The Vizio E Series 1080p 2016 is an entry level TV, lacking many of the features found in higher end models. It has below average picture quality, but handles motion well. It features the same SmartCast platform found on higher end models such as the Vizio M Series 2016.
- Handles motion well
- Low input lag
- Picture quality degrades when viewed at a slight angle
- Poor uniformity
The Vizio E 1080p 2016 is blocky, and made of plastic. It features a wide set stand which supports the TV well. An improvement on last year's design, but very basic and won't turn any heads. Looks identical to the 4k variant of the same TV.
Basic wide stand, same as Vizio E Series 4k 2016. Provides a stable support.
Footprint of the 48" TV stand: 10.6" x 36.4"
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The Vizio E Series 1080p offers a below average picture quality. It offers a good contrast ratio, but the bad black uniformity and the poor local dimming results in worse performance in dark scenes. When viewed at a slight angle, the picture quality degrades really fast. The gray uniformity and peak brightness are also far from impressive, making the 1080p E series an uninspiring TV.
Contrast Ratio is good on the E Series 1080p. It is high enough to provide deep blacks in a dark room.
Has a full array backlight, but zones are horizontal and the full width of the screen. Looks similar to Samsung edge-lit TVs such as JS8500. Note that the different sizes have different numbers of dimming zones, as shown in the 'Differences between Sizes and Variants' below. The E48-D0 we reviewed has 5 local dimming zones.
The peak brightness is below average for the Vizio E Series 1080p TV. The peak brightness measurements are with 'Active LED' set to on. The TV takes a few seconds to respond to dark screens with backlight dimming.
This TV does not support HDR.
The gray uniformity is average. Both side are darker than the center. Some warmer vertical bands can also be seen towards the center. Some dirty screen effect will be visible.
The viewing angle of the E Series 1080p is pretty bad, the picture quality degrades really fast when viewed off axis. At 10 degrees, you already start to lose some color saturation.
Update: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results.
Black uniformity is disappointing, not to say the least. You can clearly see on the picture that the center is much darker than both sides of the screen, this is due to the narrow viewing angle. The picture quality at the sides degrades even when viewed from in front.
You can see easily the 8 bit gradation on our gradient picture. Color gradation are more visible in the darker colors but does not exhibit real banding issues. The only color tint problem are due to the gray uniformity problem in the corners.
Before calibration, the white balance is quite good. The colors are also very accurate. For most people, a calibration is not necessary.
Issues with the SmartCast App meant the changes to the white balance and color space were not visible on the app. This made calibration very difficult, but since the pre-calibration result was very good this is not an issue. You can see our calibration settings here.
The Vizio E Series 1080p does accept 4k signal, but downscales it to 1080p.
This TV does not support a wide color gamut, and is limited to displaying Rec. 709 content. It is good enough for SDR content.
The E Series 1080p 2016 can't produce very saturated colors.
Average at dealing with reflections, and better suited to a room without much glare. One or two windows at the side should be fine, but the backlight is not bright enough to combat too many reflections.
3D is not offered on the E Series 1080p 2016.
The Vizio E Series 1080p offers good motion handling but does not have any motion interpolation option at all. Movies appear smooth when playing from sources like DVDs, Blu-rays and from streaming apps. Unfortunately, people sensitive to judder will notice it when movies are playing from cable/satellite box outputting a 60p or 60i signal.
Motion is handled well. The transitions are quick, but do have some overshoot. This is visible in the lighter trail following the logo. The transitions appear to be similar to the Vizio E Series 4k 2016, but tuned differently which causes a faster response but with the drawback of more overshoot. The backlight uses PWM to dim which causes some flickering.
Just like the other 2016 Vizio TVs, the E Series 1080p has a 'Clear Action' setting which reduces the backlight flicker frequency to 60Hz and clears up motion. This is good for gamers or sports fans who don't mind some visible flicker.
Set 'Film Mode' to 'Auto' to play 24p sources over 24Hz without judder. The E Series 1080p 2016 is not able to remove judder when playing 24p content over 60Hz signals.
There are no motion interpolation features on this TV, similar to the Vizio D Series 1080p.
Input lag is good on the Vizio E Series 1080p, at only 29.6ms in game mode. But unfortunately, the choice of input is very limited and the range of supported resolutions is lacking.
Input lag is good for the E Series 1080p. To have the lower input lag, you need to set the picture mode to 'Game' and also turn on the 'Game Low Latency' option. With these settings, the input lag varies between the lowest value of 29.6ms and about 45ms.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
The E Series 1080p only accepts a signal up to 60Hz, as it has a 60Hz panel. Although chroma 4:4:4 is accepted by the TV at 1080p and 60Hz, it is not really 4:4:4 and not as clear as other TVs.
The sound on the Vizio E Series 1080p is average. For a lot of people it will be fine, but doesn't get very loud and lacks bass. For those who are interested in better sound, a soundbar is an improvement.
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Above average and mostly flat frequency response. However, the low-end cutoff of 143Hz means that this TV lacks a lot of bass. Also, with maximum loudness of 88.32B, this TV doesn't get much loud either. Additionally, under maximum loudness, pumping and compression will be present in the higher frequencies.
Average distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 75 and 85dB SPL are good. However, at maximum volume, there is a dramatic rise in harmonic distortion with high amounts of aliasing. However, the high distortion and aliasing will be less noticeable in real-life situations.
This TV features the same SmartCast platform found on the higher end Vizio TVs this year, such as the Vizio M Series 2016. It works similarly to ChomeCast, as the TV receives information about streams to play from a tablet, phone or PC. Unlike the higher end models (Vizio M Series 2016 and Vizio P Series 2016), it does not come with an included tablet. This TV has an inbuilt tuner, unlike the 4k variant.
Same basic remote found with the other 2016 Vizio TVs that feature the SmartCast platform such as the Vizio E Series 4k 2016.
Differences between Sizes and Variants
The Vizio E Series 1080p TV that we bought is the 48" with SKU E48-D0. We expect our review to be valid for the other sizes.
If someone's Vizio E Series 1080p doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
Note: This review does not apply to the 4k variant of the Vizio E, which we reviewed separately and can be found here.
|Size||Model||Effective Refresh Rate||Real Refresh Rate||HDMI #||Speakers||Local Dimming Zones|
|32"||E32-D1||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||5W x 2||N/A|
|40"||E40-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||2||10W x 2||N/A|
|43"||E43-D2||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||5|
|48"||E48-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||5|
|55"||E55-D0||120 Hz||60 Hz||3||10W x 2||10|
Compared to other TVs
The Vizio E Series 1080p 2016 is a budget TV, but it offers poor picture quality even considering the price. There are other TVs for the same price which provide much better overall performance. Keep this in mind when viewing our recommendations below.
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 is available at a lower price but provides better picture quality and motion performance. The picture quality degrades from the side similarly to the Vizio E Series 1080p 2016. The D Series features a basic smart platform which may be more intuitive to navigate but is more limited in features. Unless you really like the SmartCast platform, save the money and go with the Vizio D Series 1080p 2016.
The Samsung KU6300 is a step up in price, but comes with improved picture quality across the board. It has a 4k panel with better blacks and a brighter screen. The picture quality still degrades from the side, but is an improvement over the Vizio E Series 1080p 2016. If you can afford it, go with the Samsung KU6300.
The TCL FS3750 is another budget 1080p TV which offers slightly better picture quality. It features better uniformity and similarly good motion handling. It also has the Roku smart platform which is arguably more intuitive and provides more functionality. Overall the TCL FS3750 is a better choice for a similar price range.
The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 is the higher resolution variant of the same TV. It has better picture quality when viewed from directly in front, and degrades similarly when viewed at an angle. Unfortunately the motion performance is not good, with lots of motion blur. Both TVs aren't recommended as they have competing models with better performance for the same price.