For the last several years, Vizio's M-Series has been a mainstay of TV value-hunters. The M-Series TVs (much like TCL's 6-Series) tend to give users the latest TV technology at much more affordable prices than the competition. To that end, 2019's M-Series Quantum delivers 4K resolution, an LED backlight with full-array local dimming technology, smart features, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility, and--as you might have guessed from the name--quantum dots. Quantum dots are a newer TV tech that provide a big boost to a TV's color capabilities, and for the last several years they've really only been available in very high-end TVs from brands like Samsung and Sony. With the M-Series Quantum, Vizio is making this technology available to people who might not have $2,000 to spend on a new TV. Are the M-Series Quantum TVs perfect specimens? No--Vizio's learned how to cut just enough corners that, while nothing about them is too egregious, they're not as buttoned-up and posh-looking as their higher-price counterparts. Picture quality is the strongest foot forward here, while the design is nothing to speak of and elements of their software and behavior can be a bit frustrating.
Last year's big TV value-hitters were the 2019 TCL 6 Series and the 2019 Vizio M-Series Quantum, and that trend continues into 2020. The 2020 TCL 6-Series impressed us greatly in August via its continued excellence in picture quality and gaming-facing features, but it's also a bit more expensive than the M-Series models. So which one is right for you? As it stands, the M-Series Quantum is an excellent value model, but you'll definitely want to compare it carefully with TCL's 6-Series before pulling the trigger on either. The 6-Series is brighter and offers a higher native refresh rate, making it the more attractive pick for gamers--especially with next-gen gaming consoles on the way.
The P Series Quantum is not without its drawbacks, however. Vizio's smart platform--though improved--lacks flexibility, and the TV's acceptable viewing angles aren't as wide as those found on OLEDs. But as far as LED TVs go, there aren't that many that are brighter and more colorful than the Vizio P Series Quantum, and most of them aren't quite as affordable. The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is available in two sizes. Here's how each size in the series shakes out, in terms of price: For the most part, different sizes of TVs belonging to the same series perform similarly.
The Samsung KS9800 is one of the brightest TVs we've ever tested. The Samsung KS9800 series ( 4,499– 19,999) is Samsung's top-of-the-line flagship series for 2016, and it has the looks and hardware you'd expect. The KS9800 series is--first and foremost--essentially the current standard for the HDR10 High Dynamic Range format, boasting a 1000 nit reference brightness, full-array local dimming backlight system, and quantum dot-enhanced colors. The KS9800 series is available in three fairly gigantic screen sizes: a 65-inch option for 4,499; a 78-inch option for 9,999; and a massive 88-inch option for 19,999. Each TV is curved, and fronts a minimalist design and a heavy full-array local dimming backlight system.