Vizio V Series 2019 TV Review

Reviewed May 23, 2019 at 08:52 am
Vizio V Series 2019 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.8
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.9
Video Games
7.0
HDR Movies
7.6
HDR Gaming
8.0
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio V Series 2019 is a budget entry-level 4k LED TV with decent picture quality. It has a high native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks but lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. The TV can get decently bright in SDR, but not bright enough in HDR. It doesn't have a wide color gamut and can't deliver an HDR image with saturated colors and highlights that pop. Motion on the V Series looks smooth, but fast-moving content has a slightly long blur trail. Unfortunately, the TV lacks any advanced features to make motion look crisper. It has a low input lag, which is great for casual gaming.

Note that there are different variants of the V Series, some of which include local dimming. See our table of differences between sizes and variants.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The Vizio V Series is a decent TV for mixed usage. It has a decent dark room performance thanks to the high native contrast ratio, but the variant we tested lacks a local dimming feature to further improve picture quality. It is more suitable for a dim room with a few lights as it can handle reflections well but can't fight glare in a bright room. The V Series has a low input lag, which is good for casual gaming.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.8 Movies

The Vizio V505-G9 is a decent TV for watching movies. It can deliver deep and uniform blacks in a dark room, but doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve performance. It can remove 24p judder from its native apps and from 24p signals, but lacks any other image enhancement processing like motion interpolation.

See our Movies recommendations
7.4 TV Shows

The Vizio V Series is a decent TV for watching TV shows. It has good reflection handling and can get decently bright. It's more suitable for an average lit room with a few small windows, like a kitchen. The image remains accurate when viewed at small angles off-center, so you don't have to be straight in front when you watch your favorite TV show. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't have a motion interpolation feature for soap opera effect fans, and DVD and cable content looks a little blocky.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.2 Sports

It is decent for watching sports. It has a fast response time that leaves a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and although this makes motion look smooth, it is not good for watching sports. It can handle reflections well, but it can't get very bright, so it's better suited for an average lit room with a few small windows. The TV has decent gray uniformity with some dirty screen effect, which might disappoint demanding sports fans but is okay for most people. The image remains relatively accurate when viewed from the side, but this might not be enough to accommodate a big group of friends.

See our Sports recommendations
7.9 Video Games

The Vizio V Series 2019 is a good TV for playing video games. It has a low input lag, which is great for casual gaming but might not be enough for competitive gaming. The response time is fast, but a small blur trail is visible behind fast-moving objects. Although this makes motion smoother, it might annoy more hardcore gamers that need crisper motion. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync.

See our Video Games recommendations
7.0 HDR Movies

This is a decent TV for watching HDR movies. It has a good dark room performance thanks to the deep uniform blacks, but this version lacks a local dimming feature to further improve picture quality. It can't get very bright in HDR and doesn't have a wide color gamut, so it can't display HDR content with saturated colors and bright highlights.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.6 HDR Gaming

This is a good TV for playing HDR games, mainly because it has a low input lag in HDR. The response time is fast and leaves a small blur trail behind fast-moving content, which might bother you in 60fps games. Unfortunately, the TV can't get very bright in HDR and doesn't have a wide color gamut, so it can't produce an HDR image with vivid colors and highlights that pop.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.0 PC Monitor

The Vizio V Series 2019 is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and can display most common resolutions with proper chroma 4:4:4. The response time is fast, but you will notice a small blur trail when you move the mouse. If you sit up close, you might notice some subpixel dithering and some uniformity issues at the sides. The TV is free from temporary image retention or permanent burn-in thanks to its VA panel.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 7.9 Video Games
  • 7.0 HDR Movies
  • 7.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.0 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Deep uniform blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright.
  • HDR doesn't add much.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 50" (V505-G9). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 40" (V405-G9), 43" (V435-G0), 55" (V555-G1), 58" (V658-G1), 60" (V605-G3), 65" (V655-G9), 70" (V705-G3), and 75" (V765-G4) versions. 

Vizio released three more variants of the V Series: the 43" (V436-G1), the 55" (V556-G1), and the 65" (V656-G4). These models support local dimming and are expected to have higher peak brightness. However, since we have not tested any of these we can not be sure.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Vizio V Series 2019 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

 

Size Model Local Dimming
Zones
Clear
Action 
Effective Refresh
Rate
Real Refresh
Rate
HDMI
Inputs
43" V436-G1 10 180 120Hz 60Hz 3
55" V556-G1 10 180 120Hz 60Hz 3
65" V656-G4 12 180 120Hz 60Hz 3
40" V405-G9 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
43" V435-G0 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
50" V505-G9 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
55" V555-G1 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
58" V585-G1 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
60" V605-G3 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
65" V655-G9 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
70" V705-G3 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3
75" V755-G4 - - 120Hz 60Hz 3

This is the label of 50" (V505-G9) Vizio V Series that we tested.

Video

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio V Series 2019 is a budget VA panel TV. It sits below the Vizio M Series and it is the replacement of last year's D Series 4k and E Series. The V Series' main competitors are budget models from other manufacturers, like the Samsung RU7100, the LG UK6300, or the TCL 5 Series S517.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio V Series has a decent design. It has a wide stand that supports the TV well and only allows moderate wobble. The back of the TV is very plain and there is no provision for cable management. When you look at the TV from the side, you can clearly distinguish the compartment that houses the electronics because it is thicker than the rest of the screen. The build quality is decent and the TV feels very solid, even though it's mostly made of plastic.

Design
Stand

The stand is made of very good quality plastic. It supports the TV well and only allows a little wobble. It is almost as wide as the TV and you will need a large table to place it on. Unfortunately, there are some grooves that prevent you from reversing the legs to make the footprint smaller.

Footprint of the 50" stand: 40.75" x 10.1"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is very plain. It consists of two parts: the top is metal, whereas the bottom one is made of solid plastic with a slight texture. The back resembles the TCL 5 Series S517 a lot. There is no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The borders are plain, but the bezels have a nice texture like the Vizio D Series 4k 2018.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.50" (6.3 cm)

The Vizio V505-G9 is a thin TV overall. It is thinner than last year's Vizio E Series 2018 and Vizio D Series 4k 2018. The top part is much thinner, but the lower part, where most of the electronics are housed, is noticeably thicker. If you decide to wall mount it, however, it will not stick out a lot.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
100 °F (38 °C)
Average Temperature
90 °F (32 °C)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Vizio V Series 2019 is decent. It's mostly made of plastic, except for the top part of the back which is metal. It feels solid and you should not have any issues with it.

Picture Quality
9.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
7395 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The native contrast ratio is excellent. It can deliver deep blacks in a dark room and this improves picture quality. It is an improvement over last year's Vizio D Series 4k 2018. Unfortunately, the TV lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Vizio V505-G9 is available in multiple sizes and two major variants. We tested the Vxx5 variant. There is no local dimming feature in this variant. There is an option called Backlight Control and in the tooltip, it says that it dims the backlight locally. However, this is not local dimming. The above video is for reference only.

Note: The other variant is the Vxx6 and supports local dimming, but we have not tested it so we cannot comment on its performance. You can find out more about the sizes and variants here.

7.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
294 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Vizio V Series 2019 has decent SDR peak brightness and it is suitable for an average lit room. It is not as bright as the D Series 4k 2018, but is very similar to the TCL S517.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Calibrated dark' Picture Mode, 'Normal' Color Temperature, and with the Backlight set to '100.' We use these settings because they give the most accurate image, and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings.

If you do not care about image accuracy, you can obtain higher brightness levels. We were able to reach 309 nits on our 10% window in 'Vivid' Picture mode.

5.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
236 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
297 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
256 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
296 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
255 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.010

The HDR peak brightness is disappointing. The TV has a weird behavior when it displays whites. In normal content when it is displaying dark scenes, the entire screen is dimmed, but as soon as something bright appears on the scene the entire scene brightens. This can be distracting at times, and it happens in HDR even when Backlight Control is set to 'Off.'

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, 'Normal' Color Temperature, and with the Backlight set to '50.' We use these settings because they give the most accurate image and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings.

If you do not care about image accuracy, you can obtain higher brightness levels. In 'Vivid' Picture mode, we were able to reach 306 nits on all window sizes.

6.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.012 %
50% DSE
0.205 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.525 %
5% DSE
0.093 %

The V Series 2019 has decent gray uniformity. The edges and especially the corners are darker than the center of the screen. There is some dirty screen effect, but not too much to bother casual sports fans. In darker scenes, the uniformity issues at the edges remain, but the center of the screen is much more uniform.

6.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
31 °
Color Shift
29 °
Brightness Loss
40 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
13 °

The viewing angles are mediocre. The gray levels rise fast as you move off angle, and the gamma shifts dramatically at small angles as well. This makes the image look washed out at fairly small angles. This TV is not the best choice if you have a room with a wide seating arrangement, although it is a good performance for a VA panel. This performance is similar to the TCL 3 Series S305.

Note: During our testing, the black level reached 1.98x its zero degrees value, but never quite reached 2x. If it had reached 2x, the Black Level Raise would have scored worse and that would have affected the entire viewing angle scoring. This is potentially a problem with our scoring system that we'll revisit in a future test bench update.

9.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.580 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Excellent black uniformity. It's almost impossible to notice any backlight bleed on the Vizio V Series 2019, even when you watch in a pitch black room.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.0 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %

This TV has good reflection handling, very similar to last year's Vizio D Series 4k 2018. The TV has a semi-gloss screen finish that diffuses reflections across the screen, reducing their intensity. You should have no issues with reflections with this TV unless you place it across from a bright window.

7.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.66
Color dE
2.66
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6024 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Normal
Gamma Setting
2.2

The accuracy of the Vizio V Series 2019 with our pre-calibration settings is good. Both the white balance dE and the color dE are slightly lower than 3, and thus mostly enthusiasts will notice the gray and the color inaccuracies. The gamma doesn't follow the curve all too well, and thus some scenes are slightly darker whereas others are slightly brighter than they should be. The color temperature is warm and the image has a reddish-yellow tint.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
1.03
Color dE
1.44
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6334 K
White Balance Calibration
11 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, the V Series has excellent accuracy. Both the white balance dE and the color dE are lowered. Any remaining inaccuracies can only be spotted with the aid of a colorimeter. The gamma tracks the curve better, although some very bright scenes continue to look darker. The color temperature is very closer to the target of 6500K, but maintains a slightly warmer tint.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content like DVDs is slightly worse than average. The V Series 2019's upscaling of 480p content is slightly better than the D Series 4k 2018 and is more like the upscaling of the Vizio P Series Quantum.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Upscaling of 720p, like content from a cable box, is slightly worse than average. The upscaling of 720p content on the V Series is a little better than the D Series 4k 2018 and is more similar to the upscaling of the Vizio P Series Quantum.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Upscaling of 1080p, like most Blu-rays, is very similar to other TVs like the Samsung Q70R. There are no visible artifacts or jaggedness.

9.5
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed almost perfectly. There is some subpixel dithering that looks like fine checkerboarding. However, it is only visible from about 1 ft from the screen. It becomes more visible in darker gray scenes, but you will hardly notice it in normal content.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.35 %
DCI P3 uv
83.64 %
Rec 2020 xy
55.43 %
Rec 2020 uv
63.34 %

The Vizio V505-G9 has a decent color gamut, but not wide enough to deliver good HDR performance. It is very similar to last year's D Series 4k 2018.

The EOTF follows the input stimulus well, until it starts to roll off very early to smooth the transition towards the TV's peak brightness. The 'Game' mode EOTF is very similar as we can see here.

If you find HDR too dim, check out our recommendations here. With these settings, the V Series 2019 is noticeably brighter in HDR, as shown in this EOTF.

We also measured the tone mapping at 50% stimulus to see if the TV is prioritizing brightness over color accuracy. The results for the Rec. 2020 color space are shown here, and the results for the DCI-P3 color space are shown here. The tone mapping is much better at the 50% stimulus. We usually perform these extra tests when the tone mapping is really bad, which is usually the case on budget, dim TVs.

6.2
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
71.8 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
26.8 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
51.8 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.3 %

The color volume on this Vizio V Series is mediocre. The TV cannot display a full range of colors across a range of brightnesses, and this is due to the limited color gamut. Just like the D Series 4k 2018, the V Series can't display rich colors, and darker color shades will be crushed.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.119 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.115 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.110 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.126 dE

Good overall gradient handling on the V Series. Some fine banding is noticeable in most dark shades and more severe banding is visible in dark blue. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't have any options that can help minimize it or eliminate it.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention, which is typical of VA panels.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
7.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.3 ms
100% Response Time
18.6 ms

The Vizio V Series has a good response time. There is a little more motion blur trail behind fast-moving content than what is found on most TVs, but not too much. Also, there is some overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can cause some haloing in really dark scenes, but it otherwise shouldn't be very noticeable.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The TV uses PWM to dim its backlight. The flicker frequency is very fast at 480Hz and most people won't be bothered.

2.9
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
480 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
480 Hz

Unfortunately, the TV doesn't have any option to lower its flicker frequency to make the motion crisper.

0
Motion
Motion Interpolation