Vizio V Series 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Jul 12, 2021 at 03:25 pm
Vizio V Series 2020 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
6.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
6.9
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
7.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
This TV was replaced by the Vizio V5 Series 2021
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio V Series 2020 is an okay budget TV with a VA panel. It has excellent contrast and great black uniformity, making it a great choice for dark-room viewing. It's not as well-suited for a bright room, though, as although it has good reflection handling, it has disappointing peak brightness, so glare might still be an issue. It has outstanding low input lag, but it's not a very good TV for gaming, as it has a slow response time and doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rates (VRR). It has a decent smart interface, but like all current Vizio TVs, it has a limited selection of smart apps, instead focusing on its ability to display apps cast from your smartphone or tablet.

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 don't expect too much in HDR content, as it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright. It's adequate for watching TV shows, as long as you don't mind its poor viewing angles and low brightness.

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 can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps, and it doesn't stutter much in lower frame rate content like movies. There's a fair amount of dirty screen effect, which is distracting in wide panning shots; however, uniformity can vary between units.

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 angles make images look washed out from the sides, so it isn't the best option if you tend to walk around while watching TV. On the upside, it upscales 1080p content from cable boxes well, and its VA panel's immunity to permanent burn-in means you don't have to worry about watching the same program or channel all day.

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. Like most VA panel TVs, it has narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas. Even though it has good reflection handling, it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare. Its response time is a bit slow and causes more motion blur in fast-moving scenes. Also, there's a fair amount of dirty screen effect on our unit; however, uniformity can vary between units.

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 inputs from the latest consoles. Picture quality is just as good in Game Mode, though, which is great.

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 can produce 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.

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 adequate for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag, but its response time is mediocre, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. It can'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 a decent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag, supports most common resolutions, and can display proper chroma 4:4:4. However, its mediocre response time causes more motion blur, and its narrow viewing angles make the edges of the screen look inaccurate if you sit too close.

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 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.
  2. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  3. Updated Nov 04, 2020: We've retested the TV's inputs with an HDMI 2.1 source.
  4. Updated Oct 15, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Oct 07, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio V Series is Vizio's lowest-end model in the 2020 lineup and replaces the Vizio V Series 2019. In 2021, it's been replaced by the Vizio V5 Series 2021. Its main competitors are the Hisense H6570G, the LG UN6950, and the Samsung TU7000.

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 but not as thin as other higher-end Vizio TVs, like the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020.

Design
Stand

The feet are set almost as wide as the TV, and there's no alternate narrow position, 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 some of the inputs are back-facing, which isn't ideal if you want to wall-mount the TV as they're hard to reach.

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

The TV is relatively thin and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is okay. It's a mix of metal and plastic, and while it doesn't feel particularly premium, we didn't notice any issues with the construction except for a little bit of flex 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

This TV has an excellent contrast ratio, as expected for a VA panel. This results in deep blacks when viewed in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve black levels. Note that contrast can vary between units.

5.1
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

This TV has disappointing SDR peak brightness, and it's not bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. Fortunately, there's very little variation in peak brightness with different content.

We measured the SDR peak brightness 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

Update 07/26/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the backlight behavior with real content.

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 local dimming feature on other displays compares to one without local dimming.

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

Update 07/26/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the backlight behavior with real content.

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the local dimming feature on other displays compares to one without local dimming.

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's not bright enough for small specular highlights to stand out, resulting in a rather flat, dull image. The EOTF follows the PQ curve relatively well, with a sharp roll-off towards its peak brightness, but most scenes aren't quite as bright as they should be.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration 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, you can make it brighter by 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'. These settings result in a brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

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

HDR peak brightness is about the same in Game Mode as out of it.

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

Gray uniformity on our unit is mediocre. There's vignetting at the corners and a fair amount of dirty screen effect (DSE) in the center. The DSE is slightly better in dark scenes, but the backlight bleed is much more noticeable. Note that gray uniformity can vary between individual units.

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

Black uniformity on our unit is great. There's a bit of clouding at the bottom of the screen, and some backlight bleed along the edges. Note that black uniformity can vary between individual units.

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

This TV has poor viewing angles, typical of most VA panels. Images look washed out when viewed from the sides, so it isn't ideal for large rooms with wide seating areas. If you need something with wide viewing angles, 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%

This TV 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 can still be an issue in a bright environment.

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

This TV has good accuracy out of the box, but this can vary between individual units due to manufacturing tolerances. The white balance is decent, but brighter shades of gray are a bit off. Colors are great for the most part, except for yellows, which might be noticeable with some content. Gamma is pretty close to our 2.2 calibration target for a dark room, 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, the overall accuracy of this TV is outstanding. White balance is almost perfect, and the color temperature is almost spot-on our 6500K target. Yellows are much better, but there are still hard-to-spot inaccuracies with a few colors. Gamma is better, except that bright scenes are now too dark.

You can see our recommended 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.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

This TV upscales 720p content well, but it isn't as good as most other recent 4k TVs. If you want a similar, entry-level TV that does a better job at upscaling 720p content, check out the TCL 4 Series 2020.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This TV upscales 1080p content well with no visible artifacts.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV displays 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Like most VA panels, this TV uses a less-optimal BGR sub-pixel structure. While this doesn't affect picture quality, it can affect how text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor. 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%

This TV has a decent color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. Coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content is good, but it can'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.

6.1
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 can'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

This TV 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 some scenes.

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; however, it can vary between individual units.

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

This TV 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. On the other hand, there's no noticeable overshoot, so there's no inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

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

The backlight is 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.

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 Black Frame Insertion feature, but it flickers permanently at 480Hz at any backlight level below the maximum, which can help to reduce the appearance of persistence blur a bit.

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

This TV doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

8.6
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. To enable judder removal from supported sources, simply enable Film Mode.

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.

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 V655-H19's input lag is outstanding. To get the lowest input lag, set Game Low Latency to 'On'.

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. If you want to use chroma 4:4:4, first set the PC to 4:4:4 or RGB, then set the Full Color 4:4:4 setting to 'On' on the TV. For signals that require full bandwidth, set HDMI Mode to '2.1'.

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 new consoles. It doesn't support 120Hz signals or variable refresh rates. To get the lowest input lag, set Game Low Latency to 'On'. Setting it to 'Auto' enables the 'Auto Low Latency Mode', which turns on Game Low Latency when a game is launched from a compatible device, like an Xbox or PC.

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)

Update 07/26/2021: To confirm that this TV doesn't support any extra bandwidth, we connected it to a PC with an NVIDIA RTX 3070 and tried sending a 4k @ 60Hz 10-bit signal with full RGB. This format surpasses the bandwidth limitations of HDMI 2.0, but should be supported by the TV's processor. Unfortunately, when sending this signal to any of the 3 HDMI ports the TV wasn't able to display anything, confirming that it doesn't support HDMI 2.1.

Although advertised to support HDMI 2.1, this TV can't take advantage of the extra bandwidth on any of its ports.

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

It's rare these days, but this TV has a dedicated composite input, great for retro gamers. No breakout adapter is required.

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 the TV to pass high-quality audio signals like Dolby Atmos vis TrueHD over an HDMI connection. To use it, set eARC to 'On', and Digital Audio Out to 'Digital'.

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 can'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%

Decent distortion performance. There's minimal distortion at moderate volume levels, and even at max volume, it shouldn't be audible for most people.

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 changed slightly from the Vizio V Series 2019. It now 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 (V655-H19), and for the most part, we expect our results to be valid for the 40" (V405-H19), 43" (V435-H11), 50" (V505-H19), 55" (V555-H11), 58" (V585-H11), 60" (V605-H3), 70" (V705-H3), and 75" (V755-H4) versions.

Size Model
40" V405-H19
43" V435-H11
50" V505-H19
55" V555-H11
58" V585-H11
60" V605-H3
65" V655-H19
70" V705H3
75" V755-H4

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their 2020 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 2020 is an okay budget TV. It's among the best cheap TVs on the market, but it isn't as good as the similarly-priced LG UN6950. The UN6950 has much higher peak brightness and significantly faster response time. For more options, 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"

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.

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

The Vizio V Series 2020 is better than the TCL 4 Series 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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