Vizio M Series 2018 4K Smart TV

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  • $668.99 - December 1, 2018
  • $593.04 - November 28, 2018
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The Vizio M Series 2018 happens to fill a slot that most other smart TVs are struggling to fill. It comes with a nice picture, a solid handle over motion, low input lag, and decent smart features all for a nicely budgeted price! This is a nice change of pace compared to the top TVs right now. I personally found the Vizio M Series to excel most with its high contrast ratio for a better black uniformity and dark room viewing experience, its low response time for fast moving content such as sports and high definition movies, and lastly, the low input lag for gaming. All of these make for a well rounded smart TV that fits a wide range of uses.

Preferred Usage

As mentioned before, the contrast ratio, low response time, and input lag all make the M Series a great options for a variety of uses. Its most notably going to be the best TV for video games, sports and movies.

Video Games
PC Monitor
Movies
Sports
TV Shows

Available Sizes

Currently there are only two sizes available to the M Series: 55 (M55-F0) and 65 (M65-F0)inches.

Picture Value

Aside from the viewing angle and poor input upscaling the Vizio M Series has a good picture quality. Its contrast ratio maintains a higher than average score for deeply colored blacks. The M Series also has a good color gamut, and though it is not truly “wide” the remaining colors onscreen are saturated nicely as well. Thr brightness is a nice side note for the M Series. Glare is fought off as well as reflections in most cases.

Contrast Ratio

  • Contrast Ratio: ~4600:1
  • Bottom Line: Above Average

as many other will point out, the 2018 version of the Vizio M Series technically has a worse contrast ratio, but in reality it is still good. This is because the overall performance is the key standard here which the M Series does well by.

Local Dimming

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

As with many other smart TVs from 2018, the M Series has poor local dimming features. The “Xtreme Black Engine Plus” in no way actually enhances the contrast ratio and instead leads to blooming/ clouding around the effected areas. I recommend that you leave this particular setting off or medium at most on the Vizio M Series.

Viewing Angle

  • Viewing Angle:~23°
  • Bottom Line: Narrow, but Expected

Both the M55-F0 and M65-F0 have VA (vertically-aligned) panels. These panels are known to have better better contrast ratios while sacrificing their viewing angles. So in the case of the Vizio M Series, you’re best off expecting this result as to not be let down. Though the picture holds up for a little bit when sitting to the side, I estimate anything more than ~23° is just a different picture at that point.

Input Upscaling

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  • 480p: Blocky, but as expected with most methods of upscaling work in a way that produces ‘blocky’ results.
  • 720p: Scenes are softer than desired, but this is true for many of the best 2018 TVs right now.
  • 1080p:. Refined details that are quite sharp while retaining the quality.
  • 4K: Great quality.
  • Bottom Line: Textbook

Content of all levels look quite good on the M Series TV, but 480p will take some getting used to as it is a bit blockier than most would like.

Color Gamut

DCI P3 Color Space

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

Rec 2020 Color Space

  • Rec 2020 xy: ~55%
  • Rec 2020 uv: ~60%
  • Wide Color Gamut:  No
  • Bottom Line: Good

Even though the M Series does not “truly” have a wide color gamut, that’s not to say the picture quality is not good. With my Vizio M Series TV review, I found the supported colors to be properly saturated in contrast to the deep blacks or bright whites in the picture. Though, with the newer smart TVs being released as the year goes on, it would have been nice to some extra oomf from the M series.

Motion Handling

A fast response time is the biggest thing the Vizio M Series 2018 has going for it under its motion handling. The trail is quite little and the eye tracking is nicely reduced, but the 24p playback is not well supported while the 60 Hz refresh rate doesn’t allow for motion interpolation, if any at all.

Motion Blur

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

In addition to to helping fast moving content look smother the response time of the M Series combines well with the low input lag it also has making it a solid choice as one of the best TV for video games. You can notice the effect of the response most largely with sports or movies.

24p Playback

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

The M55-F0 and M65-F0 both struggle to remove judder from most sources. The one saving grace is that the built-in applications help to remove judder. For instance, on the Vizio M Series, if you are using the Netflix application, you are likely judder free as it is a application on the smart TV itself. Judder can be a bit of a hit or miss type of thing with most people so please let me know if you find anything different.

Motion Interpolation

  • 30 FPS: No
  • 60 FPS: No
  • Soap Opera Effect: No
  • Bottom Line: Poor

There are no settings to further smooth the picture of the M Series. This is a bit of an odd feature for a smart TV to not have, but in my opinion it is not needed either.

Inputs

After finishing my Vizio M Series TV review, I noticed the inputs had improved the most compared to other metrics. The input lag has lower dramatically for gaming, the M Series now has a TV Tuner, and it now has more support of the common PC resolutions that the previous models did not have. These are very good adjustments that Vizio has made for the M Series.

All Inputs

  • HDMI : 4
  • USB : 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
  • Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
  • Component In : 1 (shared)
  • Composite In : 1 (shared)
  • Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
  • Ethernet : 1

For every one that nearly threw their previous M Series out of a window, please note there is now a TV Tuner.

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: Great

All of the commons resolutions are supported by the M Series aside from 1080p @ 120 Hz. This is because the M Series only has a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

VESA Pattern

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  • M55-F0: 200 x 200 mm
  • M65-F0: 400 x 200 mm

Input Lag

  • Best Input Lag: ~20 ms
  • Bottom Line: Great

With a input lag as low as this, the Vizio M Series is potentially making a case for the best TV for video games. All kinds of games just wok better when you can properly react to the incoming information and with the well budgeted price of the M Series, can you go wrong? One thing to note is that the ‘Game Low Latency’ settings will need to be enabled to lower the input lag. Aside from that, you’re off to the races.

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)

Even though the Vizio M Series 2018 does not have a ‘wide’ color gamut, HDR10 is still supported.

Smart Features

The Vizio M Series 2018 runs the Google SmartCast operating system. In terms of overall functionality it is quite good. The applications that the M Series has work well and they are alwas easy to find, but that about the most of it. You cannot download more apps or add extra functions you might find useful.

Operating System

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  • Operating System: SmartCast Powered by Google
  • Bottom Line: Smooth, but Basic

The main attractions of the SmartCast platform is that you can stream content (photos, music, or videos) from just about any type of device you want to. I found this particularly useful when having friends over. Sharing videos through YouTube, queuing up songs through Spotfiy or exchanging photos from our phones is a breeze.

Built-In Ads

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

The M Series variants (M55-F0 and M65-F0) do not come with advertisements built into their smart features. Personally, this is a huge plus. Immersion is a key element when using a smart TV and the ads take away from that experience. You will find some suggested content based on prior TV usage, but that about the extent of what the M Series will bother you with.

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Review Summary

The Vizio M Series is a solid smart TV that not only gives you the powerful picture you'd expect, but it also comes at a great price as well. The high native contrast ratio helped he blacks seem darker and the M Series also got bright enough to fight glare to watch TV during the day time. With my Vizio M Series review, I also found it to have a good response time that helped shorten the motion trail with most fast moving content. Though, the M Series does have a poor viewing angle and and it's local dimming features are not ideal, it does come with a TV tuner which the 2017 M Series did not have and it has a low input lag for gaming.

Picture Value
7.6
Motion Handling
7.5
Inputs
8.8
Smart Features
7
PROS
  • Both the response time and input lag are low making it one of the best TVs for video games.
  • The wonderful contrast ratio helps the blacks seem darker and more uniform than the previous M Series.
  • A good amount of brightness from the M Series helps fight glare in the day time.
CONS
  • Local dimming features are not working very well at the moment.
  • Though bright, the M Series cannot properly display HDR content because of the lacking color gamut.
  • The viewing angle is narrow and the picture loses quality at an angle.
User Rating: 4 (2 votes)

Key Features

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

Picture Information

Contrast Ratio
~4600:1
Local Dimming
Yes
Viewing Angle
~23°
Input Upscaling
Average
Resolution
4K
Wide Color Gamut
No - Standard High Definition

Motion Handling

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

Input Performance

Chroma Subsampling
Good
Input Lag
~20 ms

Smart Features

Operating System
Google SmartCast
Ease of Use
Easy
Built-in Ads
No

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