The Vizio M Series 2016 LED TV provides great picture quality and overall performance, excelling in motion performance for watching sports or playing video games. Unfortunately it can't get very bright and doesn't have good 4k HDR support. Overall it is an improvement on the Vizio M Series 2015, and the performance is close to the higher end Vizio P Series 2016.
- Great picture quality, especially for watching movies in a dark room
- Great motion handling and low input lag for sports and video games
- Picture quality degrades from the side
- Can't get very bright
- Lacks TV tuner
- Sub-par upscaling of lower resolutions
The design is quite similar to the Vizio M Series 2015. The front is plastic and appears more solid and higher end than that found on the Vizio E Series 2016, but doesn't look as good as the Vizio P Series 2016's metal finish. The most significant change from the 2015 model is the legs, which have a stylish new look.
The back of the TV is similar to the P Series 2016. All inputs and outputs are directed to the side of the back, providing easy access if wall mounted.
The full-array local dimming heats up the TV evenly. You do however see some hot spots where internal electronics are located.
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The M Series 2016 provides great picture quality, especially in a dark room, since it has a very good contrast ratio and a pretty good black uniformity. It also features Dolby Vision HDR with a fairly good local dimming option which results in an even greater movie watching experience. Like the rest of Vizio line of TVs, low-resolution content like DVD and standard television channels look a bit soft and 3D is not offered. It only has average brightness, and the picture quality diminishes when viewed from the side. It deals well with reflections.
The native contrast ratio is pretty good. It is not as good as this year's P series, but it is not far behind. This should provide dark scenes with rich details.
Like this year P Series 2016, the local dimming called 'Active LED Zones' works very well. In combination with the full-array backlight, it can provide very deep blacks when watching a movie and especially when watching HDR content. There is also no major blooming around the highlight in our video test when viewed straight in front. Unfortunately, like this years P Series, the local dimming did dim a bit of the white dot. Because there are fewer (and bigger) dimming zones than the P Series, it is more noticeable when they turn on and off.
The SDR peak brightness of the Vizio M Series 2016 is bad. The maximum the TV can reach is around 320 on a 100% windows. The local dimming dim too much the small highlights, making the 2% windows only 1/3 of the brightness it can get. Since this TV can't get very bright, it will not be the best option for people that have a bright room.
The Vizio M is not a very bright TV. The 2% window is only at 183 cd/m², which is less bright than the 2015 M series. The 100% peak windows is also not very bright at 232 cd/m² making the 2016 M series well under the 535 cd/m² of the P series 2016. We tested the peak brightness with a HDR10 signal.
Update 08/09/2016: Retested with newest firmware update, sending a HDR10 signal over HDMI. No improvement to peak brightness.
Update 10/14/2016: Retested with the newest 18.104.22.168 firmware update.
The gray uniformity of the Vizio M Series 2016 is average and when viewed from an angle, it looks worse. The LED of the full array backlight are visible and the corner are also more dark. Dirty screen effect will certainly displease sport fans, since it is in sport like football or hockey that you have more panning shots over uniform background.
The viewing angle is good for a TV using a VA panel. In fact, when view side by side, the M Series 2016 actually give a better viewing experience than the more expensive P Series 2016.
The black uniformity is good, but there is definitely some clouding issues on our unit, and it is more visible at an angle. With local dimming enabled this is not an issue.
When sending a 10 bit signal, 8 bit gradations can be seen even though the panel is 10 bit. Despite this, the gradient performs pretty well, without any major color or banding issues.
Out of the box, the pre-calibration of this TV was pretty great. There were some issues with the reds being too high and the blues being too low in the white balance. As for the colors, it too had it's share of issues, with some colors being too saturated.
We measured the color gamut coverage in the Dolby Vision mode (via the metadata tunneling of Spectracal's Calman software). It doesn't have a wide color gamut for HDR, but it is enough for Rec 709 content.
Update 08/09/2016: Retested with newest firmware update, sending a HDR10 signal over HDMI. No improvement to color gamut.
Reflections on the Vizio M Series 2016 appear large and diffused. This helps to combat bright glare. It is similar to the Vizio M Series 2015.
There is no 3D functionality on the Vizio M Series 2016.
The Vizio M Series 2016 is very good at handling motion. Fast moving objects such as a a puck in a hockey game will look quite clear. Movies played via blu-ray or casting apps play smoothly. Good support of motion interpolation up to the native refresh rate of 120Hz.
The response time of this TV is excellent. No trail can be seen following the Rtings logo. This means that fast moving objects on this TV will be quite clear. This TV uses PWM flickering to adjust the luminosity of the backlight.
The Vizio M Series 2016 is able to reduce the backlight frequency to 60Hz, which helps to clear up motion.
The Vizio M Series 2016 is judder free only for 24p sources like movies on Blu-ray, DVD and from streaming apps. On other movie sources which play at 60Hz such as from a cable/satellite box, judder does occur, but not consistently. We were able to eliminate this completely when setting 'Reduce Judder' function to 1, however this does add a little of the Soap Opera Effect.
'Reduce Judder' is the setting that turns on motion interpolation for 30 fps (and lower) content. For 60 fps to be interpolated to 120, you will need to use the 'Reduce Motion Blur' slider (but there is currently a bug; in order for RMB to work, you also need to set 'Reduce Judder' to at least 1 as well).
The Vizio M Series 2016 supports a wide range of inputs, which should be enough for most people. The input lag is very low when game mode is activated on HDMI 5. With the latest firmware update, it can also display correctly the chroma subsampling at different resolution, which is good for people using their TV as a PC monitor or gamers who want to have a high level of detail while playing.
Input lag is great. For best results, use HDMI5 with 'Game Low Latency' on for both 1080p and 4k resolutions. Note that HDR is only possible for HDMI 1, and so the input lag is higher. It is still playable for casual gamers. Shown below are the results for combinations of HDMI ports, HDR vs SDR, with different signal formats.
|1080p With Interpolation||SDR||5||79.2ms|
|1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode||SDR||5||83.8ms|
|1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4||SDR||5||16.9ms|
|4k @ 60Hz||SDR||5||16.7ms|
|4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4||SDR||5||n/a|
|4k @ 60Hz + HDR||HDR||5||n/a|
|4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR||HDR||5||n/a|
|1080p With Interpolation||SDR||1||122.7ms|
|1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode||SDR||1||126.8ms|
|1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4||SDR||1||51.5ms|
|4k @ 60Hz||SDR||1||43.8ms|
|4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4||SDR||1||43.8ms|
|4k @ 60Hz + HDR||HDR||1||43.8ms|
|4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR||SDR||1||43.8ms|
Update 01/24/2017: Retested with the newest firmware (22.214.171.124) and now the Vizio M Series 2016 can now display the chroma subsampling correctly when set in 'Computer' picture mode. The input lag has also been reduced.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Update 01/24/2017: Retested with the newest firmware (126.96.36.199) and now the Vizio M Series 2016 can now display the chroma subsampling correctly when set in the 'Computer' picture mode. Note that it can also correctly display chroma subsampling at 1080p @ 120Hz.
HDR10 is supported only on HDMI1. Despite what is mentioned on Vizio website, HDCP 2.2 protected content can play on all HDMI ports.
The sound of the Vizio M Series 2016 is terrible, with no bass and lots of distortion regardless of the volume. Even a cheap soundbar is an improvement over the built-in speakers.
Poor overall response. The frequency response is poor. The low-end cutoff, at 302Hz, is the worst we have measured so far. This TV doesn't produce any bass. On the other hand, we didn't notice many compression/pumping artifacts and the maximum loudness is good too. But it's not difficult to make a TV loud when it's not producing much bass.
Poor distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is elevated, even at low volumes. As the volume increases, the harmonic distortion increases with it. At 85dB and especially Max dB, the rise in harmonic distortion is significant and could be audible.
The Vizio M Series 2016 shares the same smart operating system as the Vizio P Series 2016 and the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 from past reviews we have done. While some may enjoy the simplicity of the SmartCast smart interface, which is similar to a chrome cast experience, depending on the quality of your wireless network there may be disconnections with the tablet. While having a tablet that comes with a TV is great included gift, some people may find it less intuitive than a traditional smart remote. For basic functions, you can use the included traditional remote control but for adjusting picture settings or to control the smart features a tablet or smartphone is required. In terms of inputs, there are 5 HDMI ports which is great for anyone who wants to connect all their devices. You can learn more about Smartcast and its app here.
Keep in mind that it is lacking a TV tuner, which means you cannot connect an antenna or cable directly to the TV. You will need to buy a separate tuner like this one.
This TV uses SmartCast, and as such, there is no applications on the actual TV itself. However, using the tablet provided with this TV, or any other handheld device, you will have many applications to choose from that supports casting services. There are already many major applications that do so such as Youtube, Netflix, and Spotify. Amazon Prime isn't supported at the moment.
The Vizio TV comes with both a 8-inch tablet and a basic remote. You will most likely be using the tablet more often than the remote itself though as that's how you can adjust all the settings of the TV. You can also download the 'Vizio SmartCast' application on any handheld device. It's available for Android and Apple.
Differences between Sizes and Variants
The Vizio M Series TV that we bought is the 70" with SKU M70-D3. Note that the M60-D1 has an IPS panel. This means we expect it to have a worse contrast ratio, and wider viewing angle.
The 50" and 55" models have 60Hz panels so some of the motion interpolation options are not available (i.e. 'Reduce Judder' and 'Reduce Motion Blur'). For those who like the soap opera effect, it is maybe better to get an 120Hz version of the M series 2016.
Different sizes have different panel provenances, so it is possible our review doesn't represent exactly all sizes. If someone's Vizio M 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||Panel||Local Dimming Zones|
|50"||M50-D1||120 Hz||60 Hz||4||10W x 2||VA||32|
|55"||M55-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||4||15W x 2||VA||64|
|60"||M60-D1||240 Hz||120 Hz||5||10W x 2||IPS||64|
|65"||M65-D0||240 Hz||120 Hz||5||15W x 2||VA||64|
|70"||M70-D3||240 Hz||120 Hz||5||10W x 2||VA||64|
|80"||M80-D3||240 Hz||120 Hz||5||10W x 2||VA||64|
Compared to other TVs
The Vizio M Series 2016 provides great movie and TV watching performance, especially for the price.
The Samsung KU6300 is a better pick for a bright room, such as a living room due to the higher brightness which helps to overcome glare, despite the slightly brighter reflections. The Vizio M Series 2016 does have better picture quality when viewed from in front and in a dark room, at a similar price.
The Sony X850D offers a much better viewing angle, and its higher peak brightness helps it deal with glare in a very bright room. However for watching movies and TV from straight on in most rooms, the Vizio M Series 2016 is a better pick due to the deeper blacks and better picture quality.
The Vizio M Series 2016 is an overall improvement on the previous year's Vizio M Series 2015. It offers the same good picture quality, with increased dark room performance and motion handling. Go with the Vizio M 2016.
The Vizio P Series 2016 is the next step up in price from the Vizio M Series 2016.The biggest advantage of the P Series 2016 is the higher brightness and better HDR support, however for those that aren't interested in HDR content the M Series 2016 will provide almost the same performance.
The Samsung KS8000 is a higher end TV, with more premium features such as HDR and does perform better overall. If you plan to watch a lot of HDR content or have a bright living room then the Samsung KS8000 is a better choice, but for those on a smaller budget go with the Vizio M Series 2016.
The LG UH8500 is better suited for a living room due to the higher brightness and wider viewing angle. It offers a more intuitive smart platform and 3D but the blacks aren't as deep as the Vizio M Series 2016. It also features a more sleek design, but most people are better off saving the money and going with the Vizio M Series 2016.
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Questions & Answers
Very interesting. It is totally possible that the M50-D1 do not have those setting. Since the M50-D1 is an 60Hz TV, it is normal that it should not have the 'Reduce Motion Blur', since it is related to the motion interpolation 60Hz signal to 120Hz. It is a little surprising that it don't have the 'Reduce Judder'. Thanks you for the information and we will update our review to reflect this.
Update 01/02/2017: The 55" model (M55-D0) also has a 60Hz native refresh rate, and so is also limited with motion interpolation options.
For the upscaling, we connect directly to the TV and we send a lower resolution content via HDMI input, to test the TV upscaling. If you upscale the content via another device before it is feed into the TV, you may have better upscaling, depending of the quality of the upscaling the device can perform. In general, Vizio TVs do a good job upscaling 1080p or higher resolution content, only with 480p and 720p that they are not as good as other brand. So if you feed 1080p content or higher into the TV, you should be good.
As for the comparison between the Vizio M and the LG UH7700, they are both not very far from each other in term of rating, but the Vizio M will be a better choice for a dark room where you sit in front of the TV. If you have a bright room where people a not sitting directly in front of the TV the LG will be a better pick.
As for the 10-bit gradation, even if a panel is 10-bit, but the graphic processing unit driving it has a max output of 8-bit you will see the 8-bit gradation when looking at our test picture. Since the theoretical maximum output of the graphic hardware use to drive the panel is unknown, we cannot extrapolate about the effect of future firmware update would have on this specific issues.
The 6" Vizio Android tablet is quite big for a remote, but the interface is user friendly. If you don't like the tablet you can install the app on your Android or iOS phone and use it instead.
I plan to buy a 55 inch TV to use as my sole PC display for web browsing, data entry, and media consumption (youtube/netflix, etc.). I have no plans to use cable television service, blu-rays, or game consoles, and HDR is a nice bonus, but is not a priority. I want to use 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR and/or 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 as my full time display mode for the PC.
I think the Vizio M55-D0 is a solid choice for my use case, but I have a doubt due to the following quote from this review: "The Sony X850D offers a much better viewing angle, and is better suited as a PC monitor due to the clearer text and resolution support." This comment is making me concerned that the Vizio M55-D0 has issues with displaying text even with 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. The X850D currently costs $300 USD more than the M55-D0 (currently $700 USD). Can you further comment on the text quality observed from the M55-D0 during web browsing?
Would you recommend another TV over the M55-D0 for my use case? Thanks again for all the info; it really helped!
The comment about clearer text is an error on the website, that has now been corrected. When we first tested the Vizio M 2016 it could not display 4:4:4 correctly, however a future software update enabled the Vizio to display proper 4:4:4 when it is in the Computer picture mode. The Vizio M55-D0 can now display text just as clearly as the Sony X850D.
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