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Reviewed on Jun 15, 2016 , Justin St-Laurent, Jean-Francois Lize

Vizio E Series 4k 2016
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.9
Mixed Usage
What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
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7.2
Movies
What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
6.7
TV Shows
What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
6.8
Sports
What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
7.5
Video Games
What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
6.8
HDR Movies
What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
5.2
HDR Gaming
What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
6.7
PC Monitor
What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
This tv was replaced by the Vizio E Series 2017

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 that we reviewed has a average picture quality for a 4k UHD TV. It has a lot of blur on fast action movements and its picture quality deteriorates quickly as soon as it is viewed slightly from the side. Only movies revealed to be a decent experience on it.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Picture Quality 7.2
Motion 4.8
Inputs 7.4
Sound Quality 7.2
Smart Features 6.5
Pros
  • Good contrast ratio and uniform blacks
Cons
  • Picture quickly deteriorates when viewed from the side
  • Fast motion appears blurry
  • No built-in tuner

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6.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Design Picture
Curved : No

Although better than last year design, the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 still doesn't rival higher end TVs. It is still a thick TV but gone is the blocky design. The back of the TV has smoother curves now. The stand is separated into two feet.  

Stand
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Stand Picture

The stand is sturdy and has a curious design because of all the holes in the feet.

Footprint of the 48" TV stand: 10" x 39.2"

Back
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Back Picture
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The back appears smoother than on last year model and this year's Vizio D. All connections can be accessed when the TV is wall mounted which is good.

Borders
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.75" (1.9 cm)

The side of the borders have a textured finish and the thickness is average.

Thickness
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 3.11" (7.9 cm)

Still a fairly thick TV when viewed from the side although it looks smoother than last year blocky design. It will stick out if wall mounted.

7.2

Picture Quality

Score components:

The Vizio provides an average picture quality. Dark scenes appear okay due to the good contrast and uniformity and there is smooth performance when watching movies on a DVD or Blu-ray. This TV does not support HDR content and the colors are not good out of the box, but can be calibrated with a smart phone or tablet. Low resolution content appears less defined. It has an average brightness and reflection performance. Unfortunately the picture quality degrades very quickly when viewed from the side.

8.1 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
3340 : 1

The contrast ratio provides good performance in dark scenes, however the blacks appear slightly gray in a completely dark room.

3.0 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
Yes
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
:
Full-Array

The TV has a full-array backlight, but doesn't have good local dimming performance. The entire screen dims, including bright objects, and highlights flicker. Depending on the TV in the series, there are either 10 or 12 local dimming zones.

7.0 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
:
299 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
114 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
165 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
167 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
327 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
341 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
114 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
165 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
165 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
327 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
341 cd/m2

The Vizio E Series 2016 has a bad SDR peak brightness. This TV can get very bright, and the local dimming dims too much the small highlights. This makes this TV not the best option if you have a bright room since it won't get bright enough to fight glare.

N/A HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
N/A

Update 02/09/2016: With the latest firmware update (3.0.12.2) The 55 inch and larger models of the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 are now HDR compatible.

6.6 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
4.409 %
50% DSE
What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.207 %

The uniformity of the TV is average, with the sides appearing darker and some lighter bands visible. The dirty screen effect is average, and will be visible when panning across a field.

4.4 Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
:
VA
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Color Shift Picture
Color Shift
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
20 °
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Brightness Picture
Brightness
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
32 °
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Black Level Picture
Black Level
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
25 °

As soon as viewers are slightly off axis, the picture deteriorates. It has one of the worst viewing angles that we measured. Part of this is due to the horizontal pixel sub-structure. See the 'Pixels' section for more details.

8.2 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
1.418 %

There is good black uniformity, with only some clouding visible. Due to the narrow viewing angle, the sides appear slightly brighter in dark scenes.

8.5 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
8 Bit

The gradient appears very consistent with only slight tints. 8 bit gradations and dithering are visible.

7.4 Pre Calibration
What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Pre Calibration Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
4.95
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
4.476
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.40

Out of the box, the pre-calibration on this TV was average. There is a great deal of issues for the white balance dE as well as the color dE.

9.5 Post Calibration
What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Post Calibration Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Post Gamma Curve Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.59
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.0682
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19

The only possible way to fix the issues that were apparent in the pre-calibration was with the use of a handheld device. By downloading the 'Vizio SmartCast' application we were able to adjust most of the settings on the television, but it was a tedious process.

7.0 480p Input
What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 480p Picture

Like other Vizio TVs, DVDs content upscaling is below average. Some small detail like the sail boat ropes look choppy and the general image looks soft.

7.0 720p Input
What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 720p Picture

Cable content will also look soft after being upscaled. Small details like the small ripples on the sail protective covering are lost.

9.0 1080p Input
What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 1080p Picture

Blu-rays upscaling is done without any problems and the image quality is very good.

10 4k Input
What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 4k Picture

4k content look good on the Vizio E series 4k 2016.

6.7 Color Gamut
What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
:
No
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
72.98 %
DCI P3 uv
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
84.98 %
Rec 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
51.58 %
Rec 2020 uv
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
57.98 %

The Vizio E-Series 2016 doesn't have a wide range of colors and as such it will only be enough for Rec. 709 content.

5.6 Color Volume
What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
63.716 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
27.998 %
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
46.371 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
20.442 %

Although the larger variants of the E Series 4k 2016 has been updated to support HDR, it can't produce the saturated colors necessary for an improved image.

10 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %

7.5 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Reflections Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
:
Semi-gloss

Reflections can appear large and diffused but can be seen through as long as they aren't too bright.

0 3D
What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
:
No
3D Type
What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
:
No
2D to 3D
What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
:
No

Pixels
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Pixels Picture

The pixel sub-structure is horizontal much like the Sony W650D, R510C and the TCL FS3800 that we reviewed. This kind of pixel alignment results in narrower horizontal viewing angle but slightly better vertical viewing angle, like for a bedroom where the TV is usually a little above the viewers eye level.

4.8

Motion

The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 is an terrible TV for anything with fast motion. During fast moving gameplays objects will have a long visible trail that will follow them. Movies played from a blu-ray player or streaming apps play smoothly but there are no motion interpolation features. 

4.4 Motion Blur
What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Motion Blur Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Response Time Chart
Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
36.7 ms
Overshoot
What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.0 ms

This TV is horrible when it comes to dealing with motion blur, there is a long trail behind the logo that can be seen fairly well. The response time is quite high as well with most of the transition taking a fair amount of time. The backlight of the TV isn't flicker free, which may annoy some.

9.2 Image Flicker
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
480 Hz
BFI
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 BFI Picture Vizio E Series 4k 2016 BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes

The Vizio E Series 4k 2016 has the 'Clear Action' option which reduces the backlight frequency and helps to clear up motion a bit.

7.1 24p Playback
What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
:
No

24p content over a 24Hz signal is displayed with no judder, however judder is experienced when playing 24p movies over a 60Hz signal. Game mode reduces some of the judder, but it is still present.

0 Motion Interpolation
What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
:
No

Unlike the cheaper D Series 4k 2016, this TV doesn't have any motion interpolation setting.

7.4

Inputs

Score components:

Although the input lag is quite low, video game performance is not good due to the large amount of blur present in fast moving scenes. Since this is a Vizio TV, text will appear blurrier than usual on a PC.  

7.3 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
46.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
47.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
46.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
38.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
39.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A

Update 02/09/2016: Retested with the newest firmware (3.0.12.2). The input lag under a 1080p resolution is now higher than before by almost 15 ms, but on the other hand, the 4k input lag is now around 15 ms better than before. Note that the 55" and larger models of the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 are now compatible with HDR.

8.0 Supported Resolutions
What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
:
Yes

Update 02/09/2016: Retested with the newest firmware (3.0.12.2) and now the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 can now display the chroma subsampling correctly when set in the 'Computer' picture mode.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 0
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
:
No
Dolby Vision
What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

Update 02/09/2016: With the latest firmware update (3.0.12.2) The 55" models and up of the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 are now HDR compatible.

7.2

Sound Quality

Score components:

Average sound quality for a TV. The bass response is pretty poor. If you care about sound quality, you will need to invest in a sound bar at least.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

7.7 Frequency Response
What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
1.63 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
1.65 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
2.82 dB SPL
Max
What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
88.3 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
143 Hz

Good frequency response, which is relatively flat for the most part. However, the low-end cutoff of 143Hz means that this TV lacks a lot of bass. Also, with maximum loudness of 88.3dB, this TV doesn't get very loud either. And when it does, some pumping and compression may be present.

6.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.011
Distortion @ 80
What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.033
Distortion @ Max
What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.138

Average distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 75 and 85dB SPL are good. However, at maximum volume, there is a noticeable rise in harmonic distortion, while remaining within acceptable limits (for a TV).

6.5

Smart Features

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : SmartCast

Just like the Vizio P Series, the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 also uses SmartCast as an operating system which is similar as that of the ChromeCast operating system. The television waits for a feed, whether it be a video or a photo, to be sent from a handheld device using an application that supports casting. Unlike the Vizio P Series this TV doesn't not with an included tablet, therefore you would have to use your own handheld device to take advantage of the casting services.

It lacks a built-in tuner, which means you cannot connect an antenna or cable directly to the TV. You will need to buy a separate tuner like this one

Apps
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Apps Picture

This TV uses SmartCast, and as such there is no application on the actual TV itself. However, if you have a handheld device you will have many applications to choose from that supports casting. There are already many major application such as Youtube, Netflix and Spotify that supports it. Amazon Prime isn't supported at the moment.

10 Ads
What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Yes
Opt-out
What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
N/A

TV Controls
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Controls Picture

The TV controls are located on the right side behind the television.

Remote
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Remote Picture
Remote : Basic

The remote that comes with the Vizio E 4k 2016 is the same basic one that come with the Vizio P Series 2016. The Vizio E 4k 2016 is made to be controlled via the Vizio SmartCast application using a smart phone or tablet which isn't included in the box.

In The Box
Vizio E Series 4k 2016 In The Box Picture

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • Manual

Misc
Power Consumption : 33 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 65 W
Firmware : 1.1.14.4

Differences between Sizes and Variants

The Vizio E Series 4K TV that we bought is the 48" with SKU E48U-D0. Different sizes have different panel provenances, so it is possible our review doesn't represent exactly all sizes. If someone's Vizio E Series 4k doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.  

Note: This review does not apply to the 1080p variant of the Vizio E, which we will review separately.                                                                                                                                                                         

Size Model Effective Refresh Rate Real Refresh Rate USB # Speakers Local Dimming Zones
43" E43u-D2 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 10W x 2 10
48" E48u-D0 120 Hz 60 Hz 1 15W x 2 10
50" E50u-D2 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 10W x 2 12
55" E55u-D2 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 10W x 2 10
55" E55u-D0 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 15W x 2 10
60" E60u-D3 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 10W x 2 10
65" E65u-D3 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 10W x 2 12
70" E70u-D3 120 Hz 60 Hz 2 10W x 2 12

Compared to other TVs

Vizio E Series 4k 2016 Group Shot Picture
Top left: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Bottom left: TCL US5800 (55US5800). Middle: Vizio E Series 4k 2016 (E48u-D0). Top right: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom right: Vizio D Series 4k 2016 (D50u-D1).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Vizio E 4k 2016 that we reviewed is hard to recommend because of the amount of motion blur it has. Other similarly priced TVs performs better and make more sense when it comes to a buying decision. 

Samsung KU6300
40" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Samsung KU6300 is a much better and versatile TV. It is similar for watching movies but sports and video games are especially better on the Samsung TV.

Vizio D Series 4k 2016
40" 50" 55" 58" 65"

The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 offers a similar movie experience although its local dimming feature is slightly inferior. For sports and video games though, the Vizio D 4k 2016 is the clear winner.

Vizio P Series 2016
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Vizio P Series 2016 is a much better TV than the Vizio E 4k 2016. This stays true no matter the content with the exception of low quality sources where both TVs struggles. If you can afford the price difference, don't hesitate to get the Vizio P.

TCL US5800
55" 65"

The TCL US5800 is slightly inferior when it comes to watching movies but offers better performances for sports and video games since it has less motion blur. 

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6.9Mixed Usage
What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
Average TV for mixed usage. Picture quality is OK, but lots of problems with fast movement. Gray uniformity is average. Only movies appear quite good.
7.2Movies
What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Fairly good for watching movies in a dark room. Picture quality is average but has quite deep blacks. Colors can be calibrated to be quite accurate. Plays blu-rays smoothly.
6.7TV Shows
What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Average performance in a bright living room. Okay at dealing with reflections but can't get bright to compete with glare. Picture quality diminishes rapidly when viewed from the side. Lacks tuner.
6.8Sports
What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
Average sports performance. Although playing fields appear uniform, any motion has a long visible trail. When viewed from the side, picture quality deteriorates quickly.
7.5Video Games
What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
Average for gamers. Although the input lag is good, any fast moving scenes have lots of blur. Upscaling of old consoles is average.
6.8HDR Movies
What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
Doesn't support HDR. Limited color gamut and can't get bright highlights. Average picture quality.
6.7PC Monitor
What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Not good for a PC monitor. Although the input lag is good, it doesn't support chroma for clear text. Lots of motion blur results in a trail following movement.

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