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Vizio P Series 2018 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 11:24 am
Vizio P Series 2018 Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
8.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.4
Movies
7.6
TV Shows
7.7
Sports
8.9
Video Games
8.4
HDR Movies
8.5
HDR Gaming
8.6
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.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The Vizio P Series is a great TV for almost any kind of usage. Its low input lag, fast response time, great contrast ratio, good uniformity and great color accuracy make it a great choice for almost any audience.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
8.4 Movies

Great movie performance for the Vizio P65-F1. Blacks are deep and local dimming works well to improve contrast ratio in dark scenes. The TV has a good overall picture quality with uniform blacks and accurate out-of-the-box colors. It will keep happy those who view 1080p content like blu-ray.

See our Movies recommendations
7.6 TV Shows

The Vizio P Series 2018 is good for watching TV in a bright room. The TV can get bright and can overcome most glare. It has great reflection handling, but the picture quality degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle, which is bad for wide rooms. The TV does an ok job at upscaling cable content, but you might notice some clouding.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.7 Sports

A good TV for watching Sports. Fast response time, good reflection handling and great SDR peak brightness make this TV suitable for watching fast moving content in a bright, but not wide room due to poor viewing angles. Depending on the panel some people might notice some clouding due to decent gray uniformity, especially in panning shots.

See our Sports recommendations
8.9 Video Games

The Vizio P65-F1 is an excellent TV for playing video games. The low input lag and the very fast response time guarantee a nice gaming experience. The TV is capable of supporting various resolutions and have great interpolation image clearing features, that will keep gamers happy.

See our Video Games recommendations
8.4 HDR Movies

This is a good TV for watching HDR movies. It has deep blacks and great black uniformity. In HDR content, details look bright with saturated colors that will keep most people happy.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
8.5 HDR Gaming

The Visio P series 2018 is a great TV for HDR gaming. Its excellent response time, wide color gamut, good contrast ratio and 4K @ 60Hz with HDR display capabilities, make it a good choice for those who want to use it for HDR gaming.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.6 PC Monitor

This a good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has very low input lag and you will be pleased with the TVs reaction time. The response time is very low and you will not notice any blur. However, if you sit too close to the TV the edges might look a little dim and colors might be off due to poor viewing angles.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.7 Sports
  • 8.9 Video Games
  • 8.4 HDR Movies
  • 8.5 HDR Gaming
  • 8.6 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Great dark scene performance
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  1. Update 2/19/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. 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
  3. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  4. 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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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
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.

Design
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"

Design
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.

Design
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.

Design
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).

8.0
Design
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.

Picture Quality
8.7
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.5 %

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
Picture Quality
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.

9.6
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
720p Input

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

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

10
Picture Quality
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.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels
8.0
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
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 %

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

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
9.5
Motion
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
Motion
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
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
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.

Motion
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
Motion
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
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 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
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
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
No VRR support

The Vizio P65-F1 does not support VRR.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
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
Inputs
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.

Inputs
Input Photos
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