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Vizio OLED 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated May 06, 2022 at 12:37 pm
Vizio OLED 2020 Picture
8.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.2
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.1
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.5
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.1
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.7
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WOLED
Resolution 4k

The Vizio OLED 2020 is the first OLED TV Vizio has released and delivers excellent 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 has variable refresh rate (VRR) support after a firmware update, but it has some limitations. 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

8.7 Mixed Usage

The Vizio OLED is an excellent 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 4k @ 120Hz signals skip frames. 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.
  • 4k @ 120Hz in Game Mode skips frames.
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.
8.1 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.
8.5 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.
9.1 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. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but sadly 4k @ 120Hz signals skip frames in Game Mode.

Pros
  • Motion looks very smooth.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • 4k @ 120Hz in Game Mode skips frames.
8.7 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.
8.9 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 after a firmware update, but there are some issues with it. 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.
  • 4k @ 120Hz in Game Mode skips frames.
8.7 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 with a 60Hz refresh rate, 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 with 60Hz signals.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Our unit has temporary image retention.
  • 8.7 Mixed Usage
  • 9.2 Movies
  • 8.1 TV Shows
  • 8.5 Sports
  • 9.1 Video Games
  • 8.7 HDR Movies
  • 8.9 HDR Gaming
  • 8.7 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 06, 2022: We changed the subtype from WRGB to WOLED as it's more accurate and more consistent with other TVs.
  2. Updated Mar 14, 2022: Retested gaming performance and HDR brightness after firmware update.
  3. Updated Feb 04, 2022: FreeSync is working properly as of the latest firmware update.
  4. Updated Jul 28, 2021: We added the real content local dimming videos, and retested 4k @ 120Hz support.
  5. Updated May 19, 2021: Updated the TV's firmware and retested the supported resolutions.
  6. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  7. Updated Dec 22, 2020: We've retested the inputs with the latest firmware version 5.10.14.1-1.
  8. Updated Dec 09, 2020: We retested the pre-calibration accuracy.
  9. Updated Nov 30, 2020: For consistency with other reviews, we've replaced the pixel photo with a closer crop.
  10. Updated Nov 11, 2020: Corrected a mistake with the Vizio SmartCast version.
  11. Updated Nov 04, 2020: Corrected a mistake with the description of the stand.
  12. Updated Oct 26, 2020: We retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source.
  13. Updated Oct 23, 2020: Review published.
  14. Updated Oct 16, 2020: Early access published.

Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
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

Update 11/04/2020: We incorrectly stated that the back part of the stand can't be removed without removing the front part. You can in fact remove the back part while keeping the front part to hold the soundbar.

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. Also, because of the way it's elevated you need more vertical space than most TVs of its size. If you wall-mount the TV, you can keep the front part of the stand to hold the soundbar and remove the back part, so that the TV sits flush against a will.

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)

Update 11/04/2020: We incorrectly stated that the back part of the stand can't be removed without removing the front part. You can remove the back part while keeping the front part to hold the soundbar, and it allows the TV to sit flush against a wall.

The TV is thin and won't stick out much if you wall-mount it. You can keep the front part of the stand to hold the soundbar and remove the back part if you wall-mount it.

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.

6.6
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
277 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
481 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
501 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
504 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
318 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
168 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
459 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
479 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
304 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
161 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.070

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1, and it made it a bit brighter in SDR. Most test slides are about 80 nits brighter, but the Real Scene Peak Brightness didn't change much. The new Black Detail setting doesn't do much to improve the brightness.

The Vizio OLED's SDR peak brightness is okay. 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.

There was 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.

These results are from 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. If you want the brightest image possible, use the 'Vivid' Picture Mode with Color Temperature set to 'Cool', Peak Luminance on 'High', and Luminance at its max, as the TV reaches 534 cd/m² with these settings.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

Update 07/28/2021: Added the real content local dimming videos.

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.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

Update 07/28/2021: Added the real content local dimming videos.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
560 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
785 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
691 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
523 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
324 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
171 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
721 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
657 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
500 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
163 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.089

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1. Unlike in SDR, the HDR peak brightness in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode didn't change, but the 'Vivid' mode improved by about 70 nits.

The HDR peak brightness is okay. It makes small highlights pop the way the creator intended, but it quickly loses brightness as large areas cover the screen.

These results are from before 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.

You can get a considerably brighter image of 1,010 cd/m² in the 2% peak window with the Picture Mode set to 'Vivid', Color Temperature set to 'Cool', Luminance on '100', and Peak Luminance on 'High'. After a firmware update it has a new Black Detail setting that's supposed to brighten dark areas of the screen, but it doesn't change the peak luminance.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
552 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
788 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
690 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
516 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
322 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
169 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
731 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
656 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
493 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
162 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.090

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1, but the HDR brightness in Game Mode didn't change.

The Vizio OLED has okay peak brightness in Game Mode, and it looks exactly like outside of Game Mode.

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.

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.

9.0
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.

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.

7.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.31
Color dE
2.05
Gamma
2.17
Color Temperature
6,027 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

Update 12/09/2020: We remeasured the accuracy after calibrating our spectroradiometer. The review has been updated.

Our unit of the Vizio OLED has decent out-of-the-box accuracy, but this may vary between units. Most colors and the white balance are only slightly off. The color temperature is warm, giving the image a red/yellow tint. Luckily, gamma follows the target curve fairly well, but most scenes are slightly over-brightened.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
1.51
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,476 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

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

Update 11/30/2020: For consistency with other reviews, we've replaced the pixel photo with a closer crop.

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.

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
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.095
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.090
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.102

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
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz 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.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
40 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

This TV has variable refresh rate support, but there are bugs and issues when using it. FreeSync works with 4k and 1080p signals over its entire refresh rate range, but there's still frame skipping in Game Mode. However, there are issues with FreeSync and 1440p @ 120Hz signals. It's limited between 40-60Hz on the pendulum test demo, and this problem happened with both the RX 580 and RX 6600 XT graphics cards. However, it was tear-free in Destiny 2 with 1440p up to 120Hz. As for its G-SYNC compatibility, once again there weren't any issues with any signal in Destiny 2, but there was tearing in the pendulum test demo until we restarted our laptop. After the restart it was tear-free, and we encountered this problem with 1080p, 1440p, and 4k signals. Overall, it has VRR support, but it doesn't always work properly. If you want an OLED that doesn't have any bugs with its VRR support, consider the LG B2 OLED.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
21.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
117.2 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
21.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
21.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
21.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
21.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
117.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
133.6 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1, which is advertised to improve the 4k @ 120Hz compatibility. Sadly, even after the update 4k @ 120Hz still skips frames in Game Mode, so we couldn't get a proper input lag measurement. However, with VRR enabled it doesn't skip frames, but we still couldn't get a proper reading as this is an issue we've experienced with other TVs, and we're looking into it.

The Vizio OLED has low input lag, but it's higher than other TVs and not ideal for competitive gamers. You need to be in 'Game' mode to achieve the lowest input lag possible.

There were some bugs in Game Mode during testing, similar to the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020. The TV skips frames with 120Hz content on any resolution in Game Mode, except for 1080p @ 120Hz, so we couldn't test the input lag for it. This TV has VRR support, but there are a bunch of issues, so we couldn't measure its input lag properly.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1, but it didn't change anything with the supported resolutions. 4k @ 120Hz still works fine outside of Game Mode, but it skips frames in Game Mode. Text still looks blurry with 4k @ 120Hz signals with chroma 4:4:4, as you can see here.

Update 07/28/2021: We retested 4k @ 120Hz support with the latest firmware and found that it still can't display 4k @ 120Hz properly in Game Mode, but the exact issue varies from one PC to another. With an RTX 3080, it didn't accept 4k @ 120Hz at all, doing so would cause the screen to go black. From an RTX 3070, it displays properly, but only with the color format set to RGB, as YCbCr444 caused the screen to freeze. 4k @ 120Hz skips frames if Game Low Latency is enabled. With that setting disabled it doesn't skip frames, but it can't display text properly either, even when sending RGB.

Update 05/19/2021: With the latest firmware 5.10.15.12-1, 1080p @ 120Hz now works properly without skipping any frames with 'Game Low Latency' enabled. It now supports 1440p @ 60Hz, but 1440p @ 120Hz still skips frames.

This TV supports most common resolutions up to 120Hz. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any resolutions at 60Hz, but not at 120Hz. You have to set your PC to 'RGB' and not 'Chroma 4:4:4' because 'Chroma 4:4:4' looks bad. With the PC set to 'RGB', the TV grays out the Full Color 4:4:4 option.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
PS5 can't do VRR yet
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1, and it now supports 1440p @ 120Hz signals from the Xbox Series X. However, you need to disable the Allow 4k setting in the Xbox menu for it to be proper 1440p, otherwise it will upscale to 4k.

This TV supports all common resolutions from the Xbox Series X and PS5. Even if it supports 4k @ 120Hz signals from either console, it skips frames once you enable the Game Mode, so it's useless to play 4k @ 120Hz games.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 2,3)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Update 03/14/2022: This TV received a firmware update to version 5.41.29.13-1. It supports the full 48 Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 as it accepts 4k @ 120Hz signals with chroma 4:4:4 and 12-bit color depth.

While Vizio advertises all ports as being HDMI 2.1, only HDMI 2 and HDMI 3 support 4k @ 120Hz.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 1
Component In 0
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

There's eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality audio over a HDMI connection. For it to work, enable eARC and set Digital Audio Out either to 'Auto' or 'Digital'. During testing, it worked at times with it set to 'Auto' and other times with it set to 'Digital'.

Sound Quality
6.5
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.18 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.35 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.49 dB
Max
97.4 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.34 dB

The Vizio OLED has an okay frequency response. It gets very loud but there's compression at its max volume. It doesn't produce much of a bass either and you won't hear any rumble or thump.

6.9
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.032
Weighted THD @ Max
1.231
IMD @ 80
0.56%
IMD @ Max
27.03%

This TV has decent distortion performance. There's hardly any distortion at moderate listening levels but it gets a lot more noticeable at its max volume. However, this varies depending on its content and some people may not hear it.

Smart Features
7.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS SmartCast
Version 1.40
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
10 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

Update 11/11/2020: The SmartCast version was incorrectly listed as version 1.60, when it's in fact version 1.40.

The Vizio SmartCast system is decent. It's easy-to-use and fairly smooth to navigate. However, we encountered many bugs during testing that are mentioned above, and the SmartCast system crashes at times. If you want an OLED with a more reliable smart interface, check out the LG C1 OLED.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, there are ads on the home page. This isn't something we saw on past Vizio TVs, and there's no way to opt-out of them.

6.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

There's a decent number of apps that come pre-installed, but sadly, you can't download any extra. Luckily, you can cast anything you want from your mobile device. If you prefer an OLED whose interface features an app store, then look into the LG B1 OLED.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Vizio SmartCast Mobile

The Vizio OLED comes with the same simple remote as other Vizio TVs. There are shortcut buttons to popular streaming services, but there's no voice control. However, you can use the dedicated app or connect the TV to your Google Home for voice control. If you want a TV that comes with a remote with voice control, the Sony A80K OLED is a good alternative.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There are controls located on the back left side to power the TV On/Off or change volume and inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with batteries)
  • User manuals

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 72 W
Power Consumption (Max) 181 W
Firmware 5.10.14.1-1

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch Vizio OLED and we expect our results to be valid for the 65 inch model as well.

Size Model
55" OLED55-H1
65" OLED65-H1

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their TV doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Vizio OLED is impressive overall; it delivers perfect blacks, and compared to other Vizio TVs we've tested, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content. However, it has too many bugs at launch and its VRR support doesn't actually work. If you don't mind spending a bit more money, the LG BX OLED is a better entry-level option. Also see our recommendations for the best TVs, best OLED TVs, and best Vizio TVs.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED is better than the Vizio OLED 2020. The LG gets brighter, has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, much lower input lag, and it has FreeSync support. However, the Vizio has wider viewing angles and slightly better reflection handling.

Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020
65" 75" 85"

The Vizio OLED 2020 is somewhat better than the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, but they have different panel types. The OLED  displays perfect blacks and has much wider viewing angles. It also has better reflection handling, it upscales lower-resolution content well, and has a much quicker response time. However, the Quantum X gets significantly brighter, displays a wider color gamut, has lower input lag, and doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in.

Sony A8H OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A8H OLED is better than the Vizio OLED 2020. Both TVs have an infinite contrast ratio and wide viewing angles. However, the Sony gets brighter, has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and Android TV has many more apps available to download. However, the Vizio's reflection handling is slightly better.

LG BX OLED
55" 65"

The LG BX OLED is better than the Vizio OLED 2020. The LG has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, much lower input lag, it removes judder from any source, and it has FreeSync support. However, the Vizio has much better gradient handling and wider viewing angles.

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