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Vizio E Series 2018
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8F
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
Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
Update 12/13/2018: We've corrected the number of HDMI inputs on the E55-F1.
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
Low-Frequency Extension
:
126.99 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.67 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.68 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
4.91 dB
Max
:
84.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
3.07 dB

The frequency response is mediocre. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 127Hz. This means this TV doesn't produce any thump or rumble and won't have much kick to its bass either. The response above the LFE point is decent, which is important for producing clear dialogs. Also, this TV doesn't get very loud, and shows some compression and pumping artifacts at maximum volume. Additionally, since it doesn't have a room correction system, it wasn't able to remove the modes of our test room around 200Hz.

7.0 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.531
Weighted THD @ Max
:
0.826
IMD @ 80
:
2.00 %
IMD @ Max
:
3.92 %

The distortion performance of the Vizio E Series is decent. The overall amount of THD produced at 80 dB SPL is above-average, and there's not big jump in THD at maximum volume either. However, this TV doesn't get very loud.

6.8

Smart Features

Smart OS : SmartCast
Version : 1.27

The Vizio E Series uses the Vizio SmartCast smart interface, also found in the 2018 M Series and the P Series. It comes with very basic features but the main attraction is the built-in Chromecast media streaming support. It allows you to control the TV from a tablet or a phone and to stream files from just about anything. The selection of built-in apps is small and covers the basics, but there is no app store and no way to add additional functionality except through a firmware update.

7.0 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Easy
Smoothness
:
Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
16 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
2 s
Advanced Options
:
Many

The interface is slow and basic, with no animations. There is noticeable lag when browsing the TV shows and movies tabs, but no other bugs were encountered.

10 Ad-Free
Ads
:
No
Opt-out
:
N/A
Suggested Content in Home
:
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
:
No

There are no ads on the Vizio E Series, and this is great, but there is a large banner of suggested content that can't be disabled.

6.5 Apps and Features
App Selection
:
Many
App Smoothness
:
Not Smooth
Cast Capable
:
Yes
USB Drive Playback
:
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
:
Yes
HDR in Netflix
:
Yes
HDR in YouTube
:
Yes

Limited selection of apps and smart features. On our Vizio E65-F1 / E65-F0, there were the following 18 apps: Netflix, Prime Video, Crackle, VUDU, iHeart Radio, YouTube, Newsy, Dove channel, Curiosity stream, Con TV, Pluto TV, Haystack TV, Xumo, Plex, Fandango Now, NBC, YouTube TV and Hulu.

Note: These are the US Region apps. Other regions might have different apps installed.

There is no app store but Google cast is supported.

Update 11/15/2018: Vizio has added a 'WatchFree' input via a firmware update. This uses the free Pluto TV service on the backend, and is well integrated.

6.0 Remote
Size
:
Medium
Voice Control
:
No
CEC Menu Control
:
Yes
Other Smart Features
:
No

Very basic and lightweight remote, same as Vizio M Series 2018. Small buttons, hard to read for some, but intuitive layout and easy to use. 6 button shortcuts for various streaming services are found at the top of the remote.

There is no voice control built into the remote or on the TV, but if you have a separate Google Home or Amazon Alexa device they can interface with and control the TV.

8.0 Remote App
Acts as the Remote
:
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
:
Inputs Only
Inputs Text in YouTube
:
Yes
Inputs Text in Netflix
:
Yes
Streams Device Files
:
No
Controls TV Settings
:
All
Voice Control
:
No

The remote app is good. It can be used to change inputs but not to open apps. The Vizio app can't be used to cast files from your device but third-party software can be used to cast files to the built-in Chromecast. It should be noted that it cannot execute voice commands.

TV Controls

Basic TV controls at the back of the TV. There is a power button, an input button, and a volume rocker.

In The Box

  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • Manual
Not Shown:
  • 59.5" Power Cable

Misc
Power Consumption : 68 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 127 W
Firmware : 1.0.15.1

Differences between Sizes and Variants

The Vizio E Series 2018 4k TV that we bought is the 65" with SKU E65-F0. Different sizes have different panel provenances, so it is possible our review doesn't represent exactly all sizes. If someone's Vizio E Series 2018 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.  

Size Model Alternative Name Clear Action Effective Refresh Rate Real Refresh Rate Local Dimming Zones HDMI Inputs
43" E43-F1 E Series 43 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 10 3
50" E50-F2 E Series 50 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 10 3
55" E55-F1 E Series 55 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 10 3
65" E65-F0 E Series 65 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 12 4
65" E65-F1 E Series 65 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 12 4
70" E70-F3 E Series 70 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 12 4
75" E75-F1 E Series 75 240 120 Hz 60 Hz 16 4

Note: The E65-F1 variant comes equiped with 10-watt speakers whereas the E65-F0 with 15-watt ones.

Update 7/26/2018: The table has been updated to include the number of HDMI inputs in the various models. 

Update 10/09/2018: Vizio has released the E75-F2 variant of the 75" 2018 E Series. The 75" F2 variant is available with either IPS or VA panels, depending on the serial number. If the 4th digit of the serial number is a '2', it is a VA panel, if it is a 'J', it is an IPS panel.

Update 12/13/2018: The E55-F1 was incorrectly listed as having 4 HDMI inputs.

Compared to other TVs

Top left:Vizio M-Series 2018 (M65-F0) . Bottom left: TCL R617 (55R617). Middle: Vizio E-Series 2018 (E65-F0). Top right: Vizio E Series 2017 (E65-E1). Bottom right: Samsung NU7100 (UN55NU7100FXZA ).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Vizio E-Series 2018 is a good low-mid-range 4k TV with a few minor flaws. It is a good improvement over the 2017 E-Series. See our recommendations for the best cheap TVs and the best TVs under $500.

Vizio V Series 2019
40" 43" 43" 50" 55" 55" 60" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is better than the Vizio V Series 2019. The E Series 2018 has a local dimming feature that enhances dark room performance. It also has a faster response time that leaves less blur trail behind fast-moving content. The E Series also includes a Black Frame Insertion feature that helps make motion even crisper. The Vizio V Series 2019 has slightly wider viewing angles.

TCL 5 Series/S517 2018
43" 49" 55" 65"

The Vizio E Series 2018 4k TV is a bit better than the TCL 5 Series S517. The Vizio E Series has better dark room performance thanks to the better black uniformity and the local dimming feature. The Vizio also has better reflection handling and better black frame insertion feature that can help clear blur. The TCL S517 has an optional motion interpolation feature, which is great if you enjoy the soap opera effect.

Vizio D Series 4k 2018
43" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is a bit better than the Vizio D Series 4k 2018. The Vizio E Series has a local dimming feature, although it isn't very effective. The E series has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help clear up motion. The E series also supports Dolby Vision, which doesn't add much but is a nice extra. The Vizio D Series 4k 2018 has wider viewing angles, good if you have a large seating area.

Vizio M Series 2018
55" 65" 70"

The Vizio M Series 2018 is a bit better than the Vizio E Series 2018. The Vizio M Series 2018 has better local dimming which allows it to display better blacks in a dark room, and at the same time, it can get brighter so that you can also place it in a bright room without any issues. The M Series 2018 also has better HDR performance, whereas the Vizio E Series 2018 has slightly better reflection handling, which is great if you watch TV shows.

Vizio P Series 2018
55" 65" 75"

The Vizio P Series 2018 is much better than the Vizio E Series 2018. The P Series has a much better local dimming feature that greatly improves dark room viewing as it can dim darker areas of the screen. The P Series also performs better in a bright room as it's brighter and better able to overcome glare. Motion looks smoother on the Vizio P Series 2018 thanks to the better response time, as well as an optional motion interpolation feature.

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018
55" 65" 75"

The TCL 6 Series R617 is better than the Vizio E Series 2018. The TCL R617 can get brighter and is more suitable if you have a bright room. The R617 can deliver better dark room performance thanks to its local dimming support and has an optional motion interpolation feature to please the Soap Opera Effect fans. Finally, the TCL R617 has a wide color gamut, so HDR content looks much better.

Samsung NU7100
40" 43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is somewhat better than the Samsung NU7100.  The Vizio E has better reflection handling, and supports local dimming, even though it isn't very effective. The Vizio produces clearer motion with less blur thanks to the faster response time, and it's more effective at removing judder from 24p sources. The Samsung NU7100 has an optional motion interpolation feature, which is great if you enjoy the soap opera effect.

Samsung RU7100
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is a bit better than the Samsung RU7100. The Vizio has a local dimming feature that further improves dark room performance and can remove 24p judder from some sources. The Vizio has a faster response time and better reflection handling. The Samsung RU7100 has a lower input lag, great for gaming, and a motion interpolation feature.

LG UK6570
70" 75" 86"

Overall, the Vizio E Series 2018 and LG UK6570 are very similar. The Vizio E Series 2018 has a VA panel and is better suited for dark room viewing sitting directly in front. The LG UK6570 has an IPS panel and is better suited for a bright room with side seating. The UK6570 has an optional motion interpolation feature, great for fans of the soap opera effect. The LG also has lower input lag, great for gaming or for use as a PC monitor.

TCL 4 Series/S425 2019
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is better than the TCL S425. The Vizio can get much brighter and has a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. It also includes an optional black frame insertion feature that can help make motion crisper. The TCL S425 has a lower input lag which is great for playing video games.

Toshiba Amazon Fire TV 2018
43" 50" 55"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is much better than the Toshiba Fire TV 2018. The Vizio has local dimming and Dolby Vision support, it also has better color gamut and color volume and thus, it can display HDR content slightly better. The Vizio has lower input lag, which is great if you play video games or use the TV as a PC monitor. Finally, the Vizio has a faster response time so it can display fast-moving content with less blur. The Toshiba Fire TV 2018, on the other hand, supports motion interpolation for the soap opera effect enthusiasts and can upscale better cable input, which is important if you watch a lot of TV shows or sports.

LG UK7700
55" 65"

The two TVs have a different panel type. The LG UK7700 has better viewing angles, better reflection handling and is more appropriate for watching sports or TV shows in a room with many light sources and wide seating arrangement. The Vizio E Series 2018, on the other hand, is a better choice for a dark room where you will be sitting right in front. It has better contrast ratio, better black uniformity, and will provide a better movie experience in a dark room and better HDR performance.

Samsung RU7300
55" 65"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is a bit better than the Samsung RU7300. The E Series has a local dimming feature, although this doesn't add much, and it has a much faster response time. The E Series can also remove judder from most sources, but lacks a motion interpolation feature. The RU7300 has a curved screen, a motion interpolation feature, and lower input lag.

Element Amazon Fire TV
43" 50" 55" 65"

The Vizio E Series 2018 is much better than the Element Fire TV. The E Series 2018 delivers better picture quality, including support for the latest HDR formats. The E Series has much lower input lag, great for gaming, and has an optional black frame insertion feature that can improve motion clarity. The Element Fire TV can interpolate lower frame rate content to help motion appear smoother.

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Conclusion
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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.
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.

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.
7.6 Sports