Vizio OLED 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 23, 2020 at 10:22 am
Vizio OLED 2020 Picture
8.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
9.2
Movies
8.0
TV Shows
8.4
Sports
8.2
Video Games
8.6
HDR Movies
8.0
HDR Gaming
8.2
PC Monitor
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WRGB
Resolution 4k

The Vizio OLED 2020 is the first OLED TV Vizio has released and delivers impressive overall performance. Like any OLED TV, its ability to turn off individual pixels results in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It displays an excellent color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get very bright in HDR, and large areas get significantly dimmer. Most gamers should appreciate the 120Hz refresh rate, near-instant response time, and low input lag. It's advertised to have variable refresh rate (VRR) support, but it doesn't work at all and there's screen tearing. The TV has a unique center-mounted stand that's designed to hold the Vizio Elevate soundbar. Sadly, the screen has the risk of permanent burn-in, which is typical of OLEDs, and our unit has noticeable temporary image retention, but this may vary between units.

Our Verdict

8.4 Mixed Usage

The Vizio OLED is an impressive TV for most uses. Thanks to its infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, it's an excellent choice for watching movies in dark rooms. It has wide viewing angles if you want to watch shows or sports with a large group of people. It has a near-instant response time and low input lag for gaming, but its VRR support doesn't work. Unfortunately, there's temporary image retention and risk of permanent burn-in, so it's not ideal for use as a PC monitor.

Pros
  • Infinite contrast ratio.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Very wide viewing angles.
  • Motion looks very smooth.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • VRR support currently work.
9.2 Movies

The Vizio OLED is outstanding for watching movies. It displays perfect blacks thanks to its infinite contrast ratio. It upscales 1080p content, such as from Blu-ray players, without any issues, and removes judder from 24p sources. Unfortunately, lower-frame rate content may appear to stutter due to its near-instant response time.

Pros
  • Infinite contrast ratio.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
Cons
  • Lower-frame rate content stutters.
8.0 TV Shows

The Vizio OLED is great for watching TV shows. It has very wide viewing angles which is ideal if you tend to walk around while watching TV. It doesn't get extremely bright, but it has incredible reflection handling, so visibility in well-lit rooms shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, it has the risk of permanent burn-in that may be an issue if you constantly watch content with static elements, such as the news.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Very wide viewing angles.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.4 Sports

The Vizio OLED is impressive for watching sports. It has a near-instant response time that makes motion look very smooth. It has very wide viewing angles, making it ideal for watching the game with a large group of friends. The reflection handling is incredible if you want to place it in a well-lit room, but it doesn't get very bright.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Very wide viewing angles.
  • Motion looks very smooth.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.2 Video Games

The Vizio OLED is great for gaming. It has a near-instant response time and low input lag. It's excellent for dark-room gaming as its OLED panel has an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. There's VRR support to reduce screen tearing, but it doesn't properly work and likely requires a firmware update.

Pros
  • Motion looks very smooth.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • VRR support currently work.
8.6 HDR Movies

The Vizio OLED is excellent for watching HDR movies. It displays perfect blacks thanks to the OLED panel's ability to turn off individual pixels. It also displays an excellent color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get extremely bright in HDR, so some highlights may not stand out how they should.

Pros
  • Infinite contrast ratio.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Displays wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
8.0 HDR Gaming

The Vizio OLED is great for HDR gaming. It has a near-instant response time and low input lag. There's VRR support but it doesn't work and there's screen tearing. HDR content looks excellent because it displays a wide color gamut and has an infinite contrast ratio, but its HDR peak brightness isn't the best.

Pros
  • Motion looks very smooth.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • VRR support currently work.
8.2 PC Monitor

The Vizio OLED is great to use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag, and it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly at a 1080p or 4k resolution, which is important for reading text. Sadly, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, and our unit has very noticeable temporary image retention, but this may vary between units.

Pros
  • Very wide viewing angles.
  • Motion looks very smooth.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Our unit has temporary image retention.
  • 8.4 Mixed Usage
  • 9.2 Movies
  • 8.0 TV Shows
  • 8.4 Sports
  • 8.2 Video Games
  • 8.6 HDR Movies
  • 8.0 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Update 10/26/2020: We retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio OLED is the first OLED TV that Vizio has released. Although marketed as a 2021 TV, it's the premium model in their 2020 lineup above the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. There aren't many OLEDs out there, but its main competitors are the LG BX OLED and the Sony A8H OLED.

Design
9.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio OLED has an incredible design and looks nicer than the LED Vizios we've tested. The main frame is made out of smooth, matte metal, while there's plastic on the back. There's cable management through the stand and panels in the back, and they hide all cables. The stand looks good and raises the TV more than most other stands, so it's good for taller soundbars but you may need more vertical space.

Design
Stand

The stand is designed to hold the Vizio Elevate soundbar, and even though you can put any soundbar on it, it may not fit perfectly. If you wall-mount the TV and wish to keep the stand to hold the soundbar, you have to also keep the back part of the stand, meaning the TV won't sit flush against a wall. Also, because of the way it's elevated you need more vertical space than most TVs of its size.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 21.2" x 10.8".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The top half of the back is smooth metal while the bottom half where the inputs are is textured plastic. You can remove the plastic panels for cable management, and it hides all the loose wires, but the panels are a bit difficult to take off.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.01" (5.1 cm)

The TV is thin if you wall-mount it without the stand. However, it gets thicker and doesn't sit flush against a wall if you keep the stand to hold the Vizio Elevate soundbar.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vizio OLED has an outstanding build quality. It's well-put-together, and the metal and plastic parts both feel solid. The stand supports the TV well and there isn't much wobble. The glossy part on the back feels cheap, almost like you can take it off. That said, this is only a minor flaw, and there aren't any obvious issues.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Like any OLED, it can individually turn off pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect blacks.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

Since the Vizio OLED doesn't have a backlight, it doesn't have a local dimming feature. It can dim pixels individually, so bright objects and subtitles are displayed perfectly, with no visible blooming.

6.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
265 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
409 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
421 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
424 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
285 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
156 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
400 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
402 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
272 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
150 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.064

The Vizio OLED's SDR peak brightness is unremarkable, similar to the LG BX OLED. It gets bright enough to combat some glare but large areas get noticeably more dim due to the aggressive 'Automatic Brightness Limiter' (ABL).

If you leave a static image on the TV for more than five minutes the screen automatically dims itself, and it returns to normal when you press any button on the remote. Unfortunately, there's no setting to control it.

We encountered a problem with the Peak Luminance setting. If you make any change to it, it resets the screen's brightness to the max, even if you have the Luminance setting at '0'. The brightness returns to normal once you make any adjustment to the Luminance setting.

We measured peak brightness after calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '2.2', Color Temperature set to 'Warm', Peak Luminance on 'High', and Luminance at its max. We got a brighter image before calibration, about 30 nits brighter in the smaller test windows, but the 50% and 100% windows were brighter after calibration. However, your experience may vary.

If you want the brightest image possible. we got 479 cd/m² in the 2% window test in the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with Color Temperature set to 'Cool', Peak Luminance on 'High', and Luminance at its max.

6.4
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
497 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
705 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
617 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
462 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
283 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
146 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
660 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
585 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
440 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
271 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
142 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.093

The HDR peak brightness isn't bad. It makes small highlights pop the way the creator intended, but it quickly loses brightness as large areas cover the screen.

We measured peak brightness after calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '2.2', Color Temperature set to 'Warm', Peak Luminance on 'High', and Luminance is at its max by default.

We got a considerably brighter image of 938 cd/m² in the 2% peak window with the Picture Mode set to 'Vivid', Color Temperature set to 'Cool', and Peak Luminance on 'High'.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.594 %
50% DSE
0.131 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.263 %
5% DSE
0.064 %

This TV has excellent gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's only minimal dirty screen effect in the center and most people won't notice it. The uniformity is better in near-dark scenes but like most OLEDs, there are some faint vertical and horizontal lines that could be visible in very dark rooms.

9.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
50 °
Color Shift
32 °
Brightness Loss
69 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
70 °

The Vizio OLED has extremely wide viewing angles, making it suitable for wide seating arrangements.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.340 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is perfect since this OLED TV can turn off individual pixels.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.3 %
Indirect Reflections
0.3 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.0 %

The Vizio OLED has incredible reflection handling. Visibility shouldn't be a problem even in the brightest of rooms.

4.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
5.62
Color dE
4.40
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
5493 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

Our unit of the Vizio OLED has poor out-of-the-box accuracy, but this may vary between units. Most colors are inaccurate and the white balance is off. The color temperature is warm, giving the image a red/yellow tint. Luckily, gamma follows the target curve very well, but very bright scenes are a bit too dark.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
1.51
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6476 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The accuracy after calibration is outstanding. The remaining inaccuracies are hard to spot without the aid of a colorimeter, and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target.

It was difficult calibrating it. We normally calibrate TVs at 100 nits, but even with Luminance and Peak Luminance each set at their minimum, the TV had a brightness of about 120 nits, which affected our calibration. We also encountered a bug where changing the white point value had no effect until we restarted the TV. We couldn't properly calibrate blue because changing the values had no effect.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Unlike other Vizio LED TVs we've tested, such as the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020, the Vizio OLED upscales 480p content well. There aren't any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

It displays 720p content, such as from cable boxes, well with no upscaling artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Vizio OLED displays native 4k content perfectly, and there aren't any subpixel issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV doesn't support an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV has an RGBW pixel structure, but all four pixels are never used at the same time. The image above shows the white and blue subpixels, but the blue is considerably darker than the white pixel. You can see the red and green pixels in these pictures: Photo 1 and Photo 2. The way the red and blue pixels are darker than the white pixels is similar to the LG BX OLED.

8.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
96.60 %
DCI P3 uv
97.04 %
Rec 2020 xy
72.73 %
Rec 2020 uv
76.02 %

The Vizio OLED displays an excellent color gamut for HDR content, extremely similar to the LG BX OLED and LG CX OLED. It has near-perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The EOTF follows the target PQ curve very well until there's a sharp roll off at its peak brightness. However, the image is a bit less bright in 'Game' mode as you can see in this EOTF.

If you find HDR too dim, you can get a brighter image in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '1.8', Local Contrast set to 'Medium', and Peak Luminance on 'High', as you can see in this EOTF.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
82.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
43.3 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
65.3 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
34.8 %

Despite having an excellent color gamut, this TV's color volume is only decent. It can't produce extremely bright colors, but with a perfect contrast ratio, it can display dark, saturated colors.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.082 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.095 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.090 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.102 dE

The gradient handling is excellent. Most of the banding is in the grays while other colors have minimal banding. The Noise Reduction and Contour Smoothing settings in the 'Reduce Noise' section don't improve the gradients all that much.

8.1
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.54 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.07 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.17 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.09 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.05 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.18 %

Unfortunately, there's noticeable temporary image retention on our Vizio OLED, but this may vary between units. You may notice static elements even after 10 minutes of disappearing.

During testing, we left the TV on overnight to warm up, and at some point, it displayed the Windows desktop interface until the morning. The interface looked almost burned-in, and even though it cleared up after a while once we restarted it, it's a serious problem if you want to use it as a PC monitor. You can see the image retention here.

This test is only indicative of short term image retention, and not the permanent burn-in that may occur with longer exposure to static images.

2.0
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Yes

Unfortunately, like most OLED TVs, this TV isn't immune to permanent burn-in. However, we don't expect people who watch varied content to have any issues, but rather it's a problem if there are constant static displays, like if it's used as a PC monitor. The Vizio has Pixel Shift and Screen Refresher settings to help reduce this issue.

You can read about our investigation into the possibility of long-term burn-in here.

Motion
9.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.2 ms
100% Response Time
3.1 ms

The Vizio OLED has a near-instant response time, resulting in almost no motion blur. There's some slight overshoot in dark transitions, so you may notice some artifacts in dark scenes.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

This TV doesn't have a backlight but there's a slight dip in brightness every 8 ms, which coincides with the 120Hz refresh rate. However, this isn't noticeable.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
120 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

There's a Black Frame Insertion feature available, but unlike the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020, it only flickers at 120Hz and you may notice image duplication with 60fps content. The setting to control the BFI feature is Clear Action. It works differently than on most TVs, as it only activates when there's movement on the screen. Once movement stops, it returns to a state as if the BFI setting was off.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Vizio OLED can interpolate motion up to 120fps, known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It works decently, as it smooths out motion when there isn't much action, and panning shots look good. However, there are some artifacts when there's a lot of movement, and it creates halos around moving objects and people.

See here for the settings that control the motion interpolation feature.

5.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
38.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
13.6 ms

Due to the near-instant response time, lower frame content appears to stutter. Enabling motion interpolation or the BFI feature can help reduce stutter.

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 OLED removes judder from native 24p sources, such as native apps or Blu-ray players. Simply enable Film Mode for it to work. It can't remove judder from 24p via 60p/i sources and enabling the BFI creates judder in 60p content.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
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
HDMI

Update 10/26/2020: We retested the variable refresh rate with a HDMI 2.1 source. The review has been updated.

This TV has variable refresh rate support, but there are a ton of bugs and issues when using it. VRR can be enabled with 1440p or 4k content, but it doesn't work at all on any port and constantly tears. It can be enabled on a G-SYNC PC, but it makes the TV crash every time, and therefore doesn't actually work. FreeSync is enabled with 1080p content between 40-60Hz, but there's some tearing. To enable VRR, enable Game Low Latency and Variable Refresh Rate.

Inputs
7.9
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
21.8 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
117.2 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
21.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
21.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
21.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
21.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
117.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
133.6 ms
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