Vizio M Series 2018 TV REVIEW

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Vizio M Series 2018 TV REVIEW

The Vizio M Series 2018 TV REVIEW is a good 4k TV for a wide range of usages. It has a high native contrast ratio so blacks appear deep in a dark room, but unfortunately, the local dimming doesn’t work well to improve them further. It can also get bright to overcome glare but can’t produce bright or saturated HDR highlights. Motion handling is also decent, but the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Unlike last year’s Vizio M Series, the 2018 model includes a TV tuner.

Design

The design of the Vizio M Series 2018 is good. It has a sleek look and feels sturdy. The new stand and the thin metallic borders give it a more premium look. It still lacks any planning for cable management, but the good news is that the inputs are very close to the side.

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the Vizio M Series 2018 is good. It has an excellent contrast ratio that allows it to achieve deep blacks in dark scenes and the color accuracy is remarkable but it does not have a wide color gamut. The brightness levels are good and enough to overcome glare making it suitable for brighter rooms, but viewing angles are somewhat limited. Sports fans should know that some dirty screen effect is to be expected.

Motion

The Vizio 2018 M-Series has decent motion handling. The response time is excellent and there is very little motion blur. The backlight uses PWM to dim and there is some flicker but it is at a high frequency and shouldn’t be noticeable to most people. The backlight can reduce the flicker frequency to help motion appear more fluid, and unlike most TVs, there is very little decrease in brightness. It does not support any motion interpolation.

Inputs

The Vizio M Series 2018 can play almost any content including HDR. It has excellent low input lag both for SDR and HDR content and it is definitely an improvement with regards to inputs from last years model. Appart from the input lag that has almost halved, the TV 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’. This year’s M-Series also has a tuner, unlike the previous two years’ models.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the Vizio M Series 2018 is ordinary. This TV gets decently loud, but it may not be loud enough for large and noisy environments. It also lacks a lot of bass and doesn’t produce much thump or punch. However, it produces clear dialogs and has relatively low distortion. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or a soundbar is recommended.

Smart Features

The Vizio M Series 2018 uses the Vizio SmartCast smart interface. The selection of smart features is very basic, the main attraction is the built-in Chromecast media streaming device, which allows you to stream files from just about anything. There is a small selection of built-in apps that cover the basics, but there is no app store and no way to add additional functionality.

Specification

NETWORK & INTERNET
Functionality Internet video playback, YouTube videos playback, digital audio playback, digital photo playback, digital video playback

REMOTE CONTROL
Type remote control
Remote Control Model VIZIO XRT136
Battery Form Factor AAA type
Battery Included Qty 2
Battery Required Qty 2

VIDEO
Refresh rate 360 Hz

CONNECTIONS
Type HDMI, USB, audio line-in, audio output, composite video / component video input, digital audio output (optical), network
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
Compliant Standards FCC Class B certified, IC, ICES-003 Class B, UL, cUL
Color Category black
Flat Panel Mount Interface 400 x 200 mm

TV TUNER
TV Tuner Presence Yes
HDTV Tuner Yes
MPEG Profiles and Levels HEVC/H.265, HEVC/VP9

HEADER
Brand VIZIO
Product Line VIZIO
Model M65-F0
Series M Series

POWER
Energy Consumption per Year 341
Estimated Annual Operating Cost 41 USD

TV SYSTEM
Additional Features Zero Bright Defective Pixel Guarantee, Voice Assistant, Active Pixel Tuning, V8 Octa-Core processor, Chromecast built-in, mobile control, 40 local dimming zones

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Width 57 in
Depth 2.4 in
Height 32.7 in
Weight 51.98 lbs
Comments without stand

TELEVISION
Type LED-backlit LCD TV
Smart TV Smart TV
Platform SmartCast
LCD Display Technology VA
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
LED Backlight Type Active Full Array Plus, local dimming
Video Interface HDMI, component, composite
HDMI Ports Qty 4
Diagonal Class 65 in
Diagonal Class (metric) 165 cm
Diagonal Size 64.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 163.8 cm
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Display Format 4K UHD (2160p)
Motion Enhancement Technology 240Hz Effective Refresh Rate, Clear Action 360
HDR Technology Dolby Vision
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 20000000:1
Viewing Angle 178°
Viewing Angle (Vertical) 178°
Display Menu Language English, French, Spanish
Additional Features 40 local dimming zones, Active Pixel Tuning, Chromecast built-in, V8 Octa-Core processor, Voice Assistant, Zero Bright Defective Pixel Guarantee, mobile control

AUDIO SYSTEM
Surround Mode Yes
Output Power / Total 30 Watt
Speaker System 2 speakers
Additional Features Audio Return Channel (ARC), Voice Control, built-in Chromecast

MEDIA PLAYER
USB Port Yes
USB Ports Qty 1

NETWORK & INTERNET MULTIMEDIA
Functionality Internet video playback, YouTube videos playback, digital audio playback, digital photo playback, digital video playback
Connectivity LAN, Wi-Fi
Internet Streaming Services Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime Video, Chromecast, Crackle, Hulu, Netflix, VIZIO Internet Apps Plus, YouTube, iHeartRadio

SPEAKER SYSTEM DETAILS
Speaker Type speaker
Speaker Qty 2
Speaker Form Factor built-in
Nominal (RMS) Output Power 15 Watt

POWER DEVICE
Type power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120 V
Power Consumption Operational 102.8 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by 0.5 Watt

INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible Yes
Intelligent Assistant Compatible Alexa, Google Assistant
Voice Controlled direct

STANDS & MOUNTS
Stand included
Stand Design tabletop
Flat Panel Mount Interface 400 x 200 mm

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT (SHIPPING)
Shipping Width 63.8 in
Shipping Depth 6.4 in
Shipping Height 39 in
Shipping Weight 65.9 lbs
Width (Shipping) 63.8 in
Weight (Shipping) 65.9 lbs

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT DETAILS
Details panel with stand, panel without stand
Width 57 in
Depth 10.9 in, 2.4 in
Height 32.7 in, 35.2 in
Weight 52 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, composite, HDMI
HDMI Ports Qty 4 ports
Power Consumption Operational 102.8 Watt
ManufacturerVizio

GENERAL
ManufacturerVizio

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
7.5
Picture Quality
7.7
Motion
7.4
Inputs
8.7
Sound Quality
6.6
Smart Features
6.8
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