You don't have to worry about a specific picture mode to achieve low input lag for gaming on the Vizio P Series - they can all have a good one. However, the choice of HDMI port does have an impact. We used HDMI 5 for our tests. We selected the Calibrated mode as a base for our calibration.
Here is a rundown of the features available on the Vizio P Series:
Black detail: Remaps the HDMI black level. This setting will depend on what your source type is.
Active LED Zones: This is the full array local dimming feature. See the Q&A section of our review for details and pictures.
Smooth Motion Effect: This is the soap opera effect/motion interpolation feature. See the Q&A section of our review for details and pictures.
Clear Action: This changes the backlight algorithm. It adds flickering, but reduces visible motion blur. See the Q&A section of our review for details and pictures.
Reduce Block Noise: This filters out the block artifacts of compression. Turn this on for everything except Blu-rays, PC, or video games.
Game Low Latency: Reduces the amount of input lag, but deactivates the Smooth Motion Effect feature (even it if isn't grayed out).
Film mode: 24p playback, which removes juddering on Blu-rays.
This is the result of our 11 point grayscale calibration. Unfortunately, this won't translate well to other panels, so we don't recommend that you copy these settings for your own TV.
Questions & Answers
22 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
What are your recommended calibration settings for the 50" P Series model, to be used strictly for PS4 gaming? Thank you, and keep up the great work.
Use the ones that we posted, but turn on 'Game Low Latency' and increase 'Backlight'. Don't forget to use HDMI 5.
You noted that you used HDMI 5 for your testing. However, when I used HDMI 5 for my DirecTV, I received a message that HDMI 5 is best used for UHD/4K content and image quality may suffer. Should I use it?
You're able to use HDMI 5 for your DirecTV connection, but keep in mind that HDMI 5 isn't as good at displaying interlaced content, so any 1080i channels will likely look worse than they would on HDMI 1-4.
Updated for better clarity.
Hi, first off great website! Second, I was wondering if there is a noticeable difference between the 120 hz b1E and the 240 hertz b1? I like the motion interpolation effect when watching movies and want to know if i should opt for the b1 over the b1E, or if its too small a difference to matter. Thanks.
Those TVs actually have lower refresh rates than advertised. The B1E has a refresh rate of 60 hz, and the B1 has a refresh rate of 120 hz. Because of this, only the B1 will be able to do the motion interpolation that you like, so you should go for that one.
What are the recommended calibration settings for the 60" P Series if the intention is to watch sporting events? Thank you in advance.
Same as the settings that we used, but increase 'Backlight'. Depending on the sport, play with 'Smooth Motion Effect'. It increases the fluidity, which is great. However, it doesn't work well for every sport, because sometimes the ball/puck disappears.
Did you get a chance to go back and re-review? Sounds like from the CNet review that the software update this month has resolved many of the image processing issues. I would like to see your take on the changes.
We will in about a month or so with our updated test suite for 2015.
I have Comcast cable, and I connected it to HDMI port 5. I received a message that HDMI 5 is best used for UHD/4K content and that image quality may suffer. Should I use it? Why am I getting this message?
HDMI 5 is indeed better for 4k signals. It has less processing than the other inputs, and is not good at deinterlacing 1080i. The other inputs are better able to handle that kind of signal, and are better for your Comcast.
Where did you get the refresh rate information for the P502ui-b1 and b1e? I can't find any material that references the lower 60Hz and 120Hz (versus 120 and 240).
Unfortunately, that information isn't widely available online. Vizio uses the term 'Effective Refresh Rate,' which is always double the real refresh rate, in their marketing. For example, the Vizio E 60" TV is listed by Vizio as having an effective refresh rate of 120 hz, but we tested it as having a real refresh rate of 60 hz.
Does running a receiver through HDMI 5 still have the same benefit to everything then going through that receiver? Talking about Xbox. What's the best way to set this up?
Sure, provided the receiver itself doesn't add to the lag. You could always just try it both ways: connecting the Xbox directly to the TV, and then connecting it through the receiver. If you notice additional lag, then you won't want to go through the receiver. If you don't, then you're all set.
The picture quality will be the same both with and without the receiver.
I just got a Vizio E-series TV. I'm usually good with calibration, but I have one question about the advanced picture settings. What exactly are the reduce block noise and the reduce signal noise options for? Do I need them on if I'm watching 1080p content?
They are used for cleaning up artifacts (portions of the picture that look blocky) caused by compression. You often see them in streaming or broadcast media. You won't need those features for something like Blu-ray, video games, or PC content, but you might need them for 1080p streaming media.
You say HDMI 5 is OK for Direct TV input, but later state that port 5 "has less processing than the other inputs, and is not good at deinterlacing 1080i". Please clarify. Should I be using port 5 with DirecTV, or would a different port be better?
Thank you for your great site.
Because of the poor handling of interlaced content, another port would be better. We've updated that other answer to clarify that while it is possible to use HDMI 5 for DirecTV, it isn't the best option.
I have AT&T U-VERSE, and I connected it to HDMI port 5. I received a message that HDMI 5 is best used for UHD/4K content and that image quality may suffer. Should I use it? Why am I getting this message?
Use HDMI 1-4 for this. HDMI 5 is not great for 1080i channels, which is why you got that message.
Can you offer any P55 Inch Color Tuner Settings? I bought the TV at release, and it would have been nice if Vizio would have said the 55" is the only one that had an IPS panel before I bought it, but oh well.
We only have our P60 to work with, so we can't offer settings for other sizes. Try out the settings we listed and see if they improve the picture. If they don't, we recommend resetting and just leaving the color settings to default.
Hi, I was looking to hook up my xbox one and play on the "gaming" mode. Which HDMI should i use? HDMI 5, or another one? Also, I currently have a Vizio sound-bar that is capable of passing through audio and video, so will it affect latency if I plug it in through the sound-bar into the ARC port?
For the best/least input lag, use HDMI 5 with 'Game Low Latency'. The sound bar may affect latency but the only way to know is to compare with and without it.
VIZIO P 50', what is the preferred audio mode? I use the tv a lot and mainly for watching youtube off the tv. Also use the Xbox one for streaming and gaming, I'm not using any sound bar or any external audio speakers.
Thanks in advance
Unfortunately, we don't test the different audio modes/settings so we can't make recommendations. The sound tests made in our reviews are made with the default audio mode (usually called 'Standard') and with any extra audio processing disabled so TVs can be compared more evenly.
I have the Vizio P502ui-b1e. I was wondering for PS4 gaming, clear action should be on or off?
If you can notice some motion blur when you are gaming, the 'Clear Action' feature will diminish it, but will introduce some flickering and will decrease the screen brightness. If you turn it on, you can increase the backlight to counterbalance the decrease of brightness, but there is nothing to do to eliminate the flickering unfortunately.