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Vizio V Series 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 15, 2020 at 11:22 am
Vizio V Series 2020 Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H6510G
6.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H6510G
7.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H6510G
6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio V Series 2020 is an okay budget TV. It replaces the Vizio V Series 2019, with improved reflection handling and significantly lower input lag. Its VA panel's high contrast ratio makes it suitable for dark rooms; however, it struggles to overcome glare in bright environments due to its low peak brightness. Its mediocre response time makes motion look blurry in fast-moving scenes, and it lacks a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve clarity. HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR, as it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. Also, it has poor viewing angles that make images look washed out when viewed from the sides. It has good color accuracy, though, and Vizio's SmartCast interface is user-friendly.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Vizio V Series is okay for most uses. Its exceptionally low input lag makes it a decent choice for gaming or 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.
7.3 Video Games

The Vizio V Series is decent for gaming. It has very low input lag to provide a responsive gaming experience; however, its response time is a bit slow, so fast-moving scenes look blurry. It has a high contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity, making it a good option for gaming in the dark. Sadly, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing.

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.
7.2 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.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 6.9 TV Shows
  • 6.4 Sports
  • 7.3 Video Games
  • 6.5 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
  1. Update 11/4/2020: We've retested the TV's inputs with an HDMI 2.1 source.

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. Its main competitors are the Hisense H6570G, the LG UN6950, and the Samsung TU7000.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio V Series' design is decent and looks almost identical to the Vizio V Series 2019. It's simple, and there's nothing that really stands out. The borders are thin but not as thin as other higher-end Vizio TVs, such as 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" 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.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.50" (1.3 cm)

The borders are a bit thicker than those on Vizio's higher-end TVs, but they aren't too distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.44" (6.2 cm)

The TV is relatively thin and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted unless you use the back-facing ports.

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, there aren't any issues with the construction except for a little bit of flex on the back, towards the middle of the bottom half. The stand supports the TV well and doesn't wobble much.

Picture Quality
8.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5257 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

This TV has an excellent contrast ratio and can produce deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming to enhance it further. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between individual units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

5.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
198 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
213 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
213 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
213 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
214 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Poor SDR peak brightness. It maintains consistent brightness across different content, but it isn't bright enough to combat glare, so it's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room.

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'.

We can achieve a slightly brighter image using the default 'Bright' Picture mode; however, the difference isn't really noticeable, as it only goes up to 226 cd/m² in the 50% window.

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

The HDR peak brightness is bad, and about the same as in SDR. It isn't enough to make highlights stand out, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR.

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'.

Just like in SDR, you can get a slightly brighter image using the default 'Bright' Picture Mode, but it only goes up to 227 cd/m² in the 50% window.

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.

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.

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.

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; however, visibility can still be an issue in well-lit rooms due to the TV's low brightness.

7.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.35
Color dE
2.39
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6121 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

Before calibration, the color accuracy is good. Most colors are only slightly inaccurate, but yellow is visibly off, and so is the white balance. The color temperature is on the warm side, resulting in a reddish tint. Gamma follows the target relatively well; however, some dark scenes are too dark, and bright scenes are too bright. Note that color accuracy can vary between individual units.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
1.57
Gamma
2.22
Color Temperature
6481 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, color accuracy is exceptional. White balance is almost perfect, and the color temperature is much closer to our 6500K target. There are still inaccuracies with a few colors, but they're hard to spot. 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, such as from DVDs, is decent.

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

This TV uses a 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 %

Unfortunately, the Vizio V Series can't display a wide color gamut in HDR content. The EOTF follows the PQ curve relatively well, with a sharp roll-off towards its peak brightness. The 'Game' mode EOTF is nearly identical, as you can see here.

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.

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 and low brightness. It has difficulty displaying very bright colors, as well as dark and saturated colors.

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

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 mediocre response time. As a result, there's a noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects. If response time is important to you, then look into the Samsung TU6980.

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
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz 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.

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. To do so, 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
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
10.6 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
68.6 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
10.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
10.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
11.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
10.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
67.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes

The Vizio V655-H19's input lag is outstanding. 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, such as an Xbox or PC.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions