Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 TV Review

Updated Aug 01, 2019 at 09:51 am
Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
8.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.3
Movies
7.9
TV Shows
7.9
Sports
8.9
Video Games
8.4
HDR Movies
8.6
HDR Gaming
8.5
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is a great 4k TV. It looks good in a dark room thanks to the excellent contrast ratio and great local dimming feature. It has very good motion handling, with an excellent response time, which is great for gaming, and it has outstanding low input lag on the dedicated low latency HDMI port. It can also display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is great for use as a PC monitor. Unfortunately, like most Vizio TVs, the smart features aren't the best, as the interface can be quite slow at times, and there is no way to add additional apps.

Our Verdict

8.3 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is a great TV for almost any usage. It's a great choice for movies or games in a dark room, and HDR content looks great in a dark room. It's also a very good choice for TV shows or sports in a bright room, but the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't a great choice for a wide seating area or for watching the big game with a group of friends.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
8.3 Movies

Great TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has excellent contrast and a great local dimming feature, so blacks look black in a dark room. It also has good black uniformity, and it can remove judder from 24p sources or the native apps.

See our Movies recommendations
7.9 TV Shows

This is a very good TV for watching TV shows in a bright room. It has very good reflection handling and great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. Unfortunately, lower-resolution cable shows aren't upscaled as well as on other brands, and it has a limited selection of streaming apps, which might disappoint cord-cutters.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.9 Sports

This is a good TV for watching sports. It has very good reflection handling, an outstanding response time, and great peak brightness in SDR. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't a great choice for watching the big game with a group of friends.

See our Sports recommendations
8.9 Video Games

The Vizio P659-G1 is an excellent TV for playing video games. It has outstanding low input lag on the dedicated low-latency HDMI port, and the other ports are almost as good. It also has an outstanding response time, resulting in very little blur behind fast-moving objects. 1080p content from non-4k consoles is upscaled well and looks almost as good as native 4k.

See our Video Games recommendations
8.4 HDR Movies

This is a great TV for watching the latest HDR movies. It has outstanding contrast, especially when the local dimming feature is enabled, and it has good black uniformity. It can't get bright enough to fully display the content creator's intent in HDR, but it's still good, and small highlights stand out well. This TV supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not HDR10+.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
8.6 HDR Gaming

Excellent HDR gaming experience. It has excellent low input lag when gaming at 4k @ 60Hz HDR, and an outstanding response time, so there is very little blur behind fast-moving objects. This TV has an excellent contrast ratio and an outstanding color gamut, and it has good peak brightness in HDR.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.5 PC Monitor

Overall, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has excellent low input lag, and it supports most of the common input formats. The response time is excellent, and it has no chance of burn-in. Unfortunately, there are some noticeable uniformity issues, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle, which might be an issue if you're sitting too close.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 8.3 Mixed Usage
  • 8.3 Movies
  • 7.9 TV Shows
  • 7.9 Sports
  • 8.9 Video Games
  • 8.4 HDR Movies
  • 8.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.5 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Great peak brightness.
  • Deep blacks and a great local dimming feature.
  • Outstanding wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Noticeable uniformity issues.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is Vizio's second-highest model for 2019. It sits between the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 and the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 in their lineup. Vizio changed their lineup a bit this year, and this TV replaces the Vizio P Series 2018, not the namesake Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. The main competitors of this TV are the Samsung Q80R, Samsung Q70R, and the Hisense H9F.

Design
Design
Stand

The feet are almost identical to those found on the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, but with a flat finish. They support the TV well but don't completely prevent the display from wobbling. Like other Vizio TVs, they are wide-set and require a large table if the display isn't VESA mounted.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 50.8" x 11.6".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The back of the TV is almost entirely made of plastic, and is very plain, with no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are very thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.76" (7.0 cm)

This TV is relatively thin and doesn't stand out much when wall-mounted.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
101 °F (38 °C)
Average Temperature
96 °F (35 °C)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 has great build quality. It's sturdy and feels well-built, despite being made from cheaper materials than other high-end TVs.

Picture Quality
8.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4268 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
9253 : 1

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 has an excellent contrast ratio, but it's slightly worse than the other 2019 Vizio TVs we've tested, including the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019, which is unexpected. Local dimming is extremely effective at boosting the contrast ratio.

8.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

This TV has a great local dimming feature. It crushes blacks a bit more than the Vizio P Series 2018, but otherwise performs very similarly. With local dimming set to 'High', some scenes are a bit brighter, but others are dimmer and there is a bit more black crush. This setting might be a bit better for subtitled content, but otherwise, we recommend the 'Medium' setting for everyday use.

Like the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 and the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, the local dimming setting has an impact on peak brightness. Although we did most of our testing with it set to 'Medium', this setting might be too bright in some cases, in which case 'Low' is the better option.

Note that the 75" model has slightly more dimming zones, so local dimming performance might be slightly better.

8.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
435 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
681 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
851 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
737 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
542 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
497 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
620 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
728 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
541 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
429 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.029

The Vizio P659-G1 has great peak brightness but is significantly less bright than the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. With most real content, it's only a bit brighter than the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019, but some scenes can get brighter. There is some variation in peak brightness with different content (ABL), but this shouldn't be an issue for most people.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, with the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, and Local Dimming set to 'Medium'.

If you prefer a brighter image or a colder color temperature over an accurate one, with the 'Vivid' Picture Mode and the 'Cool' color temperature, with Gamma set to '1.8', and Local Dimming set to 'High' we measured a peak brightness of 984 cd/m² for a short period of time, as measured on the 10% test window.

Like the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 and the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, the local dimming setting has an impact on peak brightness. Although we did most of our testing with it set to 'Medium', this setting might be too bright in some cases, in which case 'Low' is the better option.

7.7
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
581 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
659 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
834 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
712 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
530 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
421 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
480 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
606 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
703 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
529 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.028

This TV has good peak brightness in HDR, much better than the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019, but not as good as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. Small highlights in some scenes are very bright but can fall short of the content creator's intent.

We tested the HDR peak brightness with no calibration settings, using the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with the Backlight set to '50', and local dimming set to 'Medium'.

If accuracy isn't as important to you, or if you prefer a colder color temperature, the 'Vivid Picture Mode hit a peak brightness of 992 cd/m² for a short period of time, as measured with the 10% window, with the Color Temperature set to 'cool', Gamma set to '1.8', the backlight set to '100', and local dimming on 'High'.

Like the M Series Quantum 2019 and the P Series Quantum X 2019, the local dimming setting has an impact on peak brightness. Although we did most of our testing with it set to 'Medium', this setting might be too bright in some cases, in which case 'Low' is the better option.

7.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.918 %
50% DSE
0.173 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.058 %
5% DSE
0.113 %

Decent gray uniformity, but there is some noticeable dirty screen effect and some vertical lines that can be distracting in panning shots. There is also significant vignetting.

5.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
21 °
Color Shift
24 °
Brightness Loss
30 °
Black Level Raise
11 °
Gamma Shift
17 °

Like most VA TVs, the viewing angle on the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is poor. At wider angles the brightness decreases and black levels rise, causing the image to appear washed out, and colors shift and lose accuracy. For a better viewing angle, an IPS TV like the LG SM9000 or Sony X800G is a better choice.

7.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.414 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.443 %

The Vizio P659-G1 has good black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, there is some noticeable clouding throughout the image. With local dimming enabled, though, there is very little clouding, and almost no blooming around the bright test cross.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.9 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %

This TV has great reflection handling, almost identical to the M Series Quantum 2019.

7.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.74
Color dE
2.89
Gamma
2.25
Color Temperature
5967 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Normal
Gamma Setting
2.2

With our pre-calibration settings, this TV has decent accuracy. Gamma is close to our target of 2.2, which is good, but more scenes are displayed slightly too dark. There are some noticeable color errors and some more significant errors in brighter shades of gray which might be noticeable.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.24
Color dE
0.82
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6488 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, this TV has outstanding accuracy. Gamma follows the 2.2 target almost perfectly, and the color temperature is extremely close to the target of 6500K. Any remaining color and white balance errors are far too small to be noticeable.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Like all Vizio TVs, upscaled 480p content, like DVDs, doesn't look as good as most other brands. This doesn't bother everyone equally, but it might be an issue if you watch a lot of older content and are sensitive to upscaling artifacts.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like with 480p content, looks a bit worse than most other brands. It still looks decent, though, and should please most people.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content like Blu-rays looks great, almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly, with no noticeable issues or artifacts.

8.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
96.41 %
DCI P3 uv
98.09 %
Rec 2020 xy
78.30 %
Rec 2020 uv
83.13 %

The Vizio P659-G1 has an outstanding color gamut and has nearly perfect coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most 4k UHD Blu-rays. We did notice a difference in tone mapping between this TV and the other 2019 Vizio TVs we've tested. Although the 100% primaries are very saturated, the colors in between are skewed closer to the white point and are visibly less saturated than the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 and the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019.

The EOTF follows the PQ curve very closely, resulting in an accurate HDR image up until the TV starts tone mapping. In 'Game' mode, the TV defaults to a backlight setting of '100', which results in an over-brightened image. Setting the backlight to '50' results in a more accurate EOTF, as (shown here). Whereas most TVs default to maximum brightness in HDR, Vizio TVs default to a setting of '50'. If you find HDR content too dark, simply increase this setting. If at a setting of '100' HDR is still too dark, also decreasing the gamma setting to '1.8' results in a noticeably brighter image, as shown here.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
85.6 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
43.1 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
72.2 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
37.9 %

The Vizio P659-G1 has very good color volume. It can display deep, saturated colors well, but can't fill out its color gamut entirely, and like almost all current TVs, blues aren't as bright as other colors or pure white.

7.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.117 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.145 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.113 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.168 dE

The Vizio P659-G1 has decent gradient handling. There is some banding noticeable in all colors, especially in shades of gray or green. Like the other 2019 Vizio TVs we've tested, there is no option that can smooth gradients.

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 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on this TV, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

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.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
9.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.9 ms
100% Response Time
8.4 ms

This TV has an outstanding response time. There is some overshoot noticeable, especially in dark scenes, and there are noticeable duplications in motion, due to the 120Hz flicker of the backlight.

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

Like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, the backlight on the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 uses PWM to dim, so there is flicker at every backlight level below 100. This 120Hz flicker causes duplications in moving objects, as seen in the response time photo.

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 Vizio P659-G1 has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help improve the appearance of motion by reducing the backlight flicker frequency to 60Hz. To enable this feature, set Clear Action to 'On'.

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

This TV has a native 120Hz panel, and it can interpolate low frame rate content up to 120Hz.

Find out more about the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019's motion interpolation feature, and how to enable it, here.

6.4
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
33.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
8.3 ms

Due to the fast response time, there is some noticeable stutter when watching 24p movies. This is especially noticeable in slow panning shots. If stutter bothers you, the motion interpolation and black frame insertion features can help reduce the amount of 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

Like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, this TV can remove judder from true 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player, or from the native apps, automatically, with no additional settings. Unfortunately, it can only remove judder from 60p/i sources by setting the Reduce Judder slider to '1'. This might introduce some motion interpolation, although we didn't notice any artifacts.

0
Motion
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 P659-G1 has a native 120Hz refresh rate, but it doesn't support any advanced variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
15.1 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
90.2 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
16.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
26.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
26.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
92.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
84.7 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
10.7 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

Test HDMI 1 HDMI 5
1080p @ 60 Hz 26.3 15.1
Out of Game Mode 137.0 90.2
1080p @ 120 Hz 30.0 10.7
4k @ 60 Hz 26.5 16.7
+ HDR 26.3 N/A
+ 4:4:4 26.0 N/A
Out of Game Mode 151.7 92.0
With Interpolation 144.4 84.7

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 has outstanding low lag, which is great for a responsive gaming experience. Unlike most brands, this mode can be enabled from any picture mode, simply by enabling the Low Latency setting.

Like many high-end Vizio TVs, the lowest input lag is reserved for HDMI port 5. The other ports still have low input lag, but it's a bit higher than most TVs currently on the market. Unfortunately, the low latency port doesn't support some high-bandwidth formats, including 4k @ 60Hz with 4:4:4, and it doesn't support HDR.

This TV doesn't support game auto low latency mode (ALLM).

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

The Vizio P659-G1 supports most common input formats but doesn't support 1440p. It can also display chroma 4:4:4 properly in all supported modes, as long as the 'Computer' picture mode is used, which is great for use as a PC monitor. The Full UHD Color has to be enabled for most high bandwidth signals.

Like many other Vizio TVs, HDMI port 5 is a low-latency port, and it doesn't have the Full UHD Color setting, so some formats, including 4k @ 60Hz 4:4:4 aren't supported.

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 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
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 No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Update 12/09/2019: Vizio has added support for HDR10+ on most 2019 and 2018 models.

Like most other Vizio TVs, this TV supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Inputs
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
Sound Quality
6.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
113.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70