Vizio V-Series 4K UHD TV review: Even entry-level TVs are good now

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Vizio’s V-series sensible TV (the $300, 50-inch mannequin V505-H19 is reviewed right here) is the second 50-inch TV I’ve evaluated lately, the opposite being the marginally cheaper ($280) Konka U50.

Each are infinitely superior to something you may’ve discovered on this value vary 5 years in the past. That stated, the Vizio supplies a bit higher processing, backlighting, general picture and expertise. However it lacks the Konka’s useful Bluetooth connectivity. 

This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best sensible TVs, the place you’ll discover opinions of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you need to think about when purchasing for this sort of product.

Specs and design

The V505-H19 is a thin-bezel unit whose staid, however elegant look belies its low value. The 50-inch-class panel delivers 10-bit coloration, a 60Hz refresh price, and 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) decision. It has a full-array LED backlight, so it’s not zone dimmable. Which means it’s lit from behind with a number of lights, however the lights aren’t dimmed or shut off to lower gentle bleed.

The V505-H19 may be very gentle for a 50-inch TV at a mere 21.5 kilos. I had no points slinging the TV round to place the toes on, sliding it round to succeed in the cable connections, and so forth.  That additionally means there can be little pressure on the 200mm x 200mm VESA mount level, the mount, or your wall. 

Vizio is aware of that there’s a number of legacy tools on this market section, so the port choice contains composite video enter and RCA analog audio enter/output. There’s additionally optical digital (Toslink), coax for cable/satellite tv for pc TV or an over-the-air antenna, in addition to three HDMI 2.1 ports (2160p @ 60Hz, with one supporting ARC output). A USB port is available for playback from mass media (thumb drives, and many others.).

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Vizio likes to deal with prospects with legacy tools by offering composite video and RCA audio inputs

There’s no Bluetooth, however the Wi-Fi is dual-band 802.11n, which is well quick sufficient for streaming most content material. If it isn’t, there’s additionally an ethernet port. 

Props to Vizio for together with assist for HDR10+ along with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10, and HLG. Not all TVs do this, and never simply TVs at this value. The TV additionally handles DTS encompass and Dolby Atmos, gives a low-latency recreation mode, and helps each Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. The TV can also be compliant with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice management. 

Interface and distant

Content material-wise, Vizio’s SmartCast House is as full as TV person interfaces come, with all the same old streaming suppliers, in addition to curated free content material. SmartCast can also be straightforward to make use of, and may be managed utilizing the SmartCast app in your smartphone or pill if you happen to so need. My solely grievance, a distinctly minor one these days, is that it’s fully reliant upon an web connection and doesn’t when in case your broadband connection is down. You’ll be able to nonetheless use the TV, however with restricted performance.

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