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Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Dec 05, 2019 at 08:40 am
Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019 Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
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: Vizio M Series Quantum 2019
8.2
Movies
7.3
TV Shows
7.3
Sports
7.6
Video Games
7.9
HDR Movies
7.6
HDR Gaming
7.4
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019 (M437 / M507 / M557 / M657) is a great 4k TV with good picture quality. It delivers deep uniform blacks in a dark room and has an exceptional color gamut, great gradient handling, and decent HDR peak brightness. It has a fast response time that leaves a little longer blur trail behind fast-moving content but, on the upside, it creates very little stutter in movies. There's no motion interpolation feature and the TV uses PWM to dim its backlight. The M7 has a very low input lag which is great for gaming but unfortunately, like most TVs with VA panels, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side and it has noticeable uniformity issues in darker scenes.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The M7 Series Quantum 2019 is a great TV for mixed use. It can get fairly bright for an average-lit room and can display deep blacks, which is great for watching movies when in a dark room. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are disappointing and do not favor watching TV from the side, but the TV has an excellent wide color gamut for HDR content and a very low input lag that offers a great gaming experience.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
8.2 Movies

This a good TV for watching movies. It displays deep, uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and decent local dimming support. 1080p content looks almost as good as 4k. The TV displays little stutter in movies and can remove 24p judder from most sources. It has a great pre-calibration color accuracy but unfortunately, there's no motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans.

See our Movies recommendations
7.3 TV Shows

This is a good TV for watching TV shows. It gets bright enough and can handle reflections well, so it's suitable for most rooms. Unfortunately, this TV has disappointing viewing angles so it's not a good choice if you like to move around while watching your favorite TV show. Also, Vizio's upscaling of lower resolution content is slightly worse than most brands. Finally, its smart interface has a good selection of apps, but you can't add any new ones in case your favorite show moves to a new app.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.3 Sports

The M7 Series is a good TV for watching sports. It can get bright enough for most rooms and can handle the reflections of a few extra lights well. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are disappointing and don't favor watching the big game with a group of friends. Also, some demanding sports fans might be disappointed by the amount of dirty screen effect this TV has on darker scenes.

See our Sports recommendations
7.6 Video Games

The M657-G0 is an excellent TV for playing video games. It has a remarkably low input lag and a fast response time that delivers responsive gaming experiences with crisp motion. It displays 1080p and 4k resolution well but unfortunately, there are no advanced gaming features like a variable refresh rate or an auto low latency feature like the higher-end models have.

See our Video Games recommendations
7.9 HDR Movies

This is a great TV for watching HDR movies. It has a high native contrast ratio, impressive black uniformity, and decent local dimming. It can display deep uniform blacks in a dark room that enhances your HDR movie watching experience. It has a wide color gamut and displays rich, saturated colors but its HDR peak brightness is not always enough to display the latest HDR content with bright highlights as its creator intended it to be.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.6 HDR Gaming

This TV is excellent for playing HDR video games. It has a fast response time and displays fast-moving content with little blur. When in HDR, the TV has a very low input lag and delivers vivid HDR content with rich, saturated colors thanks to its excellent wide color gamut. In a dark room, where HDR is meant to be watched, blacks are deep and HDR peak brightness is good enough for most HDR games.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
7.4 PC Monitor

This is an impressive TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a very low input lag and feels very responsive. It has a fast response time and displays a fast-moving mouse with just a little blur trail. It has a VA panel and is immune to the burn-in risk and can display chroma 4:4:4 properly so text looks clear. Unfortunately, the image isn't accurate at the sides if you sit up close due to the disappointing viewing angles.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Movies
  • 7.3 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 7.6 Video Games
  • 7.9 HDR Movies
  • 7.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Excellent color gamut.
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Local dimming performance is just decent.
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum is a mid-range 4k Vizio TV, and along with the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 replaces the Vizio M Series 2018. There's also a Black Friday variant known as the M6. The M7 Series Quantum's main competitors are the Samsung RU8000, Hisense H9F, and the TCL 6 Series R625 2019.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum's design is decent and resembles the other Vizio M Series Quantum 2019. It has a small stand that supports the TV well but can't prevent all wobble. The borders are thin and not distracting, while the overall build quality is decent.

Design
Stand

The stand is minimalist and can't prevent wobbling. It's very wide and requires a large table.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 50.6" x 10.9"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back of the TV is almost identical to the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019. Most inputs are facing sideways which is great if you wall-mount the TV, but unfortunately, there's no provision for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.51" (1.3 cm)

The borders of the M657 are thin and won't distract your viewing experience.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.87" (7.3 cm)

The TV is relatively thin and won't stick out much if you wall-mount it.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the M7 Series Quantum is decent. It resembles last year's M Series a lot. There are no gaps or loose ends and we had no issues with our TV during testing.

Unfortunately, a power outage that happened after we finished testing must have affected the TV, as we can no longer turn it on.

Picture Quality
9.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5935 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
7193 : 1

The M657 we tested has an excellent contrast ratio and the TV can deliver very deep blacks when in a dark room. Local dimming helps improve performance but not significantly.

6.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The local dimming of the M7 Series Quantum is decent. This is one of the most critical differences between this variant and the M Series Quantum 2019. The M7 has a smaller number of zones and this creates visible blooming in dark scenes when in a dark room. This is especially noticeable when displaying subtitles. There are only two vertical local dimming zones and most subtitles span both. When subtitles are displayed, there's a horizontal blooming strip from one edge of the screen to the other. If you can watch movies without them you're better off.

We recommend you set local dimming to 'High' as it gives you the best results.

6.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
289 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
375 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
481 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
438 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
331 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
372 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
475 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
432 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
309 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
282 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.033

The Vizio M657-G0 has good peak brightness, but not as good as the M658-G1. Brightness varies a little depending on content but it's not very noticeable, and the TV is more suitable for an average-lit room.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, with the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, Local Dimming set to 'High', backlight set to 'Max', and Gamma set to '2.1'. These were also the settings that produced the brightest image.

5.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
324 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
442 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
417 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
316 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
269 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
356 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
434 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
295 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
268 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.030

The peak HDR brightness of the M657-G0 is mediocre, worse than last year's M Series 2018, and just slightly worse than the M8 (M Series Quantum 2019) variant. Depending on the scene, the TV might not always deliver very bright HDR highlights as it should.

We tested the HDR peak brightness with no calibration settings, using the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with the Local Dimming set to 'High' and Gamma set to '2.1'.

For those who don't care for accuracy, we were able to reach 485 cd/m² on the 10% window, in the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with Backlight set to '100', Color Temperature set to 'Cool', Gamma set to '2.1', and Local dimming on 'High'.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.122 %
50% DSE
0.175 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.455 %
5% DSE
0.125 %

The M657 has decent gray uniformity both in darker and brighter scenes. With our unit, the darker scenes have slightly more noticeable dirty screen effect, but this is panel-specific and might not be the case with yours.

5.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
24 °
Color Shift
26 °
Brightness Loss
29 °
Black Level Raise
45 °
Gamma Shift
14 °

The viewing angles of the M657 are disappointing. The image degrades quickly as you move off-center, making the TV not a good choice for wide seating arrangements. If you want a TV with wide viewing angles, check out the LG UM7300.

8.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.689 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.711 %

The black uniformity in our Vizio M657 is great. In the picture above, where local dimming is enabled, you can see the horizontal blooming strip mentioned in the Local Dimming box.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.7 %
Indirect Reflections
0.4 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.3 %

The M7 Series Quantum 2019 has impressive reflection handling. Unless you place the TV across from a large bright window, you should have no issues with reflections. It delivers much better performance than the TCL R625.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.69
Color dE
2.07
Gamma
2.30
Color Temperature
6635 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Normal
Gamma Setting
2.2

The pre-calibration accuracy of the M657-G0 is impressive. Most colors and gray inaccuracies won't be noticeable to the untrained eye. However, the gamma doesn't follow the curve very well and most scenes are darker than they should be.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.77
Color dE
1.10
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6562 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

Excellent accuracy for the M657-G0 after calibration. We changed the Gamma setting to 2.1 and now Gamma follows the target very closely except for the very dark scenes that are still crushed. Any remaining inaccuracies in the colors and the grays are unnoticeable and the color temperature is very close to the 6500 K target.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The M7 has the same upscaling issues as all recent Vizio TVs we've tested. 480p content, like DVDs, isn't upscaled as well as most TVs. Although this might not bother you, it's noticeable.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from cable boxes, looks a bit worse than most other brands. It still looks decent, though, and should be okay for most people.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content like Blu-rays looks great, almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content such as UHD Blu-rays or high-quality streaming content is displayed without any issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels
8.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
96.86 %
DCI P3 uv
97.97 %
Rec 2020 xy
77.80 %
Rec 2020 uv
83.72 %

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019 has an excellent color gamut, among the widest we've ever measured. Unfortunately, the EOTF (Electro-Optical Transfer Function) doesn't follow the PQ curve closely. Although darker scenes are displayed fairly accurate (just slightly brighter), the roll-off towards the TV's highest brightness starts too early and all scenes above around 100 cd/m² appear darker than they should be. The 'Game' mode EOTF is rather similar in behavior as shown here, but the darker scenes are slightly brighter as the backlight defaults to '100'.

If you find HDR too dim, check in the settings page how to make HDR brighter.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
84.8 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
35.9 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
73.1 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
30.9 %

The M7 Series has a very good color volume. It can display saturated colors at most brightness levels and can also display dark shades well, thanks to its excellent contrast ratio.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.102 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.117 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.097 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.084 dE

The M657 has impressive gradient handling. Most colors have some noticeable banding, but nothing serious. Unfortunately, if banding bothers you, there's no feature to help improve it.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the M7 Series Quantum 2019, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
7.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.2 ms
100% Response Time
16.2 ms

The M657 has an impressive response time. Even though it's slightly slower than the M658-G1, fast-moving content is crisp with little blur trail. There are a few duplications in motion, as seen in the above photo, due to the backlight flicker.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The M657 uses PWM to dim its backlight. The flicker frequency is at 480Hz, identical to the M658-G1. There are some duplications in motion as you can see in the response time photo but shouldn't be an issue for most people.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The M657 has an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature to help improve the appearance of motion. It can lower its flicker frequency to 60Hz, which makes motion appear crisper but at the same time, there are more noticeable duplications in motion. The setting that controls BFI is called Clear Action.

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

The M7 Series Quantum 2019, just like the M Series Quantum 2019, doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.9
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
25.5 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.5 ms

Thanks to the not-so-fast response time, the M657 has only little stutter in movies or other 24p content. However, in slow panning shots, some stutter is noticeable.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The M657-G0 can remove judder from 24p sources and from the native apps, provided you enable the Film Mode. However, 24p judder sent through a 60p/i source, like a cable box, can't be removed by the TV.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

This TV has a 60Hz panel and offers no support for any advanced variable refresh rate features, like FreeSync or HDMI Forum's VRR feature.

Inputs
8.0
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
20.5 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
64.2 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
20.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
20.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
20.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
64.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No

The M7 Series Quantum 2019 has excellent low input lag when in 'Game' mode. This isn't a picture mode but rather a menu choice called Game Low Latency that has to be enabled for low input lag.

See our recommended settings for gaming here.

7.5
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
No
1440p @ 60 Hz