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Reviewed on Sep 11, 2014

Vizio E Series
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.6
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv was replaced by the Vizio E Series 2015

The picture quality of the Vizio E Series LED TV is really impressive, considering its low price. It isn't perfect, though. The gray uniformity is below average and the colors change when viewed from the side.

Pros
  • Great gaming TV. It has low input lag and an effective blur reduction feature.
  • Great overall picture quality, both in dark and bright rooms.
Cons
  • Poor gray uniformity. You can actually see every single LED behind the screen.
  • The full array local dimming feature makes the picture worse. See the Q&A section for more details.
  • Limited viewing angle. As with most TVs, the colors change when you view it at an angle.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.2
Motion 8.5
Inputs 9.0
Smart Features 5.0

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Design

Design
Vizio E Series Design

The design of the Vizio E Series is really simple. Only a small black border around the screen. The TV is quite thick due to its full array backlight.

Stand
Vizio E Series Stand

The stand is flat. Only three screws hold the TV to the base at the center. It doesn't feel very strong, but at least the TV is light.

Borders
Vizio E Series Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Thickness
Vizio E Series Thickness

2.32" (5.9 cm)

7.2

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
9.2 Contrast
Vizio E Series Contrast
Black : 0.022 cd/m2
White : 100.8 cd/m2
Contrast : 4581 : 1

In a dark room, the blacks are deep. We didn't turn on the local dimming feature because the zones are very large and it messes with the picture (see the Q&A section for details) too much.

7.5 Black Uniformity
Vizio E Series Black Uniformity

Our unit had a few brighter spots. Nothing too extreme, and it wasn't noticeable with normal footage.

5.0 Gray Uniformity
Vizio E Series Gray Uniformity

At first glance, the gray uniformity seems really good. But if you look more attentively, you can see every single LED behind the LCD layer. In the picture above, you can see a 14x8 grid. This creates a significant dirty screen effect when an object moves over a solid background (like when watching sports).

6.2 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 22 °

As with every TV with a contrast ratio higher than 1,000:1, the Vizio E Series loses saturation at an angle. It's not a deal breaker, though.

9.0 Average Room
Vizio E Series Average Room
Reflection : 1.8 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

The amount of reflection is average-good. Nothing to worry about here.

8.1 Bright Room
Vizio E Series Bright Room
Max white : 282.9 cd/m2

It can also be bright enough for every room type.

0 3D
3D : No

Pixels
8.5

Motion

Score components:
8.5 Motion Blur
Vizio E Series Motion Blur

The motion blur is average when all features are turned off. However, it does have a very effective feature to reduce the amount of blur without increasing input lag (more details in the Q&A section).

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A
9.0

Inputs

Score components:
9.0 Input Lag
Vizio E Series Input Lag
Input Lag : 29.7 ms

The Vizio E Series LED TV has very low input lag. You won't notice it in video games - even fast ones. You don't need to put the TV in game mode to have lag that is this low.

Side Inputs
Vizio E Series Side Inputs

1 HDMI
1 USB
1 Audio Out
1 Digital Optical Audio Out

Rear Inputs
Vizio E Series Rear Inputs

2 HDMI
1 Ethernet
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 RF In

5.0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
5.0 Smart TV
Vizio E Series Smart TV

The smart TV features are limited. There is no web browser. The third party app store is powered by Yahoo.

Remote
Vizio E Series Remote

It comes with only a basic remote.

Conclusion
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7.6Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
There is no doubt that the Vizio E Series is a great TV for its price. It is an incredible value if you don't need the latest gadgets like 3D, hundreds of apps, or motion interpolation. Demanding users will still want to spend a little bit more, though, to get better screen uniformity.

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