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Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 26, 2020 at 10:21 am
Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG UN7300
7.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG UN7300
8.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
8.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a good overall budget TV. It's very similar to the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020, but it doesn't get as bright and has fewer local dimming zones. It sports a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, great for viewing movies or gaming in the dark. Its fast response time results in only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve clarity further. Its input lag is low enough to satisfy most gamers, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. However, it has narrow viewing angles, and it might not be able to fight intense glare in brightly-lit rooms. Also, while it has an outstanding color gamut with full coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content. Finally, its local dimming is mediocre and can be a bit distracting, as it raises the overall black level and is slow to transition between zones.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a good TV for most uses. It has low input lag, a fast response time, and it supports variable refresh rate technology, making it a great option for gaming. It's decent for watching TV shows and sports, as it has good reflection handling but might not be able to overcome intense glare. Its excellent contrast ratio makes it a good choice for watching movies; however, its local dimming is mediocre, and it doesn't get bright enough to deliver a convincing HDR experience.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Decent SDR peak brightness.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Dirty screen effect.
7.8 Movies

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is good for watching movies. It has an excellent contrast ratio and decent black uniformity to deliver a great dark room viewing experience. It can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps, and it doesn't stutter much in lower frame rate content. Unfortunately, its local dimming is mediocre, and there's a fair amount of dirty screen effect, although the latter can vary between units.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Can remove 24p judder.
  • Decent black uniformity.
Cons
  • Mediocre local dimming.
  • Dirty screen effect.
7.4 TV Shows

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is decent for watching TV shows. It handles reflections well but doesn't get very bright, so it might struggle to overcome intense glare. It has a VA panel with narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal if you like to walk around while watching TV. On the upside, it's immune to permanent burn-in, so you don't have to worry about watching the same content or channel all day.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Decent SDR peak brightness.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Dirty screen effect.
7.3 Sports

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is decent for watching sports. It has a fast response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to deliver fast-moving scenes with minimal blur. It handles reflections well, but it might not be able to overcome intense glare. Also, its VA panel's narrow viewing angles make images look inaccurate when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Fast response time.
  • Decent SDR peak brightness.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Dirty screen effect.
8.4 Video Games

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is great for gaming. It has remarkably low input lag to provide a responsive gaming experience and a fast response time to minimize motion blur in fast-moving scenes. Also, it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It's well-suited for dark room viewing due to its high contrast ratio, but the local dimming can be a bit distracting as it raises the overall black level.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Fast response time.
  • VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Mediocre local dimming.
  • Dirty screen effect.
7.6 HDR Movies

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is good for watching movies in HDR. It has a high contrast ratio and an outstanding HDR color gamut to produce a wide range of colors. However, it doesn't really get bright enough to make highlights pop, and the local dimming is mediocre.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Outstanding HDR color gamut.
  • Can remove 24p judder.
  • Decent black uniformity.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright enough for HDR.
  • Mediocre local dimming.
  • Dirty screen effect.
8.3 HDR Gaming

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is great for gaming in HDR. It has a fast response time and low input lag, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to help reduce screen tearing. It has an outstanding color gamut to produce a wide range of colors, but its HDR peak brightness is disappointing, so highlights don't stand out the way they should.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Fast response time.
  • VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright enough for HDR.
  • Mediocre local dimming.
7.9 PC Monitor

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a good TV for use as a PC monitor. It supports most common resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4. It has a fast response time and low input lag, and its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in. The downside is that it has narrow viewing angles, so images can look inaccurate at the sides if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Fast response time.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 7.6 HDR Movies
  • 8.3 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a budget TV from Vizio's 2020 lineup and a variant of the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020. It sits between the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 and the Vizio V Series 2020. Its main competitors are the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, the Hisense H8G, and the Samsung TU8000.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a variant of the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020, and they look exactly alike. It has a simple design with thin borders on all sides and wide-set feet.

Design
Stand

The feet are the same as the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020's. They're wide-set, so you need a large surface to put it on if you don't plan on wall-mounting it. They support the TV well and don't wobble much.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 50.4" x 11.8"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back is simple and plain. The top portion is metal, while the bottom is plastic. All the inputs are easy to access when wall-mounted. Unfortunately, there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.95" (7.5 cm)

The TV is relatively thin and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. It's made out of a mix of metal and plastic, and it feels sturdy overall. The only issue is that the plastic near the airflow vents on the back flexes a bit, but otherwise, there aren't any apparent gaps. The stand supports the TV well, and it doesn't wobble much. There are a couple of stuck pixels on our unit; however, your experience may vary.

Picture Quality
8.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5356 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
4980 : 1

The Vizio M65Q7-H1 has an excellent native contrast ratio, but unlike the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020, the local dimming (called Active Full-Array) lowers the contrast ratio instead of increasing it. The posted number is with local dimming set to 'Medium', which is the recommended setting. Set to 'High', the contrast is a bit higher at 5110:1. That said, the difference is minimal and shouldn't be noticeable to most people. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between individual units.

6.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The Vizio M65Q7-H1 has a mediocre local dimming feature. We recommend using the 'Medium' setting, which is what we used for testing. There's noticeably less blooming than the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020, but it's mainly due to how big the lighting zones are. This means that a larger area of the screen is lit, making the overall black level rise and blooming less noticeable. There's still some, although it's more visible when displaying our test pattern than in regular content. Subtitles are dimmed, and the large lighting zones and raised black level make the subtitles less distracting. It crushes blacks, so small highlights like distant stars disappear almost completely. Transitions are slow and visible, as the zones tend to light up too early and are slow to turn off.

7.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
314 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
363 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
469 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
440 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
355 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
360 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
465 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
438 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
355 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.026

The Vizio M65Q7-H1 has decent SDR peak brightness, a bit lower than the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020. It's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room, as it can struggle a bit in bright ones, especially if there's sunlight. Also, the brightness varies a lot depending on the scene.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to '2.2', Active Full-Array set to 'Medium', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'.

If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can get a brighter image in the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, with Active Full-Array set to 'High'. We measured a peak of 554 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.

5.7
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
331 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
363 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
473 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
445 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
359 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
307 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
361 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
468 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
443 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
359 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
306 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.026

The Vizio M65Q7-H1 has sub-par HDR peak brightness. Just like in SDR, the brightness varies a lot across different content and gets dimmer as more areas of the screen are lit. It isn't bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to 2.2, Active Full-Array set to 'Medium', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'.

If you don't mind losing accuracy, you can get a brighter image by setting the Picture Mode to 'Vivid', Gamma to 2.2, Active Full-Array to 'High', Local Contrast to 'High', and Color Temperature to 'Cool'. We measured a peak brightness of 558.2 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.

6.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.232 %
50% DSE
0.229 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.952 %
5% DSE
0.137 %

Gray uniformity on our unit of the Vizio M65Q7-H1 is okay. There's a fair amount of dirty screen effect (DSE), which can be distracting when watching sports, wide panning shots, or any scenes that have a large area of uniform color. Uniformity is only slightly better in dark scenes, as the DSE is still visible, and the right side of the screen is brighter than the rest. Note that gray uniformity can vary between individual units.

5.9
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
21 °
Color Shift
21 °
Brightness Loss
28 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

Like most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are sub-par. Image accuracy degrades as you move off-center, which isn't ideal for large rooms or wide seating areas.

7.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.181 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.824 %

Our unit of the Vizio M65Q7-H1 has decent black uniformity. Without local dimming, there's visible clouding and some backlight bleed. With local dimming enabled, uniformity is better, but the blooming is more visible, and it extends all the way to the edges of the screen. Note that black uniformity can vary between individual units.

7.6
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.7 %
Indirect Reflections
0.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.1 %

The Vizio M65Q7-H1's reflection handling is good. It handles bright ambient light well but has more difficulty with direct reflections. It's best to avoid placing the TV opposite a window or bright lights.

7.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.74
Color dE
2.72
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6176 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

Out-of-the-box, the Vizio M65Q7-H1 has decent color accuracy. Most colors are inaccurate to varying degrees, and white balance is visibly off. The color temperature is warmer than our 6500K target, giving the image a reddish tint. Gamma is close to the 2.2 mark for the most part, but both dark and bright scenes are a little brighter than they should be. Note that color accuracy can vary between individual units.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.35
Color dE
1.17
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6478 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, the color accuracy is exceptional. The remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye. White balance is nearly perfect, and the color temperature is much closer to our target. Gamma is better, but bright scenes are now over-darkened.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Vizio M65Q7-H1's upscaling of 480p content is decent, but it isn't as good as most recent 4k TVs.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, such as from cable TV, looks decent; there are no visible artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, such as from Blu-rays, looks almost as good as 4k.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Other than the stuck pixels on our unit, 4k content is displayed perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

As mentioned, our unit of the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 has a few stuck pixels near the top of the screen, but we couldn't get a picture of them. This TV uses a BGR sub-pixel structure, which doesn't affect image quality, but it can affect text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

9.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
99.18 %
DCI P3 uv
99.32 %
Rec 2020 xy
81.03 %
Rec 2020 uv
86.18 %

The Vizio M65Q7-H1 has an outstanding HDR color gamut. It has full coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and great coverage of the wider Rec. 2020. The EOTF follows the PQ curve almost perfectly, but the roll-off is sharp and flat, resulting in some clipping in very bright scenes. The 'Game' mode EOTF is nearly identical, which you can see here.

If you find HDR content too dim, you can make it brighter by setting Gamma to '1.8', Black Detail to 'High', Local Contrast to 'High', Active Full-Array to 'High', and Color Temperature to 'Warm'. These settings result in a brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

8.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
90.6 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
39.6 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
78.8 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
34.0 %

Excellent color volume. It only has difficulty displaying bright blues, which is typical for LCDs.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.092 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.096 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.077 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.142 dE

The gradient handling is great. There's only a little bit of banding in the greens and grays. Turning on Contour Smoothing removes most if not all of it; however, it can cause a loss of fine details in some scenes.

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; however, this can vary between individual units.

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
7.7
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.0 ms
100% Response Time
12.0 ms

The Vizio M65Q7-H1's response time is good, but it's a bit slow in the 0-20% transition, resulting in some motion smearing in dark scenes. There's a tiny amount of overshoot in the 0-20% and 0-80% transitions; however, it's much better than the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020 and shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

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

The Vizio M65Q7-H1's backlight is flicker-free when the TV's brightness is set to max. However, if it's set to anything below maximum, the backlight flickers at 480Hz.

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 Vizio M65Q7-H1 has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. When enabled, the backlight's flickering frequency is 60Hz, but it can cause slight image duplication due to crosstalk. To use BFI, enable Clear Action.

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

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.1
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.8 ms

Due to the Vizio M65Q7-H1's fast response time, there's some stutter in lower frame rate content.

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 Vizio M65Q7-H1 can remove judder from 24p sources or native apps, but not from 60p/60i sources. To remove judder, enable Film Mode.

7.3
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
40 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
40 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
40 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

The Vizio M65Q7-H1 supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming. It's compatible with FreeSync but not NVIDIA's G-SYNC. We aren't sure whether HDMI Forum VRR is working, as the Xbox One we use for testing also supports FreeSync, and there's no way to tell which one is active. The VRR range is advertised as 48-60, but we measured 40fps as the minimum.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
10.3 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
68.4 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
27.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
10.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
9.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
9.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
67.7 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
10.5 ms
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
10.9 ms
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 has remarkably low input lag. It's higher at 1440p, but it should be fine for games that aren't reaction-based. To get the lowest input lag, set Game Low Latency to 'On'. There's an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that turns on 'Game' mode when it detects a game launching from a compatible device. To use it, set Game Low Latency to 'Auto'. We can't measure the input lag at 1440p with VRR, as VRR didn't work properly during the input lag test, even though it worked during our VRR test. VRR doesn't work at 1440p on the Xbox One because it's a forced resolution.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions