Vizio M-Series (2017) review
The sweetest spot between picture quality and moderateness
The Good / The moderate Vizio M-Series has preferred general picture quality over whatever else at its cost, and in some ways outflanks much more costly TVs. It can deal with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high-dynamic-go groups. The Chromecast worked in framework offers more applications and more continuous updates than numerous devoted keen TV frameworks, and can even be controlled by a Google Home speaker.
The Bad / Not as brilliant as a few contenders. No inherent tuner, so you can’t watch over-the-air reception apparatus communicates except if you join a different tuner. Average outside outline and poor keen TV onscreen menus. Just a single HDMI input is good with each 4K HDR source.
The Bottom Line / The Vizio M-Series remains the best decision for standard spending plans that organize picture quality over everything else.
Late 2017 refresh
The Vizio M arrangement is our most loved midprice TV for 2017. On the off chance that you need extraordinary picture quality yet would prefer not to advance up to an OLED TV at more than double the value, this is the 2017 TV to get.
In my next to each other examinations, its photo coordinated various progressively costly LCD TVs, and in some ways it performed better. Vizio enhanced HDR picture quality from a year ago and kept up a sublime picture with Dolby Vision sources, and the M-Series handles general high-def sources exceedingly well, as well. The way to everything is nearby darkening, an innovation that truly helps LCD picture quality, particularly in requesting home-theater lighting circumstances where it makes a difference most.
So is there any valid reason why you wouldn’t need a M-Series? The most compelling motivation is presumably mark notoriety – a few people would rather pay additional for a Sony or Samsung TV of comparative picture quality, or get one of those brands’ “adequate” TVs at the M-Series‘ cost. Another is styling: Let’s face it, the M-Series wouldn’t win any excellence challenges, and in the event that you spent a fortune on inside stylistic theme you may need a set that looks like it.
Considering that, here are some other profoundly appraised 2017 CR TVs, and why they may be superior to the M for you. For considerably more choices, look at our Best TVs records.
- TCL P arrangement Roku TV: If you need a 55-inch TV, this is a superior decision by and large than the Vizio M. It has a similar level of picture quality, a superior Smart TV framework and costs less. In any case, it’s just accessible in the 55-inch measure.
- Sony X900E: If you wouldn’t fret paying additional for the Sony name and need better Smart TV, preferred network and better styling over the M, get this TV. It scored an indistinguishable 8 in picture quality from the TCL P and Vizio M.
- Vizio E arrangement: If you organize picture quality however have a more tightly spending plan than the M arrangement permits, this TV, which likewise incorporates neighborhood diminishing at 60 inches and bigger, is our pick.
- LG B7A OLED TV: If your financial plan isn’t tight and you prize picture quality over whatever else, get the B7A.
- In the event that none of those apply to you and you need another TV currently, run with the 2017 Vizio M arrangement. It remains my go-to proposal for keen purchasers who need phenomenal picture quality at a moderate cost, and for the second year in succession, acquires CR’s Editors’ Choice honor.
Editors’ note December 11, 2017: This survey has been refreshed with a presentation that offers coordinate purchasing counsel with contending models. Beside a couple of minor updates to the savvy TV area, it has not generally been changed.
Farewell, free tablet; hi, frail menus
A year ago Vizio (and others) overplayed incorporating a tablet remote with the M-and P-Series and discarding worked in menus. This year there’s no included tablet – only a normal bland looking clicker – and onscreen keen TV menus are back. They’re weaksauce, however that is not really a major issue since you can simply interface an outside streamer like the Roku Streaming Stick Plus or, in the event that you need Dolby Vision, an Apple TV 4K.
Vizio’s keen TV framework takes too long to stack after you press the “V” catch on the remote and once it arrives, there’s very little there. Only 13 applications show up along the base, and keeping in mind that four are overwhelming hitters (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Vudu) the rest are minor, and it doesn’t have a lot of other enormous applications like YouTube, HBO and Watch ESPN. You can’t expel or reorder applications, or in any capacity modify the Discover area, which possesses the vast majority of the screen with motion pictures and shows you most likely couldn’t care less about.
Netflix and Vudu bolster both 4K and Dolby Vision HDR yet I was miffed to find that the Amazon application doesn’t bolster HDR, even on demonstrates named “HDR”. In the interim the best way to get YouTube is by means of your telephone, and still, at the end of the day it’s in 4K, not HDR.
“By means of your telephone” I mean the “Chromecast worked in” work. Going into any upheld application on your telephone and hitting the Cast catch uncovers the Vizio TV as an alternative; select it and video from the application will play back on the TV. There are a large number of bolstered applications, and the framework works extremely well as a rule, however regardless I favor a genuine onscreen menu framework – just not Vizio’s. Be that as it may, in case you’re a telephone driven kinda individual, you can simply utilize Vizio’s SmartCast application to control the TV.
One cool deceive you can do with a Chromecast TV, be that as it may, is control it with a Google Home speaker. It worked extremely well in my tests on the M, albeit not at all like Alexa orders of Sony TVs, for instance, control on/off isn’t upheld.
As of December 2017 Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, HBO Now, Viki, Crackle and the CBS All Access and CW applications are bolstered by voice on Home. As a YouTube TV client, I acknowledged having the capacity to state, “alright, Google, play NBC,” or, “alright, Google, play the Knicks,” and have the Vizio play the live channel or my account of the previous evening’s ball game on ESPN, for instance.
“Alright, Google, play ‘Round of Thrones,'” and, “alright, Google, play ‘Star Trek: Discovery,'” functioned also. Resulting orders, for example, “Skip forward 30 minutes,” and, “Next scene,” worked in some applications yet not in others. YouTube additionally filled in as guaranteed.
Substantial on highlights, not style
Vizio isn’t putting vigorously in its outside outline office. The M looks simply like a year ago’s M: slate-dim edge from the front, silver edges and thickish profile from the side. The stand legs comprise of chrome bars bowed into adjusted backings, and keeping in mind that unmistakable, they chance looking a touch shabby to my eye.
Key TV highlights
The attention is on picture-upgrading highlights, beginning with full-exhibit nearby diminishing (FALD), which Vizio is marking “XLED Plus” this year. It enhances the immeasurably critical complexity and dark levels, and has preferable consistency over edge-lit darkening. The quantity of dimmable zones (32) is in reality a large portion of that of a year ago’s M and one-quarter that of the P-Series, and when all is said in done, more zones break even with better picture quality. Except for the TCL P arrangement, most different TVs at this value need darkening totally, utilize the edge-lit assortment as observed on models like Samsung MU9000 or cost significantly more, similar to the Sony X900E.
The M-Series has a 60Hz invigorate rate board – Vizio’s claim of “120Hz powerful” is fundamentally bunk. It does not have a setting to connect with MEMC (movement estimation, movement pay), otherwise known as the Soap Opera Effect, as found on the more costly Vizio P-Series. For 2017 the greater part of the sizes in the M-Series utilize higher-execution VA boards, not the IPS board found on the 55-inch rendition of the 2017 P-Series and the 60-inch adaptation of the 2016 M-Series.
Like LG, TCL and (in the long run) Sony, Vizio underpins both significant kinds of HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, in the M-Series.
The M-Series does not have a worked in TV tuner, so it can’t get nearby TV stations accessible by means of radio wire and over-the-air communicates.
- Availability provisos and complexities
- 4 HDMI inputs (1x variant 2.0, 3x form 1.4, all with HDCP 2.2)
- 1 segment video input
- 1 USB port
- Ethernet port
- Optical computerized sound yield
- Stereo simple sound yield
Here’s another distinction between the M-Series and P-Series. Of the M-Series’ four HDMI ports just a single, Input 1, underpins HDMI 2.0a. The other three, inputs 2 through 4, bolster HDMI 1.4.
By and by, be that as it may, you can even now associate a significant number of the present most elevated quality sources to any of the Vizio’s HDMI inputs. The “1.4-just” data sources will work with 4K Blu-beam players from Samsung and Oppo and, as indicated by Vizio, as long as you send standard 4K/24 signals, yet not with the Xbox One S (you’ll have to associate that to HDMI 1, and draw in the “Full UHD shading” highlight in the Vizio menu).
I tried the Amazon Fire TV and it worked fine on Input 4, yet the Roku Streaming Stick Plus should have been associated with HDMI 1 to pass 4K and HDR. I likewise tried the Sony UBP-X800 and it worked fine on Input 4 with standard 4K/24fps motion pictures like “Ponder Woman,” however not “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the main plate I am aware of that sends a 4K/60fps flag. “Billy” by means of the Sony didn’t convey HDR on Input 4, yet worked appropriately on Input 1.
In short: When in question, utilize Input 1. On the off chance that you have a bundle of “critical” 4K HDR gadgets or ones you aren’t sure about, perhaps a HDMI 2.0 switch will work. Or on the other hand possibly the M isn’t for you. Info 1 is likewise equipped for tolerating 1080p at 120Hz, a recurrence ordinarily saved for PCs.
Since there’s no tuner, the standard RF-style radio wire input is obviously truant. Generally availability is standard.
Basically, it’s extremely difficult to perceive any distinction between the M-Series and the more costly TVs with which I thought about it. Its dark levels and difference were astounding, establishing the framework for an exact, punchy picture in requesting home theater conditions. It can’t get as splendid the same number of others, as isn’t the best decision for ultrabright rooms, yet it’s bounty sufficiently brilliant for by far most of indoor circumstances – and its light yield with HDR, where it truly checks, is strong. Talking about high unique range, the M-Series was likewise phenomenal with both Dolby Vision and, dissimilar to a year ago, the more typical HDR10 sources.
Tap the picture at the privilege to see the photo settings utilized as a part of the audit and to peruse more about how this present TV’s photo controls functioned amid alignment.
darker and more reasonable on the M than on the Sony and the Samsung. In the interim the P-Series sets (both TCL and Vizio) looked darker still and the best general, while the 2016 M-Series looked basically indistinguishable to the better and brighter one, regardless of the distinction in their number of diminishing zones. The M likewise took care of shadow points of interest exceptionally well in this scene, staying aware of the best sets in the lineup.
Amid my most loved extremely dull scenes, similar to Chapter 2 of “Gravity” when Ryan tumbles against a background of stars, or in Chapter 12 of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” when Voldemort assaults Hogwarts, the M’s dark levels really began somewhat brighter (more regrettable) than the Sony and the Samsung on occasion. In any case, as the scenes lit up the M immediately pulled in front of those sets by keeping up further letterbox bars and dark zones. I credit this to more exact zones on the M than on the other two, causing less response (dark level ascent) from blended scenes – which are significantly more typical than exceedingly dim ones. It’s an inconspicuous distinction, however it makes the M (and the two P’s) look nearer to the perfect of unadulterated OLED dark and less like LCD.
Splendid lighting: Although it’s still bounty brilliant for pretty much every lighting circumstance, the M-Series was still among the dimmer sets in my lineup with SDR (non-HDR) content, which you’ll be observing more often than not. Its numbers were tantamount to those of less expensive sets like the TCL S-Series and Vizio’s own E-Series. On the splendid side for Vizio, full-screen light yield was in reality quite not too bad, and the M’s exceedingly precise Calibrated mode isn’t significantly dimmer than Vivid at 274 nits with a window design.
Light yield in nits
With HDR, light yield was considerably higher, outpacing each practically identical TV beside the Samsungs and the Sony, and in Calibrated mode it was additionally extraordinary at 788 nits. Perhaps Vizio ought to alter its brightest SDR presets to take more preferred standpoint of the M’s capacities.
The M and P share a comparable semimatte screen complete, which beat the others (except for the Samsungs) at decreasing reflections. Conservation of dark level loyalty was strong, about tantamount to the others.
Shading precision: According to my estimations and program material, the M is as exact as any TV accessible. At the point when the CIA chief (Tommy Lee Jones) arrives in Las Vegas in Chapter 14 of “Jason Bourne,” for instance, hues from the horizon to the desert slopes to his rocky skin tone seemed all around adjusted and immersed, and fundamentally the same as on alternate sets. Outside of a one next to the other correlation, it’s hard to differentiate between them after adjustment.
Video handling: The M does not have the obscure and judder lessening of the P-Series, and it didn’t execute also regarding diminishing obscure. I’m not especially touchy to movement obscure, but rather on the off chance that you are, the P-Series or a Samsung may be justified regardless of the additional cash.
The M enrolled appropriate 1080p/24 rhythm yet showed the movement determination qualities of a 60Hz TV at only 300 lines. Vizio offers a Clear Action control that enhances that number to a respectable 900, yet as common it presented glimmer and darkened the picture, so most watchers will need to keep away from it.
Info slack for gaming was fair at around 45ms, regardless of whether I utilized the Gaming Low Latency setting. That is superior to the P-Series however somewhat more terrible than the less expensive E-Series and the Sony X900E.
Consistency: Brightness over the M’s screen was very uniform, preferred in general over on the Samsung and TCL and like the others. With full-field test designs there were no groups or brilliant spots, and just close to the edges were there slight varieties in shine – and those were difficult to perceive with genuine video.
From off-point the picture kept up dark level constancy and shading admirably, if not exactly and also on the Samsung or the Vizio P. The greater part of the sets in my lineup were in a similar ballpark, in any case.
HDR and 4K video: The M-Series was really among the best TVs in my lineup at high unique range, regardless of whether with a HDR10 or a Dolby Vision source. Just the Sony looked reliably better, and it was very close between the two.
I flipped back to the HDR10 4K Blu-beam of “Jason Bourne” and put every one of the sets in their best default settings for HDR, since I don’t align for high unique range. The Sony and Vizio M looked somewhat superior to anything the others in brighter open air scenes like the Greece battle, with the brightest features and more immersed hues. Between the two I’d give the slight edge to the Sony with its more adjusted shading.
In the diminish hacking scene from Chapter 2 the M’s profound blacks again exceeded the Sony and Samsung, and joined with splendid features to again give more fly than the others, including the Vizio P. That set had a somewhat more quieted shading palette, be that as it may, without the profound immersion I saw on the M and the Sony. The distinction was most evident in reds, for instance a London city transport in Chapter 12. It truly flew on the Sony and M-Series, less on the Samsung and the P.
I was especially astounded at the P-Series’ HDR10 lingering behind the M, however my estimations bore that out: It was dimmer and had a marginally smaller shading array (91% on the M, 90% on the P). When I gave the organization’s architects my discoveries they essentially affirmed what I discovered: “Yes, your estimations are like Vizio’s desires. While the specs for the two presentations are comparable, the M-Series board and channels are somewhat extraordinary, incorporating more red in the array, which expands its general scope.”
Staying with “Bourne,” I analyzed Dolby Vision from the Apple TV 4K (on the Vizios and TCL) to the HDR10 4K Blu-beam. It didn’t have a tremendous effect, nor were the pictures indistinguishable to what I saw with HDR10. The Sony still looked best generally, and the M-Series still looked extraordinary, however the P-Series sets (both TCL and Vizio) looked better than anyone might have expected, and closer to the M. The M still conveyed brighter features and the P darker blacks, however the M’s shading looked less immersed.
Obviously, unique movies have diverse qualities, particularly in HDR. I additionally watched “Ponder Woman” as a feature of the correlation lineup in the MU9000 survey and the outcomes were comparative. The TCL and Vizios looked better generally speaking, as they did with HDR10, however on the other hand so did the Sony, which wasn’t playing Dolby Vision. By and by, the TV appears to largerly affect what you see than the HDR arrange. For more correlations including the M-Series, look at our MU9000 survey.