P Seriesby Vizio

  • P Series
  • P Series
  • P Series
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The full-array local dimming backlight on Vizio's P Series sets provides enough zones to create images with powerful contrast and limited blooming in black-and-white transitions.
  • Vizio's P Series delivers sufficient brightness to do justice to high dynamic range content and also hold up well in high ambient light environments.
  • Vizio P Series sets are capable of being adjusted for excellent color accuracy and even look good right out of the box.

CONS

  • The lack of a built-in TV tuner in Vizio's P Series sets means that cord-cutters need to find other options for viewing local digital TV broadcasts.
  • Vizio's P Series lacks out-of-box support for the HDR10 high dynamic range format used by Ultra HD Blu-ray, although a firmware upgrade providing that feature is forthcoming.
  • Lower-quality content such as standard-definition cable and DVDs look softer on Vizio P Series sets than on competing UHDTVs.
Vizio’s P Series models deliver powerful contrast, accurate color and solid picture uniformity at an affordable price. Light output is sufficient to address the needs of high dynamic range content while providing adequate performance in well-lit environments, and a full-array local dimming backlight ensures that images display limited blooming with high-contrast images. The only real downsides here are the lack of a built-in tuner to receive over-the-air digital TV broadcasts and no support for the HDR10 high dynamic range format used by Blu-ray Disc--a feature that Vizio says is forthcoming.
NameP SeriesXBR-55X850CUNHU8550X930D SeriesD Series
ManufacturerVizioSonySamsungSonyVizio
Techwalla Score
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List Price$999$1199$2800$3300$1399
95%

In basic terms, these HDR TVs really do live up to their HDR chops, even if they don’t include the LCD Alliance’s Ultra HD Premium certifica…

In basic terms, these HDR TVs really do live up to their HDR chops, even if they don’t include the LCD Alliance’s Ultra HD Premium certification.

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90%

It's plenty bright even for HDR, and its deep shade of black and relatively mild blooming (where halos of stray light surround bright object…

It's plenty bright even for HDR, and its deep shade of black and relatively mild blooming (where halos of stray light surround bright objects against dark backgrounds) give a superb home theater picture. Color accuracy and video processing are very good, and the picture is as uniform as I expect.

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90%

Vizio’s latest P Series offers overall better picture quality than the first generation models. You a get very bright and uniformly lit TV s…

Vizio’s latest P Series offers overall better picture quality than the first generation models. You a get very bright and uniformly lit TV screen with better color rendering, and increased contrast and black level performance.

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84%

Vizio’s full-array backlighting (with 128 active zones) results in a phenomenal picture. The P-Series gets plenty bright, so it’ll cut throu…

Vizio’s full-array backlighting (with 128 active zones) results in a phenomenal picture. The P-Series gets plenty bright, so it’ll cut through sunny rooms without issue, and it’s just as strong of a performer at nighttime.

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81%

HDR looks great on this TV, especially due to its very bright screen. The color gamut isn't the widest, though.

HDR looks great on this TV, especially due to its very bright screen. The color gamut isn't the widest, though.

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80%

The P-Series takes what VIZIO learned in making their Reference Series -- the first Dolby Vision display -- and trickles the tech down into …

The P-Series takes what VIZIO learned in making their Reference Series -- the first Dolby Vision display -- and trickles the tech down into a display that costs one-third as much (for the 65" model) and has 90% of the performance. Oh, and in the process, VIZIO reimagined what it means to own a Smart TV.

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70%

The P series “entertainment display” does some things very well – like producing OLED-like black levels with rich, colorful 4K UHD images, t…

The P series “entertainment display” does some things very well – like producing OLED-like black levels with rich, colorful 4K UHD images, though with some detail crushing.

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70%

The P-Series by Vizio are displays, not TVs. They lack tuners, but they deliver excellent Dolby Vision HDR playback for less than the HDR 10…

The P-Series by Vizio are displays, not TVs. They lack tuners, but they deliver excellent Dolby Vision HDR playback for less than the HDR 10-only competition. The smart features are sequestered on the included 6-inch Android tablet (or your smartphone).

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Previously the purview of specialized dongles like the Google Chromecast, Google Cast functionality has slowly crept into third-party device…

Previously the purview of specialized dongles like the Google Chromecast, Google Cast functionality has slowly crept into third-party devices and services, allowing the user to send an almost limitless variety of content to their TV wirelessly. With SmartCast, Vizio has designed an app that bakes all this functionality—as well as most typical TV menu functions—into one piece of software that'll run on a tablet or smartphone.

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Oddly, cheap and beautiful HDR might not even be the most compelling thing about these sets. Each of them comes with its own 6-inch Android …

Oddly, cheap and beautiful HDR might not even be the most compelling thing about these sets. Each of them comes with its own 6-inch Android tablet, which charges wirelessly on a little stand.

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