Vizio E Series HDR Smart TV Review – Picture Quality, Motion Handling


Vizio E Series

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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.

I even don’t believe thing beats OLED, but the large 65-inch Vizio E-Series action I’ve been using is advancing me over to the 4K line. Vizio has created the name for itself by providing high-end TVs on the cheap, and the recent E-Series is a prime example of the strategy in business. This 65-inch E65-E0 I’m using has The lovely LED door with The 4K Ultra HD element resolution (3, 840 x 2, 160 pixels), The whole backlit screen with 12 local dimming zones (more on those soon), HDR10 for special contrast, high-speed Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 help, built-in streaming apps that really get fairly well, and Chromecast help, also.

This Vizio E program 2018 is often greater than the Toshiba Fire TV 2018. The Vizio has local dimming and Dolby Vision help, it also has a better color range and color volume, and Therefore, it will show HDR content somewhat better. This Vizio has a lower input lag, which is important if you make video games or take the television as a PC display. Eventually, the Vizio has a quicker reaction time so it will show fast-moving content with less blur. This Toshiba Fire television 2018, in contrast, supports movement interpolation for the soap opera force enthusiasts and will upscale greater TV information, which is crucial if you watch a lot of TV shows or sports.

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.

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Contrast Ratio:

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 well 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:

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:

My Vizio E Series TV review found the color gamut to be good, but nothing overly great. Though anyone can expect this as the E Series 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:

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
24p: Yes
24p via 60p: No
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.


A rather nice thing going for the E Series is 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!

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 Series 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 is the most fundamental option such as YouTube, and Amazon Prime while there is no store to download more applications if those ever become old or boring. The biggest attraction 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.

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  • Surprisingly good contrast ratio.
  • Lower than average price tags.
  • Smart features are simple but work very well.


  • Lacking a more refined color gamut.
  • The 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.

Review Summary:

Without doing any serious damage to your wallet, I found that my Vizio E Series TV review to reflect last year’s 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.

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