The Vizio P-Series TVs are 4K TVs of impressive quality. With retail prices of around half of some of its competitors, it currently has the best cost/value ratio on the market.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Superb picture quality
The Vizio P-series can display a wider color palette, deeper blacks and brighter whites compared to other TVs in its price range. The contrast and black levels are outstanding for an LCD TV. It uses a 10-bit panel so the color palette range is 64 times larger than a standard 8-bit panel.
Pro Capable of displaying HDR and DolbyVision content
The Vizio can display HDR and DolbyVision content so you won’t have problems streaming content in these formats.
Pro Great for sports watching and video games
Great motion handling and low input lag make it a great choice for watching sports or playing video games, respectively.
Pro Excellent black levels and contrast ratio for its price tag
It has a full-array local dimming backlight system, allowing it to produce excellent black levels and giving it a contrast ratio of 5,700:1. In comparison, other similarly-priced TV sets have an average contrast ratio of 4,000:1.
Pro Great build quality
The build quality of this set is excellent, with a texturized metal frame that feels premium compared to plastic frames of similarly priced TVs.
Pro Good design
The design doesn’t appear cheap and has a nice textured metallic finish at the borders.
Pro Handles fast moving scenes well
Fast moving scenes appear smooth since there is no judder, a visual artifact where dynamic scenes filmed in 24 fps (such as in movies) appear to stutter and shake.
Pro Its viewable in bright conditions
The backlight is bright enough to make the screen viewable in bright conditions, like a sunny room.
Pro Control through Chromecast via a pre-installed custom tablet or your personal smartphone
A custom tablet with Chromecast is included with the TV. You can then use it to control the TV or use any app or use Chromecast compatible apps like YouTube and Netflix to directly stream to your screen. Your own smartphone can be used as well, provided you install Chromecast. However, since there is no system in the TV itself, you will always need a tablet or phone to stream content. Having Chromecast support also minimizes the risk of compatibility issues in the future.
Pro Equipped with HDMI 2.0 inputs and one 1.4a input
Since most new video players, receivers, and laptops come with HDMI 2.0, you shouldn't have any problems connecting them as the TV comes equipped with four HDMI 2.0 inputs and one 1.4a input.
Pro Wide color spectrum with virtually no visible gradient
Color gamut is wide with almost no visible gradient banding, especially if the TV is calibrated correctly.
Con Noticeable harmonic distortion
Harmonic distortion is noticeable in the mid range, especially in high volume.
Con Issues with Chromecast
Chromecast streaming has issues with responsiveness and occasional bugs in the applications that result in the app freezing or crashing.
Con Some reflections are noticeable
Reflections are noticeable due to the semi-glossy screen used, but there are no major halos or rainbows noticeable from direct light exposure.
Con To adjust settings, a smartphone or tablet needs to be used
The TV itself does not have smart features or even a traditional menu, meaning you have to use a smartphone or tablet to adjust settings.
Con Using the basic remote is not really an option
Not all users are comfortable using a tablet for almost all TV functions, and the smaller, basic remote that also comes with the TV offers very limited control.
Con It won't fit narrow TV stands
The stands are placed wide on each side of the TV, thus making it stable. However, it also means it won’t fit in narrow tables stands.
Con Watching cable or broadcast TV requires an external decoder
If you want to watch cable or broadcast TV, then you will need to buy an external decoder. Vizio included one extra HDMI port to make up for that, so you can connect the decoder and still have four free HDMI slots like most TVs. For those who dislike using a tablet as a remote, you can choose to buy an external media box as well, though that also means adding another remote and another box.
Con Color shifts are noticeable when viewed at angles beyond 20 degrees
The viewing angle is unimpressive with the P-series, as you can notice color shifts when viewed at angles beyond 20 degrees.
Con Low brightness
Brightness measures at only 500 nits, which is enough for viewing in bright conditions like sunlit rooms but isn’t comparable to the brightness of high-end sets.
Con Sound volume not suitable for large rooms
The TV itself isn't very loud, so it's better to buy a separate audio system if you will use this TV in a large room.
Con Frequency response isn't very good
Frequency response is not that good as the highs dip down at around 10kHz and the lower end cuts off at 120Hz, meaning the lower bass is completely absent.
Con It's a bulky TV
It's a bit bulkier than most of the TVs today, measuring 6.5 cm.