VIZIO 65-inch V-Series 4K UHD LED HDR Smart TV
“Vizio’s most expensive TV line leaves something to be desired.”
Very low pricing
Low input lag for gaming
Chromecast, AirPlay 2
Poor screen uniformity
Heavy HDR Brightness
The V-Series is Vizio’s cheapest TV line, with the 65-inch model coming in under $ 500, and the 70-inch model under $ 700. It sounds very promising – but what kind of quality can you expect at that price, and is the V-series competitive from the likes of TCL and HWS?
As you would expect with a TV at this price range, the setup is fairly simple – the screws in the plastic legs of the TV and some protective film require a stand-mounted setup to be removed.
The TV set itself looks… okay. The V-series bezels are slightly sleeker than we are used to seeing, but this is not surprising at this basic price range. In fact, “basic” is a term that will come up very high in this review.
The rear of the V-series has composite video input, an antenna input, analog and optical audio output, and an Ethernet port. On the digital side (and facing the set side as well) are three HDMI inputs and a USB input. Keep in mind that they are HDMI port 2.0b and will not support most HDMI 2.1 features. Initially, we did not think that it was a TV-supported EARC because nothing was mentioned in the spec sheet, but it turns out that an HDMI port supports EARC (more on that later) and explicitly Are labeled as such.
The process of installing the V-series takes some time – about 10 minutes. Thankfully, it’s mostly automatic, so you can wander off to get more coffee and just let the TV do its work. After that, you will have to agree to some of the terms and conditions with informing you of the sponsored content appearing at the top of the Smartcast home screen, which you will land at the end of the setup.
The V-series ships with picture mode on Vivid, which we moved to calibrated, giving us the most accurate picture to begin with. In the calibrated picture preset, the backlight setting is already maxed out at 100, but most other options are about 50 sets and can be adjusted to taste. The TV has full -range local dimming, but it is a very limited system with only 12 zones, so certainly not very advanced. In advanced picture settings, the backlight control is on, which shows that the local dimming control is on by default.
The only control for motion smoothie is the film mode – there are no other motion menus we can find. Granted, the V-series is a basic TV, but it would be nice to have at least some control over the speed settings. It is possible that when a different picture mode like the game is selected, the speed smoothing is automatically adjusted for that content, but the lack of any other controls left us.
As we mentioned, there is no external label for EARC support behind the TV. However, we found that there is an option to turn EARC on or off under the Audio menu. For the V-series we would suggest a cheaper soundbar as its built-in audio is not very good.
It is also worth noting that the V-series ships with DTS: Virtual X surround sound turned on, which we disabled because it seemed to add dust-quality to the sound.
After running multiple test patterns and switching between Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR), there did not appear to be much difference between the two formats. The V-Series comes with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, but the set is not just bright enough to have a difference in picture quality – according to Vijeo, the screen maxes out at 400 nits.
As far as overall picture quality is concerned, it is not particularly special. Bright highlights are slightly washed out, and the colors also appear slightly aggressive. This is excusable for a budget option and, once again, the term “origin” applies. But if you’re looking for a permanent photo experience, stepping into the Vizio M-series would be a better option for a 65-inch model at about $ 220 and a $ 90 more upgrade for a 55-inch model.
We should also note that there was some dignity in the corners of the screen and there were bright spots at the bottom. Maybe it is a “screen lottery” thing, maybe it is a quality control thing, or maybe it is a loss in transit issue. If we bought this TV, we would definitely look for an exchange if we decided to keep it.
Vizio advertised the V-series as a pro-gaming engine, but the only real option seems to be the game low latency (which turns the TV into its lowest input lag settings) and the game HDR. And when it auto-identified our Xbox Series X, it changed the picture mode to Bright instead of the game, which we had to manually select. You can also adopt backlight control (full-array dimming feature) to help reduce lag.
But as far as gaming features are concerned, that’s about it. Even with HDR gaming, the V-series is not so bright that HDR gaming can show any distinct difference.
When it comes down to it, the V-series is designed to be used right out of the box by people who only want to have a big screen and don’t care about the nuances. The perfect use case would be placing it in a garage or man cave or game room – somewhere you sometimes want a bigger screen for movies or games, and something that you won’t have to fuss with. If all you want is a lot of screen real estate for a low price – and about that – then the V-series is worth checking out.
Is there a better option?
Yes, the Vizio M-series would be a better buy for picture quality; However, the V-Series manages to edge the comparatively price TCL 4-Series.
How long will this last?
With Vizio’s latest smartcast system and record of long-term performance in TV, the V-series should last several years.
Vizio offers a one-year warranty on its TV products. More information can be found on the warranty page of the Vizio.
Should you buy it
Among those looking for the most screens for the least money, no. Again, we would suggest watching the better performing Vizio M-series.