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Vizio V Series 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Aug 04, 2022 at 08:50 am
Vizio V Series 2020 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.9
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This TV was replaced by the Vizio V5 Series 2021
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio V Series 2020 is an entry-level 4k TV that Vizio released in 2020. It sits below the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 and it replaces the Vizio V Series 2019. It's a rather simple TV that's available in a wide range of sizes, from 40 to 75 inches, and all of them are available with the same features and similar performance. Like all Vizio TVs, it comes with the SmartCast operating system built-in, which isn't the best operating system available because it's laggy and you can't download any extra apps besides the pre-installed ones, but it supports Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay so that you can easily cast content from your phone.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Vizio V Series is okay for most uses. Its exceptionally low input lag makes it an okay choice for gaming and a decent TV for use as a PC monitor. However, it has a mediocre response time that makes motion look blurry, which isn't ideal for fast-paced games or for watching sports. It's okay for watching movies due to its high contrast ratio, but it doesn't display a wide range of colors in HDR and doesn't make highlights pop, so its overall HDR performance isn't that good. It's adequate for watching TV shows, but it doesn't perform well in bright rooms with wide seating areas.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Poor viewing angles.
6.8 Movies

The Vizio V Series is okay for watching movies. It's well-suited for dark room viewing due to its high contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve black levels further. It removes judder from 24p sources and native apps, and it doesn't stutter much in lower frame rate content like movies.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Great black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
6.9 TV Shows

The Vizio V Series is adequate for watching TV shows. Even though it handles reflections well, it's better suited for dark rooms as it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. Its narrow viewing angle makes images look washed out from the sides, so it isn't the best option if you watch shows in a wide seating area. The SmartCast interface doesn't have an app store, so you can't download any extra besides the pre-installed ones, but you can cast content from your phone to stream your favorite shows.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Poor viewing angles.
6.4 Sports

The Vizio V Series is mediocre for watching sports. It has a narrow viewing angle, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas as the image looks washed out from the sides. Even though it has good reflection handling, it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Its response time is a bit slow and causes motion blur in fast-moving scenes. Also, there's a fair amount of dirty screen effect which can get distracting during sports.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Poor viewing angles.
6.9 Video Games

The Vizio V Series is an okay gaming TV. It has low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, but the response time is a bit slow, so fast-paced games tend to look very blurry. It also doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate technology (VRR), and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it can't display 120Hz signals from the latest consoles.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great black uniformity.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • No VRR support.
  • Mediocre response time.
6.5 HDR Movies

The Vizio V Series is okay for watching movies in HDR. It produces deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience, as it has a high contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity. Unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature, can't display a wide color gamut, and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out, so its overall HDR experience isn't satisfying.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Great black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The Vizio V Series is alright for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag, but its response time is mediocre, so motion looks blurry, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It doesn't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • No VRR support.
  • Mediocre response time.
7.3 PC Monitor

The Vizio V Series is alright for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag, supports most common resolutions, and can display proper chroma 4:4:4 to help make text look clear. However, its mediocre response time causes more motion blur, and its narrow viewing angles makes the edges of the screen look inaccurate if you sit too close. It also doesn't get bright enough if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Poor viewing angles.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 6.9 TV Shows
  • 6.4 Sports
  • 6.9 Video Games
  • 6.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Aug 04, 2022: Updated the review for clarity and accuracy.
  2. Updated Jul 26, 2021: We added two videos showing the backlight performance with real content. We also retested the HDMI ports to confirm that they don't support HDMI 2.1.
  3. Updated Jul 12, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  5. Updated Nov 04, 2020: We've retested the TV's inputs with an HDMI 2.1 source.
  6. Updated Oct 15, 2020: Review published.
  7. Updated Oct 07, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio V Series' design is simple and looks almost identical to the Vizio V Series 2019. The borders are thin so they aren't distracting while watching content.

Design
Stand

The feet are set almost as wide as the TV, so you need a large surface to put the TV on if you don't plan on wall-mounting it. They support the TV well and don't wobble much.

Footprint of the 65-inch stand: 49.8" x 12.0"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back of the TV is plain. The top half is metal, while the bottom half is plastic. There's no cable management, and the inputs are hard to reach with it wall-mounted because some are back-facing and the others are side-facing but set into the TV.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.50" (1.3 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.44" (6.2 cm)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Vizio V Series has okay build quality. It's a mix of metal and plastic, and while it doesn't feel particularly premium, there aren't any issues with the construction except for a little bit of flex on the bottom half of the back panel. The stand supports the TV well and doesn't wobble much.

Picture Quality
8.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5,257 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Vizio V Series has an excellent contrast ratio. This results in deep blacks next to bright highlights when viewed in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve black levels.

5.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
198 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
213 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
214 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
214 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
214 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
214 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
213 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
213 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
214 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
214 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
214 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Vizio V Series has disappointing SDR peak brightness, and it isn't bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. Fortunately, there's very little variation in peak brightness with different content.

These results are from after calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to '2.2', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'. If image accuracy isn't as important to you as peak brightness, the 'Bright' Picture mode is a bit brighter; however, the difference isn't really noticeable, as it only goes up to 226 cd/m² in the 50% window.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

Although Vizio markets this TV as having a full-array backlight, it's just a direct-lit backlight, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the backlighting compares to the backlighting on other TVs.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the backlighting performs versus other TVs.

4.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
199 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
207 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
210 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
210 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
210 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
211 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
206 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
210 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
210 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
210 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
210 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The HDR peak brightness is bad. It isn't bright enough for small specular highlights to stand out, resulting in a rather flat, dull image. The EOTF doesn't follow the target PQ curve well either, as dark scenes are darker than they should be, and there's a loss of fine details in most scenes due to the sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, which happens early.

These results are in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to 2.2, and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'.

If you find HDR content too dim, try setting the Picture Mode to 'Calibrated Dark', Gamma to '1.8', Color Temperature to 'Standard', Local Contrast to 'High', Backlight Control to 'On', and Black Detail to 'High'. This makes shadow details brighter, but it doesn't impact most scenes, as you can see in this EOTF, and it doesn't change the peak luminosity.

4.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
209 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
219 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
220 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
220 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
220 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
220 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
218 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
220 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
220 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
220 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
219 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The HDR peak brightness is about the same in Game Mode as out of it. There's no noticeable difference and the settings used during testing are the same as outside of Game Mode, but with the Game Low Latency setting enabled.

6.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.948%
50% DSE
0.222%
5% Std. Dev.
2.618%
5% DSE
0.133%

The Vizio V Series has mediocre gray uniformity. There's vignetting at the corners and a fair amount of dirty screen effect in the center. This can get distracting while watching sports, and especially if you want to use it as a PC monitor.

8.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.792%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Vizio V Series has great black uniformity. Due to some clouding and backlight bleed, the screen looks closer to blue than black. Sadly, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it.

5.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
24°
Color Shift
34°
Brightness Loss
27°
Black Level Raise
13°
Gamma Shift
16°

The Vizio V Series has a poor viewing angle. The screen looks washed out when viewed from the sides, so it isn't ideal for large rooms with wide seating areas. If you need something with a wide viewing angle, then check out the LG UP7000.

7.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.4%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.8%

The Vizio V Series has good reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish doesn't diffuse direct reflections very well, though, so bright lights can still be distracting. Since this TV can't get very bright, visibility is an issue in a bright environment, but it's fine in rooms with a few lamps around.

7.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.35
Color dE
2.39
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,121 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Vizio V Series has good accuracy out of the box. The white balance is decent, but brighter shades of gray are a bit off. Colors are great for the most part, except for yellows. Gamma is pretty close to the 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms, but bright scenes are over-brightened a bit.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
1.57
Gamma
2.22
Color Temperature
6,481 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration to the D65 white point, the overall accuracy is incredible. It's easy to calibrate as the white balance is almost perfect, and the color temperature is almost spot-on with the 6500K target. Yellows are much better, and there are only a few inaccuracies with colors. Gamma is better, except that bright scenes are now too dark.

See the calibration settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of 480p content, like DVDs, is decent, but it's a bit worse than most 4k TVs on the market because the image is blurrier.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

This TV upscales 720p content well, but it isn't as good as most other recent 4k TVs as the signal doesn't look as sharp and it's blurrier on the Vizio V Series.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This TV upscales 1080p content well with no visible artifacts. Unlike with the lower resolutions, 1080p content looks as good as most other 4k TVs.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Vizio V Series displays 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Vizio V Series uses a BGR subpixel layout. While this doesn't affect picture quality, it negatively impacts how text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor, but there are workarounds. You can read more about it here.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
74.99%
DCI P3 uv
80.68%
Rec 2020 xy
53.88%
Rec 2020 uv
58.82%

The Vizio V Series has an okay color gamut. Coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content is good, but it doesn't display the full range of any of the primary colors. Coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is disappointing, so it's not very future-proof.

6.2
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
70.5%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
24.4%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
51.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
17.7%

This TV has a mediocre color volume, mostly due to its lack of a wide color gamut. Saturated blues aren't very bright, and despite the high contrast ratio, it doesn't display saturated colors at low luminance levels very well.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.099
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.098
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.089
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.094

The Vizio V Series has excellent gradient handling. There's only some minor banding in the greens and grays. Setting Contour Smoothing to 'High' removes most of it, but it can cause a loss of fine details in high-quality content.

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 after displaying a high-contrast static image.

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

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

Motion
6.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.6 ms
100% Response Time
22.2 ms

The Vizio V Series has a mediocre response time. Transitions in dark scenes are considerably slower than bright scenes, so there's a significant blur trail behind fast-moving objects in darker scenes. The backlight flicker also causes image duplications with fast-moving content.

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

The Vizio V Series uses pulse-width modulation to dim the backlight. It's flicker-free when the brightness is set to max. However, if it's set to anything below that, the backlight flickers at 480Hz in all picture modes, causing image duplication.

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

This TV doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, but it flickers permanently at 480Hz at any backlight level below the maximum. This causes image duplication and there's no way to change it. The score is based on the flicker frequency and the fact that you can't change it, and not the actual performance.

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

The Vizio Series V doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

8.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
19.5 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Due to the TV's slower response time, there's very little stutter in lower frame content.

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

This TV can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps, but not from 60p/60i sources like most cable boxes.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
68.6 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
67.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Vizio V Series has very low input lag when gaming in Game Mode. You won't notice any delay, which is great for reaction-based games.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports most common resolutions at 60Hz and can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at 1080p and 4k, which is important for clear text. It can display an image in 1440p with chroma subsampling; however, it looks stretched out and fuzzy.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

This TV only supports basic 4k @ 60Hz formats from the PS5 and Xbox Series as it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or VRR support. However, it does support Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode for low input lag when you launch a game from a compatible device.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Although advertised to support HDMI 2.1, this TV is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 1
Component In 0
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

The dedicated composite input is great if you have an old gaming console or any other device that requires this connection as not many modern TVs have it.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

This TV supports eARC, allowing you to pass high-quality audio signals over an HDMI connection to a compatible receiver.

Sound Quality
6.5
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
113.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.88 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.58 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.25 dB
Max
87.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.90 dB

The frequency response is okay. It delivers dialogues clearly, but it noticeably lacks bass, so it doesn't produce a thumping or rumbling sound. It gets reasonably loud, and there isn't much compression when playing at max volume.

7.1
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.186
Weighted THD @ Max
0.450
IMD @ 80
2.16%
IMD @ Max
5.90%

This TV has decent distortion performance. There's minimal distortion at moderate volume levels, but it increases at the max volume.

Smart Features
7.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS SmartCast
Version 1.40
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
9 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

Vizio's SmartCast interface is decent. It's easy to use, but there are occasional bugs here and there. During testing, none of the apps opened until we restarted the TV through the settings menu. That said, we only had to do it once, and it worked fine after the reboot.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

There are ads and suggested content on the home screen. Unfortunately, there's no way to disable or opt-out of them.

6.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Vizio V Series comes with many apps pre-installed; however, you can't add more since Vizio doesn't have an app store.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Vizio SmartCast Mobile

The remote has a circular navigation pad and a dedicated button to access Vizio's 'Watch Free' feature. It doesn't have a mic for voice control, but the replacement to this TV, the Vizio V5 Series 2021, has a new remote that does.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The controls are on the right backside of the TV. They allow you to turn the TV On/Off, adjust the volume, and change the input source.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • User guide
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Remote control

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Consumption (Max) 105 W
Firmware 1.10.10.1-1

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch 2020 Vizio V Series (Vizio V655-H9), and for the most part, we expect our results to be valid for the 40-inch (Vizio V405-H9), 43-inch (Vizio V435-H1), 50-inch (Vizio V505-H9), 55-inch (Vizio V555-H1), 58-inch (Vizio V585-H11), 60-inch (Vizio V605-H3), 70-inch (Vizio V705-H1), and 75-inch (Vizio V755-H4) versions. The model codes also vary per retailer, so the table below includes alternative codes for each size.

Size Model(s)
40" V405-H9, V405-H19
43" V435-H1, V35-H11
50" V505-H9, V505-H19
55" V555-H1, V555-H11
58" V585-H11
60" V605-H3
65" V655-H4, V655-H9, V655-H19
70" V705-H1, V705-H3, V705-H13
75" V755-H4, V755-H14

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Vizio V Series doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, can vary between individual units.

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Compared To Other TVs

The Vizio V Series is an okay budget TV. It performs well for a cheap TV, but there are some drawbacks as its smart system isn't as good as on other TVs, and you can get brighter displays if you're willing to spend just a bit more.

Also check out our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best TVs under $500, and the best smart TVs.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

Overall, the Vizio V Series 2020 and the Samsung TU7000 are very similar TVs, but there are a few differences. The Vizio has much better reflection handling, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps. On the other hand, the Samsung has a faster response time and gets a bit brighter.

LG UP7000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio V Series 2020 and the LG UP7000 are both okay entry-level TVs with different panel types. While the LG has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles and low contrast, the Vizio has a VA panel with better contrast but worse viewing angles. The LG gets much brighter, making it a better choice for a well-lit room. Even though the LG has a quicker response time, motion looks better on the Vizio because there's less image duplication than on the LG.

Vizio V5 Series 2021
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is similar to its predecessor, the Vizio V Series 2020. The 2021 model comes with Vizio's new remote that features a built-in mic for voice control, which the 2020 model doesn't have. The 2021 model also gets slightly brighter in SDR, but it's not a significant difference, and other than that, both TVs deliver similar picture quality.

Hisense H6510G
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Vizio V Series 2020 is slightly better than the Hisense H6510G. The Vizio has better reflection handling, better color accuracy, and significantly lower input lag. However, the Hisense has a better contrast ratio, quicker response time, and it gets a bit brighter.

TCL 4 Series/S435 2020
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Vizio V Series 2020 is better than the TCL 4 Series/S435 2020. The Vizio has better reflection handling, a slightly quicker response time, and lower input lag. However, the TCL upscales 480p and 720p content better, and the built-in Roku TV is less laggy and has an app store compared to Vizio's SmartCast system.

Vizio V Series 2019
40" 43" 43" 50" 55" 55" 60" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio V Series 2019 is marginally better than the Vizio V Series 2020. The 2019 has a higher contrast ratio, faster response time, and it gets a lot brighter. The 2020 has better reflection handling and much lower input lag.

Hisense R6090G
43" 50" 55" 65"

The Hisense R6090G is a bit better than the Vizio V Series 2020. The Hisense gets brighter, does a better job at upscaling lower-resolution content, and has a quicker response time. However, the Vizio has slightly better reflection handling, much better gradient handling, and slightly lower input lag.

TCL 4 Series 2019
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Vizio V Series 2020 and the TCL 4 Series 2019 are very similar. The Vizio has better reflection handling and color accuracy, and it gets brighter to combat glare. However, the TCL has a much faster response time and a higher native contrast ratio.

LG UN6950
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 75"

Overall, the LG UN6950 is marginally better than the Vizio V Series 2020. The LG gets brighter in SDR and HDR, and it has a much quicker response time. However, the Vizio is a better choice for dark rooms due to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity.

Samsung TU6980
70" 82"

The Samsung TU6980 is slightly better than the Vizio V Series 2020. The Samsung gets brighter, does a better job at upscaling 480p and 720p content, and has a much quicker response time. However, the Vizio has a better contrast ratio, better black uniformity, and better reflection handling.

Hisense H6570G
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Vizio V Series is better than the Hisense H6570G for most uses. The Vizio has better reflection handling, significantly lower input lag, and better color accuracy out-of-the-box. However, the Hisense gets brighter in HDR, and it has a much quicker response time.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED is significantly better than the Vizio V Series 2020. The LG's OLED panel has an infinite contrast ratio to produce perfect blacks, and it has a near-instantaneous response time and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has wider viewing angles, higher peak brightness, and much better reflection handling. However, the Vizio's slower response time causes less stutter in lower frame rate content, and its input lag is slightly lower.

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