Vizio D Series 4k 2018 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Jun 29, 2018 at 09:43 am
Vizio D Series 4k 2018 Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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6.8
Movies
7.3
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
7.2
Video Games
6.5
HDR Movies
6.8
HDR Gaming
7.3
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Vizio V Series 2019
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio D Series 2018 is a decent but basic 4k TV. The picture quality is okay, but the TV lacks more advanced features like local dimming or a wide color gamut to produce deeper dark scenes or vivid HDR. The response time is fast which is excellent for displaying sports without much blur and the TV has low input lag for gaming.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The performance of the Vizio D65-F1 for mixed usage is okay. Movie and regular cable TV watching is decent, whereas playing video games and using it as a PC monitor should keep you satisfied. This TV does not have a great HDR performance since it has a limited color gamut and will not display rich and saturated colors, far from what the content creator intended.

Pros
  • Deep and uniform dark scenes
  • Fast response time
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle
  • Mediocre HDR
6.8 Movies

This TV is decent for watching movies. It has a very good contrast ratio that will display good blacks in dim environments but lacks any local dimming to further boost blacks. You should not observe much clouding in darker scenes since the TV's black uniformity is very good. Watching 4k and Blu-ray content looks great.

7.3 TV Shows

Watching TV shown on the Vizio D Series 2018 is ok. The TV can get good enough brightness levels for brighter rooms and can handle reflections well. Unfortunately, viewing angles are not very good and thus the picture quality will not be the same if you are watching a TV show while moving around doing some housework. On the other hand, upscaling 720p cable content is ok.

7.0 Sports

This TV is decent for watching sports. The good reflection handling and the great response time. make it a good choice for watching fast action sports in a room with a few lights. Some dirty screen effect is present and that will disappoint sports fans. Also if you plan to watch a game with a big group you take into account that the bad viewing angles do not favor wide seating arrangements.

7.2 Video Games

The Vizio D Series 65 is very good for playing video games. It has a low input lag both in SDR and HDR content, which makes it very responsive to user input, and also has a remarkably fast response time which is great for fast action.

6.5 HDR Movies

Ordinary performance for this TV on HDR movies. Apart from the great contrast and the great 4k content display, this TV is producing a satisfactory result for HDR movie watching. This is mainly because it cannot display rich and saturated colors due to its limited color gamut.

6.8 HDR Gaming

Playing HDR games on this TV is good as it supports the 4k @ 60Hz + HDR input. Also, the fast response time makes it suitable for fast action. The good contrast will offer a decent experience in dark scene HDR gaming. However, you should keep in mind the limited color gamut which will not allow it to display rich and vivid colors.

7.3 PC Monitor

This Vizio D Series will perform very well as a PC monitor mainly due to its remarkable input capabilities. The various supported resolutions and the low input lag should keep most people happy. Also, the fact that there is practically no permanent burn-in risk and no temporary image retention, should not deter you from using it as a PC monitor.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 7.3 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 3/29/2019: We corrected a mistake in the BFI score.
  4. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  5. Update 12/12/2018: Vizio has released the V505-G9. We have added a note to the sizes & variants section

Test Results

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the Vizio D Series 65 is ok. It has a wide and quite stable stand, although it wobbles a little if slightly pushed. The back is plastic and the TV seems relatively thick when you are looking at it from the side. The build quality is ok and it should not cause any issues. Overall, the TV looks very similar to the Vizio E Series 2018, but the D Series lacks a metal trim.

Design
Stand

The stand of the Vizio D Series 4k 2018 is plastic and provides good support to the TV. However, the TV will wobble slightly back and forth if pushed gently.

Footprint of the 55" model: 50.6" x 10.6"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back of the TV is plastic. It has a more sleek look and the inputs are still split between the side and the bottom edge, which makes them easier to access if you wall mount the TV. There is no planning for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.83" (2.1 cm)

The borders are simple. They have a textured plastic finish and average thickness. They  look identical to E series 2018 but they lack the silver trim on the bottom edge.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.35" (8.5 cm)

The TV looks a little thick and blocky when viewed from the side, so it may stick out slightly if wall-mounted. Like all other Vizio models we tested this year, the structure of the TV (screen and electronics' compartment) is more apparent when the TV is viewed from the side.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is ok. It feels solid even though it is almost entirely made from plastic. There are no gaps in the built and you should have no problems with it.

Picture Quality
8.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5392 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The contrast of the Vizio D Series 4k 2018 is excellent. Blacks look great and this improves the picture quality when the TV is is viewed in a dark room, and especially for dark movie scenes.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV does not have a local dimming option.

7.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
316 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
325 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
325 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
325 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
326 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Vizio D65-F1 SDR peak brightness is good. The TV achieves brightness levels that are good for a dark room and satisfactory for a brighter ambiance. It is worth noting that the TV brightness level remains uniform no matter the size of the highlights.

5.5
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
312 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
321 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
321 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
321 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
320 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

The Vizio D series 4k 2018 has ok HDR peak brightness. It does not get very bright to display bright highlights as the creator intends, but it does not dim highlights and it displays a steady brightness no-matter the window size.

If you find HDR content too dim, raising the Backlight setting to 100 (rather than the default 50) and setting the Gamma to 1.8 will brighten most HDR shades, but unfortunately won't affect peak highlights.

Also during our testing the TV got stuck once at 70 cd/m², but resetting the picture mode fixed the issue.

7.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.385 %
50% DSE
0.182 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.614 %
5% DSE
0.117 %

The gray uniformity is decent. On the 50% gray uniformity test picture, we can see that the four corners are a slightly darker than the center. Some clouding is apparent which causes a little dirty screen effect which might annoy some people when viewing sports.

On the 5% gray uniformity picture, things are a little better as not much clouding can be noticed.

5.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
29 °
Color Shift
44 °
Brightness Loss
34 °
Black Level Raise
14 °
Gamma Shift
15 °

The viewing angle is bad for this Vizio D Series 2018. Blacks fade to grey at only small angles off the center and colors shift rapidly at an angle as well. It is not a great choice if you plan on placing it in a wide room.

8.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.827 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Vizio D65 has an impressive black uniformity. The screen is uniform and does not show signs of clouding. This is very good, especially for dark scenes.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.2 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.7 %

The Vizio D Series 4k 2018 is good at handling reflections. The semi-gloss finish diffuses reflections across the screen, reducing their intensity. Unless you are planning on watching TV in a very bright room, reflections should not be an issue.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.46
Color dE
2.39
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6434 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Normal
Gamma Setting
2.2

The TV has very good out of the box color accuracy. When set to Calibrated Dark, the color dE and white Balance dE are well below 3, so most people will not notice any inaccuracies.

The gamma is at 2.19 almost right on our 2.2 target. Finally, the color temperature is close to 6500K resulting in a fairly accurate picture.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.08
Color dE
1.36
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6498 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The post calibration picture is close to perfect. The calibration process is fairly straightforward and relatively fast to do. The white balance dE was brought down to 0.08. The color dE was slightly harder to minimize, but the residue is so small that most people won't notice. Finally, the gamma is tracking perfectly our goal of 2.2.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content is slightly worse than average. Similar to other Vizio TVs, DVDs appear a bit soft but there is some choppiness to the image.

You can see a comparison of the Vizio M Series and TCL 6 Series here.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p sources such as cable TV are a bit softer than most other TVs.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. The image remains clear and sharp.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

No issues can be seen with native 4k content.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels
6.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.09 %
DCI P3 uv
82.70 %
Rec 2020 xy
54.83 %
Rec 2020 uv
61.29 %

The color gamut is decent, but the TV fails to be classified as having a wide color gamut since the cover of the Rec 2020 uv space fails to surpass our target of 67%.

The HDR EOTF in the Calibrated Dark picture mode follows the target PQ curve well at first, but then begins its roll-off really early, so well-lit areas of HDR scenes will be shown less bright than intended. If you find HDR content too dark, raising the Backlight setting to 100 and setting Gamma to 1.8 will raise the EOTF and brighten most HDR scenes.

Enabling Game Low Latency doesn't change the EOTF, which is good, and the EOTF in the Computer picture mode is also very similar.

6.2
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
71.1 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
28.7 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
52.5 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
21.2 %

The color volume on this Vizio D Series 65 is mediocre. The inability of the TV to display a full range of colors across a range of brightnesses esteems from the limited color gamut. Colors on this TV will not be very rich and darker color shades will be crushed.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.092 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.113 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.085 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.090 dE

The gradient is very good. A little banding is present almost everywhere, but only in the dark green and gray you might spot a little more.

There is no gradient smoothing feature but, the TV has a Reduce Noise feature that may help reduce banding in low quality 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 %

No image retention is present and this is in line with other TVs that use VA panels.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
8.1
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.6 ms
100% Response Time
12.1 ms

The Vizio D Series 4k 2018 has an excellent response time. There is very little motion trail behind fast moving objects. The little overshoot that exists in some transitions, is not likely to cause any artifacts.

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

The TV uses PWM to dim its backlight, so the backlight flickers at all Backlight settings below 100. The flicker frequency is at 480 Hz, which is high so it isn't very noticeable except in small duplications behind moving objects.

Also we noticed that the backlight also dips down at every 1/60th of a second (60Hz) as shown in in the backlight@100% plot. This should not be noticeable to most and should not worry you.

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 D series does not support BFI.

Update 03/29/2019: The 120 Hz for 120 fps test was scored incorrectly. The score has increased slightly.

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

The Vizio D Series 65 does not have any motion interpolation features unlike the higher end P Series 2018 or the TCL 6 Series.

7.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.6 ms

In 24p, some stutter is noticeable because of the fast response time. Unfortunately, the TV has no motion interpolation to insert in-between frames and thus you can only rely on the minimum blur created by the response time to smooth it out.

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 Vizio D Series 4k can play 24p content from the native apps, or a DVD or a Blu-ray without judder. To remove judder set Film mode to on.

When the 24fps is coming through 60i or 60p then just like the 2017 model the TV is not able to remove it.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The Vizio D65-F1 doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.

Inputs
7.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
23.9 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
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