Vizio E Series 2018 TV REVIEW

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Vizio E Series 2018 TV REVIEW

The Vizio E Series 2018 TV REVIEW is a good 4k UHD TV. It can produce deep dark scenes due to the excellent native contrast ratio and black uniformity. It also has decent motion handling with a fast response time, so only a short blur trail can be seen when watching sports or gaming. Unfortunately, the picture quality degrades when viewed at an angle and the local dimming doesn’t work well to improve the picture quality further.

Design

The design of the Vizio E series 2018 is good. The TV comes with the usual wide but sturdy stand, a thick brushed bezel finish and a metal trim on the bottom, which gives the TV a more premium look. When looking at the TV from the side, its structure looks very much like the higher end 2018 P series and M series. The build quality is decent and should not cause any issues.

The stand is wide. It is made of plastic and supports the TV well. It will not wobble much if moved.

Footprint of the 65″ TV stand:51.8″ x 11.3″

The back of the TV is plastic. It has a more sleek look and the inputs are still split between the side and the bottom edge, easily accessible if you wall mount the TV. There is no planning for cable management.

The borders of this year’s Vizio E65-F0 / E65-F1 are thick and made of plastic. There is also a thick brushed bezel finish that traverses around the screen. This year there is metal trim on the bottom, that makes the TV look more premium.

The maximum thickness is similar to 2017 E Series. Like all other Vizio models we tested this year, the structure of the TV (screen and electronics’ compartment) is more apparent when the TV is viewed from the side.

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the Vizio E Series 2018 is okay. It has a remarkable contrast ratio and can display deep blacks in dark scenes. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is great and almost perfect when calibrated. Unfortunately, it does not have a wide color gamut, and the HDR brightness level is sub-par so the whole image looks dim. Although it can handle reflections well, viewing angles are somewhat limited, which does not make it suitable for wide rooms. Finally, due to just ordinary gray uniformity, some dirty screen effect is to be expected in panning shots.

Motion

The Vizio E Series 2018 has decent motion handling. It comes with a very fast response time and uses PWM to dim the backlight. The flicker is very fast and should not be noticeable to most people. It can lower the flicker rate to reduce blur, but unlike most TVs, it can do so without dimming the screen. It does not support any motion interpolation, so there is no way to remove stutter from low fps content.

Inputs

The Vizio E Series 2018 has excellent low input lag both for SDR and HDR content. It is a great improvement from the 2017 model and it supports 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color on all ports, as long as you set it to ‘Full UHD Color’. The TV comes with a TV tuner, unlike the previous two years’ models.


Sound Quality

The sound quality is mediocre. This TV has an average loudness so may not be loud enough for large and noisy environments, but it is able to produce clear dialogs. Also, it doesn’t produce much bass and doesn’t have a room correction system. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or soundbars are recommended.

Smart Features

The Vizio E Series 2018 uses the Vizio SmartCast smart interface, also found in the 2018 M Series and the P Series. It comes with very basic features but the main attraction is the built-in Chromecast media streaming support. It allows you to control the TV from a tablet or a phone and to stream files from just about anything. The selection of built-in apps is small and covers the basics, but there is no app store and no way to add additional functionality except through a firmware update.

Specifications

NETWORK & INTERNET
Functionality Internet video playback, digital audio playback, digital photo playback, digital video playback
REMOTE CONTROL
Type remote control
Remote Control Model VIZIO XRT132
VIDEO
Refresh rate 240 Hz
CONNECTIONS
Connector Type 3 x HDMI – bottom
HDMI – side
Network – bottom
Digital audio output (optical) – bottom
Audio line-out – bottom
Component video input – side
Audio line-in – side
2 x USB – side
Type HDMI, USB, audio line-in, audio line-out, component video input, digital audio output (optical), network
Qty 1, 2, 3
Connector Type 19 pin HDMI Type A, 4 pin USB Type A, RCA x 2, RCA x 3, RJ-45, TOSLINK
Connector Location bottom, side
MISCELLANEOUS
Color Category black
Flat Panel Mount Interface 400 x 400 mm
COMPONENT FEATURES
Supported Video Formats HEVC, VP9
TV TUNER
TV Tuner Presence No
MPEG Profiles and Levels HEVC/H.265
HEADER
Brand VIZIO
Product Line VIZIO SmartCast
Model E65u-D3 Ultra HD Home Theater Display, E60u-D3 Ultra HD Home Theater Display
Series E Series
TV SYSTEM
Additional Features Active Pixel Tuning, V8 Octa-Core processor
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Width 57.5 in, 53.5 in
Depth 2.7 in, 2.8 in
Height 33.1 in, 31 in
Weight 43.21 lbs, 49.6 lbs
Comments without stand
TELEVISION
Type LED-backlit LCD flat panel display
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
LED Backlight Type full array, local dimming
Video Interface HDMI, component
HDMI Ports Qty 4
Diagonal Class 65 in, 60 in
Diagonal Class (metric) 165 cm, 152 cm
Diagonal Size 60 in, 64.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 152.4 cm, 163.8 cm
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Display Format 4K UHD (2160p)
Motion Enhancement Technology 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate, Clear Action 240
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 5000000:1
Viewing Angle 176°
Viewing Angle (Vertical) 176°
Display Menu Language English, French, Spanish
Additional Features Active Pixel Tuning, V8 Octa-Core processor
AUDIO SYSTEM
Sound Effects DTS Studio Sound
Output Power / Total 20 Watt
Speaker System 2 speakers
Additional Features Google Cast support
MEDIA PLAYER
Supported Video Formats HEVC, VP9
USB Port Yes
USB Ports Qty 2
NETWORK & INTERNET MULTIMEDIA
Functionality Internet video playback, digital audio playback, digital photo playback, digital video playback
Connectivity LAN, Wi-Fi
LAN Protocol Ethernet
Wi-Fi Protocol 802.11ac
SPEAKER SYSTEM DETAILS
Speaker Type main channel speaker
Speaker Qty 2
Speaker Form Factor built-in
Nominal (RMS) Output Power 10 Watt
CABLE DETAILS
Type HDMI cable
Length 6 ft
POWER DEVICE
Type power supply
Power Consumption Operational 192.5 Watt, 177.5 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by 0.5 Watt
STANDS & MOUNTS
Stand included
Stand Design tabletop
Flat Panel Mount Interface 400 x 400 mm
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT (SHIPPING)
Shipping Width 57.3 in, 61.3 in
Shipping Depth 7.3 in, 7.2 in
Shipping Height 35.6 in, 37.7 in
Shipping Weight 68.3 lbs, 61.3 lbs
Width (Shipping) 57.3 in, 61.3 in
Weight (Shipping) 61.3 lbs, 68.3 lbs
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT DETAILS
Details panel with stand, panel without stand
Width 53.5 in, 57.5 in
Depth 10.6 in, 2.8 in, 2.7 in
Height 31 in, 33.1 in, 33.5 in, 35.7 in
Weight 49.6 lbs, 43.2 lbs, 50.7 lbs, 44.1 lbs
SERVICE & SUPPORT
Type 1 year warranty
SERVICE & SUPPORT DETAILS
Type limited warranty, technical support
Service Included parts and labor
Full Contract Period 1 year, lifetime
GENERAL
Video Interface Component, HDMI
HDMI Ports Qty 4 ports
Power Consumption Operational 177.5 Watt, 192.5 Watt
ManufacturerVizio
GENERAL
ManufacturerVizio

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
7.0
Picture Quality
7.4
Motion
7.3
Inputs
8.7
Sound Quality
6.3
Smart Features
6.8
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