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Vizio E Series 2017 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 10:03 am
Vizio E Series 2017 Picture
Test Methodology v1.2
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.9
Movies
7.1
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.6
Video Games
6.9
HDR Movies
7.2
HDR Gaming
7.5
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Vizio E Series 2018
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA (except 55")
Resolution 4k

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.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The Vizio E is a good TV for most usages. Picture quality is good in a dark room and motion is great. It's picture quality degrades rapidly at an angle though, and it can't get bright enough for some situations.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.9 Movies

Good TV for watching movies in a dark room. Blacks don't appear gray, and no uniformity issues are to be seen. The local dimming feature leaves a lot to be desired though.

See our Movies recommendations
7.1 TV Shows

The Vizio E series 2017 offers a subpar TV shows watching experience. Brightness levels are low, so daytime watching can be an issue. 720p sources, which are most common for broadcast, also appear slightly soft.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.2 Sports

The Vizio E's sports broadcast performance is below average. While motion is great, the screen's uniformity with colors and grays isn't very good. Fields and hockey rinks can appear slightly uneven and dirty. It also doesn't get very bright, so weekend afternoon games don't look great.

See our Sports recommendations
7.6 Video Games

The Vizio E series 2017 does great as a gaming TV. There's very little trail behind moving objects, and input lag is low enough for casual gamers.

See our Video Games recommendations
6.9 HDR Movies

The TV's HDR reproduction could be better. It is capable of displaying skies without banding, but it cannot reproduce a wide gamut of colors and cannot brighten highlights by much.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.2 HDR Gaming

The Vizio E does well with HDR games. The performance doesn't suffer while displaying HDR which is good. Unfortunately, though, the actual HDR capabilities are quite limited.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
7.5 PC Monitor

Decent PC monitor. It supports the most important resolution required to display text without blurriness, but the viewing angle is low, so picture quality will greatly degrade on the sides while viewing at an angle. Input lag is also a bit high for use with a mouse

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Movies
  • 7.1 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 7.6 Video Games
  • 6.9 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.5 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Blacks are very deep and almost perfectly uniform
  • Motion handling is great, and the TV can flicker to improve it even more
Cons
  • Image quality degrades quickly at an angle
  • It doesn't get very bright
  • No TV Tuner
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  2. Update 1/23/2018: Retested input lag with the latest firmware (3.4.8.15). 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.
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

Test Results

Design
6.0
Design
Style
Curved No

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

Design
Stand

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"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

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.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders have an average thickness, but look quite good due to the textured plastic edge.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.91" (7.4 cm)

The TV looks quite thick and blocky when viewed from the side, so it may stick out slightly if wall-mounted.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
86 °F (30 °C)
Average Temperature
84 °F (29 °C)

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.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
8.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5307 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
5331 : 1

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.

1.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

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.

6.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
227 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
86 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
112 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
113 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
225 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
235 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
85 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
110 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
109 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
220 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
232 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.077

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.

5.0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
233 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
87 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
115 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
121 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
230 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
239 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
85 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
111 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
118 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
224 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
236 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.077

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.

6.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.814 %
50% DSE
0.242 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.462 %
5% DSE
0.109 %

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.

4.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Shift
24 °
Brightness
44 °
Black Level
13 °

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.

9.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.478 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.411 %

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.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.0 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %

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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
White Balance dE
3.53
Color dE
2.67
Gamma
2.17
Color Temperature
6039 K

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
White Balance dE
0.11
Color dE
1.68
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6499 K

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content such as cable is slightly more soft than usual, resulting in some minor loss of detail.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good once upscaled. The image remains sharp.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

No issues can be seen in 4k content. The image is very clear and detailed.

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.00 %
DCI P3 uv
82.55 %
Rec 2020 xy
54.72 %
Rec 2020 uv
60.99 %

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.

5.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
70.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
15.5 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
43.8 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
9.6 %

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.087 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.101 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.089 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.094 dE

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.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

The Vizio E Series 2017 does not present any sign of image retention.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
8.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.4 ms
100% Response Time
14.7 ms

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.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

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.

9.2
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

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.

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

This TV has a 60Hz panel, and is unable to interpolate lower frame rate content. Fans of the soap opera effect may be disappointed.

7.6
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
27.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
2.0 ms

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.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

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.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
N/A

The E Series 2017 doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.

Inputs
7.0
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
49.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
49.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
66.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
47.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
47.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
47.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
47.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
64.4 ms
4k With Interpolation