The Hisense 32H3B1 is a basic entrant into the HD TV pool. Its simple design and features make it easy to operate out of the box. The multiple input modes make it great for game rooms or bedrooms with game consoles and DVD players. Quality sound and a decent picture make it a good contender at a low price.

Spending time looking for a new TV can be exhausting. Not only that, but sometimes it also seems like you'll have to pay a ton of money you don't have. Things like 4K and screen refresh rates are terms you don't understand and really don't want to. You want a decent TV at a low price. You don't want to waste your money on something that will break in five days. Enter the Hisense 32H3B1. It is a basic HD television at a great price, which may give you exactly what you're seeking.

What Is So Important About TV Resolution?

At present, there seems to be an endless number of options when it comes to TVs. The highest resolution or picture quality available at the time of writing was 4K, which enables viewers to see double the amount of colors or pixels as the next-best option, which is 1080. 4K is considered ultra-high-definition TV, and depending on refresh rate, can give you too much detail, resulting in picture instability.

1080 is the next step down from 4K and is the most common resolution. It provides the viewer with a significant level of detail without the shake, and the color balance between black and white is super sharp. Colors are vivid, and Blu-Ray movies and high-definition video games are often best played in this setting.

The final step down is 720 resolution, which is the entry level of the high-definition television. It gives sufficient color and clarity, but the picture is less than stellar, as colors aren't vivid. The Hisense 32H3B1 is at this level.

What Are the Features of the Hisense 32H3B1?

Hisense 32H3B1 32-Inch 720p LED TV (2016 Model)
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: No

The Hisense 32H3B1 is a basic HD TV with a decent picture quality for the price. It has a 720p high-definition resolution, which means it won't be the most detailed picture, but it will be good enough to enjoy your favorite show or a movie.

The screen isn't too dark or too bright, which can be a problem with a 720 resolution TV. In fact, the light balance is pretty good. While a particularly dark scene in a movie or show will appear even darker and you may miss some of the detail, you won't miss much.

The lack of motion compensation may give you a less-then-decent picture on your television when it comes to sporting events or high-action scenes.

The Hisense 32H3B1 also doesn't connect to the internet like most of its contemporaries. These smart TVs connect directly to the internet via your in-home WiFi to allow users to surf Netflix or Amazon Prime offerings. In this way, the Hisense 32H3B1 is considered a "dumb" TV.

There are two other versions of the Hisense 32H3B1 that are more sophisticated, the 40 and 50-inch versions. Both of these do offer 1080 HD quality resolution.

You can watch most things and enjoy most games with a 720p resolution. Your kids might complain that some of their video games aren't as clear, and they may be dark, but you can manually change the settings on the Hisense 32H3B1 to brighten it up a bit for pickier viewers.

The level of shadows and dark space that show up on the screen are relatively high, which means higher contrast and denser coloring in shows and movies. At this price, one would expect the black levels to be more dull and gray. However, in testing, this turned out not to be the case.


Features

  • ease of use
  • HDMI PORTS
  • SOUND QUALITY
  • COLORS
  • RESOLUTION
  • PIXELS
  • REFRESH RATE

The faster the refresh rate, the better your TV will be able to keep up with high-definition shows and movies. Lower refresh rates mean live sporting events may have a lag or freeze time, as will Blue-Ray quality movies. The lower refresh rate makes it impossible for the Hisense 32H3B1 to keep up with the quick action and movements of some of these higher-definition events.

Our Ratings


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Specifications


Type:

LED-backlit LCD TV

Weight:

10.58 pounds

Product Dimensions:

28.9 x 3.5 x 17.1 inches (without stand)

Screen Type

Flat Panel

Screen Sizes Available (diagonal):

31.5 inches

Resolution:

1366 x 768

Display Format:

720p

Noise Reducing:

Yes

Internet Ready:

No

HDMI Ports

3

Style:

Flat

Warranty:

One year

Retail Stores:

Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Target

Pricing


The price of the Hisense 32H3B1 is one of its best-selling features. The 32-inch TV reviewed here will set you back between $129 and $179 depending on where you purchase it. The Hisense 32H3B1 can be purchased online through Amazon and Walmart. You may also be able to find it in stores like Target and Best Buy, but you should call ahead to see if they have them in stock.

How the Hisense 32H3B1 Compares to Other Televisions

Pros

  • Two HDMI ports to keep you connected
  • True surround sound built in keeps audio sound clear
  • 60 refresh rate keeps the picture from freezing
  • Easy to see in all levels of light

Cons

  • Only 2 HDMI ports
  • Screen resolution can be fuzzy

Warranty:

Yes

Where to Buy:

Exclusive to Best Buy

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Sceptre 32 inches 720p LED TV, 2016, True Black (X322BV-SR)
  • ATSC / NTSC / Clear QAM
  • High Resolution 1366x768 720P
  • 2 x HDMI (HDMI 2 shared with MHL)

Pros

  • Low price
  • Tuner-equipped, making it easy to hook up to existing cable box or satellite dish
  • Antenna-ready
  • Two HDMI ports

Cons

  • Low quality
  • Picture quality degrades after prolonged use
  • ban
    Poor warranty
  • ban
    VGA port for computer hookup
  • ban
    Customer service is non-responsive
  • ban
    Not a long-lasting product

Warranty:

Limited for one year

Where to Buy:

Walmart, Amazon

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LG Electronics 32LJ500B 32-Inch 720p LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 28.7" x 17.2" x 3.1", TV with stand: 28.7" x...
  • No smart functionality
  • 720p HD resolution for a crisp picture

Pros

  • Two HDMI ports
  • Top-notch sound quality
  • Clear picture
  • Long-lasting brand

Cons

  • No stand included
  • Only 50 Hz refresh rate
  • ban
    Sound and picture can get out of sync, especially if hooked up to a satellite box

Warranty:

Yes, but limited

Where to Buy:

Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Target

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Comparison Table

Benefits and Drawbacks

As with most things, the Hisense 32H3B1 has its good and not-so-good features. We've already mentioned some of these in our overview above; however, we've broken it down further to make it easier to refer back to when you decide to shop. We’ve also done some comparison between the Hisense 32H3B1 and the other brands reviewed above.

POSITIVES

Compared with the other brands mentioned above, the Hisense 32H3B1 has a leg up with respect to some of its features and options. First and perhaps foremost is the price. While there are inexpensive televisions on the market, none offer the quality of sound and picture that the Hisense 32H3B1 does for the price.

The inclusion of three HDMI ports was far beyond the other options we were able to find. The sound quality was high, as was the resolution and color balance at this price point.

NEGATIVES

While the basics the Hisense 32H3B1 has to offer are sufficient, there are some things that it lacks when comparing it to other TVs in this price range.

The Hisense 32H3B1 lacks pixels, which makes images appear less bright, especially when viewed at an angle. Therefore, it is not the best TV for your living room. It makes a great option for an extra bedroom or game room.

The colors of some of the other brands were much brighter than the Hisense. While balance was more than adequate, the overall brightness was relatively low.

Finally, one of the most important things you may want to watch on your TV is live events. Sports or concerts may have an apparent lag time and then get caught up because the refresh rate is not as fast on the Hisense. In contrast, the Toshiba is the better choice when it comes to this, as its refresh rate is quicker to keep the picture from freezing.

Pros

  •  Inexpensive televisions
  • Three HDMI ports
  • Sound quality was high

Cons

  •  Images appear less bright
  • Overall brightness was relatively low.
  • Refresh rate is not as fast

Conclusion

If you want to invest a little bit of money to get a nice TV with a decent picture quality, the Hisense 32H3B1 will work for those needs. Its entry-level HD resolution and internal sound are better than expected at this price point. While it won't allow you to view things with crystal clarity all the time, it will enable you to enjoy a movie or TV show while staying within a modest budget.

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