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Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jan 09, 2018 at 09:02 am
Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 Picture
Test Methodology v1.2
6.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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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.

Our Verdict

6.0 Mixed Usage

Subpar TV overall. The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017's redeeming qualities are far and few between. While its wide viewing angle adds flexibility, its poor picture quality makes it difficult to enjoy.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
4.9 Movies

Bad TV for watching movies in a dark room. Its poor contrast and exceptionally uneven blacks cause distracting clouding in letterboxes and a dull looking image with blacks that often look grey. It also lacks a local dimming feature to alleviate some of these issues. It's also limited by its lower 1080p resolution.

See our Movies recommendations
6.9 TV Shows

Average TV for watching TV shows in a brighter environment. Its wide viewing angle makes it easy to place the TV in an abnormal environment like a kitchen where you might not view it from directly in front. However, its low brightness can't neutralize reflections and its smart features are a bit out of date.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.1 Sports

Passable TV for watching sports. The D Series 2017's handling of motion is acceptable, and it can display the uniform colors of sports fields without major issues with blotchiness. Unfortunately, it isn't the best at handling the 720p resolution used with most sports broadcasts, and its low brightness can cause issues while watching daytime games.

See our Sports recommendations
6.9 Video Games

Passable TV for playing video games. The D Series has a low input lag causing no major issues with responsiveness, and its motion blur performance is also decent. Unfortunately, its poor picture quality can make more graphics-oriented games look a bit dull.

See our Video Games recommendations
6.7 PC Monitor

Mediocre TV to use as a PC monitor. Its wide viewing angle makes it usable from a closer sitting position, but its lower resolution and lack of 4:4:4 support makes it less usable in a more productive setting.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 6.0 Mixed Usage
  • 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
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.

Test Results

Design
6.0
Design
Style
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.

Design
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"

Design
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.

Design
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.

Design
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.

Design
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
Design
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.

Picture Quality
5.6
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

7.7
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

9.1
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
720p Input

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

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV doesn't support a 4k input.

6.9
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
7.6
Motion
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
Motion
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
Motion
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
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
Motion
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
Motion
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
Motion
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.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
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
Inputs
Supported Resolutions