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Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Vizio V Series 2019 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S517 2018
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.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 6.9
Inputs 8.8
Sound Quality 5.8
Smart Features 6.8
Pros
  • Deep uniform blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright.
  • HDR doesn't add much.

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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.

7.0

Design

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.

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"

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.

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.

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.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
100 °F (38 °C)
Average Temperature
:
90 °F (32 °C)
6.5 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.

7.4

Picture Quality

The Vizio V Series 2019 has a decent picture quality. It can display deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio, but lacks a local dimming feature to further improve dark room performance. It can get decently bright in SDR and is more suitable for a dim room. Unfortunately, HDR content is not displayed as its creator intended, as the TV does not have a wide color gamut and can't get very bright in HDR. The V Series has mediocre viewing angles and decent gray uniformity that won't disappoint sports fans. It can handle reflections well, and you can place it in a room with a few lights without issue.

9.4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

9.2 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Pixels
6.9

Motion

The Vizio V Series has decent motion handling. The TV's response time is fast, but a small blur trail is visible behind fast-moving content. This small blur smooths out transitions and makes movies and lower fps content display without much stutter. The TV uses PWM to dim its backlight, and the flicker frequency is 480Hz which is unlikely to bother most people. It does not support any advanced image processing features like motion interpolation or Black Frame Insertion that could help make the image crisper. The Vizio V Series can display judder-free movies over 24p signal and when playing from native apps.

7.9 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 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 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 Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

The Vizio V Series does not have a motion interpolation feature.

8.2 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
23.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
0.0 ms

The response time is fast, but not so fast that it creates an annoying stutter. Motion in movies or other lower fps content looks good.

7.8 24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
:
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
:
Yes

The Vizio V Series can remove judder from most sources. Unfortunately, it can't deliver judder-free movies over a 60p or a 60i signal, like from a cable box.

See our recommended settings on how to remove judder here.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

The TV has a native refresh rate of 60Hz. It doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync.

8.8

Inputs

The Vizio V Series 2019 has an excellent low input lag and can support the most common resolutions. It does not support 120Hz at any resolution due to the 60Hz panel, but can display proper 4:4:4 in all of its supported resolutions.

8.9 Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
:
24.6 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
24.9 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
24.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz