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2018 Vizio E Series, Economy HDR Smart TV

2018 Vizio E Series, Economy HDR Smart TV

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The Vizio E Series 2018 is a good 4K LED TV that offers a good picture, but is a great smart TV when thinking of its lower cost. The motion handling and inputs of the E Series are also a reflection of its lower cost, but still manage to offer more than other options at this price point. I wasn’t blown away with this smart TV, but couldn’t deny that saving money always feels good. Even when being used for video games or as a PC monitor it works well with its basic support of most resolutions. Some of the drawbacks to the E Series are its some-what narrow viewing angle and lack of a larger color gamut for a more detailed picture. Though, these can easily be overlooked since this is a budget oriented TV set.

Preferred Usage

The Vizio E Series 2018 is most certainly a casual smart TV. All of the different uses will look alright, but none of them will look great.

Video Games
PC Monitor
TV Shows

Available Sizes

Vizio has announced 6 sizes for the E Series. The 43″ (E43-F1), 50″ (E50-F2), 55″ (E55-F1), 65″ (E65-F0), 70″ (E70-F3), and 75″ (E75-F1). Currently two are available for ordering.

Picture Value

The picture quality of the Vizio E Series 2018 is exceptional for its lower cost. Its most notable feature is its contrast ratio which helps with viewing the smart TV in the dark. The E Series also has a good handle over upscaling content, satisfactory FALD (full-array local dimming), and an average color gamut making it a solid option for general uses.

Contrast Ratio

  • Contrast Ratio: ~5000:1
  • Bottom Line: Above Average

The E Series has an unusual contrast ratio for a smart TV as cheap as this. Being over around 5000 makes for a large impact on the overall picture value whether you’re viewing the TV in well or poorly lit room. Unfortunately, even though the local dimming performs good enough to score well it didn’t make a big difference with the E Series contrast ratio.

Local Dimming


  • Local Dimming: Yes
  • Backlight: FALD (Full-Array Local Dimming
  • Bottom Line: Average

The local dimming features of the Vizio E Series 2018 is good, but nothing noteworthy of a smart TV. It didn’t bloom too largely, but in the end there was blooming that took place. IN combination with that there wasn’t much of an improvement made to the contrast ratio by these features. On the Series I recommend you leave the local dimming options off or on the lowest setting possible.

Viewing Angle

  • Viewing Angle: ~75°
  • Bottom Line: Semi-Narrow

Sadly, though the contrast ratio of the E Series is quite good, the blacks level are the first to “wash” when viewed at an angle. This deteriorates the picture quite rapidly leading to a narrower viewing angle. Though this is expected of a VA (vertically aligned) panel which the E Series has.

Input Upscaling

pixel comparisons

  • 480p: No improvements over last year, but manages to look alright.
  • 720p: Soft, but most details are well preserved.
  • 1080p:. As with most other smart TVs, content looks best through DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
  • 4K: No issues.
  • Bottom Line: Good

Color Gamut

DCI P3 Color Space

  • DCI P3 xy: ~75%
  • DCI P3 uv: ~80%

Rec 2020 Color Space

  • Rec 2020 xy: ~60%
  • Rec 2020 uv: ~65%
  • Wide Color Gamut:  No
  • Bottom Line: Good

My Vizio E Series TV review found the color gamut to be good, but nothing overly great. Though any one can expect this as the E Serires is Vizio’s “Economy” model that comes at a lower cost, but with that said it is a competitive color gamut inside of its price range. The only real issues are that HDR colors are not appropriately displayed which can sometimes lead to an odd looking picture. I’d urge you to remember though, that HDR is not intended use of the E Series.

Motion Handling

There’s no real plus to the motion handling of the Vizio E Series 2018 because it is just managing to get done what is needed. No bells and whistles here from Vizio. The response time is low and that’s all folks.

Motion Blur

  • Response Time: ~13 ms
  • Bottom Line: Good

There is little motion blur when the E Series is told to handle motion. The picture is smoothed just enough to prevent eye tracking and it looks nice.

24p Playback

  • 24pYes
  • 24p via 60pNo
  • 24p via 60i: No
  • Bottom Line: Average

Only DVDs, Blu-ray, and native smart TV applications will have judder removed when viewed on the Vizio E Series.

Motion Interpolation

  • 30 FPS: No
  • 60 FPS: No
  • Soap Opera Effect: No
  • Bottom Line: Not Ideal

The 60 Hz panel and lack of settings on the Vizio E Series 2018 means that there are no motion interpolation options for its users.


A rather nice thing going for the E Series are its inputs. The variety is pleasant, the input lag itself is low enough for most gaming, and Dolby Vision as well as HDR10 are supported. Though the chroma subsampling isn’t ideal the Vizio E Series manages to offer some power options to its users.

All Inputs

  • HDMI Ports: 4 (1 side / 3 bottom)
  • Component: 1 (side/shared with Composite)
  • Ethernet: 1 (bottom)
  • USB Ports: 1 (side)
  • TV Tuner: 1
  • Analog Audio Out:1 (bottom)
  • Digital Audio Out: 1

The TV TUNER makes an appearance on the E Series after tons of requests made to Vizio last year!

Supported Resolutions

  • 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: No
  • 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Good

The above resolutions are supported, but I experiences some issues with them overall. If you experience any of these issues yourself, please let me know and I’ll further update my Vizio E Series TV review.

VESA Pattern


  • E43-F1: 200 mm x 200 mm
  • E50-F2: 200 mm x 200 mm
  • E55-F1: 200 mm x 200 mm
  • E65-F0: 400 mm x 200 mm
  • E70-F3: 400 mm x 400 mm
  • E75-F1: 400 mm x 400 mm

Input Lag

  • Best Input Lag: ~30 ms
  • Bottom Line: Good

I found the Vizio E Series 2018 to have a good input lag. It’s not as low as you’d prefer for competitive gaming, but works well in conjunction with other casual uses.

Input Features

  • HDR10: Yes
  • Dolby Vision: Yes
  • 5.1 ARC Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS: Yes
  • 5.1 Optical Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Optical DTS: Yes
  • ARC: Yes (HDMI 1)

An unexpected advantage to the E Seires is its ARC DTS support. Even the flagship Samsung smart TVs do not have this support.

Smart Features

Vizio has chosen for another year to run the Google SmartCast operating system which is a bare-bones variant of a smart platform. The selection of applications are the most fundamental options such as YouTube, and Amazon Prime while there is no store to download more applications if those ever becomes old or boring. The biggest attractions to this operating system is its ability to “Cast” from almost any device which is incredibly nice for having friends and family over. Granted, the E Series has no voice commands or media connection that more expensive smart TVs have.

Operating System


  • Operating System: Google SmartCast
  • Bottom Line: Super Simple

Despite the SmartCast platform being basic, the applications themselves run very well. YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime all booted fast without much of a delay when bouncing around the third party menus. The same can be said of the native settings menu of the E Series. The options are only a few clicks away and you’re not stuck clicking the button more than once to get there.

Built-In Ads

  • Ads: No
  • Third Party Ads: Suggest Content
  • Opt-Out: No

Despite the suggested content on either the main menu or inside of the third party applications, the E Series is free of ads.

Lowest Prices

That’s it with my 2018 Vizio E Series TV review! I try my best to keep prices accurate. Below are the lowest prices I could find and the date it was last updated. Also they are organized by size. Check out the proper viewing distance if you’re unsure where to start.

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  • Highest Price: $1,498.99 - October 4, 2018
  • Lowest Price: $791.45 - December 18, 2018

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7.1 Total Score
Review Summary

Without doing any serious damage to your wallet, I found that my Vizio E Series TV review to reflect last years variant quite well. The picture is not without fault, but for the lower cost the trade-off is entirely worth it. The same can be said for the some-what good response time and average smart features on the 2018 Vizio E Series. If you're looking for something affordable then you've just the thing.

Picture Value
Motion Handling
Smart Features
  • Surprisingly good contrast ratio.
  • Lower than average price tags.
  • Smart features are simple, but work very well.
  • Lacking a more refined color gamut.
  • Viewing angle is alright, but certainly not ideal for the Vizio E Series.
  • The lack of 24p playback and motion interpolation could be an issue for some people.
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Key Features

Type of Usage
Panel Type
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
VESA Pattern
200 x200 mm | 400 x 200 mm

Picture Information

Contrast Ratio
Local Dimming
Viewing Angle
Input Upscaling
Wide Color Gamut
No - Standard High Definition

Motion Handling

Response Time
~13 ms
Motion Interpolation
24p Playback
Partially Supported

Input Performance

Chroma Subsampling
Input Lag
~30 ms

Smart Features

Operating System
Google SmartCast
Ease of Use
Built-in Ads

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