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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
The TV runs fairly cool, only getting warm to the touch in a few places on the back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HDR is not supported.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
720p content such as sports is displayed well. The image is quite soft, but this isn't a big difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.
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.
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.
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.
The TV unfortunately lacks a black frame insertion setting to reduce the flicker frequency to 60 Hz, which would clear up motion during gaming.
The TV does not have a motion interpolation function, though this is common for Vizio TVs.
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.
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'.
As with other 2017 models, the D Series 1080p doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.