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Vizio E Series 2018 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
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
This tv was replaced by the Vizio V Series 2019

Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
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.

Pros
  • Deep and uniform blacks
  • Excellent low input lag
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  • Can't get very bright

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 7.5
Motion 7.4
Inputs 8.8
Sound Quality 6.3
Smart Features 6.8
  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 (1.0.18.4) and it remains the same.

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7.0

Design

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.

Stand

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"

Back
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
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.

Thickness
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.

Temperature
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.

7.0 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.

7.5

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the Vizio E Series 65 is okay. It has a remarkable contrast ratio and can display deep blacks in dark scenes. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is great and almost perfect when calibrated. Unfortunately, it does not have a wide color gamut, and the HDR brightness level is sub-par so the whole image looks dim. Although it can handle reflections well,  viewing angles are somewhat limited, which does not make it suitable for wide rooms. Finally, due to just ordinary gray uniformity, some dirty screen effect is to be expected in panning shots.

9.0 Contrast
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.

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

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.

7.5 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
SDR ABL
:
0.015

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 (1.0.18.4) and it remains the same.

6.1 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
HDR ABL
:
0.015

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 (1.0.18.4) and it remains the same.

6.7 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.

5.2 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.

9.3 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.

8.0 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
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.

7.6 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
3.81
Color dE
:
2.07
Gamma
:
2.16
Color Temperature
:
6211 K
Picture Mode
:
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
:
Normal
Gamma Setting
:
2.1

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.

9.7 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.10
Color dE
:
0.80
Gamma
:
2.20
Color Temperature
:
6503 K
White Balance Calibration
:
11 point
Color Calibration
:
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
:
No

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.

7.0 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 720p Input

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

9.0 1080p Input

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

10 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).

6.9 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
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.

6.3 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.

8.6 Gradient
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.

10 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.

10 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.

Pixels

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

7.4

Motion

The Vizio E Series 2018 has decent motion handling. It comes with a very fast response time and uses PWM to dim the backlight. The flicker is very fast and should not be noticeable to most people. It can lower the flicker rate to reduce blur, but unlike most TVs, it can do so without dimming the screen. It does not support any motion interpolation, so there is no way to remove stutter from low fps content.

8.5 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.

7.9 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
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.

10 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

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.

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

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

7.2 Stutter
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.

7.8 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 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.

0 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
1440p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

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

8.8

Inputs

The Vizio E Series 2018 has excellent low input lag both for SDR and HDR content. It is a great improvement from the 2017 model and it supports 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color on all ports, as long as you set it to 'Full UHD Color'.  The TV comes with a TV tuner, unlike the previous two years' models.

9.0 Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
:
22.2 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
65.9 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
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
:
N/A
8k @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1440p with VRR
:
N/A
4k with VRR
:
N/A
8k with VRR
:
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
:
No

The input lag is excellent. To achieve low input lag you must set the Game Low Latency to on as its is the only setting that is necessary for low input lag.

4:4:4 is only shown properly in the Computer picture mode and the Game Low Latency toggle is still necessary for low input lag, but when a chroma 4:4:4 signal is sent Game Low Latency is activated by default and grayed out.

7.5 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
No
4k @ 60 Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
:
No

Most common resolutions are supported at 60Hz except 1440p. Also there is no support for 120 Hz.

Only in Computer picture mode can 4:4:4 color be displayed properly. In this mode Sharpness is set to 0 which means no added sharpness, and it is grayed out.

This year's model can support 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color on all ports, but it works only when Full UHD Color is enabled for that port.

4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR is also supported.

Update 10/24/2018: We've received a few reports that the 43" model does not properly display chroma 4:4:4.

Input Photos

There is a shared component/composite input on the side inputs of the Vizio E65-F0.

Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
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

Update 7/26/2018: The 43-inch model E43-F1 and the 50-inch model E50-F2, have only 3 HDMI inputs. (2 on the bottom and 1 on the side)

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
HDR10+
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
Yes
HLG
:
Yes
3D
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1
:
No
CEC : Yes
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
:
No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The 2018 model supports HDR in all four HDMI ports so there will be no conflict with HDR and ARC like in the Vizio E Series 2017.

Just like the other 2018 Vizio models, in this E series the Digital Audio Out had to be manually set to Bitstream for DTS passthrough (Optical and ARC) to work. If set to Auto it stays in PCM.

Audio Passthrough
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
:
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
:
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
:
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
:
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
:
Yes
6.3

Sound Quality

The sound quality is mediocre. This TV has an average loudness so may not be loud enough for large and noisy environments, but it is able to produce clear dialogs. Also, it doesn't produce much bass and doesn't have a room correction system. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or soundbars are recommended.

6.0 Frequency Response