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Reviewed on Mar 21, 2015

Vizio P Series 2015 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.0
Movies
7.0
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
8.0
Video Games
6.8
HDR Movies
5.3
HDR Gaming
5.5
PC Monitor
This tv was replaced by the Vizio P Series 2016

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Vizio P-series is a good, affordable 4k TV. With the exception of its motion blur and viewing angle, its picture quality is great, and it would make a good TV for general use.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 8.2
Inputs 7.9
Sound Quality 5.8
Smart Features 6.5
Pros
  • Great black uniformity, even with local dimming turned off.
  • Very low input lag.
  • Very bright. It currently holds our maximum white luminance record.
Cons
  • Poor viewing angle (except the 55"). The TV's colors change significantly when you view it from an angle.
  • It has a very long motion blur trail on full-color transitions.
  • Sub par upscaling. Lower resolution content look soft.

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6.5

Design

Curved : No

Contrary to the cheaper Vizio TVs, the P Series feels like a higher-end TV. It might not be the thinnest LED TV, but it is still less bulky than some high end Sony TVs.

The stand isn't the most stable, but it has a small footprint.

Stand

Dimensions for 60" TV stand: 19.75” x 10.34”

Borders
Borders : 0.79" (2 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.48" (6.3 cm)

7.4

Picture Quality

This TV is very good for movies. The blacks are deep and quite uniform, and 24 fps movies don’t have judder, which is great.

This TV also has decent local dimming. There’s some blooming on brighter objects onscreen, which isn’t ideal, but the feature works better on this model than it does on the otherwise similar Vizio M-series.

8.1 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3406 : 1

With the local dimming feature off, the contrast ratio is good. Surprisingly, the local dimming did change our black level measurement on our checkboard pattern (it didn't on the E or M Series). We measured a black of 0.023 cd/m2 instead of 0.030 cd/m2. Of course, with that feature, the black level is even lower on larger black areas. The 55" has a native contrast ratio a lot lower than the other sizes, around 1,000:1.

7.0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Full-Array

The backlight is a bit slow to dim when transitioning from light to dark, so there is a trail of blooming that follows the dot around the screen in our test. This video was filmed under 'Calibrated Dark' preset. Under 'Calibrated', it is not as aggressive, except for the top and bottom letterboxes.

6.7 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
400 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
400 cd/m2

7.0 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.795 %
50% DSE
:
0.194 %

It has less DSE than most of the other TVs we have reviewed, but a considerable amount of deviation in the uniformity.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA (except 55")
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
19 °

The 60" Vizio P we reviewed lost picture quality pretty quickly when viewed at an angle. It’s not a problem if you sit directly in front of it, but this is not an ideal TV for even relatively minor deviations from a centered position. The 55” version has an IPS panel, and therefore does not have that same problem.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

9.3 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.812 %

The black uniformity of this TV is good. There is a bit of flashlighting in the top right corner, but it's very minor.

8.6 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.73
Color dE
:
3.2475
Gamma
:
2.24

The white balance is good out of the box if you select the calibrated picture mode. The colorspace could be better though.

9.8 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.15
Color dE
:
0.6862
Gamma
:
2.2

The red color is still slightly off after calibration. The lowest dE2000 we could get on the red is 2.3339. The white balance is perfect on the other hand.

7.0 480p Input

When 'Reduce Block Noise' is set to 'High', the picture becomes too soft. 'Med' is a good compromise.

7.0 720p Input

Upscaled cable content looks soft and not as sharp as other TVs.

8.0 1080p Input

Upscaled 1080p looks soft on this 4k TV. The Samsung JU7100 does a better job at keeping the original sharpness of 1080p content.

10 4k Input

On HDMI 4, the 4k picture looks great. On HMDI 5 however, it looks a little bit over-processed.

6.3 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
69.54 %
DCI P3 uv
:
77.92 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
49.89 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
52.82 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

The Vizio P Series reflects slightly more than average. It is not significant, so do not worry about a few overhead lights.
It gets very bright, and can handle itself well in a bright room. It would do fine even if it was surrounded by windows or other sources of bright light.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
8.2

Motion

This TV is okay for sports. There’s not too much blur, so fast-moving objects won’t look bad. There’s also not too much patchiness to playing surfaces, which is a problem many LED TVs have.

7.8 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
12.1 ms
Overshoot
:
16.5 ms

This TV has a good deal of overshoot on some transitions, which means there could be a fairly lengthy trail on some movement. This trail will be visible regardless of whether 'Smooth Motion Effect' or 'Clear Action' are enabled.

6.8 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
Yes

10 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
Yes

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

7.9

Inputs

Likewise, this TV is decent for video games. There’s hardly any delay between making an input and seeing the reaction onscreen, which is great.

The main downside for gamers is that there could be a pretty lengthy trail on some movement.

8.6 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
18.7 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
84.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
85.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

Using the ‘Game Low Latency’ feature drops input lag to a very low 18.7 msecs, but only on HDMI 5. On HDMI 1-4, the lowest it gets is 45.5 msecs. Without GLL, HDMI 5 has an input lag of 85.5 msecs (84.3 with interpolation), and HDMI 1-4 has one of 103.9 (102.9 with interpolation).

4.0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 5
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,5)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

5.8

Sound Quality

This TV gets pretty loud, and the sound is decently accurate, but the bass is pretty poor.

There’s not much distortion at quieter volumes, but the more you increase the volume, the more you’ll notice some.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.2 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.63 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.76 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.87 dB SPL
Max
:
91.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
160 Hz

Poor bass extension, but the TV gets relatively loud. The frequency response isn't too bad, and the pumping is minimal under louder volumes.

5.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.039
Distortion @ 80
:
0.126
Distortion @ Max
:
0.236

The distortion level is decent when the TV is very quiet, but there is a noticeable rise as the volume increases.

6.5

Smart Features

Smart OS : Basic

The app selection is limited, and the full smart menu can take a while to navigate. The dedicated app buttons (Netflix, Amazon Instant, iHeart Radio) make it quick and easy to open those three apps, though.

It comes with a pretty standard remote. It has a QWERTY keyboard on the back, which makes entering text much faster.

10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

Remote
Remote : QWERTY

Misc
Power Consumption : 116 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 260 W
Firmware : 1.1.19

7.4 Mixed Usage

The Vizio P Series is a great TV. If you want a 4k TV, the Vizio P Series is a great budget option. If you don't care about 4k, the choice isn't as clear. Even though it is better than the E Series and M Series, it costs almost twice as much, so the price to quality ratio isn't as good. But if you don't mind the price difference, go for the Vizio P Series.

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