Vizio D3 Series 2021 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Oct 25, 2021 at 09:25 am
Vizio D3 Series 2021 Picture
6.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.3
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 3 Series 2019
6.8
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 3 Series 2019
6.5
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
5.0
HDR Movies
4.3
HDR Gaming
6.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 3 Series 2019
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 1080p

The Vizio D3 Series 2021 is an entry-level TV available in a range of sizes and resolutions, from 24 inch to 43 inch. It's the most basic model in Vizio's 2022 lineup, released in 2021. It has sub-par viewing angles and disappointing peak brightness, but it has superb contrast and good gray uniformity. It runs Vizio's SmartCast interface, which has a great selection of streaming apps, but there's no way to add more. Sadly, the interface is significantly slower to load than the other Vizio TVs we've tested. It has fantastic low input lag, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. Sadly, it has just a decent response time, so there's more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, and like most VA panels, there's more black smear behind dark objects.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Vizio D40f-J09 is a mediocre TV overall. Visibility is an issue in a bright room, so it's a bit limited for watching sports or TV shows during the day. It's a passable TV for watching movies, with superb contrast, but it doesn't support HDR. It's an okay gaming TV with low input lag and support for FreeSync, but it has just a decent response time, so there's more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

Pros
  • Superb contrast.
  • Good gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Low native resolution.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Permanent backlight flicker causes duplications in motion.
6.3 Movies

The Vizio D40f-J09 is a passable TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has superb contrast, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room and decent black uniformity, but no local dimming feature. The 1080p native resolution is fantastic for watching Blu-rays, but it can't display 4k content. It has a great selection of streaming apps, but sadly, no way to add new ones.

Pros
  • Superb contrast.
  • Good gray uniformity.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Low native resolution.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Permanent backlight flicker causes duplications in motion.
6.6 TV Shows

The Vizio D Series is an okay TV for watching TV shows during the day. It has good reflection handling to help it overcome glare in a bright room, but unfortunately, it's not very bright, so visibility is still an issue in bright rooms. It has a great selection of built-in streaming apps, but unfortunately, there's no way to add more. The image degrades at an angle, so it's a poor choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.

Pros
  • Good gray uniformity.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Low native resolution.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Permanent backlight flicker causes duplications in motion.
6.8 Sports

The Vizio D40f-J09 is an alright TV for watching sports. It has good reflection handling to help it to overcome glare in a bright room, but sadly, it can't get very bright. The image degrades at an angle, so it's not the best choice for a wide seating arrangement. Unfortunately, it has just a decent response time, so there's more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, making it difficult to make out the players in fast-paced sports.

Pros
  • Good gray uniformity.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Low native resolution.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Permanent backlight flicker causes duplications in motion.
6.5 Video Games

The Vizio D Series is an okay TV for playing video games. It has low input lag, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology (VRR). Unfortunately, its response time is just decent, so there's more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects than higher-end models. It can't get very bright, so it's not the best choice for a bright room, but it has superb contrast if you enjoy playing at night in a dark room.

Pros
  • Superb contrast.
  • Good gray uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
  • FreeSync support.
Cons
  • Low native resolution.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Permanent backlight flicker causes duplications in motion.
5.0 HDR Movies

The Vizio D40f-J09 doesn't support HDR.

4.3 HDR Gaming

This TV doesn't support HDR.

6.3 PC Monitor

The Vizio D Series TV is an unremarkable TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag and a relatively low response time, but the image degrades at an angle, so the sides of the screen can appear non-uniform if you're sitting close to the screen. Unfortunately, it can't display chroma 4:4:4 properly, so text isn't displayed properly.

Pros
  • Good gray uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
  • FreeSync support.
Cons
  • Low native resolution.
  • Can't display chroma 4:4:4 properly.
  • Low peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Permanent backlight flicker causes duplications in motion.
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Movies
  • 6.6 TV Shows
  • 6.8 Sports
  • 6.5 Video Games
  • 5.0 HDR Movies
  • 4.3 HDR Gaming
  • 6.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Oct 25, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 20, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio D Series TV is an entry-level TV in Vizio's 2022 lineup, released in 2021, sitting below the V Series TVs. It's a basic TV available in smaller sizes and lower resolutions that most mainstream brands don't really focus on anymore. The main competitors are cheap entry-level models from budget brands like Sceptre or onn, but there are some older models still available from bigger brands, like the Samsung N5300 or the TCL 3 Series 2020. This review is for the D3 Series, but there's also a D4 series available in a 24 inch and 32 inch size. We expect most of our results to be valid for both models, but the D4 series has thinner bezels.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio D40f has a very basic design, with a simple stand and thicker bezels than higher-end TVs. The overall design language is very similar to other Vizio TVs we've tested this year. There's a variant of this TV, known as the D4 Series, which has a more premium design and slimmer bezels.

Design
Stand

The stand is very basic, but it supports the TV well, with very little wobble. It lifts the TV high enough off the table to place most soundbars in front of it without blocking the screen.

Footprint of the 40 inch stand: 27.6" x 8.9" x 2.24" (3.03" to the bottom of the screen)

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x100

The back of the TV is plain, and most of the back panel consists of a thin textured metallic panel. The inputs are clustered around the center of the TV and face out to the side. Because they're far from the edge of the TV, they can be difficult to access if the TV is wall-mounted. The area around the inputs and VESA mount is plastic. There's no cable management at all.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.51" (1.3 cm)

Relative to the size of the TV, the borders are quite thick and a bit distracting when watching TV. The D4 variant of this TV has much thinner bezels.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.56" (6.5 cm)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality feels just okay. It's mostly plastic, but the back panel is metal, with no noticeable flex, which is nice. The plastic parts have a bit more flex to them and don't feel as premium. Overall, it's pretty basic, and although there's nothing premium about it, it doesn't feel too bad either.

Picture Quality
9.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
7,692 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

As expected for a TV with a VA panel, the Vizio D Series has superb contrast, resulting in very deep blacks when viewed in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve contrast. Note that contrast can vary between individual units.

5.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
194 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
178 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
204 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
204 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
204 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
204 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
178 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
203 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
203 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
203 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
203 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.009

Unfortunately, the Vizio D Series has disappointing peak brightness in SDR. Visibility can be an issue if you have a bright room, as it's not bright enough to overcome direct sunlight or glare from bright lights. There's very little difference in peak brightness with different content, but small highlights are dimmed a bit.

We tested SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with Color Temperature set to 'Warm', and the Backlight set to '100'. The peak brightness can vary with different picture settings, but these settings deliver the brightest picture we were able to get.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how it compares to other TVs with a local dimming feature.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how it compares to other TVs with a local dimming feature.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
N/A

This TV doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
N/A

This TV doesn't support HDR. We checked the SDR brightness in Game mode instead and found no noticeable difference between Game and non-Game modes.

7.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.078%
50% DSE
0.179%
5% Std. Dev.
1.447%
5% DSE
0.097%

This TV has good gray uniformity. The corners of the screen are noticeably darker than the center, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect that can be noticeable when watching sports or certain content. Near-dark scenes have much better uniformity, with no serious issues. Gray uniformity can vary between individual units due to manufacturing tolerances.

7.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.096%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Vizio D Series has decent black uniformity. The screen is a bit cloudy throughout, and it's a bit patchy, but it's not very noticeable with regular content. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to reduce the cloudiness. Note that black uniformity can vary between individual units.

5.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
21°
Color Shift
18°
Brightness Loss
28°
Black Level Raise
67°
Gamma Shift
12°

As expected for a VA panel, this TV has sub-par viewing angles. The image degrades considerably as you move off-center, so it's not the best choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you have a large group of people over.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
1.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.7%

The Vizio D Series has good reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish reduces the intensity of direct reflections a bit without smearing them across the screen, but visibility and glare can still be an issue, especially as it's not bright very bright.

8.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.71
Color dE
1.22
Gamma
2.11
Color Temperature
6,696 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

Surprisingly, this TV has excellent accuracy out of the box. There are very few noticeable issues with the white balance and color accuracy, but blues and reds are a bit off. The color temperature is a bit cool, giving everything a slightly bluish tint. Gamma is closer to 2.1 than our target of 2.2, so everything is a bit too bright, but it's not bad.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.23
Color dE
1.01
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,478 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, this TV has outstanding accuracy. There are no remaining issues with the white balance, color temperature, or gamma. It has a color management system, but we were only able to correct blues a bit. Nothing we did had any impact on reds, and there are still some noticeable issues.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

There are no noticeable issues when upscaling 480p content, like DVDs.

Note: Due to the size of the TV, we had to take all of our photos from closer to the TV than usual. Because of that, the screen captures below are a bit blurrier than usual, and there's a noticeable screen door effect where you can see individual pixels. This isn't noticeable in real life and is just due to camera settings and position relative to the size.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

There are no issues upscaling 720p content. The D24h-J09 and D32h-J09 models are native 1366x768 TVs, and likely display 720p content better than this one.

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This is a native 1080p TV, and 1080p content is displayed perfectly. The D24h-J09 and D32h-J09 models are native 1366x768 TVs. TVs with this native resolution can usually accept a 1080p signal, but they have to downscale the image to display it, so it's not as sharp.

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

This is a 1080p TV; it can't accept or display a 4k signal.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 1080p TV; it can't accept or display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Vizio D Series uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

6.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
72.87%
DCI P3 uv
79.52%
Rec 2020 xy
52.60%
Rec 2020 uv
59.04%

The Vizio D40f-J09 has an okay color gamut, but it doesn't support HDR and can't display an HDR color gamut.

6.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
68.7%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
22.2%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
50.7%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
16.3%

The Vizio D Series has mediocre color volume. It's limited by the lack of HDR support and the low peak brightness.

6.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.190
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.219
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.131
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.223

Unfortunately, the Vizio D40f-J09 has mediocre gradient handling. There's noticeable banding, especially in darker shades of green and gray. There are a few settings that are supposed to help reduce banding, but we didn't notice any improvement with real 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%

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the unit we bought.

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

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

Motion
7.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.9 ms
100% Response Time
16.5 ms

The Vizio D Series has a decent response time, but it's worse than many TVs we've tested. There's a significant blur trail behind fast-moving objects and a lot of smearing behind dark objects, which is common for VA panels. Unfortunately, the TV's permanent flicker causes noticeable duplications in motion.

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

Unfortunately, the Vizio D Series uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. There's noticeable flicker at any backlight setting below '100'. The flicker frequency is consistent across all picture modes and all settings.

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

The Vizio D Series doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. Instead, the backlight always flickers at a fixed frequency at any backlight setting below '100', which causes some duplications in motion that can be distracting.

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

This TV doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.9
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
25.2 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.2 ms

Due to the relatively slow response time, there's very little stutter.

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 can remove judder from 24p sources like a Blu-ray player or an Apple TV or via the native apps. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder from 60Hz sources, including most cable boxes.

We encountered a strange anomaly when testing this TV for judder. With a 1s exposure, normally all of the boxes are pure white, but with this TV, one box remained gray. We repeated the test multiple times but got the same results each time. We can't see any signs of judder, so it appears to be just slightly off. We still consider this to be judder-free.

3.5
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

This TV has a basic 60Hz refresh rate, but surprisingly, it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. Due to the low native refresh rate, the VRR range is narrow, so it's not very effective unless your console or PC can maintain a frame rate close to 60Hz. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell if the TV supports HDMI Forum VRR or not. VRR works when connected to an Xbox, but the Xbox supports both FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, so we don't know which one is in use.

We noticed a strange bug when testing the VRR feature. We found that the HDMI Mode setting has to be set to 'Auto' for it to work. With it set to '1.4', VRR doesn't work.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
19.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
52.4 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
N/A
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
11.9 ms
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Vizio D Series has relatively low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. It's not as low as most recent TVs, but the difference isn't that noticeable. Unlike most TVs, the input lag with the variable refresh rate feature active is much lower.

0
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV doesn't support any resolutions above 1080p. Unfortunately, it can't display chroma 4:4:4 properly, so text is blurry when connected to a PC.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
PS5 can't do VRR yet
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

This TV has an auto low latency feature (ALLM), so it automatically switches to Game Mode when you start playing a game. It also supports VRR from an Xbox, but we don't know if it'll work with Sony's promised VRR feature for the PS5, as we're unable to determine if HDMI Forum VRR is supported or not.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
No
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
No
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 No
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

This TV doesn't support HDR or any advanced formats like HDR10+, Dolby Vision, or HLG. The HDMI inputs only support HDMI 1.4, but as this is a 1080p TV, it wouldn't benefit from the extra bandwidth of HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 2.1 anyway.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 0
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

One of the two HDMI ports also supports ARC, so you can passthrough audio to a connected soundbar or receiver.

Sound Quality
6.0
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
151.02 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.12 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.53 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.12 dB
Max
84.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
2.98 dB

The Vizio D Series has a mediocre frequency response. It can't get very loud, and like most TVs, it has almost no bass response, with an extremely high low-frequency extension (LFE). Above the LFE, it has a fairly balanced frequency response, so most dialogue sounds clear, but there's a slight dip in the low treble range.

6.1
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.975
Weighted THD @ Max
1.908
IMD @ 80
3.58%
IMD @ Max
10.52%

This TV has passable distortion performance. There's some noticeable distortion at moderate listening levels, and it increases quite a bit at max volume. This can depend on the content, and not everyone can hear it.

Smart Features
6.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS SmartCast
Version 1.50
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
16 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Vizio D Series has an okay smart interface. Like other Vizio TVs, it runs the SmartCast platform, which has a great selection of built-in apps, and no way to install additional apps. The interface is significantly slower than other SmartCast TVs we've tested this year. The home screen takes longer to load when the TV is first powered on, and individual apps are much slower to launch, but they run smoothly once launched.

10
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
No
Opt-out
No Ads
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unlike most recent TVs released, we didn't see any ads. There's some suggested content, though, which can't be disabled.

6.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
N/A
HDR in Netflix
N/A
HDR in YouTube
N/A

Like most SmartCast TVs, there's a great selection of built-in apps but no way to add additional ones. Like most TVs, though, you can cast any supported app from your phone or tablet. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Vizio SmartCast Mobile

The Vizio D Series comes with the older-style remote that came with the 2020 models, not the new version that has fewer buttons. It doesn't support voice controls, but you can use voice controls to change inputs or launch some apps using the companion app on your phone.

Smart Features
TV Controls
Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • User manuals

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 22 W
Power Consumption (Max) 33 W
Firmware 3.0.11.3-1

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 40 inch Vizio D3 Series 2021, and for the most part, we expect most of our results to be valid for the other sizes with a 1080p resolution as well. The D24h-J09 and D32h-J09 have a lower native resolution, and there's also the D4 series of Vizio TVs, which appears to perform the same but has a more premium design.

Size US Model Series Design Native Resolution
24" D24f-J09 D3 Standard 1920 x 1080
24" D24h-J09 D3 Standard 1366 x 768
24" D24f4-J01 D4 Thin bezel 1920 x 1080
32" D32h-J09 D3 Standard 1366 x 768
32" D32f-J04 D3 Standard 1920 x 1080
32" D32f4-J01 D4 Thin bezel 1920 x 1080
40" D40f-J09 D3 Standard 1920 x 1080
43" D43f-J04 D3 Standard 1920 x 1080

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Vizio D Series doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units.

You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Vizio D Series TV is a very basic, entry-level TV with a relatively low-resolution screen and few additional features. With most TVs on the market sporting 4k resolutions at a minimum, and more and more TVs supporting advanced features like HDMI 2.1, it seems a bit out of place with its 1080p native resolution and HDMI 1.4 ports.

If you're looking for something a bit better, check out our picks for the best 40-42-43 inch TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best Vizio TVs.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is significantly better than the Vizio D3 Series 2021. The LG uses an OLED panel and delivers much better picture quality in every way. The LG has better motion handling, more advanced gaming features, and a better smart platform. The only advantage that the Vizio has over the LG is that it's immune to burn-in, while there's a small chance of burn-in with the LG.

TCL 3 Series 2020
32"

The Vizio D3 Series 2021 is much better overall than the TCL 3 Series 2020. The 40 inch Vizio we tested has a native 1080p resolution, better contrast, better black uniformity, and much better accuracy out of the box. The Vizio also has slightly higher peak brightness, and it's better for gaming, with lower input lag and FreeSync support.

Vizio V5 Series 2021
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is a significant step up from the Vizio D3 Series 2021. The V5 is a 4k TV with much better black uniformity, HDR support (although this doesn't add much), and a faster smart interface. The V5 series is also available in much larger sizes, up to a maximum size of 85 inches.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Hisense A6G and the Vizio D3 Series 2021 use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Hisense is a better choice for a brighter room with a wide seating arrangement, as it's a bit brighter and has better viewing angles. The Vizio is a better choice for watching movies in a dark room, as it has much better contrast and better black uniformity. On the other hand, the Vizio is limited to a 1080p resolution in most sizes, and it doesn't support HDR, so the Hisense is a better choice if you want to enjoy the latest formats.

Samsung N5300
32" 43"

The Samsung N5300 is very similar to the Vizio D3 Series 2021, but it has a different panel type, so the best one depends on your needs. The Samsung has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and HDR support (although this doesn't add much). The Vizio has a VA panel, resulting in much better contrast. The Vizio also has much lower input lag, better accuracy out of the box, and it can remove judder from most sources.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED is significantly better than the Vizio D3 Series 2021. The LG uses an OLED panel and delivers much better picture quality, better motion handling, and better gaming performance. The LG is available in much larger sizes and has a higher native resolution. The only advantage that the Vizio has over the LG is that it's immune to burn-in, while there's a small chance of burn-in with the LG.

TCL 1 Series/D100
32" 40" 49"

The Vizio D3 Series 2021 is much better than the TCL 1 Series/D100. The Vizio has better contrast, and it can remove judder from 24p sources, including the native apps. Finally, the Vizio has much better accuracy out of the box, whereas the TCL has poor accuracy and can't be calibrated.

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