Vizio sometimes stacks its TVs with glorious options for the worth and the V-Sequence, its most-affordable TV with 4K decision and HDR, suits the mould. New for this 12 months is a Bluetooth voice distant, whereas players and movie tweakers will respect its low enter lag for gaming and intensive image changes. Its SmartCast sensible TV system has a strong collection of inbuilt apps and glorious gadget compatibility too, nevertheless it’s nonetheless inferior to the rival Roku system.
LikeExcellent options for a low priceVoice distant with BluetoothLots of image changes
Do not LikeOnly common performanceHDR would not look significantly better than SDRWorst built-in streaming than Roku
Image high quality on the V-series is pretty common, not higher or worse than others in its worth vary, although that also means a vivid, color-accurate picture with an honest black degree and distinction. I in contrast its image to its closest competitor, the TCL 4-Sequence, and whereas the V-series was a little bit dimmer, side-by-side they’re just about indistinguishable.
That TCL, which runs on a Roku interface, is a little bit simpler to make use of and has a extra complete collection of streaming companies, however not as many changes for many who need to fine-tune their TV’s picture. If you realize your means round your TV settings and like dialing in your image modes, the Vizio is the higher possibility. Alternatively if the worth between the 2 is a wash, I give the TCL a slight edge general because of Roku TV.
The 2021 V-Sequence is accessible in sizes from 43 to 75 inches and prices between $340 and $920. I reviewed the 55-inch mannequin, which is at the moment out there for round $440.
Bluetooth distant, full with Vizio voice
Whereas the V-series lacks the step-up choices discovered on higher-end Vizios just like the M- and P-Sequence — stuff like next-gen gaming perks, native dimming, large shade gamut or tons of sunshine — it does have the corporate’s model new voice distant. That new clicker is one in all largest variations between the V-series and TCL’s 4-Sequence, and Vizio has the benefit. The TCL’s distant feels low cost, is IR (infrared) solely and lacks voice functionality.
In the meantime Vizio’s distant feels prefer it got here with a (barely) dearer product. It has each IR and Bluetooth, so that you solely must level it on the TV if you flip it on. It additionally has voice management, so you’ll be able to have the TV change inputs, seek for content material and extra. It would not have devoted playback buttons, not like the TCL, which is a bit disappointing — you utilize the principle directional pad to regulate play/pause, rewind and so forth.
The voice management through the distant works effectively, about in addition to Roku’s model on units which have it (or through a step-up distant). Most helpful is with the ability to seek for reveals and extra. For instance, you’ll be able to maintain down the button and say “Ted Lasso” and the present will give you a hyperlink to the place you’ll find it. In that case, simply Apple TV Plus, however when a present/film is accessible on a number of platforms, you’ll be able to select the one you need and the TV will navigate instantly there with the push of a button. This voice search could look like a minor factor, however when you get used to it, going again to the previous means (like TCL’s 4-Sequence distant) appears archaic.
Vizio’s distant reserves prime button placement for Vizio’s “free TV” service which has a hodgepodge of free-to-watch content material in a basic-cable sort of means. I suppose extra free content material is an effective factor, however you may seemingly press this button accidentally far more than you’d ever truly watch this content material.
Many of the widespread streaming companies are built-in to Vizio SmartCast, together with Netflix, in fact, together with Disney Plus, Vudu, Amazon Prime. The TV’s interface minimizes their significance, as a substitute drawing your focus to large banners on the highest that function precise reveals and films which look like advertisements (which, in fact, they’re). Nonetheless, this has the optimistic impact of constructing it look like there’s all the time one thing out there to observe and it modifications often, not like the extra staid and static Roku interface on the TCL.
One service that is notably lacking is HBO Max. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to set up the HBO app in your cellphone/pill and solid that to the TV utilizing both Chromecast or Apple AirPlay. That is not a giant deal for the standard tech-savvy CNET reader, however should you’re contemplating this TV on your dad and mom/grandparents and so they want their common repair of The Wire or Oz, this additional step is likely to be irritating.
Connections and gaming options
The remainder of Vizio’s options and connections are fundamental as effectively, excluding out there Variable Refresh Price with AMD FreeSync on two 70-inch and 75-inch fashions — the V706-J and V756-J — within the sequence. The opposite two V-series TVs in these sizes, the V705-J and V755-J, lack VRR. Players who need VRR ought to word that these step-up”6″ fashions, like the entire V-series, are nonetheless 60Hz TVs — to get 120Hz enter and VRR, you may must step as much as the P-series.
I did not check these fashions, however on the 55-inch mannequin I did check, enter lag with Recreation Low Latency mode enabled is low, round 14ms.
The Vitality Star ranking is on the mannequin I reviewed is mid-pack, at $22 per 12 months. For comparability, the 55-inch TCL 4-Sequence is $12 per 12 months, so not an enormous distinction.
HDMI inputs: 3 (1 with eARC)Composite analog inputUSB port: (0.9A energy)Web: Wired and 802.11n dual-band wirelessAntenna inputAnalog audio outputOptical digital audio outputSpeakers: two downward-facing downward going through)
Pleasant setup, plenty of settings
The Vizio leads you thru the preliminary setup steps with large pleasant menus. When you get to the principle house display, there’s rather a lot thrown at you without delay. As talked about above, that does give it a much more dynamic feeling than the fundamental boring blocks of the Roku interface.
One of many essential issues that separates the Vizio from the TCL are way more intensive image settings. Whereas the TCL would not go a lot past the fundamentals, the Vizio has changes for noise discount settings, decision/element enhancements and extra. It permits you to tweak the picture to a level extra typical of a higher-end TV.
Just like the TCL 4-Sequence, the Vizio will detect a 24p sign and alter its refresh and backlight to cut back judder. This isn’t the cleaning soap opera impact. In contrast to the TCL, the Vizio offers you the choice to show this off should you discover any subject, or want extra juddery movement extra like a standard TV.
Image high quality comparisons
Probably the most direct competitor to the Vizio V-series is TCL’s 55S435, which is roughly 10% cheaper on the time I examined it. The Samsung QN55Q60A is that firm’s entry-level QLED mannequin, although even so it is almost twice the worth of the V-series. It is right here to offer you an thought what spending extra can get you. For my side-by-side comparability, I linked all three TVs through a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier and considered all of them in a row.
The Vizio and TCL appeared very, very related. Although the TCL is a tiny bit brighter, side-by-side you actually cannot inform that. It is also shut sufficient that is it is seemingly throughout the vary of ordinary unit-to-unit variation. Or to place it extra merely, general they’re about the identical brightness. The TCL’s colours are a little bit extra correct out of the field, however once more, they’re so shut you would be exhausting pressed to select one over the opposite.
Coloration and brightness are the 2 belongings you get stepping as much as the Samsung. It is about 15% brighter than the TCL with non-HDR content material, which itself is about 10% brighter than the Vizio. So between the Vizio and the Samsung, that is a noticeable distinction. Coloration is extra noticeable, nevertheless, no less than with HDR. With common HD and 4K content material, they’re all about the identical. With HDR the Samsung has noticeably deeper, richer colours. It additionally has higher brightness with HDR, with the ability to pump out over 400 nits, almost double that of the opposite two. Does that higher HDR efficiency make it value almost twice the cash? Not in my ebook.
Like almost all LCDs, off-axis efficiency is not nice. Which is to say, when you’ve got a large sofa, or grandpa likes to sit down in his lounger off to the facet, anybody in a roundabout way in entrance of the TV has a noticeably worse picture. On this means, nevertheless, it is about the identical because the TCL and Samsung although.
For the reason that V-series is not able to doing a lot with HDR content material, missing each the brightness and the expanded shade capabilities of a “true” HDR TV, it is good that does an important job remapping HDR content material to be watchable inside these limitations. You may dial in how vivid the general picture appears to be like and usually it does a greater job with this than the TCL. Not an enormous distinction, however a noticeable one side-by-side.
What price range TV to get?
The Vizio V-series and the TCL 4-Sequence are brothers from different moms, sisters from different misters. They’re way more related than they’re completely different. The TCL is a little bit brighter, the Vizio has a little bit higher distinction ratio. In each instances, it is exhausting to note even side-by-side. The Roku interface is healthier and has just about each streaming possibility out there. Vizio’s distant is healthier, although, each with its Bluetooth and voice capabilities.
Except for sensible TV programs, largest distinction might be the settings, of which the Vizio has extra image high quality adjustment choices than the simplistic-by-design TCL. So if you realize your means round a TV menu, or need to have the ability to dial within the image even on a reasonable TV, the Vizio is the higher alternative, so long as you do not thoughts an additional hoop or two to observe HBO.