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  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
    5. Temperature
    6. Build Quality
  4. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. Pixels
  5. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  6. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  7. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Distortion
  8. Smart Features
    1. Interface
    2. Ads
    3. Apps and Features
    4. Remote
    5. Remote App
    6. TV Controls
    7. In The Box
    8. Misc
  9. Sizes and Variants
  10. Compared
  11. Conclusion
  12. Q&A
Reviewed on Jul 27, 2017 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Martin Leduc, Eric Bousquet

Vizio P Series XLED 2017
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.1 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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: $1,670
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8.5 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.7 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.6 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.7 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.4 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.1 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.9 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Vizio P Series 2017 is a mid-range LED TV with excellent picture quality in a dark room. It's exactly the same as the P Series 2016, but it comes with a standard remote instead of an android tablet. Mostly thanks to its great local dimming, the P Series can produce very deep blacks. It's a great gaming TV too thanks to its low input lag and motion blur. Unfortunately, though, its picture quality degrades when viewed from an angle, and its input lag is a bit high with HDR content.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 7.8
Motion 8.8
Inputs 9.1
Sound Quality 6.2
Smart Features 6.8
Pros
  • Great picture quality in a dark room
  • Low input lag in SDR
  • Brighter than average
Cons
  • Color gamut could be better for HDR
  • Picture quality degrades at an angle
  • No TV tuner
Update 10/31/2017: Retested 24p over 60Hz with the 3.4.8.5 update and judder is still present.
Update 9/20/2017: Tested 1080p @ 120 Hz input lag using our new input lag tool.
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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8.0

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 Design Picture
Curved : No

The design of the P Series 2017 is simple, and the same as the previous year's P Series 2016. It has a wide metal stand, which supports the TV well but requires a large table. It is stable, and most of the inputs can be easily accessed if wall mounted. It looks quite good, but won't stand out as much as some other high-end TVs such as the MU9000 or SJ8500.

Stand
Vizio P Series 2017 Stand Picture

The stand of the TV is quite wide, but is strong and provides very good support. It feels high quality too, due to the heavy metal.

Footprint of the 65" TV stand: 11.1" x 50.0"

Back
Vizio P Series 2017 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 400x400

The rear of the TV is simple and made of plastic. Most of the inputs are easy to access even if placed next to a wall as they run parallel to the back of the TV.

Borders
Vizio P Series 2017 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.59" (1.5 cm)

The borders have an average thickness, but still look quite good with a textured metal finish.

Thickness
Vizio P Series 2017 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.52" (6.4 cm)

The TV appears quite thick when viewed from the side due to the full-array backlight. It will stick out a bit if wall mounted, but the metal borders look good.

Temperature
Vizio P Series 2017 Temperature picture
Maximum Temperature
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What it is: The peak temperature found on the TV.
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: 5°C
:
36 °C
Average Temperature
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What it is: The average temperature measured on the TV.
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: 5°C
:
32 °C

The TV gets a little warm to the touch along the top edge and in a few places on the back, but this isn't a problem. There are air vents along the top and bottom of the TV that keep it cool.

7.5 Build Quality
Vizio P Series 2017 Build quality picture

The build quality of the P Series 2017 is good. Metal is used along the frame and for the stand, so the TV feels quite rugged. The rear plastic has a bit of flex, but this isn't an issue for normal use.

7.8

Picture Quality

The Vizio P 2017 LED TV has a good picture quality. The impressive contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity make for a great dark room performance and with its deep blacks, dark scenes reproduction is excellent. When set in a bright room, the very good SDR peak brightness and its great capacity to deal with reflection mean that the Vizio P 2017 is also a very good option. The gray uniformity could be better though and those who are sensitive to dirty screen effect might notice it, especially in a sport like ice hockey. The viewing angle is poor and relegates the best picture quality to a narrow zone right in front of the TV. Finally, HDR looks great on the 2017 Vizio P thanks to the wide color gamut, high HDR peak brightness, and great local dimming.

8.8 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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4675 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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9271 : 1

Great native contrast ratio for the 2017 Vizio P TV. This high native contrast ratio means that dark scenes will be displayed really well and with really deep blacks, especially when the TV is set in a dark room.

When the local dimming is turned on, the contrast ratio nearly doubles, which is even better. This is a clear sign that the local dimming is very effective. The black level is literally cut in half, which is great for HDR content, especially HDR movies.

8.0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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Yes
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Full-Array

The Vizio P 2017 has a great local dimming. In fact, it is the same as the 2016 Vizio P, since the TV is essentially the same. Overall, the local dimming does a good job limiting the blooming around our moving highlight, but similarly, as the 2016 version, it still dims the moving highlight too much, especially when transiting from one dimming zone to another. Fortunately, this is less obvious when watching movies and we recommend to turn the on the local dimming feature, named 'Active LED Zones' on this Vizio TV.

8.4 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
489 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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305 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
424 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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471 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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502 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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517 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
302 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
421 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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467 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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497 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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513 cd/m2
SDR ABL
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What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
:
0.031

Plot over time

Great SDR peak brightness. The TV's great ~500 cd/m² brightness is only marred by how its local dimming dims the smaller white windows. This means darker scenes will be more dim than intended.

Because of this local dimming behavior the overall brightness is less than the Sony X900E, which has similar real scene brightness. The P Series 2016 has similar brightness and behavior to the 2017; even though the 2017 is a little dimmer in every test, this is within panel variation between units of the same TV, and isn't noticeable in person.

7.0 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
442 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
313 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
435 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
482 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
511 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
531 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
310 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
431 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
478 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
507 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
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522 cd/m2
HDR ABL
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What it is: The standard deviation of the HDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: HDR content with large bright areas, such as HDR gaming
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
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0.031

Plot over time

Decent HDR peak brightness, but not as good as it could be because of the TV's local dimming behavior. Most TVs with local dimming make highlights brighter than their full screen white brightness, however the Vizio P dims highlights in even normal scenes, so its full screen white is its highest brightness. Because of this highlights in dim scenes will be much less bright than intended.

Because of this behavior the overall brightness is less than the X900E, which has a similar full screen white brightness. The P Series 2016 has similar brightness and behavior to the 2017 model; though the 2017 is a little less bright in every test, this is within unit variation for the same TV, and isn't noticeable in person.

Update 08/01/2017: In HDR the 'Backlight' setting doesn't change the peak brightness, but changes the brightness of everything else, as explained in the Color Gamut section of the review. Backlight 50 is recommended for a dark room and Backlight 100 is recommended for a bright room.

6.7 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
4.582 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.184 %
Vizio P Series 2017 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
2.661 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.124 %

The Vizio P 2017 gray uniformity could be better. The corners and sides are all a bit darker than the center, with some faint darker vertical band also visible in the center. Luckily, the vertical bands in the center are not very visible while watching normal content since they are just a bit darker than the average of the screen. Dirty screen effect is visible very slightly and not very annoying.

Looking at our 5% gray uniformity test picture, you can see that both sides are slightly brighter, but this is only a result of the narrow viewing angle.

4.4 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA (except 55")
Vizio P Series 2017 Color Shift Picture
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
18 °
Vizio P Series 2017 Brightness Picture
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
33 °
Vizio P Series 2017 Black Level Picture
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
21 °

Poor viewing angle, though average for a TV with a VA panel. Blacks turn grey and colors shift when the TV is viewed from a small angle, while brightness decreases at a more moderate angle. This TV isn't well suited for a room where people often view the TV from the side.

The 55" Vizio P uses an IPS panel with a much better viewing angle, but worse picture quality when viewed from straight in front.

8.8 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.674 %
Vizio P Series 2017 Black Uniformity Picture with Local Dimming
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.748 %

Outstanding black uniformity for the Vizio P Series 2017. The native black uniformity (when the local dimming is turned off) is very good and the overall screen blacks are very uniform. There is not any visible clouding or flashlighting near the corners or sides, which is very good.

When the local dimming is turned on, there is some blooming around the center white cross, but once again, it is very limited and we can clearly see that the local dimming implementation is very good on the 2017 Vizio P.

8.6 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
10 Bit

The gradient is very smooth with only some small imperfection in the darker shades of colors, but this is nothing really problematic overall. 8-bit banding is not visible since this is a 10-bit panel. The performance is almost the same as the Vizio P Series 2016.

7.4 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode, color temperature, and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 Pre Calibration Picture Vizio P Series 2017 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Vizio P Series 2017 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.45
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.69
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.24

The Vizio P 2017 has a great accuracy out of the box when the TV is set to the 'Calibrated Dark' picture mode and with the 'Normal' color temperature. It is still a bit warm on the 'Normal' color temperature, but it is far more accurate than the 2 other color temperature available ('Computer' and 'Cool'). As is, this TV could be used by almost anyone without the need to do a calibration

Overall, the white balance dE is not bad as it is just a bit over the 3.0 mark, which is where enthusiasts would begin to notice the inaccuracy. As for the gamma, it is tracking very closely our 2.2 target, which is great. Finally, the color dE is very reasonable and should not really be a problem as is, unless you are a professional who has already worked with other calibrated monitors or TVs.

9.6 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 Post Calibration Picture Vizio P Series 2017 Post Gamma Curve Picture Vizio P Series 2017 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.29
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.97
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.21

After calibration, the Vizio P Series 2017 is very accurate and if not almost perfect. The white balance control works well and is accurate and precise, as each IRE control points does not affect the adjacent points. which can happen on some TV and make the whole calibration process a pain to do. The color space management ('Color Tuner') is also very effective and the whole color dE was brought down to 0.97, which at this level, any inaccuracies are almost unnoticeable. Finally, the gamma curve was flattened to track our 2.2 target almost right on.

You can find our calibration settings here.

7.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 480p Picture

Upscaling of low-quality content such as DVDs is a bit more blocky than other TVs, similar to the Vizio P Series 2016.

7.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 720p Picture

720p content such as cable looks decent when upscaled. Some minor haloing artifacts are visible and the image is slightly more soft than most other TVs.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 1080p Picture

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

10 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 4k Picture

Content at the native 4k resolution of the TV looks good. No issues can be seen.

7.6 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
:
Yes
Vizio P Series 2017 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
83.85 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
91.45 %
Vizio P Series 2017 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
60.99 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
68.95 %
Vizio P Series 2017 EOTF

Wide HDR color gamut, though not as wide as the Sony X900E and many high end TVs. Our color gamut tests are done at a 75% stimulus brightness; at this high brightness the Vizio P sacrifices color saturation in order to make colors brighter. This is visible as terrible color accuracy in both color gamut images. The same P3 and 2020 tests done at a 50% stimulus brightness show much better color accuracy, because the TV can easily reach this brightness.

Update 08/01/2017: It was found that changing the 'Backlight' setting in HDR changes the EOTF and doesn't actually change the peak brightness. At Backlight 100 (shown here with local dimming on and off) the EOTF is much brighter than the PQ curve, which is good for bright rooms. At Backlight 50 (local dimming on, off) the EOTF follows the PQ curve very well, which is good for dark rooms. At Backlight 50 the 'Game' and 'Computer' picture mode EOTFs (local dimming on) follow the PQ curve very well.

7.1 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Vizio P Series 2017 P3 Color Volume ITP Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
81.1 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
35.1 %
Vizio P Series 2017 2020 Color Volume ITP Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
61.9 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
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What it is: How much of the Rec 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
26.7 %

Okay color volume, but mostly limited by the color gamut and black level. The TV's great local dimming lets it extend its wide color gamut to a large range of brightnesses. One problem though is how the DCI P3 color gamut narrows drastically at very high brightness values, as the TV sacrifices color saturation to make them brighter. This is most visible in the P3 image in our Color Gamut section. This will mean that the colors of very bright highlights will look a little washed out.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
Vizio P Series 2017 Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0 %

Perfect result four our image retention test for the 2017 Vizio P. This result is in line with most LED TVs that use a VA panel.

8.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 Reflections Picture Vizio P Series 2017 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
:
Semi-gloss

The reflection handling of the P Series 2017 is good. It has a semi-gloss finish which reduces the intensity of reflection by diffusing them across the screen, but also causes ambient glare to raise the perceived black level. This should be fine for most rooms but may be an issue in an especially bright living room.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
:
No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
:
No
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
:
No

The Vizio P Series 2017 does not support 3D, like the rest of the Vizio line of TVs.

Pixels
Vizio P Series 2017 Pixels Picture

The pixel structure looks identical to the P Series 2016.

8.8

Motion

The motion handling of the Vizio P Series 2017 is great. The response time is very fast, so only a short trail of blur can be seen following moving objects. The TV uses PWM flicker at 120 Hz to dim, which reduces the smoothness of motion compared to TVs that reduce backlight intensity to dim, but most people won't notice it. The P Series 2017 can play movies at 24p from a DVD or BluRay player without judder, but some minor judder is present from other 60Hz sources. The TV uses a 120 Hz panel and is able to interpolate lower frame rate content.

9.3 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 Motion Blur Picture Vizio P Series 2017 Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
3.9 ms
100% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
10.9 ms

The response time of the P Series 2017 is very good, resulting in a short trail following moving objects. This is great when watching fast-moving content. This result is very similar to the P Series 2016.

6.8 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Vizio P Series 2017 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
120 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Vizio P Series 2017 BFI Picture Vizio P Series 2017 BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes

The TV uses PWM at 120Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 99/100 backlight setting. Lowering the setting shortens the duty cycle, while amplitude remains constant. Backlight that uses PWM results in duplications following moving objects, but it does help to clear up motion slightly. It is possible to reduce the flicker frequency to 60 Hz by enabling the 'Clear Action' setting. If you don't mind the visible flicker produced by this option, it helps to clear up fast moving content. The Vizio P 2017 increases backlight amplitude when Clear Action is enabled, which helps keep screen brightness constant even while using Black Frame Insertion.

7.1 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
:
No

The Vizio P Series 2017 can display 24p movies without judder only when the movies are played from 24p sources, like DVD and Blu-ray players and this without the need to turn on any related option. When 24p movies are played either from a 60p or 60i sources (like cable or satellite boxes), The TV can't remove completely judder as seen in this picture even when 'Pure Cinema' is turned on. This is a bit odd, as the 2016 Vizio P Series was able to remove judder without issues with the previous firmware. This may be a firmware issue and we will keep track of it and update the results of the test if it is fixed in the future.

Update 10/31/2017: With the latest firmware (3.4.8.5) judder is still present from 60Hz signals, even with 'Pure Cinema' enabled.

10 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
:
Yes
Vizio P Series 2017 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
:
Yes
Vizio P Series 2017 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

The P Series 2017 can interpolate lower frame rate content using its 120 Hz panel. To add the soap opera effect to 60 fps content, increase the 'Reduce Motion Blur' slider. The 'Reduce Judder' slider is used to interpolate 30 fps content. Note that any motion interpolation will introduce artifacts, so use a small value unless you really like the soap opera effect.

9.1

Inputs

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The Vizio P can play almost any content, including HDR. It has excellent low input lag for SDR content, but only okay input lag for HDR content.

8.9 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
16.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
43.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on the TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR video games from a console outputting a 1080p signal.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
45.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on the TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz in a fully featured picture mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
82.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on the TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz in a fully featured picture mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
82.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
43.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
43.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR
When it matters: PC monitor with an HDR capable graphics card
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
51.0 ms
4k With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag for 4k content when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
77.7 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag for 1080p content when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
77.7 ms
1080p @ 120 Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 120Hz input.
When it matters: When the TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
12.2 ms

Excellent low input lag for SDR content, but only okay input lag for HDR content. 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. We conducted all tests on HDMI ports 1, 2 and 5: ports 1 and 2 have identical input lag within variance, but port 5 has much lower lag for all resolutions that it can support, including 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:0. These results are almost identical to last year's P Series 2016.

Test HDMI 1 2 5
1080p @ 60 Hz 46.0 45.3 16.0
+ 4:4:4 50.9 50.6 15.9
out of game mode 129.3 128.6 82.6
with interpolation 125.9 124.3 77.7
4k @ 60 Hz 44.0 43.3 15.9
+ HDR 43.5 43.5 N/A
+ 4:4:4 43.7 43.2 N/A
+ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR 43.7 43.2 N/A
out of game mode 127.3 126.5 82.6
with interpolation 123.9 122.0 77.7

Update 09/20/2017: Tested 1080p @ 120 Hz input lag using our new input lag tool on HDMI port 5. It is ~4 ms faster than the 1080p @ 60 Hz input lag, which is due to the faster scan time of a 120 Hz signal.

10 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
:
Yes
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
:
Yes

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

Port 5: 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 color is not supported (not enough bandwidth). HDR is also not supported. 4:4:4 color is shown properly in any picture mode.

Ports 1-4: 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 is only supported when 'Full UHD Color' is enabled for the port being used. 4:4:4 color is only shown properly in the 'Computer' picture mode.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 5
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 0
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Like the 2016 model, the Vizio P Series 2017 doesn't have a TV tuner.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Dolby Vision mastered content. Current available from streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Video), some Blu-Ray players, the Apple TV 4k and ChromeCast Ultra.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

HDMI port 5 does not support HDR or HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth. To passthrough DTS or Dolby Digital depending on the content, set 'Digital Audio Out' to 'Bitstream' in the sound options.

6.2

Sound Quality

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What it is: How well and accurately the audio is reproduced.
When it matters: When a good and accurate sound reproduction is needed.
Score components:

The Vizio P Series 2017 like most TVs available today sounds mediocre. Intelligibility is not an issue, but a set of speakers or even a soundbar will be an improvement to the audio experience.

6.3 Frequency Response
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What it is: How accurately the sound level of each frequency is being produced.
When it matters: For a balanced and neutral sound.
Vizio P Series 2017 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
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What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Movies, Gaming. Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: < 60Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
119.87 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured at 70dB SPL, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at quiet listening levels
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5 dB
:
4.03 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured at 80dB SPL, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at moderate listening levels
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5 dB
:
3.97 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured with the TV at maximum volume, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at under maximum load
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
6.47 dB
Max
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What it is: Maximum volume reached by the TV at their optimum viewing distance (size dependent)
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 88 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
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89.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
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What it is: The amount of difference between the TVs frequency response performance at 70dB SPL and Max dB SPL. Too much compression will result in pumping in the sound.
When it matters: When an accurate and free-of-pumping performance is required at higher volumes
Good value: < 3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5
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3.79 dB

Average frequency response. Bass extension is quite poor, and the response is a bit uneven overall. At Barely 89dB SPL, it isn't a very loud TV either.

5.9 Distortion
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What it is: Deformation of an output signal compared to its input, usually clipping, harmonic distortion, or inter-modulation distortion caused by non-linear behavior of the sound system.
When it matters: When a clean, pure and transparent reproduction is desired.
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Vizio P Series 2017 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 80dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.522
Weighted THD @ Max
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at the TV's maximum SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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5.424
IMD @ 80
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What it is: The average amount of inter-modulation distortion produced by the TV under maximum load. The percentage shown here is the average result of 3 separate test signals/standards: SMPTE, DIN, & CCIF
When it matters: When a clean and free of aliasing reproduction is desired
Good value: < 5%
Noticeable difference: 2
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9.58 %
IMD @ Max
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What it is: The average amount of inter-modulation distortion produced by the TV under maximum load. The percentage shown here is the average result of 3 separate test signals/standards: SMPTE, DIN, & CCIF
When it matters: When a clean and free of aliasing reproduction is desired
Good value: < 5%
Noticeable difference: 2
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17.24 %

Subpar distortion levels. Across all volumes, the Vizio P Series shows more distortion than average. They skyrocket at maximum volume with a noticeable peak at 1.5KHz.

6.8

Smart Features

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Score components:
  • 42% Interface
  • 2% Ads
  • 37% Apps and Features
  • 16% Remote
  • 3% Remote App
Vizio P Series 2017 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : SmartCast
Version : 3.3

The P Series 2017 runs Vizio's SmartCast platform, which has an amazing phone and tablet app with full control over the TV, and great app casting support, but still nascent built-in app support. The highlight of the platform is the SmartCast app for phones and tablets, which has full control over the TV: the app can change all settings, switch inputs, and act as the TV's remote. Phones and tablets can also cast content from nearly any app to the TV. In addition to app casting support, SmartCast was recently updated to add built-in app support, but currently very few apps are supported and all animations are choppy. The update also added proper USB drive support, so files can be browsed and played like on other smart platforms, but HDR files are still not displayed properly. Cable and antenna channels can't be viewed without using an external tuner like this one, because the TV lacks a built-in tuner. Despite these limitations the TV is still very usable as a smart TV, especially when used with a smartphone or tablet.

7.0 Interface
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What it is: The usability, features and performance of the main interface of the TV, not including the interfaces of the apps themselves.
When it matters: Anytime when using the TV, but especially when changing settings and using apps.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Ease of Use
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What it is: How easy the interface is to navigate, affected by the organization of its layout, placing frequently accessed elements in areas that are faster to access, etc.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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Easy
Smoothness
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What it is: How smooth the interface is to navigate, affected by lag and frame drops.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
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What it is: How long it takes to select YouTube for launch, starting from HDMI 1 input, when YouTube is placed first on the list of apps or added as a shortcut. This does not include app launch time, and does not use a fixed YouTube button on a remote. This serves as an indication of the time needed to select any app.
When it matters: When launching any app.
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15 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
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What it is: The time it takes to navigate to the 'Backlight' setting ('Brightness' on Sony TVs). This serves as an indication of how long it takes to navigate to basic TV settings.
When it matters: When changing TV settings.
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4 s
Advanced Options
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What it is: Whether advanced options and settings are available, such as color calibration.
When it matters: When customizing the TV and using the smart features.
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Many

There is a side menu that can be accessed in any input, that contains all the TV's settings. It's fairly responsive and easy to use. There is also the app screen, accessed through the 'SmartCast' input, that only contains a few apps and has very choppy animations. Because the app screen is treated as another input and has no dedicated remote button, clicking through all the other input to get to it takes a bit of time.

10 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ads
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What it is: Whether the TV's main interface has ads. This does take into account ads in third-party apps.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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No
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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N/A
Suggested Content in Home
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What it is: Whether suggested content appears in the TV's home menu or main menu. Suggested content can include recommended movies, TV shows, YouTube videos etc.
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Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
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What it is: Whether the suggested content feed in the home menu can be removed or hidden
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No

Neither the TV's interface or the phone and tablet app have ads. The TV's main app page does have a scrolling banner for suggested content, which can be a little annoying.

6.5 Apps and Features
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What it is: The usability, features and performance of apps and other smart features.
When it matters: Only when using smart features such as apps, casting and USB playback.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 Apps Picture
App Selection
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What it is: The number and variety of apps available to download for the smart platform.
When it matters: When downloading new apps.
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Many
App Smoothness
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What it is: How smooth it feels to navigate the interfaces of apps, affected by lag and frame drops.
When it matters: When using apps.
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Not Smooth
Cast Capable
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What it is: Whether apps on a phone or tablet can cast content to the TV.
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Yes
USB Drive Playback
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What it is: Whether the TV can play content from a drive connected to one of the TV's USB ports.
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Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
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What it is: Whether HDR files played from a USB drive can be displayed properly.
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No
HDR in Netflix
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What it is: Whether HDR content on Netflix can be played back in HDR using the native Netflix app.
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Yes
HDR in Amazon Video
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What it is: Whether HDR content on Amazon Video can be played in HDR using the native Amazon Video app.
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No
HDR in YouTube
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What it is: Whether HDR content on YouTube can be played in HDR using the native YouTube app.
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No

The TV can play content cast from most popular apps on a smartphone or tablet. In addition SmartCast was recently updated to support built-in apps, but currently on our unit only Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Crackle, iHeartRadio, Xumo, Vudu and PlutoTV are available (not YouTube). More apps are expected to be added soon. Animations in apps and when browsing the interface are very choppy or have low frame rate, but the actions themselves don't have much lag.

6.0 Remote
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What it is: The usability and features of the TV's physical remote.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 Remote Picture
Size
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What it is: How big the remote is
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Medium
Voice Control
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What it is: The capabilities of the TV's voice control feature
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No
CEC Menu Control
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What it is: Whether the remote can act as a universal remote for HDMI CEC enabled devices. This was tested on our Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player, and may not be valid for other CEC devices as implementations vary by manufacturer.
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Yes
Other Smart Features
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What it is: Whether the remote has any other smart features, such as a pointer, universal remote support for non HDMI CEC devices, etc.
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No

Instead of the tablet remote of the Vizio P 2016, the 2017 P series has a full basic remote that can navigate the TV's new on screen interface. However the remote is very basic, offering only buttons and has no smart features at all.

8.0 Remote App
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What it is: The features of the official phone and tablet app for the TV.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Vizio P Series 2017 Remote App Picture
Acts as the Remote
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What it is: Whether the remote app can emulate all the buttons of the physical remote.
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Yes
Launches Apps and Inputs
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What it is: Whether the remote app can launch the TV's apps and change between its inputs.
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Inputs Only
Inputs Text in YouTube
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What it is: Whether the remote app can enter text for YouTube searches.
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N/A
Inputs Text in Netflix
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What it is: Whether the remote app can enter text for Netflix searches.
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Yes
Streams Device Files
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What it is: Whether the remote app can stream files from the phone or tablet to the TV, files such as pictures, music and video.
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No
Controls TV Settings
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What it is: Whether the app can change all or some of the settings on the TV, such as the backlight.
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All
Voice Control
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What it is: Whether the remote can send voice commands to the TV.
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No

The highlight of the SmartCast platform is the amazing phone and tablet app, which can do everything the physical remote can do and more. All the TV's settings can be changed in the app itself, inputs can be switched, the phone or tablet's keyboard can be used for text entry on the TV, and the app can serve as either a touchpad remote or button remote for the TV.

TV Controls
Vizio P Series 2017 Controls Picture

The TV has four physical buttons: power, volume up/down, and input.

In The Box
Vizio P Series 2017 In The Box Picture

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • HDMI Cable
Unlike the P Series 2016, the 2017 model doesn't come with a tablet. The remote is improved though, and can control more TV functions.

Misc
Power Consumption : 105 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 187 W
Firmware : 3.3.18.1

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 65" (P65-E1). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 75" (P75-E1) variant of the Vizio P Series 2017, but the 55" (P55-E1) has a few differences:

  • 55" (Vizio P55-E1): This size has an IPS panel instead of VA. It will have better color accuracy at an angle, but worse contrast and blacks from in front (in the 1000:1 ballpark).
Size Model LCD Type Effective Refresh Rate Real Refresh Rate Local Dimming Zones
55" P55-E1 IPS 240 Hz 120 Hz 126
65" P65-E1 VA 240 Hz 120 Hz 128
75" P75-E1 VA 240 Hz 120 Hz 128

Compared to other TVs

Vizio P Series 2017 Group Shot Picture
Top left: TCL P607 (55P607). Bottom left: Sony X900E (XBR55X900E). Middle: Vizio P Series 2017 (P65-E1). Top right: Vizio M Series 2017 (M65-E0). Bottom right: Samsung MU9000 (UN55MU9000).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The P Series offers great picture quality at a competitive price, but it faces tough competition in its price. For a larger size though, it is a pretty good choice.

TCL P607
55"

The TCL P607 is the highest performing model in TCL's range of products. Its picture quality isn't quite as good as the Vizio P Series 2017, but it is pretty close. It's brighter than the Vizio though, which is useful for HDR, and its input lag is significantly better with an HDR input. It's a few hundred dollars cheaper, so if you're looking for a more gaming oriented TV, the TCL P607 is a better choice over the P Series.

Sony X900E
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X900E is a versatile mid-range TV that features a local dimming system similar in performance to the one found in the Vizio P Series. It's a bit brighter overall, and it deals with lower resolution content better making it more versatile. It's a little more expensive than the P Series 2017, but it can be worth it if you're looking for something fitting a wider variety of usages.

Vizio M Series 2017
50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The M Series 2017 is a step down in Vizio's product line. It's similar to the P Series 2017 overall, but its local dimming feature is a bit more crude. It also lacks a "gaming" HDMI port, so its input lag is a bit higher. If your usage is mostly centered around movies in a dark room, it can be a good way to save a few hundred dollars as the picture quality is very similar to the P Series.

Samsung MU9000
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung MU9000 is a midrange model just under the QLED line from the Korean manufacturer. It features a great screen finish that helps make it a better pick over the Vizio P in brighter environmnents. Overall though, the Vizio P Series 2017 offers better picture quality in a dark room thanks to its local dimming and is generally better priced, so it's the better choice of the two.

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8.1Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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Great TV for most usages. The Vizio P's picture quality in a dark room is some of the best available for an LED TV, and it handles sports and SDR video games very well. Unfortunately, though, its narrow viewing angle causes its picture quality to degrade when viewed at an angle.
8.5Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
The Vizio P Series 2017 is a great choice for movies in a dark room. It can produce very deep blacks thanks to its local dimming feature which gives a lot of depth to the image.
7.7TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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The Vizio P's capabilities for TV shows are about average. Its picture quality is great but isn't the best at handling reflections and it doesn't upscale low-resolution content as well as some other competitors.
7.6Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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Good TV for watching sports. The screen's uniformity is decent, and it gets quite bright. It has very low motion blur too, so fast moving objects remain clear and visible.
8.7Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Great TV for playing video games. The Vizio P Series offers a "gaming" HDMI port that reduces the input lag providing a very responsive experience. The P series 2017 also has a flickering feature available which greatly enhances the clarity of motion which is great.
8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Very good TV for watching HDR movies. It can get fairly bright, which is important, but it also has a large color volume and can display 10 bits of color depth for smoother gradients. It's not the most saturated TV though, since it cannot reproduce a very wide color gamut.
8.1HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Good TV for HDR gaming. The Vizio P offers a great HDR picture quality overall, but its input lag with HDR content could be a bit lower.
7.9PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Very good PC monitor. The low input lag and motion blur keep mouse movements responsive. It also supports a wide variety of resolution including 4:4:4 chroma and 120hz refresh rate at 1080p.

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Will you be testing the 2017 55" model since many of the results will be different since it's an IPS screen.
Unfortunately we only have the throughput to measure one size per model, as testing takes a lot of time. The 55" model is very interesting though, likely one of the best IPS TVs out there, as the great local dimming helps to mitigate the poor contrast ratio of the IPS panel, while retaining its great viewing angles.
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I looked at the Vizio website and they did list these features as "new": XHDR Pro™, Ultra Color Spectrum®, 4K Ultra HD and Xtreme Black Engine Pro™. If true did they make any difference from the 2016 model you tested?
Vizio made a statement that the 2017 P series is identical hardware wise to the 2016 models, and most 2016 models have received the latest firmware as well, so the 2016 and 2017 models can be considered identical. The only differences between the two models that we measured are within panel variance (or firmware changes). Vizio has recently been renaming some of their marketing terms, calling their LED TVs XLED, renaming 'Active LED Zones' to 'Xtreme Black Engine Pro', etc, however there has been no hardware change.
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Is the 2017 Vizio P series an upgrade over the 2016 version? It doesn't seem like there has been any real change between the two models. Moreover, there seems to be some conflicting data on your site regarding whether the input lag is sufficiently low for HDR gaming. Will this TV be a solid choice for HDR gaming over other televisions?
The Vizio P 2016 and Vizio P 2017 are exactly the same TV, except for the fact that the 2017 model comes with a standard remote instead of an Android tablet. HDR input lag for the Vizio P 2017 is about 43 ms, which is low enough for most gamers, but may be problematic for competitive gamers. At 60Hz, games in HDR will have a delay of almost 2 frames compared to games played in SDR on the same TV on the low latency port. SDR input lag on the low latency HDMI port (port 5) is about as good as it gets, with an input lag of 16 ms.
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Absolutely love the in depth reviews you all do. In regards to specifically the P55 (IPS) can you recommend it over the M series? My uses cases are mixed, mostly TV Shows / Movies (mixed SDR / HDR) in the late evening when light is low / dark as well as Xbox One S Gaming. My biggest point of concern is IPS vs VA and input lag as well as light zones. I momentarily tried a 60UH7700 and was EXTREMELY dissatisfied with the backlight performance, even with local dimming off (light bleed was nasty) it ruined the picture. Should I attribute this to edge lit LED or IPS? Am I safe to go with the P55 and its IPS panel to gain a wider viewing angle and better local dimming for dark room watching?
If most of your viewing is done in a dark room and from a tight angle in front of the TV, then going for a VA panel is clearly the better choice. IPS becomes a good option if you often have people watching the TV from a wide seating arrangement. However, in a dark room, good contrast is a very important aspect of picture quality, and IPS panels suffer in that situation. The Vizio P Series has much better full-array local dimming than the edge-lit UH7700, which will help increase contrast, but the IPS version still won't achieve a contrast ratio as high as the VA panel. Overall, since you mostly watch TV when it is dark, the best choice would be a VA panel: the 65" or 75" Vizio P, or any of the Vizio M Series. The M Series is cheaper, but it cannot produce motion interpolation and its local dimming is not as good as the P Series.
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So with the dizzying array of TVs out there, it's hard for a consumer like myself to figure out the differences between similar looking models by Vizio that can be found at one retailer versus another. I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a new 4k TV from Costco, but not sure between the Vizio P65-E1 and the LG 65UH7650. Any input you can give me to help make a decision would be greatly appreciated!
We have not tested the LG UH7650, be we expect it to perform similarly to the UJ7700 of 2017, as both have a 60Hz refresh rate and the less accurate RGBW pixel substructure. On that basis, the Vizio P Series is a better choice for almost any use case. It has better picture quality and better handling of motion, making it a superior choice for watching movies and sports alike. You can expect the UH7650 to have a better viewing angle than the P Series due to its IPS panel, but unless you always watch TV from angle, the better picture quality of the P Series will have a greater impact on your viewing experience.
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I have been through multiple P75s that were DOA or had portions of the full-array local dimming backlights not working. On the working set I did get, there seems to be big issues with banding. Watching hockey, football or games where the background is one color, shows vertical bands when panning. Has the 2017 model or Vizio fixed these quality issues?
We're sorry to hear about your QA troubles. The 2017 model has been confirmed by Vizio to have the same hardware as the 2016 model, just with newer firmware. It's possible they've improved their QA in the past year. We noticed no such issues on our 65" 2016 or 2017 P series units.
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Under Smart Features, 65 inch P-Series, please explain further what you mean by 'HDR files are not displayed properly'. What problem does this cause and will Vizio fix it in a software update? Thank you.
Video files in HDR look very washed out when played on this TV from a USB drive. The same files look normal when played from a Blu-ray, so it's a problem with USB support. It is therefore possible that Vizio will fix it in a future firmware update, be we don't have any information as to if or when that problem will be fixed.
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If you click the "75 button, B&H claims that the TV in this size has been discontinued...
This seems to be a stocking issue with B&H specifically. The 75" model is still available directly through Vizio.
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Based on the different ports if you were to hook a PC or Nvidia Shield up it sounds like port 5 is the one to choose. However then you're giving up HDR content. In your experience what was the superior experience?
For PC use, port #5 is definitely the best choice. Input lag is a lot more noticeable when using a mouse as the cursor will feel floaty and innacurate. If you mostly use your shield for more casual gaming and content consumption, it will probably be fine on ports 1 or 2 as the lag is less noticeable with a controller. The P Series's input lag in HDR is still acceptable for less competitive use and the picture quality enhancements are worth trading for in this case.
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Isn't an IPS panel better quality and more expensive than a VA panel?
Not necessarily, for example budget Sony TVs almost always use IPS panels because of their low cost. IPS panels have a great viewing angle but poor contrast, while VA panels have a bad viewing angle but great contrast. We recommend VA panel TVs for most use cases, but if people will often be sitting to the side of the TV and viewing it on an angle we recommend IPS TVs. The premium reputation of IPS comes largely from the PC monitor market, where the viewing angle is needed because you sit far closer to the screen (so the edges don't wash out), and they're used primarily in bright rooms so the contrast is not as much of an issue.
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I recommend removing positive reviews on this TV. The new firmware update from Vizio caused both my first on and the new replacement that Vizio sent to me to freeze. The second replacement got stuck in the updating cycle and will not even turn on now. It goes to the Vizio symbol and shuts down and then infinitely repeats. Power Cycle and factory reset did not fix the issue. The software update has ruined what was a good TV. I have photos and videos to back this up and case number with Vizio.
We're sorry to hear that you've been having so many problems with the new update. It's a fairly major update that adds built in app support, so it may be more likely to cause problems than smaller updates. Our P Series 2017 and M Series 2017 have both received the update without issue, but our P Series 2016 and E Series 2017 have not received it. If we encounter any problems with Vizio TVs we'll be sure to update their reviews, and potentially lower their Smart Features score to reflect any instability in their software.
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I recently bought a 2017 Vizio 55" P series. I noticed over the years that Vizio tends to make them with an IPS screen rather than a VA screen. All the other screen sizes have a VA screen. Is there any particular reason for this?
Vizio TVs commonly have one size that uses an IPS panel. The 55" P Series 2017, P Series 2016 and E Series 2017, and the 60" M Series 2017 have IPS panels. We're not sure why Vizio does this, but it may be to cut costs, as they may be able to source a cheaper IPS panel at that size than a VA.
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Is there anything Vizio can do to improve the wide color gamut, or is this a hardware limitation?
It is a hardware limitation, so color gamut will not be improved by firmware updates.
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I just bought the 65" version at Costco (on sale for $1,300, what I think was a very good price) and generally love it but... I have it in a very bright room. Are there any control adjustments you would recommend to help eliminate the reflections?
You can only eliminate the reflections by drawing the curtains and such, but you can reduce how distracting they are by making content brighter. In SDR content this is done by changing the gamma setting to something lower, such as 1.8 . This will make everything brighter except pure white. In HDR content a backlight of 50 gives the brightness intended by the content producer for a dark room (follows the PQ curve); raising the backlight beyond 50 makes HDR brighter than intended for a dark room but better for a bright room. If HDR at maximum backlight still isn't bright enough, you can also lower the gamma to 1.8 .
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I have had both versions the 2016 P65 C1 and the 2017 P65 E1. the differences are the 2017 Has XLED Pro which offers Extreme Black Engine Pro and has deeper blacks than the 2016 version which offers Full Array. Also you can change the inputs on the 2017 version by eliminating the inputs you dont use. You can not do this on the 2016 version.
Thank you for your comment. The hardware found in the TVs is supposed to be identical and this can be seen when comparing our two units side by side. We've received a software update on our 2016 Vizio P Series that included the new menu features found on the 2017 model. They can only be accessed using the new remote, however, which can be purchased on its own through Vizio's website.
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Is it correct that the 2016 Vizio P series has a contrast ratio of ~5600 but the 2017 Vizio P series only has a contrast ratio of ~4600? I have observed both models on display and the 2016 seems definitely to have better picture quality. I am deciding which to buy and am leaning toward what seems to be the better TV which is the 2016 C1 rather than the 2017 E1 seemingly due to the better contrast ratio.
The 2017 P series has been confirmed by Vizio to be the same hardware as the 2016 P series, just with newer firmware, and our tests confirm this. The contrast ratio difference is likely due to panel variance, the same variance as between two different units of the same year. The difference in contrast isn't very visible in person, both have great native contrast. We recommend buying whichever is cheapest; if both are equal then buy the 2017 as it has newer firmware out of the box.
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Does it support 1080p @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4 chroma?
Yes, the TV showed 4:4:4 color properly at 1080p @ 120Hz on both the HDMI ports tested (HDMI 1 and 5), and can be assumed to do so for the other ports.
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You guys are doing an awesome job! Love the reviews, only ones I trust.

I'm debating between this tv, the Sony X850e, and Samsung MU8000. One of the biggest problems for me with the Vizio is the upscaling of lower resolutions, as a large proportion of what we watch is Dish Network, at least for now. Most of the channels on Dish are 1080i, with a few being 720p. According to your reviews, upscaling of 720p is not great, a bit softer than it should be, but 1080p upscaling is good. So which category would 1080i channels fall into? And is the upscaling of 720p (and maybe 1080i) bad enough to not recommend buying this tv over the others, if that's the majority of content watched? Also, is there any noticeable difference in upscaling between the Sony and Samsung? Thanks!

You're welcome, happy to help!

Vizio's upscaling is the only one that's significantly different than the rest, as it's noticeably softer in some areas and more jagged in others. All other brands can be considered equal. 1080i should upscale the same as 1080p, so the Vizio will look great. Vizio's upscaling isn't generally a dealbreaker unless most of the content you watch is 720p or less and you're sensitive to upscaling. Of those three our recommendation order would be Vizio P Series 2017 (or 2016), Sony X850E, Samsung MU8000.

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I realized after reading through the review a little closer that, at the end, it says that the 55" version has an IPS panel. I'm not opposed to this even if the contrast is a bit lower, however, I was wondering if the motion handling will be similar to the other VA panels of the 65" and 75" TVs. The motion handling is excellent on those TVs. Will the 55" IPS panel be comparable? Also, will this effect anything else besides viewing angle and contrast, like flicker, input lag, etc.?
Unfortunately, it's impossible for us to comment on the motion performance of the IPS variant without testing it. The IPS variant should still have the Clear Action feature. We don't expect the input lag to be any different.
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The only thing I'm concerned about with this TV is the image flicker. Everything else looks fine. This TV will be used primarily in a bright room, so I doubt the backlight is ever going to go below 80 or possible even 90. If my understanding is correct, when the backlight is higher, it tends to reduce or nearly eliminate the flickering altogether. The motion blur rating on this TV is excellent, so I probably won't use the 'Clear Motion' (BFI) setting. That having been said, do I have anything to worry about? Everything else looks like it should be just fine for me, and I've never gotten headaches from anything like this before. So, does it sound like it will be noticeable or a problem for me?
If you've never gotten headaches from flickering screens, it is likely that the flicker of the Vizio P won't be an issue for you. Most people don't notice a 120 Hz flicker, and it's even less noticeable at higher brightness settings on the P Series due to the long duty-cycle of the flicker.
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Add me to the list of people who have are sorely disappointed by the reliability of this product. In less than 2 months, I got a nasty line defect on my P65.
We're sorry to hear that. Such problems can unfortunately happen to all LED TVs. It's unknown whether this model has problems more frequently than other TVs, but we'll post every case we hear of in the Q&A section here for everyone to see.
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Does this TV have a built in TV tuner? I just want confirmation, because it seems odd that one of the higher end TVs that Vizio sells wouldn't come with something as basic as a tuner. If it indeed doesn't have one, then will any of the digital converter boxes work? Such as this one: Amazon Link
Yes, as most Vizio TVs lack a TV tuner, they have to be marketed as "Home Theater Displays" instead of TVs which is part of how they reduce costs and keep their prices below most of their competition. The tuner you linked should work.
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Whenever I try to playback 4k videos using USB it neverworks, so I'm wondering if this TV doesn't support h.264? Is there a specific format I have to use in order to watch 4k videos via USB?
It appears that the SmartCast operating system doesn't support 4k h.264 playback. However, it can play back 4k h.265 (HEVC) files, but it might skip frames with files that have a bitrate above 120 Mbps or so.
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First of all I’d like to thank you for the amazing work you are doing, bringing reviews to the people so that the consumer can be better informed of the real quality these products have.

Since I’ve noticed you are doing “updates” to your reviews it may interest you to know that recent VIZIO update broke the fundamental usage for these units (using as monitors for PC gaming). The case has been described more here. The company is aware of the issue but has been unable to provide an ETA for the last 3 weeks. I’m not a disgruntled user, I still think the product has a lot of value, just wanted to make you aware so that perhaps you’d find it a good addition to the review so that people are informed that these things happen with Vizios now.

Thank you for letting us know. Unfortunately we're not able to recreate the issue here as we don't have an affected receiver, but if anyone else experiences this issue then please do let us know.
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