The Vizio E Series 2017 is a good 4k LED TV that produces a decent picture quality. Blacks are deep and uniform, and motion is better than average. Unfortunately, the image suffers from degradation at an angle and it doesn't get very bright, so it isn't suitable for wider living rooms with a lot of windows.
The design of the E Series 2017 is very basic, and it certainly won't be the centerpiece of any room. It is a fairly thick TV which looks very similar to the Vizio E Series 4k 2016.
The stand is wide, and looks the same as the 2016 model. It is made of plastic and supports the TV quite well.
Footprint of the 65" TV stand: 11.3" x 50.7"
The back of the TV is quite basic, but the inputs are all parallel to the TV so are accessible even if it is mounted on a wall. This is the same design as the E Series 4k 2016.
The borders have an average thickness, but look quite good due to the textured plastic edge.
The TV looks quite thick and blocky when viewed from the side, so it may stick out slightly if wall-mounted.
This is a very cool TV, mostly because of its low brightness and large size. The frame remained cool to the touch, even along the bottom.
The build quality of the 2017 E Series is as expected for a low-mid range TV. All the parts are made of plastic but this shouldn't cause any issues for normal use.
The Vizio E Series 2017 has an okay picture quality. The high native contrast paired with excellent black uniformity make for great dark scene performance, especially when the TV is set in a very dark room. Unfortunately when the TV is set in a bright room the low peak brightness results in difficulty fighting glare. The gray uniformity is below average for an LED TV and some dirty screen effect is visible which could be annoying for fans of football or hockey. The viewing angle is not good at all, meaning that people with a wide seating area will notice a degradation in picture quality when sitting off-center. HDR performance is also average at best since the HDR peak brightness is very low, there is no wide color gamut feature and the local dimming is very poor.
The native contrast of the Vizio E Series 2017 is excellent. Situated over the 5000 mark, the high contrast ratio will procure deep blacks which make a big difference in picture quality especially when the TV is set in a dark room. It is particularly important for dark scenes in movies.
When the TV's local dimming feature is turned on the contrast ratio remains almost the same (5331); this is due to the poor implementation of local dimming on this TV.
The Vizio E Series 2017 has a full-array backlight with local dimming, but the performance is really not good. Vizio states that this model has 12 zones, but this isn't enough zones to produce a good result. The white highlights get dimmed too much, especially when transitioning from one zone to another; this is particularly visible for smaller highlights.
Looking at other tests where local dimming can have an impact, the test results also show that the local dimming is not that great. The contrast ratio is almost the same with and without local dimming and the black uniformity is also a bit worse.
Mediocre SDR peak brightness. In a dark room the TV will appear bright enough, but in a bright room the brightness will be disappointing.
The TV's local dimming actually dims small highlights in dark scenes rather than making them brighter like the local dimming of most TVs, as shown in our 2% and 10% white window tests. This reduces blooming around highlights, but doesn't make them stand out as much from the rest of the scene.
A plot of brightness over time is shown here.
Poor SDR peak brightness. This TV does not get bright enough to take advantage of the increased brightness range of HDR content, so very bright features in scenes will not be much brighter than the rest of the scene as the content creator intended. Bright highlights in dark scenes will actually be dimmed because of how this TV's local dimming functions, as seen in our 2% and 10% white window tests. This is unlike the local dimming of most TVs, which brightens highlights.
A plot of brightness over time is shown here.
The overall gray uniformity is sub-par on the 2017 E Series. The 50% gray test picture shows that the whole screen is not very uniform, as the borders and corners are very dark when compared to the rest of the screen. Dirty screen effect is pretty obvious just by looking at our test picture, and when watching normal content like hockey it can be annoying.
When displaying a 5% gray image the Vizio E Series fares a bit better. Not many issues can be noticed and the standard deviation and dirty screen effect numbers are both better than on the 50% gray. On the picture both sides are brighter than the center, but this is due to the black level changing due to the narrow viewing angle and not a result of uniformity issues.
Bad viewing angle. Blacks start to look grey when viewing the TV from only a small angle, and colors shift rapidly at an angle as well. People sitting to the side of the TV will not have as good picture quality as people sitting directly in front.
The native black uniformity (without local dimming) is excellent for the 2017 E Series. The whole screen is very uniform and does not show signs of flashlighting often seen in the corners of LED TVs, which is very good, especially for dark scenes.
When local dimming is turned on, the uniformity of our test picture actually becomes worse. Looking at the picture you can see that the blacks are deeper in the top and bottom parts of the screen, leaving a horizontal line of blooming at the same level as the white cross. This is mostly due to the local dimming not having enough zones to limit the horizontal blooming where the cross is.
The TV has a semi-gloss finish, which causes bright reflections to diffuse across the screen. This does help to reduce their intensity but may cause issues in bright rooms.
Update 10/06/2017: The reflection score has been adjusted after comparing to the Vizio M Series 2017.
Out of the box, the Vizio 2017 E Series is pretty accurate. The white balance dE is a bit high and the overall color is a bit warm, but if you are not an enthusiast that has calibrated a TV you might not even notice it. Besides that, the color dE is reasonable and the gamma is tracking pretty close to our goal of 2.2.
The calibration process is fairly straightforward and the whole process is relatively fast to do. The white balance is responsive and easy to calibrate via the SmartCast app and the dE was brought down to a negligible 0.11. The color space management system is also responsive but a bit more time is needed to be able to bring down the color dE. In the end, the TV is really accurate and the gamma is tracking almost perfectly our goal of 2.2.
You can see our recommended settings here.
Upscaling of low quality content is slightly worse than average. Similar to other Vizio TVs, DVDs appear a bit soft but there is some choppiness to the image.
720p content such as cable is slightly more soft than usual, resulting in some minor loss of detail.
Standard color gamut. This TV cannot properly show HDR colors, its gamut is only good enough for showing Rec 709 colors in standard content.
At our normal 75% stimulus brightness level in HDR, the TV purposely undersaturates blues and reds so that it can make them brighter; however this is not the case at a dimmer 50% stimulus where the TV can show the colors properly and still make them bright enough. This is shown here for DCI P3 and here for Rec 2020 color.
Disappointing color volume. Saturated Rec 2020 blues and reds cannot get nearly bright enough, and although the TV's local dimming helps it dim dark colors, its very cold black point hurts its reproduction of extremely dark colors.
The 2017 E Series can display our gradient test image almost perfectly, with only small visible imperfections in the dark green, which is pretty good for a budget TV.
There is also no banding traditionally seen on a 8 bit TV and this is a big improvement over the 2016 E Series, which was only able to display our gradient test image with a maximum bit depth of 8 bit.
The Vizio E Series 2017 does not present any sign of image retention.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The 2017 E Series is good at handling motion. It has a low response time, resulting in very little motion blur which is great. It uses PWM dimming to reduce the backlight, and can increase the amount of visible flicker to clear up fast motion. Movies from a Blu-ray player are smooth, but some minor judder is present when movies are played from other sources such as a PC or cable box. This isn't noticeable to most people though. The E Series 2017 has a 60Hz panel and can't interpolate lower frame rate content.
The response time of the E Series 2017 is low, which results in great motion blur performance. Only a short trail can be seen following moving objects. This is a significant improvement over the 2016 E Series 4k.
The E Series 2017 uses PWM at 480Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 99/100 backlight setting, but at that frequency it isn't really noticeable. Lowering the setting shortens the duty cycle, while amplitude remains constant until very low backlight settings.
It is possible to enable 'Clear Action' to reduce the PWM frequency to 60Hz, and this helps to clear-up eye tracking persistence blur significantly. Note that the BFI option isn't available for HDR content as it reduces the brightness of the screen significantly.
This TV has a 60Hz panel, and is unable to interpolate lower frame rate content. Fans of the soap opera effect may be disappointed.
This TV can display movies and TV shows without much stutter, which is good. Even for very low frame content such as 24 fps movies, the image appears smooth as the response time helps to blur the transition between frames.
The Vizio E Series 2017 can play 24p movies without judder when playing from DVDs, Blu-rays, and native streaming apps. Unfortunately, judder is present when playing 24p movies over 60p/60i sources like cable and satellite boxes. This is the same result as the 2016 E Series.
The E Series 2017 doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.
The Vizio E 2017 has a variety of inputs and can play almost all the common input signals, including HDR. It has fairly low input lag when 'Game Low Latency' is enabled, and the lag should be low enough for most gamers but very competitive gamers may be disappointed. It lacks a TV tuner, so an external box will be required if you want to connect cable or an antenna.
Fairly low input lag. When 'Game Low Latency' is enabled in any picture mode the input lag becomes ~40 ms, which is good enough for most gamers but may not be good enough for very competitive gamers. Using the game picture mode makes no difference to the input lag, it's the 'Game Low Latency' toggle that counts.
Update 01/23/2018: Retested input lag with the latest firmware (18.104.22.168). Input lag is ~9 ms higher across the board; this is also the case with the M Series 2017 and HDMI port 1 on the P Series 2017. The review has been updated.
Most of the common input resolutions are supported, except 120 Hz. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 color is only supported on HDMI input 1, and only when 'HDMI Chroma Subsampling' is enabled. 4:4:4 color is only displayed properly in the 'Computer' picture mode.
HDR is only possible on HDMI 1, and only when 'HDMI Chroma Subsampling' is enabled. Unfortunately HDMI 1 is also the only ARC port. HDR content cannot be played by casting or by using a USB drive.
On the 75" and 80" sizes all four ports support HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth.
Update 05/26/2017: Retested HDR support using a Blu-ray player, all four HDMI ports support 4k HDR. The Xbox One S only supports HDR on HDMI 1, because only port 1 has HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth.
Update 07/14/2017: Variable analog audio out is supported, there was an error in the review.
The Vizio E Series 2017's sound reproduction is subpar. Most TVs cannot deliver a good sound, but the e series does below average.