Vizio P Series 2018 4K Smart TV

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Vizio P Series 2018 Review and Expectations

Before my initial P Series review, I struggled to guess where it would finally rank, but (with little surprise) it remains the best smart TV Vizio has to offer. The picture quality is nicely complimented by its contrast ratio and great local dimming features. The P Series 2018 then continues further by showcasing a low response time and low input lag. These features alone make this smart TV a solid choice for all types of usage. Though, I will say, despite the Vizio P Series 2018 having smart options, they are are not very good. Furthermore, I will concede that TECHNICALLY speaking, the Google SmartCast features do exactly what they say they will, but it’s sadly just not much that it does. With all of that in consideration, the Vizio P Series 2018 is still a contender for the best Vizio smart TV without a doubt.

Preferred Usage

The P Series offers a large range of uses to its user thanks to its well performing features. It’s stand out usage type would have to be video games.

Video Games
PC Monitor
Movies
Sports
TV Shows

Available Sizes

Size Model Panel Clear Action Refresh Rate Local Dimming Zones
55″ P55-F1 VA 720 120 Hz 56
75″ P75-F1 VA 720 120 Hz 120

Vizio has made two sizes available for the 2018 P Series. The 55 inch P55-F1 and the 75 icnh P75-F1. I’ve made note of some small differences above between the P Series sizes.

Picture Value

The HDR quality of the P Series 2018 has greatly improved since its prior release. With a strong native contrast the blacks of the picture are well represented. Then with the enhancements of the contrast ratio by the local dimming zones it is taken a step further on this Vizio Smart TV. So, in effect, Vizio has managed to produce a budget friendly 4K smart TV for movies, TV shows, and sports with hardly an effort.

Contrast Ratio

  • Contrast Ratio: ~4500 : 1
  • Bottom Line: Good

With or without the enhancements of the local dimming, the P Series manages well with its contrast ratio to bring you a crisp picture from scene-to-scene.

Local Dimming

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  • Local Dimming: Yes
  • Backlight: Full-Array
  • Bottom Line: Ideal

The large range of local dimming zones was the deciding factor in the overall performance of the P Series testing. With my review I studied the P75-F1, but since the P55-F1 has less zones I would argue it would not perform as well, but still good enough to get the job done.

Viewing Angle

  • Viewing Angle: ~20 °
  • Bottom Line: Narrow-ish

Most certainly the best picture is reserved for those directly in front of the TV, but it is JUST wide enough to accommodate a medium sizes living space.

Input Upscaling

pixel comparisons

  • 480p: More issues than most 4K smart TVs on average.
  • 720p: Same as 480p. More issues than anticipated.
  • 1080p:. A large spike in performance here. The P Series well represented colors despite the lacking resolution.
  • 4K: No issues thankfully.
  • Bottom Line: Barely Good

Lower resolution content will struggle where as newer and more modern content will be fine on the P Series 2018.

Color Gamut

DCI P3 Color Space

  • DCI P3 xy: ~88%
  • DCI P3 uv: ~93%

Rec 2020 Color Space

  • Rec 2020 xy: ~65%
  • Rec 2020 uv: ~70%
  • Wide Color Gamut:  Yes
  • Bottom Line: Great

The Vizio P Series 2018 surprisingly competes with more recognized smart TVs such as the TCL R617 and Sony X900F. The wide color gamut allows for a great HDR experience with little to no fuss.

Motion Handling

The Vizio P Series picks up the pace here a little bit with a good response time and an adequate level of support for both motion interpolation and 24p playback.

Motion Blur

  • Response Time: ~11 ms
  • Bottom Line: Average

The P Series 2018 works well in its ability to change colors at a very fast pace. It doesn’t stand toe-to-toe with OLED smart TVs, but for the lower cost I believe it is worth it.

24p Playback

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

The only time the P Series will remove judder is if it comes through a Native App. Despite that, I’d recommend that you enable motion interpolation if the skipping of scenes becomes bothersome.

Motion Interpolation

  • 30 FPS: Yes
  • 60 FPS: Yes
  • Soap Opera Effect: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Serious

I say serious because the motion interpolation of the Vizio P Series can be very powerful. The settings will smooth the entire picture far too much if adjusted improperly. So I’d recommend tiny adjustments as you search for the right amount of interpolated frames.

Inputs

In the past few years I like to think of the Vizio smart TVs as the rock-em-sock-em robots of the television world. You can get so much fun out of one small package its kind of insane. This remains true for the P Series 2018 with inputs and low input lag. Video games look great and remain so in higher more demanding resolutions. Additionally so, Dolby Vision is supported which is quite nice.

All Inputs

  • HDMI : 5
  • 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

The TV tuner is finally back! Vizio listened to its users and brought back a huge input that makes a TV a TV.

Supported Resolutions

  • 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: Yes
  • 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Superb

Despite the small things that the P Series 2018 is missing, it works very well as a PC monitor with its wonderful chroma subsampling.

VESA Pattern

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  • P55-F1: 200 x 200 mm
  • P75-F1: 400 x 400 mm

Input Lag

  • Best Input Lag:~15 ms
  • Bottom Line: Very Low

If you’re looking for the best input lag on the P Series 2018, you’ll need to know that HDMI port 5 is a low bandwidth port. This is where I found the best results for my review, but do note that because it is a low bandwidth port that HDR is not supported.

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)

Fairly standard stuff here for the P Series.

Smart Features

In the way that a smart TV is an extension of our entertainment options, the Google SmartCast operating system is an extension of your smart phone and smart devices. It works with nearly any device and smart phone platform especially Iphone and Android devices. The most prominent issues are the lack of an app store and lack of downloadable content such as apps or even movies, music, and TV shows. In the end, at least it works.

Operating System

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  • Operating System: Google SmartCast
  • Bottom Line: Limited, but Technically Sound

In some way, the built-in Google Cast device is a cop-out by Vizio so they do not have to produce a more robust operating system, but at the same time it allows its users access the casting features the Goolge OS has. For the most part, it works exactly as described and fairly quick. The biggest drawback is the lack of total options and the constant necessity for an internet connection. There’s nothing offline or anything you can take offline.

Built-In Ads

  • Ads: No
  • Third Party Ads: N/A
  • Opt-Out: N/A

There are no advertisements inherent to the operating system of the P Series 2018, but this is only because there are no downloadable applications and everything is cast to the smart TV.

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That’s it with my Vizio P Series 2018 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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7.9 Total Score
Review Summary

Despite the below average viewing angle, the Vizio P Series 2018 is an excellent budget oriented 4K smart TV that comes with more options than you expect at its price range. Both the P55-F1 and P75-F1 have strong local dimming features and fast response times which makes this a smart choice for a mixed bag of uses. From movies and TV shows to video games and sports the Visio P Series 2018 won't let you down.

Picture Value
7.6
Motion Handling
8.2
Inputs
9.1
Smart Features
7
PROS
  • Stronger than average local dimming features.
  • The wide color gamut helps produce a robust picture on the P Series.
  • The response time and input lag are both low, making it a very responsive smart TV.
CONS
  • The lacking viewing angle means the best picture is for those in front of the television.
  • Input upscaling of the lowest resolutions is just below average.
User Rating: 5 (3 votes)

Key Features

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

Picture Information

Contrast Ratio
~4500 : 1
Local Dimming
Yes
Viewing Angle
~20 °
Input Upscaling
Good
Resolution
4K
Wide Color Gamut
Yes

Motion Handling

Response Time
~11 ms
Motion Interpolation
Yes
24p Playback
Partially Supported

Input Performance

Chroma Subsampling
Good
Input Lag
~15 ms

Smart Features

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

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