Vizio E Series 2018 TV Review

Vizio E Series 2018 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M Series Quantum 2019
TV Shows
Video Games
HDR Movies
HDR Gaming
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Vizio V Series 2019
Type LED
Resolution 4k

The Vizio E Series is a good 4k UHD TV. It can produce deep dark scenes due to the excellent native contrast ratio and black uniformity. It also has decent motion handling with a fast response time, so only a short blur trail can be seen when watching sports or gaming. Unfortunately, the picture quality degrades when viewed at an angle and the local dimming doesn't work well to improve the picture quality further.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

Very good TV for mixed usage. It is best suited for dark room settings where you will enjoy the deep blacks. It has a great low input lag and fast response time that make it great for gaming, but the color volume is limited and HDR content doesn't pop like it should. The viewing angle is not very wide and thus it is better to sit in front of the TV.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.1 Movies

This is a mediocre TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has good contrast ratio and can show deep blacks even though the local dimming feature is not very effective at further boosting the black levels. Black uniformity is good with very little clouding and color accuracy is great.

See our Movies recommendations
7.4 TV Shows

The Vizio E series 2018 is decent for watching TV Shows in a bright room. It has good reflection handling but can't overcome glare in a very bright room. It has bad viewing angles and is not well suited for a wide room, or for watching while moving around in the house.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.6 Sports

Decent TV for watching sports. It has good reflection handling and excellent response time for fast moving action, but it can't overcome bright glare. The viewing angle is bad, which isn't nice when you want to watch a game with a group of friends.

See our Sports recommendations
8.5 Video Games

Very good TV for playing video games. Excellent low input lag across all supported resolutions and modes as long as Game Low Latency is used. It has little motion blur and can improve it by flickering the backlight, without sacrificing brightness.

See our Video Games recommendations
7.3 HDR Movies

This is an ok TV for watching HDR movies. It can display panning shots without banding, but it lacks wide color gamut, cannot show saturated colors, compresses bright HDR signals and fails to brighten highlights by much, even though its levels of black are remarkable.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
8.1 HDR Gaming

The Vizio E65-F0 is a good TV for gaming in HDR. It has excellent low input lag and very little motion blur due to the fast pixel response time. HDR content does not look so great unless in a dark room and the lack of wide color gamut does not allow the TV to produce nice saturated colors, especially in dark scenes.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.2 PC Monitor

This is a good TV to use as a computer monitor. It can accept a variety of resolutions and has great low input lag and excellent fast response time so that you do not see any delays in your actions. The viewing angle is bad and if you sit too close then the edges will not look bright and their colors will look washed out. Because it is a VA panel you will not have to worry about pixel burn-in.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.6 Sports
  • 8.5 Video Games
  • 7.3 HDR Movies
  • 8.1 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  • Deep and uniform blacks
  • Excellent low input lag
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  • Can't get very bright
  1. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  2. Update 12/13/2018: We've corrected the number of HDMI inputs on the E55-F1.
  3. Update 8/16/2018: We have retested the SDR Peak Brightness on the latest firmware ( and it remains the same.


Test Results

Market Context
Curved No

The design of the Vizio E series is good. The TV comes with the usual wide but sturdy stand, a thick brushed bezel finish and a metal trim on the bottom, which gives the TV a more premium look.  When looking at the TV from the side, its structure looks very much like the higher end 2018 P series and M series. The build quality is decent and should not cause any issues.


The stand is wide. It is made of plastic and supports the TV well. It will not wobble much if moved.

Footprint of the 65" TV stand:51.8" x 11.3"

Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back of the TV is plastic. It has a more sleek look and the inputs are still split between the side and the bottom edge, easily accessible if you wall mount the TV. There is no planning for cable management.

Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The borders of this year's Vizio 2018 E Series are thick and made of plastic. There is also a thick brushed bezel finish that traverses around the screen. This year there is metal trim on the bottom, that makes the TV look more premium.

Max Thickness 3.35" (8.5 cm)

The maximum thickness is similar to 2017 E Series. Like all other Vizio models we tested this year, the structure of the TV (screen and electronics' compartment) is more apparent when the TV is viewed from the side.

Maximum Temperature
93 °F (34 °C)
Average Temperature
88 °F (31 °C)

This Vizio E Series operates at a very cool temperature, mostly because of its low brightness and large size. The panel remains uniformly cool to the touch.

Build Quality

All the parts are made of plastic for this E series 2018. This is expected for a mid-low range TV. There are no gaps and the build quality will cause no issues for normal use.

Picture Quality
Picture Quality
Native Contrast
5811 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
5918 : 1

The Vizio E Series has an excellent contrast ratio. It is even better than the already great contrast ratio seen on last year's E series 2017. The TV can procure deep blacks that look great in dark viewing environments and are particularly important for dark scenes in movies.

When the local dimming feature is turned on, the contrast ratio does not change by much due to the poor local dimming implementation.

Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming

The local dimming for this TV is bad. Although it's a FALD panel, local dimming fails to enhance contrast and produce better blacks. Compared side-by-side to the Vizio E Series 2017 with the same number of zones, the algorithm is much less aggressive. This means that although the dark scenes often aren't as deep, blooming is much less noticeable (because there is less of a difference between zones which are on and off). It also means that small highlights transition smoothly between zones, rather than the brightness flickering.

Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
282 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
336 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
370 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
365 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
320 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
288 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
333 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
367 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
363 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
320 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
287 cd/m²

The SDR peak brightness of the Vizio E Series 2018 is decent. The TV reaches and maintains a brightness level that is ok for darker rooms, but in bright rooms, this might just not be enough.

Update 08/15/2018: We have retested the SDR Peak Brightness on the latest firmware ( and it remains the same.

Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
290 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
354 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
292 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
345 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
311 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
348 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
312 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
352 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
291 cd/m²

Sub-par HDR peak brightness for the Vizio E Series. It is fairly consistent across all input windows without dimming small highlights, but not bright enough to display the creator's intention and take advantage of the HDR increased brightness range.

It is worth noting though that this year's model compared to last years E Series 2017, has a fundamental difference in dealing with highlights. In 2017 bright highlights in dark scenes were dimmed because of the local dimming functions of that model. This year the TV tries to boost those highlights and this is where the higher peak brightness comes from.

Update 08/15/2018: We have retested the HDR Peak Brightness on the latest firmware ( and it remains the same.

Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.079 %
50% DSE
0.219 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.699 %
5% DSE
0.123 %

The gray uniformity for the Vizio E Series is okay. There is fairly noticeable clouding at the 50% gray level, especially towards the edges of the screen. Some dirty screen effect is visible during panning and sports shots.

The results are much better at 5% gray level. There it becomes harder to notice clouding.

Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25 °
Color Shift
27 °
Brightness Loss
31 °
Black Level Raise
15 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

Poor viewing angles for the E Series 2018. The VA panel behaves as expected. As soon as you deviate from the center blacks lose their depth, colors wash out and brightness fades.

Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.402 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.166 %

The Vizio E Series 2018 has excellent black uniformity and is an improvement to the already great E Series 2017. There is no clouding and blacks look very uniform resulting in great looking dark scenes in movies.

Picture Quality
Screen Finish
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
0.4 %

The Vizio E Series 2018 has very good reflection handling. However, it cannot handle direct reflections with the same efficiency as some higher end TVs with better anti-reflective coatings.

Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
Color dE
Color Temperature
6211 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Gamma Setting

The Vizio E Series 2018 has very good out of the box color accuracy. When the picture mode is set to Calibrated Dark, the color dE is well below 3, so most people will not notice any imperfections, The white balance dE is just above 3 so some might pick up the slight gray inaccuracies.

The gamma is at 2.26 just slightly above the 2.2 target. This makes shadows look brighter, but again not many people will notice. The colors are a little warm but nothing too annoying.

Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
Color dE
Color Temperature
6503 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Auto-Calibration Function

The results for the Vizio E65-F0 / E65-F1 after calibration are amazing. The accuracy is almost perfect in all aspects of our measurements. Color dE and white balance dE are very small, the gamma curve follows perfectly at 2.2, and the color temperature is almost perfect at 6503K

Note: Calibration can be performed very easily with the help of the Smartcast app, as no on-screen menu is necessary.

You can see our recommended settings here.

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.

Picture Quality
720p Input

Upscaling of 720p content such as cable is a bit softer than most other TVs.

Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. The image remains clear and sharp.

Picture Quality
4k Input

No issues can be seen with native 4k content.

Note that we've had one reader report crosshatching visible on their 43" E Series (E43-F1).

Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
DCI P3 xy
76.56 %
DCI P3 uv
82.44 %
Rec 2020 xy
54.95 %
Rec 2020 uv
60.17 %

The color gamut is decent, but the TV fails to be classified as having a wide color gamut.

In the Calibrated Dark picture mode the TV's HDR EOTF doesn't follow the target PQ curve well; this results in a perceived loss of contrast in HDR scenes, because dim shades are too bright and bright shades are too dim. The TV's EOTF remains nearly unchanged when Game Low Latency is enabled when gaming, and in the Computer picture mode during computer use. If users find HDR content too dim, raising the Backlight setting from the default 50 to 100 raises the EOTF and brightens most of an HDR scene.

Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
73.0 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
31.7 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
53.7 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
23.4 %

The color volume on this Vizio E-Series 2018 is sub-par. This is mainly due to the limited color gamut, that does not allow the TV to display deep dark colors. It fails to cover either color space well, although it is an improvement over the 2017 model.

Picture Quality
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.095 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.107 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.082 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.083 dE

The gradient is great. There is some micro-banding almost everywhere, but just in the dark green you might be able to spot a little more.

The TV has a Reduce Noise feature that may help reduce banding in low quality content at the cost of some fine details.

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 %

No image retention for this Vizio E series 65. This is in line with TVs that use VA panels.

Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk

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

Picture Quality

This is the exact same picture structure as the 2017 model.

Response Time
80% Response Time
6.0 ms
100% Response Time
12.2 ms

The Vizio E Series has a very good response time. There is very little motion trail behind fast moving objects, and most of the blur in the photo is due to persistence. There is a very little overshoot in some transitions, but they will not cause any overshoot artifacts.

PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The backlight flickers at all Backlight settings below 100. The flicker frequency is very high at 480 Hz, and most people won't notice it.

Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
120 Hz for 120 fps
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

To activate the BFI mode,set Clear Action to On. When BFI is enabled, the brightness spikes higher to compensate for the off cycles and thus the perceived brightness is not reduced. With BFI enabled the backlight flickers constantly at 60 Hz.

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)

The Vizio E Series 2018 does not have a motion interpolation feature.

Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.5 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.5 ms

Some stutter in 24p is noticeable, especially with wide panning shots. Since there is no motion interpolation to reduce it, you can only rely on the blur created by the response time to smooth it out.

24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps

The Vizio E-Series can play 24p content without judder, but only when played from a native 24p source like a Blu-ray player or from the native apps. To remove judder set Film mode to on.

When the 24fps is coming through 60i or 60p then just like the 2017 model the TV is not able to remove it.

Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
G-SYNC Compatible
4k VRR Maximum
4k VRR Minimum
1080p VRR Maximum
1080p VRR Minimum
1440p VRR Maximum
1440p VRR Minimum
VRR Supported Connectors

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

Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
22.2 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
65.9 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
4k @ 60 Hz
22.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
22.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
22.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
66.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
8k @ 60 Hz
1080p @ 120 Hz
1440p @ 120 Hz
4k @ 120 Hz
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
1440p with VRR
4k with VRR