Vizio 2017/2018 TV Reviews
The Vizio brand, even though a late entrant into the TV market came in with an aggressive, price-based strategy. Combining innovation and quality with budget pricing, the brand has succeeded in making massive incursions into a market hitherto dominated by longstanding consumer electronics gladiators. More importantly, Vizio has been able to hold its own against otherwise daunting competition. Proof of this is seen in its ability to corner 24.4% of the US Smart TV market in the last quarter of 2014, second only to Samsung which had 29.6%. Ardent fans of the brand are likely to present the brand as the best bang for your buck within that price range.
How Vizio Stacks up Against other Brands
Vizio was conceptualized and built on the philosophy of aggressively taking the battle to the major players and it has succeeded in this quest without scrimping on quality and innovation. In comparison with LG and Samsung, Vizio’s audio quality falls slightly short when the volume is taken to the maximum. Appearance and design quality places Samsung just ahead of Vizio due to the latter’s rounded edges although this may be a matter of individual preference. Vizio trumps its main competitors in its gaming input lag which is a 30ms (less than half LG’s) and making for a much pleasurable gaming experience. It is a close call in the Smart TV arena as Vizio’s Smartcast is challenging Samsung’s Tizen and LG’s WebOS 2.0. In terms of pricing, Vizio is clear leader as its pricing strategy kicks in powerfully.
What Vizio Brings to the Table
LED BacklightingWhile this feature is seen as a premium feature, Vizio made it available in full array in all its TVs of 55-inch size upwards, only making variations in the number of active LED zones on the basis of the TV size.
High Definition Range (HDR)Built on the famous Dolby technology, Vizio’s HDR presents a standard different from those of its competitors.
Smart TV Platform (Smartcast)Smartcast is Vizio’s response to its competitors’ offerings in this domain. As a makeover of its previous smart TV platform, this is touted as a game changer and strong indication of Vizio’s determination to make further incursions into the market via extreme innovation.
ConnectivityHDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 are both available with HDCP 2.2 content copy protection also supported.
Vizio TVs Lineup Overview
- 2016 – E 1080p, E Series 4K, M, P, D 1080p, D 4K
- 2015 – E, M and R
2016 Vizio TVs: New features
Two features are quite outstanding in Vizio’s TV lineup for 2016 and these are the introduction of its ‘tuner-free displays’ which actually means the TVs come without antenna and tuner as well as its inclusion of an Android tablet to replace the remote control. In September, Vizio via software update, enabled its P-Series and M-Series TVs to work with 4k Blu-ray players.
Best Vizio TVs
Best Affordable Vizio 4k TV
Without doubt you get many options for screen sizes. Vizio 4K E series 43, 48, 50, 55 (two models) 60, 65, and 70 inches. The largest size screen is a very reasonable price for the size screen that it is. No doubts of the sharpness of the 4K screen resolution and it upscales the lower content 1080p well, but content that is lower than 1080 lines per inch is a bit ‘soft’ rather than sharp. The sound quality is decent enough played at medium sound frequency. As a TV for video gaming, I think many would be easily frustrated by the bad motion blur when there is fast action. It would be fine for general TV watching and the nightly news by someone not into the high tech Smart TV stuff. It is not ‘so Smart’ TV. This is a very basic TV for people who want to see 4K screen resolution and good image contrast and care little about such interactive TV viewing as downloading apps, browsing the web, or watching movies. Vizio has better series models than this one. It is not always good value to buy only by price. If all you need is basic TV viewing, this might satisfy.Vizio E 4K Series Review
Best Picture Quality
The 2016 Vizio M series is a good economically priced TV series that will meet the needs of those wanting such for fast action sport viewing and video gaming. At first glance you have to notice the unique style to the legs and while they might be nice to look at, not quite as stable on tabletop. Wall mounting would be best option and since the input and output ports are placed to side of back of tv, accessibility to these plug-ins are convenient. The refresh rate is the higher end 120 Hz except for the 55 inch and 50 inch model. Absolutely no question that the contrast ratio, uniformity of black color, and speed of frames per second motion control is great. The Vizio local dimming feature used to tone down brightness in the full array backlighting is quite good as well. Upscaling 1080 content to this 4K screen resolution is near to perfect and the 4K screen resolution handles whatever 4K content you view well On content with 480 or 720 resolution, it is better than usual. It is Best to dim the lights and watch in fairly darkened room as the screen does attract glare.Vizio M Series Review
Most Advanced Vizio TV
With ownership of the Vizio P series you keep the technology and your household budget intact. ‘Just enough’ tech features. The engineers put thought to the design of the four screen sizes: 50, 55, and 65. And 70 inches. The legs of the stand are set wide for firm standing on wide tabletop and the input ports on back of set are accessible even with wall mounting. Contrast ratio, difference of light to dark images is quite good as is the black tone of the color. There is good local dimming. This economical big screen TV is a multi-tasker that performs well for viewing fast action sports, playing video games, and watching movie content as the frames per second come through well with little motion blur on fast action content, movie judder is not present, and there is low input lag on image changes. Five HDMI and 2 USB ports make connecting to external communication devices easy. Smart TV on Vizio series relies on Vizio’s own SmartCast operating system to feed apps from the supplied tablet with apps to the TV screen. Despite this some time frustrating means of navigation, Vizio P series will enable high tech quality on an average budget.Vizio P Series Review
Best Cheap Vizio TV
Everything has a starting point, an entry level. That’s a good thing! You don’t have to keep up with the Jones’ but learn on what is modestly priced. The 2016 Vizio E series 1080 (this is not 4K screen resolution) is ‘good enough’ for average TV viewing. Good for video gaming as motion blur is minimal and input lag of image changes is low. Good overall design of the screen and the wide footprint of the stand keep TV stable. The three HDMI ports and one USB port are easily accessed on the back if wall mounting. No problem viewing what is still the norm in most incoming content: 1080 screen resolution. Content lower than 720 resolution will not enable finer details to be seen. Any content of high 4K content will come across as though 1080 lines per inch (which means image will not fill your TV screen) Unlike a lot of thin TVs the sound is quite decent. Vizio’s own Smartcast operating system does include built in tuner on this set but has no tablet to feed apps to the TV screen. Not very bright in color and room lighting should be minimal to avoid reflective glare on screen.Vizio E 1080p Series Review