Vizio E Series 4k 2016 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.9
Mixed Usage
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7.2
Movies
6.7
TV Shows
6.8
Sports
7.5
Video Games
6.8
HDR Movies
5.2
HDR Gaming
6.7
PC Monitor
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

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

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
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
Borders : 0.75" (1.9 cm)

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

Thickness
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

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
Native Contrast
:
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
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
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
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
299 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
114 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
165 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
167 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
327 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
341 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
114 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
165 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
165 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
327 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
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
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
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
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.409 %
50% DSE
:
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
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
32 °
Black Level
:
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
Native Std. Dev.
:
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
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

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

7.4 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.95
Color dE
:
4.476
Gamma
:
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
White Balance dE
:
0.59
Color dE
:
1.0682
Gamma
:
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

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

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

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

10 4k Input

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

6.7 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
72.98 %
DCI P3 uv
:
84.98 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
51.58 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
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
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
63.716 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
27.998 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
46.371 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
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
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.000 %

7.5 Reflections
Reflection
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

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

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

Pixels

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
Response Time
:
36.7 ms
Overshoot
:
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
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
480 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
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
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
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
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

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

7.4

Inputs

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
1080p @ 60Hz
:
46.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
47.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
46.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
38.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
39.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
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
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
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
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : 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

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
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
1.63 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
1.65 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
2.82 dB SPL
Max
:
88.3 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
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
Distortion @ 70
:
0.011
Distortion @ 80
:
0.033
Distortion @ Max
:
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

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

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
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

TV Controls

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

Remote
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

  • 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

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. 

6.9 Mixed Usage

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.

7.2 Movies

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.

6.7 TV Shows

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.

6.8 Sports

Average sports performance. Although playing fields appear uniform, any motion has a long visible trail. When viewed from the side, picture quality deteriorates quickly.

7.5 Video Games

Average for gamers. Although the input lag is good, any fast moving scenes have lots of blur. Upscaling of old consoles is average.

6.8 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR. Limited color gamut and can't get bright highlights. Average picture quality.

6.7 PC Monitor

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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