Vizio P Series 2018 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
8.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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8.5
Movies
7.8
TV Shows
7.8
Sports
8.9
Video Games
8.4
HDR Movies
8.5
HDR Gaming
8.5
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019

Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

The Vizio P Series 2018 is a great TV for a wide range of different usages. It has very good picture quality, especially when viewed in a dark room due to the high native contrast ratio and great local dimming. It also has low input lag for gaming and a great wide color gamut for HDR. Unfortunately, the best picture is reserved for those directly in front of the TV as the viewing angles are bad.

Pros
  • Great dark scene performance
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 8.0
Motion 8.0
Inputs 9.2
Sound Quality 6.1
Smart Features 6.8
  1. Update 5/17/2019: There is an issue with the latest P Series Firmware affecting audio output on HDMI 5. We recommend against installing it at this time. Our full comment is available here, and there is a discussion open about it
  2. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  3. Update 8/27/2018: The SDR and HDR peak brightness have been retested with the latest firmware (1.0.18.4) and it remains in the same ballpark.

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The design of the Vizio P Series 2018 is very good. The stand is metallic and resembles last years, but the legs have a more round finish. It is very wide and so you will need a wide table to fit this TV. If wall mounted, the inputs are easily accessible. The borders are metallic and the TV has a premium feel. The build quality is also very good and will keep most people happy.

Stand

The stand of the Vizio P65-F1 is metallic. It is very sleek and supports the TV well as it does not allow any wobbling.

The footprint of the 65" is 50.8" by 11.7"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 400x400

The back of the TV is plastic. There is no cable management, however, the inputs are close to the edge and are easy to access if the TV is wall mounted.

Borders
Borders : 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders of this Vizio P series 2018 are metallic and very thin. The bezel is very thin and there is some gap between the edge of the bezel and the LCD panel.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.72" (6.9 cm)

The maximum thickness of the Vizio P65-F1 is similar to the Vizio P series 2017 from last year. As with most 2018 Vizio models, a look from the side reveals more about the structure of the TV (screen and electronics compartment).

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
100 °F (38 °C)
Average Temperature
:
93 °F (34 °C)

The Vizio P65 runs at a fairly steady temperature. It is a little warm but that should not be an issue to anyone.

8.0 Build Quality

The build quality is very good and has a more premium design. The silver finish on the stand and the borders along with the lack of gaps add to this TV's high-end feel.

8.0

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the Vizio P Series 2018 is very good. It has a good contrast ratio enhanced by effective local dimming. This produces deep blacks in dark scenes which in combination with the rich colors and the high brightness is great for HDR. 

8.7 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4493 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
5953 : 1

The contrast of the Vizio P65-F1 is great. The local dimming does a great job at enhancing the TV's contrast, providing even deeper blacks. The results are certainly better than the Vizio M series 2018 and comparable to the TCL R617

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

The 2018 P-Series has good local dimming. The 65" model we tested is a FALD panel with 100 local dimming zones that perform quite a good job in dimming the blacks and enhancing the contrast. There is very little clouding as the algorithm is very aggressive. This results in somewhat dimmer whites but without sacrificing detail.

The 55" model (Vizio P55-F1) has only 56 local dimming zones whereas the 75" (Vizio P75-F1) has 120. These variations might have an impact on the local dimming effectiveness of these models.

Update 01/02/2019: The name for Vizio's local dimming feature has been renamed from Xtreme Black Engine Pro to Active Full Array.

Update 03/21/2019: We have been contacted by readers who have had issues with pulsing local dimming in some scenes on this TV (see this discussion thread. Please let us know in the discussions if you also experience this problem.

8.5 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
461 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
657 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
894 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
892 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
685 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
441 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
644 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
867 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
873 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
681 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
440 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.040

The SDR peak brightness is very good. The brightness of the TV is higher on smaller window sizes so highlights on darker scenes will appear bright. It is slightly better than the P Series 2017 for small windows, as it boosts their brightness rather than dimming them.

All this brightness testing was done in the Calibrated Dark picture mode, because it has the best picture quality. In the Vivid picture mode, the TV can reach a peak brightness of 968 cd/m² for a short time.

Update 08/27/2018: The SDR peak brightness has been retested with the latest firmware (1.0.18.4) and it remains in the same ballpark.

7.9 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
608 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
606 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
824 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
833 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
623 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
404 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
593 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
798 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
817 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
622 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
401 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.037

The HDR peak brightness is good and a definite improvement from last years' model. In dark HDR scenes, the TV displays small bright details well, but still falls short of the brightness level achieved by the Sony X900F and the TCL R617.

Update 08/27/2018: The HDR peak brightness has been retested with the latest firmware (1.0.18.4) and it remains in the same ballpark.

7.0 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.902 %
50% DSE
:
0.198 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.201 %
5% DSE
:
0.114 %

The gray uniformity of this Vizio P series 2018 is decent. It is a slight improvement from the P Series 2017, but some clouding will be visible especially in panning shots and this might annoy sports fans.

In darker scenes (5% gray) things are slightly better but you might still be able to spot minor clouding.

Update 07/27/2018: The gray uniformity of TVs varies between units, and we have received reports of bad uniformity on some Vizio P Series TVs. We don't know how widespread this issue us, but will update the review as we learn more.

5.1 Viewing Angle
Color Washout
:
23 °
Color Shift
:
22 °
Brightness Loss
:
30 °
Black Level Raise
:
13 °
Gamma Shift
:
16 °

The viewing angles of the P65-F1 is bad. This is typical for a VA panel where as soon as there is an increase in viewing angle, blacks turn gray, then the colors shift and finally, brightness diminishes. This TV is not your best option if viewing angle is of importance.

8.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.643 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
0.954 %

The black uniformity of this Vizio P Series 2018 is very good, both with local dimming disabled and when it is enabled. There is a little clouding, but most people will not notice.

7.9 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.5 %

Reflection handling is very good. A great improvement from the 2017 P Series.

Just like the M Series 2018, the semi-gloss filter helps diffuse direct reflections and glare even in bright environments. However, some people will notice some direct reflections, but most people won't be bothered.

8.2 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
3.13
Color dE
:
1.75
Gamma
:
2.09
Color Temperature
:
6503 K
Picture Mode
:
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
:
Normal
Gamma Setting
:
2.2

The out-of-the-box color accuracy of the P series 2018 is remarkable and this is a big improvement from last years model.

The best results were obtained with the Picture mode set to Calibrated Dark and both the white balance dE and the color dE are below 3. At these values most people will not notice any imperfections. The colors were a little warm and the overall TV shows a slightly higher gamma than our target of 2.2, so the image is slightly dark.

9.7 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.24
Color dE
:
0.78
Gamma
:
2.20
Color Temperature
:
6493 K
White Balance Calibration
:
11 point
Color Calibration
:
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
:
No

Colors and shadows of the Vizio P65-F1 after calibration are outstanding. The already great accuracy becomes almost perfect in all aspects of our measurements. Color dE and white balance dE are very small, whereas the gamma curve is followed perfectly at 2.2. Finally, the color temperature is almost perfect

Note: Calibration can be performed very easily with the help of the Smartcast app, as no on-screen menu is necessary.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0 480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content such as DVDs is a bit more blocky, and there is more noise, similar to the P Series 2017. This is visible when viewing DVDs.

The upscaling performance is very similar to performance the M Series 2017

7.0 720p Input

Upscaling of 720p content such as cable is a bit softer than most other TVs.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. The image remains clear and sharp.

10 4k Input

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

Update 12/04/2018: We have received a few reports that the 55" P Series uses a different sub-pixel structure, and this may be noticeable when using it as a PC. There is an open discussion on this here.

8.0 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
88.39 %
DCI P3 uv
:
93.18 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
64.92 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
71.61 %

This Vizio P series 2018 has a good wide color gamut. It is a slight improvement from the 2017 model. And up to par with the Sony X900F.

The HDR EOTF in Calibrated Dark with Backlight at 50 follows the target PQ quite well. If you find HDR content too dark you can raise the Backlight to 100 to raise the EOTF. This will have a result of almost everything being brighter, as shown in this plot.

Enabling the Game Low Latency setting while gaming does not affect the game EOTF. The default EOTF in the Computer Picture mode a.k.a. PC mode overshoots the target PQ curve a bit, but when the Gamma setting is set to 2.2, like it is in Calibrated Dark, the EOTF becomes identical to that of Calibrated Dark.

7.3 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
81.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
42.5 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
65.3 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
34.2 %

The Vizio P Series 65 has decent color volume. In the P3 volume, it covers the gamut well; a slight improvement from last year's model. In both color volumes, the darker colors are not displayed very well, and blues can't get very bright.

7.1 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.127 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.135 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.118 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.166 dE

The Vizio P65-F1 has decent gradient. There is small banding almost everywhere, medium banding in dark green and grey, but no major banding at all. 8-bit banding is not visible since this is a 10-bit panel. The performance is slightly worse than the Vizio P Series 2017.

There is no gradient smoothing feature, but the Reduce Noise feature may reduce banding in low-quality content, at the cost of some loss of fine details.

10 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 %

No image retention is present on the Vizio P65-F1. This is in line with TVs that use VA panels.

10 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.

Pixels
8.0

Motion

The motion handling of the Vizio P Series 2018 is excellent. The response time is very short so low frame rate content stutters a bit, but this can be offset by enabling motion interpolation. The black frame insertion works great for those who don't mind some flicker for the sake of less blur. Finally, the TV can remove judder from most input signals.

9.5 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
3.0 ms
100% Response Time
:
10.8 ms

The Vizio P65-F1 has an excellent response time. The pixels change luminosity very fast and this is great for fast-moving content.

4.0 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz

Update 07/30/2019: The P Series has received an update that changes the backlight flicker to 120Hz. The picture and score have been updated to reflect the change.

The P series uses PWM and amplitude to dim its backlight. It flickers at 960Hz. This frequency is so fast that almost no-one can notice it. It is only flicker-free when the backlight level is set at maximum (100).

This does produce motion with less noticeable duplications than last year's P Series 2017 or the TCL 6 Series R617.

10 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
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
:
60 Hz

The BFI mode on the P Series 2018 is activated by setting Clear Motion to On. Just like the M-Series 2018, when BFI is enabled the perceived screen brightness is not reduced. This is because the brightness spikes higher than before to compensate for the off cycles.

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

The 2018 P series motion interpolation is excellent. The TV can interpolate both 30fps content and 60fps content up to 120 Hz. To do that, you must set the Reduce judder to interpolate 30Hz content, and set the Reduce Motion Blur to interpolate 60Hz content.

Motion interpolation stops when there's too much motion, and there are some visible artifacts when interpolating. Interpolation is nearly perfect during slow moving shots

6.9 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
30.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
5.9 ms

This Vizio P65-F1 is decent at being stutter free. There will be some stutter on slow fps content, because of the very fast response time of this TV. Most people will not notice it, but if you find that it bothers you, you can enable motion interpolation to reduce it.

7.8 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 TV has an option to remove judder. This only works if the signal is 24p or if it comes through a Native App. When a 24p signal is coming through a 60p or a 60i source (like a cable box), the TV's option to remove judder does not work. In this case, to remove judder you must enable motion interpolation with a very low setting, so as to avoid potential artifacts.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

The Vizio P65-F1 does not support VRR.

9.2

Inputs

The Vizio P series has excellent low input lag. It can support most common resolutions including 1080p @ 120Hz and 4K @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR, which will please most console gamers. All ports support HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth except HDMI 5. This year's model includes a TV tuner which was absent from the previous two year's models.

9.4 Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
:
15.3 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
90.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
:
15.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
:
27.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
26.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
90.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
:
83.9 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
10.5 ms
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

Update 05/17/2019: There is an issue with firmware version 2.1.7.1. When on HDMI 5 with 'Game Mode' enabled, there is no sound. Our model did not see this update automatically, so it is possible that it is either a gradual roll-out, or that Vizio has stopped rolling it out. If you are prompted to update to 2.1.7.1, we recommend against installing it.

Just like the P Series 2017, this year's model has excellent low input lag for SDR content. However, this year's model also has great input lag for HDR content as well.

HDMI port 5 is a low bandwidth port that doesn't support HDR, but has much lower input lag than the other ports, making it excellent for SDR gaming. Again we conducted all tests on HDMI ports 1, 2 and 5: ports 1 and 2 have similar input lags, but port 5 has much lower lag for all resolutions that it can support, including 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:0.

Chroma 4:4:4 only shown properly in Computer mode.

Test HDMI 1 2 5
1080p @ 60 Hz 27.0 26.6 15.3
+ HDR 27.3 26.6 N/A
out of game mode 145.4 145.3 90.3
1080p @ 120 Hz 30.0 29.9 10.5
4k @ 60 Hz 27.2 26.8 15.3
+ HDR 27.3 26.9 N/A
+ 4:4:4 26.8 26.9 N/A
+ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR 26.8 26.9 N/A
out of game mode 143.8 143.5 90.3
with interpolation 137.9 137.1 83.9

8.3 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
No
4k @ 60 Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
:
No

All of the most common resolutions are supported on HDMI ports 1-4, and most on port 5.

HDMI Port 5 supports a 4k @ 60 Hz input, but only at 4:2:0. It does not support 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 because it does not have the necessary bandwidth. It also doesn't support HDR.

Ports 1-4 support all common formats including chroma 4:4:4 and 4:2:2, but only when 'Full UHD Color' is enabled for the port being used.

4:4:4 color is only shown properly when the TV is set to Computer mode. Sharpness at 0 means no added sharpness. It is automatically greyed out in Computer mode.

Update 07/31/2018: We have received reports that there are issues with sending a 4k HDR signal from a game console including the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. These issues appear to be isolated and we have been unable to reproduce the problem.

Update 12/04/2018: We have received a few reports that the 55" P Series uses a different sub-pixel structure, and this may be noticeable when using it as a PC. There is an open discussion on this here.

Input Photos
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

Just like the M Series 2018, the P Series 2018 has dedicated ports for a shared component and composite input.

The rear inputs include an 'analog audio out' for use with wireless headphones without the need for an adaptor. Also, a 'Cable/Antenna' input is present for the TV tuner that returns with this year's model.

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

Update 11/14/2019: Vizio has added support for HDR10+ on many 2019 and 2018 models. We are in the process of updating our TVs and will update our reviews shortly.

4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 HDR works for all ports except HDMI 5.

Audio Passthrough
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
:
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
:
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
:
No
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

To get the optical DTS to work we had manually switch to bitstream, as with the auto setting the signal would stay in PCM. CEC is needed for ARC passthrough (setting name: CEC).

6.1

Sound Quality

The Vizio P Series 2018 has a mediocre sound. This TV has an above-average loudness but doesn't produce much bass, and it may also lack some detail and presence on dialogs. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or a soundbar is recommended.

5.8 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
119.87 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.37 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.68 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.77 dB
Max
:
87.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
4.71 dB

The frequency response is sub-par. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 120Hz, meaning this TV doesn't produce any thump or rumble, and doesn't have much punch or body to its bass either. The response above the LFE point is not very even either and lacks a bit of detail, which is not ideal for producing dialogs, especially at higher volumes. Additionally, it doesn't have a room correction system either, that's why it wasn't able to remove the modes of test room around 200Hz. On the upside, it reached 87.2dB SPL at maximum volume, which is above average.

6.8 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
1.225
Weighted THD @ Max
:
5.156
IMD @ 80
:
0.51 %
IMD @ Max