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Reviewed on Sep 11, 2014

Vizio E Series

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  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv has been discontinued.
It 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.

  • Great gaming TV. It has low input lag and an effective blur reduction feature.
  • Great overall picture quality, both in dark and bright rooms.
  • 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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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.

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.

Vizio E Series Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Vizio E Series Thickness

2.32" (5.9 cm)


Picture Quality

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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



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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


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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 Audio Out
1 Digital Optical Audio Out

Rear Inputs
Vizio E Series Rear Inputs

1 Ethernet
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 RF In


Smart Features

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  • 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.

Vizio E Series Remote

It comes with only a basic remote.


7.6Mixed Usage
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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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Questions & Answers

Great site! Just bought the 60" version of this TV. What are your recommended picture settings for normal TV viewing and gaming?
We posted them in a sub-page of this review.
Your review is spot on. I just got my Vizio e600i-b3 for an amazing price from Dell, but the active zones make the TV unwatchable for me. I'm no videophile, but I turned them off because of the blocks of light it would sometimes make in moving images. The colors don't really pop on the TV either, so everything looks kind of washed out. As great as the price was, I can't watch the TV without my mind running about these issues, so I'm just going to spend the money and buy one of your top recommended sets instead.
Thanks for sharing your experience with it. Before returning it, though, try our recommended picture settings, just in case that was the issue with the colors.
Motion Blur Reduction

Very similar to Sony TVs' Impulse Mode, the Vizio E Series LED TV has a 'Motion Blur Reduction' feature. This feature does not increase the input lag, so it can also be used for gaming.

It is very effective at reducing blur, although slightly less than Sony TVs.

It also produces a flickering effect and dims the screen, but not as much as on Sony TVs.

I recently purchased the 2014 50" Vizio E Series, and am experiencing an issue where, although the picture quality is utterly fantastic, the TV will randomly shut off while I'm watching NetFlix or Amazon Instant. Is this issue common, and is there any way to fix it? I have the EnergySaver feature turned off, by the way. Sometimes the TV will turn off every 5-10 minutes while watching NetFlix, and other times once an hour. It's random. The strange thing is, the audio keeps working from the PS3, but the TV just turns off its image. If I turn the TV back on again, everything is fine again. But it's annoying to have to keep turning the TV on after it turns off.
Are you using the built in YouTube app or the one on your PS3? If it is on the TV, this isn't the first time we hear about this. Make sure you have the latest firmware. There isn't much else you can do, though. It is basically the software that crashes. Contact Vizio's customer support to let them know.
There is apparently something called a Vizio D-series and a 65 inch (D650i-b2) is $648 at Walmart on Black Friday for an hour, guaranteed. That's cheap. Any chance we get a review before this ad comes out? According to their website, it looks like the biggest difference is fewer dimming zones than the E series.
The Vizio D Series, like the 65" D6501-B2, is an even cheaper variant of the Vizio E Series. It has fewer inputs (1 less HDMI and 1 less USB) and fewer dimming zones. We won't have time to review it, but we expect the picture quality to be slightly inferior to the E Series. While we don't recommend using the local dimming feature on the E Series, fewer zones probably means worse screen uniformity (which wasn't really good on the E Series to start with). Also, these kinds of cheap variants usually have a greater variance between units (aka more issues), because the quality assurance testing is also cut. With all that said, $648 for a 65" TV is an amazing deal, so as long as you don't have high expectations, go for it.
You say the E-Series is 60hz, but a number of other sites state that it is 120hz. Even the manufacturer's website states 120hz, with "180hz for ClearMotion". The 180hz sounds like nonsense, but it does still state a base of 120hz. Could you provide clarification regarding this?
There is no motion interpolation/soap opera effect feature. This is the feature that converts 60 fps to 120fps. Without it, it is just a normal 60Hz panel. Vizio's 120Hz means 60Hz + backlight strobing, not native 120Hz.
Active LED Zones

One of the cool features of the Vizio E Series is its full array local dimming. Very few TVs have this feature, and it is usually reserved for high-end LED TVs.

The Vizio E600i-B3 that we tested has 16 zones. Unfortunately, this is not enough zones to be effective.

The first picture is with the 'Active LED Zones' feature turned off. The second one is with that option turned on. As you can see, not only are the zones imprecise, but the software controlling it doesn't really know what it is doing (it should light up the top and bottom center zones less).

Here is another example:

In the second example, it does a great job of reducing the black level, and thus the perceived black uniformity. However, in the process of doing so, it doesn't completely light up the LEDs behind the center cross. This results in a darker cross. This might look better in a still frame, but as soon as something else pops on the screen, the cross changes luminosity.

Because we are using a checkboard pattern to measure our black level and contrast ratio, our measurements were the same no matter that option (the TV considers the picture to have too much white in it, so it doesn't dim any zones)

Therefore, we left that option turned off for our whole test suite, and we don't recommend using it.

Which size did you test?
We tested the 60" Vizio E600i-B3. We do expect other sizes to be a little bit different.
Have you noticed at all whether the Vizio E series leans forward on the stand? Is it supposed to be like that, or is my stand defective?
Yes, a little bit. This is quite common, and not just with Vizio TVs. If it is more than a few degrees though, it might be that you didn't put the stand on properly.

One of our visitor added that 'There are TABS on the triangle that inserts into the stand, you have to insert the tabs first, then swing the flat foot forward. If you don't, the TV will not seat properly in the foot, and will tilt forward, alarmingly.'

This by far the best review site for TV's I have seen. There is so much information that I am overwhelmed. That's easy to do, though. I am trying to decide between the Vizio E480I-B2 vs Vizio M492I-B2 vs Sony KDL48W600B. The TV will be going in a finished basement/bar area. It will be used mostly for watching sports and for PS4 gaming. One of the most annoying things to me when watching sports is the blur of the baseball as it goes across the screen. I'd like reduce that as much as possible. That being said, gaming is really important too. Help! I can't decide!
First off, don't over-think this. The picture quality of these TVs is in the same ballpark (except for the Vizio M492i-B2), which is why the price is also similar. In a basement, you shouldn't go for the Vizio M492i-B2, because its blacks are gray due to its IPS panel. Motion blur-wise, the Vizio E480i-B2 and Sony KDL48W600B are very similar, so just get the cheaper of the two. You should be happy with either of them as long as you don't expect a perfect TV in this price range.
Trying to figure out whether the new Vizio P series (P702ui-B3) is worth the extra cost over, say, a Vizio E700i-B3 at this point. Black Friday is coming!
We are picking up our Vizio P602UI-B3 this week. The review should be up either at the end of the week or beginning of next week. Update: The P series is better than the E Series. The E is still a better value for its price though, unless you really want the 4k resolution.
I used the picture settings you recommended for the vizio e400i-b2. Awesome picture, but when I shut the TV off then turn it back on, I get a blue picture that then goes to a red or pink tint for a few seconds. What do I do to correct it?
Ours also did that, so as long as the picture corrects itself after a few seconds, don't worry about it.
Thank you for your review of the Vizio 2014 E-Series! Being a gamer, I was debating a Sony or Vizio HDTV. Based on your review, I opted for the Vizio, as it seems to offer the best bang for the buck for my needs. So far, I love the set. A low frills set that has great picture and low input lag. You mentioned that one does not need to be in game mode in order to benefit from low input lag. I just wanted to confirm the input lag (assuming all other settings being the same) is the same for standard mode and game mode. I ask because I noticed that film mode (24 fps) seems to be disabled in game mode. There is also a distinct "flash" when switching to game mode, which makes me wonder what is happening in that mode if the input lag is the same.
Yes, the input lag was +/- 5ms in every mode (contrary to the M Series, which was only low in Computer or Game mode). The flashing in game mode is due to the 'Motion Blur Reduction' feature (see other Q&A for details on that).
I'm looking for a new TV for general cable watching, sports (football), PS4 gaming, and occasional Blu-Ray movies. I'm replacing an old Mitsubishi 1080i, 65" projection TV, so you can see I'm desperate for an upgrade! I'm looking at a Vizio E700i-B3 at $1,480, Samsung UN65H6400 at $1,600, UN65H6350 at $1,500, or UN65H6203 at only $1,050. I would love to have the H7150, but it is out of my budget limit. The price on the H6203 is very attractive, but would I be missing a lot by passing up the others?
If you don't care about the TV being thick or about the very slow smart features, the Samsung UN65H6203 is indeed the best value. There is no downgrade in picture quality; compared to the H6350, the cost cuts were made in the bezel and processor. If you don't mind spending a bit more, get the Vizio E700i-B3, because it is five inches bigger. You should opt for the UN65H6400/UN65H6350 if you want the best smart features and a prettier design.
Do you think a smaller model, such as the 48", would have significantly different results in regards to uniformity/dimming?
Dimming no, but uniformity yes. The bigger the TV, the more prone it is to uniformity issues (both in terms of gray and black).
Thank you for reviewing Vizio! I'm really looking forward to more reviews on relatively affordable brands. This is not really a question per se. Just would like to express my appreciation, and point out a minor typo in this article - Dark Room rating says 9.2 under the detailed review section, but 8.0 instead below the overall bar.
Thanks! It's really impressive how Vizio managed such a low price while still having great picture quality. It's a great value.
As for the typo, it is our layout that is confusing. The 9.2 rating is meant for the contrast ratio sub score (which is part of the Dark Room rating). We will try to come up with a better way to represent this.
Do you expect to there to be a significant difference in picture quality between the E and M Series based on technical specs? Will you be reviewing the m series?
The review of the Vizio M Series is up now. It depends on the size, but except for the gray uniformity, you are probably better off with the E Series.
Update: The review is up. Indeed, the upgrade is not big in terms of picture quality - it just has better uniformity. The E has a better picture-to-quality ratio.
Hey man. Just wanted to say great website! I have used your recommendations twice in the past month and I got a Sony W600B, which I am happy about, and I am just heading to the store to buy the Vizio E series and I am excited about that too! Keep up the good work and good job finding some real value TVs!
Between the 60" E600i-B3, 60" W850B, and 60" H7150, are the Samsung and the Sony worth the $500 premium? With 4K beginning to mature, I'm probably going to be buying a 4K set in the next two years. With this in mind, I'm thinking the $500 cheaper E600i-B3 would be the best choice. We're kind of in a transition period between 1080p and 4K, and I'm having trouble justifying the purchase of the more expensive (almost double) W850 and H7150 1080p sets that are only marginally better in terms of picture quality. Thoughts?
If you are asking, the answer is no, especially if you plan on buying a new TV in two years. Get the cheaper Vizio E600i-B3. It is a great TV. Arguably, the picture quality difference is maybe about 15% compared to high-end Samsung/Sony TVs. Some people don't mind the price difference, or don't want to compromise, but for others, the E600i-B3 is great.
Definitely the best site to check before buying a new TV. I've a limited budget ($400) and I'm planning to get a 40 Inch TV for gaming and sports. I can't decide between the Samsung UN40H6203, Vizio E420i-B0, and Sony KDL40R380B. Which TV would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
If you don't care about the smart features, get the Samsung UN40H6203.
What a helpful review - thank you so much! I just purchased the E600i-B3, and it's my first LED screen after owning a DLP for the last six years or so. After getting everything calibrated, I still feel a slight sense of the "soap opera effect," though it's certainly nowhere near as intense as I see at a lot of people's houses. It still just feels a little too "video-ey" when I'm watching a movie. I have all of the Advanced Picture settings turned off to try and account for it, and as you mentioned, there's no actual Motion Smoothing setting, so is there anything else that could be causing this? Or is it just that I'm used to my old DLP and have to adjust to the fact that LED TVs look different? Is this how all LED TVs look when they have their motion smoothing settings turned off? I'm wondering whether I should look into a different LED TV or if they all have a slightly smoother look even with those settings turned off. Other than that, I love the TV, but I'm really sensitive to that effect, unfortunately. So thanks in advance for any help you can offer!
It is not the soap opera effect; that TV doesn't have that feature/effect. You are feeling this because you are not used to an LCD/LED TV. LCD TVs have a sample and hold method of displaying the picture, which is a bit different from DLP TVs. So it is normal that the movement feels different to you. You might want to try the 'Motion Blur Reduction' feature. It changes the backlight flickering, which gives a different feeling to the motion.
You show a picture of the pixels. What should I be looking for in that picture? Thanks.
It shows the type of LCD technology the TV uses. The shape of the pixels can be used to distinguish between IPS and VA. Also, some TVs have either missing pixels (pentile pattern) or extra pixels (4th color).
If the main use is video games, would you recommend the 50" e-series over the 48" w600b Sony?
They are very, very similar, so just get the cheaper one. They both have about the same input lag and come with a motion blur reduction feature.
I've read on another forum that the E-series uses different panels and the 50" could vary wildly from the 60". How about a review of the E500-b1? (These are top selling sets in the states; more Vizio reviews are needed).
Almost every brand uses different panels/manufacturers for their various sizes. At least with the Vizio E Series they all use the same type of LCD panel (VA). This means the picture quality is in the same ballpark (except for the uniformity, where smaller TVs have less issues). I wish we could test more sizes, but we are still a small operation. We don't really have the resources to test more of them. We prefer to focus on expanding the selection of models/brands instead of the sizes of models already reviewed.
Does anyone know if the E series (without the i) of the same size, etc are the same exact technology as the E series with the "i" for internet apps?
Another question comparing sets. I'm seeing there are some differences between the 48" and the 50", according to Vizio's site. 50" has 10 more active LED zones and bumped up to 120hz from 60hz effective refresh rate, as well as an extra hdmi port. Are these differences really worth skipping over the 48" and spending the extra $50? From the review, it sounded like you weren't a fan of the LED zones anyways, so is having 16 instead of 6 beneficial?
Not really. The E 60" that we tested had 16 zones and it wasn't good enough. Both the 48" and 50" are really 60 Hz, like our 60". So they are practically the same. That said, $50 is a good price for the extra two inches.
I'm looking to buy a Vizio D650i-b2, which should have the same panel as the E650i-b2. Are these panels IPS or VA?
Both are VA.
My budget is limited to $700. I play video games casually, watch a lot of movies, and my wife watches a lot of TV. We had a 49" TV that seemed to be the perfect size for our living room, but could probably go up to 60". I've been looking at the Vizio E series and the Samsung H6350. Which TV would you recommend?
The Samsung H6350 is a better TV overall, but the Vizio E is a better value for the price. If you don't care about the smart features, go for the UN55H6203 instead. It is cheaper than the H6350 and has the same good picture quality, but it has an uglier bezel and slower smart features.
Great site. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I'm interested in one of the 2014 Vizios. I'll mainly be watching films and some sports as well. If the 55" M series came with a VA panel, I think that would be my choice, hands down. Since it's got an IPS panel, though, I'm trying to decide between a 50" M series or the 55" E series. I'm afraid the 60" is just a bit too large for the space. Is the difference in quality between the M and the E for film and sports viewing significant enough that it would be worth going slightly smaller and getting the 50" M, or would the 55" E do me just fine? FYI, my main TV the past six years has been a Panasonic TH-42PZ80U plasma, and I've been happy with it. Thanks again!
The difference between the E and the M (besides the motion interpolation feature, which you will probably not use) is mostly just in uniformity, so not a huge difference. Therefore, stick to the E 55".
I just purchased a Vizio E550i-B2 and love the picture, but when the screen is bright or a uniform color, it appears the corners are slightly darker than the rest of the set. I hear this is a common problem with LCD/LED sets. Did your review unit have this too? Should I return and expect a better replacement?
This is indeed a common problem with LCD/LED TVs. Ours also had that problem.
Is the input lag the same between the E400i-B2 and the E420i-B0?
Yes, it should be the same.
Have you tried your color calibrations on a TV with the firmware update? Would this change things? I just purchased the Vizio e600i-B3, and I have been trying to get the best color. When I tried your suggested calibration the reds were very orange, and everything had a beige tinge to it. It would help if I understood how to calibrate the grayscale. Do you have any good resources/links so I can teach myself? I did a +2 R gain; +2 G gain, -1 B gain; +1 B offset; Hue--> +31 Cyan; -34 Magenta; +20 yellow. (Other settings: Calibrated Dark BL 65; Bright 44; Contrast 80; Color 58; Tint 0; Sharp 32). This is the best configuration so far, but now I feel like the yellow is too dingy looking, which I fear may be a poor grayscale calibration. I am not too tech savvy, and am hoping you could help diagnose my problems. Thanks!
No we didn't. We don't have our E 60" anymore. The beige tint is normal and expected. We calibrate for a D65 color temperature. Even though this is the standard in the movie industry, most people are not used to it on their TVs. It is warmer than what people are used to. Therefore, if you don't like it, change 'Color Temperature' to something cooler.
Do you feel that some of the extended warranty plans are worth the expense? like Geek Squad, Amazon, or Walmart, etc. I'm planning to buy an E700, which is already pretty cheap. I've heard some people complain that the components VIZIO uses these days don't last past a year, with things like backlight failure occurring. A TV repair guy mentioned VIZIO is probably the most notorious for these sorts of things.
It is like any insurance. They are making money off of you, or else they wouldn't sell it. If you can afford a loss, you will save money in the long run by not buying one. That said, if you are tight money-wise or need the peace of mind, it is good protection.
Among the customer reviews on Amazon for the VIZIO E400i-B2, there are an alarming number of complaints - among recent buyers - about this TV dropping out or freezing when using Netflix or Amazon Prime, or even turning itself off when using these applications. Are you aware of any such chronic defect with this or other E-series units?
Yes, we've heard of this sort of problem occurring with Vizio TVs. It's a software issue, and can usually be solved either by updating to the latest firmware or by resetting the TV to its factory default settings. The easiest way to avoid it would probably be to use a different streaming device (Apple TV, Chromecast, game console, etc) with your Vizio TV, as those solutions tend to be more stable.
If you were buying a 55" for a low light room with a wide viewing angle, would you get the Vizio E or the M series? Which is a larger difference, the dark black of the 'E' or the viewing angle of the 'M'?
There is no LED TV that provides both a wide viewing angle and deep blacks. Usually, people prefer deep blacks because even if the room allows for offset viewing positions, most of the viewing is done in front. When guests are over, they don't really notice the different colors at an angle anyway. Check out our viewing angle videos and you will see that the colors change, but it isn't a big deal for most. Therefore, go for the E Series, or an M Series that isn't the 55" or 49".
I can get a 60 inch Vizio E Series for $800, or a 65 inch Samsung H7150 for $1,500. I don't care about smart TV options or 3D. Just a great picture for streaming movies and TV and playing video games. Is the Samsung H7150 worth the extra $900? I sit approx 10 feet from the screen.
If you are asking, the answer is most likely no. Stick to the E 60". It is a great budget TV.
Very good information here. We are looking to get a 32" TV for our son to use in his bedroom at college, mostly for gaming and possibly as a second monitor. Is the E320fi-b2 worth looking at for the 1080p? Is the TV comparable to the E320i-b2? What would you recommend?
If he will be using it as a second monitor, he will appreciate the full 1080p resolution instead of just 720p. At a normal viewing distance (10 feet), it doesn't really matter. But at 2-3 feet, yes.
Hi, I am looking for 50' or 55' Vizio E series. We will be mostly watching movies and playing games. Since it is a 60Hz TV, is the performance very bad when playing games or watching movies or sports?
No. A 60Hz TV only means it doesn't have the motion interpolation feature. The response time of the pixels is not affected by this.
Good morning, I had the set for about two weeks. A week ago the TV began to display bad lip-sync problems. Audio through the home theater receiver was in sync. Did a reset of the TV and it came back in good lip sync. Lost all my settings of course. Today the sync issue is back. Is this common in this unit, this new? I will call tech support but am inclined to exchange it.
Call Vizio. This isn't normal, but you aren't the first to experience it.
Thanks for the detailed review! Does the E600i-B3 transmit true 5.1 surround? And if I connect a 5.1 blu-ray or Apple TV to it, can I transmit 5.1 surround through the HDMI, into the TV, and out through the digital optical cable to a sound bar? Thanks!
Unfortunately, we didn't test that.
I would like to express that I found this site very effective and helpful, first off, and think your format is great in showing like scenes from each set side by side. Quality reviewers all have done this test for years, but they normally just tell us the difference with words and don't show us. I use the site quite a bit as I've been strictly plasma for quite a while, and none of them fit my current needs to get a 40-50 inch set for my kids room for Xmas. I ended up getting them the Vizio M420I when all was said and done. $380 was an excellent price for a pretty nice set. I mostly picked the M series for the upgraded remote, stylish bezel, added local dimming zones, true 120 refresh rate. Your review pointing out the 49 and 55 sizes having IPS screens saved me from a mistake as I nearly went with the 55 inch and gave them my 50 inch Panasonic plasma from my room. I do most of my viewing with a critical eye and a dark room and would've had major buyer's remorse, so thank you again.
Thanks for the feedback and sharing your experience. Enjoy your new TV!
Great site, us gamers really appreciate this as it is impossible to find MS times on TVs otherwise. Looking for the best possible LED TV for PC gaming, while also considering price vs quality. Vizio E500i-B1 right now is my top pick. Should I even consider the Vizio M502i-B1 or Sony W800B? I figure the Sony may be the best option here, but price difference is huge for tons of features I will never use, as it will always and only be hooked up to a high performance gaming PC rig, Is it worth the money for the Sony in this case? If not, then which Vizio will work the best in my case, or are there any other options around the same price and screen size? Thank you for any feed back :).
The Vizio is a great TV for gaming, so if price is a big issue, don't hesitate about choosing the E500i-B1. The W800B has better color uniformity, but it's not much better than the E series when it comes to input lag or its backlight strobing feature. You'll be happy with the Vizio.
I'm on the fence between a Sony KDL70W850B ($1,999) or a Vizio E700i-B3 ($1,399). I know the Sony has the potential radial banding issue, but I figure I can exchange for another at Best Buy if i need to. Is the Sony really worth $600 more? I would primarily use it for PS4 gaming and Blu-ray movies, so input lag and motion blur is the main concern. Btw, awesome site, with clear, down-to-earth reviews!!
The Sony has better color uniformity, slightly less motion blur and input lag, and looks better aesthetically. It is a better TV, but for gaming and Blu-rays, the Vizio E is still very good itself, as it also has little motion blur and input lag.
If you don't mind paying a lot more for a bit better quality, go for the Sony. Otherwise, the Vizio E gets you very close to the same quality for a lot less money.
Hello Cedric, I am looking at the E420i-B0 for video gaming (PS4). As somebody mentioned in the post that the E420i-B0 does not have the "motion blur reduction", so how would you rate the motion blur of E420i-B0 without this useful feature? Is it still good for video gaming? It is really important to me since I only use it for gaming.
Our Motion blur score doesn't factor in any motion blur reduction features, so the score assigned to the article is what you will get from that TV by default. So yes, even without that feature, the E-series TVs handle fast movement well, and will work fine as a gaming TV.
How good is the Vizio M Series in terms of upscaling/SD quality?
We didn't officially test for that this year. We will add an upscaling test to our 2015 test suite (with a picture like that of our other tests, so you can actually see the difference). That said, we did watch 480p footage on it. It only has noise reduction features - nothing fancy, like edge enhancer. So the upscaling was below average.
Hi Cedric, thanks for the great reviews! I'm hesitating between the E500i-B1 and the KDL50W800B! Regarding the price, the Vizio fits my budget better, but I am a gamer and I watch sports a lot as well. It seems like the Sony is better on these fronts! Regarding the picture quality while playing video games, do you think that I would see a big difference between the two TVs? Same question with watching sports? Overall, if there is a big gap between the two, I would be ready to pay more and get the Sony, but if not I would get the Vizio. Thank you for any advice. Cheers
If you are a gamer, it is indeed worth it. The E500i-B1 is a great budget TV, but it feels a little bit like that also. The Sony KDL50W800B is a significant step above - especially in term of uniformitys. It is even more true if you have a somewhat dark room (1-2 overhead lights) and plan to use the Impulse feature.
Hey Cedric. We just bought the VIZIO E420i-B0 last week based on your reviews. It came down to a choice between that and the Sony W600B, but since the Vizio is 2" larger and a little cheaper, we went with it. So far it is suiting our purposes perfectly! On the smaller 42" screen, the gray uniformity does not appear to be an issue at all, and the motion blur has not been noticeable while we are gaming. It's a great TV for the price and was super easy to set up (out of the box, hooked up and powered on in less than 15 min.) Thanks so much for the excellent and comprehensive reviews! They certainly made TV shopping a lot easier for us!
Thanks for sharing your experience with it. Enjoy your new TV!
Does the E series come with the soap opera effect?
No, it doesn't have that feature.
Is the 60 inch M series more like the 60 inch E series, or the 55 inch M series?
The 60" M Series is closer to the 60" E Series. It is very similar, but adds the motion interpolation feature and has slightly better uniformity and better local dimming.
I see that the H7150 has 20 percent better black levels than the e-series. I am thinking of purchasing between either a 60 inch Vizio E Series or the 60 inch h7150. I know the 60 inch h7150 uses a different panel than the one you reviewed, so with that being said, would the picture quality still be 20 percent better? Thanks for your help!
Yes, the 60" H7150 is also better than the E 60". They are more similar, though, because they both have a Sharp panel. The biggest difference is not in terms of the blacks, but the uniformity of the screen and screen finish. The Vizio E600i-B3 is of course a better value, but if you want no compromise, get the UN60H7150.
Love your site. Very helpful. When are you going to test a sharp brand TV? Does it have true a 120 hz panel, and is the aqua motion truly 240hz? I'm comparing the Vizio e600i-b3 and the Sharp lc60c6600u (price is about the same 728.00 vs 788.00). Which would you recommend? Normal TV viewing and sports.
We won't have time to review a Sharp this year, unfortunately. The refresh rate doesn't matter unless you want the motion interpolation feature (which the Vizio E doesn't have). The response time (blur) of the pixels is independent of the refresh rate. Get the cheaper of the two. They are most likely very similar, because the Vizio E600i-B3 also has a sharp panel inside.
Looking at several sites such as yours and decided to ask a question. I am debating between the Vizio E49-55 or M 49-55". Which would be best for some movies, anime, but mainly video gaming and sports watching? Medium lit room with one window. Input lag isn't a huge concern. I just want the best quality TV for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Just wondering if shelling out a few more is worth it or not. Good work, by the way.
Stick to the E. The difference isn't big. The M has the motion interpolation feature, but you probably won't be using it.
What would you say is the better buy? The Vizio E600i-B3 or Samsung UN60H6203? Saw them side by side at Target and the Samsung looked better to me, but reviews sort of state the opposite and the Vizio has some great reviews for this TV. I will be playing games on PS4, Blu-ray movies, and Sports as well. 120hz is important to me, and knowing the Vizio isn't a true 120hz, I'm wondering how it will look with the motion processing on and if it looks pretty darn good anyways for fast motion (basketball, football, etc.). What are your thoughts? Thanks for the great reviews!
The Samsung is slightly better, especially in terms of uniformity. They are close, though. The Samsung's software features are really slow, but it has more features and apps. Motion-wise, they have about the same trail length, but the Samsung has the motion interpolation feature, if you like that.
Both the Vizio E-500iB1 and the E-480i-B2 are the same price ($500). Is there one that's better than the other? The specs look the same, with the exception that the 50" has an extra hdmi input. The TV is for a bedroom and will be used for everything from sports to movies to video games. I also have considered the Samsung 5203 and the 6203.
The picture quality is about the same on both, so get the bigger one.
Do you have any suggestions for dealing with Vizio? I have had two Model E600i-B3's delivered and both had either defective or damaged screens. The Vizio customer service seems inept and unsympathetic.
If you just bought it, it is easier to just return the TV. Most retailers (Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, etc) will let you return it without any problem. It is always a bit harder to deal with manufacturers directly - not just Vizio.
Why don't you rate the built-in speakers? Surely, everyone will not use a 5.1 or sound bar.
We wanted to focus on picture quality before adding in more tests. Also, we haven't yet figured out a good, objective way to measure sound quality, and then that can also be represented to the user without any subjective words. Don't worry though; it will come in the future.
With TV prices dropping so much, the Samsung H6350 65 inch and the Vizio E Series 70 inch are nearly identical in price. Which would you recommend? TV will not be used for gaming - mostly sports and movies. Viewing angle is not an issue, and seating area is 10-15 away from the TV. Based on picture quality alone; not worried about smart features.
They are close, but the Samsung has better uniformity, so go for that one (unless you really want the extra 5" of the Vizio).
What about Motion Interpolation? Is the option to activate it simply missing from all E models, or is it always active, with no option to turn it off?
It is missing on most E models, including the 60" that we tested. The 70" has that option that you can control, but it interpolates only up to 60Hz, not 120Hz.
Besides the smart features and wireless, do you see any difference in picture quality between the Vizio E series E480 and E480i? The former is $70 cheaper.
We don't expect a difference in picture quality between them.
We purchased the 50" Vizio E500i-B1 yesterday. Brought it home and set it up and it worked perfectly for the rest of the day (about 12 hours). Got up this morning and turned it on and about 10 minutes later it turned itself off. Then again about 20 minutes later... then again about an hour later. I did a live chat with tech support and they had me to "power drain it". It worked fine all day (about 12 hours again...) and then turned itself off... then turned itself off again in about 10 or 15 minutes. We're not using any "apps" when this happens (no Netflix, Amazon, etc), and the TV is only hooked up to our Direct TV "box". We reset factory settings and presently don't even have it hooked up to the WiFi. My husband is CONVINCED that this TV is affecting his ability to play his game on his laptop, which is why I unhooked it from the internet altogether. Any suggestions as to what could be causing this?
Try updating your TV's firmware. It's possible that there was a bug fix addressing this issue. If that does not work, try resetting your Direct TV box. Other users claim to have had issues with their Direct TV box shutting off their Vizio TV, so there's a chance that that is what your problem is. Beyond that, it's possible you have a defective unit, so if the problem persists you might want to exchange it for a different one.
Hi, great website, and thank you for your great help. I have a question, if you don't mind. I would like to purchase a 40" - 42" HDTV within my budget of $350 - $450, mostly for watching movies and sports, and for playing video games (PS3). Which TV would you recommend, the Vizio E-series, Vizio M-series, Samsung UN40H6203, Samsung UN40H5203, or any other recommendations? Thanks again.
Since you already have a device that can handle smart functions, you'll get the most value with a Vizio E. It has great contrast, and has little motion blur and low input lag, which means it will be good for watching sports and playing games. The Vizio M isn't quite as good as the E in those regards, but has slightly better uniformity, and the only real advantage with the Samsung TVs is that they have better smart features. All in all, you'll be happiest with the Vizio E, so go with that.
What's missing from the review is the unit's audio, which I think is awful! Any ideas on how to maybe make it sound better?
Unfortunately, we did not test or calibrate audio in 2014. The easiest way to get better audio from your TV would be to purchase speakers or a soundbar. The speakers included with most TVs just aren't very good, and even a cheap audio system will normally sound much better.
I own a bar and plan on buying the 55" E or M series. It's a pretty dark place that has sports on mostly all day (hockey, baseball, football). Do you recommend the E or M? The viewing angles will vary for people, and it will mounted up high and angled down for the customers.
For a bar setting, the 55" Vizio M will be the better choice, since it retains its color saturation better at wide angles. Its blacks aren't quite as good as you'd get with the Vizio E, but that's not as important in a bar setting, and especially for sports.
I just purchased a 2015 Vizio 50" E50-C1 TV. Do you have the recommended calibration settings? Thank you.
Yes, on this page.
If I buy the M-series qwerty remote, will it work on an E-series set?
Other than size, is there a difference between the Vizio 55" E550i-B2 and the Vizio 60" E600i-B3?
Not that we know of.
Do all E series TVs have the Motion Blur Reduction setting, or only certain sizes/models? I'm looking at the user manual for the E320fi-B2 and don't see that setting in the Picture Settings.
Only certain sizes, unfortunately.
Great site. Which is better, full array LED TV or edge-lit LED TV?
In theory, full array. In practice though, it doesn't make a significant difference.
I like your site, very informative. I've been boning up on refresh rate and all that crap. I'm looking at buying a 60" Vizio. When looking at TVs on display, the m series looks better than the e. With all the info about refresh rate and fps, what does one do to know what is the best TV to get? Because if I have to turn the motion control off when watching movies so as to avoid the soap opera effect, what's the point of the newest version?
Exactly. There is no point in 120Hz TVs if you don't plan on using the motion interpolation feature. The M is better than the E, but just in terms of uniformity.
65" P series Vizio or 65" H7150 Samsung. Which one to choose?
The Samsung H7150 has better picture quality overall. Therefore, unless you really want 4k, get that one.
I have an E550i-B2 and I have a glare issue when daylight is present. What can be done to correct this issue?
Besides getting blinds, you can't do much about it. You could try increasing the luminosity of the screen to the maximum. Max out the 'Backlight' setting and disable 'Auto Brightness Control' and 'Motion Blur Reduction'.
I recently bought a 60" E Series and when watching cable TV, dark scenes are very grainy and discolored. The only thing I've found that helps is turning on local dimming. Is this common with all the LEDs? Is there a better TV for under $1000 that you would recommend?
It depends what you mean by this. Have you tried our calibration settings? Also, what is the quality of your source?
I'm looking for a 40in TV just for gaming on a Xbox One console. My budget is around $400. And I want the best picture and smoothest play, with very little lag time. Please let me know of some TV models that come to mind. Don't need smart TV because Xbox has all that stuff. Thank you very much. Your reviews are great. PS. Thinking of VIZIO or Sony. What do you think?
Your budget is very limited, so get the Vizio E400i-B2. It is a good basic TV.
Do you know what the -B0, -B1, -B2 designation means? Different type of panel? I'm looking at an E400i-B2 or E420i-B0. Do you have any idea what the differences might be besides size and number of active dimming zones? Thanks for the all the info.
Don't know for sure, but it is probably to identify a different provenance for the panel (manufacturer). Usually the differences are minor, so you don't need to worry about that.
Do you know anything about the Sharp from Best Buy model lc-50lb261u? If so, which is better, that or the Vizio E of the same size? Thanks
Unfortunately, we didn't test that one, so we can't compare it.
Thanks for the wonderful review. I am trying to choose between E series 55 inch and Samsung UN55H7150 ($300 expensive). Is the refresh rate and motion blur on Samsung worth $300 more? Thanks.
If you care about the picture quality, yes but not really for these reasons. The refresh rate difference doesn't matter (unless you want the soap opera effect). The difference is mostly in term of the uniformity of the screen as well as the screen finish.
Between this model and the LG LB5900, which TV has better sound quality?
Unfortunately, we didn't test the sound on TVs in 2014 (we wanted to focus only on the picture quality).
So for the M series, do you think that the 49" is better than the 50" (because of the IPS)?
Different, not necessarily better. If you want a better color accuracy at an angle, yes, go for the 49". But the 50" has deeper blacks.
Is there a difference in refresh rate for the E-series model without an "i"?
Not with the native refresh rate.
Do these full array LED TVs only have LEDs for backlighting, or do they still also have tube lighting as well?
Only LEDs.
Do these full array LED TVs only have LEDs for backlighting, or do they still also have tube lighting as well?
Only LEDs.
Visio 65" D series - sometimes when the TV is turned on there is no picture or sound. If you unplug, then replug the unit, all is good. Doesn't do it all the time. Not sure how to fix this.
Call Vizio. This isn't normal.
I calibrate my Vizio E550i-B2 by zeroing the color, then tweak the color tuner offsets (RGB) until it is comfortable to my eye. Does this sound weird? I get a very nice picture, color-wise. I like reading the reviews, and agree with the guy about the leaning base. I fold cardboard to support the back. Bob Kent, Weyauwega, Wisconsin
That's actually a good way of doing this, and what we are doing. In order: Color Temperature, Color, Offset, and then Gain. And then repeat the whole thing just to make sure.
Awesome site. You're doing a great service to consumers. Based upon your tests and recommendations, I bought the E series and have no regrets. The remote is one of the weak points, as you stated. Does the M series remote work with the E series? I'd look to upgrade if it did. Thanks.
We haven't tried this, but the remote of the M isn't that much better than the E (besides the QWERTY keyboard).
Should the sharpness be set at 0 for this television?
It depends what you are watching. For high quality content, yes.
Which E series model did you review, specifically? Is the black uniformity the same for all the E series TVs, or just the larger ones? I'm thinking about purchasing the E420I-B0.
60". The bigger the TV, the worse the uniformity is. Therefore, it should be better on the 42".
I bought a Vizio 50" E500i-B1 a couple of weeks ago and have been tinkering with its picture setup controls. I tried the settings that were suggested by your site, but found the results harsh and dark. I finally ended up with these settings with very natural flesh tones and colors that really pop. (ABC-off) (Backlite 100) (Brightness 70) (Contrast 45) (Color 50) (Tint +6) (Sharpness 50) (Color Temp cool) (Black Detail low) (Active LED on) (Motion Blur off) (Reduce Signal Noise low) (Reduce Black Noise Low) (Color Tuner} Cyan +31 Magenta -36 Yellow +20 I'm very happy with my purchase. I also attached my old sound bar with subwoofer to give it a better, bigger sound.
Thanks for sharing your calibration.
Does the Vizio e series without the "i" have the same motion blur reduction feature you mentioned in the review?
No. Most people don't use it anyway, because it is too dark.
I have a 9+ year old Visio plasma that finally bit the dust. No doubt a capacitor issue that can be cheaply fixed. I'm not a videophile and use the TV for everyday viewing and lots of sports. I'm looking at the $698 (Sam's) 60" Vizio E600i-B3. How will that picture compare to the plasma I've been watching? How does today's LCD/LED technology compare to the older plasmas? Thanks and I appreciate the great site!
Old plasma TVs are still better in some, but not all, respects when compared to today's LCD TVs. They have better uniformity and viewing angle. LCD TVs are brighter, generally reflects less light and are more comfortable to the eye (no flickering).
Why do I keep seeing these TV's advertise as 120hz but it is really 60hz... isn't this false advertisement?
Hz is a frequency unit (1/second). Manufacturers can get away with it because the Hz can be related to anything, not just the frame rate of the panel.
First, thanks for the great reviews! I'm looking at getting my first HDTV, preferably around the 40-50" size and as close to (or under) $500 as I can. I don't game, and intend to use external boxes for "smart TV" features (probably an Apple TV b/c I'm invested in the ecosystem), so I guess I'm mostly looking for picture quality. At the moment, I'm looking at the 48" E series for $498 and a 50" LB5900 for $450. I did find a 55" 4k from Polaroid (DE550M3N4AU-YA4) for $600, but I can't find any reviews of it. Is 4k worth in this size and/or right now? Do you have any experience with/plans to look at a Polaroid 4k?
We don't currently have any plans to look at Polaroid TVs, as they are currently not popular enough. Typically, 4k is something that is best on larger screens, so it's likely you wouldn't get the full benefit at 50".
Of the two TVs that you mentioned, the E Series has the best picture quality overall, so go with that one.
I have a Panasonic GT50 55" Plasma. As you are probably well aware, it has incredible picture quality. I dislike game mode because the quality loss, especially in dark areas, is an unacceptable trade for less input lag. I sit closer than eight ft for gaming but about 15 ft away for movies. I game 75% of the time & 25% is Blu-rays or Xbox One streaming DLNA. I was considering getting the 60" E series just for more real estate. Do you think the picture quality of the E Series is gonna be too noticeable, and is the extra five inches of inferior picture quality but better Input lag worth it?
There's a big difference in picture quality between your GT50 and the E Series, and it's likely you'll notice it. That said, you'll probably appreciate the extra five inches, and playing with less input lag is always good. Ultimately, it's down to what you want more, since you're not going to be able to get the best of both worlds in this scenario. Get the Vizio E if your current TV's input lag is unmanageable. Otherwise, stick with the better picture you get with plasma.
I have just purchased an E400-B2. After everything was set up, I noticed two slightly darker dots towards the middle of the screen. They really showed up on a movie when fog was on the entire screen. They seem to be pushing against the screen. Is this normal or should I take it back? They aren't terrible, just kinda annoying. Thanks
This can happen, but if it's ruining your experience, take the TV back and exchange it for a new unit. Do note, however, that no LED TV will have perfect uniformity.
We just bought the 65 inch Vizio e650i-b2. How do we get the black to stop having a green tint to it? Also, how do we delete certain picture setting groups?
Try going into the color tuner and reducing the green offset option. That should reduce the green tint you are experiencing.
You can delete custom picture modes by going into the 'Professional Picture' menu and choosing 'Delete Picture Mode.'
Thank you for the valuable information! I would like to know what the input lag is for the Vizio E320fi-b2. Does the jump from 720p to 1080p effect the input lag or motion blur? I understand that the 720p version is a good deal, but I am contemplating the higher resolution because I sit a few feet from my television when playing video games. Thank you in advance!
The input lag and motion blur for the E320fi-b2 should be in the same ballpark as the other E series TVs, and input lag and motion blur should not be majorly affected by resolution differences.
If you're sitting at a normal distance from your TV, you will almost certainly prefer a bigger TV with a higher resolution - especially for gaming, where perceiving detail is extremely important.
Hi there. Thanks so much for your input on things. It sounds like you know your TVs!! So, I was debating the M and E, and I think from what you have written, I would go with the E. However, I went to Walmart the other day and for not a lot more, the P502ui-B1E seemed incredible. I am not one to buy a new TV every 3-4 years - more like every 10. So, I read good things about it and read that the refresh rate and pixels numbers were the two main differences. Otherwise, basically the same. Are those differences a big deal? Will it be a big deal moving forward? My question is, should I go for the B1E? I mostly watch TV shows and movies, although I would use the apps and internet too. I'm just thinking ahead and wouldn't mind being ahead of the curve slightly so I don't have to buy a new TV in 3-4 years. Thanks so much.
The Vizio P is a good TV, but not leaps and bounds better than the Vizio M. It does have better resolution (more pixels), but there isn't a difference between the Vizio P or the M when it comes to refresh rate, and refresh rate doesn't matter anyway. If you don't mind paying a bit more for slightly better quality and 4k resolution, then you should go ahead and get the P.
One thing: the Vizio P has quite a bit of motion blur, which makes it a poor choice of TV if you plan on watching sports. If you want something that can do sports well, the E or M will serve you better.
I'm looking at the E Series vs The Samsung 6350 for gaming (PS4), Netflix, and Apple TV. The TV would be a 40" TV for a bedroom. Which is the better way to go?
For gaming, the E series is the better bet. It has lower input lag and less motion blur, and it has comparable contrast to the Samsung H6350. Its uniformity isn't quite as good, but the trade-off for the extra gaming performance is worth it.
I am shopping for a 40/42" TV. I'm interested in the Vizio-E and the Samsung H5203, and I'm having a difficult time deciding between them. Which one is better?
Overall, they're quite similar. Their contrast and input lag are about the same. The H5203 has better uniformity and smart features (although the smart features are quite slow), and the Vizio-E has less motion blur, which is important if you game or watch sports. You should choose based on those characteristics and how they meet your needs.
I recently bought a Vizio E500i-b1 and it is a decent TV. However, I do notice a fair amount of discoloration on dark and bright scenes. It almost looks like very a faint circle all the way around the screen. Turning on the active LED zones seems to correct this mostly. I am guessing this has to do with the black uniformity. I decided to return it for a new one. Here is a picture of the second one, with the same issue. Is this normal?
That's interesting. Two in a row on the E500i-b1 is probably not a coincidence. It's strange, because this is the first time we've seen that kind of circle on a black frame. If you can see it often when watching normal content, you might consider returning it for a different model. Otherwise, you will just have to live with it. Thank you for sharing this.
Is this TV 1080p or 720p? There is another version of this TV that has full HD. The model number is E320fi-B2. Is the motion blur and input lag very similar to this version of the TV you reviewed?
The E320i-B2, which is the one we list in our review, is a 720p TV. It should have similar motion blur and input lag to the E320fi-B2; the only difference should be the resolution.
Hello, I have a Vizio e600i-b3 60' TV, I'm looking into putting this tv on a wall mount. However when I looked on the back I noticed that it didn't look like it had the proper holes. If there's anyway you could help clarify this that would be so helpful!
The Vizio e600i-b3 will accept any VESA standard wall mount. The holes you need on the back of the TV already have screws in them that you will have to remove to fix the wall mount.
Did you measure the input lag with the game mode turned on or off? You guys should really test both. I don't like gaming in gaming mode since it adds to the motion blur, which is already bad enough as it is on this panel.
We did not test other settings on this television, as this is an old review. In our recent reviews we now test different settings other than the "Game mode".
How do I get my 50" Vizio E series to let me watch shows in 1080P all shows are in 720P and I don't know how to change it
Is this through cable or streaming apps? Most cable channels are at 720p, except sports which is usually 1080i. If you are watching the shows via streaming apps there is no way to force a specific resolution, but it should increase to the best quality your internet connection can support.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.