku, is full HD and has all the inputs your child needs to hook up their gaming system or computer. And at 43 inches, it’s a good size screen for a dorm room.
  • Good Headphones — Whether it is sitting in on a virtual lecture or winding down and listening to their favourite songs, a good set of headphones are a must. Blue tooth headphones can connect to their smartphone, laptop and even their Hisense TV. It will also allow them to focus on what they are doing, and not annoy any roommates with their ambient noise.
  • Mini Fridge — Students in residence cannot live on cafeteria food alone. Even if sharing a house with a roommate who likes to cook, a personal fridge will give your child a place to keep their own food or drink and stash their leftovers. It’s convenient, will cut down on potential arguments with roommates who like to raid the main fridge and it can also serve as a tabletop surface for storing items.
  • Cleaning Supplies — It’s not all fun and games. Mom and dad won’t be around to clean up anymore, so it’s a good idea to equip your student with some basic cleaning supplies so that they can keep their space neat and tidy. Include a disinfecting cleaner, dust mop and pre-moistened cloths they can use to keep their high-touch surfaces clean.
  • Personal Touches — A dorm room can be pretty sterile. Send along some family pictures, some art from the home or even a potted house plant or two to give the student housing space a little more character and atmosphere from home.
  • Dehumidifier — Chances are , whether in a dorm or an apartment, students have little control over the climate in the room. They can maybe fiddle with the temperature, but they are at the mercy of the building’s HVAC system when it comes to the humidity. A dehumidifier will help regulate the moisture in the air — and can be invaluable in a small space bathroom.

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com

Hisense Introduces the Next Evolution of Television at CES 2020

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 7, 2020 by itnerd

Home entertainment is taking its next step with the 2020 lineup of Hisense televisions, introduced at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week.

Hisense, provider of high-performance TVs and appliances, unveiled a lineup that combines new technologies — such as dual cell panels — with multiple platforms and smart home connectivity in a sleek and stylish package with a competitive price point.

New from Hisense being showcased at CES 2020 this year:

  • L5 4K Ultra Short Throw Laser TV — Creating a true cinematic experience at an unbelievable price, the L5 series brings the big-screen TV into almost any room of your house. An ultra short throw projector, the L5 provides a theatre-like setting in the comfort of your home. It offers a far more affordable and efficient alternative to large LCD screens, and delivers true-to-life images that exceed the standard 4K colour range.
    The L5’s blue laser light source produces razor-sharp, precise images with stunning detail, all while avoiding unwanted light dispersion and offering a more natural viewing experience. Fast-moving images appear smooth and precise, making it the ideal source for watching sports, enjoying fast-action movies and gaming. Embedded speakers featuring dbx-tv® provide a superior audio experience, and Android TVTM brings plenty of content options with more than 5,000 apps and games from the Google Play® store to the 100-inch screen.
  • Hisense Q9G Quantum — A series favourite delivers even more options and features in 2020. Featuring Hisense’s patented ULED technology for enhanced picture quality, the Q9G Quantum Dot Series adds Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos® image and sound technologies to provide enhanced colour and immersive audio. Additional local dimming zones paired with Quantum Dot results in a true-to-life watching experience. Android TVTM brings more than 500,000 movies and shows, plus video streaming from Netflix®, Disney+, Hulu®, YouTubeTM and others, making it easy to find your favourite content. In bezel microphones and far-field voice control makes Q9G a true smart home hub.
    With the built-in Google AssistantTM, Q9G users can do more on the TV with just their voice. Ask the Assistant to search for the latest blockbuster or stream shows. You can also ask it questions and see the answers on the TV. Have it dim the lights by connecting smart home devices. Or manage tasks and see calendars without needing to grab another device. And with screenless mode, you can access the Assistant on the TV, even when it’s tuned off. It acts like a Google Assistant speaker. When you want to see a response to a question or command, the Assistant will know to turn on the TV.
  • Q8G Quantum — The most popular Hisense TV gets Quantum Dot technology, giving it a huge boost in colour, and a better cinematic experience. Featuring Hisense’s patented ULED technology, Hi-View Engine, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, the Q8 G Series provides an exceptional viewing experience at an affordable price. Now with screen sizes up to 75 inches, viewers can enjoy richer colours and greater detail with the addition of more local dimming zones — all on a user-friendly platform. With integrated Android technology, users can easily stream thousands of movies and shows from a variety of platforms, such as Disney+, Netflix, CraveTV, and YouTube. The Hisense Android TV features a voice remote for easy browsing, and the built-in Google Assistant allows users to quickly search and access entertainment, get answers from Google, control smart home devices and more.
  • H78G Series — Hisense brings even more Android TV options in 2020 with the H78G Series, a 4K ultra high definition TV featuring Dolby Vision, DTS Virtual: XTM, Motion Rate Technology, Bluetooth® audio and has a built-in Chromecast. The TV is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, letting users control the TV via Alexa-enabled and Google Home devices.
  • H56G Series — Enjoy multi-dimensional sound in any room with the H56G Series HD Smart TV. It’s a must-have that features the Google Assistant built-in in the Android TV to give users the power to control the TV from the comfort of their couch. The H56G provides a full HD 2K viewing experience, DTS Studio SoundTM for a crisp sound, Bluetooth audio to stream music with the fuss of wires and a voice remote. The screen size makes it ideal for smaller rooms — and budgets.
  • XD9G Series — Featuring Hisense’s proprietary ULED XD technology, the XDG9 integrates Quantum Dot technology, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The fusion of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision transforms the entertainment experience through ultra-vivid picture quality — incredible brightness, contrast, colour and detail — and immersive moving audio that flows all around a listener. In-bezel microphones and smart features, such as far-field voice control and integrated Google Assistant, make the TV a smart home hub.
  • R6G Series — Roku is the No. 1 TV streaming platform, and Hisense’s Roku TV models offers consumers a customizable home screen, thousands of free and paid streaming channels and advanced features like fast and easy search across top channels with results ranked by price search. The Roku home screen puts a customer’s favourite entertainment in one place so it’s easier than ever to watch what they love, including live TV, sports, news, hit movies, popular shows and more. Plus, consumers will always get the latest features with automatic updates. They also get access to the free Roku mobile app, with even more features like Roku Voice and private listening.
  • H4G Series — The Hisense Rou TV H4G Series is ideal for binge watchers on a budget. Equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and faster search, users can activate and find their favourite shows, sit back and enjoy the rich 2K picture.

Pricing & Availability

Hisense is showcasing its entire 2020 product lineup, including the brand new L5 laser TV and XD9G, the first dual cell technology TV on the market, January 7-10 at CES in the LVCC, Centre Hall Booth #10039.

The 2020 Hisense TV lineup will be available in Canada:

  • Q9G Series — April 2020
  • Q8G Series — April 2020
  • H78G Series — Q2 2020
  • H56G Series — Q2 2020
  • R6G Series — April 2020
  • H4G Series — April 2020

Availability of the L5 and XD9G TVs in Canada is still to be announced.

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com.

Guest Post: Hisense Tells You How To Check That Gamer Off Your List

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 19, 2019 by itnerd

It’s the time of year to make that list and check it twice.

Of course checking it is the easy part. The real challenge is making the list in the first place. Even if you know what you want to get people, there is always the risk they won’t like it, it’s the wrong size or not the right kind of item. That is particularly true if you have a video gamer in your life, and you would like to get them the right set up so they can fully enjoy their hobby.

“While it is the thought that counts, you are best to do a bit of research to make sure you are getting the right item,” says Travis Thompson, a product training expert with Hisense Canada. “Not just any TV will do for today’s video game consoles. You need a high resolution, stark contrasts and a quick-moving screen to keep up with action without any lag time.”

When shopping for a TV for the gamer on your list, Travis recommends looking for the following:

  • Resolution — 4K is pretty much a given on any new TV nowadays, but all of the modern game consoles are now in 4K resolution. To get the most out of the gaming system, it is best to have a TV that matches what the console supports.
  • HDR — The short form of high-dynamic range, it means the TV has a massive range of colours, which appear brighter and in greater contrast. It is great for dark scenes in games.
  • Low Input Lag — Video games move fast, and if your refresh or motion rate is low the images on the screen will blur. Look for a refresh rate of 120Hz for crisp, clear action the screen at all times.
  • MEMC — A chip (Motion Estimation / Motion Compensation) that is used to interpolate extra images on your TV, which is a fancy way of saying it works with the refresh or motion rate to smooth out the picture.
  • Local Dimming — By automatically dimming the backlight on black parts of the image on the screen, local dimming gives deeper and darker blacks and better contrast and colour accuracy.

“Some TVs are ideally for watching movies, others for sports and some for video games,” says Travis. “The Hisense H8 family of 4K ULED TVs is perfectly suited for that escape into the alternate reality of video games.”

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com

Guest Post: Hisense-Breaking SmartTV Myths for Black Friday

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 5, 2019 by itnerd

While technically an American phenomena, Black Friday — and the requisite shopping deals that come with it — has invariably filtered north.

It may not coincide with a Canadian holiday, but retailers in this country have jumped into the habit of slashing prices and offering deep discounts on the last Friday of November, giving Canadian shoppers the chance to start checking items off their Christmas list without breaking the bank and having to deal with the hassles of border crossings. But whether shopping in Canada or the United States, it is recommended consumers do a little research lest they get lured into a deal that is too good to be true, and turns out to be exactly like that.

“Home electronics are one of the more sought after products on Black Friday, but not all are created the same,” says Meaghan Wilkinson, Director of Marketing for Hisense Canada. “Most consumers are doing their research before they commit to buying a TV or other device, but even in that process you have to be cautious as not everything on the Internet is true.”

To help you out when looking at that next big screen TV on Black Friday — whether to wrap and give as a gift or for your own personal use — Meaghan wants to break the following myths:

  • MYTH: You shouldn’t connect your smart TV to the Internet.

FACTS: For optimal use of a Smart TV, connection to the Internet is critical.  Not only to access all your favourite movies, apps and TV shows , but you will miss bug fixes and software updates that are sent to your TV only when there is an active Internet connection. This isn’t unique to TVs. Your cellphone, video game system, computer, tablet and pretty much any other “connected” device will get updates from time to time. The idea that manufacturers are using these updates to sabotage their own products is pure hogwash.

  • MYTH: Any TV will do for any use.

FACTS: Everybody has different TV habits. Some are movie buffs, while others love their weekly sitcoms. Sports fans are tuning in to see their favourite teams and video gamers are potentially spending hours in front of their set. The reality in today’s TV marketplace is there is a TV with features that are best suited to each. Movie and sitcom fans would do well with a Smart TV that gives them quick and easy access to their favourite streaming services. Movie fans should look for nothing less than 4K ULED or Quantum Dot technology for resolution better than they would get in a theatre. A TV that will communicate with your home theatre system is also a plus for optimum sound. High resolution does the sports fan good as well. They should also look for a TV with higher hertz (Hz) — the higher the number, the less drag there is in the action. For video games, go for high hertz and low latency.

  • MYTH: Major manufacturers support all their products being sold on retailers websites.

FACTS: Most online retailers have marketplace “partners” that piggyback on the retailer’s online portal to sell from their own stock. Be wary when shopping here. You may be buying an older model, a foreign model or something that is refurbished. And in each of those cases, it is unlikely the manufacturer’s warranty is still valid. This is certainly a case where a deal that looks too good to be true just may be.

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com.

Hisense Announces Quantum Dot TVs

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 30, 2019 by itnerd

With colours as vibrant as you would see in nature, the darkest blacks and brightest whites, Quantum Dot technology is providing an unparalleled TV viewing experience.

Quantum Dots are semiconductor nanocrystals that produce pure red, green and blue lights, supporting a TV display that is brighter, with sharper contrasts and more than a billion colours. Whether watching a movie, sports or your favourite sitcom or playing video games, doing so on a Quantum Dot TV will take you to new levels.

A Quantum Dot display is as much as 100 times brighter than a classic cathode ray tube or even liquid crystals. Quantum Dot LEDs have reached in excess of 9,000 candelas per square metre; by way of comparison, an LCD computer monitor is about 500 candelas per square metre.

The result is a bright, crisp picture that can keep up with the action on the screen.

Hisense currently offers Quantum Dot technology in two of its TV families

  • Q8 Series — The Q8 — available in 55-inch and 65-inch screens — is a 4K ULED set equipped with Android TV. Local dimming makes it easy to watch from almost any angle, and the colour, contrast and brightness is supported by Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range. It also has Motion Rate technology to minimize lag during fast-moving sequences — perfect for taking in a high-speed chase or action on the ice. The result is a brilliant picture with oceans that sparkle bluer, fiery reds burning hotter and grass that is always greener. The Android TV has Google Assistant built in, allowing seamless networking with your Google Home and voice-activated commands, It also means access to more than 500,000 movies and TV shows through streaming services like Netflix, Google Play, YouTube and Amazon Prime. The Q8 is now available at Costco.ca, Best Buy.ca, Amazon.ca and other retailers across Canada.
  • Q9 Series — The superior picture quality and speed of the Q9 makes it an ideal TV for gamers. Similar to the Q8, it boasts more than a billion colours to maximize colour accuracy. It has 132 local dimming zones , Motion Rate technology and 1,000 nits peak brightness, so the picture looks great in a light or dark room. Connect to Google Home or Alexa and stream content in excess of a half-million shows and movies — using voice-activated controls. The Q9 is available at Visions Electronics and in Quebec at Brault & Martineau.

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com.

Hisense Canada Is Expanding its Retail Footprint

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 21, 2019 by itnerd

One of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of televisions is making an aggressive push into the Canadian market.

Globally, Hisense is celebrating 50 years in business, and it has been quite the half century for the Chinese company. It is the top selling TV brand in its home country, and in the Top 5 worldwide. But Hisense has only been in Canada for seven years, and is now making headway in an aggressive retail space, adding 2some of its television lines to Best Buy and Amazon.ca in recent weeks, and into Walmart Canada by mid-month.

Hisense is a global leader in innovation, and has been part of the consortium developing Quantum Dot technology for TV. This latest innovation offers a spectrum of more than a billion colours with sharp contrasts and a screen that can be up to 100 times brighter than a typical TV.

At Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart look for:

  • H8 Series — Boasting Hisense’s proprietary ULED technology and Hi-View chipset, the H8 TVs are redefining colour, contrast, brightness and smooth motion. The Wide Colour Gamut offers more than a billion colours with up to 60 local dimming zones to amplify the colour accuracy and contrast range. Motion Rate technology minimizes blurring during fast-moving sequences and it has up to 700 nits peak brightness, ensuring it looks great even in a bright room. It is powered by Android TV with Google Assistant, meaning you can connect it to your smart home through Alexa or Google Home and stream more than a half-million movies and TV shows.
  • Q Series — The Q series — available in 55-inch and 65-inch screens — are 4K ULED Quantum Dot sets equipped with Android TV. Local dimming makes it easy to watch from almost any angle, and the colour, contrast and brightness is supported by Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range. It also has Motion Rate technology to minimize lag during fast-moving sequences — perfect for taking in a high-speed chase or action on the ice. The result is a brilliant picture with oceans that sparkle bluer, fiery reds burning hotter and grass that is always greener. The Android TV has Google Assistant built in, allowing seamless networking with your Google Home and voice-activated commands, It also means access to more than 500,000 movies and TV shows through streaming services like Netflix, Google Play, YouTube and Amazon Prime.

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com.