With 4K Ultra HD resolution, you’ll be ready for newer programming technologies well into the future. Uses local dimming technology, so you can view the deepest blacks. Meshes nicely with multiple Apple streaming product options.
Some problems with build quality reported. Smart TV interface is not the easiest to use.
Desirable price point versus other 40-inch TVs. Uses a full-array LED backlight, so you’ll have a uniform image across the entire screen. Includes multiple pre-loaded apps, so you can use the smart TV features immediately.
Limited to full HD resolution. Doesn’t have the longevity of some more expensive TV models.
Contains multiple pre-loaded apps, which simplifies using the smart TV features. Contains 4K resolution, and it upscales HD programming nicely to take advantage of its 4K capabilities. Uses full-array LED backlighting for uniform screen quality.
Price is a little higher than some other 55-inch TVs. Longevity of this model is questionable.
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If you’re in the market for a gorgeous new TV but don’t want to break the bank, a VIZIO TV may be the right choice for you. A relative newcomer to the TV market, VIZIO has made a name for itself through aggressive pricing and commitment to delivering the hottest features year after year. Since starting as a small company in 2002, VIZIO has emerged as a major player that can hold its own against Samsung, LG, and even Sony while pricing products below all of those competitors.
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Read on for our advice on picking the best VIZIO TV for your needs. When you’re ready to learn about specific VIZIO products, scroll on up to the top of this screen to find out about our favorites.
Most VIZIO TVs are marketed as smart TVs, meaning they have a built-in user interface that allows viewers to run apps like Netflix, Hulu, or even Skype (for models with built-in cameras). Smart TVs compete to offer the same content and convenience that streaming media players like Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV offer – a dead-simple way to access web content from the couch.
VIZIO’s smart TV interface is user-friendly, and owners report few complaints about it – although it’s commonly acknowledged that it’s slower than a streaming media player. (Actually, this is true of most smart TV interfaces, regardless of the manufacturer.) It’s incredibly convenient because the entire smart TV interface is controlled by the TV remote, saving users from having to manage separate remotes for each device.
On the other hand, it’s worth remembering that most streaming boxes are fairly inexpensive, and they often include additional functionality not found on a smart TV – like a voice-controlled remote.
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If you’re not sure which is the better option for you, trying out VIZIO’s smart TV functionality doesn’t cost anything extra. If it’s not to your taste, you could always add a streaming media box later.
Like all major TV manufacturers, VIZIO produces both HDTVs (with display resolutions of 1920x1080, or “1080p”) and UHDTVs (also known as 4K TV sets, with a resolution of 3840x2160). As you’re considering which resolution is right to you, consider what kind of content you’ll be watching and how long you plan on keeping the TV.
Full-HD, 1080p resolution is the current standard for movies, television, and sports broadcasts, but it’s gradually being replaced by 4K content.
If you need your TV to look great, but you don’t need to see every last pixel, a 1080p set is an excellent choice.
Ultra-HD 4K resolution is four times clearer than 1080p and is set to become the new default video resolution for broadcasts, TV, and film.
4K technology is on the cutting edge, and it typically comes with a higher price tag.
Buying a 4K TV today is about as close as you can get to “future-proofing,” as 4K is still in its relative infancy as a format.
Two new game-changing features have hit the TV industry recently: XLED and HDR.
HDR is a feature that can be found on most 4K streaming content and 4K Blu-rays. HDR works with HDR-enabled TVs to display a wider range of colors, dramatically improving picture quality.
The additional colors result in deeper blacks, brighter whites, and ultimately, an image that’s far more realistic than standard, non-HDR content.
VIZIO’s latest high-end displays, dubbed “XLED,” are marketed to compete with LG’s OLED series and Samsung’s QLED TVs.
All three manufacturers take fundamentally different approaches but achieve similar results: a line of high-end TVs based on proprietary tech that show off a vivid, stunning display in a depth that’s never before been possible.
In VIZIO’s case, that means making TVs with full-array local displays (FALDs). VIZIO’s XLED line is their most expensive, but these products still cost hundreds less than their competitors.
One of VIZIO’s innovations that you won’t find on other TVs is the tablet remote. Select lines of VIZIO TVs include a full-fledged tablet running proprietary software to help you control everything about your TV, from the picture settings down to accessing the installed smart apps.
But before you go rushing out to buy a case and screen protector for a new tablet remote, consider that there are drawbacks as well. For example, you’ll need to keep the tablet charged, and it takes two hands to operate.
If tablet remotes aren’t for you, that’s OK; VIZIO still includes traditional remote controls with all of their TVs, even the ones that also include a tablet remote. As an added bonus, most VIZIO TVs can be remotely controlled by an app on your Android or iOS phone. (This means if your VIZIO TV didn’t come with a tablet, you can use your own.)
If you already have your own universal remote, don’t worry; VIZIO TVs work well with most major universal remote brands, including Logitech’s popular Harmony series.
VIZIO’s reputation as one of the most affordable TV brands is well-earned. It’s common to see VIZIO TVs selling for 10% to 20% less than competing brands like Samsung, LG, and Sony.
If you’re ready to start pricing VIZIO TVs, just remember that the cost is most commonly affected by the screen size you want ... and whether you want a 4K TV.
VIZIO’s 1080p TVs are mainly 50 inches and under. The price typically runs between $250 and $500.
VIZIO’s 4K TVs start at 43 inches and go all the way up to 75 inches. They generally range in price from $400 to $1,400, although their 75-inch TVs are particularly expensive.
Before buying a VIZIO TV, consider these tips.
If your VIZIO TV has a built-in camera, disable it or cover it with a piece of electrical tape. VIZIO’s built-in cameras are great for video conferencing, but keeping it covered when not in use helps prevent any unwanted hacking intruders from spying on you.
As you’re comparing different VIZIO models, take the model year into consideration. Television technology has evolved so quickly that in some cases, a previous year’s model may be missing an essential modern feature, like a new streaming app. In contrast, if you can live without the latest and greatest features, it’s often possible to find a discount on the previous year’s models.
If you want to play 4K Blu-ray discs on your 4K VIZIO TV, you’ll need a 4K Blu-ray player. (Standard Blu-ray players can play 1080p Blu-ray discs. Additional hardware is necessary to play 4K Blu-ray discs.) Most standalone 4K Blu-ray players cost between $200 and $400, although it’s worth noting that Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console includes a built-in 4K Blu-ray player and can often be found at a discount.
Q. What is the sound quality like from a VIZIO TV?
A. Like most TV manufacturers, VIZIO focuses on the visuals it can deliver, and the included speakers in most VIZIO TVs are only adequate. If you’re interested in upgrading your VIZIO TV audio, consider a soundbar or a surround-sound system.
Q. How much does it cost to stream video to a VIZIO smart TV?
A. VIZIO smart TVs offer streaming video from both free and paid services. There are no extra charges beyond your existing subscriptions to paid providers like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.
Q. Can I mount a VIZIO TV on the wall?
A. Yes. VIZIO TVs follow the VESA mounting standards, which means they are compatible with a wide array of third-party wall mounts (purchased separately).
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