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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  6. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Apps
    2. Ads
    3. TV Controls
    4. Remote
    5. In The Box
    6. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Mar 15, 2016

Vizio D Series 4k 2016
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.3 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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7.2 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.0 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.3 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.4 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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6.6 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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5.6 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
5.3 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Vizio D Series 4k UHD LED TV is a good budget TV that delivers better than average picture quality. Its aesthetic won't win anyone over, but it handles motion very well and is very responsive. It lacks some of the features found on higher end TVs but performs quite well - as long as it is viewed from directly in front. In a room setup where you will be viewing the TV from the side, the Vizio D loses a lot of its appeal. Note: this review is for the 4k UHD variant of the D Series. We reviewed the 1080p version separately here.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Picture Quality 7.2
Motion 8.1
Inputs 8.3
Sound Quality 6.4
Smart Features 6.0
Pros
  • Excellent TV for gaming
  • Great value 4k TV
Cons
  • Very narrow viewing angle
  • Cable and DVDs look blurry
  • Poor screen uniformity

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6.0

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Design Picture
Curved : No

The Vizio D Series 4k won't impress with its looks or thinness. In fact, it might remind you of the look of old LCD TVs, minus the very large borders. Before you buy, make sure you have a table that is broad enough to accommodate the wide stand.

Stand
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Stand Picture

When using the stand, the TV leans a little bit toward the back.
Footprint of the 50" TV stand: 10" x 39.2"

Back
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 200x200

Although the TV is thick, its back connections are arranged so there are no wires that can stick out from the back. It can then be mounted flush on a wall.

Borders
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.55" (1.4 cm)

Thickness
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.48" (6.3 cm)

The TV is quite thick, with no real thin parts.

7.2

Picture Quality

The Vizio D 4k 2016 delivers above average picture quality. Even in a totally dark room, dark scenes look great and uniform. Unfortunately, the picture is a little soft when watching DVDs and cable TV. It lacks many of the features found on higher end TVs such as local dimming. Unfortunately it doesn't get very bright and the picture quality diminishes when viewed from the side.

8.5 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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4356 : 1

The deep blacks the Vizio D has make for a high contrast ratio and good picture quality.

2.0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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Yes
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Full-Array

Local dimming really didn't work well on this TV, even though it has a full-array backlight. You don't see any blooming, even though the zones are really big, because the overall picture darkens too much.

6.8 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
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272 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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94 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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142 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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172 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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265 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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302 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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94 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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142 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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172 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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265 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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302 cd/m2

The SDR peak brightness was tested with local dimming on, and this has the effect of reducing the peak brightness on the smaller sized windows. Turn off the local dimming if you want to have the same brightness on all window sizes.

N/A HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
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N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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N/A

This TV does not support HDR.

6.1 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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4.236 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.249 %
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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2.048 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.123 %

Like most LED TVs, the uniformity of the screen isn't good and dark patches can be seen whenever the camera pans over playing surfaces like ice or grass. The small number of LEDs in the full-array backlight doesn't help here.

4.8 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
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LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Color Shift Picture
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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27 °
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Brightness Picture
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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45 °
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Black Level Picture
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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9 °

If you don't sit directly in front of the TV, colors appear washed out and black appears grayish. If you sit too close to the TV, even the right and left edges will appear whitish.

8.6 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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1.16 %

Our black pattern is free from any obvious clouding or light bleed, which is great.

8.0 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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8 Bit

The Vizio D Series uses an 8-bit panel. We could clearly see the 8-bit gradation in our gradient pattern, even when the TV was fed with a 10-bit signal.

8.3 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Pre Calibration Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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2.97
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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3.066
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.23

White balance was good out of the box. Color was ok.

9.4 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Post Calibration Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Post Gamma Curve Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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0.27
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.97
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.21

White balance could be fixed correctly with calibration, but we couldn't get individual colors much better without applying extreme values that worsened other colors.

7.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 480p Picture

The Vizio D displays 480p softer than most other TVs do. Increasing Sharpness to 20 and activating the 'Reduce Noise' setting fixed most of this problem. It looks softer than even the 1080p equivalent of the D Series (see review).

7.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 720p Picture

As with 480p, 720p resolution looks a little blurry. Setting 'Sharpness' to 20 and enabling the 'Reduce Noise' feature can help a little bit.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 1080p Picture

Blu-rays looks great on on the Vizio D 4k 2016.

10 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 4k Picture

The Vizio D that we reviewed can display 4k resolution (some other Vizio Ds can do a maximum of 1080p, see our separate review for them)

6.2 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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No
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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69.33 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
74.34 %
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
49.74 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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54.17 %

The Vizio D 4k doesn't have a wide color gamut option. Its color output is limited, but this won't be an issue with normal, non-HDR content.

6.0 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
67.851 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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31.462 %
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
49.610 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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23.075 %

Similar to other SDR TVs, the D Series 4k 2016 can't produce very saturated colors at any luminance level.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %

8.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Reflections Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
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Semi-gloss

The semi-gloss finish does a good job of minimizing reflections without adding rainbows. The Vizio D will be fine in a room with a few windows.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
:
No
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
:
No

Pixels
8.1

Motion

The Vizio D Series 4k LED is a good TV for content with fast motion. It is able to produce clear picture even when there is very fast movement. Movies play smoothly via a blu-ray player or with the in-built apps. It is a 60Hz panel and so can only interpolate 30Hz content.

8.8 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Motion Blur Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
12.3 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.9 ms

The response time is good and the result is clear fast motion. The trail following the moving logo in our test is short. The down transitions are a bit slower than the up transitions, which results in an orange tone between the letters of our logo.

6.8 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
120 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 BFI Picture Vizio D Series 4k 2016 BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes

The Vizio D Series 4k uses PWM to dim the backlight, which can be seen in duplications following the motion blur logo. It is possible to reduce this frequency to 60Hz to clear up motion.

7.1 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
:
No

This TV isn't able to completely remove judder. 'Reduce Judder' does reduce the amount of judder on 24p content, but still couldn't remove it completely.
Update: Enabling 'Game Low Latency' solved the 24p issue, but still not over 60p or 60i.

5.0 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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Yes
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
:
No

Vizio advertise this TV as a '120Hz Effective Refresh Rate' which is more of a marketing term. The Vizio D 4k 2016 is in fact a 60Hz TV and as such, can only interpolate content with a refresh rate of 30Hz and lower, using the 'Reduce Judder' setting. Cable TV and streaming services that run at 60Hz won't be able to use the soap opera effect.

You can read more about fake refresh rate here.

8.3

Inputs

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The Vizio D Series 4k has exceptional input lag. Unfortunately if it supported more resolutions and frame rates as inputs, it would get a better result. It has a variety of inputs though which should be enough for most people.

9.4 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
13.5 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
80.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
13.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A

This is the lowest input lag we have measured on a TV so far. The time it takes for the TV to respond to a controller input is extremely low. Any serious gamers, even those playing competitively, should be pleased with the Vizio D. To get the input lag to a minimum, we had to use the 'Game' picture mode and the HDMI 5 input. For the HDMI 1, the 1080p input lag under game mode (with 'Game Low Latency' on) is 42.2ms.

2.0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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No
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
:
No

For 4k @ 60Hz support, use the labelled HDMI port (HDMI5).

Update: 4k @ 60Hz is limited to 4:2:0. 4k @ 30Hz supports 4:2:2.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 5
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
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No
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.4

Sound Quality

The Vizio D Series UHD TV doesn't get very loud. It is also lacking in terms of bass. Overall, it does a decent job, but you will definitely need to buy an external sound system if you care about sound.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.9 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
2.74 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
2.89 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
3.34 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
85 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
151 Hz

Poor low-end cutoff and low maximum loudness. The frequency response (tonal balance), however, is decent. The major issue here is the total lack of bass.

5.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.036
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.108
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.144

High distortion. Even though the TV doesn't get loud (barely reaching 85dB SPL), the distortion level is quite high. It should also be noted that the plasticky frame of the TV shakes and rattles quite noticeably under loud and full-range content.

6.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Basic

The smart features of the Vizio D Series aren't that advanced, but cover the basics. Although functional, there is no fancy remote that comes with the TV, either. There is a good number of inputs, though.

Apps
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Apps Picture

Most popular apps are available, including Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube. HBO Go is missing, and there is no web browser.

10 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Yes
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
N/A

TV Controls
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Controls Picture

The only button you have on the TV is on the back left of the TV. It can power on the TV and change inputs.

Remote
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Remote Picture
Remote : Basic

Model #: XRT122

In The Box
Vizio D Series 4k 2016 In The Box Picture

- Remote
- Batteries
- Manuals

Misc
Power Consumption : 80 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 165 W
Firmware : 1.13.15

Differences between Sizes and Variants

The Vizio D Series 4K TV that we bought is the 50" with SKU D50u-D1. We expect our review to be valid for the 40" (D40u-D1), 55" (D55u-D1), 58" (D58u-D3) and 65" (D65u-D2). It is not valid for the 1080p variations of the Vizio D Series which we reviewed separately here.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Vizio D Series doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Size Model Effective Refresh Rate Real Refresh Rate HDMI # Speakers Local Dimming Zones
40" D40u-D1 120 Hz 60 Hz 5 10W x 2 8
50" D50u-D1 120 Hz 60 Hz 5 10W x 2 12
55" D55u-D1 120 Hz 60 Hz 5 10W x 2 14
58" D58u-D3 120 Hz 60 Hz 5 10W x 2 10
65" D65u-D2 120 Hz 60 Hz 5 15W x 2 16

Compared to other TVs

Vizio D Series 4k 2016 Group Shot Picture
Top left: Vizio E Series 4k 2016 (E48u-D0). Bottom left: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Middle: Vizio D 4k (D50u-D1). Top right: TCL US5800 (55US5800). Bottom right: Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 (D50-D1).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 performs quite well across the board and excels in gaming performance for those after a 4k TV on a budget. For those that don't require a 4k TV, it is very similar to the Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 which is available at a lower price. 

Vizio E Series 4k 2016
43" 48" 50" 55" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 we reviewed has similar performance for watching movies, however doesn't perform as well for sports and video games due to the higher motion blur and input lag. If you're choosing between these two then go with the Vizio D Series 4k 2016.

Samsung KU6300
40" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Samsung KU6300 is a bit more pricey, but can achieve a brighter image especially with highlights. For video games however, the Vizio D Series 4k 2016 series is a clear winner and the picture quality of the Samsung  KU6300 isn't enough of an improvement to justify the higher price.

TCL US5800
55" 65"

Although the TCL US5800 lacks some features such as local dimming and motion interpolation, the Roku smart interface is more intuitive and feature-packed. For movies and TV the picture quality is quite similar, however gamers should stick to the Vizio D Series 4k 2016 for the lower input lag and motion blur.

Vizio D Series 1080p 2016
32" 40" 43" 43" 48" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 performs very similarly to the 4k model, just with a lower resolution panel. It has slightly higher input lag so more serious gamers may prefer the Vizio D Series 4k 2016. For those that don't watch 4k content or use the TV as a PC monitor, the Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 provides the same experience at a lower price, with a huge range of TV sizes to choose from.

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7.3Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
Good TV for mixed usage. Picture quality is above average, and motion is handled very well. Very low input lag which is great. Unfortunately the picture diminishes from the side and it lacks features found on high end TVs.
7.2Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Performs well for movies. Displays deep blacks and has good black uniformity for dark rooms. Has local dimming but it doesn't work very well.
7.0TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Average for TV shows. Upscaled content looks okay, and doesn't have the brightness to compete with reflections in a bright living room.
7.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
Average sports performance. Picture quality is above average but screen is not very uniform which results in dirty screen effect. Handles motion very well though.
8.4Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
Very good for video games. Picture quality is above average, and motion handling is great. Fast camera movements handled easily. Exceptional input lag which is great.
6.6HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
Doesn't support HDR. Color gamut only enough for SDR content. Can't get very bright for highlights. Above average picture quality though.
5.3PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Average PC monitor. Picture quality is above average and handles motion very well. Input lag is exceptional, unfortunately doesn't support a wide range of input resolutions.
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Questions & Answers

44 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
38
Will you be doing reviews on the 2016 Vizio 1080p D series? Seeing how nice the 4K Du Vizios are for gaming.
We will, in a few weeks.
Update: Review posted of the D Series 1080p 2016. About the same TV, besides the resolution.
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So, is the Vizio D Series UHD an upgrade over the M Series?

Overall, they are quite similar, but they are slightly different:

Vizio M Series:

  • Better build quality
  • Better screen uniformity
  • Better local dimming
  • Stronger soap opera effect (also available on 60Hz signal for 60"+)
  • Judder-free

Vizio D Series 4k:

  • Better motion blur
  • Better input lag

Most people won't see a big difference between the two, both are great TVs. If you watch a lot of movies, get the M Series. If you play video games, get the Vizio D Series.

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The D series also includes 1080p models. How do those compare to last year's E models?
We will post a review of the 1080p D Series separately, in a few weeks.
Update: Review posted of the D Series 1080p 2016. About the same TV, besides the resolution.
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Please, can you review the Hisense 2016 4K TVs? They are set at a reasonable price, plus having HDR with and without the local dimming. I would like to see how they match up against the other brands. I'm trying to get as much 4K TVs for my home that have really great qualities without breaking the bank. After watching videos of CES 2016, I'm eager to see in depth reviews of the Hisense and Sharp line up. I really think, I might find some gems from those line up at reasonable price, in the 65"-70" range.
We will in a few months.
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If you re-review the 2015 Vizio M-series I bet you will find that the motion blur of that TV has improved to meet or exceed the abilities of the 2016 D-series. The recent firmware updates that you have ignored have greatly improved the performance of the 2015 Vizio M-series for motion blur, motion interpolation, local dimming, and color adjustments. Those are all things that you knocked the M-series for and yet you refused to revisit that TV when they were corrected. Instead you immediately re-reviewed all of the Samsung and Sony TVs every time they got new firmware.

We still have our M60-C3, and often keep going back to it to see if a firmware update improved it. Unfortunately, the motion blur is still an issue. Checkout this picture.

M 60 vs d 50

At the top, our M60-C3. At the bottom, the D50u-D1. You can see the faint long trail at the left of the logo on the M. The trail is a few inches long (about the same length as the logo), and has a light blue color. (Note: This picture was taken on a cellphone, so the quality isn't as good as our other pictures. The trail is even more apparent in real life).

This is something a firmware update will never be able to solve. The issue is with the pixel response time, where the M60-C3 has a very long overshoot. Firmware updates don't affect response time.

There is only one TV that we ever re-reviewed completely: the Vizio P602ui-B3. For all the other ones, we always use the same rule: we redo a test if a firmware update changed a test result. This is pretty rare, no matter the brand. On the M60-C3, we did update a few things, like the soap opera effect bug that it originally had.

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I purchased the 65" version and so far I'm enjoying it (mainly gaming).
I've eyeballed most picture settings but can't get it quite to my liking. Can you share your calibration settings? Thanks.
You can find our recommended settings here.
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This model was considered as black friday model and was suggested to stay out of it in Deals section. But now after the review score looks like this model is better than many other models reviewed. Please let us know if anything changed.
We are indeed surprised. We didn't expect the Vizio D to perform that well. Turns out, it wasn't a Black Friday model after all: Vizio issued a press release mid December to announce it part of its lineup. It does feel cheap though, and its picture quality doesn't match mid range or higher end model from other brands. But for the price, it is great buy.
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Is input lag any different in non-native resolutions (1080p and below) for this TV when game low latency mode is enabled?
No, changing the resolutions of the television will not affect the input lag.
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Hey! Thank you for your great website! I am deciding between the UN55J6200 and the 55" D series. Which would you recommend? We watch a lot of movies and Netflix, but I also play video games. Help!
Go for the D-series. The picture is very good for everything you want to watch, and you'll appreciate the very minimal input lag. The D-series also gets quite a lot brighter, so it's easier to watch is bright spaces
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Another request for a review of the new Hisense 4ks, especially the H8 line. Trying to decide between that and a Vizio. Thanks, love the site!
For the moment, there is no review planed for Hisense. If we have time, we will review Hisense TV by the end of the year.
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I have had this set for a few months, and while I realize that it is a budget set, I have noticed two issues that have me questioning whether or not I should seek a warranty replacement. First, the grey uniformity seems really bad. There are several really distinct vertical and horizontal bands of light that can be seen with most content. Second, when watching channels with a permanent bug or video crawl [CNN, MSNBC, etc.] the bugs and crawls will "burn-in" and be visible when viewing other channels. The images will go away after a couple of hours but I have never noticed this before on other LCD TVs. Is this normal? Thank you.

The issue with gray uniformity sounds unusually bad. With any LCD TV there are uniformity issues, but these should not be very visible when watching normal content.

As for the image retention, we have seen this on some IPS TVs, but not on our D Series 4k 2016. Which size model do you have?

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Love the website! I am trying to decide on a 65" TV for a 18' x 20' room. I saw the new Vizio D-series review is good. I watch sports and cable TV. The D-series review is better than the M-series, but I am worried about the gray uniformity and the viewing angle. Which one of these two do you think would be better? Is there another option that you would recommend? Should I wait to see what other companies have to offer as they release new TVs this spring? Thanks for your time.
Both have poor upscaling of low resolutions, and since cable channels are often 720p, that means neither is a great option for what you're looking to do. Also, for the size of your room, 4k probably wouldn't matter much unless you sit close (less than 10-12 feet). The Samsung UN65J6300 would be a better pick if you are farther away. The picture quality is very good overall, and the upscaling is better.
For what you're looking to do, it's doubtful that a significantly better option will come along this year (and it will almost definitely be pricier), so you might as well go for the Samsung.
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You reference build quality and 'Looks'. What is the criteria for this? The D series (and most) are just big black rectangles. What makes a TV "pretty"?
This is subjective and also why no points are allowed for build quality and look in our reviews. Still, we always mention a few things about how the TV feels and look in general. For build quality, we usually apply gentle pressure around the frame to see if the plastic wobble or tend to bend. We push a little on the screen to see if there is any gaps between the glass and the frame. We also push the TV a little while on its stand to see how sturdy it is. For aesthetic, we rarely see TVs that look really bad. At most, they look bland. Metal parts sometimes add a nice finish touch. Stands can also change the general look of the TVs. Thin TVs generally look better when hung on a wall too. In the case of the Vizio D, the TV is thick and has a 'blocky' look overall. This has nothing to do with picture quality though and not worth anything in the overall score.
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Looking for a 55 inch prefer 4K & HDR but not necessary, either 4K or HDR. Tried a Sony 850D & hated Android. Need "chicken feet" legs vs single mid-positioned stand. I know Vizio seems to be bitten by the Google/Android bug. Is this TV Android or ChromeCast. I choose to avoid both. It would be nice if the OS was highlighted in the reviews. Thanks. Love your reviews.
The OS can be seen under the "Software and Inputs" title, as well as photos of the typical usage. The D series 4k uses "Internet Apps Plus", a more thorough description of the OS can be found here.
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When I look up the specs of this TV it actually states that the refresh rate is 120Hz, not 60Hz as you have listed.
It is misleading. Vizio advertise this TV as a '120Hz Effective Refresh Rate' which isn't the same as the true refresh rate. The Vizio D 4k 2016 has a true refresh rate of 60Hz and as such, cannot interpolate a 60Hz signal up to 120Hz, which we have tested. You can read more about fake refresh rate here. From now on, we will make this clearer in our reviews. Thank you for pointing that out.
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I have a question on judder for this TV -- I recently bought the 55 inch version (D55U-D1) instead of the new 2016 E-Series (note: my local Costco had the new E-Series two weeks ago). All of the HD content I have comes streaming from either Netflix or VUDU -- natively through the installed Netflix apps. Is there judder present? It is connected via the ethernet port using the native apps, so I don't think the information applies.
There is a bug with this TV which requires 'Game Low Latency' to be enabled to not show judder. This is the case with the Netflix app as well, if you enable the setting then there is no judder.
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I am looking at purchasing a larger size of D50u-D1 , primarily the 58" D58u-D3. Does the increase in TV size from your reviewed TV changes how much display lag is present or am I safe by buying the larger size TV and expect to see the same amount of display lag?
Usually, you can expect the same spec in different size of the same TV models.
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I have a Vizio D40U-D1 and am looking to upgrade my entertainment system to the Xbox One S as it can support 4k streaming and also upscales games to 4k. Since the TV does not support HDR, I'm a little skeptical about how effective the One S's features will actually be. Any observations on this regard?
You will get some benefits of the better quality content, without the advantages of HDR. As an example, 4k content has a higher bitrate so you will still get better quality streaming than a 1080p system. Allowing the Xbox to do the upscaling may be another advantage. The upscaling of the Vizio D 4k is not the best, and this is more noticeable when watching lower quality content (720p and below). It is reported that the One S provides quite good quality upscaling, so this may help with your home theatre setup.
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I noticed that Target sells the D65u-D1, but everywhere else it is the D65u-D2. I looked on Vizio's website and don't see that model anywhere else. Looking at the pictures, the back of the TV looks slightly different. Any idea if this is by chance a different model?
We haven't spot any differences from the specs so it might just be a Target exclusive so the TV can't be price matched. You can expect the two models to be pretty much the same with slight design differences.
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How loud does this TV have to get before the rattling that was mentioned becomes a problem? Does this happen with the 1080p version too, because it isn't mentioned in that review.
The rattling most likely won't be a big problem during normal use, since it will be masked by the actual audio content. However, it will be quite noticeable on both models, above 85dB SPL with test tones (sine sweep) that cover the Bass range.
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Do the 2016 Vizio D series models support HDR10? I heard that Vizio released as software update to their 2016 4k TVs that enabled them to support this open-source spec as well as Dolby-Vision. Please clarify if you can thanks!
No, the D series does not support any HDR (HDR10 or DV HDR). HDR is for the moment, reserved for higher end models like the M or the P series.

Dolby Vision has an hardware component, so it can't be add by firmware update, unlike HDR10 who is only software dependent

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Do you have the input lag/response time results outside of HDMI 5? I need to use HDMI 1 for the arc.
The input lag of HDMI 1 under game mode and with 'Game Low Latency' turned on is 42.2ms and outside game mode is 108.9ms. The response time is related to the panel directly so the HDMI port used does not make any difference.
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You mentioned that the TV has issues with DVD content, making it appear soft. As we watch a lot of DVDs (librarian in the family so it's simple to pick one up at work and bring it home), being able to watch a disc clearly is important to us, even if it is a dying technology. What 55" TVs might be better at handling DVD images?
In the 55" range, the Sony X810C would be a good choice to watch DVDs, as it upscales low quality content better.
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It shows that the brightness of the 2% window, 10% window, and 25% window is 94, 142, and 172 respectively. These seem pretty low especially considering the recommended is 400, and the 1080p D series TV starts at 265 on the 2% window and goes up from there. I will be using this TV primarily to play games, but watching the occasional DVD or show over Amazon or Hulu isn't out of the question. Should I be worried about the brightness? Also, you mention how there is an orange tone in between the letters of the logo during the motion blur test, but you never go into how that effects the picture quality during fast action. Is that anything to be worried about, especially when playing games? Also, how bad is the upscaling when watching lower quality content? I've seen the images, but will it be noticeable if I'm sitting about 6-7 feet away? Finally, Xbox 360 and PS3 normally output at native 720p and are upscaled depending on what resolution is chosen on the console. Will these suffer from the same upscaling problems as DVDs? Will it be better to choose 720p on the console or 1080p, or if there is an option (I honestly don't know if there will be) 4k if it shows under detect resolution?
The lower peak brightness values are due to the local dimming darkening the small highlights. This won't be a problem if you turn off local dimming or if you watch movies in a dark room. The orange effect we get in our motion blur test is an effect of how much time the TV takes to switch from the letter color and the background color. Although this effect is interesting in that specific case, this shouldn't be much noticeable while playing video games or watching normal content. Upscaling isn't as good as on other TVs but definitely watchable. We found that increasing sharpness helps a little bit on low resolution content. On the PS3 and Xbox360, select 1080p as the output resolution and you won't experience any problem (4k isn't an option).
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How can i get my Vizio 55" D series 4k 2016 TV to play 4k content?
Your Vizio D series 4k 2016 TV will display automatically 4k content if provided with a 4k source. To have an idea where you can find 4k content look here.
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Is it pleasant on the eyes when moving the camera around in games like GTA5 or BO3? For the PS4. Most TVs I find that when I move the camera around the character the area around moves with it and just doesn't keep up smoothly.
This effect may be due to a combination of high input lag and motion blur. The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 is good at both of these things, and so should be pleasing for fast paced games.
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I purchased a Vizio D50u-D1 model. It apparently does not support HDR. I also just purchased a Yamaha receiver RX-V681. The receiver supports 4k upscaling and HDR. Will the Vizio display the HDR input if it receives it from the Receiver?
No it won't because it is missing some hardware and software to decode the HDR signal.
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On this Vizio D Series would I get a better input lag with clear action on or off?
This does not affect the input lag. It flickers the backlight, to produce a clearer looking image but may be distracting for some people. For lowest input lag, use the HDMI 5 port and enable 'Game Low Latency'.
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After reading your recommendation to consider buying the Vizio 65" D series TV instead of the E series, I started looking at their differences. One appears to be the SmartCast app. The Vizio website says SmartCast is available on the E series but not the D series. This seems to be confirmed when I compare the two remotes. Also, the D series has 5 HDMI inputs while the E series has 4 leading me to believe the built-in Chromecast has been assigned to the fifth HDMI port. My question is, do you think the SmartCast app is a good feature of the E series or its absence in the D series is a good reason to buy the D series? Considering Google just announced the new Chromecast Ultra, I'm thinking it may be best for the Google Cast hardware to be external. Also, the Play Store reviews of the SmartCast app are mixed. Thanks.
There are many differing opinions of the SmartCast platform. It is less intuitive to use than a traditional smart platform, but works almost exactly the same as Chromecast. With the announcement of Chromecast Ultra there isn't much of an advantage in buying the E Series 2016. We recommend the D Series 2016 due to its better picture quality and motion handling.
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If I sit 12 or 13 feet away from TV which one make since to get the Vizio D55u-D1, Vizio D58u-D3 or the Samsung ku6300?
Buy the largest KU6300 you can afford. At 12 feet you want as large a TV as possible. The Samsung KU6300 is better than the Vizio D 2016 for most use cases.
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Since neither the D55u-D1 nor the D58u-D3 have HDR will there at least be a firmware update that enables Dolby Vision?
Dolby Vision requires Dolby's chip to be in the TV, and it's very doubtful the Vizio D series 2016 has it, so they likely will never get Dolby Vision.
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I saw a D65-Du 2 4k for only $999 at Walmart and thought it was too good to be true. This was a few weeks before the review. I heard it was sub-par and should be avoided. I want a TV mainly for watching Movies and TV shows and I want a 65 in. 4k so the next cheapest option was the Vzio M65-C1. The M65-C1 is $1300, a whopping $300 more than the D65u-D2. After comparing the reviews I'm not sure if the difference between the M65-C1 is worth the extra $300.
It depends. If you are only watching movies and TV shows, the Vizio M is better and worth the extra. For gaming and sports, the D Series is better.
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Would you recommend this model over the E Series 4K (2016)? They are very similar in price.
The review for the 2016 E series 4k is being finalized and will be published within the next few days. The E48U-D0 we will review may not be representative of the rest of the series, however did not perform as well as the D series 4k.
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There are five (5) HDMI connections. One is 60Hz and the rest are 30Hz. Should I connect my cable box or Blu-ray player to the 60Hz? I read the parts about motion interpolation and 24p playback, but did not see a clear answer. Thank you.
For your cable box or your Blu-ray player, it won't make any difference where you connect it. Since most of the Blu-ray player output at 1080p/24p and cable box output at 1080i/60i, they are both well under the maximum bandwidth of any of those HDMI port. Where it will do a difference, it is when you connect a device that output 4k signal (like a computer). If you want to send a signal of 4k @ 60Hz, you will need to connect in the HDMI port number 5 (60Hz)
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I am wanting a 4k HDTV to primarily watch HD cable and stream netflix movies. Hoping to spend $500-$600. What is the best picture available for this cable box, netflix viewing? How bad is the off angle viewing of the D50u-d1? Thx
Go with the TCL 55US5800. It has a better viewing angle, better upscaling of cable TV and the Roku smart interface are superior to the Vizio D 4k series 2016.
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I'm looking for a TV that I will use primarily for playing video games on a PS4. 4k is not essential, as I don't know if I'll upgrade to the next model, but would be a plus for future proofing. I don't need the lowest possible input lag (I don't play competitively), but low motion blur would be great. Budget is around $500 and size 40"-50".

1. I'm considering the Vizio D40u-D1 or the Samsung KU6300. Which would you recommend?

2. Are there 1080p TVs that offer better picture quality than these two that I should look at if I don't care about 4k? Thanks a lot, this is a really good website.

Go with the Vizio D 4k. It is a good TV for gaming and the price is relatively better than the Samsung, so you might have a bigger size than what you would get for the same price as the Samsung.
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I understand that some video games on the PS3 (and even on current consoles) output at 720 - will this suffer from the same sub par upscaling you mentioned that is visible with cable and DVDs? On the other hand, how "future-proof" will the 4k capabilities be for 4k consoles (like XBox S) - am I better off waiting until HDR becomes more affordable or will the difference not be very noticeable for gaming? Thanks!
Video games consoles are less affected by the sub par upscaling because usually, they will upscale the output to 1080p by themselves, so you don't need to worry about that. For HDR, if you are not in a rush, we suggest waiting a bit, since HDR is still in its infancy and there are still many problems to be address (format war and compatibility issues). There is also a good chance that it is going to be more affordable in the future.
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Love the website and the unbiased technical reviews. I was interested in the 50" Vizio D Series. Currently debating between getting the 4k or just the 1080p. TV is used almost exclusively for gaming semi-seriously, and Netflix streaming. Sports during hockey season, but the input will usually be low res (online streams) so it's less important.
The distance that you sit from the TV is more important here. If you sit more than 7' away from the TV, go with the Vizio D series 1080p.
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I just bought a Vizio D40U-D1 4K & when watching Netflix or cable the TV does alright. I also have a Samsung UD590 Series 28" 4K UHD Monitor, LG 32" & A 55" Insignia. I really like the Vizio D's Input Lag. But the Motion blur is horrible! Especially when playing Xbox One. 60Fps, 30fps it doesn't seems to matter the motion blur is so noticeable I cant focus on the game. Even just panning around in the Xbox One Dashboard I get really bad drag (Motion Blur) from the colors, or anything with a sharp line. Mostly when there is a high contrast. It almost seems like the image gets doubled for just a split second. Now the reason I mention all my other TV's is aside from my Vizio I don't see this issue on any other TV or monitor in my house. Granted my Samsung monitor only has a 1.0ms response time, But even on my older LG, Insignia, Huar, the issue is still sorta there but nowhere near noticeable. Is the TV faulty? I understand LCD & L.E.D inherently have this problem. the response time on this TV seems to be good based on the reviews you made. Even when compared to my other TV's the response time & overshoot on the Vizio D Are still better. Also I understand fake refresh rates but Best Buy does false advertise the Vizio D 4K they list the refresh rate as 120Hz. It doesn't say Effective Refresh Rate, rather Just refresh rate. In fact every Vizio TV on BestBuy.com the Specifications page looks different in every way. If I record my TV with my phone & watch it back & pause it you can clearly see the "Doubled Image" When playing games this just looks like ghost lines whenever you pan the camera. Anything moving way too fast looks doubled around the edges. But my question I guess is, Is this normal for this TV to be this bad with motion blur or is my unit defective? Are there any other TVs around 400$ With a better response time? Thanks! Dan
That's unusual, and definitely not the case with the D50u-D1 we reviewed. It is possible that the 40" version you bought has a panel or LCD driver which responds differently. Unfortunately recording with a phone isn't the best way to identify motion blur, as if the frame rate of the camera is out of sync, or lower than the 60Hz of the TV you will always see a double image. You can quickly indentify the motion blur independently with the 'UFO Test' found here. A good TV at 40" will have a trail that is less than an inch long. Another option for a 40" TV for 4k gaming is the TCL FS3800. This performed worse than the D50u-D1 we reviewed but may be an improvement over the 40" variant you bought.
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Does this do 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4?
No. When sending 4k @ 60Hz the TV only accepts a 4:2:0 input.
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When hooking up a PlayStation or Xbox to the D series 4k, should I have the TV color space set to rgb, ycbcr or auto?
Set it at auto and it should not have any problem.
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I purchased the 40" model of this TV. I'm having an issue where the image will freeze on the screen but the audio will still be playing. If I shut the TV off the image will remain on screen for 5-10 seconds then disappear, turning the TV back on after it works fine until it does it again. After the image freezes if I let it sit there, after about a minute the TV will reset itself. Was this ever a problem during any of your testing? Any idea what could cause this problem?
We haven't experienced this during our testing, and it sounds like an issue with the TV. Contact Vizio for support information.
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I heard people having experienced dropout with the screen so does it goes to black while playing video games or blu-ray players? I've seen videos on YouTube.
We did not notice any dropout with the model we reviewed. There was a bug with the PS4 Pro firmware version 4.05 that made it not display an image when used with some 4K TVs, one of which was the Vizio D 4K. The problem has since been fixed.

Update 2017/03/10: Some PS4 Pro users have reported problems even with the latest firmware. Following this YouTube video seems to fix the problem.

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I bought the Vizio D40u-D1 for gaming. Would I want reduce judder on or off? And clear action on or off?
For gaming you want reduce judder off as it adds motion interpolation. Clear action adds black frame insertion which makes the backlight flicker at 60 Hz. This reduces motion blur but the flicker may be distracting, so it's up to you if you want it on or off. Also change the picture mode to game, enable game low latency and use HDMI input 5 for lowest latency.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.