Hisense Roku R6 4K TV review

Hisense Roku R6 4K TV review

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Televisions are not something we buy every day, or even every year. Many of us can go on a decade or more without upgrading the TV. If that sounds like you, I confess, it’s also me, your friendly YouTube tech blogger. It’s been about 12 years since I bought a television set, and a lot has changed.

Primarily televisions have become much more versatile, much higher quality, and with much improved resolution. 4KTV is the chief advancement in TV technology and it’a already a few years old. I recently had a chance to install a brand-new 4K Hisense Roku TV in my living room. I’ll tell you all about the 2019 Hisense Roku 4K television, Model: 43-R6-109, which I’ll just call the R6 from here on in. I’ll talk about the set up process, the special features, what the video quality looks like, and whether it’s been a worthy upgrade for me.

The Hisense Roku 4K TV comes with a remote control, which will be familiar to any of you with a Roku Streaming stick or similar. While some models do come with a voice control remote, this one did not. But that’s okay, because I can add voice control with the Roku remote app. More on that in a sec.

Using the Roku Remote app on Hisense R6 4K UHD Smart Roku TV
The Roku mobile app is an alternative remote for your Roku TV. You can use all the same remote controls as you’d typically find on a handheld remote, like switching the channel, play/pause, or to navigate around the screen. You can also access a keyboard for when it comes time to type in your passwords and lengthy email addresses.

Now let’s talk video quality.
One of the first things you’ll need to do to begin enjoying 4K content is to enable the higher resolution stream on Netflix. Netflix has a tonne of 4K TV shows and movies, but you can’t get it without paying for more bandwidth. It costs about $3/month more.
The video quality on this TV is really good. It’s hard to find any fault with any 4K TV right now, particularly when coming up from an old HD TV; everything looks new and amazingly clear, crisp and detailed.
After a couple weeks of use I can say the video picture is top quality; I haven’t noticed any problems with it and I find it to be sharp and detailed, text looks crisp and the colours seem phenomenal. It even handles glare pretty well. The R6 is in a bright room and most of the time, though the room was bright, the glare didn’t affect the picture. Overall I’m quite happy with it so far,

Screen Mirroring on Hisense Roku 4K TV
It’s possible to mirror your phone or tablet’s screen on your new 2019 4K Hisense Roku R6 TV.
To do it you need to begin in the Roku Remote app.

From the bottom menu, choose Photos+ then choose Videos. The app will load all the videos from your phone. Choose the video you want to play and tap Play. The video will begin streaming on your TV. This worked like a charm on both my Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel 3.

Adding Google Home & Amazon Alexa to Hisense Roku 4K TV
It’s supposed to be possible to add Google Home and Google Assistant — and Amazon Alexa functionality to your TV. If you’ve read about it, it’s important to note it seems the digital assistant features aren’t enabled in Canada yet.

Upscaling on 2019 Hisense Roku R6 4K TV
The 2019 Hisense Roku R6 TV has upscaling technology built in. This essentially means the TV will increase the look and quality of non-4K content to 4K-like video. Thankfully, the upscaling on the TV is automatic; there is nothing to adjust and nothing for you to do; if the R6 can improve the video quality it does. You win.
After watching a bunch of HD video on the 4K Hisense Roku TV I can definitely say it looked to my eye like it was in 4K. The upscaling seems to do a great job at making lower resolution video look better.

Overall review of 2019 Hisense Roku R6 TV
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this TV. It’s a huge improvement on my old TV.
I like the slim design, tiny bezels, easy to use Roku interface and the overall video quality is great. Plus, the ability to customize the screen and interface is nice. Any cons? Not being able to get Google to work is a bit disappointing, but I’m sure that will change, and I can update the channel with a review and how-to about that function down the road. For now, if you’re looking for a good quality, affordable 4K TV, I can recommend the Hisense R6 4K UHD Smart Roku TV. It sells for about $369.99 (under 400) at Costco Canada.


  1. Interquel Productions on May 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for this great, very informative review Erin. You helped me in my decision about whether to acquire one or not…

  2. WolftyGaming 89 on May 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I just bought this tv today. And I swear this tv is way smaller than a 55 inch. I have another 55inch tv and the tv seem to be a 45 or something

  3. kevinso1975 on May 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    does this TV have a RCA connector ?

  4. Robert Drinkall on May 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    If you use a VPN I’m told voice commands will work if your outside the USA

  5. Stephane Vermette on May 14, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Erin, great review! Do you know if the wall mount holes on the back are standard VESA? Yours seems wall-mounted also. How was your experience?

  6. XNXX 8ball on May 14, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Samsung 55 inch

  7. Curtis on May 14, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I came for a review and got a "how to".

  8. F F on May 14, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Don’t buy this garbage tv you have to create a roku account to activate tv otherwise it stays locked piece of junk

  9. Cannon G on May 14, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Can i add android apps? Like kodi?

  10. Jay Diaz on May 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    How is this tv for gaming as far as display?

  11. Jordan Opitz on May 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Dam Hisense video ended up an apple ad lmao

  12. ThrillerALi on May 14, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    You’re an excellent reviewer. One of the best I’ve ever heard. Cheers from the USA! 😀

  13. Mskemonique224 on May 14, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    did you need to buy a 4k hdmi cord?

  14. Bobby Tagget on May 14, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Can anyone recommend this as a great gaming TV for the price? I can go up roughly another $200AUD above this TV’s price tag.

  15. William W. on May 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Is there any trick to installing a soundbar on this tv?. I have one (tv), and tried to hook up a vizeo soundbar that a friend gave me but it didn’t work. The bar works great on my vizeo tv, but not this one. I use this tv more for movies, so that is why I wanted the bar. Thanks for any help.

  16. Angultra on May 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Great video, would be nice if you touched on the inputs next time as this may be an important factor for some. Keep it up!

  17. Gerson Maldonado on May 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    How can you be a tech blogger and you have not bought a TV in 12 years?

  18. Luis Liiva on May 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Does anyone know how to activate the HDR feature for PS4? I bought this tv yesterday and it says that it has HDR, but when I tried to enable it on my PS4 console it says thas my TV doesn´t have this feature.

  19. Jeffrey Worrell on May 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Just got one today! Thanks Erin👍🏾

  20. John Smith on May 14, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    use your VPR enabled router and select USA as your HOME – should be the fix

  21. blongsiab on May 14, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Dont forget to mention that you can’t browse because no browser can be found

  22. Paige Xbox gamer 2000 on May 14, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    there is no R6 here n states its the R7

  23. Keith Overall on May 14, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Can you screen share with a galaxy A20 phone

  24. Laura Williams on May 14, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Hello Erin, nice video, very informative! Can I connect my Shaw BlueCurve to this TV?

  25. Joseph Rubio on May 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Does anyone have jutter while using 2160p 4k resolution? My speed is 400mbps?

  26. Oseous on May 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Great information delivered for Canadian consumers in a clear and efficient way! This is so very much appreciated. Thank you!

  27. Rodger Duke on May 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Hisense do make some nice tv’s, but the after service is shocking they also try their best to avoid the warranty. So if going Hisense seriously consider this.

  28. CesarTheGr8at on May 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Is there a way to activate 4K and or HDR or is it just built in for certain things like 4K movies and a PS4 pro?

  29. Jeremy Caldwell on May 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I just bought mine yesterday the 65" and I game on it mostly but every once in awhile I’ll watch a movie. I think it’s a good 4ktv for the price hands down! My only thing is I wish it had more options for picture settings. Other than that this t.v. is worth it!

  30. ICUEᏉERᎽᏇHERE TM on May 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Do 4k high speed ethernet hdmi cables actually make any difference in picture or quality vrs using older hdmi that came out before 4k?

  31. mike dmz on May 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, need help can’t decide between Tcl 43s425 vs Hisense r6 any idea please, and thanks for your time

  32. Jesus Chavez Ramirez on May 14, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    How i can activate the motion rate from 60hz to 120hz?🤔 Helpp

  33. Sharon Lawley on May 14, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    When you buy the tv! And you have Netflix Hulu and other channels do you get them for free?

  34. J Dillah on May 14, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    This video made me buy this TV today and I must say I’m blown away. Best $350 spent. Thanks for this in depth review

  35. Nemesisnxt on May 14, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    How aboot that, eh?

  36. Aj Wilson on May 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    My Roku looks terrible 🤦

  37. Bradley Richards on May 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Does this tv have the 3.5mm jack? my home theater system requires this..its pretty old (70s speakers and a 90s amp) but sounds killer so i really dont want to get rid of it.

  38. Dill isive on May 14, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    I got the 50′ model . Awesome TV.

  39. Lazershow9876 on May 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Does anybody know how to turn the soap opera effect off on this tv? Cant find the option for it as hard as I try

  40. Marco Ulloa on May 14, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Just got the 58 inch, joined the HI SENSE FAMILY !!

  41. Moses Ball on May 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Do you have a how to video of how your husband made the painting cover?

  42. Shamim Ahmed on May 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Can you review mi tv 4s 43inch

  43. RowenaNicole on May 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Does it have Bluetooth???

  44. Carlos Pazmino on May 14, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Erin wich one its better r6 series or h8f?

  45. Sophia Branam on May 14, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Does the 6 series have the anyview cast app to mirror my phone or computer?

  46. Wes Gregg on May 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Ten years? Probably shouldn’t have purchased one of the cheapest brands on the market, then. Or did you receive it free in return for doing the video review? Anyway… Would you know HtH to download an owner’s manual for a 50" Hisense R6E1? I’ve "been all over" both the Hisense and Roku websites, but both companies appear to want me to return the television and purchase a different brand, one that has Android TV instead of Roku TV – and to tell all my relatives, friends, and neighbors to do the same thing.

  47. Antwuan Washington on May 14, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you

  48. geekmanworld on May 14, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Erin can u share your TV image config? Mine doesnt look Like yours

  49. Joseph Burger on May 14, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Just got 1 4 278 58in great deal especially cause it is a Smart TV as well..WOOOW

  50. Will O on May 14, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the video, Made my decision alot easier

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