The Vizio V Series 2022 is an entry-level 4k TV. It's part of Vizio's 2023 lineup, released in 2022, sitting between the 1080p Vizio D Series 2022 and the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022. It replaces the Vizio V5 Series 2021, and while it has many of the same features, it has a few extra gaming perks like variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 75 inches, and all the sizes perform the same. It comes with the same Vizio SmartCast system as other Vizio TVs, which is user-friendly and gives you access to both Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay to cast content from your phone. However, the operating system is a bit limited compared to other brands, as you can't download any extra apps, and it feels laggy at times.
The Vizio V Series TV is okay for mixed usage. It's okay for watching movies in dark rooms because it has a high native contrast ratio with good black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. It's decent for watching TV shows and okay for watching sports in well-lit rooms as it has good reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare, and it has a narrow viewing angle that makes the image look washed out from the sides. It's also decent for gaming, thanks to its variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, low input lag, and quick response time. Sadly, it doesn't deliver a satisfying HDR experience because it has low peak brightness and doesn't display the wide range of colors needed for HDR.
The Vizio V Series TV is decent for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. It has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. The Vizio SmartCast OS is user-friendly and allows you to cast content from your phone, but it feels laggy at times. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle that makes the image look washed out from the sides, so it isn't ideal for a wide viewing area.
The Vizio V Series TV is okay for watching sports. Fast-moving players and objects look good thanks to its quick response time, but it has some uniformity issues that can get distracting during sports. It has good reflection handling for use in rooms with a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare from a bright light source. Sadly, it isn't a good choice for wide seating areas as it has a narrow viewing angle, and the image looks washed out from the sides.
The Vizio V Series TV is decent for gaming. It has a quick response time and low input lag for a smooth and responsive gaming experience, and it has VRR support to reduce screen tearing, but it only works within a narrow refresh rate range. It also looks good in dark rooms as it has a high contrast ratio, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve it. Sadly, it can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X or PS5 as it lacks HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Vizio V Series TV is decent for watching HDR movies. It has a high native contrast ratio to display deep blacks in dark scenes, and the black uniformity is good. It lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast, so blacks look gray when bright highlights are on the screen. Unfortunately, highlights don't pop, and colors don't look vivid because it has low HDR peak brightness and can't display a wide range of colors, meaning the TV doesn't deliver a satisfying HDR experience.
The Vizio V Series TV is decent for HDR gaming. It provides a decent gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, quick response time, and VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Although it has a good contrast ratio for deep blacks, it doesn't provide a satisfying HDR experience because it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it can't display a wide range of colors.
The Vizio V Series TV is good for use as a PC monitor. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any resolution, which helps it display clear text when using it as a monitor. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel, and motion looks good thanks to the quick response time. It has good reflection handling if you have a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, and the edges look washed out if you sit too close.
We tested the 55-inch Vizio V Series TV (V555M-K01), and the results are also valid for the 43-inch, 50-inch, 58-inch, 65-inch, 70-inch, and 75-inch models. Released in 2022, it's part of their 2023 lineup of TVs, which includes the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022. The 65-inch size has two model codes available, and the only difference seems to be with their speakers and a slight difference in design, but other than that, both models perform the same.
You can see the label for our unit here.
The Vizio V Series 2022 is an okay entry-level TV that provides better gaming features and performance than some other budget-friendly models. However, you can still find better options if you want to stream your favorite content and want a good smart system with an actual app store.
The Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022 is a higher-end model than the Vizio V Series 2022, but the performance is very similar. The main difference is that the M6 has a wider color gamut thanks to its quantum dot technology, allowing it to display a wider range of colors. However, the V Series is still better in a few areas, like the peak brightness and color accuracy, and it removes 24p judder from Blu-rays, which the M6 can't do.
The Vizio V Series 2022 and the Samsung TU7000 are both okay TVs. The Vizio is better in a few areas, like its peak brightness, reflection handling, color accuracy, and motion handling, and it has VRR support, so it's the better choice for gaming or using it in a well-lit room. However, the Samsung TV has better upscaling, which is important if you watch a lot of low-resolution content like DVDs.
The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio V Series 2022 are both okay entry-level TVs. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, as the Vizio has more gaming features like VRR support and better motion handling. However, the picture quality is better overall on the Samsung because it gets brighter in SDR, has better upscaling, and has fewer uniformity issues.
The Vizio V Series 2022 is the newer version Vizio V5 Series 2021. Both TVs are very similar overall, with the main difference being that the 2022 model has VRR support for gaming, which the 2021 model doesn't have. The 2022 model improves in a few areas, like its peak brightness and response time, while the 2021 model has better upscaling, so choosing one over the other depends on which aspects are important to you.
The Vizio V Series 2022 is a newer version of the Vizio V Series 2020. The 2022 model improves in a few areas, like peak brightness, motion handling, and color accuracy, and it has a few extra features like VRR support for gamers. Because of this, the 2022 model is the better choice as a budget-friendly TV.
The Vizio V Series TV has a simple design with thin bezels on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel, and its body is mainly black.
The stand consists of two V-shaped feet that hold the screen well. The display is also high enough off the table that placing most soundbars in front won't block the image.
Footprint of the 55-inch TV: 39" x 11" x 3.15" to the bottom of the screen.
The back consists of a metal back panel and plastic housing for the inputs. As the inputs are towards the center of the TV, they're hard to reach, particularly if you have it against the wall. Sadly, there isn't anything for cable management.
The section where the inputs are sticks out, and the TV doesn't sit flush against the wall if you mount it.
The Vizio V Series TV has a decent build quality. It's well-put together, and there aren't any obvious quality control problems. The stand supports the TV well, as there's minimal wobble, and although there's a bit of flex on the back near the inputs, this is normal for most TVs. Overall, it feels good for an entry-level model, but it doesn't have anything premium about it.
The Vizio V Series TV has an excellent native contrast ratio, so blacks are deep in very dark scenes. There's no local dimming feature, though, so when bright highlights are on the screen, black levels rise considerably and look more gray.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no localized blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. Instead, the entire screen looks gray and washed out.
Since there's no per-zone local dimming feature, there's no noticeable change in brightness as bright highlights move across the screen. Although advertised to have a 'Full-Array Backlight', this just means it uses direct LED backlighting with the LED backlights placed directly behind the panel and not along the edges.
There's no difference in dark scene performance when you're in 'Game' mode.
The Vizio V Series TV has poor HDR peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough for highlights to stand out against a dark image, and it doesn't deliver a satisfying HDR experience. These results are in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with the Gamma on '2.2', Color Temperature on 'Warm', and the Tone Mapping set to its default of '50'.
If you want a slightly brighter image, set to Picture Mode to 'Bright', the Color Temperature to 'Normal', and the Gamma to '1.8'. It makes the image slightly brighter at 299 cd/m² with a 10% window, but it isn't enough to be a significant difference, and the image is less accurate.
The HDR brightness in Game Mode is once again poor and looks the same as outside of Game Mode. It was tested using the same settings, but with Game Low Latency enabled.
The Vizio V Series TV has excellent PQ EOTF tracking with darker shades and shadow details. It follows the target nearly perfectly, but as there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, there are a lot of details lost in bright scenes. If you find the image too dim, set the Gamma to '1.8' and the Color Temperature to 'Normal'. It makes shadows appear brighter, as you can see in this EOTF, but there's still the same sharp roll-off.
The Vizio V Series TV has okay SDR peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to fight glare from strong light sources, so it's best to use it in a dim or moderately-lit room. It gets slightly brighter than the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022, but the difference is insignificant.
These results are from after calibration using the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with the Backlight at its max, Color Temperature on 'Warm', and Gamma set to '2.2'. By simply setting the Picture Mode to 'Bright' and using the same settings, the TV reaches a peak of 296 cd/m² in the 10% window. However, this isn't a significant difference, and the image is less accurate.
Unlike the higher-end M Series models from Vizio, this TV doesn't have a quantum dot layer, so it can't display a wide range of colors in HDR. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it isn't as good as other TVs and has limited Rec. 2020 coverage, so it isn't future-proof. Tone mapping is also off, so bright colors lose details and don't look life-like.
The Vizio V Series TV has mediocre HDR color volume. Limited by its incomplete color gamut and low peak brightness, it can't display bright colors well.
The Vizio V Series TV has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy in SDR. There are hardly any inaccuracies with most colors, and even the white balance is incredible, except pure white is a bit off. Gamma and the color temperature are both very close to their targets, resulting in a life-like image.
The accuracy after calibration to the 6500K white point is incredible. The TV is easy to calibrate as it didn't need too much fixing, and calibrating the white balance fixed most color inaccuracies too.
See our full calibration settings here.
The Vizio V Series TV has disappointing gray uniformity. There's noticeable backlight bleed throughout and vignetting towards the sides. It's noticeable while watching content with large areas of uniform color, like sports or scenes with panning shots, or when you're using it as a PC monitor. Even in near-dark scenes, the backlight bleed and vignetting are still visible.
The black uniformity is good. There isn't any clouding throughout the screen, but there's backlight bleed and vignetting towards the sides, which can get distracting. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to fix this.
The Vizio V Series TV has a narrow viewing angle. It makes the image look inaccurate from the sides, as colors look washed out, and the screen gets darker. It means it isn't an ideal choice for wide seating areas as people off to the sides won't see the same image as those in front.
The reflection handling is good. Although it doesn't get bright, its semi-gloss finish does enough to reduce glare from small light sources, like if you have a lamp or some spotlights in your room.
This TV has great gradient handling in HDR. There's some noticeable banding in darker shades of all colors, but brighter shades are displayed perfectly.
Unfortunately, the processing features of this TV are very limited, and it can't smooth out low-quality content at all. There's still significant macro-blocking and pixelization, and fine details aren't maintained.
Unfortunately, this TV has poor upscaling when watching 480p content from a DVD or other low-resolution, low-bitrate sources. Edges aren't very sharp, fine details are lost, and text is blurry.
The optimal settings for a sharp 480p image with no over-sharpening are as follows:
The Vizio V Series TV uses a BGR sub-pixel structure, which doesn't affect image quality; however, it can negatively affect text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here. It also has dithering in blue pixels, which negatively impacts the 4k upscaling as some images aren't as sharp.
The Vizio V Series TV has a good response time. Most motion looks smooth, but there's still a bit of inverse ghosting and image duplication due to the backlight flicker.
This TV use pulse width modulation to dim its backlight at any Backlight setting below its max, so it's best to set the TV at its max brightness level anyways to avoid this flicker. If you choose to dim it, the flicker causes image duplication with some fast-moving content.
Unfortunately, the Vizio V Series TV doesn't have an option to introduce flicker, and it always flickers at 480Hz with its backlight setting below its max.
There's no motion interpolation feature to bring lower-frame-rate content up to 60 fps.
Despite the quick response time, there isn't too much stutter with low-frame-rate content.
The Vizio V Series TV removes judder from 24p sources, like Blu-rays and native apps, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies. However, it can't remove judder from 60p/i sources, like cable boxes.
The Vizio V Series TV supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. It only works within a narrow range because it doesn't support Low Framerate Compensation, so you'll see screen tearing when the frame rate drops below 40 fps. Because it isn't G-SYNC compatible, you can't use it with older NVIDIA graphics cards that don't support HDMI Forum VRR.
The Vizio V Series TV has low input lag in Game Mode to provide a responsive gaming experience without much delay.
The Vizio V Series TV supports most common signals up to 4k @ 60Hz, including with proper chroma 4:4:4, which helps with text clarity when using it as a PC monitor. It accepts a 120Hz signal with 1080p and 1440p resolutions, but it skips frames.
Without HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a 120Hz refresh rate, this TV can't take full advantage of the PS5 as it's limited to signals up to 60Hz.
Without HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a 120Hz refresh rate, the Vizio V Series TV can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X as it's limited to signals up to 60Hz.
Although the manufacturer advertises the HDMI inputs as HDMI 2.1, they're limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you can't take advantage of the extra bandwidth of HDMI 2.1. As its tuner only supports ATSC 1.0, you can't stream over-the-air 4k content. It's also advertised to support Wi-Fi 6E, but this only works with Wi-Fi 6E-compatible devices for faster speeds.
The RCA Analog Audio output is great if you have an older two-channel sound system that requires this connection.
The Vizio V Series TV supports eARC with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X signals. This means you can pass this high-quality audio to a compatible receiver with a single HDMI connection.
The Vizio V Series TV has an okay frequency response. Like most TVs, it gets loud and has a well-balanced sound profile in the mid-range, resulting in clear dialogue, but it doesn't produce much bass, so you'll need to get a subwoofer for the best sound experience possible.
The Vizio V Series TV has disappointing distortion handling. While there isn't much with moderate listening levels, it gets much worse and more distracting at its max volume.
The Vizio V Series TV comes with the Vizio SmartCast system. It's easy to learn but feels laggier than other operating systems as it's web-based and feels slow at times. There are a few bugs, like the fact that the SmartCast was unavailable on initial startup until we reset the TV, which is an issue we experienced with the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022.
Like with most TV brands, there are ads throughout the interface, but they aren't always there.
The Vizio SmartCast platform doesn't have an app store because all the apps are web-based. It means you can only use the ones it already has, but there's a large selection of apps to start with, and you can cast content from your phone.
The included remote is basic and only has a few necessary navigation buttons, including quick-access buttons to popular streaming services. There's a mic in the remote, or you can use the app on your phone to access the voice assistant features, which you can ask to open apps and switch inputs, but you can't search for content.
There's a single button on the bottom left side to turn it On/Off and change inputs.