Reviewed on Jan 09, 2018

Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
4.9
Movies
6.9
TV Shows
7.1
Sports
6.9
Video Games
3.7
HDR Movies
3.8
HDR Gaming
6.7
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
IPS (except 50")
Resolution : 1080p

The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 is a mediocre Full HD LED Smart TV with a wide viewing angle. It has a low input lag for gaming and a decent handling of motion, but its picture quality is poor due to its non-uniform screen and low brightness. Its Smart features can also seem a bit antiquated compared to the more modern interfaces most people are used to.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Picture Quality 5.9
Motion 6.8
Inputs 7.6
Sound Quality 6.3
Smart Features 6.2
Pros
  • Wide viewing angle
Cons
  • Poor picture quality
  • Low brightness
  • Mediocre handling of motion
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.

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6.0

Design

Curved : No

The design of the Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 is similar to most other recent Vizio TVs. The stand looks the same as the E Series 2017 and is slightly more stylish than the 2016 model. The whole body of the TV is plastic, and the TV appears a bit thick when viewed from the side.

Stand

The stand of this Vizio is very similar to other Vizio TVs from this year and previous years. It is almost as wide as the TV, and is made of plastic but supports the TV well and feels stable.

Footprint of the 32" TV stand: 7.8" x 25.1"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The rear of the TV is quite basic and looks almost identical to the D Series 1080p 2016 from last year. The inputs are relatively easy to access when placed close to a wall, as they run parallel to the TV which is good.

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders of this Vizio have an average thickness and look quite basic. They do have a slight textured finish on the side though, which is a good touch.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.03" (7.7 cm)

The TV appears quite thick when viewed at an angle. Like most TVs, the thickest part is near the base. It will stick out from the wall a bit if mounted.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
95 °F (35 °C)
Average Temperature
:
91 °F (33 °C)

The TV runs fairly cool, only getting warm to the touch in a few places on the back.

6.0 Build Quality

The whole exterior of the TV is plastic, however, this is common to most competition in the price bracket. This isn't likely an issue for normal use.

5.9

Picture Quality

The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 has a sub-par picture quality. The disappointing contrast ration and black uniformity, resulting in a poor dark room performance, where dark scene look washed out and blacks are not very deep. When set in a bright room, the performance is still unremarkable as it can't get very bright and the way it deals with reflection is average. The gray uniformity and viewing angle are above average which is good for people who like to watch sport or people that have a wide living room, as the picture quality will remain the same even if you sit a bit off center. Finally, this TV is not compatible with HDR and can only reproduce color within the SDR standard.

5.6 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
803 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The 2017 Vizio D 1080p TV has a disappointing contrast ratio. With a contrast ratio of 800:1, this place this TV in the lower ranking of the 2017 TV we have tested, even when compared to other IPS TVs. When set in a dark room, blacks look more like gray and dark scene really suffer. When set in a brighter room setting, the picture quality is a bit better, but the image won't have as much of an impact than other IPS with a higher contrast ratio.

Update 01/24/2018: The 50" model (D50f-E1) likely uses a VA panel, as explained in this Q&A. We expect it to have a much higher contrast ratio, similar to last year's D50-D1, but a worse viewing angle.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

The Vizio D 1080p 2017 does not have a local dimming feature. There is an option named 'Backlight Control', but this is not a local dimming feature, but more a frame dimming, which dims all the screen depending on what is displayed on the screen.

5.7 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
172 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
195 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Plot over time

Disappointing SDR peak brightness, only good enough for a moderately lit room, as in a bright room the TV will appear dim by comparison. Fortunately, the brightness is very consistent no matter the content played, though in our real scene test, the edge of the screen is a little more dim than the center. This brightness is similar to the competing TCL S405 and S305, but not nearly as bright as the Samsung M5300 or the LG LJ5500.

Update 12/13/2018: The SDR ABL value wasn't calculated, which resulted in a slightly lower score. This has been updated.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR ABL
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

7.2 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
5.247 %
50% DSE
:
0.168 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.610 %
5% DSE
:
0.113 %

The overall gray uniformity is better than average. On the 50% gray uniformity test picture, we can see that the 4 corners are a bit darker than the center and also that there are some faint vertical and horizontal bands that are also a bit darker. The vertical and horizontal band are often visible on TV with full array backlight, and unfortunately here, it causes some dirty screen effect.

On the 5% gray uniformity, not much can be noticed when looking at the test picture, which is a good result for this specific test.

7.1 Viewing Angle
Color Shift
:
38 °
Brightness
:
44 °
Black Level
:
75 °

Decent viewing angle, even for a TV with an IPS panel, and far better than all TVs with a VA panel. Blacks stay black, and colors and brightness remain decent when the TV is viewed at moderate angles. This makes this TV a good choice for a room where people often sit to the side of the TV and view it from an angle.

3.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
3.510 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The black uniformity of the Vizio D 1080p 2017 is poor. Flashlighting is visible on each corner and near the edge of almost all the screen leaving almost only the center of the screen free of real uniformity issues.

7.8 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.5 %

The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 is decent at handling reflections. It has a semi-gloss finish which diffuses reflections across the screen, reducing their intensity. It should be fine for an average-lit room but may be an issue in a bright room.

5.4 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Calibrated Dark
White Balance dE
:
5.08
Color dE
:
5.06
Gamma
:
2.08
Color Temperature
:
6510 K

Out of the box, when set on the most accurate setting, the accuracy of this TV is disappointing. Both white balance dE and color dE are just above the 5.0 mark, which is high enough that anyone could notice that the TV is not really accurate. The gamma is above our 2.2 target and the gamma curve is also not tracking our flat target, with a dip in the darker and also in the lighter end.

The most accurate setting for this TV was the 'Calibrated Dark' picture setting with a combination of the 'Normal' color temerature. All other picture modes available have even higher level of inaccuracy, and are therefore not recommended.

9.2 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Calibrated Dark
White Balance dE
:
0.87
Color dE
:
1.49
Gamma
:
2.19
Color Temperature
:
6688 K

After calibration, the Vizio D 1080p 2017 has an excellent accuracy. The white balance dE was brought down to 0.87, which is accurate enough that most people would not notice the inaccuracy. The Color dE was brought down to 1.49, which is a big improvement over the dE of 5.06, but with a dE of 1.49, professional would still notice some color inaccuracy. As for the gamma, it is now tracking more closely our 2.2 target, but the dip in the brighter IRE points could not be corrected to bring the gamma curve completely flat.

You can find out calibration settings here.

7.5 480p Input

Low-quality sources such as DVDs look good. The image is a bit softer than usual, however, this isn't an issue for most people.

7.5 720p Input

720p content such as sports is displayed well. The image is quite soft, but this isn't a big difference.

10 1080p Input

Native 1080p sources are displayed well, and appear detailed.

0 4k Input

This TV doesn't support a 4k input.

6.9 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
77.17 %
DCI P3 uv
:
83.17 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
54.89 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
59.88 %

Standard color gamut, only good enough for SDR content, which uses the Rec 709 color space. This gamut wouldn't be good for HDR, but this TV doesn't support HDR anyway.

5.5 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
63.9 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
20.8 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
45.4 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
14.8 %

Poor HDR color volume, as expected of an SDR only TV. The volume is good enough for most SDR content, but dark colors will be shown brighter than intended because of the TV's mediocre contrast ratio, and their color will be shifted because of the TV's blue tinted black point.

6.9 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.138 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.177 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.128 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.133 dE

The Vizio D 1080p 2017 perform well displaying our gradient test image. 8-bit banding is visible, particularly in the blue shade of color, leaving the rest of the color and grayscale free of issues. Since this TV does not support HDR, an 8-bit panel does cause any issues as SDR content only support 8-bit content.

10 Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

Good result for the Vizio D 1080p 2017, as no image retention can be seen on our test picture, which is a good result for an IPS TV.

10 Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
:
No

Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.

Pixels
6.8

Motion

Motion looks decent on the D Series 1080p, but not as good as on many other TVs. While the TV has a fast pixel response time and can remove judder from 24p movie sources, its backlight always flickers when not at maximum brightness and it lacks motion interpolation.

7.6 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
8.0 ms
100% Response Time
:
17.7 ms

Good pixel response time, shown by how short the trail is that followed our moving logo. Most of the blur in the photo is due to image persistence. This response time is good enough for watching fast-moving content, and is better than the competing TCL S305, but isn't quite as good as the Samsung M5300.

7.9 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
480 Hz

The TV only dims the backlight using PWM, so the screen will always have flicker when not at maximum backlight, and the flicker will get more severe at lower backlight levels. Fortunately, the flicker is at 480 Hz so it shouldn't be too bothersome, but it will cause some double image artifacts during fast motion, as shown in the photo in the Response Time box.

2.9 Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
:
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
:
480 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
:
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
:
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
:
480 Hz

The TV unfortunately lacks a black frame insertion setting to reduce the flicker frequency to 60 Hz, which would clear up motion during gaming.

0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

The TV does not have a motion interpolation function, though this is common for Vizio TVs.

8.1 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
24.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
0.0 ms

The Vizio D series is great at showing content smoothly, without stutter. For 60Hz content such as sports the image appears very smooth, as the image doesn't remain static (the frame changes before the transition completes). For 24Hz content such as movies the image is also smooth, as the static image time is reduced by half.

7.8 24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
:
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
:
Yes

The 2017 Vizio D 1080p TV can display without judder 24p movies playing from 24p sources like DVD and Blu-ray players. When 24p movies play via 60p/60i sources, they do present judder and there is no way to remove it, unfortunately.

To remove judder from 24p movies playing from 24p sources, simply turn on 'Film Mode'.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

As with other 2017 models, the D Series 1080p doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.

7.6

Inputs

The TV can only play basic 1080p SDR content, as it doesn't support HDR and doesn't have a 4k panel. The TV does have low input lag, however, which is good news when playing 1080p video games.

8.8 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
24.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
25.0 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
N/A
4k With Interpolation
:
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A

Great low input lag, good enough for all but the most competitive gamers. The TV always has low input lag as long as 'Film Mode' is off; the 'Game' picture mode has the same input lag as all the other modes. Activating 'Game Low Latency' disables 'Film Mode', so we recommend turning on 'Game Low Latency' when gaming. We recommend leaving 'Film Mode' on 'Auto' for HDMI ports that aren't used for gaming, as it removes 24p judder.

0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 120Hz
:
No

Only basic resolutions are supported. The TV cannot show 4k as it has a 1080p panel, and it cannot properly show 4:4:4 color, even in the computer picture mode, so when using the TV as a PC monitor text may appear a little unclear.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 2
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

Note that some models of the D Series 1080p 2017 do have more HDMI inputs. See the sizes and variants section for the full list of differences.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
No
3D
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
No
HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth
:
No
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3.0
:
No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz)
6.3

Sound Quality

The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 offers mediocre sound capabilities. It can reproduce basic dialogue relatively fine, but it is a far cry from what even a more basic soundbar can produce. Most people will find its output to be a bit disappointing.

6.2 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
134.54 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.70 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.50 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.71 dB
Max
:
90.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression