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. The backlight is bright enough to make the screen viewable in bright conditions, like a sunny room. Fast moving scenes appear smooth since there is no judder or when dynamic scenes appear to stutter and shake as a result of movies being filmed at 24 frames per second.
Smart TV functions via Chromecast
You can use the fully-functional Android tablet bundled with the TV to use Chromecast for web browsing and online streaming, among others. There's a wide range of apps available for Chromecast such as YouTube, Netflix and Spotify. However, 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.
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 has included five HDMI ports 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.
Other things to note
The design and build quality of this set is excellent, with a texturized metal frame that feels premium compared to plastic frames of similarly priced TVs. It is a bit thicker than other TVs due to its backlight system. Aside from the tablet, it includes a small remote control with only the basic control buttons.
Was researching TVs for a good while and wanted something large with a clear picture. After looking for a few weeks I settled on this Vizio. Luckily I was not concerned about 3D (since that is missing). I had looked at a few Samsungs, but for the price and the quality of picture with actual HDR this Vizio was the better purchase. Plus you get a tablet as a remote and smart TV app controller, who wouldn't want that.
Best picture quality
LG OLED B6P
LG's OLED TV range for 2016 offers the best image quality available on the market, with deep, inky blacks, excellent contrast ratio, vibrant colors and subtle shadow detailing provided by its OLED screen technology. Its excellent design and great smart TV capabilities make this TV a great choice for a home cinema setup.
Outstanding picture quality
The LG brings stunning scenes with detailed dark areas and rich colors that aren't possible with LCD TVs. LCD screens need a backlight to produce a picture, whereas in OLED screens each individual pixel emits its own light. The bright screen means you will have no problem watching it in sunny rooms, and for the screen to show bright scenes when needed. The level of detail depends on the source, but this set upscales HD or FullHD content very well without sacrificing detail. There is no judder.
Broadcast TV is being replaced by on-demand video streaming in 4K resolution and standards like HDR (High Dynamic Range), which this TV can handle with ease. It can stream from popular services such as Amazon and Netflix. You can also connect 4K Blu-ray players, satellite receivers or external storage devices via its HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. The built-in media player can play almost any media file that you provide.
Easy to use
The interface is quick and simple, with a row of apps to choose from in the bottom of the screen. The remote control, which can be used as a pointer or for voice control, makes it easy to navigate across the apps.
Other things to note
The set offers surprisingly good audio for a very thin TV set. Physically, the TV features a textured metal finish, very thin bezels, clear plastic stands and a slim profile that should fit in any interior. Although the prices have dropped significantly for OLED technology, it is still more expensive than the rival LCD TVs
My first OLED TV and wow, what a picture, simply stunning. Nothing in the store was even close to how clear and real everything looks on the screen, the contrast of the OLED is just incomparable to LED or LCD. Of course I did a bit of research before my purchase, so knowing that there are HDMI 2.0a & HDCP2.2 ports available so I can hook up UHD devices in the future is a big plus. Overall I am loving this thing, best TV I have ever owned!
Best budget pick
Overall picture quality is the best for its price.
The contrast levels are great even in dark environments. Brightness is average compared to other sets in this price group, but there should not be any problems in bright conditions like sunny rooms. Colors and shadows are look natural with almost no color banding. However, it doesn't upscale lower resolution videos well, making it look blurry and undetailed. Although this TV can playback HDR content, the actual result will not be as impressive as on the more expensive high-end models, lacking the really bright details and dark shadows.
The H8 supports 4K resolution, HDR, video streaming and HDMI 2.0 ensuring compatibility with the latest devices and emerging standards in streaming. . For those with outdated TVs, this set is a worthwhile upgrade if you plan on acquiring streaming services and the latest media hardware without spending a fortune on a new set.
Covers all the basic needs
The TV has simple and well known applications built-in to start streaming your favourite movies. YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and VUDU are ready to use out of the box for you to enjoy ever growing 4K and HDR content almost immediately. Wi-fi is built in so no need to lay a cable from your router.
Other things to note
You have to remember that you are buying a 50-inch TV for less than $500 so do not expect a premium look design. The build quality is average and feels plasticky. It will not offer the newest things like HDMI device recognition, voice control or smart house HUB integration, but that is understandable for a $500 set. The remote control is simple and easy to use, but feels really cheap.
Works great as a bedroom TV. Sure the viewing angles are not the best thanks to the VA panel, but who needs viewing angles in bed with the TV right in front of you. May not be great for living room use, if the room is large and people will not always be directly in front of the TV, but even then it is not as bad as you would think. From straight on, the picture is actually quite good, with deep blacks and good color representation. Really for the price you are not going to beat this, while not a premium look to the design, it serves its purpose more than admirably.
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How they compare
LG OLED B6P
Aside from having excellent picture quality, the contrast ratio is theoretically infinite because there is no backlight. The black colors can actually be truly black when needed.
With a brightness measure of 650 nits, watching it in bright conditions like sunlit rooms won’t be a problem.
Input lag measures at around 40ms, which is acceptable for casual gaming. Previously, the lag was measured at 60ms, but it has since been fixed through firmware updates.
Motion handling is excellent and there are no juddering or artifacts visible in dynamic scenes. LG has some motion processing included as well for those who want smooth, “soap opera-like” motion.
The viewing angle is excellent even in wide angles, color shifts will only occur if the screen is viewed from way off to the side, which would be unwatchable anyway.
- Reflections are minimal on this screen despite its glossy finish. However, the coating of the screen can produce purple tinting in direct light.
It has a full-array local dimming backlight system, which is better than its price-point competitors, allow it to produce excellent black levels and gives it a contrast ratio of 5,700:1. In comparison, other similarly-priced TV sets have an average contrast ratio of 4,000:1.
Color gamut is wide with almost no visible gradient banding especially if the TV is calibrated correctly.
Great motion handling and low input lag make it a great choice for watching sports or playing video games, respectively.
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.
The viewing angle is unimpressive with the P-series, as you can notice color shifts when viewed at angles beyond than 20 degrees
Reflections are noticeable due to the semi-glossy screen used, but there are no major halos or rainbows noticeable from direct light exposure.
The black levels and contrast ratio of 1:4100 results in vivid scenes and sits above other TVs in this price range.
There should not be any problems watching this TV in bright rooms as the brightness tops at 350 nits.
Reflections aren’t that noticeable since the screen has a semi-gloss finish.
The screen however, lacks a wide color gamut and sufficient brightness to properly display HDR content.
Much like other TVs in this price point, motion handling is rather average with noticeable judder especially for discerning viewers.
Color reproduction is decent with no visible gradient banding due to its 10 bit panel, but the colors will have a tendency to be slightly oversaturated.
Viewing angle is very narrow; color shifts are noticeable even at shallow angles.
Ease of use
LG OLED B6P
LG uses its WebOs 3.0 system in the TV. It looks clean and easy to understand with a customizable strip of applications on the bottom of the screen. Menus are fast, responsive and easy to navigate.
The included remote, which can also be used as a pointer, helps moving through menus easily.
Set up is easy as it offers a guide for first time users and has the most popular streaming services already pre-installed.
It uses an Opera TV platform that offers a wide range of applications, all the most popular streaming services are available.
Remote control is with basic functionality and with dedicated buttons for the popular streaming services, so they are easily accessible even for users that have not used smart TV functions before.
- It is fast and responsive as well as easy to use, but has some glitches and crashing in the applications themselves that may even require a TV restart to be sorted out or the TV freezes.
- A custom tablet pre-installed 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.
Chromecast streaming has issues with responsiveness and occasional bugs in the applications that result in the app freezing or crashing.
Not all users would be comfortable using a tablet for almost all the TV functions, as the basic remote offers very limited control.
The Vizio can display HDR and DolbyVision content so you won’t have problems streaming content in these formats. as all the largest streaming providers are working to bring HDR content to consumers.
As the new players, receivers and laptops come with HDMI 2.0 There will be no problems connecting the latest equipment as the TV is equipped with 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs and 1 1.4a input.
Since the TV has Chromecast support, the range of applications are growing everyday and there should be no risk of compatibility in the future.
LG OLED B6P
LG understands HDR, DolbyVision (an alternative HDR standard created by Dolby inc, and uses different metadata sending methods and some other differences) and has no problems reproducing content like that.
It includes 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs for external equipment connection, as there should be no problems connecting the latest hardware in the future.
Customers will not feel left like they are not using the newest model anymore after a year as LG updates their TV software often, introducing bug fixes and even picture processing improvements.
The WebOs system is only used by LG TVs, but the applications are frequently updated and there are no indications that LG would abandon the system or it would become less popular.
The TV does understand HDR format so you can playback content without a problem, but it will not look as good as on high end TVs that support a wider color gamut and have better contrast ratio.
The set has only 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, so you are limited only to 2 devices that would need HDMI 2.0.
- Opera TV store, that is used on this TV, is popular now, but application availability and updates rely more on 3rd party developers, than on the manufacturer itself.
LG OLED B6P
This set offers better sound quality then most of the TV sets you can buy today, but is not very loud, measuring at 87dB.
The frequency response is good, cutting off the lower end only at 90Hz and highs are there as well without any dips.
- Harmonic distortion is good at low to mid high volumes, however the sound gets very crippled at high volume.
The TV is not very loud so it is better to buy a separate audio system if you will use this TV in a large living room.
Not that good frequency response as the lower end is cut off at 120hz and the highs dipp down at around 10kHz, meaning that there will be no bass whatsoever.
Harmonic distortion is noticeable in the mid range, especially in high volume.
- The Harmonic distortion is decent and hardly becomes noticeable in high volumes, overall, the result is better than the majority in this price range.
Sound quality is average, with cutted off lows and loudness is only measuring at 86dB
The frequency response average for a TV, as the lows are cutted off at 106Hz and there is a noticeable dip in the higher frequencies.
- The design doesn’t appear cheap and has a nice textured metallic finish at the borders.
Is a bit bulkier than most of the TVs today, measuring at 6.5 cm
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.
LG OLED B6P
Design is impressive with a metallic finish, really thin bezels and a transparent plastic stand making it seem that the picture is floating in the air.
The TV is really thin, measuring only 4.5 cm at its thickest point.
The stand is narrow, but feels stable and can fit in almost any TV table stand.
The design is average and feels cheap and plasticky, the only exception being the stands which has a different finish and gives it a somewhat modern look.
The TV is thick, measuring at 7.6 cm that is bulky compared to other TVs.
The stands have a nice finish, compared to the rest of the TV, but they are wide apart, meaning that it will be stable, but will not suit all TV tables.
What's the difference between 4K and traditional HDTV?
The main difference between 4K and traditional HDTV is the screen resolution: 4K TVs have four times as many pixels (3840×2160 pixels) than HD TVs (1920x1080 pixels), thus resulting in a more detailed picture so manufacturers can make larger screens, and the viewer can sit closer to the screen without worrying that the image will be grainy.
Do I need to upgrade to 4K TV?
Yes and no. If you are planning to buy a TV or the old one is not working, then it is definitely worth it, because manufacturers are concentrating only on 4K sets now and FullHD sets have become limited in their functionality and picture quality. The price difference between the two has also has dropped dramatically. It's also useful if you want to enjoy the new Blu-Ray UHD movies or 4K content from streaming services
On the other hand 4K TVs are unnecessary if you’re only using it for cable/broadcast TV, since 4K broadcasts are still rare even today. Also, if you are planning to watch TV from a distance (beyond standard living room distances,) your old HD TV will work fine since the difference won’t be noticeable from afar.
Will I notice the difference?
There are a lot of factors at play here. You will notice the difference if you will be sitting close to the TV and will actually watch a 4K movie, but not if you're watching from a distance or watching standard or high definition content. What will make a noticeable difference is HDR, since the greater color range and detailed shadows will be noticeable regardless of distance.
Is there content to watch in 4K?
4K is relatively new, but it is being pushed heavily by companies like Comcast, Amazon, Netflix, Paramount etc. so the content is growing every day. Recently Youtube introduced the ability to play 4k videos and many new cameras and smartphones can shoot videos in 4K resolution as well. There is no doubt that almost all future film and series releases will be available in 4K resolution. There are some 4K channels as well, but not many, because it is still problematic to translate live 4k broadcasts because of bandwidth and other limitations.
Should I chose LCD or OLED?
None of these technologies are perfect and it really depends on priorities as well as money planned to spend. OLED brings spectacular contrast and true black colors, but is still struggling with maximum brightness. But the real problem here is the price, as this technology is still expensive. Another problem would affect gamers and that is high input lag.
LCD sets are relatively cheap and can produce really bright images when needed, but lacks the contrast and black color reproduction capabilities as the OLED.
For now and then news watchers or serious gamers I would recommend to go for LCD, but for serious movie watchers I would recommend to go for OLED.