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Reviewed on Mar 27, 2015

Vizio E Series 2015 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.4
Movies
6.5
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
7.6
Video Games
5.2
HDR Movies
4.8
HDR Gaming
5.0
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Vizio E Series 4k 2016

Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz (except 65" and above)

It looks nicer than the 2014 version, but on the inside there's not much different about 2015 Vizio E-series TVs. It has good picture quality for the price, but like most LED TVs, it loses picture quality when viewed from the side.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Picture Quality 6.9
Motion 7.7
Inputs 7.3
Sound Quality 5.7
Smart Features 6.0
Pros
  • Good picture quality, for the price.
  • Great gaming TV. The input lag and motion blur are both minimal.
Cons
  • Poor gray uniformity, with several issues present onscreen.
  • Poor viewing angle.
  • The local dimming feature is ineffective. At best, it doesn't make a difference, and at worst it makes the whole picture look worse.
  • The stand is wide-set, and is not adjustable. You'll need very wide surfaces for bigger E-series TVs.

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6.0

Design

Curved : No

The design of the Vizio E is quite nice. It’s not the thinnest TV in the world, but its bezel is quite slim, and the feet for the stand are pretty good-looking.

The feet are not adjustable, and they are set far apart. For larger TVs, this will necessitate a big surface on which to set the TV. It’s a stabler solution than the old Vizio E mount, but could be inconvenient.

Stand

Dimensions for 60" TV stand: 46.75" x 11"

Borders
Borders : 0.47" (1.2 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.4" (6.1 cm)

6.9

Picture Quality

This is a great budget TV for movies. The blacks are dark, and cloudiness is only really visible with fully black screens. It's also able to play DVDs, Blu-rays, and streaming movies smoothly, which is great.

It loses a few points, though, because it's not 4k and because most sizes (all but the 65" and 70" models) don't have a motion smoothing option. This is to be expected, given how inexpensive the E-series is, but still something people who want those features should keep in mind.

8.5 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4404 : 1

The contrast is great, on the better end of even VA TVs.

3.0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Full-Array

The local dimming feature on this TV is ineffective. The entire screen gets darkened, bright spots included. With small objects like the circle in our test, there is no backlight blooming, but something a bit bigger will introduce a large amount of blooming. See here for more details.

The number of E-series TVs' dimming zones varies by size. 40-43" TVs have 5 dimming zones, 48" TVs have 6, 50-60" TVs have 12, and the 65" & 70" TVs have 16. Since the feature doesn't work well, the number of zones doesn't matter.

6.0 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
276 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
275 cd/m2

6.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.765 %
50% DSE
:
0.212 %

It's an improvement over last year's E-series gray uniformity, but you can still see each of the TV’s LEDs in the gray uniformity test, which makes it look like there is an ugly grid on the TV. The right and left sides of the screen, and especially the corners, are darker than the rest of the image, and there is noticeable dirty screen effect, too.

4.3 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
21 °

You get a bit more leeway with the Vizio E than with the more expensive Vizio P (the P loses picture quality at 19 degrees), but the viewing angle on this TV is still not ideal for off-axis viewing.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

8.1 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.452 %

Our set has some clouding, but nothing horrible. It's only noticeable with fully black images.

9.5 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

8.8 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.84
Color dE
:
2.4813
Gamma
:
2.24

9.6 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.31
Color dE
:
1.1079
Gamma
:
2.2

7.5 480p Input

Upscaling of standard TV channels is below average for the E series. Setting 'Reduce Block Noise' to 'High' helps a little for removing h.264 artifacts.

7.5 720p Input

720p upscaling is a bit better than 480p, but the result is sill soft and not as good as other TVs.

10 1080p Input

Blu-rays content looks good and sharp like it is supposed to be, without any image quality problems.

0 4k Input

6.1 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
68.99 %
DCI P3 uv
:
72.41 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
49.50 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
52.76 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

There isn’t too much reflection off of this TV, so it will be fine for watching with a couple of lights on.
Its maximum brightness is about average. Unless your room is very, very bright, this TV should work fine.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
7.7

Motion

This TV is pretty good for sports. It doesn't have much blur, which means the fast movement of players, balls, pucks, or whatever else, will look good.

You may notice the field, court, or rink looks a bit smudgy, or it may look like there is a grid across the screen. Unfortunately, these kinds of issues are common with TVs from all brands. For this kind of problem, only make a return if the problem is so bad that it is ruining your viewing experience.

8.4 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
14.6 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

By default, the motion blur on this TV is very good. You can also make use of the 'Clear Action' feature to clarify the image even more. Enabling 'Clear Action' will dim the screen and add a bit of flickering to the picture, but it does have a noticeable effect on the blur. See here for an image of the 'Clear Action' setting's effect on blur.

9.2 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
480 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
Yes

7.1 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

There is no judder when watching a movie via 24p (on a Blu-ray player for example). However, it couldn't consistently do the reverse 3:2 pulldown when the signal is sent over 60p or 60i (this only matters for movies, not sports or gaming). Also, there is no motion interpolation (soap opera effect) on models 60" and lower. The 65" and 70" have that feature.

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

7.3

Inputs

There's not much blur, which is great for fast-paced games. Games will be nice and responsive, too, which is especially crucial for people who are competitive.

Because of the low price and the overall strong gaming performance, this is one of our favorite 1080p gaming TVs of this year.

8.5 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
29.5 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
29.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

By default, the input lag for this TV is low, and that's constant across picture modes and inputs. Enabling 'Game Low Latency' did not affect our input lag, but using the Clear Action feature did increase input lag to 34.7 ms – a negligible difference.

Other reviewers have noted that the input lag time is higher for different sizes of this model. The 65" and 70" models are said to have particularly high lag times. Gamers looking at the largest sizes of the E-series may want to consider going with another TV.

0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No

Update: From further testing we have concluded that all current Vizio TVs that we have reviewed do not display 4:4:4, but 4:2:2. This is due to the TV inputs accepting 4:4:4 but actually displaying 4:2:2. 4:2:2 is better than 4:2:0, but slightly blurrier for text than 4:4:4.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

The number of side HDMI-in ports changes by size. 32-40" TVs have 0, 43-60" TVs have 3, and 65-70" TVs have 4.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

5.7

Sound Quality

This TV's sound isn't the best, and gets pretty distorted at high volumes. This TV's bass isn't great, either.

Lower volumes sound okay (for TV speakers), but you should definitely invest in a speaker set if you want to crank it up. That said, this TV can get to a pretty high volume, so if you're not too concerned about quality and just want loudness, this TV has you covered.

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.

6.5 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.28 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.11 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.09 dB SPL
Max
:
91.3 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
134 Hz

The frequency response is good at lower volumes, but it gets bad at higher volumes. There will also be noticeable pumping and compression artifacts present when pushed hard. The bass extension is not great for a TV, but it does get relatively loud.

3.9 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.083
Distortion @ 80
:
0.532
Distortion @ Max
:
0.575

Low distortion at very low volumes, however, there will be a significant rise in distortion at moderate volumes. There may also be some aliasing present in high frequencies.

6.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Basic

The remote is decent, and there are just enough HDMI ports for most people to get by.

The smart features are so-so. There aren't that many apps available, but you'll have access to most of the main services (Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, etc). If you don't need a huge and varied software library on your TV and just need something for the occasional streaming movie, this is a fine choice.

10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

Remote
Remote : Basic

You don’t get the QWERTY remote on the back of this like you do with the Vizio M and P-series, but the slimness and feel of this remote almost makes up for that. The glossy finish might be a nuisance for some – our remote picked up smudges and fingerprints very quickly. Note: The remote for the Vizio M and P will also work with this TV, and vice versa.

Misc
Power Consumption : 56 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 122 W
Firmware : 1.60.30.0180

Differences between Sizes and Variants

6.7 Mixed Usage

Like the 2014 version, the 2015 Vizio E is a pretty good TV, and especially good for the price. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles you get from some competing brands, but the picture quality is good. It's a great option both for those looking for a general use TV and those who want a good budget gaming TV.

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