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Reviewed on Sep 15, 2014

Vizio M Series

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  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the Vizio M Series 2015

The Vizio M Series LED TV is great, but depending on the size and your usage, you might prefer to get the cheaper E Series instead.

  • Great viewing angle. The colors stay the same even when viewed from the side (depends on size; see the Q&A section for details).
  • Low amount of reflection. The picture quality in bright rooms is great.
  • Low contrast ratio. In a dark room, the blacks are gray (depends on size; see the Q&A section for details).
  • Better gray uniformity than the E Series, but it still has some issues.
  • The full array local dimming feature works better than the E Series, but we don't recommend using it (see the Q&A section for details).

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.2
Motion 7.5
Inputs 8.1
Smart Features 5.5

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Vizio M Series Design

The design of the M Series is less bland than on the E Series. It is thinner, and the frame has a brushed metal finish.

Vizio M Series Stand

The stand feels flimsy. The TV moves a lot when you push it.

Vizio M Series Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Vizio M Series Thickness

2.09" (5.3 cm)


Picture Quality

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4k : No
6.7 Contrast
Vizio M Series Contrast
Black : 0.090 cd/m2
White : 102.4 cd/m2
Contrast : 1138 : 1

The Vizio M552i-B2 that we tested had a low contrast ratio. If you have a dark room with only one light turned on, the black color will appear grayish. This depends on the size. See the Q&A section for details.

7.5 Black Uniformity
Vizio M Series Black Uniformity

The bottom right corner of the screen is noticeably brighter than the rest. Aside from this, there are no clouding issues.

5.5 Gray Uniformity
Vizio M Series Gray Uniformity

The gray uniformity of the M series is an improvement over the E Series. You can no longer see the individual LEDs behind the LCD layer. However, narrow darker bands create a dirty screen effect on panning shots.

7.8 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 37 °

Our unit had an excellent viewing angle. The saturation of the colors stays great. This also depends on the size. See the Q&A section for details.

9.0 Average Room
Vizio M Series Average Room
Reflection : 1.8 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

It has a semi-gloss finish, but it does a good job of keeping the reflection under control.

9.1 Bright Room
Vizio M Series Bright Room
Max white : 352.5 cd/m2

The Vizio M Series LED TV can get very bright, almost more than any other TV that we tested.

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3D : No



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7.5 Motion Blur
Vizio M Series Motion Blur

The motion blur is average-good for an LED. Contrary to the E series, the 'Motion Blur Reduction' feature does not reduce the blur (see the Q&A section for details).

Motion Interpolation
Vizio M Series Motion Interpolation Picture
Motion Interpolation : Yes


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8.1 Input Lag
Vizio M Series Input Lag
Input Lag : 41.5 ms

The input lag is average-good. To achieve this number, make sure that you start off with either Game or Computer mode (which will get renamed to Custom X when you change one of the values). Otherwise, the input lag is 133 ms.

Side Inputs
Vizio M Series Side Inputs

1 Composite In
1 Component In

Rear Inputs
Vizio M Series Rear Inputs

1 Audio Out
1 Digital Optical Audio Out
1 Ethernet
1 RF In


Smart Features

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5.5 Smart TV
Vizio M Series Smart TV

The smart features are limited. There is no web browser. The app store is powered by Yahoo.

Vizio M Series Remote

The remote is more advanced than the one available on the E Series. There is a full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the remote.


7.3Mixed Usage
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  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
The Vizio M Series has better uniformity than the cheaper E Series and more effective local dimming, too. It also adds the motion interpolation feature. However, depending on the size, it might have a significantly lower contrast ratio (but better viewing angle). If you don't plan on using either the motion interpolation or the local dimming, get the cheaper E Series instead.
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Questions & Answers

I just purchased the M492i-b2. How do you calibrate it to get the best picture? Or is there a setting that you would prefer to make the picture clarity better?
Try the settings that we posted in a sub page of this review. That should get you started.
Motion Blur Reduction

Unlike the E Series, the 'Motion Blur Reduction' feature doesn't actually work.

It does dim the screen, but it doesn't change the backlight strobing of the TV. The amount of perceived motion blur is the same as when this option is turned off.

We tried a few settings combinations, but couldn't get it to work properly. If someone can get it to work, let us know and we will update our review.

I see that Vizio is also offering the m502I-b1. Best Buy shows this with a 240 refresh rate. Any thoughts on how this TV stacks up with the rest of the M series?
It is 120Hz, not 240Hz. We expect it to be similar to non-IPS ones, so different than the 49" or 55".
I just got a Vizio M552i-B2 at Costco. I find the motion blur unbearable. Is it possible I have a bad set? Please recommend the right settings to improve the picture. Otherwise I am going to have to return it. Thanks.
Our M552i-B2 had more blur than TVs in this price range, but it wasn't that bad. Have you tried the settings that we posted? You could also try our test pattern on your TV and compare it to our result to see if yours is worse.
Differences between sizes

We tested the 55" Vizio M552i-B2. As you can see from the photo of the pixels, it had an IPS panel, which is why the contrast ratio was really low.

Not all sizes in the Vizio M Series has an IPS panel. Only the 49" and 55" do. The rest of them have a VA panel, so they will produce a picture very similar to the E Series instead.

Most of our test results should stay the same, even for non-IPS sizes. The only differences that we expect for the non-IPS ones are a better contrast ratio (in the 5,000:1 range), but a loss of colors saturation at an angle. The number of local dimming zones also changes between sizes, but we don't think it will impact that feature significantly (see the other Q&A for more details).

So in terms of picture quality, the Vizio E series has the edge over the M series because of its better contrast?
It depends on which sizes. The 49" and 55" indeed have a lower contrast ratio. The contrast ratio of the other sizes are the same, though. And all M series have slightly better uniformity than the E series.
I'm not sure you are aware of this, but color tones change depending on which picture mode you start calibrating from. What I mean by this is that if you create a custom calibration starting from, say, Calibrated, then make an identical calibration but starting from standard, calibrated dark, or game, etc, the color tones will be different for each one, no matter if all of them are set identically. So, a calibrated custom 1 started from calibrated and an identically calibrated custom 2 started from standard or game will still be different. I'm not sure if this was intentional by VIZIO, but I highly recommend that you calibrate from every picture mode, some may yield more accurate results than others. I would try this myself but I don't have the equipment, I am hoping you can help some of us out by confirming which preset picture mode has the most accurate color tones.
Yes, we also noticed this. This is very unfortunate because there is no way to know which preset the 'Custom' one came from once it has been renamed. And the different color setting is basically hidden. For our 2014 reviews, we only calibrate the grayscale, so it wasn't an issue (in 2015 we will calibrate the color gamut in our reviews and post the before and after results). But as you can see from the pictures, the color tone is definitely different than that of other TVs.
Is the Sony KDL60W850B better for watching sports than the Vizio P602UI-B3?
Yes. It has less motion blur (check our motion blur pictures of the two).
Considering the M502i-B1 is the only M-series television with the same V6 (quad-core GPU, dual-core CPU) processor as the P-series, what improvements would you expect it to have over the other televisions in the M-series? Best Buy has great Black Friday pricing on the M502i-B1, but the M492i-B2 is $50 less. Would it be worth $50 more than the M492i-B2? Also, I am hoping that it also has the VA panel. Thank you in advance for any help.
The processor doesn't change much in terms of picture quality. The M502i-B1 indeed has a VA panel, so it is worth the $50 if you want better blacks and don't mind the narrower viewing angle.
Hello and thank you for reviewing the Vizio E and M series. If you were buying a 60 inch for a low-light room with wide viewing, which series would you recommend?
The Vizio E600i-B3 and Vizio M602i-B3 are very similar. Assuming you don't care about motion interpolation or the slightly better remote, the extra $300 is very hard to justify. The better gray uniformity is nice, but not $300 nice. Therefore, get the cheaper E600i-B3. Of course, if you don't care about the extra money, get the M602i-B3.
Is the difference between the Samsung UN75H6350 and the Vizio M801d-a3 significant enough to recommend one over the other? If so, which would you recommend?
Besides the smart features, the picture quality is in the same ballpark. Contrary to the other sizes, the 80" is edge lit, not direct lit. The biggest issue in terms of picture quality in these sizes is the uniformity. The variance in uniformity between units of the same model is very big in the 70"+ range. Therefore, just get the one with the lowest price and hope for a good one.
Have you heard of graphic issues with the M5521-B2? I have an occasional streak or flare of color. Don't know if this is a flaw or if something isn't set correctly. I finally think I don't have to return this TV, and the graphic issue happens again. Not consistent. I'm not technical at all, but my son will understand your answer.
We didn't have this kind of issue. Have you tried turning off Active LED Zones? Also, does this happen with all types of content? If possible, you can also send us a video.
You stated the hz on the M502i-B1 is 120hz, but it states that it's 240hz and Best Buy agrees. Can you please explain what you mean?
It is really a 120Hz TV. Vizio inflates their refresh rate numbers with the backlight frequency. Pretty much all manufacturers lie about their refresh rate.
Active LED Zones

The local dimming feature of the M Series is better than that of the E Series.

For example, it performed a lot better in this pattern (left is off, right is on):

It created two small darker spots in the middle of the rectangle, but it is much better than the E Series. It didn't keep the correct luminosity, though.

However, the blooming is a lot more apparent, as you can see in the following test (left is off, right is on):

We can see that the area surrounding the cross is brighter than the rest of the screen. Of course, the IPS panel of our 55" didn't help with the blooming issue.

Similar to the E Series, our contrast ratio measurements didn't change when the local dimming was on. Our checkboard pattern prevents the TV from using it.

Even if you don't really mind the blooming issues, there is one implementation problem that could bother you. The dimming adjustments are not instantaneous. It takes up to two seconds for the backlight to adjust to the scene. When a bright object pops into the screen, you can see it fade in slowly.

For these reasons, even though it did perform better than on the E Series, we still don't recommend using this feature.

I am currently using your color tuner settings on my 55". They appear to work well on my set. When I look at greyscale patterns with your settings it looks more like actual grey, as opposed to before, which looked more like a pinkish grey. Is this a good visual indication that my greyscale has improved?
Yes it is a good visual indication, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Grayscale calibration has two purposes:
1) Producing a real gray (according to the target color temperature). This is what you are referring too.
2) Flattening the gamma curve. This means the 10% gray is really a tenth of the luminosity of 100%, 20% equals a fifth, etc for all values of gray, depending on the number of points you are calibrating. Adjusted to the gamma target though, because 10% gray isn't really 10%, depending on gamma value.
VIzio also has an m502i-b1 listed for sale. Does this TV also have an IPS panel?
No it doesn't.
How do you think a VA Panel M60 or M70 would compare to the P60 you tested on 1080p? Are the picture quality improvements you found on the P60 due to the enhanced technology in the P series or partly due to the different panel type? Are the P60's improvements reason enough to step up in cost versus the M60?
For the M602i-B3 vs P602ui-B3, we expect only three improvements: 4k, better local dimming, and better uniformity. All other things should be very similar. If you don't really care about 4k and don't plan to use the local dimming feature, it is very hard to justify the price increase for just the better uniformity. You really need to want 4k to buy the P series.
That is a shame about the 2014 M's FALD feature. Now, for me, it's between a Vizio M 55" or the Samsung H6350 55". Which set would you say had better black levels?
The FALD of the M Series is almost there. If it could only be faster (without fade in/out) and respect the luminosity set, it would be great. The UN55H6350 definitely has better blacks. We measured 0.021 cd/m2 on that Samsung vs 0.090 cd/m2 on the M552i-B2.
Are your ratings benchmark-based or based on cost-to-value? Like does Vizio's M-Series 8.1 compare equally to Sony's W950B 8.1 rating (just an example, do not really want comparison). I understand that there are different advantages/disadvantages in each category (Contrast, Viewing Angles, etc), and you do mention them in the write-ups (and I read them). I would just like to know if "Product A" is equal quality to "Product B" (again, differences are mentioned in the write-ups). Alternatively, "cost-to-value" ratings would typically have the caveat of "at this price point....". I am just a consumer trying to factor in everything, and I know this is the crux of any ratings/comparison system, so apologies if my question is confusing.
Benchmark-based. Cost is not a factor in our score. It is in our recommendations/text though, because it is easier to nuance the cost with words. But with the scores/test results, the goal is to let the user factor it in, depending on how they perceive the cost difference.
Hello, Thank you for your reviews. I have found them to be extremely helpful. In the past three days I have gone through the w600b, un40h6350, and currently the m492i. I use the TVs for their smart features. I don't have cable or a game station. The Sony had great picture, but the build quality and start-up time was horrible. My wife wasn't pleased with the picture quality from the Samsung. The Vizio takes forever to clear up while streaming. Except for the Sony, is this due to running the app off the smart TV? Would either the Samsung or Vizio perform differently if running from a PS4 or Roku, Apple TV, etc. Also, do you think the picture quality on the un46h7150 is greater than on the 6350?
If you really care about the smart features, your best option is to use a third party device like a Roku, Apple TV, PS4 etc. The apps on them are more reliable and faster than the built-in ones on any TV. The picture quality on the H7150 is indeed better than the H6350, mainly in term of uniformity and screen finish.
I turn everything off except the active LED zones as I don't mind blooming. Will having only this feature activated in game mode increase the the 41.5 ms lag?
No, it doesn't affect the input lag.
How do you know the 49" model has an IPS panel? I thought all TV-size IPS panels are made by LG, and even under LG's own brand the 50" models are NON-IPS.
Only IPS panels exist in 49" 1080p (source). Some 50" LG TVs are VA, but LG does make IPS panels for the higher-end models (look them up on the same website).
I am a gamer and i cannot decide which TV to buy. My budget is under $1,000 and I prefer anything from 40-50". I also watch movies, but I am mainly a gamer, so Input lag and Motion Blur are very important to me. What TV has the best specs to handle both of those? I have tested out this TV (Vizio M-422i-b1) and also the Sony w600b. I really love the low input lag on the Sony, but was not super impressed with the motion blur on the TV. I love the lack of motion blur on the Vizio M series, but was very annoyed with the lag (the picture was only great when all of the features were turned on- in game mode it didn't look anything different than the Sony w600b). Would upgrading to the Sony w800b improve motion blur, as it is a 120HZ instead of the 60HZ? I also heard you mention a feature called "impulse mode," which I didn't notice on the w600b. So my question is - would you suggest upgrading to the Sony W800B from the Sony W600B to improve motion blur, or is it pretty much the same?
It depends. With all motion settings turned off, the motion blur on the W800B is better than the W600B, but not by much. No TV can have low input lag when using the motion interpolation feature (the feature that you liked on the Vizio M) - not even high-end TVs. The W800B's Impulse feature does reduce the amount of blur considerably without increasing lag, but it introduces flickering and it doesn't have the same smooth feeling as the motion interpolation feature. With all that said, there is no better gaming TV than the Sony W800B for under $1,000. So if you aren't satisfied with it, you won't be satisfied with any TV.
Are the black levels better on the 60" or 65" version of the M series compared to the 55" version?
Yes. A lot better.
I'm going to buy a new set this month or next. I have been looking at the Vizio E and M series. I noticed that this panel reviewed for the M series is an 55" IPS. Does the panel type affect input lag in any way? I am going to get a 60"-65", all of my video sources will be from a PC, and I do some gaming, but nothing too competitive. I will be hanging it on the wall, I will have a soundbar or some kind of 5.1 system. The room is predominantly dark. I have been thinking of the Vizio M series, but after reading all of the great information you have available, I am not so sure. I am open to suggestions.
The input lag is independent of the panel, because most of it is created by the software/electronics surrounding the panel. How far are you from your TV? IPS panels are preferable for PC monitors because of their color accuracy at an angle. The field of view covered by a PC monitor is usually big, which means the edges are at an angle significant enough for the loss of saturation of VA panels to occur. But if you sit at a normal TV distance, go for VA. The exact model that you should buy depends on your budget. If you are limited, the Vizio E600i-B3 is a great value.
Awesome reviews, thanks for posting these. I am looking at getting the M422i-B1. You guys said that its viewing angle was closer to that of the E series though? And therefore closer to the Samsung 40" UN40H6350? I need a good viewing angle on my TV, but one that can also handle some light reflection. Right now I am leaning towards the LG LB6300. It just sucks that I have to accept the worse performance in lighted rooms in order to get the viewing angle I need. What do you guys think?
Yes, the M422i-B1 doesn't have a good viewing angle. At the size you are looking at, all TVs with good viewing angles have poor reflections, unfortunately.
I saw the M series has a Razor LED? What does it mean? Does is it make a difference compared to other LEDs?
It is their marketing name for a thin edge-lit TV. It is their old discontinued lineup, though. This year's M Series has a full-array backlight.
I just purchased a Vizio M552i-B2 and used your calibration settings - it looks great. After calibrating and making a custom picture profile, I noticed that when I power on the TV, the screen flashes all yellow for a second after the Vizio logo appears and before the signal info (1080p, Wi-Fi bars, etc) comes up. This doesn't happen with any of the built-in profiles, and it goes away when I turn on Active LED Zones. I was just wondering if this is normal behavior for the TV, and whether you see the same. Thanks!
Yes, it does the same in one of our custom mode (not the one that we posted though), so don't worry about it.
Do the 60" version and the 65" version of the M series use a different panel? I notice that one says B3 and the other B2? Also, how would you compare this TV to the Samsung H7150 for dark room performance and DSE?
Different, yes, but the same category (VA), so the picture quality is very similar. The Samsung H7150 definitely has less DSE and better uniformity, but it is also pricier. The contrast ratio is in the same ballpark. If you don't really mind the price difference, go for the Samsung. It is a better all-around TV. The Vizio M 60/65" is a good choice if your budget is more restricted (or if you want to go for size).
In percentages, how much better is the Sony kdl60w850b than the 60 inch E series, regarding picture quality and black level?
Maybe 15%? Mostly in terms of motion blur and uniformity. The black level is about the same.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I believe the 32" M322i-B1 is actually still a 60Hz TV, not 120Hz, despite being in the M series. I did not see this mentioned on here, and figured it should be known, as it is rather sneaky of Vizio to throw a 60Hz into the the M series.
Thanks for letting us know!
Did you make any adjustments to the 11-point white balance when reviewing the Vizio M Series, or was it left as is (all zero)?
We only did the two-point.
I am wondering if I should get the m492i-b2 or m502i-b1? I understand one has IPS panel and the other doesn't. So better viewing angle, worse contrast. Other than that and the 1" difference, is there anything else that is different? I am somehow able to get both at similar prices (+/- 40 USD).
The differences that you mentioned are the only ones. Therefore, if you have a dark room, you will want a good contrast ratio, so get the 50". If you want a good viewing angle, get the 49".
Hello. I love your reviews. I have a question that I hope you can help me with before I blow my money on something I may or may not like. I'm looking to buy an LED TV to replace my Panasonic Plasma. My plasma is too hot for my room and consumes too much energy, thus I need to retire it. I've narrowed my choices to the Vizio M552i-B2, Samsung H6350, and the Sony W800B. Very important I mention this: I intend to use it primarily as a big PC monitor. I will watch movies on it and play games. I am not a competitive gamer, though, so I can't say that lag is noticeable to me. In this situation, which TV would you recommend to me and why? Thank you.
Will you be sitting at a PC monitor's distance? If so, IPS is better, because you will perceive discoloration on the edges of the screen otherwise (because you are close to it, which creates a big angle for the edges). In that case, go for the Vizio. If not, get the W800B, because it has better blacks. It is a close call with the H6350, but you will prefer the lower input lag of the Sony in your scenario.
I have a long family room; I sit 23 feet from the TV screen. I have been shopping for months and have narrowed my choices down to the Samsung UN65H7150; the Vizio M702i-B3; or the Vizio M801i-A3. I know you prefer the UN65H7150; however at my 23 foot viewing distance, will the picture quality differences be noticeable from the M702i-B3? Thinking size will matter at 23 feet – will there be a big difference in picture quality and your review findings with the edge-lit M801i-A3 versus the back-lit M702i-B3? Lastly, all things being equal, which would you recommend?
23 feet is really far away. In your case, you will really benefit from the biggest TV you can get. Therefore, go for the M801i-A3. It being edge-lit shouldn't matter anyway because we don't recommend the local dimming feature.
What is the major difference between the Vizio M801i-A3 and M801D-A3, besides newness and 3D? Which is better for sports viewing? Which would you buy today?
3D is really the only difference. If you don't care about that, just get the cheaper one.
I'm torn between the Sony kdl70w850b and a Vizio m702i-b3. I actually purchased the Sony unit and it had pretty significant banding issues and a dead pixel. When I returned the unit, the sales associate informed me that the 70" M from Vizio had just come out. I really don't care about 3D - just picture quality. Would you recommend giving Sony another shot, or should I try the Vizio? I've read elsewhere that the 70" Vizio most likely doesn't use an IPS panel, so my thought is with the better contrast from the non-IPS panel, the Vizio would give the Sony a run for its money.
The 70" W850B is indeed more prone to banding than the 60" that we tested. You could exchange it for another one and hope for the best. The 70" Vizio M Series isn't IPS, so it has a much better contrast ratio than the 55" we tested. It definitely is a better value than the W850B, so if you don't mind having a more barebones TV (less advanced processing, cheaper bezel, etc), go for it.
I'm not sure exactly what this means, as in your review it's worded oddly. Are you saying in Game or Computer mode if you have SME on it causes 133 MS input lag, even though its not used? Or are you saying you get 133 MS input lag, but that's turned off and back down to normal input lag in Game/Computer mode? It's worded very confusingly.
Sorry, for the confusion. It should be clearer now. Game/Computer mode = 42ms. Other modes = 133 ms. No matter the SME setting. In game/computer mode, the SME does nothing, so the input lag is always 42ms. In other modes, the SME works, but even if it is turned off, the input lag is 133ms.
Your review is the first I've heard that the m55" and m49" use IPS panels. This was great news for me, as I require a large viewing angle. However, I wondered why other reviews and forums hadn't mentioned this. So I went to one store and did the tap test on an m55". There was no dimple/wave, leading me to believe it was an IPS. I then went to a different store and did the tap test on another m55" and it DID result in a dimple/wave. Was I mistaken? Is the tap test not a definitive way to tell an IPS? Or could there be both non-IPS and IPS panels within the same size (panel lottery)? Thank you for your help on this.
The best test for detecting whether it is an IPS or not is to look closely at the pixels. If they are shaped like the pixels in this review (arrows >>>>), it is IPS. It is easier to see when the TV is displaying white. You could also use a magnifying glass (smartphone apps also work). The 49" is 100% IPS for sure, because no 1080p VA panel is made in 49" (see other answer for source). For the 55", though, there could be some kind of lottery.
The review says: "The input lag is average-good. To achieve this number, make sure that you start off with either Game or Computer mode (which will get renamed to Custom X when you change one of the values). Otherwise, the input lag is 133 ms." Then the review says: "The 'Smooth Motion Effect' is the motion interpolation feature. It does a great job of reducing the apparent blur. However, that setting does nothing in Game or Computer mode (even if it isn't grayed out). You need to be in one of the other modes if you want to use it" So it doesn't work in the the two settings game and computer, so the lag is always 133 ms?
Yes. If you use that feature, the input lag will be high. This is the case with every TV. The motion interpolation feature always increases the input lag.
Which will be better for watching ice hockey (lots of white): Samsung PN51F5300 (plasma) or Vizio M502i-B1 (LED)? Thanks. GREAT site.
Plasma TVs are not great for hockey because of their ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) feature. The more whites a plasma has to display, the darker it will be. However, LED TVs have another problem: the uniformity of the screen, which is really apparent on solid colors, like when watching hockey. Therefore, it is a trade-off, but you will probably be happier with an LED.
Which would be better for a standard living room TV, an e500i-b1, d500i-b1, or M492i-b2? I would use it in the dark for nighttime TV watching, but also a lot of daytime TV watching with a good amount of light. Thanks in advance!
Get the E500i-B1, because you will use it both at nighttime and daytime.
Trying to decide between the Vizio 65" inch E series and the 65" M series. Does it have more features and picture quality to justify the extra $200 to $300?
No it doesn't. At most $100, for the slightly better uniformity.
Wow. Your site is great. I will definitely buy off of the link. Thank you! I am trying to decide between the 50" E series and 50" M series. Both are the same price right now, and although the M series looks to have better grey uniformity, it seems the E series has less motion blur. For sports and movies, would I be better off going with the E series, even though it has worse grey uniformity?
If they are the same price, go for the M. It is the M 55" that had slightly more motion blur, because it has an IPS panel (the 50" doesn't).
Best Buy has the Vizio 50in M502I-B1 on sale today for $499. My budget is around 500. Small room, sitting about 8-10 feet away. This seems like the best bet I have found after weeks of research. Would you recommend anything else?
No, this is good for the price. Go for it.
I really love your website! You guys go into immense detail on every aspect of each TV. I have been looking a lot at your reviews of the Vizio E and M Series, and I want to upgrade from my 2010 model LG CFL LCD TV. I want a 42" TV that will mostly be used for gaming (I'm an avid gamer) and movies in a somewhat dark room with low light. I see that you gave the E series a higher score for video games, but I like the fact that the M series is 120 hz, whereas the E series is just 60hz. You also tested the E series as having less motion blur. Should I be worried about the M series' higher blur and lower contrast? I read that you guys said that was due to the IPS on the M series, and the 42" models do not have that issue, correct? Lastly, is the 12ms input lag difference between the E and M series anything noticeable? Thoughts or advice? Thanks in advance, and great website!!
Our measurements on the M are only valid for the 49" and 55", not the other sizes. Other sizes have better blacks and less blur. Therefore, the 42" will be better in those respects. The 12ms input lag difference is not noticeable.
I would like to use the VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch as a monitor, primarily with MS Word. Would the text be as clear as on a 27" 1080p monitor? Thanks for this service.
We didn't test for it, so we can't be sure, but it appears the Vizio M does not support chroma 4:4:4 subsampling, which would mean the text on your screen would look a bit blurrier than on your monitor. If you sit at a normal monitor distance, it's also likely that you might see a bit of discoloration at the sides of the TV, as it has a VA panel. Regular monitors tend to have IPS panels, which are better at retaining their color at wider angles of view.
I just had my LG TV go out on me. I just ordered the 50" M-Series since it was a special on HSN, but I am a bit worried about potential overscan. On the LG I nearly always use "Just Scan," which is the 1:1 pixel mapping mode, when using the Blu-ray player or my HTPC. Does the Vizio M-Series have a 1:1 pixel mapping mode? Or anything like it? Thanks!
Setting the Vizio M's aspect ratio to "Normal" should get you 1:1 pixel mapping. You can do so by pressing the wide button (image of a wide rectangle) and selecting Normal.
The videos for the viewing angle on the E and M series reviews don't seem to play.
Thanks for letting us know. They are fixed now.
Best independent review I have seen so far. Well done. I had read the CNET review on the Vizio M422I-B1 and was heading in that direction, but saw the recent price reduction on the Samsung UN40H6350 which makes it attractive and I also see from your recommendations that the LG 42LB6300 is also an option. I am looking for a good quality budget TV that will live in the kids' playroom (so prone to some hard knocks, hence the replacement for the former Panasonic). Size-wise, will I really notice the difference between the 40" and the 42", as it's going into a built-in unit? What do you recommend? Is the extra cost for the LG or Samsung worth it?
If they were side to side, you would see the two extra inches. Alone, it doesn't make a huge difference. That said, the Vizio M422i-B1 is definitely the best value between them. The extra $100 for the Samsung UN40H6350 is only useful if you want a bigger selection of apps. Otherwise, stick to the Vizio. The LG 42LB6300 has a more stable stand, though, which could be useful in a kids playroom. But it reflects a lot more light.
What preset picture mode did you start your picture calibration from?
Game (except for the motion interpolation test).
What is the power consumption of the Vizio E600i-B3 and M552i-B2 that you tested?
With the settings that we posted:
At 100 cd/m2: 45W
At max: 115W

At 100 cd/m2: 54W
At max: 142W
Hi Cedric, you guys are doing a great job. Keep it up! I am looking to buy a smart LED TV which is under $1,000. The TV would be used for watching movies over Netflix, Youtube streaming and for TV shows. I am really confused, since this is the first time I am buying a TV, which would go in my living room. It has L-shaped seating and is not really bright when I close the window blinds. I wish to mount the TV on the wall and was interested in a 50" or 55" TV (viewing distance is about eight feet) - not really interested in 3D. Could you please recommend which TV would be a good choice? Thank you for your time and help.
It depends if you want to prioritize the viewing angle or the contrast. If you often sit on an edge of your L-shaped sofa, get the Vizio M552i-b2. The colors stay accurate at an angle. However, the contrast ratio is not very good (gray blacks in the dark). Otherwise, the Samsung UN55H6350 has far better contrast and uniformity, but the colors lose saturation at an angle.
Vizio M492I-B2 versus E480i-B2: I am planning to purchase a Vizio 48 inch TV. I had planned on buying the E480i-B2, based on my needs and reviews. You mentioned that buying the cheaper E series is better in terms of cost to product quality. When I looked at the sound quality, the E series has surround sound and indicates two speakers; the M series had "NO" for surround sound and indicated no internal speakers. Does this mean that I have to buy external speakers for the M series TV, or will it be fine as is?
No, the M series does have built in speakers. Spec sheets often have these errors, so don't worry about this.
What panel does the 60 inch M series have, and do all the 60 inch m series TVs use the same panel?
It is a Sharp VA panel. It is the same one on all units, as far as we know.
I am looking at these two TVs: the Sony Bravia 60R510A and the VIZIO E series 60". Which is the better TV? Both are the same price.
Unfortunately, we didn't test that Sony, so we can't really compare it.
I am confused about whether or not to buy the Vizio M502I-B1 or E500i-B1. I do play video games and watch movies as well. The price difference between these two models does not matter to me. I just want to get the better one. Thank you in advance.
Get the M, then. It is better, though not by much.
Does the M-series have DLNA, and so can access video, pictures or music files on my NAS?
Yes, but the codec support is limited.
I bought the Vizio m502i-B1, but am a little bothered by the darkish corners on bright scenes. Is this a result of coming from a plasma TV, or do I have a poor panel? Will proper calibration address this?
This is very common for LED TVs. Most of the LED TVs that we reviewed also had this. It can't be fixed through calibration.
Can I use the red/white audio out on the back of this TV with an adapter to use my headphones?
Yes (the ones at the back marked Audio Out, not the ones on the side).
Appreciate all the great information on your site! I currently have an LG 50PS60, which I think is a great set. It has, however, a bit of burn-in, which was entirely my fault. I feel that after five years it may be time to upgrade. I looked at the retail displays of the Vizio E/M/P series and wasn't terribly impressed. I wanted to go 55" in a fairly dark and smaller square room, mostly for television series and some movie watching over Roku. The P55 looked all right, but not great. I have the cash to burn, but now I'm torn about whether I should wait for this year's models to debut. Mostly, coming from this set, do you think I'd be disappointed by the Vizio E or M series? I have some interest in the motion interpolation feature. I've seen it on some Samsung sets. Thank you.
No LED TV is going to match the quality you get from a plasma TV, and retail displays aren't going to give you an accurate idea of what to expect from a new TV, so making a direct comparison by sight is pretty tough. There's really no need to wait for this year's models, though, as the quality of picture you get from LED TVs has plateaued in recent years. Better to save the money and buy last year's model - the only differences are likely to be related to aesthetics or software.
There are still a few plasma TVs floating around, so snag yourself a Samsung F8500 if you can. That would let you enjoy the great quality that plasma offers for a while longer. Otherwise, your best bet for an LED would be the Samsung UN55H7150. It has really good contrast and color uniformity, and it also has the motion interpolation feature.
Wonderful website! I just purchased the M492i-B2 240hz and when I hooked it up to the computer my graphics card said the TV was 60hz. When I looked at the system info for the TV, it listed vertical frequency at 60hz. When I spoke to Vizio, she stated that the Vertical/Horizontal rate equals the total: 120hz + 120hz, but I should've seen the 120hz not 60hz in system settings. I recently returned a Vizio M422i because it died after six hours and my computer graphics card said it was 120hz. My question is, have you ever had a Vizio TV that had a slower refresh rate than advertised? Also, have you reviewed an M492i-B2 that showed a refresh rate of 120 or 60? I'm trying to see if this is a common practice of advertising false refresh rates.
The issue here is likely that the M492i-B2 does not accept a 120 hz signal, and the M422i does. The variance is likely because the sets have different chips inside, which allow for different inputs. It's certainly misleading, but since a refresh rate of 120 hz is meant to indicate that a TV can interpolate frames, it's not necessarily a case of false advertising. Very few TVs are able to accept 120 hz signals. Unfortunately, we didn't test to see if our Vizio M was able to accept a 120 hz signal, so we don't know if or how the size of an M series TV plays into its ability to accept one.
One potential solution would be to try to force 120 fps with your graphic card, even if it is not listed as a supported frame rate. Whether or not this will work will depend on your graphic card and, of course, on the TV.
Just wanted to say Thank you for recommending I try forcing 120hz through the graphics card for my M492i-B2. I went through Nvidia control panel to make the custom resolution. At first it didn't work and it was only giving me 16 bit at 120hz. I eventually got it to 120hz and 32 bit color depth. The TV and graphics card now read 120hz. Thank You again!

Thanks for letting us know it worked. Enjoy your TV!
When reviewing the M-Series, did you happen to notice vertical lines/banding? I have the M552i-B2 and was wondering if it was worth returning the TV for another identical model to see if the issue was reoccurring. I mostly noticed this when playing first person video games or Fifa.
Yes, we mentioned it under the gray uniformity test. This is very frequent for LED TVs -especially in this price range.
I have heard that the picture quality of Vizio TVs fade over time. Is there any truth to this?
No. The picture quality of LCD TVs don't degrade over time. However, those of plasma and OLED TVs do.
If I go with a 70" TV, I am trying to decide whether to buy the Vizio 70" E700i-B3 or the M702i-B3. If the picture/performance difference isn't that noticeable for the average TV watcher, is it worth the extra $300? I have heard the remote is better (though still not backlit). Same question for the 65" Vizio.
The biggest difference is that the M adds the motion interpolation feature, but most people end up not using that feature anyway. In terms of picture quality, they are very similar. The 10% improvement is in terms of uniformity of the screen. If you are asking the question, it probably means you should opt for the E, because it is a better value.
Which would you recommend between the 60 inch Vizio M series, the 60 inch Sony W630b, and the 60 inch Samsung H6350 or 55 inch Samsung H7150 (assuming prices equal). Primarily watch Sports/TV/Blu-Ray. No Gaming. Sit 12ft away in average to dark room. Thank you.
If you care about the picture quality, the UN55H7150. It is worth losing 5" unless you are 15+ feet away.
Samsung 55in h7150 vs vizio m65. Both are $1,000.00 (65in h7150 is $1,500.00). Which is the better option in a room with lots of windows and where I would be sitting 12 feet from the set?
The H7150 has better picture quality, but it is 10" less. This isn't a clear cut answer, because it depends on what you prefer: picture quality or size.
Thank you for the informative website. I have a tight budget, but also want to get a TV that I will be happy with. What constitutes a bright room? I ask because I am considering a new TV for the family room which windows and sliding doors on three side and opens up in a kitchen. It is fairly bright during the day. Would an E Series Vizio work better than an M series? Also, the room is about 12 x 12 feet; what size would you suggest? Also, if I went with a smaller screen size that matches my budget (48 inches), would a H6350 be better than the Vizio?
In our tests, a bright room is one with one or more windows and without blinds. Therefore, your room fits that category. They all perform about the same in a bright room. The H6350 is slightly better, but you will probably prefer the bigger size of the Vizio E. No need to upgrade to the M, as the difference is small.
Any idea why outside Vizio's official site the M502i-B1 is only available at Best Buy? And why everything above 42" is either B2 or B3, yet this model is B1?
Best Buy probably made an exclusivity deal, which is quite common. Different sizes have different panel manufacturers, which is why the number differs.
So here's my dilemma. I'm currently in the market for a new TV, but I have quite a few constraints to work with. First and foremost is that it will be used strictly with gaming consoles (PS4, Xbox One). Second is that I have a $500 budget. I'm hoping to get a good set that's about 40" and around that price range. After reading a ton of reviews on here, I'm in a heated debate between the Sony W600b and the Samsung H6203, but I'm worried there might be something better than I'm missing. Help please!
For your budget, you don't have a lot of choices. Go for the Sony W600B if you will be playing video games most of the time.
As a result of the thorough information in your evaluation and replies I have decided to go for the Vizio M502i-B1. In looking at retailers I see that some have the model listed as M502I-B1. Is this the same device? Thank you.
Can you add the link to the Vizio M502i-B1 at Best Buy? I'd like to give you credit for selling me on the TV, but there isn't a link to the 50" model.
Thanks for noticing that the link to the M 50" was missing. I fixed it. By the way, the way these links work is that it doesn't need to be the exact link for the item that you want to buy. Any link works on any item on the retailer's website for a fixed period of time (72 hours for Best Buy, 24 hours for Amazon). So you could have clicked on any other link to Best Buy and we still would have received something from your purchase. Thank you for your support!
Your website shows the viewing angle of the Vizio M series as being comparable to or better than the LG. Is that still correct?
Yes, but only for the 55" and 49". Not the other sizes.
It is taking my new Vizio M502i-B1 around 45 seconds for something to appear on the screen after I turn the set on. Is this normal?
Not normal. It takes a few seconds, but not that long. Call Vizio.
Trying to decide between the Vizio M502I-B1 and E550i-B2 for gaming. They are both $600 right now. The input lag seems to be pretty close, but the motion blur seems to be less on the E550i-B2. What do you think?
They are very similar, so if you are not happy with one, you probably won't be happy with the other one. The M 50" shouldn't have more blur than the E 55". It is the 55" M that has slightly more blur. If you care more about uniformity, get the M 50", but if you care more about size, get the E 55".
What numerical rating would you give the non IPS (and non-edge-lit) M series for contrast and black uniformity? Since you reviewed an IPS model, it seems the non-IPS might not be getting the credit they are due. Is there another Vizio model (or other brand model) that is comparable in contrast and black uniformity to the non-IPS M series?
M series TVs with VA panels will have about the same contrast as the Vizio E series TVs, but slightly better uniformity. Check out our review of the Vizio E series to get an idea of how they perform.
Out of all the Vizio TVs you guys reviewed, what panel and size is the best for picture quality and gaming and also has good soap opera effect? I don't care about viewing angles. Or 3D.
Only the Vizio M and P have motion interpolation, and the 49" and 55" Vizio M and the 55" Vizio P all have IPS panels, which means they won't offer you the kind of contrast quality you want. The P is 4k, but it displays long trails on fast-moving objects, so for gaming, you'll be happier with an M series TV in a size other than 49" or 55".
Firstly, brilliant reviews. Thank you so much! So in a straight shootout ($50 difference) between Samsung UN60H6203 and VIZIO M602i-B3, what would you choose? It will be in a living room used both during the day and at night for movies, TV, and video games. The viewing angle is straight-on, sitting max 12ft away. Many thanks!
It's close, but the Samsung H6203 has slightly better uniformity, so it's the better choice for overall picture quality.
We went to Costco to buy a new 4K TV. Initially we went with the vizio 55" M series. My wife thought it was too small for our living room and we went back to get the 65". When at the store 2 different sales people recommended we buy the UN65JU639DFXZA so we did. Now we are wondering if we made the right choice. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We mostly use our TV to watch cable and movies.
We haven't reviewed the UN65JU639DFXZA, so we can't directly compare the two. On paper, it looks like a cheaper variant of the JU6500 that we reviewed. If so, then you made a good choice because gaining 10" for a relatively similar picture quality is good.
Hi. I am looking to buy a 60 inch TV. Either the 2014 vizio M series or the 2014 Vizio e series for a living room that I will watch alot of sports on, has alot of light in the room and need a great viewing angle. I see both TV's are about $800 now. Should I go with the M or E?
Get the M-series. It gets brighter, and you'll get the option to watch UHD, which is nice.
Unfortunately, both TVs do lose quality when viewed at an angle. If a wide viewing angle is a top priority, get the LG 60UF8500. It has the wide angle, and also gets decently bright, so it will look okay in your living room.
What 55-65 inch LED TV do you recommend for us? We watch sports and lots of movies. We also play video games on the Xbox One.
What is your budget? If you are only looking for the best price to quality ratio, the Vizio E600i-B3 is great.
I have the 65-inch M-series Vizio. I understand that Game Mode shouldn't affect watching TV from a satellite feed, yet, that's the only mode in which I don't see significant motion blur, remnants, or ghosting - or whatever you call it. In any other mode, with all motion-reduction settings at the highest level, you see "trailing," but not with the Game Mode on. Is the Game Mode actually in some way affecting watching TV, or is something else going on? It is absolutely noticeable.
Other modes have the motion interpolation feature turned on (Smooth Motion Effect). While this does smooth out the movement, it creates artifacts/errors on the picture. If you prefer Game mode, definitely use that one.
I heard that Vizio got rid of the QWERTY keyboard and went to a dumb (though backlit) remote control in the 2013 M Series models. Have they gone back to a QWERTY keyboard for the 2014 M series models, and are they backlit?
Yes, it is a QWERTY keyboard this year. It is not backlit on the front - just the back, for the QWERTY side.
I went with your suggestion and purchased the Vizio M801i-A3. Do you have suggestions for picture settings and calibration when it arrives? I have seen several suggestions, but will go with yours.
It depends on your room lighting, personal preference, and the kind of media you are watching. Try the ones that we posted. That should give you a good start.
I am trying to figure out which Vizio TV to buy, the E500i-B1 or the M492i series. It is for a downstairs family room for movies and the Wii. What do you recommend?
The Vizio E500i-B1 is better in a dark room because it has deeper blacks. The M492i-B2 has better color accuracy at an angle. Choose what you prefer.
I am looking to purchase either the Vizio M602i-b3 or the M652i-b2. Currently, there is only a $50 difference between the two. Do you know what the b2 and b3 suffix means and whether this signifies a noticeable difference? Thanks in advance!
They should have relatively the same picture quality, so get the bigger one if the price difference isn't significant.
The M series was updated and has new visual options and a game latency option. Could you add these options to the review and explain them?
Unfortunately, we don't have our Vizio M 55" with us anymore, so we can't check them out.
Which is the better buy, the Vizio M602i-B3 or Samsung UN60H6203?
Both are somewhat similar, but the Samsung UN60H6203 has better uniformity.
I recently purchased a Sharp Aquos Q+ 70" LC-70SQ15U. I wanted to check for feedback on the blur I'm seeing and I see you don't review Sharp TVs! What a shame. You have such GREAT reviews of other TV brands. Why no love for Sharp TVs? The marketing at Sharp indicates they have the only non-4K TV that can display 4K content with pixel splitting. Thanks, and if you have info on blur with this TV, that would be awesome!
We didn't have time this year to test Sharp TVs, but we will next year. The 1080p TV accepting a 4k input is really just a marketing feature - don't buy it just for that. It is useless.
You mention above that the 50" M series (M502i-B1) has a VA panel. Yet when I compared the viewing angle of this set with 20 or so other LED sets at BestBuy, including LGs with known IPS panels, the 50" M series was indistinguishable from the LG. This led me to believe, at the time, that the 50" has an IPS like the others in the M series. Then I read your comment that it has a VA panel. Can you explain this apparent discrepancy?
Comparing the viewing angle of TVs in a retail environment is really hard, even for a trained eye. It depends on a ton of factors, including the picture displayed and the settings of the TV. Most of the time, retailers hide the flaws by using an overly saturated picture and settings. The ultimate test for determining if it is an IPS or not is to look at the pixels. If they are shaped like chevrons (>>>>>), it is IPS.
I have the 65" M series and have noticed while watching sports that it seems like there are vertical bands that show up when the camera moves left to right. I notice it mostly when the background is all the same color (I.e. A football field or ice in hockey games). It drives me crazy, but I am not sure if there is a setting to fix it.
This is called the dirty screen effect (DSE) and it is present to some degree on every LED TV. It cannot be fixed. Our 55" M also had that problem.
I am replacing a 42" plasma TV with virtually unlimited viewing angle, which is needed because of the shape of my den and positioning of the TV. I want to replace it with a larger screen, however, the 50" plasmas do not fit my TV cabinet. Regarding LEDs, IPS panels are better for their viewing angle, but are not as good for color/contrast. The Vizio M 49" has the IPS panel and better viewing angle than, say, a Samsung H6400, but the Samsung has a better picture. Is the Vizio good enough or is there a significant difference in picture quality? Thanks.
It depends on the amount of light in your room. The main downside of IPS panels is the lower contrast ratio, which results in poor blacks. This cannot be seen if you have a lot of lights.
I just purchased a 55" Vizio. I am now watching a football game. The crowd noise is so loud that we can not hear the announcer. We up the volume and the crowd noise is louder still, and we still cannot hear the announcer. What is my solution?
If it is part of the source, there is not much you can do, but you can play with the equalizer.
Hi. Looking to purchase either the Vizio M602i-B3 or a Samsung equivalent. Which is better for reducing soap opera effect? I want the interpolation for sports, as that's what I watch, but my wife doesn't want soap opera effect for her movies. I heard Samsung does the best job of reducing soap opera effect.
The soap opera effect is an On/Off thing that can be controlled. All TVs that have this feature can disable it.
The M55" tested and M49" have an IPS panel and are rated very highly on viewing angle (37 degrees). However, they lose out on contrast compared to the models with a VA panel. What viewing angle could I expect from the models with a VA panel?
Around 20°.
Thank you for the great information on this site. My living room has a very large "L"-shaped sectional and the shortest part of the "L" would be directly in front of the TV and 13 feet away. While, the longest part of the L starts at eight feet diagonally and continues at an increasing angle. At some point, even 45 degrees. With that description, viewing angle is very important to me. Which would you recommend between a Vizio M602I-B3, Samsung F5300 and LG PB6650?
We didn't test that LG. The Samsung F5300 has by far a better viewing angle than the Vizio M602I-B3. It reflects a lot of light, though, so don't buy it if you have windows and watch the TV during the day.
Hi, great site. Your reviews of the Vizio E and M tend to lean towards the E due to value and the preference to disable advanced motion features of the M. I bought the E 700i B3 mostly for saving the 300, and it's a great TV. My two concerns are the viewing angle (I have a wide room) and subtle shadowy grey bands that are noticeable when watching hockey games. You score the M with a better viewing angle than the E, but don't comment further, is it a noticeable improvement over the E? I have a dead pixel, so I will be exchanging the set anyway and could swap for the M then. Since we bought this primarily to watch sports, I also wonder if the refresh rate of 120 vs 240 would make a difference. Thank you.
Only the 49" and 55" M have better viewing angle than the E. The other sizes have a similar viewing angle to that of the E. Therefore, exchanging yours for an M 70" won't fix the issue. The M 70" has better gray uniformity, though, so you will gain in that area (although it still isn't perfect). The refresh rate doesn't matter for sports if you don't plan on using motion interpolation.
Does the Vizio m4221-B1 have a web browser? I want to buy a 42" TV for a small, bright living room and wondered if this would be a good choice. Also, would it be better to buy a regular TV and add Roku to stream something off the web or buy a smart TV with a web browser? I do use a computer, but I am not too tech inclined.
No it doesn't have a web browser. Roku doesn't also. Your options are limited if you want to do this (unless you mirror a device to the screen), and especially if you want flash support. In that case, you pretty much have to go with a Samsung.
I'm torn between the M and E for a 70inch TV. We watch a lot of sports, so the Motion Interpolation feature (Soap Opera Effect) on the M, along with the 240Hz, is attractive. We also watch a lot of action movies. However, most reviews I've read seem to suggest that the E's picture quality is pretty much just as good, and that I wouldn't notice a difference. Right now, its a $200 difference, which isn't too big of a big deal to me. Which would you go for? We sit about 15 feet away, with a straight viewing angle. Thanks!
The M is 120Hz, not 240Hz. The E is 60Hz. Contrary to the other sizes of the E Series, the 70" has the motion interpolation feature, but it doesn't work well and it doesn't interpolate at more than 60 fps. If you want a good soap opera effect, go for the M 70". As a bonus, the screen uniformity is also better.
Hi. great site. I just bought a Vizio M5021-B1 and did not see in this thread any info about what I can do about the "grey" blacks. It's almost hazy in a dark room. Any suggestions? I like the TV and price.
It depends what you mean by gray blacks. An LED TV cannot have perfect blacks. That said, the blacks on the M 50" should be good (not like the 55" or 49"). If it is really bad, you probably have a configuration issue. Either your brightness setting is set too high or you have a mismatch between your source and HDMI black levels.
I have an older (6+ years old) JVC LT-47X788 Full HD TV and am looking to upgrade. I am leaning towards a Vizio, as it seems a lot of reviews say they are the "best bang for the buck". My question is, which model is best? No gaming, primarily movies & sports (in the 50-60" range). I am assuming anything would be better than what I have now - agreed?
You should definitely notice the upgrade from your old TV. You'll get marginally better picture quality with the M series than you will with the E, and the M series also comes with the option for motion interpolation, which some people enjoy for watching sports (although it can create artifacts which make the ball/puck disappear for a few moments). If you don’t care about motion interpolation and are just looking for the best bang for your buck, the E series is the better value, as the quality difference between it and the M series is not a big one.
Does Vizio M422i-B1 or any Vizio TVs support chroma 4:4:4 subsampling? I bought one for use with a computer and it doesn't seem to. Text is blurry with weird edges. Changing the picture and input labels didn't solve the issue.
We didn't test for 4:4:4 chroma subsampling in 2014, so we aren't able to say if it is supported by the Vizio M.
What is a subpage? Why can't I find your calibration suggestions? Check the subpage: whats that?
Subpages are pages that branch off of a main article's page. In this case, the 'Settings' page is a subpage of the Vizio M page, and will show you the calibration settings we used for the Vizio M. You can find it either by going to the vertical navigation bar on the left of the page and clicking on the word 'Settings' beneath 'Vizio M Series,' or you can scroll to the bottom of the Vizio M article (just below 'Conclusion') and click the drop-down menu and select 'Page 3: Calibration Settings.'
Do the different sizes affect the input lag/response time? For example, is the 32 inch TV better for gaming than the 60 inch TV for gaming?
No, the size of the TV shouldn't have an effect on input lag.
This is a follow-up to a previously answered question regarding a firmware update to a Vizio M651d-A2R model that renamed the "local dimming" feature to "Active LED zones". I've just found a "Vizio M652i-B2 vs M651d-A2R Comparison Table" on another forum page that claims the M651d-A2R does not have any Active LED Zones VS. the M652i-B2's 32 zones. The box it came in only advertises "Razor edge with smart dimming" Do you believe both the A/B versions have the the same electronic technology, or did Vizio just push a universal update that has now exaggerated the older unit's capabilities instead of actually unlocking a new feature for it? I'm curious about whether any of the testing you've done here would apply to the -A2R version. By the way your RTINGS site is AWESOME for its information and feedback reading. Thanks!
Razor edge means the screen is edge-lit, so the local dimming won't be effective. Apart from that, the TVs should offer fairly similar quality, but since they're not the exact same, there could be some differences.
I just saw review of Smart TV-s and the M- series was listed with a web browser. Why would have a QWERTY keyboard/remote if there is no web browsing?
None of Vizio's current TVs have a web browser included, but a QWERTY remote is still useful for any instance that would require typing, like when searching for a specific video on YouTube or Netflix. It's quite a lot faster than using the arrows and select button on the onscreen keyboard.
Does the M502i-b1 have a manual on/off switch?
Yes. There is a square button on the back of the TV that will power your TV on and off. Just press it normally to turn the TV on, and hold it to turn the TV off.
Hi there. Excellent website! I am almost at the point of no return with buying a new flat panel. The more I research, the more I keep changing my mind. Ok, so I am replacing a 10-year-old 32" Samsung. I rarely watch TV at all, but I just got cable and I'd like to upgrade. I also spend a lot of time online, so if the picture is great, having a smart TV might be something I would enjoy. Plus, my girlfriend loves Netflix, so if we could get that, then all the better.
I am looking to get a 46-50" Smart LCD. I have a dimly lit, mostly dark living room. I will watch cable TV, movies, and do internet stuff if I can. Not a gamer at all. Not interested in 3D. I have a Vizio surround system that I love. I just don't know which TV to buy. I am also skeptical of customer support issues I have been reading about with Vizio.
It sounds like the E series would be a better picture for my room, but I am just wondering about the upgrades that you won't get, compared with the M series (the better remote being one). Any difference in functionality with apps and internet? What advice would you have for me? Thanks so much.
There's not a big difference between the E and M series TVs in the size range you're considering. The M series has nicer aesthetics, motion interpolation capability, and better uniformity. It is also nice to have the QWERTY keyboard on the remote, but it shouldn't be a dealbreaker to go without. Apps will work the same on either TV.
If you want to save a little money, pick the E-series. You likely wouldn't notice the difference in quality between it and the M. If you don't mind paying the extra for very slightly better picture quality, or if you want little extras like the remote or interpolation, then go for the M.
I have tried to duplicate the Active LED Zone "illuminated dot video" test on my edge-lit M-series Vizio and was unable to see any localized backlight brightness changes with the "local dimming" feature on or off. Shouldn't there be at least some visual zone or top to bottom variances while the dot is moving?
Make sure you're trying the dimming function in a completely dark room. Edge-lit local dimming is never very good, so it's unlikely you will get desirable results from the dimming test anyway, but any difference would be subtle enough that ambient light could hide it.
It's also possible that the TV isn't dimming because of the algorithm it uses to determine where to dim. It could be related to the type of image on the screen, or even to the speed of the objects being displayed. You might want to try turning the feature on and off with different footage in order to get an idea of what it looks like.
M702i-B3 vs E700i-B3. Which has the better viewing angle? If both are equal, and not great, which 70" do you recommend instead? It would also need to do well with window reflections.
Both the M702i-B3 and E700i-B3 have similar viewing angles, and unfortunately, there are currently no 70" TVs with the kind of panel you're looking for. The 65" Sony W950B is the closest you'll get. It does have an IPS panel, so it retains its picture quality well at wide angles, and it also performs well in bright light.
Which one is better between the Vizio M422i-B1 and the Samsung UN40H6203? Overall?
They have similar picture quality, but the Samsung has slightly better uniformity, so it is a better choice overall (assuming you only care about the picture quality).
Are M-series TVs different for 2015, and when will 2015 Vizios be available?
The 2015 M-series is quite different from 2014's (it's a 4k TV and quite similar to the Vizio P), and is already available for purchase from some retailers. You can find our review here.
The screen you tested for this model uses an IPS panel. Other screen sizes in the M series use VA panels. Would this difference account for the mediocre black and contrast levels on this set? Wouldn't the VA panels in the M series have better black and contrast levels?
Yes, exactly. M-series TVs with VA panels will have picture similar to that of E-series TVs, but with better uniformity.
I found both this TV and the SHARP 60TQ15U TV at the same price, and the 60" version of this TV [M60] for one hundred less. Which one would you go with? I use the TV for a lot of things, including videogames, movies, and sports.
We haven't reviewed that Sharp model, so we can't say exactly how good it is. The M isn't the best for gaming (it has a bit too much blur), but it's great for everything else. It would be a good choice for a budget 4k TV.
Just got Vizio 70" 4k M-series a few days ago. Today I was watching it and out of nowhere the screen went black for half a second. There is a loud scratchy noise when that happens. Then, like 15-20 min, later it happened again. Did that ever happened to you guys? I have a cable box from Comcast connected thru HDMI 4.
No, we haven't had that happen to us. You should contact Vizio for support in troubleshooting.
I have a 55" M-series Vizio and had a 50" E-series TV, and they both freeze when connected to the network via rj45 or wireless. What I mean is, the remote becomes unresponsive.
If I disconnect the network cable, the remote works fine. I have an Vizio M-series 50" that works fine connected to the network. Any thought on what might be causing this ?
We have never encountered this issue, so we don't have any suggestions for how to fix it. You should contact Vizio support for assistance in fixing this.
From what I can tell from your great website, the best TV still available for a room that is both bright and requires a wide viewing angle, would be the Vizio M702I-B3, but am I missing something from your reviews, or the addition of the 2015 sets? Our family is most interested in a set at 70" or better.
Also, as a suggestion, your website would be even better if, when choosing the "by test results" category, we could select more than one criteria, so the search would calculate the best of the combined rankings.
Thanks in advance, and keep up the great work!
Unfortunately, there aren't any IPS TVs on the market at that size - only the 49" and 55" models of last year's M-series were IPS. If you want a wide viewing angle, you'll need to size down to 65". In order, the best picks at that size are the Sony X900C, LG UF7700, and then LG LF6300 (though those last two TVs aren't great).
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll look into making that kind of filtering more accessible.
I have the M502i-B1 and have no problems however my mother has the 49 inch below mine and she has a fairly severe image retention issue and I can't fix it. I now know she has an IPS display. What's wrong with her tv?
We saw image retention on some IPS TVs we have reviewed this year but in all cases it went away after running different contents on the TV for a few minutes. If it persist over 10 minutes, it may be 'burn in' and that is a bigger problem. If this is the case, or if image retention bothers your mother too much, there is really not much that can be done except to get a different TV.
I just bought the Vizio M-series 80" from Costco. I like it and all is good except I cannot figure out how to put in the guest access password to connect to WiFi. Although it shows that it is connected to the network, it is not. It needs the password. Where do I enter it?
Unfortunately, we don't have a guest network to test this on. Our guess is that, since the M-series doesn't have a web browser, you won't be able to connect to a guest network, since that's usually how you would connect to one.
I left my TV on with my Xbox installing a big game. I played the game for an hour after it was finished and I noticed in the menu of my friends tab on the Xbox One a bar that was static-looking, near the bottom.
Along with that, when the screen goes black for cut scenes in the game, I see a faint imprint of the main menu of the Xbox One, but only on black screens, like when it's loading a scene or starting a game on the Xbox.
Does the picture bleed onto the TV like the old plasma TVs used to do? Please answer so I know if I have to take it back.
Return the TV. The kinds of problems you're describing are not normal, and suggest there is something wrong with the TV.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.