Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Jul 08, 2019 at 12:39 pm
Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
8.4
Movies
7.9
TV Shows
7.9
Sports
8.0
Video Games
8.5
HDR Movies
7.8
HDR Gaming
7.7
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio P Series Quantum X is an excellent 4k LED LCD TV. It delivers great overall picture quality with deep, uniform blacks, outstanding peak brightness, and a great local dimming feature. Motion looks great, thanks to the outstanding response time. It also has excellent low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, although it doesn't support any of the advanced gaming features, like FreeSync, found on some other TVs. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and there is noticeable banding in areas of similar color.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The Vizio P Series Quantum X is an excellent TV for most uses. It looks great in almost any room but has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't as good for watching sports with a group of friends or playing co-op games. Fast movies and games look great, thanks to the fast response time, and games are responsive due to the low input lag.

Pros
  • Outstanding peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Deep, uniform blacks.
  • Great motion handling.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
8.4 Movies

This is an excellent TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has an excellent contrast ratio and a great local dimming feature, so it delivers deep, uniform blacks. Fast-moving action scenes look great, with very little blur, thanks to the fast response time, although this lack of blur does result in a bit more noticeable stutter. This TV also gets extremely bright in both SDR and HDR. Unfortunately, lower resolution movies don't look quite as good, as the 480p upscaling isn't as good as most other TVs.

7.9 TV Shows

The is a great TV for watching your favorite TV shows during the day. It has excellent reflection handling and can get extremely bright, so glare should never be an issue, even in an extremely bright room. This TV also has a good selection of built-in apps, covering some of the most popular streaming apps, but it isn't possible to add more apps. Unfortunately, due to the poor viewing angle, this TV is best enjoyed from directly in front, so it isn't a great choice if you like to move around with the TV on. Cable content also doesn't look quite as good on this TV, as the 720p upscaling isn't as good as most other brands.

7.9 Sports

Overall, this is a great TV for watching sports. The P Series Quantum X can get extremely bright and has great reflection handling, so there shouldn't be any issues with glare in a bright room. It has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects, like the players, look great, with very little blur behind them. Unfortunately, this TV isn't well-suited for watching the big game with a group of friends, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

8.0 Video Games

This is an excellent TV for playing video games. It has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it delivers very smooth motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. This TV also looks great in almost any room, as it can easily handle glare in a bright room, and also has excellent contrast for late-night gaming. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync. This TV also isn't as well-suited for co-op gaming, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

8.5 HDR Movies

The P Series Quantum X is an excellent TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It looks great in a dark room, as it has excellent contrast and a great local dimming feature. This is a remarkably bright TV, and small highlights in some scenes in HDR really stand out, the way the creator intended. This TV also has an outstanding color gamut and great color volume. Fast-moving objects look great, thanks to the fast response time, but this does result in a bit more noticeable stutter when watching movies.

7.8 HDR Gaming

This is an excellent TV for HDR gaming. It has excellent low input lag, delivering a responsive gaming experience, and fast-moving objects in your favorite games look great, thanks to the fast response time. HDR games can get extremely bright, and they look great in a dark room, thanks to the excellent contrast ratio. Unfortunately, it lacks any advanced gaming features, like support for FreeSync variable refresh rate.

7.7 PC Monitor

Overall, this is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a fast response time, so there is little distracting blur trail around fast-moving objects, and it has excellent low input lag for a responsive experience. It can also get extremely bright and has excellent reflection handling, so it has no issues overcoming glare. Unfortunately, this TV has a poor viewing angle, and the sides of the screen appear non-uniform if you're sitting too close.

  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Movies
  • 7.9 TV Shows
  • 7.9 Sports
  • 8.0 Video Games
  • 8.5 HDR Movies
  • 7.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.7 PC Monitor
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio P Series Quantum X is Vizio's top TV for 2019, and is the direct replacement for the 2018 Vizio P Series Quantum. The main competitors from a performance standpoint are the Samsung Q80R, the Samsung Q90R, and the Sony X950G.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio P Series Quantum X has a great design, and is identical to last year's Vizio P Series Quantum. The stand has a nice metal finish and supports the TV well, but the two feet are nearly the full width of the TV, so you'll need a wide stand if you aren't VESA mounting it. This TV, like last year's, has very good build quality, with no obvious points of concern.

Design
Stand

The stand is slim but well-built, and it supports the TV well. Unfortunately, the feet are very wide and can't be reversed, so you'll need a very wide table if you aren't wall-mounting it.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 50.8" x 11.7".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The back of the TV is plain, made up of a single textured plastic panel. The inputs face down and to the side, and they are easy to access when the TV is VESA mounted.

Unfortunately, there is no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting at all when watching TV.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.72" (6.9 cm)

The TV is relatively thin and doesn't stand out very much when viewed edge-on. It looks great when wall-mounted, but isn't as thin as OLED TVs like the LG C9.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The P Series Quantum X appears to be well-built, with no obvious deficiencies or weak points.

Picture Quality
9.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5414 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
14743 : 1

The P Series Quantum X has an outstanding native contrast ratio and delivers extremely deep blacks, even with the local dimming feature off. With local dimming enabled, the contrast ratio is one of the best we've ever measured, similar to the 2018 Vizio P Series Quantum and the Samsung Q9FN.

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

Update 07/16/2019: Text updated to clarify settings.

The full array local dimming feature is extremely effective at dimming dark areas on the screen and is one of the best we've ever seen. It reacts quickly to fast scene changes, but can't always keep up, and it tends to dim the outside edges of bright, fast-moving objects, which can be noticeable in some scenes.

There is noticeably less blooming around bright objects than last year's model. There can still be some noticeable blooming around subtitles in dark scenes though, as well as around very bright objects in dark scenes, but it's better than previous models.

If you enjoy local dimming and don't mind some variation in screen brightness or blooming, then set local dimming to 'Medium'. This does increase the overall brightness of the image, though, and can result in distracting blooming around bright objects. If you prefer a less aggressive local dimming implementation or find the brightness too high after decreasing the 'Backlight' then set it to 'Low', or disable local dimming completely if you don't like the changes in brightness.

The setting that controls the backlight is known as Active Full Array. During testing, we discovered that adjusting this setting sometimes caused the Black Frame Insertion feature to be disabled.

Note: The 75" model has more dimming zones, and we expect the local dimming feature to perform slightly better.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
637 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
2005 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
2351 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
1832 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
1001 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
595 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
1446 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
1694 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
1684 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
924 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
591 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum X has outstanding peak brightness in SDR, very close to the Sony Z9F and 2018 Vizio P Series Quantum.

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

If you prefer a brighter image, or a colder color temperature over an accurate one, with the 'Standard' Picture Mode we measured a peak brightness of 2922 cd/m² for a short period of time, as measured on the 10% test window.

By design, the TV dims when it detects a static pattern, including our test patterns. Vizio sent us instructions on how to work around this, but we were still unable to get consistent results, as the TV's brightness is very finicky.

9.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
1406 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
1800 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
2373 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
1826 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
1015 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
604 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
1298 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
1705 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
1671 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
921 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
601 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.056

This TV can get extremely bright in HDR. Small highlights in some scenes are extremely bright, which is great. Even large, bright scenes are very bright, although not quite as bright as last year's model.

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 'Standard' Picture Mode hit a peak brightness of 2741 cd/m² for a short period of time, with the Color Temperature set to 'cool', and local dimming on 'High'.

By design, this TV dims the screen when it detects static images, like our test patterns. Vizio sent us instructions on how to work around this, but we still weren't able to get consistent results.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.482 %
50% DSE
0.178 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.614 %
5% DSE
0.112 %

Decent gray uniformity, but the sides of the screen are noticeably darker. There is also noticeable dirty screen effect (DSE) in the center of the screen, which isn't great for watching sports. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, with no significant issues.

5.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
23 °
Color Shift
21 °
Brightness Loss
36 °
Black Level Raise
13 °
Gamma Shift
17 °

The P Series Quantum X has a poor viewing angle. Moving off-center, the image loses brightness, and the black level increases, causing the image to appear washed-out. At even moderate angles colors lose accuracy and appear washed-out.

Like the Vizio P Series Quantum, this TV has an optional 'Enhanced Viewing Angle' feature, which is intended to improve viewing angle performance. We measured both and found no advantage for enabling this feature. When it is enabled, it changes the TV's sub-pixel dimming, which reduces the overall color resolution and causes some noticeable issues.

During testing, when changing inputs the Enhanced Viewing Angle function would engage itself automatically, but the setting still shows 'Off'. To disable it, we had to turn it on, then off again.

8.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.008 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.410 %

Great black uniformity, which is great for dark-room viewing. With local dimming disabled, there is some very slight clouding visible. Once local dimming is enabled, though, the black uniformity is significantly better, and there is no noticeable clouding around the white test cross.

8.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
2.2 %
Indirect Reflections
0.2 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.0 %

Excellent reflection handling, very similar to last year's P Series Quantum. Unlike many high-end TVs, there is no purplish tint from the anti-reflective layer.

6.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.03
Color dE
3.10
Gamma
2.22
Color Temperature
5803 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Normal
Gamma Setting
2.2

With our pre-calibration settings, this TV has decent accuracy. There are some noticeable color inaccuracies, and there are noticeable inaccuracies in brighter shades of gray. The average gamma is close to the calibration target of 2.2, but some scenes are over-brightened, and some are too dark.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.36
Color dE
0.76
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6452 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

This TV has a full white balance and color calibration system, and after calibration, it has outstanding accuracy. Color and white balance accuracy are both significantly improved, and any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable. The color temperature is close to our target of 6500K, and gamma follows the target almost perfectly.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Like all other Vizio TVs we've tested, 480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled decently but appears a bit more blocky than other TVs.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from a cable box, looks decent, but like other Vizio TVs we've tested, the image is a bit worse than most other TVs.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like Blu-ray movies or older game consoles, looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content looks great. When the TV's Enhanced Viewing Angle feature is enabled, the TV uses spatial dithering, which can cause issues with some content, as shown by the shadows in this image.

This TV also always applies an edge enhancement, even when Sharpness is set to '0'. This results in some noticeable issues, as seen here.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels

When the enhanced viewing angle feature is enabled, some subpixels are partially dimmed, as shown here.

9.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
96.34 %
DCI P3 uv
97.94 %
Rec 2020 xy
79.00 %
Rec 2020 uv
85.55 %

The P Series Quantum X has an outstanding color gamut, one of the best we've ever measured. It covers almost the entire DCI-P3 color space, and has the best Rec. 2020 coverage of any TV we've tested so far.

Some dark scenes appear too dark, but otherwise this TV follows the PQ EOTF curve well, before tone-mapping near the TV's peak brightness. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is identical.

If you find HDR too dim, check out our recommended settings here. With these settings, HDR content appears much brighter on the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, as shown here.

8.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
84.1 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
60.7 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
76.4 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
52.2 %

This TV has great color volume. It can display dark saturated colors, and bright colors are close to the TV's peak brightness.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.140 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.147 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.113 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.197 dE

Update 08/19/2019: We updated the firmware to version 3.0.8.2-1 and retested the gradients. There is slightly less banding in all colors, but not enough to make a noticeable difference.

Decent gradient handling, but there is mild banding in almost all shades, and there is more significant banding in dark greens and grays. Unfortunately, the Reduce Noise feature does not appear to improve gradients at all.

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 is no noticeable image retention on the PX65-G1, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast 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.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.5 ms
100% Response Time
9.9 ms

The Vizio PX65-G1 has an excellent response time, very similar to last year's model. There is some overshoot in some transitions, which can cause some inverse ghosting, but this shouldn't be that noticeable. There are noticeable duplications in our response time photo due to the backlight flicker.

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

Unfortunately, this TV uses PWM to dim the backlight, and there is a 120Hz flicker at all backlight levels other than max. This results in duplications in motion, which might be noticeable in certain content.

Although we initially measured a 960Hz flicker on the Vizio P Series 2018 and Vizio P Series Quantum, which is much less noticeable, we have retested them and found that they also flicker at 120Hz now. We don't know when this change occurred, but it was likely in one of the firmware updates over the past year.

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

For even clearer motion, this TV has an optional black frame insertion(BFI) feature, which reduces the backlight flicker frequency to 60Hz. There was a bug during testing, where adjusting the local dimming feature to a higher setting disabled this feature.

We found the BFI feature to behave very erratically. When enabling this feature, we found that it wouldn't always start flickering at the right time, which resulted in strobe crosstalk duplications. It appears to be random, but enabling Game Low Latency appears to be more likely to get a perfect image.

When BFI is enabled, a compensation algorithm is engaged to try and compensate for the normally reduced brightness. This is why the image appears so different from our usual BFI photos.

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

The Vizio P Series Quantum X has a 120Hz panel and can interpolate lower frame rate content up to that refresh rate. Like last year's model, the motion interpolation feature is very aggressive, and there are noticeable artifacts in busy scenes.

Learn more about the motion interpolation feature, and how to adjust it, here.

6.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
31.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
6.8 ms

Due to the fast response time, there is some noticeable stutter, especially when watching 24p content like movies. This is especially noticeable with slow, panning shots. If stutter bothers you, the motion interpolation feature can help, by increasing the frame rate of your content.

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 P Series Quantum X can remove judder from any 24p source, including from the native apps, but it can't remove judder from 60 i/p sources, like a cable box. For 24p sources, no special settings are required; the TV always plays them without judder.

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 P Series Quantum X 2019 has a 120Hz refresh rate, but it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync or HDMI Forum's VRR feature.

Inputs
8.3
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
14.7 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
89.7 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
16.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
26.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
26.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
83.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
83.8 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