Launched in the year 2021, the 43HE5301 is a 43" 4K TV from Hitachi. It features a 10-bit IPS panel with Anti-glare/Matte finish. The max. resolution it can achieve is 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a pixel density of 103 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next most important spec of a display is its Color Reproduction (defined by its color gamut specification).
This TV doesn't provide a color gamut specification, so we have to take a guess.
Considering the TV comes with a 10bit IPS panel, we can safely assume its equivalent sRGB coverage to be 100% or above. The color quality on this TV will be Lifelike!
What is Color gamut ?
Color gamut spec of a TV is a measure of the range of colors that it can produce.
A TV with poor color accuracy will produce undersaturated/washed out colors that will not be pretty to look at.
Different manufacturers use different measurement standards to specify color gamut. Such as — sRGB (most popular), NTSC, DCI P3 to name a few.
But don't worry, below is a chart that you can use to choose a TV with good color accuracy.
After color gamut, next in the list of important specifications that will impact your experience is Static Contrast.
Why its important?
A TV with low static contrast ratio will not produce deep blacks and can bleed backlight as shown below:The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
The static contrast ratio of above TV is 800:1. So make sure you get a TV with a static contrast of >= 1000:1. Ofcourse, More the better.
Also, a TV with high constrast ratio allows you to see more details. So, resolution and static contrast ratio go hand in hand in a sense.
If given a choice, I will prefer a FHD TV with high contrast ratio over a 4K TV with low contrast ratio.
This TV is rated with a static contrast ratio of 8000:1., good enough to achieve deep blacks. For the record, it also comes with local dimming which is a plus.
HDR is also supported on this TV in form of HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
Coming to brightness, it can go as bright as 350 nits, which is powered by Direct LED backlight.
If you are planning to use the TV other than watching videos — like as a PC monitor or Gaming, you would want to take a TV that features the lowest input lag. For gaming, both input lag and response time affects the performance.
Unfortunately, there is no specification for input lag on this TV. But as this is not a cheap TV from Hitachi, we can expect an input lag of less than 20ms.
What is Input Lag and Why it matters ?
This lag is the amount of time at which your inputs changes the content of the screen. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
For best of both worlds, look for a TV that has an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Ergonomics and Dimensions
Now, speaking of ergonomics — If you plan to wall mount the TV, you can make use of the VESA mount provided with this TV, which by the way has an interface size of 200 x 200 mm. Tilt or Pivot are not supported on this TV, but it does support Swivel.
The vertical and horizontal measurements of this TV are 38.31 inches and 24.25 inches respectively.
It is 3.23 inches thick.
In total it weighs 7.5 kilograms including stand. Without stand, it weighs 5.7 KGs. So plan your space accordingly.
Hardware and Audio
The core of this TV is powered by a 4-Core CPU. There is no information about the available RAM on the TV's specsheet.
For display connectivity, Hitachi has provided three HDMI 2.0 (CEC) ports and one AV Composite In (Video + L/R) port on this TV.
For connecting USB devices, it includes two USB 2.0 ports. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Satellite In (F-type female), 1x Antenna (RF) (female), 1x CI+ 1.4 and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Wireless connectivity options on the Hitachi 43HE5301 include Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz) and Wifi-Direct.
Now, speaking of speakers, Hitachi has provided 2 x 10W built-in speakers on the TV.
In terms of power usage, this TV uses 86.4W on average and 0.5W on standby.
For powering this unit, you'll need an 100 V - 120 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz outlet.