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.
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.
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.
Our set has some clouding, but nothing horrible. It's only noticeable with fully black images.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
720p upscaling is a bit better than 480p, but the result is sill soft and not as good as other TVs.
Blu-rays content looks good and sharp like it is supposed to be, without any image quality problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.