Vizio V5 Series 2021 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jul 12, 2021 at 10:10 am
Vizio V5 Series 2021 Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.1
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.0
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
6.6
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
7.1
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.4
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is an okay entry-level 4k TV. It's limited on extra features, as it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 inputs nor variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It has a VA-type panel that displays deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, even worse than most VA-type TVs, so the image looks washed out as soon as you move off-center. Although it has good reflection handling, it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room. Lastly, it comes with Vizio's new remote that features voice control, but you can't download any extra apps on the SmartCast system like on some other operating systems.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Vizio V Series 2021 is okay overall. It performs best for watching movies in dark rooms because it has a high native contrast ratio with incredible black uniformity, but it lacks a local dimming feature. It's decent for watching TV shows and okay for sports, but it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not good for wide viewing areas. Unfortunately, it's not good for HDR content because it doesn't get bright and can't display a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • High native contrast ratio displays deep blacks.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Colors are accurate out of the box.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Has trouble upscaling 480p and 720p content.
  • Narrow viewing angles; image looks washed out from the side.
  • Visible motion smear.
  • No VRR support.
7.1 Movies

The Vizio V Series 2021 is decent for watching movies. It has a VA-type panel with a fantastic native contrast ratio to display deep blacks, but there's no local dimming feature to improve it. It removes judder from 24p sources, great for watching movies, but it has some trouble upscaling lower-resolution content like DVDs.

Pros
  • High native contrast ratio displays deep blacks.
  • Removes judder from native 24p sources.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Has trouble upscaling 480p and 720p content.
7.0 TV Shows

The Vizio V Series 2021 is decent for watching TV shows. Although it doesn't get very bright, it has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate from the side, and there are some upscaling artifacts with 720p content, like from cable boxes.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Colors are accurate out of the box.
Cons
  • Has trouble upscaling 480p and 720p content.
  • Doesn't get bright in SDR nor HDR.
  • Narrow viewing angles; image looks washed out from the side.
6.6 Sports

The Vizio V Series 2021 is okay for sports. It has a decent response time, but there's still some noticeable motion blur due to smearing. It has good reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare in a very well-lit room. Also, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not a good choice to use in a wide seating arrangement as the screen looks washed out from the side.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Colors are accurate out of the box.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright in SDR nor HDR.
  • Narrow viewing angles; image looks washed out from the side.
  • Visible motion smear.
7.1 Video Games

The Vizio V Series 2021 is decent for gaming. It's fairly limited on gaming features as it has a 60Hz panel and doesn't support FreeSync VRR. It has low input lag and a quick response time, but there's visible motion smearing. It's great for dark room gaming thanks to its high contrast, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature.

Pros
  • High native contrast ratio displays deep blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Visible motion smear.
  • No VRR support.
6.7 HDR Movies

The Vizio V Series 2021 is alright for watching HDR movies. Its fantastic native contrast and incredible black uniformity make it a great choice for use in dark rooms. However, it fails to display a wide color gamut for HDR content, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. It also lacks a local dimming feature.

Pros
  • High native contrast ratio displays deep blacks.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get bright in SDR nor HDR.
  • Can't display wide color gamut.
7.1 HDR Gaming

The Vizio V Series 2021 is decent for HDR gaming. Even though it's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't support VRR, it still provides a responsive gaming experience with low input lag and a quick response time. However, you may notice motion smear with fast-moving scenes. HDR content doesn't look good due to the low brightness and lack of a wide color gamut, but it still has a fantastic contrast ratio.

Pros
  • High native contrast ratio displays deep blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright in SDR nor HDR.
  • Visible motion smear.
  • Can't display wide color gamut.
7.4 PC Monitor

The Vizio V Series 2021 is decent for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience. It displays chroma 4:4:4 at any supported resolution, which helps with text clarity. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen look washed out if you sit too close. It has good reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare.

Pros
  • High native contrast ratio displays deep blacks.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright in SDR nor HDR.
  • Narrow viewing angles; image looks washed out from the side.
  • Visible motion smear.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Movies
  • 7.0 TV Shows
  • 6.6 Sports
  • 7.1 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.1 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Aug 26, 2021: We corrected a mistake in our test results. There's no opt-out from ads because there are no ads.
  2. Updated Jul 12, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 07, 2021: Early access published.

Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio V Series 2021 is an entry-level 4k TV that replaces the Vizio V Series 2020. Although Vizio labels it as a 2022 model, it was released in 2021. It sits above the Vizio D Series, which has 1080p and 720p models, and it sits alongside the Vizio V6 Series. It competes with other entry-level models like the Hisense U6G, Samsung AU8000, and the LG UP7000.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Vizio V655 is a basic entry-level TV made entirely out of plastic. It looks like the Vizio V Series 2020 from the front, but the back looks different. It has thicker bezels than most modern TVs, but they're still not too distracting.

Design
Stand

The TV comes with the same V-shaped feet as other Vizio TVs. They're wide-set and cannot be placed in an alternate position. There's enough space in front that you can place a soundbar without blocking the screen.

Footprint of the 65" TV: 47.6" x 12" x 3.25"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x200

The back panel is smooth plastic and the bottom part where the inputs are sticks out more. Sadly, there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.56" (1.4 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.43" (6.2 cm)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Vizio V655 is a basic entry-level TV with okay build quality. It's plastic throughout and feels solid, but it's nothing special. There's some flex on the back, especially near the logo in the center. The TV wobbles a bit on the stand, but it's not too bad considering its size.

Picture Quality
9.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
8,117 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Vizio V655 has a fantastic native contrast ratio, typical of VA-type panels. Even without a local dimming feature, it displays deep blacks. Keep in mind that the contrast can vary between units.

Note: The picture above looks different than the contrast ratio photo in the Vizio V Series 2020 because our unit of the V655 has a warmer color tone, and it looks more like the Vizio V Series 2019.

5.5
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
219 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
237 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
236 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
235 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
235 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
236 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
236 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
235 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Vizio V655 has disappointing SDR brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in a well-lit room. On the plus side, brightness doesn't vary between content.

We tested the SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '2.2' and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'. If you want a slightly brighter image, we reached 269 cd/m² in the 'Sports' Picture Mode with Color Temperature set to 'Normal'. However this comes at the cost of losing image accuracy.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Vizio V655 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos above are for reference only. Blacks look closer to gray with the test pattern because the video is shot at an angle, and due to the TV's narrow viewing angles, the black levels appear raised.

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

Once again, there's no local dimming feature. The videos are provided for reference only, and blacks look gray with the test pattern video due to the narrow viewing angles.

4.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
218 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness is poor. It doesn't get brighter than in SDR and it's not enough to make highlights stand out. The EOTF follows the target perfectly until the roll off at the peak brightness, so scenes are displayed at their correct brightness.

We tested the HDR brightness in the 'Calibrated Dark' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '2.2' and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'.

Setting the Gamma to '1.8' and Color Temperature to 'Normal' results in a brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

4.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
214 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
234 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is exactly the same as outside of it because you can enable Game Low Latency to achieve low input lag and use any Picture Mode.

6.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.720%
50% DSE
0.214%
5% Std. Dev.
0.728%
5% DSE
0.093%

The gray uniformity is okay. The edges of the screen are darker, and there's noticeable dirty screen effect in the center. It could get distracting when watching sports. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but there's some backlight bleed along the bottom edge. Note that uniformity can vary between units.

9.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.584%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is fantastic. There isn't any backlight bleed, but there's clouding that results in a blueish screen rather than black. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve it. Keep in mind that uniformity can vary between units.

5.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
20°
Color Shift
17°
Brightness Loss
29°
Black Level Raise
36°
Gamma Shift
12°

The Vizio V655 has narrow viewing angles. It's expected from a VA-type panel, but it's even worse than other TVs and you really notice the loss in image accuracy when viewing from the side. Blues in particular really start to look different at an angle.

This TV has an optional Enhanced Viewing Angle setting to try to improve the viewing angles. The results are with the setting off, but we also tested it with it enabled. Using this feature doesn't really change the viewing angles, and you can see the graphs below:

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
0.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.5%

It has good reflection handling. Even though it has a semi-gloss finish, it absorbs light well, and glare shouldn't be an issue unless you place it opposite strong light sources. There are more direct mirror-like reflections than the Vizio V Series 2020, but less light is scattered across the screen.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.33
Color dE
1.50
Gamma
2.15
Color Temperature
6,706 K
Picture Mode
Calibrated Dark
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2

Our unit of the Vizio V655 has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, but this can vary between units. Only saturated blues and reds are slightly inaccurate, and the white balance is just a bit off. Color temperature is just a bit on the cold side, but it's fantastic regardless. Sadly, gamma doesn't follow the target 2.2 very well, so bright scenes are over-brightened.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.16
Color dE
0.89
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,518 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration is remarkable. Any remaining inaccuracies are nearly impossible to spot, but dark red is still a bit off. Both the color temperature and gamma are nearly spot-on with our targets.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Vizio V655 does a decent job at upscaling lower-resolution content like from DVDs. It's not as good as other TVs, which is typical behavior of Vizios.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

This TV displays 720p content fairly well, but there are more artifacts than other 4k options.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This TV displays 1080p content nearly as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

There aren't any issues displaying native 4k content on this TV.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Vizio V655 seems to have a type of VA panel that's technically different, but it performs the same. The BGR sub-pixel format can affect text clarity when using it as a PC, which you can read about here.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.43%
DCI P3 uv
81.03%
Rec 2020 xy
54.52%
Rec 2020 uv
60.46%

The Vizio V655 has an okay color gamut for HDR content, but it's not considered a wide color gamut. It has very good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is limited, and tone mapping is off.

5.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
68.3%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
24.8%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
50.3%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
18.2%

Due to the lack of a wide color gamut, the color volume is disappointing. It displays dark colors well thanks to the high contrast but struggles with brighter colors.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.097
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.090
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.082
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.077

The Vizio V655 has excellent gradient handling. There's only a bit of banding in the darker shades, especially green and red, but it's minimal. Using the Contour Smoothing in the 'Reduce Noise' settings page helps smooth out banding, and setting it to 'High' helps best with real content, but this comes at the cost of losing fine details.

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, but this can vary between 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
7.0
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.7 ms
100% Response Time
15.6 ms

The Vizio V655 has a decent response time. The 100% response time is quicker than the Vizio V Series 2020, but there's still noticeable motion smear due to the slow response time in darker transitions. This can be especially distracting with darker objects. You may also notice image duplication due to the backlight's flicker frequency.

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

This TV has a flicker-free backlight if you set the Backlight setting to anything above '45' in the 'Calibrated Dark' and 'Calibrated' Picture Modes, and anything above 40 in the other modes. However, the TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight below those settings, and it flickers at 480Hz. It always flickers at 480Hz in 'Game' mode.

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

There's no optional black frame insertion. It always flickers at 480Hz in 'Game' Picture Mode on this TV. If you don't like that, you can enable the Game Low Latency setting and use another Picture Mode.

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

The TV doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
26.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
1.1 ms

Since the response time isn't the quickest, there isn't too much stutter with lower-frame rate 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 removes 24p judder from apps and native sources, but not from 60p/i sources. You need to enable Film Mode and disable the Full Color 4:4:4 setting for it to do so.

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

The Vizio V5 Series isn't advertised to have any VRR support, but the V6 Series does have it. We confirmed there's no VRR on the V655 as there isn't a specific setting for it, and there's screen tearing with our pendulum test video.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
52.3 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
35.1 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 has low input lag as long as Game Low Latency is enabled. It's low enough for non-reaction-based games even with the setting disabled. If you're going to use it as a PC monitor, make sure you enable the Full Color 4:4:4 setting, and you're in Game Mode for it to have low input lag.

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 any common resolution up to 60Hz. It displays chroma 4:4:4 at any supported resolution as long as Full Color 4:4:4 is enabled. However, you can't achieve 4k @60Hz with 4:4:4 and a 10-bit signal because it doesn't support that much bandwidth. For full-bandwidth signals, set the 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

Since the Vizio V655 doesn't support anything above 60Hz, it doesn't support any 120Hz signals from the PS5 or Xbox Series X. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when a game from a compatible device is launched. For it to work, set Game Low Latency to 'Auto'.

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)

Even though it's advertised to have HDMI 2.1 inputs, they don't support a 4k @ 60Hz 10-bit signal with chroma 4:4:4, meaning they don't support HDMI 2.1 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
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

There's eARC support on HDMI 1, allowing you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI connection. For it to work, enable eARC and set Digital Audio Out to 'Digital' for DTS:X via eARC and any ARC signal, and to 'Auto' for Atmos via eARC or any optical signal.

Sound Quality
6.4
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
113.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.52 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.35 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.48 dB
Max
87.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.48 dB

The Vizio V655 has an okay frequency response. It gets fairly loud and has a well-balanced sound profile, so it's good for listening to dialogue. Sadly, it doesn't produce much bass, if at all.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.614
Weighted THD @ Max
1.302
IMD @ 80
2.36%
IMD @ Max
9.02%

The distortion performance isn't bad. There isn't too much at moderate listening levels, but there's more at its max volume. However, this depends on the content, and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
7.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS SmartCast
Version 1.50
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
3 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Vizio SmartCast system is decent and easy to use. It can feel laggy at times, so menu navigation isn't the smoothest. However, you can move your apps around on the home page, making them easier to access.

10
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
No
Opt-out
No Ads
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Update 08/26/2021: We corrected a mistake in our test results. There's no opt-out from ads because there are no ads.

There's suggested content on the home screen, but we didn't see any ads. Let us know if you see any.

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

Unfortunately, you can't download any extra apps besides the ones that come pre-installed. On the plus side, you can cast anything you want from your phone.

6.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
Search, Some Other Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Vizio SmartCast Mobile

It comes with a new Vizio remote that lacks a numpad and has a mic for voice control, which past models didn't have. You can ask the voice control to change inputs, open apps, and ask the weather, but you can't search for specific content in apps or change settings.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There are three buttons on the back right side to change the volume, inputs, and power the TV On/Off.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 50 W
Power Consumption (Max) 89 W
Firmware 1.20.16.1-6

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65 inch Vizio V5 Series (V655), and for the most part, we expect our results to be valid for the 43" (V435), 50" (V505), 55" (V555), 58" (V585-J01), 70" (V705), and 75" (V755) models. There's also a V6 Series model set to be released, but it's only going to be available in 70 and 75 inches and is advertised to have more gaming features like FreeSync support.

Size Model
43" V435-J01
50" V505-J09
55" V555-J01
58" V585-J01
65" V655-J09
70" V705-J03
75" V755-J04

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Vizio V Series 2021 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll 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 2021 is an okay low-cost TV. It performs well in dark rooms as it has high contrast, but it's not versatile. The built-in SmartCast system lags behind competitors in terms of features because it still lacks an app store, and there are better options available for a bit more, like the Hisense U6G.

See our recommendations for the best TVs, the best Vizio TVs, and the best budget TVs.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G is significantly better than the Vizio V5 Series 2021. The Hisense has more features like full-array local dimming, a wide color gamut for HDR content, and the built-in Android TV has a Google Play Store. The Hisense gets significantly brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for watching HDR content or using it in well-lit rooms. Lastly, the Hisense even has a quicker response time for smoother motion.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED and the Vizio V5 Series 2021 are very different TVs. The LG is a high-end model with many features like a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 inputs, and VRR support, all of which the Vizio doesn't have. The LG has an OLED panel that allows it to turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It also has wider viewing angles. On the other side, the Vizio is a basic entry-level model with an LED panel, so it doesn't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in the way OLEDs do.

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

The Vizio V5 Series 2021 and the Samsung TU7000 are both okay TVs. The Vizio has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms, but it still doesn't get very bright. The Vizio also removes judder from 24p sources, which the Samsung can't do, which helps motion in movies. However, the Samsung's built-in Tizen is better overall than the Vizio's OS as it comes with an app store, and the Samsung does a better job at upscaling lower-resolution content.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio V5 Series 2021 are both decent TVs. They have the same panel type, so they each have high contrast but lack local dimming. The Samsung is a better choice for well-lit rooms because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. Samsung's Tizen OS is better overall than Vizio's SmartCast because it has an app store, which the Vizio doesn't, and menu navigation feels smoother.

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

The Vizio V5 Series 2021 and the TCL 4 Series 2020 are both okay entry-level TVs. They have the same panel type and many of the same features, but the Vizio has better dark room performance because of its superior contrast and black uniformity. However, each of these can vary between units. The Vizio is also better for gaming because it has a much better response time and lower input lag. The TCL has better smart features because the built-in Roku is less laggy than Vizio's SmartCast system, and it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content like the Vizio does.

Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 and the Vizio V5 Series 2021 are both okay TVs. The M6 is higher up in the Vizio lineup than the V5, so it has a few more features like a wide color gamut and VRR support. Picture quality is similar as they both have high contrast, lack local dimming, don't get bright, and have good reflection handling. Choosing one over the other comes down to whether or not you need the extra gaming features on the M6.

Vizio V Series 2020
40" 43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75"

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.

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